Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellhammers (23) - hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Beer At it prefection........ just think the people who make this wonderful poision, canít have sex or even try their own product. Warm in my tummy with orange and lemon and much other yummy stuff. However, oddly i remember the blue being slightly better or smoother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Amber with a thick white head. Rich dried fruit smell with a slight malt finish. Full fruit finish with a minty after finish. Very pleasant as most trappist beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mumpu (46) - USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Pours very cloudy orange with off-white head. Aroma of yeast and dried berries. Faint malty sweetness, rather prominent hops for an Abbey Tripel, yeasty, residual spiciness with dried berries and citrus zest. Not particularly dry (again, surprising for a Tripel) and strongly carbonated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ghawener (1542) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy īdirtyī orange amber with a white lace that clings to the glass. Orange, banana sweet aroma; taste is very complex taste with notes of pepper, wheat, coriander, orange all in a very well bitter sweet balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 4, 2006
On tap @ SHARP EDGE...Iíve had this a bunch of times, but this is the first time on tap. Color is a cloudy orange/brown...and happened to have a huge head. Smells of yeast and alcohol...but has some fruity notes(though less heavy than other tripels). Flavor is light with fruit, yeast, and alcohol. I happened to have this right after an allagash tripel...so it didnít failed to impress a bit...about as good as Karmeliet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 Bottled, 0.33ltr. Hazy orange-golden beer with a lasting, dense, off-white head. Yeast and alcohol in the aroma, along with lemon-peel and some spicyness. Flavor is fruity, with alcohol and dried fruits. Long-lasting bitterness and pleasant mouthfeel. Definately not a bad beer, just a bit to ordinary, if you can say that of a tripel. Rating: 7-5-7-4-14-3.7. (060202)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a hazy golden-orange body with lots of carbonation. The Westmalle-goblet is topped by a thumb-thick, creamy off-white head. As Iím drinking, lacings hangs on the side of the glass. Very fruity on the nose, lots of spices, and hints of yeast. Banana, lemon peel, coriander, alcohol, peppery hops and dreams of cheese. Itís full-bodied, effervescent and quite warming in the mouth, almost sticky sweet. The flavor is fruity, mostly lemon-peel, and quite bitter, with alcohol, white sugar and fruityness added. Nice spiced touch as well, leading to a lasting, warming finish with good bitterness, lemon-peel, spicyness and sweetness. Besides looking gorgeous in the glass, this beer tastes and smells very nice, and despite itís high abv, it drinks dangerously well too. A true classic I donít visit often enough. (090818)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy dark orange with thin, fluffy white head. Complex flavors of orange fruits, cookie malts, some spice, citrus, and banana. Still, struck me as light, the flavors more implied than present. Would like a rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 From the bottle.

Pours a beautiful amber with a lovely fine white head and a geyser of bubbles streaming up from the middle of the glass even minutes after the pour.

The aroma is fruity belgian yeast, spice, lemon rind, a bit of pepper. The flavor is delightfully dry, with a fine and only slightly metalic bitter finish that highlights the belgian yeast and cloves as they yield to the hops. The palate is excellent, full in the mouth, abundantly but not aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Draft. Golden and hazy with a frothy head. This was served colder than it should have been and the aroma seemed subdued. Still, the aroma didnít present itself all that much more as the beer warmed. Hints and only hints of fruit. The flavor was spice and fruit, mainly clove, pepper and orange. Agreeable palate ó creamy and soft and fizzy. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is good, but I was anticipating more aroma and flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Huge sudsy light khaki head on a cloudy burnt-orange body. The layer of fine bubbles lasts and last, slowly settling into a skim that coats the lips with each sip, all the way to the end of the glass. A rising bread aroma, with peppery, spritzy notes. Dry, spicy and warming, with a bit of lemon flavor. Very clean and bright. Amazingly etherial texture. So soft on the palate, itís like sipping a cloud. Maybe a cloud that formed on a warm spring day over a stream full of watercress.

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