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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Draft: Straw color. Cloudy. Nice head. Definite hop flavor and aroma. Banana esters. Needs more time. Too fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10435) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2003 Bottled: Is golden coloured. Hazy with pretty head. Lots of spices in the nose. Has lots of alcahol in the flavour but is well spiced and sweetish. Has a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2623) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 These days this is probably my favorite Chimay. A very nicely done Tripel. A murky and dirty yellow appearance. Lots of apricots and peaches in the nose. A somewhat sour and dry taste with some oranges, pears, and peaches showing in the flavor. A spicy and somewhat sour aftertaste. It hides the alcohol quite well. Good one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 18, 2003
This is a very nice beer, it took me a while to figure it out. It has large head lasting long time, some fruits and spices, a little sour with a some bitterness in the aftertaste, nice but i prefer the blue :)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Body is golden with a slight haze. Particles were also present. Head is large and in charge and laces with great patience. Aroma was mild with floral notes. Taste was slightly fruity, spicey and quite hoppy. Finish was bitter.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4968) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 First impression wow! It almost foamed out of the glass even though it was cold. 1/3 beer 2/3 foam! It was very lively and carbonated. Wow, it even has a good head in the bottle after I poured it! There were a lot of fine bubbles that continuously rose up the side of the glass. Very long lasting head continuously reinforced by the carbonation. This brew has a very light amber color with some particles floating around in it. It also has a very mild aroma that is hard to notice. It reminded me of nothing in particular. The carbonation rolled off my tongue yet the taste was mostly of that carbonation with a mild fore and after taste. I liked the taste though. This is a beer I could get drunk on. Let’s see if it has the stomach upsetting qualities that some of the other Chimayan ales have had. Time will tell. GF gave it a 4.1 rating. She said she could drink it all night long. That's a pretty good rating from her!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Cloudy medium gold, lots of foam. Nose is floral, spicy and active. Flavor is nicely subdued and classy, with just the right amounts of fruit, spice and bitter finish. An outstanding creation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
A light golden color with a 2 finger rocky head. A nice sour floral aroma. Smooth palate. A sour citrus flavor with bitterness and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2003
On tap: nice yeasty flavor, fair amount of carbonation. The color is golden, slightly hazy. Very tasty. A little fruity, clove taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4588) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
(33cl bottle) As part of a LCBO gift pack with red and blue, the white Chimay pours a frothy, almond cappuccino head and a cloudy orange body. Beautiful visually. Faint aroma of fruit, oak and spice. Full-bodied flavour, perhaps more spicey than the other two Chimays but same mellow, bitter finish.


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