Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Hazy golden with a thick and long lasting white head. Aroma is Spicy and malty with hops, yeast and honey. Taste is spicy and malty with citrus and herbal notes, some honey also. Alcohol is more present than in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
330ml Bottle: Pours pumpkin in colour, slightly smaller head than the red but still good in size. Aroma of plum and alcohol this time, some floral hopping present. Flavour is lots of plums once again, milder amounts of pepper, and a bit of a hop bomb compared to the red I had right before this. High in alcohol and not exceedingly well hidden, but still extremely tasty, complex, and well rounded. Loved the addition of hops compared to the red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5472) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Drank it out of a clear plastic cup because that was all that was available. A huge, thick head came out in the beginning. The beer was cloudy, almost resembling a hefeweizen, but had a darker orange color. Smell was yeasty and a little spicy. There was a definate complex taste, with a sort of fruitiness that I could not immediately identify (they say it is muscat, but I have no clue what that is). Complexity is defined by the three (maybe more) stages of taste. The first taste, is different than the second, then the third has a definate dry bite, but it is not of alcohol, slightly hoppy i suppose. Aftertaste is not the best, but god damnit the beer is good while drinking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1972) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Golden-orange body with considerable carbonation and a massive frothy white head. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, nice. Fruity, yeasty with a slight peppery flavor also. Has a noticable acidity too. Alcohol is evident in the dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Amber coloured. Almost clear, but this one has a lot of smaller floaties. Served a bit carelessly by the bartender. A small boring white head forming small fine-laced islands. Vanilla and pear aroma. Distant alcohol in the nose. Quite characteristic with regards to the rum and vanilla. Not sure if there is something wrong with it, but it doesn’t quite feel right. It could be the floaties that cause the odd flavours. I haven’t had the the white in a long time, so I can’t tell. Quite high in carbonation and degasses as soon as it enters the tongue. Mellow round hop bitterness in the finish. The body is thin, but packs a good dose of sugar, hops and flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Cloudy and amber. Poured into a trappist glass, the aroma opens up. Very rich with the undertone of alcohol and mellow fruit. Warm in the throat to finish. Leaves a big smile on your face.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours golden, very highly carbonated with a big, cloudy like white head. Smells of apples. Very dry, with a little alcohol burn. A little to extreme, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a stunning opaque pale peach colour, and sported a small head with great retention and some lace. Sharp, spice hops and fruit aromas, very pleasant. A wonderful immersive taste - sweet pale malts overcome by intense hopping with great fruit notes - kiwi, peach, citrus, apple, somewhat dry and vinous. I shared this with my wife and we both agreed that the carbonation was a bit too intense - I shall have to let it sit a bit longer next time. Refreshing and drinkable and complex all at once. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Superb. A real benchmark of quality. Ethereal yet full bodied and full of flavor. Just a delight to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2006
One of the best tripels of all time. Pretty much defines what a tripel should taste like. Has a beautiful head ,very full golden bodied beer hints of bananas and raisins. Defines the style perfectly.

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