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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3222   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)


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Served in a Chimay chalice. The beer is a hazy gold color that has a white sheen to it. Not much head was in this beer when it was brought to me fresh from the tap. It has a spicy aroma, but does not have any hotness to it. There is a light musty flavor and aroma here, which I find characteristic of many Belgian beers. A light white grape fruitiness rounds out the front and middle of this Trappist ale. There is a bit of hot spiciness in the finish of this beer, sort of a pepper type finish. This is pretty good, and is widely available.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (660) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2003
Aroma of citrus and small amounts of hops. Cloudy orange with a great head and good lacing. Sweet malt with small amounts of citus and a decent hop & creamy aftertaste. More carbonation that the last two abbey tripels I just rated but doesn't harm this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Pours a murky blonde color. Light aroma is mostly wheaty & haylike; barnyardish. Flavor is mostly banana and clove, with a slight tinge of pepper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2003
Blond, huge white head with some lace. Aromatic, fruity, sweet malty, flowery notes of pepper and some yeast in nose. Pretty full body, smooth and a bit sweet. Fruity, moderate bittered, acid and sweet, bit alcohol-like in aroma. A bit dry, bitter and long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Pours a yellow/amber color with a lasting frothy head. Yeasty and malt flavors of dough and oats. A slight sweetness to the finish with a nice bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Beautiful amber color with large frothy head. A nice citris aroma accented the moderately bitter hoppy taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
Tasted in Toronto from LCBO. Tasted in Chimay trappist glass. Colour is a rust orange colour, somewhat opaque with a large white stable frothy head. Aroma has slight hint of alcohol. In the forefront, aromas of floral spice, apples, and raisins abound. Taste is more subdued and subtle than the aroma. Up front, the bitterness of hops is present, with a slightly 'creamy/velvety finish'. Little or no spice or fruit like flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 (0,33l bottle) Very hazy, dark orange color with a creamy and lacy head. Slightly sour and acidic, yeasty, fruity and spicy, reasonably complex, almost "Orvaly" aroma. The flavor is dryish, witbier-peppery-spicy, citrusy and quite hoppy. Nicely balanced, medium-bodied, semi-dry palate, but way too carbonated from a trappist glass. From a Duvel glass (with the "crack" at the bottom), the excess carbon dioxide will quickly evaporate, and the palate is much better balanced! An excellent, quite dry tripel, although it could still be more refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. Very good tripel. Was a little drier than I remember but still very good. Wasn't as sweet as some other tripled

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 100th RATING!!! / didn’t care too much for the aroma, musty yeast. flavor and palate is what dominates: banana bread, cherries, smooth, and animated. flavor summed up as fruity peppers? a delight nonetheless, but nothing entirely too special. very good brew. (updated only to note that this is rating #100!!!)


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