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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3222   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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Sampled at Toronado. One of the best tripels I’ve had so far. Has a cloudy golden appearance. Lots of fruits and spices like all Belgian ales have and very smooth and sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5398) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Aroma is fruity, slight alcohol, and a little hoppy. Pours a nice transparent gold with a large white head with great retention. Very nice lacing. Some very small sediment floating around. Flavor is fruity with a slight bitter finish. Leaves a short sweet aftertaste. Some alcohol taste but nothing overbearing. A very nice balance. Excellent beer. (7-4-8-4-18)

Bottle (33cL): Re-rate...Really nice floral aroma with some moderate spiciness and faint apple. It pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a moderate yellow-tinged white creamy head with very good retention. The lacing really clings and coats the glass. The flavor starts lightly fruity with apples, raisins, citrus, and yeast. The finish is a combination of moderate spiciness, pepper, and moderate floral hops. Medium bodied with lively, but soft, carbonation. I was expecting my Chimay re-rates to all go down. This was even better than I remembered and actually went up. (9-4-9-4-18)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 My buddy Andy’s favorite of the Chimay roster while I place it a level under the Red and Blue. A bit dryer, crisper and ends more succinctly than the others. Very well could replace a white wine with dinner.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Lots of carbonation, thick white head. Citric aroma and flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2004
I do believe this is my first Chimay Blanche....Lively carbonation; thick, frothy, head dissipating quickly; metallic, yeasty, citrus aroma; nice, fruity, tangy, complex flavor, not too ’funky’ tasting; moderately-full bodied, creamy texture; outstanding, well balanced tripel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
I think this is my favorite chimay. Clear golden pour with a fine bubly head. Nose of hops in a big way, more hoppy then I expected. Hits the palate smooth with some fruit and malt flavors, and of course some hops.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Yellow color with good good off white head and some lacing. There was a fruit smell and sweet first taste with a little kick at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3065) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2004
This beer was gone before I even had a chance to type my notes out. Anyway here is what I remember, hazy dull orange body with a good size off white head, aroma was fruity and yeasty, taste was lovely! Soft pepper, some malt, raisins and a little cloves. Good alcohol and a lovely mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Golden beer with a tall and foamy off-white head. Cheese, hay and yeast in the aroma. Taste is quite mild for a tripel. Hay, yeast, cheese and spices. Hides the alcohol well. A good tripel!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
330mL Bottle, 04.06.04 Pours a darker, orangish amber color; head is typically ample for a tripel, lacing, and lasting. Aromas are of ripe white fruits (pear, banana, grapefruit juice) and spice (corriander, clove). It smells and tastes fresh and lithe. A versatile beer, it can take the place of chardonay with a spicey or fishy dish. In fact, some wine notes carry over from nose to flavor. Hops are, as advertised, nicely intertwined with the yeasts, but this beer might just be too hoppy for its own good...its only downfall, IMO. The beer is so fresh tasting, so grassy, peppery, floral, fruity; the finishing betterness adds to the fresh effect. It’s hard to imagine that this is a tripel, it is the antithesis of mellow - it is exciting!


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