Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3412   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 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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (6984) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled(330ml). -the best Chimay, hazy yellow-orange coloured, creamy white head, crisp and clean mouthfeel, great hoppy and fruity aroma with excellant spicy notes, pleasant yeasty and fruity finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
My favorite of the Chimays. Fairly fruity with a sweet character that blends in nicely with a slightly bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2005
33 cL bottle. Slightly hazy medium-golden pour with a short white head and some black sediment. Nose was strong with the Belgian yeast, lighter fruits (green grapes, raisins, pears), peppery spices, and some floral-type hoppage. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, and lightly astringent toward the back. Rather highly-carbonated, but ideal for flavor development here. Flavors followed the aroma well, with bright lighter fruits, some breadiness/mustiness from the yeast, pepper, oranges, and a wonderful floral/herbal hop presence. Lightly warming on the way down, and a long-lasting fruity and yeasty finish. This is a most excellent brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours a beautiful golden orange with huge head. Aroma is tangy sizzle herbs. Taste is nice, strong, slightly acidic hoppy and floral. Perfect slippery palate with only a light, pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4730) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Corked and caged bottle with the corked marked 11/04. Small white fizzy head that quickly dissipated, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, carbonated, and an orange hue. Malty, hoppy, sweet, fruity, spicy aroma. Acidic, malty, tart, fruity, hoppy flavor. Very tingly mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3698) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 One of my my favorite tripels. Medium white head. Golden color. Wonderfull aroma. Balanced sweet and malty flavor. Further deScription will follow...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3936) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 I expected more from this Beers, and the Brewery It was a good beer, but it was not that strong as some others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
[little bottle] Dark yellow with foamy islands from the effervescent foci. The aroma is farmhousey with banana and dried apricots but not raisins; medium sweetness. Nice dry bitterness in the flavour that is woody-grape, though the flavour does contain a significant amount of noble hops, especially in the finish, which compliments a pleasant malt sweetness. Quite a bit of carbonation, with a light to medium body and perfect driness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Very disappointing pour from a 750ml bottle renders a head of coarse, soapy bubbles resting on top of a rust tinted and slightly clouded beer. Head frankly looks like some of the more uninspired pilsners I’ve had. Aroma is weak and lacks the bread and fruit complexities expected in a Tripel of this supposed caliber. It even has a hint of a chemical odour that is at least mildly off-putting. Thought the taste and mouthfeel might redeem aforementioned wrongs... nope. Hints at fruits but gives way almost instantly to persistant bitterness. The drink is coarse. Overall, a big let down in the world of Trappists. I’ll hold out for Rochefort or Westmalle next time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes, d’épices et d’houblons. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. L’effervescence en bouche est forte. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #319)

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