Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 Bottled, 0.33ltr. Hazy orange-golden beer with a lasting, dense, off-white head. Yeast and alcohol in the aroma, along with lemon-peel and some spicyness. Flavor is fruity, with alcohol and dried fruits. Long-lasting bitterness and pleasant mouthfeel. Definately not a bad beer, just a bit to ordinary, if you can say that of a tripel. Rating: 7-5-7-4-14-3.7. (060202)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a hazy golden-orange body with lots of carbonation. The Westmalle-goblet is topped by a thumb-thick, creamy off-white head. As I’m drinking, lacings hangs on the side of the glass. Very fruity on the nose, lots of spices, and hints of yeast. Banana, lemon peel, coriander, alcohol, peppery hops and dreams of cheese. It’s full-bodied, effervescent and quite warming in the mouth, almost sticky sweet. The flavor is fruity, mostly lemon-peel, and quite bitter, with alcohol, white sugar and fruityness added. Nice spiced touch as well, leading to a lasting, warming finish with good bitterness, lemon-peel, spicyness and sweetness. Besides looking gorgeous in the glass, this beer tastes and smells very nice, and despite it’s high abv, it drinks dangerously well too. A true classic I don’t visit often enough. (090818)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy dark orange with thin, fluffy white head. Complex flavors of orange fruits, cookie malts, some spice, citrus, and banana. Still, struck me as light, the flavors more implied than present. Would like a rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2389) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 From the bottle.

Pours a beautiful amber with a lovely fine white head and a geyser of bubbles streaming up from the middle of the glass even minutes after the pour.

The aroma is fruity belgian yeast, spice, lemon rind, a bit of pepper. The flavor is delightfully dry, with a fine and only slightly metalic bitter finish that highlights the belgian yeast and cloves as they yield to the hops. The palate is excellent, full in the mouth, abundantly but not aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Draft. Golden and hazy with a frothy head. This was served colder than it should have been and the aroma seemed subdued. Still, the aroma didn’t present itself all that much more as the beer warmed. Hints and only hints of fruit. The flavor was spice and fruit, mainly clove, pepper and orange. Agreeable palate — creamy and soft and fizzy. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste. This beer is good, but I was anticipating more aroma and flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Huge sudsy light khaki head on a cloudy burnt-orange body. The layer of fine bubbles lasts and last, slowly settling into a skim that coats the lips with each sip, all the way to the end of the glass. A rising bread aroma, with peppery, spritzy notes. Dry, spicy and warming, with a bit of lemon flavor. Very clean and bright. Amazingly etherial texture. So soft on the palate, it’s like sipping a cloud. Maybe a cloud that formed on a warm spring day over a stream full of watercress.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2006
Bottle. White creamy lasting head. Clear amber body looking to have a good deal of carbon dioxide. Aroma claimed to be with muscat and raisins, I could not tell, I just found it fruity. Very pleasant smooth flavor, bitterness without being too much despite the high alcohol percentage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quevillon (2876) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
Elle pas mauvaise, mais je l’ai trouvé très amère. J’ai pu l’esseiller Au Petit Douceur Belge à Québec en forma de 33cl. et dans un embalage cadeau avec le Bleu (2 X 75cl.) avec un verre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2006
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ 2007. Clear dark orange with a sea of very fine bubbles; thick, stable, creamy slightly off-white head leaving beautiful, dense lace. Attenuated odour of cardboard, raisins, grass. Sweet-bitter taste with Muscat grapes and a hint of prunes; peppery hops which keep burning long into the aftertaste; presence of alcohol. A compact body with a very drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
750ml - 2004 - Aroma is sweet candi sugar, Belgian yeast, corriander, and lemon zest. Pours clear golden color with constant bubbles cascading up my trappist glass. Frothy white head sticks around and leaves great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a little bubblegum showing up. Hides alcohol well. Palate is creamy and smooth. An easy drinking quality tripel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2006
[bottle] Pours out beautiful, with a cleat golden color and generous white head. This beer is a fine Tripel with a boost of hops in both aroma and flavor. Extremely complex, slightly spicy. Hops are especially present in the long aftertaste. Finishes warm and bready. This is my favorite of the Chimay offerings.

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