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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Pours cloudy light bronze color with medium head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of spices and fruit. Very tasty - yeasty and bitter palate (not much malt). The relatively high abv is not noticeable. A benchmark Belgium triple in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Small bottle. Pours a fairly clear light/medium amber color with some bits of yeasties suspended and agitated by the continuous stream of carbonation coming off of the etch at the base of the glass. An impressive sized whitish head erupts and slowly fades down in an uneven fashion, not unlike a root beer float head. Tremendous lacing. Aroma is yeasty, peppery, slight bits of funk come off the liquid also. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Carbonation borders on stinging the palate. Peppery, yeasty flavors blend quite well with an ample hop bitterness. No real sugar presence detected. Quite nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2005
75cl bottle. Bright amber colour, huge offwhite head. Nearly no lacing. Aroma of honey, abricot, hops, esters, alcohol, dark fruits and caramel malts. Syropy mouthfeel, mostly sweet taste (raisins), very light bitter long lasting aftertaste. Decent tripel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1232) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Cloudy golden in color. Nice long lasting 1 inch thick head. Even thicker when poured. I smell apple, apricot, raisin, other fruits. Lovely! Taste is smoother than the Blue. Extremely smooth, almost session like. I like this one a lot. The only thing it could use a little more of is some caramel, chocolate malt flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
11.2 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Mundelein, IL. Abv 8%. Cloudy amber hued ale having small off-white diminishing head with excellent lacing. Some floating yeast chunks, though I tried to be careful during pouring. Fruity aroma with hints of caramel and nuts. Soft carbonation. Light-to-medium palate that starts dry with peppery sharpness, fruitiness, and hint of caramel. Finishes dry with light bitterness. Notable alcoholic taste and warmth. Rather thin in body compared to Chimay (red cap). Though my least favorite Chimay ale, this is a good drinkable Belgium ale nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Corked bottle: My least favorite Chimay. Pours a light gold color with a thick white head. The damn cork blew off when I unwrapped the wire. Nice effervescence and minimal lacing. Some spices were evident. The flavor was yeasty and light. Try the Red or Blue first.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2248) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Had this beer on tap just recently but the ratings are from a bottle. Color is a bronze and copper gold with a dense topping of head. Aroma had a strange wheat smell and hinted grained malt as well. Flavor was metallic and tart. I didnít even notice the huge spice and yeast flavor from the bottle like i had from the tap. A small background of vanilla ill also add. I highly suggest this abbey tripel be drank fresh and on draft because its a completely different beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6302) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle (330ml). In my Chimay goblet. Poured hazy orange-gold with an average foamy-creamy white head, plenty of bubbles and tiny floaties. Aroma of spices, banana and other fruits, slightly sour candy malt, alcohol - very ashy and bitter as it warms up. Taste is bitter yeast, some fruit and malt behind, bitter spices, alcohol. Thereís a long, shifting bitter finish to this one, the body is average, itís quite lively, but I have to admit itís my least favourite of the Chimays but itís a solid tripel/strong blond. I look forward to aging a half dozen of these and revisiting at a later date.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
I cannot find a flaw with this beer. One of the best aromas you can find in a bottle. Carbonated to high hell with a beautiful sustaning head. Spicy but perfecly balanced. I wish I knew how to describe the spices properly. Nearly the perfect beer for my taste. My favorite session beer ;-)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours a cloudy beige with yeasty chunks and a big white head - fluffy, long lasting, nice lacing. Aroma is oranges, bananas, and spice. The flavor is dry and bitter with orange peel, pine, and grass. Long, bitter, tingling, soapy finish. Champagne mouthfeel.


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