Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3489   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
As trippels go, not one of my favorites. Murky gold pour with a bubbly white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy, with a tiny bit of banana. The taste is heavily vanilla and raisins, mixed with what I can only describe as cake batter. No banana or yeast esters at all. Very creamy mouthfeel. Probably will not get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Tap at Bacchus. Amber with thin head remaining when served in the standard Chimay trappist glass. Spicy aroma, caramelized banana and brandy with some dandelion flower. Flavor of clove spiced banana bread and golden raisins with a cave-like mustiness on the finish. Thin palate and slight carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
golden slightly hazy bitter least fav of all trappist ales, better then many different ales but uhhm just not up my alley

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle at home. Golden hazy color with big white head. Lot of CO2. A bit bitter but pleasant aftertaste. Nice trappist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Roberto (3) - Harelbeke, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2006 does not count
Bottle, 33 cl. Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of carbonation and an aroma of fruit and yeast. Bitter, fruity flavor and a nice thick palate. Good beer with lots of flavor complexity but at $3 a beer it’s one that i’ll save for special occassions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Amber with a thick white head. Rich dried fruit smell with a slight malt finish. Full fruit finish with a minty after finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2132) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Nice hazy cidery color with medium white head and cidery aroma. Taste is a good blend of bittersweet and spicy. My favorite of the three common chimays. $3.50/11.2oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Beer pours a very cloudy deep gold with a white head. The head is very thick and lasting with different sized bubbles. The aroma has some spice, lots of bready malt, lots of yeast, some grassy notes, and hints of honey. The flavor starts with grassy flavors, a little hops, lots of doughy malts, and some carbonation zip. More honey and some fruit (sweet grapes, perhaps some apple) come along midway. The beer has very long and dry finish that includes a touch of hop bitterness. Some alcohol is perceptible in the aroma, but is well hidden in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2006
Bottle. Very nice Tripel. Golden creamy/hazy like colour with a light/medium head. Aroma is malty, bread like. Some hops, dry fruit and I can also agree on the Muscat like aroma. Body is kind of medium and texture is thin to creamy with a fizzy and lively feeling. Complex bitterness in the flavour, and a bitter-sweet finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Great Tripel. The usual tripel color with a thick, off white head that doesn’t diminish. Creamier and less dry and bitter than the Westmalle Tripel I reviewed yesterday. I prefer the Westmalle but this is still very good.

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