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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 From a 330mL Bottle. Hazy golden yellow coloring with a fabulous creamy white head. Yeasty aromas of lemon and spice are accompanied by a nice bouquet of fresh pineapple and white grape skins. Effervescent bubbling action creates an almost creamy texture on the tongue, but the hoppy flavors are a biting contrast to the supple sensation. Hoppy smack of mild lemon rind.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2006
pour very interseting, this brew looks very complex i can see all the stuff cruising around the challace. Very nice head, pretty decent taste just not my thing i liked the double and the quad but this one was weird not my kinda taste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Another great beer from Chimay. Not as good as the "Blue", but a very good beer nonetheless. Pours a cloudy amber in the glass with a large white head. Good hop presence along with citrus / fruity notes. Flavor reflects aroma with the addition of some peppery notes and a slightly bitter finish. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Pours out a cloudy tan color with a large beige head. Flaovr is nice with some fruity hints. Has a bitter finish. Over all a good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kcmole (28) - USA - MAR 4, 2006
Good solid beer, but a bit of a letdown after all I’ve read about it. Stronger than I anticipated and pretty sweet...but enjoyable. Good head retention and mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2006
Bouteille-Dorée aux parfums d’épices et de frutis. Beaucoup d’alccol au goût avec des perceptions de noix et de fruits. Pleine bouche.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9305) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2006
Honey cloured but a little hazy nice white frothy head aroma fruit and hoppy aroma. Very strong tasting maybe a bit too much alcohol there. Good but not one of my favourites

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a burnt orange amber with a frothy barely off white head that lingers for the duration of the beer. When it does finally descend it leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is wheat and a hoppy citrus with a distinct citrus scent. Initial flavor is nutty and sweetly peppery, then transitions right into fruity citrus flavors including green apple, raisin, and an array of other subtle dark fruits. Underlying honey and understated port round things out. Finished long with fruit (mostly raisin and green apple) and a mild bitterness. Palate is a moderately thick oil with a lively small carbonation not unlike champaign. Overall a fantastic complex tripel. Really enjoyed this one!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Aroma is mostly fruity yeast with a definite alcohol presence. Pours a light amber with a nice head. Flavors are mostly fruit with an alcohol taste in the background. Hops are present, but not in the forefront of the palette. An excellent beer, but my least favorite of the Chimays.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzerfaust (784) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a hazy gold beer with a huge white rocky head that lingers for a while. It shows a lot of sediments and leaves an excellent lacing. Strong Tripel aroma with a fruity character that presents light notes of caramel and brown sugar and hints of honey, vanilla, peaches, apricots, pears and even some spicy touches. The hops give it some resin and pine notes. Well-disguised alcohol. The flavor is well rounded and complex as the smell. It starts sweet and powerful, ending with a nice soft bittersweet and alcoholic combination with some bread, that leaves a great aftertaste. Strong for a tripel, almost full bodied, it is however incredibly smooth and has a syrupy texture. The carbonation is soft and doesn’t detracts from the flavors. The end is moderately alcoholic. One hell of a Tripel!!


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