Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Huge fluffy white that dissipates quite quickly with some lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly with some spice. Taste is quite different, very tangy up front. Finishes nicely dry and crisp

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
On tap. Poured a hazy orange with a huge head and great lace. This one had a nice sour citrus flavor with a little tiny hint of alcohol. Another very enjoyable beer that I can't get at home. Stupid alcohol laws...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (645) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 Nice frothy pour, with a generous and lasting head. Great aroma of many spices including nutmeg. Nothing to wow me in the taste, but mild hop bitterness makes it tangy. Very crisp and dry in the finish. This got substantially better as it lingered on the palate, leaving me wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
My only criticism of Cinq Cents is that it is a little inconsistent. When it's right, it's one of the best beers I've had. Crisp, clean, and tasty. A little thinner than Westmalle (my favorite triple), but overall, a great beer. The fact that it's readily available (in my local grocery store!) makes it more appealing (IMO).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2004
Malt smell w. a touch of spice, alcohol and that particular sweet smell of belgian ales (the sugar?). Cloudy with a big old head, the head collapses to a dense cap. Strong alcoholic bite initially which leads out through the malts to bitterness and boy howdy does this have a great bitterness. I wish it have the smooth palate in the manner of tripel karmeliet or even chimay blue. The palate is okay but I sort of think a tripel ought to be thicker on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Has a big yeasty, cream colored head that bubbles out of the glass like cappuccino froth. Body is thick, deep, and golden. Has a fruity, aroma with big blasts of malt and yeast and subtle hints of hops and alcohol. This beer is loaded with flavor: yeast, fruits, hops, and alcohol battle for control of your senses throughout this beer. Overall, I think this is an awesome quaffing beer. Would be great at a party, served in goblets, with some bread and cheese.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Beautiful aroma of oranges and spice. Hazy orangey colour with excellent head retention. Taste again is spicy and hoppy and clean. There is a slight harshness after swallowing hence the lower score there. A quality beer none the less and very drinkable. Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
A very good beer! A bit more crisp and a slight bit more hop than the other Chimay styles i have tried. Maybe my favorite Chimay that i have tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Yeast, light citrus, clove noise. Orangish yellow in the glass with marvelous head retention. Nice and warming, a hint of lemon zest, yeast and corriander(?)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - FEB 28, 2004
fruity aroma and thick white head a bit of a turn off, lots of carbonation too noticable on palate. good bitter aftertaste that fades quickly.

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