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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3450   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)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Beautiful golden pour with just the slightest haze, and a big rocky white head that settles the a thin white layer, a truly beautiful beer. Hop aromas of pine and spice with some floral notes, followed by a bit of yeasty bread. Smooth and luscious with a medium body. A little light toffee sweetness, but the flavor is certainly dominated by the hops, but it’s not overly bitter. Finish is dry and mildly astringent. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming, in the aroma and finish. I really liked this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours gold with a thick white head. Aroma of apples, raisins, bananas and bread. Taste is a bit malty with alcohol surprisingly hidden. Slightly bitter aftertaste. A bit too carbonated.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaybb (2) - MARSHALL ISLANDS - AUG 17, 2006 does not count
Probably my favourite triple. I like the banana, vanilla and bread tones. This is what good Belgian beer is all about. It’s extremely far removed from the amateurish abbey ales that give Belgian beer a bad name these days. Chimay White is 8%, but you’d never guess that. Also, it’snot sweet at all, there’s just those lovely malty flavours.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maximusud (27) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Got to taste this treat on tap at Firewater’s in Atlantic City. Poured a rich, thick golden haze with a fluffy white head. Aromas of apple and spice. Taste is first slightly sweet, then the spice hits. There is a pleasantly warming alcoholic aftertaste. Quite enjoyable, but the kick will catch up to you after more than two.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 12, 2006
Amber color, huge white head. Tiny particles floating in the glass. Fruity, spicy aroma (vanilla), slightly hoppy with hints of cereal, smoothly alcoholic with notes of wood and liquor. Slightly bitter end. Light to medium body, siroupy texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Ominous frothy white head, hazy dark golden color. Aroma of lemon and orange zest, spices (coriander, nutmeg), and some hops. Very full and complex flavors of yeast, wheat, spices, and citrus fruits. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. A slightly hoppy finish and ample carbonation make this brew crisp and dry on the finish. An awesome Tripel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2006
This is not my favorite Chimay that is 2003 Chimay blue, but this is a beer that make´s you slow down and think big thougts.

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 (5716) - 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.


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