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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3440   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Pours a amber brown color with a whitish beige head. Smells of dark fruit,yeast and hops. Slight touch of figs can be detected. Taste is slightly carbonated with bitter fruit and yeast domination. Not bad, but not up to par with the chimay blue. Alcohol is hidden well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Immense, busy pale straw-colored head. Head is massive!! Murky yellowish tan hue with lots of sediment swirling around. Floral aroma. Can taste the alcohol punch on the back of my tongue. A bit of that prune-like taste mingled in with strong breadiness. Not as distinguishing or original as I was lead to believe, but obviously a quality brew. Head lasts almost for entire pint. Palate is weakest aspect of this brew - just seems too heavy. Iíll definitely sample this again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
A Mes rate: Tap @ PBF. A freebie from my good old pal Gustien at the trappist tent. What a great guy! Ok I will not rattle on about this one. People will do it much more justice than me. Great all rounder. Touch of the Orvals about it but only very slight. LLLLLLLLLLLLLLONG and excelent finish. A great tripel.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wncbeerules (9) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
Since NC popped the 6% limit on high gravity beers, there have been some new arrivals in town. I had a Chimay Trippel on tap at Hannah Flanniganís in Asheville, served in the proper glass, not too cold. Aroma of concord grapes and apples it looked like a fine honey colored champagne. I am sure this keg was fresh from Belgium, I have had no better trippel in years, save Kasteel, but the rating goes up due to itís draftyness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
twindadplus2 (664) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Cloudy dark amber with a big, creamy, rocky head. Aroma of sweet fruits, malt and spice. Flavor is fruity (pear, white grape) with a dry hops bite. Crisp, fruity finish that goes down very smooth. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
this is the best abbey tripel Iíve had. slightly fruity with the right amount of dryness. Aftertaste is clean and crisp. It itís smooth as silk.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
you can distinguish some orange flavor in this very tasty tripel. Very good belgian beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
Belgian spiciness. High alcohol. Really nice head. Cloudy (yeast). Nice yeasty, slightly fruity aroma. Didnít like this as much as Chimay Rouge.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Golden body with that standard trappist head, nice and fluffy. Smells of fruit (white grape, some fig possibly). Taste is fruity with a bit of spice and wood notes. Pretty tasty but when it warmed it felt a bit watery.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Belgian strong aroma. Murky orange in color with large, mostly lasting, frothy, off-white head. Lots of carbonation. My palate had to get used to this brew initially because I had just eaten a piece of birthday cake. Didnít take long, however. Fairly well balanced though pretty dry. Strong alcohol profile. Some bitterness and some clove notes. A good brew.


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