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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 3426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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)


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Hazy and muddy orange in color with some yeasties floating underneath a creamy quarter-inch, off-white head with wondrous lacing from the get-go. Spicy, floral ambitions in the aroma with some stark lemon rind, buttercream, shortbread, pepper, starch and coriander to boot. Whole wheat bread flavor toys with baguettes. Biscuity mouth feel progresses alongside detectable alcohol, all in cahoots with a curt barnyard (bordering) funk composure. Sharp palate sting, then a yeasty recession. An elemental understanding of the harsh reality of how to hop a Trappist tripel to spicy bitterness. Forceful, delectable palate battle that simultaneously stays creamy and clean. Spicy hops and a dirty little yeast strain lead to a finish capsulated by peppered grain and herbal buttered sourdough. A good benchmark for the style.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Make sure to use the right glass!! Enormous white head. Light tan in color. Multitudes of lacing. A relaxing aroma to enlighten your nose. Light bodied with great fruity following. Nice ligering after taste blending the hops and malts. Awsome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (12845) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Bottle 0,75 L. Creamy white mostly lasting excellent head. Yellow colour. Nice yeasty and exsteme flowery hoppy aroma. Very heavy bitter taste. Long finish and nice oily palate. Fantastic trippel.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Full flavor yet light. Clover spice and Belgian yeast all over the nose. Major carbonation dancing in the mouth. Not cold enough and rather light. A solid "White Ale".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
newtrip (54) - USA - NOV 17, 2005
Poured with above average size off-white head that was a little rocky. Aroma is of fruit, caramel, grain. Taste is very creamy, sweet, caramel, slightly citrus. Finish is dry, bitter and spicy with a nice hint of alcohol coming through at the very last. Very warming. I had this before but don’t remember it being this good. I think maybe it was served too cold last time. As it warms the flavors really come out.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
I was afraid this would be too bitter, but was not. In spite of the stong hops tones, the beer reamains fairly well balanced. A golden hazy beer with a huge head, which to my nose smelled of hops with leanings toward evergreen.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3213) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2008 on draught. Very cloudy orange, fine lasting head. There’s a very rich aroma of cloves, grains, sweet wine, and a boquet of fruit. This is ridiculously smooth with elegant sweet malts. Raisins and spice highlight the sweetness making a perfect balance. I would have to scrutinize this harshly to find something unappealing at all.
[Oct 3, 2007]
Had this on tap again. Pretty good stuff. It lacks a bit of the cohesiveness or depth of a few outstanding tripels, but this is a pleasing quaff any time.
-------&# 16, 2007]
Sampled in a blind tasting. This was the darkest of the four tripels, though crystalline, with a very tall white head. The nose on this was flat and muted by comparison. It was slightly metallic and acrid with less yeast character. The flavor redeems the beer with hints of sweet rolls, honey, and mild spices. The level of esteriness is fair. This is a good beer, but definitely was lacking next to the competition.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
75 cl Yellow/orange Beige head Nice aroma, fruity and bitter A very goog tripel

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2005
330ml Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an impressive head that left good lacing. The aroma showed a good mix of lemon, flowers, and spices. The flavor was fruity hops with a comfortable bitterness. Light, crisp, and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 BOTTLE: 11.20oz. 46F. Pours a fantastic hazy golden with an incredible off white head shaped like a volcanic mountain, leaving thick lacing as it dissolves. Aroma is citrus, wheat, yeast, spice. Flavor is like a beautiful hefeweizen but more complex, spicy and light citrus. Palate is lively and quenching, but very short. Excellent!


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