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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2003
The appearance is perfect, a thick white head crowning a translucent golden liquid. The smell is tantalizing. The taste however is the best part. It tastes sweet, but in a way that does not assault the senses. There is a hoppy, fruity taste followed by a welcomed hint of bitterness. The palate is full, more than I expected in such a light beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 White frothy head sitting atop a slightly opaque golden color. Smells heavy of yeast and malt. Taste is very smooth and nice on your tongue. Yeast taste is strong, with light hints of sweet fruit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Huge white frothy head. HInts of yeast & a nice toasty maltiness. Very gentle, clean & crisp. Plenty of subdued hops. Great yeast presence among the light fruits and sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2003
very dry, but it had a nice bitter bite to it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2003
I had this draft, so I assume that it may be younger than the bottled versions described by other raters. Clear, not cloudy as I expected. Great lace after the small white head dissipated. Taste of cloves, pepper, wheat, and alcohol, a little fruitiness (banana maybe), and then a lightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2003
A phenom of a trippel. Pours with a grand head and beautifully cloudy body. Flavor is very refreshing especially for a beer of this strength. Very drinkable and very very ejoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 16, 2003

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14290) - 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.


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