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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 3015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Could not detect any distinct aroma with this beer (might have been the smoke in the bar). Cloudy golden color with good lacing. Mix of fruit and bitter taste. Good carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3384) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Very hazy golden color with good carbonation and a thick white head. Has a mixed nose. Some sweet mixed with hops and yeast. Very potent flavor of yeast and a little fruit undertone. Mouthfeel is a little harsh at the beginning but slowly gives way to a silky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2004
I brought home a growler of this from Sean Bolan's in Bel air,MD.Aroma is full of banana,yeast,clove,hop.The taste is lacking compared to the bottled version(but still very satisfiying).Smooth but not the same w/o that bottle conditiond champagne-like carbonation.More drinkable in it's flater draft version which is quite a treat four blocks from my door.The bottled version has more character(and is more preferred)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
white head which dissipated fairly quickly and left slight foam traces on the outside of the glass. murky golden body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Fruity floral aroma which was slightly skunky. Pine and pineapple flavors with a slightly citrus twist.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Nice golden color with a very large head that sat like whipped cream after settling down a bit. Aroma consists of light fruit with hops and yeast. Not real complex flavor and doesn't mask the alcohol as well as others, but overall a nice smooth taste with a light bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Sweet yeasty, fruity, aroma. Nice full-bodied and rich. A bit hot, the alcohol stands out a bit much on this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2004 toffee, honey and dark chocolate and nectary flowers [some australian natives come to mind] on the nose. looks fantastic in the glass, with a rich amber colour and excellent head. for me the dominant flavours were dark chocolate [without much of the bitterness associated with dark chocolate] and toffee, with subtle hints of dried fruit. nice smooth body with fantastic bitterness that seemed to me to compliment the flavours beautifully.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Hazy gold color. Large white head that quickly diminishes. Fruity nose as the other Chimay beers. The alcohol lingers a little too long. The taste is musky.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 On tap ... massive head. Golden orange. Yeasty aroma. Cloves? Wheaty grist. Smooth and nice. For a non-fan of Belgian beers, I liked this!


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