Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
750ml corked and caged, date on cork 07/03. Poured a golden colour with a huge sticky head.Aromas of spice, pepper, fruits( apples mostly). The tastes are of big fruitiness, spices, and a nice hoppiness, previously described here as a dusty hop flavour that's pretty accurate by my account. The flavours really came out as this brew reached room temp. A really good triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4596) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
Very big long lasting head. Nice coppery orange in the Chimay chalice. Lightly spiced aroma with yeast notes. Clean and smooth. LIght dust notes on the tongue. Interesting and lasting dusty hop finish. Can feel the alcohol in your nose. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2004
75cl Corked with 09/03 stamped on cork This bottle was well charged and created a loud pop when uncorked. Poured a clear golden color with an enormous white creamy head consisting of tiny bubbles. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with notes of citrus. Also has a funky bit of skunkiness to it that seems off to me. The body is light and Chamagne like. Really crisp and carbonated. The flavor is a little too bitter for my liking and not as sweet and flavorful as some other Tripels I've had. Maybe this was not a great sample though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
Hazy gold color with a very small white head. Light fragrance of apple, pear, clove and white grapes. Big flavor packs apple, bubble gum, clove spice, then turns hoppy with a citrus/lemon ending. Well fashioned beer, something I definitely expect from Chimay. Sampled on draught at L’ Enfant in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Huge fluffy white that dissipates quite quickly with some lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly with some spice. Taste is quite different, very tangy up front. Finishes nicely dry and crisp

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
On tap. Poured a hazy orange with a huge head and great lace. This one had a nice sour citrus flavor with a little tiny hint of alcohol. Another very enjoyable beer that I can't get at home. Stupid alcohol laws...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 Nice frothy pour, with a generous and lasting head. Great aroma of many spices including nutmeg. Nothing to wow me in the taste, but mild hop bitterness makes it tangy. Very crisp and dry in the finish. This got substantially better as it lingered on the palate, leaving me wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
My only criticism of Cinq Cents is that it is a little inconsistent. When it's right, it's one of the best beers I've had. Crisp, clean, and tasty. A little thinner than Westmalle (my favorite triple), but overall, a great beer. The fact that it's readily available (in my local grocery store!) makes it more appealing (IMO).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2004
Malt smell w. a touch of spice, alcohol and that particular sweet smell of belgian ales (the sugar?). Cloudy with a big old head, the head collapses to a dense cap. Strong alcoholic bite initially which leads out through the malts to bitterness and boy howdy does this have a great bitterness. I wish it have the smooth palate in the manner of tripel karmeliet or even chimay blue. The palate is okay but I sort of think a tripel ought to be thicker on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Has a big yeasty, cream colored head that bubbles out of the glass like cappuccino froth. Body is thick, deep, and golden. Has a fruity, aroma with big blasts of malt and yeast and subtle hints of hops and alcohol. This beer is loaded with flavor: yeast, fruits, hops, and alcohol battle for control of your senses throughout this beer. Overall, I think this is an awesome quaffing beer. Would be great at a party, served in goblets, with some bread and cheese.

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