Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3232   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Bottle. Very fruity, slightly yeasty aroma. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Semi-stable, white head. Peppery flavour, slightly sweet with a good hoppiness, dry and grassy. The aftertaste does not seem as dry as other Chimays, but quite bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a oaky, strawish murky color. Smells of prunes, grapes, and oak. Tastes like fruit, wheat malt, cloves, and spice. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Hazy amber pour with orange highlites supporting a tall rocky white head which looked great surrounded by the gold rim of the Chimay chalice. Bright hoppy aroma with yeast, hay, malt, pepper and orange peel. Flavors matched the aroma with the malt up front and the hops firmly keeping the sweetness in check. Mouthfeel was silky and finish was sweet but still crisp with a rounded bitterness. Easy to see why this is a world classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2999) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle, Volo, served in a Chimay Goblet (or whatever you want to call it). Golden brown pour. Big bubbly white head, frothy, but it did dissipate quickly. Looks like Orval! Strong spice aroma, some alcohol present as well. Strong sharp citrus taste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Strong alcohol in taste, especially as it warms. It doesn’t look it, but this feels very carbonated - almost too much, detracts from the flavour. Flavour is certainly more one dimensional than the Blue. There is a roof of your mouth spiciness to this that I didn’t quite care for. Nice to sip, as I did reading a book on the patio, but just not as well rounded or flavourful as the Blue or to a lesser extend, the Red.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Poured into a Chimay goblet, a near hazy apple cider color with a high head that is amazingly fluffy and long-lasting. The nose was crisp and sweet with a nutty wheat aroma. Pine, grapefruit, lemon and spicey hops also tingle the nostrils. The taste was a sweet and boozy with lemon, grapefruit and wheat with a nutty oak backbone in the end. The finish was piney and dry with a nice medium feel. The feel was medium to full with active carbonation throughout. This is a strong one at 8.0 abv. However, the alcohol doesn’t take anthing away from it’s flavour or it’s drinkability. Just pace yourself...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3915) - - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 hazy orange color. white frothy head. sweet spice flavor with noticable alcohol. mild bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noattention (20) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but those who are say this is one of the best. Golden, with a distinct taste that, like many Belgian beers, isn’t quite "beer like." Try it for yourself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
i had this one on tap at the st. ex cafe in D.C. nice golden color with off white head. fairly clear. smelled of cloves and sweetness and citrus. as for the flavor...the front was citrus sweet with the hint of clove and finished fairly dry, hoppy and black peppery. a very good belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Nice golden ale, whit a thick white head, smells a littlebit of orange and hops, and a good dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
03 Bottle. Sort of an amber orange pour with a thick white head. Belgian yeasty spicy and fruity (oranges) aroma and flavors, with the spices coming across more so than Red. Finishes a bit dry, which I like with tripels.

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