Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3453   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1764) - 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 (4852) - 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…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Cloudy blonde, slight pink with a thick white head. Spicy, slightly funky, fruity aroma. Light dusty flavour with loads of yeast and spice. Quite phenolic but very good. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5538) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Nov, 2002: Mud, pepper, year old lemon juice, alcohol. Not good. [1.9]
Sept, 2004: This seems to have more pepper than most. The ingredients list doesn’t inspire confidence in this being a quality product. Hop extract and wheat starch? Rougher and more interesting than <a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=400&FanOfID=4383>H Grand Cru, though less attractive and pleasant to drink. [2.7]
Sept, 2007 A peppery, smooth and strong beer with a chalky, dry finish. Hmm. Must compare this with Duvel one day. Sugar notes. Pleasant enough - warm - almost hot - alcohol. Not unpleasant, but not outstanding either. [3.0]
May 2011 Dry and bitter. Loose carbonation that repeats - not aggressive, just overly present. Woody, caramel and honey notes - but bitterness predominates. Not a beer I’m hugely enjoying. [2.4]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2004
75cl cork dated 03/03 Explosive *pop* upon pulling the cork...amber colored, frothy white head, bubbly. Banana, citric, sweet malty nose. Big nose. Malty, spicy(yeast) flavor leads to a dry, bitter finish. Light bodied. Fruity, light tripel that achieves good balance with some complexity while being quite easy to drink. Alochol is hidden. This is the best Chimay has to offer, IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Wow, what a great taste from beginning to end. It has a light bite buit is remarkably smooth. Raisin flavoring is noticeable and the alcohol certainly hits. Excellent.

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