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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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)


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2940) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
330ml brown bottle, Pub Italia, Ottawa. Hazy gold in colour. Billowy white head. Nose of citrus/lemon zest, spicy yeast. Malty, yeasty flavour with dryish citrus notes creeping in and some wheat(?).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours a massive head, that just won’t go away due to the inordinate number of bubbles rocketing their way to the top of the glass - I was not expecting such carbonation! Aroma is quite fruity and yeasty, with notes of coffee(?). Very bitter flavour, especially the aftertaste, but not unpleasantly so. Not as much lacing as I expected given the head. Certainly a very good beer, but doesn’t quite meet my expectations though.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4961) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 An excellent, complex aroma. Brown sediment on the bottom of the glass. Citrus and other fruit, as well as light floral aromas. Gold, with a large head. The flavor is very sweet; with dried fruit. One of the best aromas I have found in a beer, and a great example of a sweet fruity tripel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2005
A friend gave this one to me because after the red and blue gave me severe headaces I told him that buying the white wouldn’t be worth it. So he bought it for me. Aroma of yeast and sweet fruit. Gold hazy body with decent white head, good lacing. Flavor was more alcohol up front with a touch of sweet bitterness. Bitterness subsided by end which was good for me. Leaves a dry aftertaste. Will need to drink a glass of water now.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2005
pour a deep golden hazy color with an off-white eggshell fat head that lasted till i finished the beer. its aroma was of fruit, citrus, spice and floral hops. the taste was sweet smooth, with one again the presence of fruit and spice with a tiny dry finish, the body was good nice beer, very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9292) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2005
Big bottle: Huge, lasting, rocky head, hazy, orangey coloured; complex fruity nose (oranges, bananas, peaches(?)), some traces of caramel and alcohol; sweetish fruity start, moderate sweet flavour; the fruity, yeasty, complex taste becomes dryer towards the end; dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Fine, but not sooo impressive, a well made, stronger Weizen colud do the same job.....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Cloudy orange-yellow with a big white head. Herbal tea-ish, yeasty aroma. Citrus and yeast with a bit of bitterness at the end on the back of the tongue. Some spice in there as well. Refreshing and light.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. We’re twisting our brain trying to remember what this smell is. Something from the garden, anyways. This is an excellent tripel and I really, really like it. It fills up my mouth and my senses and makes me wish the bottle was larger.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2619) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Quite surprised by this one, wouldn’t go out of my way to call it a Tripel, it seemed too unique for any classification. Held one in the cellar for a year or so, and poured it (12-14 degrees) into a stumpy tulip glass. A big dense two layered whitish head formed from the pour, atop a hazy peach body, with a lot of fine yeast that remained captured in suspension. Sweet toffee, lemon and orange peel nose with a balance of vanilla and drying herbal and floral hops. Aroma followed each mouthful well. Smooth, yet high in carbonation (not biting), very fruity and yeasty. Lightly spiced, husky and mellowing; light fruity smooth swallow, long and a little warming. Beautifully balanced and well rounded in its sweetish flavours throughout, smooth and very dry in the mouth (driest of the chimay’s) it, honestly, deserves another sip, more complex than my notes, this was a lovely beer that shouldn’t be labelled a tripel. Absolutely lovely and unique!!! (75cL Cinq cents, BBE 2005)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Insane carbonation. Bananas like their others thx to yeast I’m guessing with pepper and spices. Solid Tripel, but I’ll take R or B over this in a second.


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