Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. This is a great beer! Hazy orange colour with a beautiful beige head, mostly lasting, lacing the glass during consumption. Excellent aroma of fruits and flowers. Very lively and complex. Flavour is also great with the alcohol always present, but not unpleasant at all. Dry finish. This is surely one of my favourite beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 Bottle. Pours a beautifully hazy golden/amber color. Moderately sized head. You are instantly greated by the hops, but they do not overpower you. Some fruity sweetness, but just a touch. Good bit of yeast in both aroma and flavor. Alcohol is totally hidden. Overall, just a really good beer. I believe I like this better than the Bleu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Maybe I had like the best bottle of this batch, but this beer was fantastic. Good sticky head, a true golden body, a light complex body, hint of coriander, and a citrus finish. This beer is the total package, a true feel good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2006
33 CL bottle-Pours a hazy amber color w/a huge white long lasting head. Hoppy upfront aroma & taste, but doesn’t overpower. Has a long, full, balanced finish which is very hard to describe, somewhat fruity & grassy, but very different. The longer you drink it, the more you enjoy it. Has quite a kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
I first had this as one of a 3-pack with a glass included. I just drank that little guy and didn’t review it. I liked it well enough that I bought this 750ml caged and corked bottle that I’m reviewing. After removing the cork and getting one of the younger pairs of eyes in the house I confirmed the date on the cork, 06/04. :-) The color is a bright light orange gold color and there is plenty of stuff floating around in the glass, my new Chimay glass of course. It formed a nice inch high creamy head that had some staying power when first poured. The aroma off the head was very hoppy, but after the head died down there were some fruity smells. Now the taste is quite different than that small bottle I had. I get a leather taste which for me is the first time I’ve ever tasted this in a beer. There is a little fruit on the palate and the finish is clean and slightly hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Orange-golden colour, very lively, hazy sediment. Nice silky texture. Scent of banana-vanilla like esters. This tastes peppery with a smooth vanilla like sweetness. I love the dyrness of the hops. Very warm and soothing. Their is a lot of yeast setiment in this bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
One of the more drinkable belgians. The flavors blend together quite well in this one. As with most belgian ales, this one has that alcohol flavor in the background. Flavor has a nice sweetness that is not too overly sweet like many belgians and also has a nice bitterness to round things out. I consider many belgians to be too undrinkable and this one works quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Bomber. Pours all head. Slowly diminished into a gorgeous golden amber. As I worked on the bottle, lots of tiny swirling floaties looked like sea monkeys. Aroma was vitamin, yeast, citrus, a nice bread quality, and some dried fruit sweetness. Taste was subdued. A little acid in the first sips. Very grainy and nutty. Some spricot, clove, and spiciness. Slight grapefruit bitterness at end. Palate was light and soft. Very pleasant, but maybe a little too subdued for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle at Chillout Zone, Dietikon 13/01/2006 Golden coloured with a slightly hazy appearance and a floral aroma. Sour fruit flavour. Smooth on the palate with a crisp slightly dry malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 Pours a tawny golden color w a full, semi cremy froth. Superb head retention. Lacing is full and clumpy. Aroma is nice w/ banana spice. Medium nectar w/ fluffy residual effers. The texture is very silky. This is a strong flavored tripel w/ exceptional balance and drinkability. Theres a defined mild hop profile w/ nuances of banana fruit spice, green tea, and bitter lime rind. The finish is long and bittered w/ lime rind. Highly recommended.

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