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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 beerís 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)


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 The great thing about this is the metamorphosis. Pour it ice cold. Let it quench your thirst as you question its mojo. The head is thick and white, but maybe just a tad too bubbly for you? Give it time. It will turn into a creamy lace. Color of a tan-orange hue. Little too dry? Give it time, let it tease the palette as it warms. Let the peachy vanilla manifest. More then a hint of citrus. Let the perfect carbonation manifest. Let the excellence manifest. Yes itís a little shy compared to the other Chimay cousins. Maybe not as complex. But easy as Sunday morning. Iíve heard rumors of a Chimay decline. Its all Greek to me, for I am new to quality such as this. One of the best beers of all time. Worth the cash. Trust me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy fine head. Smells like fruit (ripe peaches or apricots), malts, yeast, and citrus. Tastes hoppy, tart, citrusy, and yeasty. Dry finish with a slighty sour endnote. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. Definately a keeper!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malty (12) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
As this is CHIMAY i must give this beer its proper resept...aces pours like golden nector from the gods.. peachy sweet hoppy7 too all together..tasteof dates pehaps.. slight hoppy after taste but suttle drinkability,,b..2or3...enjoy malty.out

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Pours gold, slightly darker than most other Tripels Iíve had. Thereís a huge white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Spicy, yeasty, citrusy, fruity (pear and peach) aroma. Very good Belgian yeast and spice flavor, with a slight hop bite and a long, dry, very unique finish. Slight alcohol warming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 11, 2005
Thick creamy head, with a nice unfiltered gold body. Subtle bitterness in the hops - A unique smokey aftertaste that reminds me of vodka.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
Been looking forward to trying this for some time, finally got around to it. Poured a good sized creamy head. Dusty amber in colour. An aroma of citrus and spice. Quite a spicy, bitter flavour with subtle malty characteristics. Finishes nicely bitter. A very good beer in my humble opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2005
Bottle 75 cl, Gold-blond colour, normal head. Lots of spices in the aroma, some citrus also. Astringent, spicy taste, Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4872) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2005
0.33l bottle/ Chimay tulip glass at Tolkienís House, Zagreb.
Honestly, this didnít blow me away or anything.... but youíll see. Poured a medium sized creamy and thick white head that never fully went away, beautiful misty orange (standard tripel) colour, with lovely streams of carbonation near the top. The nose was an assault of coriander and "orange juice". Tastewise, it didnít impress me. I never felt that it was the best tripel Iíve had (close though). Grapeseed bitterness is the main taste here, and itís mixed with pronounced spiciness. Interesting two-front assault, but it perhaps needs a more pronounced malty background to prove to me its "classic" status. It felt too harsh, and overhopped. Maybe with some aging...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
750 ml bottle: this was the first beer i purchase i made as soon as the new beers started coming in once NC popped the cap ( the chimays were the first to make it in the state) pours a dingy dolden color with a white head. aroma is really spicy and citrusy. some nice malt with some grape/green rasin/apple. sweet citrus and honey/malty flavors up front. spciy/yeasty. refresshing mild bitternes on the end. i like that it is not at syrupy as alot of tripels, eg. golden monkey.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 My local store "accidentally" received a shipment of a number of 33CL bottles. Priced at $3.25 each... how could one refuse? Pours orangeish color with a nice white head. Nose is mild, but... skunked? Thatís odd. Flavor is yeasty. A little fruit, but not as flavorful as I was expecting. Carbonated, indeed. Going to let this warm up a bit. Well, not much improvement. Frankly, a bit disappointing - still a bit skunked. Will have to pick up another and re-rate later. But for now, it doesnít compare to Allagash or even the Golden Monkey. (First rating: 6/4/5/4/12 = 3.1)<P> Rerate. Nose of dark fruits and flowers, no skunk here (I intentionally dug one from a dark box). Flavor is hugely yeasty, with a bittering hop finish. This one is better than the first, but not really my cup-o-beer.


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