Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3379   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2005
Cloudy amber beer with good slight ivory coloured foam. Intens aroma of spices, wood and hops. Taste is smooth, has a good carbonation and has a fine nutty taste with hints of malts, spices and hops. very good brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
04/03 on the cork. 750ml bottle Pours a pale hazy gold with a creamy 1/4 inch head. Nice lacing. Smell is spicy and sour. Hints of bitter orange peel and just smells dry. Taste is bitter, far more pronounced bitterness than I would have expected. Hops. Spicy (clove and coriander). Lightly peppery too, especially in the finish. A bit funky and yeasty. Little notes of citrus dancing around as well. Mouth is crisp and dry, dry, dry. If you like dry, this tripell will deliver. nothing offputtin gabout the bitterness though as is has just enought sweetness to add a bit of balance and is extremely drinkable. This seems to be the Chimay that gets beat on like a red-headed stepchild but I’d put this beer up against the Grand Reserve in my book. Underrated. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (820) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
Dark amber heady pour. Soapy head. Strong spicy scent. Very complex taste, slightly malty with a nut (?) tone. Alcohol taste present but not overpowering. Pleasant aftertaste with a lot of hops and spice that sticks well after done the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9045) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2005
(bottle) hazy orange colour with a steady foamy white head. Banana and coriander aroma with a touch of hops. Sweetbitter flavour with a malty start, fruity orange peel mouthfeel with a spicy bitterdry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11765) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
11oz bottle-pours an off white BIG head, cloudy golden/straw color. Aroma is a nice light malty, maybe yeasty too. Flavor has a nice bite, a little dry. Not as much flavor as I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Great yeasty and wheaty flavour rounded by a hint of malt and suger. the bitternes is beautifully balanced combined with a cold freshnes it really completes this beer. Great for fish meals.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
Different chimay from the other 2. Aroma is like grassey, stable yard, bready almost. Taste however is more wheat, corriander, carbonated and alcohol, while there is a good kick of hops at the end. In the general scale of things this is a good beer, but the other 2 from chimay are more to my style and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
(draft) A nice beer. Not nearly as sweet as other tripels I’ve have. I got a subtle undertone that reminded me of smoke. There was very little head, though this may have been caused by the filthy glass. I liked it a lot, but there are a zillion better Belgians out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Amber coloured, frothy head, lots of sediment. A dry, very dry almost medicinal or herbal beer, and as such an unusual trappist. Comes in the neighborhood of Orval but far from that beers complexity. A bit too bitter for my liking. 180893

(Bottle 75 cl) As "Chimay Cinq Cents". 6/3/6/3/12=12 140201

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
BCA. V. loose yeast sediment in bottle. Pleasant light malty aroma and a touch of fruitiness without the peppery spice and yeast I associate with a Tripel. Quite well balanced but alcohol overly present in the finish. Not too bad but nothing for me to get excited about.

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