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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3275   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)


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Very good example of a triple, too bad I had to go to Tennessee to get it. Poured into a Chimay glass on a cold winter night and it just made the winter blues melt away.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
On tap this pours a hazy golden color with a medium long standing white head that leaves nice lacing behind. Spicy crisp aroma of corriander, clove, bread, and citrus fruits. Very well balanced with a lot of crisp/dry snap to it, citrus flavors throughout with some orange peel and spice in the finish. Great brew that is very floral on tap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (22632) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottled. Hazy orange colour, huge foamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, some wood, earth and mildly spicy. Flavour is yeast, hops, some wheat and also some alcohol. Alcohol isn’t burning bad though.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
A fantastic beer in my humble opinion. Huge hoppy aroma imediately from the bottle. Beautiful pour which shows off its amber cloudy body and huge white head. This disipated pretty rapidly, but the tast left behind was amazing. Slight alcohol touch is the only negative thing about it. Loads of hops with a very sweet malty depth. Some strong yeast is present, as is a sweet spicy aroma. A hopheads delight!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2005
I found a few of these in a box I’d forgotten about. The cork read 12-93. If that means this one’s from 1993, it held up very well over time. Pours a hazy orange with a small white head and lingering lacing. Smells of cookie, caramel, hay, straw and citrus with hints of grass and alcohol. Tastes sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
This beer exhibits a wonderful head and lace that is typical among many quality Belgian brews. The nose is very big with a yeasty, spicy, and woodsy character. The palate is rather dry, light and airy. I must say this beer drinks somewhat like a brut Champagne. As for the palate, it is amazingly complex and well balanced. Finally, the finish is long bitter and utterly refreshing. This beer is obviously the most overlooked of the widely available Chimays, but I think it nudges out the red label by a hair.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005 does not count
Pretty beer with the typical clean trappist head. This IS a trappist ale that I could enjoy without feeling guily that I was wasting something precious. While it is by no means an everyday drink, it is very easy to drink, and the subtle fruitiness makes it quite pleasant. After having the Blue, I do enjoy the Blanche more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours a hazy orange/gold color with a good amount of foamy white head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is sweet, raisiny, with some hints of spices, yeast, and citrus. Also faint notes of alcohol - rumish almost. Flavor is bitter and raisiny sweetness with a finish of alcohol. A lot of carbonation dancing on my tongue. Overall, pretty good, but a little harsher than I expected after having previously tried the red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 This pours a light, golden, unfiltered, amber with a lively white head. The nose is of mahagony and a bit of white cheese with fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a wonderful lighlty citrus peel yeast flavor and a nice tingy hops finish. The bitterness is somehow only medium, but the hop flavors seem to dominate the tastes. The nose and tastes are very much floral and perhaps hint slighlty of unripe bananas.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2005
Excellent beer, quite easy to find in france. Strong alcohol% for a white beer but not a problem, as the taste is complex and intense, with some flower, spice and banana. To be drank in the original and very nice Chimay glasse.


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