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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Light amber with a thick white head. Yeasty and malty aroma; almost wheaty. Also, alcoholic on the aroma. Very carbonated, light bodied, malty finishing with a mild bitterness. Surprisingly smooth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Bright golden with a thick creamy head. Big sheets of lace. Mild aroma. Slightly stinky in such a way that stinky is not necessarily bad. Definite clove notes. Lots of carbonation but it's very soft and not at all sharp or biting. Full bodied. Finish is moderately bitter with some earthy hop notes and a sticky bit of lingering sweetness. In my opinion, the best Chimay. The others taste like sweet alcohol-water to me. This has real complexity and substance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
I expected more from Chimay. Good carbonation quite fizzy, generous head dies quickly. I agree that this beer finishes with a metallic bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11021) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Cloudy golden orange with a fluffy, disappearing head. Fruity aroma with some hops. Quite sweet, very fruity (banana) and some alcohol. - Re-rated since it was one of my first ratings and excitement over good beer took over back then

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Generous head with attractive lacing. Unfiltered golden appearance. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Nicely carbonated. Fruits and spices in the taste, with a good bitter bite. Very satisfying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This beer is overrated. Beers like Allagash and New Belgium Trippel flat our put this metallic tasting import on its ass. Where are the raisins, yeast ala New Belgium. This brew defintely suffers by comparison. I profer that it is rather ironic that the top rated Belgian Trippels are all U.S. brews. I concur completely. As for the rating: Brew pours massive floating head. Appearance is golden amber. So far so good. Flavor is somewhat complex. Metallic finish is a deal breaker. Bring on the New Belgium.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
there is only one chimay. cloudly golden beer with a wonderful noise. one of the few abbeys that i could sit and drink all day long.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Chimay white is a very beautiful brew. It pours a foggy sparkling pumpkin color. The aroma is reminiscent of hops and ripened fruit; it has a somewhat dry taste to it as well. A very grand beer, but still not as desirable as the blue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2003
light cloudy golden color with nice head. yeasty, wheat, flowery nose. Yeasty wheaty flowery, hoppy, slight hefe taste. Champange carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2003
In a word, delicious. This delicate. creamy brew pours to a dark golden color, with good carbonation. The thick foamy white head dissipates quickly with minamal lacing. This beer is gently malty, with almost no hop flavor. This beer tastes like a rich desert, peaches or apricots drizzled with sugar and ladled with thick dollaps of cream and vanilla. In spite of the 8% ABV the alcohol taste was minimal. It's hard to believe this beer is slightly stronger than the darker and fuller-flavored Chimay Rouge. A smooth, extremely drinkable Belgian Ale, this beer is my favorite Chimay.


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