Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Yellow color with good good off white head and some lacing. There was a fruit smell and sweet first taste with a little kick at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2004
This beer was gone before I even had a chance to type my notes out. Anyway here is what I remember, hazy dull orange body with a good size off white head, aroma was fruity and yeasty, taste was lovely! Soft pepper, some malt, raisins and a little cloves. Good alcohol and a lovely mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
Golden beer with a tall and foamy off-white head. Cheese, hay and yeast in the aroma. Taste is quite mild for a tripel. Hay, yeast, cheese and spices. Hides the alcohol well. A good tripel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
330mL Bottle, 04.06.04 Pours a darker, orangish amber color; head is typically ample for a tripel, lacing, and lasting. Aromas are of ripe white fruits (pear, banana, grapefruit juice) and spice (corriander, clove). It smells and tastes fresh and lithe. A versatile beer, it can take the place of chardonay with a spicey or fishy dish. In fact, some wine notes carry over from nose to flavor. Hops are, as advertised, nicely intertwined with the yeasts, but this beer might just be too hoppy for its own good...its only downfall, IMO. The beer is so fresh tasting, so grassy, peppery, floral, fruity; the finishing betterness adds to the fresh effect. It’s hard to imagine that this is a tripel, it is the antithesis of mellow - it is exciting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Cloudy orange-amber. Some sediment. Lots of carbonation. Soft, foamy white head. Yeasty (bubble gum, banana), spicy (pepper), & fruity (orange) aroma. Lively, highly carbonated, slightly astringent feel. Complex flavour of yeast (banana, bubble gum), pepper, light malt, & fruit (orange, peach). Firm, dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Cloudy orange fizzy pour. Carbinotation made it interesting and classic Chimay.Tasty but worth sharing the bottle if without food. Bit of spice and pepper and (sour) yeast in taste. Bit bitter and alcohol feel. Aftertaste was dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 This was really good, simular to the Bleu but better, peppery. Goes Down really easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Brassy gold in the glass. Dip your finger into the massive off-white head...you get a soft peak your fingertip, and a crater in the foam. Small amount of camoflage-like lacing. The nose evolves with time and temperature; at various points my glass yielded spicy and earthy notes aromas, yeast, pepper, nutmeg, dates and molasses, composting hay, and pizza crust. Initially slightly sweet taste (honey & water) is followed by flavors of spice, wood, and cowfield. There is also a lightly metallic character that actually enhances the flavor, and carries into the aftertaste. At first, the fluffy and cloudlike palate leads to a leafy bittersweet finish, but the flavor and mouthfeel get pretty wimpy as the carbonation dissipates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - APR 27, 2004
straw colored with a great fluffy head--great retention and structure. Nose is lively with esters of banana, pepper, clove and cinnamon. Good mouthfeel. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
Beautiful hazy deep golden brown colour. Giant foamy white head that releases plenty of fruity aroma. Very peppery and spicy with a lingering finish. Not overly aggresive alcohol but more noticeable than I expected for an 8% beer. Solid though.

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