Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3427   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2005 hazy orange color. white frothy head. sweet spice flavor with noticable alcohol. mild bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noattention (20) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but those who are say this is one of the best. Golden, with a distinct taste that, like many Belgian beers, isn’t quite "beer like." Try it for yourself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
i had this one on tap at the st. ex cafe in D.C. nice golden color with off white head. fairly clear. smelled of cloves and sweetness and citrus. as for the flavor...the front was citrus sweet with the hint of clove and finished fairly dry, hoppy and black peppery. a very good belgian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Nice golden ale, whit a thick white head, smells a littlebit of orange and hops, and a good dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
03 Bottle. Sort of an amber orange pour with a thick white head. Belgian yeasty spicy and fruity (oranges) aroma and flavors, with the spices coming across more so than Red. Finishes a bit dry, which I like with tripels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Slightly sour aroma, like a lambic on first pour, but more hoppy as the creamy off-white head starts to dissipate. Slightly hazy, probably mostly because I accidentally stirred the bottle too much. Fruity, plum like flavor on the tongue, with a spiciness across the back the roof of the mouth. The latter flavor sticks around a bit more. Definitely a bit dry, but that’s not a bad thing. Gets a little hoppier as it warms. Color is like warm orange honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2005
A good beer but I like the Chimay Red better. Somewhat fruity, but the flavor is mostly dominated by a peppery/spicy flavor. Some of the alcohol is detectable as well. This beer is on the dry side, and the dryness lingers with you for quite some time. Interesting, but not quite as drinkable as the red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2005
Hazy golden coloured beer with great long lasting with head formation. Very hoppy and spicy aroma with some citrus notes. As wqith most belgina ales, it has a very complex flavour with more different flavours than you could name, but a few include floral notes, good hops and citrus. Some almost wooden notes. Medium lasting, with a good strong bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2005
Cloudy amber beer with good slight ivory coloured foam. Intens aroma of spices, wood and hops. Taste is smooth, has a good carbonation and has a fine nutty taste with hints of malts, spices and hops. very good brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
04/03 on the cork. 750ml bottle Pours a pale hazy gold with a creamy 1/4 inch head. Nice lacing. Smell is spicy and sour. Hints of bitter orange peel and just smells dry. Taste is bitter, far more pronounced bitterness than I would have expected. Hops. Spicy (clove and coriander). Lightly peppery too, especially in the finish. A bit funky and yeasty. Little notes of citrus dancing around as well. Mouth is crisp and dry, dry, dry. If you like dry, this tripell will deliver. nothing offputtin gabout the bitterness though as is has just enought sweetness to add a bit of balance and is extremely drinkable. This seems to be the Chimay that gets beat on like a red-headed stepchild but I’d put this beer up against the Grand Reserve in my book. Underrated. Great beer!

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