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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Chimay Tripel, with its typical golden colour, its slightly hazy appearance and its fine head is especially characterised by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavour, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops: above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The aroma complements the touch of bitterness. There is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.
Ingredients: Water, malted barley, wheat starch, sugar, hop extract and yeast. See Protz (beer-pages.com/protz/features/chimay.htm) and John White (www.whitebeertravels.co.uk/chimay.html)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Beer is clear light caramel with a huge, beige, frothy, diminishing, mostly lasting head. Clingy skirt of lace on the sides of the snifter. First impression: Wow! This is a lot better than Blue and Red. The aroma is realtively simple, but appealing. It’s malty with light notes of toasted grain; Hoppy with a moderate notes of flower, lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of dough, trace of cellar; Miscellaneous notes of moderate orange zest, coriander, traces of white pepper. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter/dry, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly acidc, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
I’m struck by how inviting this beer looks. Dark orange, with a dainty, pretty white head. Nice, aroma - fruity, with slightly bitter hops. The flavor is a little bit too thin for a tripel (IMHO, anyway). But it is refreshingly bitter and grassy/herbal. A crisp, clean finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5626) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Finally got around to trying this, mostly because I got a bottle from my secret santa - amber/gold/straw color with lasting lacework - kind of dry, hoppy, spicy, earthy farmhouse ale qualities in the aroma - soft on the palate - semi-dry and more hoppy than I was expecting - biscuity, bready malt, and only a touch of the fruity esters usually present in the style - a unique twist on a normally uninspired belgian style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - AUG 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a murky apricot color with various sized particles and a hige marshmellow head of off-white bubbles. Aroma is lightly hoppy of wild flowers and perfume, moderate Belgian yeast, nutmeg, apricot, and honey. Flavor is moderately sweet with faint alcohol and some fruity notes, acetic and sour in the finish. Light to medium body with active carbonation. Good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Aromas of grape, apple, and peach, with some ripe banana, cheese, and mold in the background. Pours a hazy orange with a creamy off-white head that is mostly lasting. Initial flavor is a bright hop bitterness that opens up to a grape sweetness and finishes with a moderate bitterness. Nice and crisp with a good malt balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is of tart citrus, lots of spices, and bready, Taste is tangy citrus, bready/yeasty, spicey, almost like a chardonnay with a slight alcohol warming, and a tart citrus/bitter lemon dry finish....very good tripel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
All head on this one, clearing out to a fizzy amber effervescense. Not good, not bad, this one is lawnmowing beer. Tried this on at Immy’s Tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4064) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Nose is fruity with some spicy malt tones; light amber with a huge beige head; taste of apples, pears, and cloveswith a slight bit of bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Pours a hazy golden with a nice healthy head. Aroma is yeasty, fruit, clove. Taste brings out a hint of citrus to go along with fuity and clove flavors. Doesn’t feel like that big of a beer at all. Mouthfeel and finish are a bit disappointing. Finish isn’t quite bitter enough, mouthfeel feels a bit thin, still, a solid tripel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7640) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 14 July) Colour is pale amber, with a huge, but disappearing, head. Nose is fruity and spicy with notes of apricots, citrus, mandarin, orange peel and lots of spicy aroma hops. Taste is fruity and hoppy with notes of citrus, marzipan, dried fruit, some yeast and a nice spicy hop character. Inititial alcohol sweetnes, drier towards the finish. Tasty and very nice.


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