Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 75 cl Bottle, 2002 Vintage Hazy orange. Woody, geueze-like aroma, i.e a little sourness. Flavour is smooth malty, rich woody(or is it cork?), a little chocolatey and finishes woody. This one might suffer from the cork, but what the heck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Not my favourite of the Chimay colors. Very clear, and carbonated. Spicy and peppery. Large alchohol presence. Duvel is more interesting to me if I am in this zone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Pale Golden. Pours with a wonderful champagne effervesence. You MUST DRINK THIS at the right temperature (56-57ish) or the flavor will not come out and you will not get the true experience. Just tried this in the small bottle. WOW! This is the best tripel Ive had to date(RERATE. Ive tried alot more tripels, this is still good, but not as good as some of the best ones). It didnt suffer from the overly yeasty/grainy flavor I see in so many belgians. Had a great floral flavor at points and I even thought I tasted some citrus notes. The alcohol was not reserved for the finish and was pleasantly present throughout and adds to a huge yeasty/raisiny complex body. While I was drinking this, I kept thinking of an abbey pale and even an american pale. It had a wonderfully even body which I did not find myself wanting more of at the end, which is usually the case with most beers. This is one of the better beers Ive tried in fact and many brewers could learn a lesson from this. Only things detracting from this beer is its need of a little extra kick of something in the main body, though I should reiterate, it does have a wonderful medium- full body. I have looked, and I do not taste any metallic bitterness on the finish. Rerate, it dosent have nearly as much flavor as many smaller brewed belgians and is a bit astringent. This one is much more on the drier side, could stand more malt/bubble gum. Good sharp lemon/hops/citrus mix on the aroma.

Draught tulip at redbones, January 2006
Fairly aggressive yeastiness, plenty of perfumey alcohol esters and lots of dry, grainy biscuity malt. Dry fruits on the end, but could use something to anchor it, ie. more malt and body. Seemed a little too aerated and bubbly, with too much sharpness. Not quite as much finesse or sheer flavor as some of the best in the class, but I need to get a 750mL bottle and sit down and give it a better review.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (396) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 2, 2003
Clear amber color; generous head, as usual. Complex, warm aroma with malty and wooden notes. Taste is full-bodied, rich, creamy, spicy and distinctly bitter. Medium lasting, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - MAY 24, 2003
The most delicious beer I've ever tasted. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, but with no barky or herbal taste in the bitterness of the aftertaste. The sweetness is very light and smooth, which makes this beer exceptionally drinkable without any of the buildup of bitterness that you'd see in a different sweet style, like an oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Bright gold pour with a nice coriander and hop aroma. Flavor was an excellent combination of malt and fruit. A very good belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Hazy orange color, and a nice fluffy white head, simply gorgeous. Some spices and maybe bananna in the aroma. Taste was wonderful. Spicey and peppery, and a bitter finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2003
Bottled. Verbose white fluffy head. Golden colour with a few specs of yeast. Sweet aroma. Bitter taste. Baggs of alcohol coming of it. Which for me doesn't rate highly. I like my strong beers to be sly about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Smooth. Nice balance between initial sweetness, acerbic assertion midway through, and a yeasty finish. Peppery?? aftertaste. Intriguing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - MAY 5, 2003
was the better of the Chimay brews, more complex, peppery, flavorful delight

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