Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2761) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
[little bottle] Dark yellow with foamy islands from the effervescent foci. The aroma is farmhousey with banana and dried apricots but not raisins; medium sweetness. Nice dry bitterness in the flavour that is woody-grape, though the flavour does contain a significant amount of noble hops, especially in the finish, which compliments a pleasant malt sweetness. Quite a bit of carbonation, with a light to medium body and perfect driness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Very disappointing pour from a 750ml bottle renders a head of coarse, soapy bubbles resting on top of a rust tinted and slightly clouded beer. Head frankly looks like some of the more uninspired pilsners I’ve had. Aroma is weak and lacks the bread and fruit complexities expected in a Tripel of this supposed caliber. It even has a hint of a chemical odour that is at least mildly off-putting. Thought the taste and mouthfeel might redeem aforementioned wrongs... nope. Hints at fruits but gives way almost instantly to persistant bitterness. The drink is coarse. Overall, a big let down in the world of Trappists. I’ll hold out for Rochefort or Westmalle next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes, d’épices et d’houblons. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. L’effervescence en bouche est forte. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #319)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 The great thing about this is the metamorphosis. Pour it ice cold. Let it quench your thirst as you question its mojo. The head is thick and white, but maybe just a tad too bubbly for you? Give it time. It will turn into a creamy lace. Color of a tan-orange hue. Little too dry? Give it time, let it tease the palette as it warms. Let the peachy vanilla manifest. More then a hint of citrus. Let the perfect carbonation manifest. Let the excellence manifest. Yes it’s a little shy compared to the other Chimay cousins. Maybe not as complex. But easy as Sunday morning. I’ve heard rumors of a Chimay decline. Its all Greek to me, for I am new to quality such as this. One of the best beers of all time. Worth the cash. Trust me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy fine head. Smells like fruit (ripe peaches or apricots), malts, yeast, and citrus. Tastes hoppy, tart, citrusy, and yeasty. Dry finish with a slighty sour endnote. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. Definately a keeper!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malty (12) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
As this is CHIMAY i must give this beer its proper resept...aces pours like golden nector from the gods.. peachy sweet hoppy7 too all together..tasteof dates pehaps.. slight hoppy after taste but suttle drinkability,,b..2or3...enjoy malty.out

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Pours gold, slightly darker than most other Tripels I’ve had. There’s a huge white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Spicy, yeasty, citrusy, fruity (pear and peach) aroma. Very good Belgian yeast and spice flavor, with a slight hop bite and a long, dry, very unique finish. Slight alcohol warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 11, 2005
Thick creamy head, with a nice unfiltered gold body. Subtle bitterness in the hops - A unique smokey aftertaste that reminds me of vodka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
Been looking forward to trying this for some time, finally got around to it. Poured a good sized creamy head. Dusty amber in colour. An aroma of citrus and spice. Quite a spicy, bitter flavour with subtle malty characteristics. Finishes nicely bitter. A very good beer in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle 75 cl, Gold-blond colour, normal head. Lots of spices in the aroma, some citrus also. Astringent, spicy taste, Bitter finish.

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