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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1436) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This beer is overrated. Beers like Allagash and New Belgium Trippel flat our put this metallic tasting import on its ass. Where are the raisins, yeast ala New Belgium. This brew defintely suffers by comparison. I profer that it is rather ironic that the top rated Belgian Trippels are all U.S. brews. I concur completely. As for the rating: Brew pours massive floating head. Appearance is golden amber. So far so good. Flavor is somewhat complex. Metallic finish is a deal breaker. Bring on the New Belgium.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
there is only one chimay. cloudly golden beer with a wonderful noise. one of the few abbeys that i could sit and drink all day long.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Chimay white is a very beautiful brew. It pours a foggy sparkling pumpkin color. The aroma is reminiscent of hops and ripened fruit; it has a somewhat dry taste to it as well. A very grand beer, but still not as desirable as the blue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2003
light cloudy golden color with nice head. yeasty, wheat, flowery nose. Yeasty wheaty flowery, hoppy, slight hefe taste. Champange carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2003
In a word, delicious. This delicate. creamy brew pours to a dark golden color, with good carbonation. The thick foamy white head dissipates quickly with minamal lacing. This beer is gently malty, with almost no hop flavor. This beer tastes like a rich desert, peaches or apricots drizzled with sugar and ladled with thick dollaps of cream and vanilla. In spite of the 8% ABV the alcohol taste was minimal. It's hard to believe this beer is slightly stronger than the darker and fuller-flavored Chimay Rouge. A smooth, extremely drinkable Belgian Ale, this beer is my favorite Chimay.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2003
Does it make a difference that I have had this from the genuine glass? You can see why they recomend this glass. Beautiful billowy head that settles well and leaves a great lacing all the way down. Subtle fruity nose, and a prominent hop bitterness on the back palate. Another excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2003
Spicy and bitter. Fruity with a strong taste of alcohol. Nice head and colour

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 75 cl Bottle, 2002 Vintage Hazy orange. Woody, geueze-like aroma, i.e a little sourness. Flavour is smooth malty, rich woody(or is it cork?), a little chocolatey and finishes woody. This one might suffer from the cork, but what the heck.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Not my favourite of the Chimay colors. Very clear, and carbonated. Spicy and peppery. Large alchohol presence. Duvel is more interesting to me if I am in this zone.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Pale Golden. Pours with a wonderful champagne effervesence. You MUST DRINK THIS at the right temperature (56-57ish) or the flavor will not come out and you will not get the true experience. Just tried this in the small bottle. WOW! This is the best tripel Ive had to date(RERATE. Ive tried alot more tripels, this is still good, but not as good as some of the best ones). It didnt suffer from the overly yeasty/grainy flavor I see in so many belgians. Had a great floral flavor at points and I even thought I tasted some citrus notes. The alcohol was not reserved for the finish and was pleasantly present throughout and adds to a huge yeasty/raisiny complex body. While I was drinking this, I kept thinking of an abbey pale and even an american pale. It had a wonderfully even body which I did not find myself wanting more of at the end, which is usually the case with most beers. This is one of the better beers Ive tried in fact and many brewers could learn a lesson from this. Only things detracting from this beer is its need of a little extra kick of something in the main body, though I should reiterate, it does have a wonderful medium- full body. I have looked, and I do not taste any metallic bitterness on the finish. Rerate, it dosent have nearly as much flavor as many smaller brewed belgians and is a bit astringent. This one is much more on the drier side, could stand more malt/bubble gum. Good sharp lemon/hops/citrus mix on the aroma.

Draught tulip at redbones, January 2006
Fairly aggressive yeastiness, plenty of perfumey alcohol esters and lots of dry, grainy biscuity malt. Dry fruits on the end, but could use something to anchor it, ie. more malt and body. Seemed a little too aerated and bubbly, with too much sharpness. Not quite as much finesse or sheer flavor as some of the best in the class, but I need to get a 750mL bottle and sit down and give it a better review.


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