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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3027   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Beautiful amber color with large frothy head. A nice citris aroma accented the moderately bitter hoppy taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in Chimay trappist glass. Colour is a rust orange colour, somewhat opaque with a large white stable frothy head. Aroma has slight hint of alcohol. In the forefront, aromas of floral spice, apples, and raisins abound. Taste is more subdued and subtle than the aroma. Up front, the bitterness of hops is present, with a slightly 'creamy/velvety finish'. Little or no spice or fruit like flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 (0,33l bottle) Very hazy, dark orange color with a creamy and lacy head. Slightly sour and acidic, yeasty, fruity and spicy, reasonably complex, almost "Orvaly" aroma. The flavor is dryish, witbier-peppery-spicy, citrusy and quite hoppy. Nicely balanced, medium-bodied, semi-dry palate, but way too carbonated from a trappist glass. From a Duvel glass (with the "crack" at the bottom), the excess carbon dioxide will quickly evaporate, and the palate is much better balanced! An excellent, quite dry tripel, although it could still be more refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. Very good tripel. Was a little drier than I remember but still very good. Wasn't as sweet as some other tripled

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 100th RATING!!! / didn’t care too much for the aroma, musty yeast. flavor and palate is what dominates: banana bread, cherries, smooth, and animated. flavor summed up as fruity peppers? a delight nonetheless, but nothing entirely too special. very good brew. (updated only to note that this is rating #100!!!)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 22, 2003
Enjoyed this while watching the 1st half of the OSU/Michigan game. Woot!!, what a great game. Anyway, this brew pours a hazy clover honey amber. The giant off white frothy head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The subtle nose is licorice, roses, alcohol, strawberry/banana/cherry, and pepper. The flavor is lighter than I expected for the gravity. Great balance with the alcohol remaining concealed and elusive - just the way I like it. Tangy middle and a long peppery finish. The medium dry and fizzy palate finishes chalky. This is definitely a beer that must be allowed to warm and breathe. P.S. enjoyed this with a Mama Mimi's "Take N Bake" pizza. For all those of you in central Ohio that haven't tried one - GET ON IT!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Beautiful head, wonderful aroma, hoppy crisp start, with a variety of taste sensations on the palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
well this is a great beer, nice aroma, great golden colour & head. The flavour is a bit simpler and perhaps a bit sweeter than other chimay offerings, but at the same time, it goes down fantastically smooth. Nice, but i still give the nod to chimay bleu.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
33 ml. bottle. Pours cloudy and peachy amber in color with a large white head that dissipated rather rapidly. Aroma is citrus, spice, breadiness, malts and piney hops. Flavor is sweet and yeasty with lots of spice - coriander and pepper - with a strong hop finish. Nice round mouthfeel. Nice, but I like the other Chimay offerings better.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Being a huge fan of this Abbey Igave tthis one a shot. It was a pale colour, very cloudy. Creamy\ spicy taste that was very satisfying. I'll agree with the previous raters comment on its apparent lack of complexity but still definitely a nice trippel


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