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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2938   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011
2010-08-11, draught at Ris Ras, Århus, 8-5-8-2-16=39
Cloudy light amber color; small sized creamy head. Malty aroma. Strong body, round; good malt flavor, a bit biscuity, somehow yeasty and spicy too; very good flavor, but the bitterness is a bit too much.

2008-04-04, draught at Ris Ras, Århus, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Just hazy golden color, creamy head. Soft aroma of malt, and light biscuits, maybe a bit perfumy. It has a good malt flavor, dry, with a good body strength, with a very good Belgian yeast job. Well bitter. Very good.

2003-01-14, bottle, vintage 1997, 5ys old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful amber color, thick head.
Very nice aroma, more delicate than Chimay Red; caramel and old hops.
Good body structure and good balance; it has aged well, just some oak cask flavor, and a light liquorice hint.
Final stronger and more interesting than Chimay Red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 8, 2003
Very cloudy, nice colour and head. Sweetish and discreet. Lacks of character.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JAN 6, 2003
I thought this was almost as good as the blue. The slight bitterness wasn’t much of a factor in the overall quality. Still a fine brew. Excellent in it’s own way. ;)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Very nice restraint and bitterness after sampling a lot of sweet Belgians.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3418) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Clean, light and effervescent mouthfeel; almost champagne-like in a way. Gentle spices come through as the beer warms. Malts are soft and dough-like. Finishes somewhat dry, bitter, and a little oily. Enjoyable beer, but it doesn’t seem to have as much character as the blue or red.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Pale gold color with a thick and foamy head. Not as good as the other Chimay offerings, but still pretty decent. There is a bite that gets you with this beer, and the bitterness seems almost out of place.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
My least favorite Chimay! I’m glad I opted for the smaller bottle of this one. Pours a light gold color with a thick white head. Nice effervescence and minimal lacing. Aroma was actually skunked a little which surprised me. Some spices were also evident but it was ruined by the skunk factor. The flavor was a peppery and yeasty and light. I will try this again sometime and hopefully have a better experience, but at $4 for the small bottle it won’t be any time soon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
I was most surprised by the strong peppery flavors - very enjoyable, as was the dryness. Nice golden color with bubbly head and good lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Big sour fruit and raisin nose. Peppery, hoppy flavors. Very yeasty. Full mouthfeel, slightly oily, finely carbonated. Tasty, but not worth the cash.


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