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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 3050   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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2004
fruity aroma and thick white head a bit of a turn off, lots of carbonation too noticable on palate. good bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2004
While this is very good, it is my least favorite of the Chimays. Pours with a huge white head and has lots of carbonation. Very cloudy. Has lots of banana in the aroma and flavor. Kinz said it well that tobacco is very strong in the aroma and flavor. This is not complex and the alcohol definitely comes through and gives it some bite. A little piney and slightly citrusy in the finish. A little disapointing after having the other Chimays.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - FEB 25, 2004
pours hazy(fell over in the ride home)copper amber with a large head that fades slowly. aromas of vanilla, orange, hops, and coriander. flavors of malt, oranges, coriander, hoppy bitterness, vanilla, and ending with an alcohol pepperiness. body is moderate with some creamyness from the carbonation. a bit musty. the blanche on tap is brighter and more refreshing. still a good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3291) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
On tap. Deep gold, pretty white head, tiny bubbles. Faint slightly cedary and tobacco aroma, with some orange. Flavors are faintly of apricot, moving into an almost ashy hop finish. Decent, bu the weakest of the Chimay line up, and there are many far better tripels out there as well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Complex and delicious, with that charachteristic Chimay yeast strain aroma and taste... similar but IMHO slightly better than Duvel.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Could not detect any distinct aroma with this beer (might have been the smoke in the bar). Cloudy golden color with good lacing. Mix of fruit and bitter taste. Good carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Very hazy golden color with good carbonation and a thick white head. Has a mixed nose. Some sweet mixed with hops and yeast. Very potent flavor of yeast and a little fruit undertone. Mouthfeel is a little harsh at the beginning but slowly gives way to a silky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2004
I brought home a growler of this from Sean Bolan's in Bel air,MD.Aroma is full of banana,yeast,clove,hop.The taste is lacking compared to the bottled version(but still very satisfiying).Smooth but not the same w/o that bottle conditiond champagne-like carbonation.More drinkable in it's flater draft version which is quite a treat four blocks from my door.The bottled version has more character(and is more preferred)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auto (163) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
white head which dissipated fairly quickly and left slight foam traces on the outside of the glass. murky golden body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Fruity floral aroma which was slightly skunky. Pine and pineapple flavors with a slightly citrus twist.


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