Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2005
Poured from the bottle by the barman at Galbraiths (and a great pour it was too). Amber colour with a big full head. Sweet malty aroma, also wheaty. Taste a winey sourness I often find with these types of beers (maybe tart is a better description). Quite spicy as well. Enjoyable, though I found I enjoyed these beers better from the tap when I was in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2005
Tasted 21/02/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Batch LAK-565, BB 12/2006. Pours a bright orange gold. Appears effervescent with a huge ballooning off-white head that shrinks to a pillowy, pocketed, creamy appearance. Appearance becomes murky as the yeast dregs roll in. Lacing is thick and long lasting. Nose is spicey and spritzy - you can feel the carbonation in your nostrils! Some hints of breadiness. Flavour is peppery sweet, slightly winey and definitely yeasty; and is delivered in a light but soft mouthfeel that carries millions of tight tiny bubbles. Palate, which is left warm from high alcohol, has hints of bitter orange, spices and wine. Very different from my last abbey tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, this one is a lot harsher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Finally get around to rating this one. In the past I was unimpressed with drafts served at Monks. This rating is for the small bottle (with dinner at Azure). Benchmark tripel: richer and fuller body than Golden Monkey and Fin du Monde; lighter on the spice; and malt, yeast, hop and spice flavors are all much mellower and blended than GM and FdM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
Hazy golden ale with discrete floaties and a thcik luscious white head. Nose of coriander and yeas, with a touch of alcohol. Sweet yet in a restrained fashion, with hops domineering quite well over malt, lingering coriander, bitter oranges, creamy in outh and complex. A classic. Santé aux voyageurs des papilles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
330ml bottle. Pale golden with large white head. Vanilla, banana aroma. Quite carbonated. Bitter, orange flavours. Excellent, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Beautiful pale gold color with excellent aroma. The taste is full of fruit sweetness at first and then balances quickly into a great yeast/hop aftertaste. The feel of the hops lasts awhile but is pleasant. Excellent head retention that does not dissapear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy amber/brown colour, big frothy head. Spicy, nutty, coriander and some cardboard aroma. Malty, nutty, slightly citric, yeasty and pretty bitter taste. Ends in a nut-bitter finish. This reminded me of Westmalle Tripel. Medium- to fullbodied, good mouthfeel, nice texture. This is quite a nice and interesting brew, but the weird spicy flavours, somehow prevenetd it from being completely enjoyable to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - FEB 17, 2005
very nice and i think, underrated triple. i also like this more than chimay red & blue. (but i also love those two) a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2005
The sweet spicy aromas accompany the thick head and cloudy ale. Another of the superb brews fom the Trappistes. I sampled the small genade shaped 330ml bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cmalc (1) - ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
I love the general aroma of Chimay beers. This one has more character and complexity than the sweet and straightforward Rouge and is better balanced than the rather over the top Blue. It is leaner cleaner and more interstingly complex than either and has a fabulous refreshing mouthful of hops! This is the first beer I have rated here. I’ve given it the maximum rating in every department because over many years of trying and comparing hundreds of beers, this is my absolute favourite and has been so for a long time...Duvel is similar in some ways and is second in my personal ratings, but does not have the almost miraculous WOW factor of the white-cap Chimay.

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