Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3480   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2004
I don’t know when I have enjoyed a tripel more. Did not have all that musty aroma and flavor instead it was clean yet complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2004
Very nice and fruity with a nice light copper body and a decent sized head, really nice and smooth to drink, but not as bitter as the rouge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2004
Another winner from Chimay, cloudy straw colour with a slightly bitter / citrussy taste and aroma. Not easy to come by ( here at least ) but WELL worth the hunt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2004
OH it hurts so good. I usually drink the blue and I kinda forgot how good this was. Just a fantastic tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Another great one from Chimay. The taste is like a Hefeweissen and wine combined. The aroma is very nice as well. Excellent on tap. I have not tried this in the bottle yet. The bitterness in this beer is really terrific. Bitter like an Indian Pale Ale, but with a different taste. Really terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Large frothy white head, fully lasting, good to fair lacing. Cloudy light brown caramel body with thin particules. Yeasty aroma with strong notes of orange, citrus fruit, banana à la weizen as well as coriander?. Very light sweetness that don’t last, citrusy and spicy tones in my mouth. Traces of acidity and astringent feel, also hops flavors? toward the finish with some kind of bitterness (from curacao I guess). Medium body, lively carbonation (thin bubble) and alcoholic feel as final.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Draught, Meridian Room. Hard to find a negative to this one. Silky smooth on the tongue. Very pretty and the taste is fantastic. What’s not to like about a slightly citrus flavored, extremely drinkable Trappist Ale? Very much look forward to trying this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2004
White head on top of a dark gold body. The take is malty, with hints of fruits (citrus), which give it a slightly sweet flavour. Decent carbonation. A very good beer, but I wouldn’t count it among the very best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had this on tap at Dr. Dremo’s served in a Chimay chalice. It appears dark golden yellow in color with a decent sized white form head. There are streams of little bubbles coming from the bottom that seem to keep a thin head in place. The aroma is a slight on of hops with citrus and a slight alcohol smell, not too strong of an aroma on this one. Very hoppy flavor with a fruity sweetness about it and a hint of some spiciness. There is also some alcohol warmth to it with a yeasty finish. Good mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Fairly drinkable and complex, an good brew to have occasionally.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle. Light gold with white head. Full body but light for the strength well balanced by the hops.

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