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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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)


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
GuidoMerkens (5) - USA - APR 29, 2005 does not count
Maybe I got an old bottle, but this stuff reminded me of a slightly stronger Old Milwaukee. I was very disappointed

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2005
Bottle as Cing Cents. Poured a hazy golden hue with medium creamy white head. Aroma was complex with malt and citrus. Flavor was a moderate sweet with the same complex long finish. Creamy full body. Good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 750 ml, correct temp. trappists glasses, and certainlly leaving the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Definantly a world classic beer. A fine example of what yeast can do. Absolutley spectacular color in the goblet, thick frothy head that will not budge unless the sweet nectar below it is sipped. A complex plateau of what must be sterling hops and exotic citrus and asian spices. Very clean malt balance and crisp refreshing finish that pleads with the drinker to have another sip. It is the devil, such a rare and special beer that goes down so easily and quickly. You would never guess this beer to be 8%. I can’t tell you where they hide it, but those monks make a fine beer. There really aren’t too many beers around that a novice and an expert can both enjoy and love.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2005
smell is awesome, flower, oranges. tastes like fruit, a pinch of alcohol and cumin. a really well done tripel with good thick mouthfeel and a lingering bitter and fruity finish, yummy!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle. Rated this after a bottle of Chimay Blue (bad idea). Looks absolutely beautiful, slightly cloudy luminous light gold in colour with a huge rocky white head the sticks around and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is medicinal and flowery. Taste starts with sweet malt, with a medicinal middle and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is exquisite; they have done a great job of balancing the viscosity from the high levels of alcohol with fine carbination. I should have tasted this before the Blue. Think I will re-rate the Blue now, I need to give it more credit for subtly and balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
profane (40) - ITALY - APR 21, 2005
Magnum bottle, year 2000. Malted, alcoholic and a very long end. A very nice foam, stable and long. Bitter taste. Cloudy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle: Pale Orangey Coloring with Big White Creamy Head. Fruity Aroma with Yeastiness Hovering About. Carries Through to the Palate.. With Light Subtle Spices and a Comfortably Heavy Mouthfeel. Very Good But a Beer You Have to Be in the Mood For.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle. Great Belgian. Pours a cloudy orange/golden body with a nice thick white head in a Chimay glass. Lots of sediments. Yeasty aroma with some fruity, hoppy scents. Medium mouthfeel. Spicy flavor. Alcohol can be detected. Chewy. Smooth, warm finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
In my opinion not one of the better Belgian tripels. Cardboard and grass nose. Notes of grain and wheat on the palate with some mild funkiness. Mild sour apple an pear flavors overpowered by the cardboard.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2005
Bottle Pours a hazy light yellow/amber with a hugh foamy white head. Hevy lacing. Lots of visible carbonation rising up. Sweet light malts and belgian spice in the aroma. Some notes of warm toast w/ honey. Flavors are much the same but sharper and more bitter. Lively carbonation. Very light grain and slightly sweet malts, almost pilsnerish at first. The immediate aftertaste is where the hops and bitterness kick in. A marked transition. Finish is quick and fairly dry. The ABV is not very noticeable.


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