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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayc (28) - USA - OCT 16, 2003
You'll want to dive into a pool of this stuff ... WARNING! It's that good for a 'light' Belgian (if there is one?). A pizza belgian if there ever was one. Go for it ... and if you miss the turn, head for the New Belgian Brewing Co. sign.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Thick, dense, off-white head atop a hazy, amber body. This beer displays excellent head retention and produces the definition of lacing. Bubble gum sweetness in the aroma with a bit of corinader spiciness. The flavor is a very smooth maltiness, with coriander and decent hops in the finish. A bit of sweetness lingers on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is superb, very rich and satisfying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
One of my favorited, though I caution you to never mix this with Aventinus in your belly. Beautiful color and head. Flavor and color are both wonderful.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Nice dense white head. Little dark, golden colour. Aroma; little acidic, fruity (banana), yeast, bread. Taste; citrus, pepper, bitter. Complex. Re-rate: maybe it’s my palate but this isn’t getting better!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2003
Faint smell of hops; nice cloudy medium amber with a long-lasting tan head; distinctive taste of hops along with a smooth tripel feel; not the best of the tripels I've tried

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2003
Poured cloudy gold with big white head. Good head retention. Grainy spicey aroma with a hint of dark fruit present too. Lovely smooth full body. Nice simple wheaty flavour with a spicey clove-like aftertaste. Hint of citrus in taste too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Light orange in color with a small fizzy head. Aroma is spice(pepper), fruit and yeast. Flavor is malty sweet with fruit and spice. Lighty bitter. Finish is slightly bitter. Well carbonated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
Golden/orange and hazy with a creamy big head. Clean aroma of spices, malt, apples and alcohol. Quite bittersweet in flavour. Malty flavour of oranges and and honey. Dry bitter finish with strong notes of grapefruit.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
A nice amber pour slightly cloudy. Pleasing fruity aroma. Sour flavors with some spice. Small bitterness in the finish. Certainly a good tripel.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Amber color. Plenty of sediment floating throughout. Very pungent. Smells of fruits. Dry bitter flavor, somewhat burnt. Very flavorful beer. Bites you in the sinuses to the back of the throat.


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