Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 beerís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 11, 2005
Thick creamy head, with a nice unfiltered gold body. Subtle bitterness in the hops - A unique smokey aftertaste that reminds me of vodka.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
Been looking forward to trying this for some time, finally got around to it. Poured a good sized creamy head. Dusty amber in colour. An aroma of citrus and spice. Quite a spicy, bitter flavour with subtle malty characteristics. Finishes nicely bitter. A very good beer in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle 75 cl, Gold-blond colour, normal head. Lots of spices in the aroma, some citrus also. Astringent, spicy taste, Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4540) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2005
0.33l bottle/ Chimay tulip glass at Tolkienís House, Zagreb.
Honestly, this didnít blow me away or anything.... but youíll see. Poured a medium sized creamy and thick white head that never fully went away, beautiful misty orange (standard tripel) colour, with lovely streams of carbonation near the top. The nose was an assault of coriander and "orange juice". Tastewise, it didnít impress me. I never felt that it was the best tripel Iíve had (close though). Grapeseed bitterness is the main taste here, and itís mixed with pronounced spiciness. Interesting two-front assault, but it perhaps needs a more pronounced malty background to prove to me its "classic" status. It felt too harsh, and overhopped. Maybe with some aging...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (205) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
750 ml bottle: this was the first beer i purchase i made as soon as the new beers started coming in once NC popped the cap ( the chimays were the first to make it in the state) pours a dingy dolden color with a white head. aroma is really spicy and citrusy. some nice malt with some grape/green rasin/apple. sweet citrus and honey/malty flavors up front. spciy/yeasty. refresshing mild bitternes on the end. i like that it is not at syrupy as alot of tripels, eg. golden monkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 My local store "accidentally" received a shipment of a number of 33CL bottles. Priced at $3.25 each... how could one refuse? Pours orangeish color with a nice white head. Nose is mild, but... skunked? Thatís odd. Flavor is yeasty. A little fruit, but not as flavorful as I was expecting. Carbonated, indeed. Going to let this warm up a bit. Well, not much improvement. Frankly, a bit disappointing - still a bit skunked. Will have to pick up another and re-rate later. But for now, it doesnít compare to Allagash or even the Golden Monkey. (First rating: 6/4/5/4/12 = 3.1)<P> Rerate. Nose of dark fruits and flowers, no skunk here (I intentionally dug one from a dark box). Flavor is hugely yeasty, with a bittering hop finish. This one is better than the first, but not really my cup-o-beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (489) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2005
Pricey, a good one-off, not something you could drink regularly unfortunately. Nicely complex, nicely bitter, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (645) - Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2005
I was expecting more from a Tripel, but at the same time I have the feeling that this beer could grow on me in time, not being overpowering or overspiced but being driven by the subtleties underneath the appearances. There are subtle bits of some sort of grassy/fruity combo in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel and finish are very interesting indeed. Certainly highly carbonated, causing the burps. Actually mild in the flavor profile; itís the aftertaste that lingers. Mild nose, beautiful appearance (deep cloudy gold and a head that from top-view expands from the center outward in seemingly renewed cycles like a computer screensaver would depict. One of the most intriguing and interesting drinking experiences in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2006 330ml bottle in Chimay glass. Smells of yeast, floral, fruity, citric, nice hops, bit funky. Tastes mild, yeasty and refreshing. Dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
330 ml bottle. Very zesty, citrusy aroma with light hops detected. It poured a translucent yellow with a fluffy head. Very dry mouthfeel unlike the sticky sweetness of most tripels. I felt this beer lost a little something as it warmed. Maybe its just me.

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