Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 This pours a light, golden, unfiltered, amber with a lively white head. The nose is of mahagony and a bit of white cheese with fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a wonderful lighlty citrus peel yeast flavor and a nice tingy hops finish. The bitterness is somehow only medium, but the hop flavors seem to dominate the tastes. The nose and tastes are very much floral and perhaps hint slighlty of unripe bananas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2005
Excellent beer, quite easy to find in france. Strong alcohol% for a white beer but not a problem, as the taste is complex and intense, with some flower, spice and banana. To be drank in the original and very nice Chimay glasse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Not what I expected from a good trapist, wonderful aroma noting of fig and plum and raisn hops, great complexity very carbonated. Not one to buy all the time but a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 nose is fruity with yeast and banana. quite nicely round in the mouth, very light bitterness in the finish, leaves a taste of banana.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1575) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Not overly impressed by this Chimay one. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, strong plums and raisin mixed with equal quantities of hops and malt. From there it goes downhill though, appearance is orangey with a gassy head. I didnít really taste much complexity or interest at all in this one, just an overly carbonated mouthful and pleasantly bitter hops with a sweet aftertaste. A perfectly nice beer but none of the complexities or cacophony of tastes that you come to expect from trappists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Fizzy, cloudy pour. Complex, hoppy aroma and the taste of hops and black licorice. Highly flavored on top of the normal hops and malt, a very nice but intense brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a Hazy copper, thicker head with some lacing. Aroma is both hops and malts, the first Iíve encountered both from this brewery in the bouquet. Flavor is less complex than my other experiences with the style. This one comes across as sweet, has the requisite full body and very strong malty flavor, as well as a nice bitterness, but the alcohol wears out its welcome in the flavor. It covers up so much, that Iím missing much of the spice and fruit that I expect in this style. I catch a little banana and clove right at the end, but thatís all. While it may in fact be a Tripple, itís missing most of the best things about the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a giant foamy head and beautiful lacing. Aroma is estery and honey-ish with notes of gingerbread. Mouthfeel is carbonation, then some more carbonation. There is still some complexity although I notice a reduction in that department since the mid 1990ís. Agressive bitterness is still a quaility as is the long and dry aftertaste of bitter orange. Not the champ it once was, but still better than most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2005
Poured from the bottle by the barman at Galbraiths (and a great pour it was too). Amber colour with a big full head. Sweet malty aroma, also wheaty. Taste a winey sourness I often find with these types of beers (maybe tart is a better deScription). Quite spicy as well. Enjoyable, though I found I enjoyed these beers better from the tap when I was in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2005
Tasted 21/02/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Batch LAK-565, BB 12/2006. Pours a bright orange gold. Appears effervescent with a huge ballooning off-white head that shrinks to a pillowy, pocketed, creamy appearance. Appearance becomes murky as the yeast dregs roll in. Lacing is thick and long lasting. Nose is spicey and spritzy - you can feel the carbonation in your nostrils! Some hints of breadiness. Flavour is peppery sweet, slightly winey and definitely yeasty; and is delivered in a light but soft mouthfeel that carries millions of tight tiny bubbles. Palate, which is left warm from high alcohol, has hints of bitter orange, spices and wine. Very different from my last abbey tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, this one is a lot harsher.

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