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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3013   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 beerís 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)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 This is a re-rate... Hazy yellow color with medium head. Spicy, floral nose. Apricot, banana, orange, grapefruit, and grape flavors, with nice yeast fullness. Not as sweet as Tripel Karmeliet, but flavors are more complex and not overwhelmed by honey. Mildly bitter aftertaste that leaves me wanting more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
11.2 oz. bottle Appearance; thickly opaque dark orange hue, with a full-flowering head of foam that dwindles and disappears almost immediately. Aroma: sharp citrus, yeast, sour, must, ...thatís it... Taste: rather blase, little going on with the flavor, nothing to busy the palate. Malt, yeast, thick citric, orangey feel, but little else, small, if any, hops, and fading flavor. Too sharp, too spicy, with little in the body and texture to balance that out. Feels drab, really, leaden, cardboard-y, actually. I donít re-visit this ale too often, so my memory is fuzzy whether this is supposed to taste so dreary. Over halfway in, the fruitiness is broader, with more flavors swimming about, juicy, tropical fruits,pineapple, sweet, spicy, kicky...a far cry from the best tripels of Belgium. I may actually look into it, again, to investigate whether this sampling was inferior, and perhaps the brew was meant to taste much more amazingly. Until then...Chimayís is an underwhelming tripel experience.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
My serving of this was not all that great, if I can get this served in the propper way and under some better conditions then I will definately re rate this thing. Darker in colour with a big white long lasting head. The nose is mostly wheat and just a dab of malts which gives it a faint fruit presence. The tasete is bitter with some sourness to it. We had this at room temerature as well, dont think that this helped it too much.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Murky amber body with white head. Aroma was interesting. Banana bread. Maybe gingerbread. Certainly some spice and fruit tones. Yeast. Good creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was mildly hoppy, fruity, some sweetness. Not a preferred style of mine but not a bad drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2061) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2004
pours a light brown with a volumous head that lasts. aroma is slightly skunky with a peach tint. flavor is enjoyable after the first taste. hop flavored raisin is the primary taste. finishes smooth the flavvors mellow out and leave a great impression.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Another good ale from Chimay. This one seems to be the lightest in terms of flavor and complexity which makes it a little more drinkable in large amounts. Nice thick, fluffy head that lasts. Small touch of fruit with a nice full flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2004
Cloudy light brown color with huge long lasting head. Fruity aroma with some spicyness in there too. Flavor was totally different from aroma: strong carbonation biting in start and hops making flavor and after taste to be very bitter and lasting. Ending is very dry and some grassy flavors can be noticed too. Full bodied palate with some alcohol taste leaving warm feeling to mouth. Seems strange but I rated this White version to have points than more popular Blue one, but itís not a mistake. This is my favourite Chimay.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2004
Disappointing to me. Good looking but a bit bitter and dry aftertaste. I didnīt recognize the fruity part of the palet much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Very bubbly, like champagne. Looks beautiful in the right glass. Golden colored with a moderate amount of head. Similar to the other Chimays which means amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
on draft: pours golden tan with a bubbly white head that bubbles away quickly, lively in the glass with small bubbles like champagne. nose of grapes maybe some hops. tingly in the nares and mouth fruit with lots of body. seems light for a tripel but is easy to drink and quite good.


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