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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 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)


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Cloudy amber color. Thick frothy head. Hoppy and yeast aroma. Complex flavor, with soem malt, spice, and fruit possibly? I enjoyed having this with some friends at the Beer Sellar in Nashville, TN.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 An hazy amber ale that waits for your lips under an appealing thick white head. The aroma is dominated by fruity and yeasty whiffs. Taste is very hoppy as well as spicy. A touch of bitterness shows up. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9430) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Draught at The Rover, Gothenburg. Golden, with a white creamy head. Aroma is fruity, rather amild and with some yeast. Has a sweet, herbal flavor. Better than the blue Chimay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Creamy, bright beige head over a deep bright amber liquid. Quite nice really! Wintery, fruity aroma that had me thinking about vanilla icecream with almonds! Maybe Iím losing it... First impression is somewhat overpowering. Noticable alcohol and the beer feels big in the mouth at first and complex. A hint of sweetness can be found, but mostly itís a pretty dry, spicy beer that leaves a nice bitter finish. A nice one! Revisited 12th of August, 2007: Interesting how I still think some of my description is spot on but other things make me wonder. I thought this was a complex beer? Obviously I wasnít completely weened of Stella. The aroma doesnít strike me as wintery, but I notice sweet and spicy orange. Perhaps thatís coriander Iím picking up? In fact I think itís more the flavour thatís wintery. Thereís a certain flatness in there that reminds me of a lot of Hefeweisses. Citrusy sting, perhaps grapefruit, along with alcohol and there might be a bit of pepper to the aftertaste along with... some greens that linger? Anyway, it laces nicely, has strings of carbonation and is quite enjoyable. Iím going to shave OA down from 15 to 14. Itís nice but Iím not quite as easily impressed four years on.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Hazy golden color, fluffy head, tastes of banana and clove. Great Tripel. Finishes dry and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1803) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2003
A wonderfully attractive beer when poured into the proper Chimay Chalice..nice light amber haze colour, terrific white head..nice carbonation. Beer smells quite "sharp" and fruity..mostly peaches and apricots perhaps? also some slight sourness. This has a nice semi-dry taste to it..you can taste the alcohol..its pretty spicy. Good feel on the tongue..carbonation just right. A good drink would have it again...though I liked New Belgiums Tripel better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2003
Holy cow. There's not too much wrong with this one; a wicked drop that I enjoyed swigging out of the bottle with pogo walking through Newtown. I guess there is a bit of mandarin and vegetable stock but cool and I love this beer. Kicks red's arse.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Decent head from the pour which is nice and frothy on top. Huge carbonation. Aroma is mainly yeast with a touch of citrus. Color is a medium orange/amber and is slightly hazy. Flavor is full but not that complex. More yeast and citrus with some spices added. The finish is the best part of this beer in my opinion. Nice and smooth with a slight hops bitterness and a nice alcohol warming. Very easy drinking, which could get you into trouble. A good quality triple.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Cellared for about 8 months. It has a nice golden tint with a thin layer of foam and excellent lacing. The yeasty aroma is sweet and complex, with fruity esters a plenty. It's well carbonated with a bitter touch on the end, but the flavor doesn't live up to the nose. I could probably use one more year of aging to round off the edges. Tasty none the less. A nice standard tripel. The finish could be a bit more dry.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Large fluffy head. Aroma of straw and dough. Flavor of straw, dough, must, and a slight cirtus zest. Medium body but very light and refreshing in flavor with a peppery bite.


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