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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. We’re twisting our brain trying to remember what this smell is. Something from the garden, anyways. This is an excellent tripel and I really, really like it. It fills up my mouth and my senses and makes me wish the bottle was larger.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2652) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Quite surprised by this one, wouldn’t go out of my way to call it a Tripel, it seemed too unique for any classification. Held one in the cellar for a year or so, and poured it (12-14 degrees) into a stumpy tulip glass. A big dense two layered whitish head formed from the pour, atop a hazy peach body, with a lot of fine yeast that remained captured in suspension. Sweet toffee, lemon and orange peel nose with a balance of vanilla and drying herbal and floral hops. Aroma followed each mouthful well. Smooth, yet high in carbonation (not biting), very fruity and yeasty. Lightly spiced, husky and mellowing; light fruity smooth swallow, long and a little warming. Beautifully balanced and well rounded in its sweetish flavours throughout, smooth and very dry in the mouth (driest of the chimay’s) it, honestly, deserves another sip, more complex than my notes, this was a lovely beer that shouldn’t be labelled a tripel. Absolutely lovely and unique!!! (75cL Cinq cents, BBE 2005)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Insane carbonation. Bananas like their others thx to yeast I’m guessing with pepper and spices. Solid Tripel, but I’ll take R or B over this in a second.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Very nice beer slightly inferior to the Blue label but a great beer as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
Pours hazy orange. Thick white head. Flowery nose with hints of cork. Dry flavour with hints of almond and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel, slight alcoholic.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
maybe i am new to the style, so dont hoold it against me, but dear lord this shit smelled like budweiser or budlight. the flavor was (thankfuklly) better but not by a ton. it was aight. there was a lot of rubber and a lot of burnt oranges. very creamy head and flavor. hints of oak and some spice on the end... meh

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14481) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Bottle. Very fruity, slightly yeasty aroma. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Semi-stable, white head. Peppery flavour, slightly sweet with a good hoppiness, dry and grassy. The aftertaste does not seem as dry as other Chimays, but quite bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a oaky, strawish murky color. Smells of prunes, grapes, and oak. Tastes like fruit, wheat malt, cloves, and spice. A very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Hazy amber pour with orange highlites supporting a tall rocky white head which looked great surrounded by the gold rim of the Chimay chalice. Bright hoppy aroma with yeast, hay, malt, pepper and orange peel. Flavors matched the aroma with the malt up front and the hops firmly keeping the sweetness in check. Mouthfeel was silky and finish was sweet but still crisp with a rounded bitterness. Easy to see why this is a world classic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle, Volo, served in a Chimay Goblet (or whatever you want to call it). Golden brown pour. Big bubbly white head, frothy, but it did dissipate quickly. Looks like Orval! Strong spice aroma, some alcohol present as well. Strong sharp citrus taste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Strong alcohol in taste, especially as it warms. It doesn’t look it, but this feels very carbonated - almost too much, detracts from the flavour. Flavour is certainly more one dimensional than the Blue. There is a roof of your mouth spiciness to this that I didn’t quite care for. Nice to sip, as I did reading a book on the patio, but just not as well rounded or flavourful as the Blue or to a lesser extend, the Red.


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