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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 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)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
330mL Bottle, 04.06.04 Pours a darker, orangish amber color; head is typically ample for a tripel, lacing, and lasting. Aromas are of ripe white fruits (pear, banana, grapefruit juice) and spice (corriander, clove). It smells and tastes fresh and lithe. A versatile beer, it can take the place of chardonay with a spicey or fishy dish. In fact, some wine notes carry over from nose to flavor. Hops are, as advertised, nicely intertwined with the yeasts, but this beer might just be too hoppy for its own good...its only downfall, IMO. The beer is so fresh tasting, so grassy, peppery, floral, fruity; the finishing betterness adds to the fresh effect. It’s hard to imagine that this is a tripel, it is the antithesis of mellow - it is exciting!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Cloudy orange-amber. Some sediment. Lots of carbonation. Soft, foamy white head. Yeasty (bubble gum, banana), spicy (pepper), & fruity (orange) aroma. Lively, highly carbonated, slightly astringent feel. Complex flavour of yeast (banana, bubble gum), pepper, light malt, & fruit (orange, peach). Firm, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8404) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Cloudy orange fizzy pour. Carbinotation made it interesting and classic Chimay.Tasty but worth sharing the bottle if without food. Bit of spice and pepper and (sour) yeast in taste. Bit bitter and alcohol feel. Aftertaste was dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 This was really good, simular to the Bleu but better, peppery. Goes Down really easy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Brassy gold in the glass. Dip your finger into the massive off-white head...you get a soft peak your fingertip, and a crater in the foam. Small amount of camoflage-like lacing. The nose evolves with time and temperature; at various points my glass yielded spicy and earthy notes aromas, yeast, pepper, nutmeg, dates and molasses, composting hay, and pizza crust. Initially slightly sweet taste (honey & water) is followed by flavors of spice, wood, and cowfield. There is also a lightly metallic character that actually enhances the flavor, and carries into the aftertaste. At first, the fluffy and cloudlike palate leads to a leafy bittersweet finish, but the flavor and mouthfeel get pretty wimpy as the carbonation dissipates.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - APR 27, 2004
straw colored with a great fluffy head--great retention and structure. Nose is lively with esters of banana, pepper, clove and cinnamon. Good mouthfeel. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Beautiful hazy deep golden brown colour. Giant foamy white head that releases plenty of fruity aroma. Very peppery and spicy with a lingering finish. Not overly aggresive alcohol but more noticeable than I expected for an 8% beer. Solid though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 26, 2004
Cerveza tostada de triple fermentacion. Esta buena. puede que sea la mejor de las tres o no, vete tu a saber

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2004
Bottle. Orangeish pour with one finger fluffy head. Nose is super yeasty and hoppy and has hints of bananna. There is alot of carbonation. Taste is yeasty (like fresh bread dough) with a touch of alocohol. There is some spice in there, and it adds a great flavor. There are some strong floral notes that mix really well with the spice. Overall taste is a great balance of black pepper, hops, malt, and yeast. Finish is sharp, spicy and slightly bitter. I am not a huge fan of Chimay, but this is the best of the three IMO. Not my most favorite beer by far, but a good beer. If you are like me and think that Chimay Red and Blue are too chewy, try this one. It is much more balanced and easy to drink than the other two. I would LOVE to try this on tap!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2004
Pours cloudy yellow with a big foamy head. Citrussy/Yeasty aroma. Well carbonated. Reminds me of some good wheat beers I've drank. Excellent brew.


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