Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2002
Finally tried the white. Could it be my favorite of the Chimays? Fun interpretation of the Tripel style, with that pleasant musty monastic essence. Drier than the others, but would go equally well with a hunk o’bleu as an aperitif. Splendid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
Incredible apearence! Nice golden yellow colour with a beatiful, creamy, tall, white head with plenty of lacing. Quite good banana/fruit aroma and a nice well balanced flavour to match. The flavour is not quite as fruity or malty as I expected, yet still damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 My favorite from Chimay, It does not have the overbearing malty sweetness that some Belgian Abby/Trappists have. Some have called it a ’pale ale on steriods’, or maybe a Belgian interpretation of an IPA?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 7, 2002
What a beautiful beer! the clean, white head compliments the golden/orange color perfectly and the crisp hoppy taste makes this beer that much more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2603) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2002
Aroma very orangey, fruity and spicy, also laden with malt. Beer is sort of a medium golden amber color, a little darker than I was expecting, actually. Very generous head. Flavor starts off with some sweet malt tripel-type flavors, but quickly some spicy flavors and even a bit of hops are thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side, body is medium. Finish has a touch of sweetness, but overall is very citrusy, peppery and spicy. Quite a different Tripel than my mind had formed a gastric picture of, but certainly tasty. Nice lacing, too. Pretty good! Lacking a certain degree of complexity that I was sort of hoping for, however, likely bred by the excellence of the ubiquitous Blue and Red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2002
Sampled after an Orval. Nose is similar to Orval, but inferior. Tastes much sweeter, with far more prevalent alcohol flavor, as might be expected. It has just a tiny hint of the spicy zing that makes the Blue so distinctive. I don’t find it all that peppery - more fruity - but maybe the beer I had before it had something to do with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2002
The last of the Chimays. I feel so accomplished having gotten a hold of all of these. This triumvirate has been hyped up to me for quite some time. Truly they are great beers, but really not my style. The white reminds me of something else that I have had before, but I am not quite sure what it is. The head was extremely large, frothy and white, and it went down smooth. Although, I still feel that the red beats this one hands down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2002
This Chimay was a bit bitter for me...pretty harsh. Need to try another bottle. May have gotten a bad one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2002
I really don’t think chimay could make a bad beer if they tried. Slightly sweet citrus flavor which hides the alcohol. Another winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Re-rate. Another truely great Chimay beer. Served in a Chimay glass. Fantastic appearance, orange in colour with a big creamy white head, simply stunning. Orange and yeasty malt aroma. Lightly malted taste with orange and perfumy, junipery dryness. All Chimay beers are just superb. However this is not their finest work, Blue is.

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