Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Draught: Hazy golden yellow with a medium frothy white head. Aroma has banana, wheat, strong malt presence, spicey yeasts, citrus, earth, and light fruits. Taste has lots of yeast, malt, wheat sweetness towards the beginning with some bitter citrus, spices, and bread at the end. Another solid one from Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11860) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pours a cloudy gold with a large foamy white head. Aromas of malt and wheat with a yeasty nose, some hop. Flavor is yeasty, a bit malty and wheaty. Palate is warm and a tad dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 26, 2004
750 ml bottle. Pours a copper red type of color. Big fluffy head. Aroma is of spices, banana, and an alcohol smell. Flavor is a little bit sweet and fruity with lots of spice. Slight alcohol taste, but not alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 750ml bottle. Cloudy, amber with white head that dissipates. Very nice palate, almost sweet at first and then alcohol and hops flavor. A good beer, I prefer to the Allagash tripel. But the flavor is not quite as complex as the allagash, and nothing compared to tripel karmeliet. I’d buy it again though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Gold/amber color, that isn’t cloudy, but isn’t clear either. Aromas of yeast, spice, fruit, and some alcohol. Hoppy citrus flavor with some earth and spice. Starts a little sweet, and turns more bitter towards the end. Not as good as the blue, but better than I remember it being.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottle pours a pale golden, slightly hazy, large white rocky head, strong carbonation, with lattice like lacing.   Estery aroma, spices, with some notes of citrus & earth.   Forwardly musty, earthy, slightly sweet, with some light spices.   Good body, medium mouthfeel.   Finish turns from a slightly sweet to a slightly salty, subtle spices, and bready.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Gold color with a large head. Slightly skunky aroma and freshly cut grass. A fairly wheaty flavor that finishes bitter and dry. A pinch of Noble hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2004
a good tripel, not great. also noticed the funk in the nose. taste was traditional banana with some clove and various other spices. unremarkable overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
The final of three Tripels. The best part of this for me was the aroma. I really like how funky this smelled, like a gueuze. There was also some bread and banana in the nose as it warmed some. As for the look, it was paler and less pretty compared to the others. The taste was passe, quite dull with sweetness and some pepper, perhaps hops. Nothing jumped out, though. Oh, and you could feel the alcohol, not a good thing in this case. Merely average...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
Yellow, somewhat cloudy with a small layer of white foam. The smell is discreet and got hints of sour milk and lime. The carbon dioxide is medium-strong. Taste is dry and bitter; there must be lots of hops in this brew. Then there is a sweet taste of lactose, followed by a quite simple sweet-bitter aftertaste. It seems like I have been missing something important in this drink. It wasn’t obviously defective, but it seemed much more simple than I would have expected from a Belgian import beer. Maybe the keg had been open for too long? I don’t really know…

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