Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3234   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5515) - 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 (7482) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Pours cloudy orange/gold with a large head and moderate lace. A very hoppy aroma. Also some spice and banana. Flavor is heavy and a little sweet. The finish is very hoppy and a little astringent. The alcohol is aparent. Strong carbonation. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2003
(330cl bottle in Chimay chalice) Hazy orange with small head. A whiff of banana in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty, somewhat sweet and fruity. Aftertaste only mildly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4057) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2003
Bottle. Sunset orange colour, with peppery alcohol aroma. Patchy medium head. Nettly, minty flavour, with a pinprick mouthfeel, and bags of aroma throughout. Sparkling, bitter aftertaste, with some yeast notes. Easy and pleasant to drink for it's strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
LAL 229 bottle code. 330 cl. Bottles. Hugely flavorful with gentle hops and buttery malt backbone. Wild dancing and subtle pallet of flavors; incredibly smooth and velvety finish. Golden Monkey has a long way to go.

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