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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5655) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle at home. This is an excellent beer. It has a huge head, not too much alcohol. It’s heavy but very fruity. A very balanced and excellent experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle 330 ml at Belgobaren Sthlm. Fruity, floral tripel. Lots of yeast. I think however that this particular bottle was off, had definite mold notes which I haven’t noted when I wasn’t rating..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (483) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Beautiful bronze color with a white frothy head and HUGE amounts of gasses. Smells of yeast, honey and fruit. Crisp. soft and veryhoppy with a warming and spicy with a very hoppy longlasting dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Aromas of yeast, apple, grass and light floral hops. Big frothy white head over a amber-brown body... nice lacing. Caramel malt presence with a fruity undercurrent and a hoppy/yeasty finish. Very well balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 13, 2006
On tap at the Birerria, Washington, D.C. Poured golden with a fine, white head. Nose is yeast, hops, and citrus. Flavor is fruity, yeasty, and hoppy in the finish. A great beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours amber with very thick, off-white head. Fruity aroma with good hop bouquet. Takes a few sips to really clear the palate for this beer. Strong, up front hop flavor with definite alcohol and subtle malt notes. Good body. Goes down smooth with a clean finish. Wasn’t sure what to think at first but this beer has grown on me in just a few tastes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Had this on draft at the Huntley tavern.Poured out golden with a big white head.Aromas of yeast,spice and malt.The flavor was great with bubblegum and bannana and slight hop.Very good and was glad to have it on draft,you don’t see it that often.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - SEP 6, 2006
Smells... refreshing. That’s the best way to put it. Poured with a MASSIVE head - spilled some, in fact, but the color is fantastic. Another beer with the type of flavor that makes you want to drink it socially. Thin, a little oily, just as I like it. Just overall a really good beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GJerre (7) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2006 does not count
the best tripel for me ! It only gets better.Like some have said, fruity and floral. One of the best beers that I’ve ever enjoyed. The fruity notes combined with the hops makes it very well balanced. Prefer this than Chimay Blue

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Last year Chimay marketed a bundle in the United States that included the Chimay Red, White, Blue and a Chimay glass. Feeling generous (and at the same time, greedy) I bought the collection as a self-addressed Christmas gift. I had had the Blue once before and greatly enjoyed it, even if it was startlingly new, but now I had the Chimay triumvirate sitting around – for a long time. For months my Chimay glass never held its own claim to grace, bearing the beer of foreign brewers rather than its native Chimays. Only now have those three bottles insisted on being given a chance. I decided the first to oblige was the Abbey Tripel. Like the others it came in an unassuming, chromatically eponymous bottle that alluded to something “lighter”. The Chimay Blue was a pretty astounding beer, but I had no hint or indication that the quality of one of their beers would carry to its others. Just a month before, I had received two phone messages of a friend of mine recently gotten into Belgians. “Garrett, this is K, look they’re serving the white SHEE-MAY at this restaurant. That’s the good stuff right? Ohmigawd, this is awesome, it’s on TAP!” Second message: “K again…wow, that was really disappointing. Didn’t taste anything like I expected. I…well…I just…we’ll talk later.” I don’t usually invest much in his beer-oriented opinions (see ramblings), but the messages left some doubt. Pushing my mercurial friend’s review aside I poured the beer and took it to task. It poured a nice, deep and earth tone rich color and sat in the glass thick and viscous looking like clover honey. The thin and wane cream colored head bobbed flimsily above the denser liquid below, from which a simple but pleasant scent or orange, hops, wheat, flowers and pine resin wafted. There was a noticeable difference between the aroma and flavors, however. Most of the sweeter and more playful tastes are absent. Instead the Chimay White relies on a balanced blend of malt and bland hops, buzzing with centered flavors and ending high and dry. Other tripels have been sweeter, most memorably like New Belgium’s. Now I can’t figure out whether NB’s candy Tripel or Chimay’s sophisticated version is the exception, and which one is the rule. This tasting merits more samplings in the style to characterize the full breadth of tripels. While not a bad beer at all, it tastes like it’s lacking some sui generis quality that would make its class stand out amongst others.


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