Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2004 toffee, honey and dark chocolate and nectary flowers [some australian natives come to mind] on the nose. looks fantastic in the glass, with a rich amber colour and excellent head. for me the dominant flavours were dark chocolate [without much of the bitterness associated with dark chocolate] and toffee, with subtle hints of dried fruit. nice smooth body with fantastic bitterness that seemed to me to compliment the flavours beautifully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Hazy gold color. Large white head that quickly diminishes. Fruity nose as the other Chimay beers. The alcohol lingers a little too long. The taste is musky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5948) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 On tap ... massive head. Golden orange. Yeasty aroma. Cloves? Wheaty grist. Smooth and nice. For a non-fan of Belgian beers, I liked this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Strong Ale Fest '03. Light orange color with smallish head (sample sized). Light hops are preceeded by fruity taste you come to expect from Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Dark golden color with a large fluffy white head. Spicy hops and yeast in the aroma. Fruity taste, followed by spice and vanilla. Just a small amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Golden amber body is topped by a gorgeous white creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass in huge thick sheets. Fruity peppery aroma. The flavor packs a surprising astringent wallop. The fruity and peppery flavors are there but the astringency and alcohol flavors are a tad overwhelming. Body is very lively. Overall this beer looks awesome, smells great, but the flavor is a slight letdown but still not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2004
Bottled (330ml). Colour is attractive deep gold underscored by a suggestion of orange. It has a moderate fluffy head, which quickly subsides. The aroma is dominated by yeast and Demerara sugar, with an undercurrent of wheat and malt. Spritzy on the tongue, but relatively light bodied. The flavour is dominated by lemons with some underlying sweetness, but the two aspects are not especially well integrated – imagine adding sugar to neat lemon juice. Well hopped, but the hops announce their presence a tad aggressively and without subtlety. There is sharpness on the finish that lingers and tends towards astringency. I certainly would say that the “after-bitterness melts in the mouth” as claimed. This beer is crisp and quaffable for a Trappist, but somewhat straightforward and uncomplicated. None of this is to say that I actively dislike the beer; I just can’t really see what everyone raves about. As Tim Webb comments in his book, perhaps the monks are getting too commercial for the good of the product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
wow...what a beer. received this beer in a smaller special glass right from the tap. fine bubbly head not too cloudy. first thing i noticed when drinking was the strength along with softer beer taste. i did notice the raisiny, malty flavoring....very pleasing and i highly recommend this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
Huge fluffy white head: Bread-like texture. Hazy golden. Looks beautiful in matching Chimay trappist glass. Smooth flavour, alcohol pushes through a little bit. Strong yeast presence, malty, and spicey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Deep gold with mildly pungent herbal hop aromas with some citrus and cinnamon in there as well. Starts off with fruity notes, but the dominant theme is lavish floral hops. This is somewhat heavily hopped, but without excessive bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter and lightly fruity. A rounded, very pleasant beer, drinkable in greater quantity than many trappist beers.

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