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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Fizzy, cloudy pour. Complex, hoppy aroma and the taste of hops and black licorice. Highly flavored on top of the normal hops and malt, a very nice but intense brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a Hazy copper, thicker head with some lacing. Aroma is both hops and malts, the first I’ve encountered both from this brewery in the bouquet. Flavor is less complex than my other experiences with the style. This one comes across as sweet, has the requisite full body and very strong malty flavor, as well as a nice bitterness, but the alcohol wears out its welcome in the flavor. It covers up so much, that I’m missing much of the spice and fruit that I expect in this style. I catch a little banana and clove right at the end, but that’s all. While it may in fact be a Tripple, it’s missing most of the best things about the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a giant foamy head and beautiful lacing. Aroma is estery and honey-ish with notes of gingerbread. Mouthfeel is carbonation, then some more carbonation. There is still some complexity although I notice a reduction in that department since the mid 1990’s. Agressive bitterness is still a quaility as is the long and dry aftertaste of bitter orange. Not the champ it once was, but still better than most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2005
Poured from the bottle by the barman at Galbraiths (and a great pour it was too). Amber colour with a big full head. Sweet malty aroma, also wheaty. Taste a winey sourness I often find with these types of beers (maybe tart is a better description). Quite spicy as well. Enjoyable, though I found I enjoyed these beers better from the tap when I was in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2005
Tasted 21/02/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Batch LAK-565, BB 12/2006. Pours a bright orange gold. Appears effervescent with a huge ballooning off-white head that shrinks to a pillowy, pocketed, creamy appearance. Appearance becomes murky as the yeast dregs roll in. Lacing is thick and long lasting. Nose is spicey and spritzy - you can feel the carbonation in your nostrils! Some hints of breadiness. Flavour is peppery sweet, slightly winey and definitely yeasty; and is delivered in a light but soft mouthfeel that carries millions of tight tiny bubbles. Palate, which is left warm from high alcohol, has hints of bitter orange, spices and wine. Very different from my last abbey tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, this one is a lot harsher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Finally get around to rating this one. In the past I was unimpressed with drafts served at Monks. This rating is for the small bottle (with dinner at Azure). Benchmark tripel: richer and fuller body than Golden Monkey and Fin du Monde; lighter on the spice; and malt, yeast, hop and spice flavors are all much mellower and blended than GM and FdM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
Hazy golden ale with discrete floaties and a thcik luscious white head. Nose of coriander and yeas, with a touch of alcohol. Sweet yet in a restrained fashion, with hops domineering quite well over malt, lingering coriander, bitter oranges, creamy in outh and complex. A classic. Santé aux voyageurs des papilles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
330ml bottle. Pale golden with large white head. Vanilla, banana aroma. Quite carbonated. Bitter, orange flavours. Excellent, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Beautiful pale gold color with excellent aroma. The taste is full of fruit sweetness at first and then balances quickly into a great yeast/hop aftertaste. The feel of the hops lasts awhile but is pleasant. Excellent head retention that does not dissapear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy amber/brown colour, big frothy head. Spicy, nutty, coriander and some cardboard aroma. Malty, nutty, slightly citric, yeasty and pretty bitter taste. Ends in a nut-bitter finish. This reminded me of Westmalle Tripel. Medium- to fullbodied, good mouthfeel, nice texture. This is quite a nice and interesting brew, but the weird spicy flavours, somehow prevenetd it from being completely enjoyable to me.

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