Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3326   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle, obviously. Pours a very pretty orange tinted cloudy gold. Its like it is more orange in the middle, and gold around the edges. This beer bounces around for a while inside the glass when poured, which I like. Large foamy white head that hangs around for a good long while. Super consistent lacing on the side of the glass. Initial aroma is very yeasty and fruity, like a hefeweizen. Yup, yeast and wheat dominate the aroma, with maybe just a hint of pear and even less of white grape. Taste hits you with the malt up front. The overall flavor is really dominated by it, but some of the pear and yeast come through as well. There are some other super subtitle notes, perhaps floral, but I’m just not able to pinpoint them right now. Mouth feel is pretty great; milk consistency and smooth, the ever present head makes it feel even more luxurious than it would otherwise. Warms the chest quite a bit. Finishes with wheat, floral hoppiness, a tad of apple peel, and alcohol. Well, it’s a Chimay. You get a really freakin’ good beer. Just isn’t a revolutionary really freakin’ good beer. Still, these are the beers you bring to a wine tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 33cl bottle. Large white creamy head with good lacing. Orange in colour and aroma. Aroma is also of straw and cookies or cereal with light hops and light alcohol. Flavour also has some alcohol and tastes similar to Chimay Red but stronger and more bitter but still balanced. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Golden-orange with big, rocky white head. Aromas of yeast, lemon citrus, grass, citrusy and earthy hops, and metal. Flavor is a nice combination of yeast and grassy hops with a hint of lemon citrus throughout. Pleasantly high carbonation lends a nice dry finish. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2005
yeast cookies like sea monkeys in this thick orange body with a beautiful laced head, ,bright aroma, yeasty tingle in the nasal cavaties, of a similar calibur as the ’mr. smelly’ marker variety pack, delicate palate, yeasty but i think the hops dominate this tripel more than I see in most tripels i’ve observed, and the bitters are very well balance, went with the bree and timlamook extra sharp cheddar very well on this christmas eve

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
Golden yellow colour, deep friut and darl bitterness, full tasting, a little Saison-funky it seems, good but not my fave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3370) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Cloudy golden color nice fluffy head, great spiciness with some slight fruit to it, and the alcohol was the perfect amount.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
A beautiful pour - cloudy copper/gold with a fairly subtle but nicely complex spice aroma. Very carbonated with a long-lasting foamy head. Fairly tasty as well - yeasty and bitter with a definite warming alcohol kick. Lingered fairly nicely in the mouth.

   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.

   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.

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