Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On tap @ the Sharp Edge, PGH, PA. Hazy gold with white head. Aroma is fruity malt. Flavor is fruity, with a little spicing. Pretty smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy orange with sediments and a big, creamy white head. Sweet nose is characterised by yeasty spiciness and coriander. Sweet and spicy flavours, coriander together with banana and clove, good bitterness, giving a dry finish. Full-bodied with warming alcohol. It may have become diluted and commercialised recently, but it is still a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draft @ Falling Rock: Small creamy head sits atop a cloudy, orange body. Bread, caramel and cinnamon dominate the yeasty nose. Lemongrass, herbs and wood as well. The body is thick and creamy with soft carbonation. Banana, bubble gum, apple and honey are wrapped in more cinnamon and ginger. Long finish lets you enjoy this complex creation. Fantastic!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle version poured into Chimay glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow color wit ha thick and fully lasting white head. Slightly tropical fruit aroma with just a hint of spice and lots of yeast. Sweet fruity start gives way to a yeasty middle that gives way to a slightly spicy/hoppy finish. Finish eventually gives way to a lasting banana flavor. The carbonation feels rough on the palate. A solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Pale gold body, not that interesting from my point of view. Boring aroma, fluffy would be the way I’d describe it. A nice body and taste, very delacate and highly surprising given the aroma. Nice spicey and carbonated ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Slightly hazy amber color with a large rocky off-white head. Arome of sweet spice with some fruit in the end. Flavor of fruit, some banana and some citrus bitter in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (5522) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
A hazy golden colour with a fine head which dissipates only after a couple of minutes. It is quite hoppy with a yeasty flavour with a hint of fruit. What more can I say, another well done Abbey ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Draught at Newport Pizza in OB. Cloudy gold pour. Fluffy lingering cloud-like head. Lots of yeast notes upfront and throughout. Citrus at the end, with the faintest bit of alcohol burn. Some banana and floral herbs in there at some point as well.Very nice tripel, drinkable but worth lingering over to allow it some warnth, as the yeast subsides and fruit notes increase as it gets warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle, The aroma surprised me with more grassy hops than I expected. While the hops mellowed a bit, they persisted throughout the experience. The aroma also had some yeast and booze thrown in. This one had a profuse, long-lasting off-white head and a hazy golden body. The flavor was yeasty, spicy and had a little alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This is probably my favorite of the Chimay line up. Pours a nice amber hue and is a bit cloudy. For what they were aiming for this is perfection. Nice fruity flavors come though such as some citrus flavors and perhaps dates. Sharp carbonation but done well. For such an easy to find Belgian beer this one is sure tasty.

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