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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3006   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 I could really dig this beer. It reminds me of a four 0 cause of the size, so i put it in a bag and enjoyed. Its kinda like what ya drink after a ghetto wedding. Whats with all the names, does this beer think its prince or what? I say it should go with the cinq cents cause it sounds cool and also becuase the blanche thing gives me visions of the golden girls. As far as the beer itself, it was really good, one of the best. It tasted a lil bit weird at first, but very good. Lots of cool flavors in this, but my belgian palate was not what it is now, so i want some more.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 big, yeasty, phenolic, peppery, harshly bitter, alcoholic, slightly caramelly, estery with sweaty green banana. really rough, nasty highalpha bitterness and phenols ruin this. it tastes like an american IPA with an infection. but i still give it points for lots of flavour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2002
I really like this beer, and i’d go as far as to say its probably my favoured Chimay, soft floral aroma. Deep orange colour with a pillowy head at first fading to a thin head which sticks all the way down to the bottom. Dry, bitter orange peel flavour aswell as added spice and pepperiness and a medium to full body, smooth aswell with abitter aftertaste. excellent beer, lots of flavour.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2220) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2002
Nice white head, almost fizzy. Orange colour. A hoppy, fruity aroma. Strong but very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5594) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 Small bottle
Fruity (apricot) and spicy aroma. Orange chestnut, hard to avoid yeast clumps, big creamy head. Fruitbread base, raisins, citric freshness, a bit marzipan. Relatively light body, somewhat foamy mouthfeel. Sugary aftertaste. It is a really nice trippel - fresh and with a light body, but I don’t know, something was missing - mayby it was the small bottle

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Hoppy,fruity,quite strong.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2002
A huge outpouring of a frothy, white head, which sticks around for the duration, a golden-yellow color, a nice, pronounced aroma, this resembles the Westmalle Tripel, although in my view, not nearly as complex, not as sweet, there’s more of a lasting bitterness here, not as evolving a flavor, but this is a rich, slightly fruity, ultra-strong pale ale. As with the Chimay Bleu, I found a sour dullness in the flavor. The look, the texture, the balance is all there, but the flavor ultimately disappoints.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2002
A nice golden colour with loads of fizz. The head remains for an age, without being too big. It also offers a nice and clean, fruity smell. Not sweet like I expected, but fruity and hoppy. I’m not too keen on drinking through head but i’ll forgive that on this one. Nice and refreshing, and not too complicated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
I drunk him 4-5 times and every time i discover new things. Not as good as Chimay Bleu, but a good trappist.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2002
Somewhat hazy, golden/orange color. Threw up a good head that would not die. Nose is fruity hoppy. Finishes the same . Think I’ll add this to the favorites list.


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