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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cmalc (1) - ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
I love the general aroma of Chimay beers. This one has more character and complexity than the sweet and straightforward Rouge and is better balanced than the rather over the top Blue. It is leaner cleaner and more interstingly complex than either and has a fabulous refreshing mouthful of hops! This is the first beer I have rated here. I’ve given it the maximum rating in every department because over many years of trying and comparing hundreds of beers, this is my absolute favourite and has been so for a long time...Duvel is similar in some ways and is second in my personal ratings, but does not have the almost miraculous WOW factor of the white-cap Chimay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours out to a nice golden-orangeish color with a lasting creamy white head. Smells a lot like the other Chimay brews, with hints of dark fruit (plums, raisins) leading the way. Starts out only slightly fruity with a little bit of orangey flavors. Spicy hops follow. Finishes with clean, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1784) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Bottled: 2007
Tasted: January 2009 (13/20)

I haven’t had a great track record cellaring triples and this is no exception. Looks fantastic; massive billowing head, pure white, and a nice apricot coloured body. Chunky lacing too. Nose shows mild malt sweetness, some spice and a touch of aniseed. All very faint. Palate is dominated by fizz and light, but dirty, sweet malt character. Finishes surprisingly dry with a mild aniseed edge. Not much to advocate further cellaring, let alone hanging onto it for as long as I did.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: Feb 2005

Good head, spongy, thick. Cloudy burnt orange in the glass - nice. Subtle nose, some clove and spcie but not overt. Palate weight is a surprise given the nose; more spice, alcohol sweetness, some heat, big mouthfeel and drive. Does get progressively lighter through the palate. I felt it also had some ale characters hanging around the side which added to the complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
turbothy (1130) - Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2005
Looks beautiful, with a large pearly white head and deep golden colour. Very good aroma, which unfortunately isn’t followed through in the flavour. My least favourite Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
On tap Sophie’s Davis, CA. Quite delicious. Complex, yeasty, malty delicious; what else can you get from a fabulous Tripel? How about a smiley head, a brew as exciting to sniff as to roll off the tongue. Great stuff. And they only charge you six bucks for this Trappist brew served in the appropriate receptacle a Chimay Trappist. Perhaps a deal found only in a college town?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
75c cl bottle w/ cork & wire. Served in Chimay goblet. Great appearance: hazy gold with big, stable head. Fresh, spicy aroma and flavor. Refreshing and yet full in taste. The typical Chimay yeast is present in both aroma and flavor. A very nice tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
I sampled the 0.75L corked and caged bottle typical of this variety, the uncorking of which for me is a much loved ritualistic event. The bottle poured brilliantly gold, effervescent, slightly hazy and with a huge snowy white head. But the head disappeared fairly readily, leaving some decent lacing and revealing a rich aroma of ripe banana, raisin and honeysuckle. Initial palate is slightly sweet, fruity and characteristic of white grape raisin, orange rind and spice. The finish is tart with light hop bitterness and hint of alcohol. There is a pleasant and dry, but brief, aftertaste. This beer is near perfect served at about 48-50F; very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Hazy golden in color with a huge frizzy white head, this is a dandy tripel. One of the more nicely hopped Belgians, this also carries a strong fruity aroma, dried fruits and orange peels. There’s malt in the bottom of this, but this soft-bodied drink tastes of malts, spices, a yeasty fruitiness, some alcohol, and nice hop bitterness. Finishes on a slightly tart, bitter, alcoholic note. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1429) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
A Rolls Royce of a tripel. Poured a cloudy golden colour with an appetising thick tan head. Lots of yeast in the light, fruity nose. Some strong orange peel characters. Medium-bodied. Some citrus in the middle, plus some darker, winey notes. It’s surprisingly quenching in the mouth but with a lingering heavy hit of alcohol in the finish. Terrific aperitif I imagine. (Bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This is better than Chimay Blue, for sure, but does not compete with the Rouge. A darker tasting brew, it looks lighter than the Rouge, with a nice caramel colored head. Not as complex as Rouge, but more so than the plain, average-tasting Blue. This is a nice brew, but I wouldn’t drop the bucks on it again.

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