Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3080   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2003
very mild and fruity aroma with a nice golden color that finished off cloudy. Fruity and malty at first, but finished with an astringent, but pleasent after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Sept 2007. Bottle. Lightly hazy yellow body with a huge long lasting fluffy white head. Sweet doughy aroma, lightly malty, mild yeast. Simple flavour is yeasty, lightly alcoholic and fairly sweet up front with a dry finish. Sweet doughy-bready malt is quickly dried out by a finish that is lightly alcoholic, and mildly bitter and creates a pleasant balance. Not the most complex tripel you can find, but has sufficient richness to make it a pleasantly drinkable example. Smooth medium palate (3+). Nice. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 <P>Jan 2001 - Disappointing. Nice tripel, very smooth mouthfeel, but I enjoyed similar offerings from Unbroue more. Don De Dieu comes to mind... 6/4/6/5/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2003
Yellow color with a nice thick white head. Smooth taste with a nice mild bitter finish. Gets better when more than 12 degress celsius.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Light amber with a thick white head. Yeasty and malty aroma; almost wheaty. Also, alcoholic on the aroma. Very carbonated, light bodied, malty finishing with a mild bitterness. Surprisingly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Bright golden with a thick creamy head. Big sheets of lace. Mild aroma. Slightly stinky in such a way that stinky is not necessarily bad. Definite clove notes. Lots of carbonation but it's very soft and not at all sharp or biting. Full bodied. Finish is moderately bitter with some earthy hop notes and a sticky bit of lingering sweetness. In my opinion, the best Chimay. The others taste like sweet alcohol-water to me. This has real complexity and substance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
I expected more from Chimay. Good carbonation quite fizzy, generous head dies quickly. I agree that this beer finishes with a metallic bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11209) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Cloudy golden orange with a fluffy, disappearing head. Fruity aroma with some hops. Quite sweet, very fruity (banana) and some alcohol. - Re-rated since it was one of my first ratings and excitement over good beer took over back then

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Generous head with attractive lacing. Unfiltered golden appearance. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Nicely carbonated. Fruits and spices in the taste, with a good bitter bite. Very satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This beer is overrated. Beers like Allagash and New Belgium Trippel flat our put this metallic tasting import on its ass. Where are the raisins, yeast ala New Belgium. This brew defintely suffers by comparison. I profer that it is rather ironic that the top rated Belgian Trippels are all U.S. brews. I concur completely. As for the rating: Brew pours massive floating head. Appearance is golden amber. So far so good. Flavor is somewhat complex. Metallic finish is a deal breaker. Bring on the New Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
there is only one chimay. cloudly golden beer with a wonderful noise. one of the few abbeys that i could sit and drink all day long.

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