Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Draught at Newport Pizza in OB. Cloudy gold pour. Fluffy lingering cloud-like head. Lots of yeast notes upfront and throughout. Citrus at the end, with the faintest bit of alcohol burn. Some banana and floral herbs in there at some point as well.Very nice tripel, drinkable but worth lingering over to allow it some warnth, as the yeast subsides and fruit notes increase as it gets warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle, The aroma surprised me with more grassy hops than I expected. While the hops mellowed a bit, they persisted throughout the experience. The aroma also had some yeast and booze thrown in. This one had a profuse, long-lasting off-white head and a hazy golden body. The flavor was yeasty, spicy and had a little alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
This is probably my favorite of the Chimay line up. Pours a nice amber hue and is a bit cloudy. For what they were aiming for this is perfection. Nice fruity flavors come though such as some citrus flavors and perhaps dates. Sharp carbonation but done well. For such an easy to find Belgian beer this one is sure tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
A very nice beer. Golden cloudy appearance with a large head but less sediment than some of its comparables. This one had a sweet base but was kept honest by a noticeable presence of hops, which was rather enjoyable (this coming from a non-hop head). Aroma was sweet, citrusy with a touch of flowers. Mouthfeel was carbonated and moderately heavy, but not thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
330ml bottle. Great tripel. Cloudy orange golden color. Slightly dry flavor, but frankly it was very decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehoyme (4) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2006 does not count
I love the cloudiness of unfiltered/less-filtered beers. Chimay Blanche is a great example of this. Its body is a murky amber-orange, which carries a fine, off-white frothy head. If you put your nose to it, you may smell a moderate hoppiness combined with a light yeastiness and overtones of apple and alcohol. As you begin to taste it, you will likely find it lightly sweet and acidic. This initial tagteam becomes more powerful toward the finish, which is average - long. This excellent tripel is presently in my top 10 beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Fruity aroma with vanilla, caramel, toffee, and dried fruit. Yellow-brown with a super cloudy, off-white head. Sweet and chewy flavor with caramel malt, raisin fruits with a touch of coke-like flavor in the finish and a bit of oxidation. L:ighter body, slightly watery texture with a dry finish. Thanks to brigadier for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Corked & caged 750 ml with 06/05 printed on the cork with plenty of yeasty sediment both stacked on the bottom of the bottle, as well as in suspension... Appears an orange toned, clear gold with lively carbonation and a huge, fluffy white head that slowly fades. Thick, chunky lace is left around the glass. Huge amounts of pils malt with Belgian candi sugar, light citrus, dusty golden raisins, honey, apricots, flowers, and spicey pepper. Taste is of the same aromas with a bit of bitter hops that comes across as bitter lemon rind, & orange peel with a touch of coriander...American hops in there? Medium bodied brew with a mild dustiness touching upon sweetness, and bitterness. It’s sort of like mixing some white sugar with some watered down honey and throwing in some dandelions with a shake of pepper. Now shake it all up in a dusty mug and swallow. Not bad. Not as good as I remember this being though. Maybe age it longer? Or was it b/c I loved it on draft so much?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 330ml bottle
Aroma / Appearance - Rich bitter chocolate, bread yeast, a hint of fruitiness and some barnyard tones. The body is a deep walnut brown with a one-finger head that foams then dies.
Flavor / Palate - Buttery coca, subtle hop esthers and a low-key bitterness precede the main flavors of creamy caramel and sweetness. The alcohol is distinct but not overpowering. Every sip grasps the corners of my mouth and refuses to let go for minutes. This was extremly easy to drink with a dry, creamy finish. I might have to try this again in the larger bottle - I am sure I could finish it off just as easily as the smaller version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gigantor (4) - USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
Pours very cloudy with a small, tight head. Smells and tastes like yeast/bread. Very dry with a bitter finish.

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