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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3006   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
A nice amber pour slightly cloudy. Pleasing fruity aroma. Sour flavors with some spice. Small bitterness in the finish. Certainly a good tripel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (589) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Amber color. Plenty of sediment floating throughout. Very pungent. Smells of fruits. Dry bitter flavor, somewhat burnt. Very flavorful beer. Bites you in the sinuses to the back of the throat.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a medium orange-golden liquid light penetrates with a generous amount of virgin-white head that collapses quickly but leaves plenty of great looking head. Aroma is of sweet straw, citrus lemon and pineapple. Flavor is a somewhat dry, toasty wood, barkline, sour and slight pine needle that gives way to a clean, but somewhat dry palate. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Golden color, good carbonation and lacing. Lighter tasting than I expected, compared to Chimay Red and Blue. Not enough flavor in my opinion, but a fine beer overall. Has the Chimay flavor but certainly more hops than the others. I'd go with the Blue if I had a choice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Pale amber color, a ton of carbonation. Spicy, pepper aroma, banana flavors. The best Chimay with seafood, IMHO.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - SEP 5, 2003
750 ml. brown bottle. Corked & caged. 2003 seen on the cork. Highly carbonated, because the cork nearly shot out of the bottle as I opened it. Poured a cloudy orange color, with major chill haze. Frothy white head never did subside. I had to spoon it out just so I could smell it. Peppery aroma right off the bat. Typical funky Belgian yeast smell to it as well. Kind of horsey actually. Not quite as bad as a lambic, but not far off, either. Not much in the hops department. Aroma or taste wise. Malt & lactic wheat tastes to this (apparently) popular Belgian. Thin mouthfeel, highly carbonated, almost too much so. Has a phenolic character to it as well. Not my favorite Belgian, but then again, not too awful bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2003
75 cL bottle, goblet, 10/01 bottling, 57 degrees. Gigantic, fizzy, frothy, white head lasts well and leaves great lacing. Body is an amber-orange and is hazy from a dense collection of tiny and small particles. Light toasted light bread and toasted grain malt aroma; medium flowery, sprucey, citric (lime) hop aroma; light cobweb yeast aroma; light white grapes, rome apples, clove and alcohol aromas. The aroma is much lighter than I was expecting. I am immediately stunned by how smooth this is for a hoppier beer and how well the dryness builds from start to aftertaste. Impressive. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Absolutely no acidity. The aftertaste grows more dry as the malt falls away from the hops. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. For me, this one is more about the mouthfeel than the taste. The flavor is quite simple compared to the aroma. The bottom line is: excellent looking and a great example of how a "lighter" beer can have great mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Big foamy pure white head that lingers with a bit of lacing. Aroma is yeasty and bubbly, slightly sweet, although pretty weak overall. Flavor is very belgian-like (I'm always at a loss to explain this better), yeasty, a touch of sweetness, very dry throughout, very carbonated. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, as thick as you would want a triple to be. Overall a great offering, and one of my favorite triples.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Hazy golden color with a snow white head. Yeasty aroma with some banana and hints of hops. Citrusy flavor underneath the yeast. Slightly bitter, which was unexpected but not disliked. Another good Chimay.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Dark copper orange color and a puffy white head. Rich bready yeast aroma with soft malty presence. Body is thick, sweet and complex, with everything from caramel malt to dark fruits and some spice. Finishes crisp and dry. Very smooth and balanced.


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