Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3417   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9364) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
This one pours turbid pale golden, with a creamy head and lace. Aroma of hops, yeats, champagne, fruit. Tastes of hops, fruit, malt, with a slightly dry, fizzy, complex finish. A good beer, but not a hall of famer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Bottle. Golden color with a big white head. Fruity aroma and a spicy taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
This beer has a nice golden color with a fluffy creamy head.It has a intens aroma of fine hops with some sweetness and a touch of malts.It has a round taste with a bittersweet side an a nice afthertaste of nobel hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Pours a cloudy honey gold with a foamy white head. Soothing Belgian yeasty aroma. Slightly hoppy attack that quickly opens up into a burst of maltyness that quackly evaporates and leaves an alcohol sting behind. This beer makes me happy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 This is a re-rate... Hazy yellow color with medium head. Spicy, floral nose. Apricot, banana, orange, grapefruit, and grape flavors, with nice yeast fullness. Not as sweet as Tripel Karmeliet, but flavors are more complex and not overwhelmed by honey. Mildly bitter aftertaste that leaves me wanting more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2004
11.2 oz. bottle Appearance; thickly opaque dark orange hue, with a full-flowering head of foam that dwindles and disappears almost immediately. Aroma: sharp citrus, yeast, sour, must, ...that’s it... Taste: rather blase, little going on with the flavor, nothing to busy the palate. Malt, yeast, thick citric, orangey feel, but little else, small, if any, hops, and fading flavor. Too sharp, too spicy, with little in the body and texture to balance that out. Feels drab, really, leaden, cardboard-y, actually. I don’t re-visit this ale too often, so my memory is fuzzy whether this is supposed to taste so dreary. Over halfway in, the fruitiness is broader, with more flavors swimming about, juicy, tropical fruits,pineapple, sweet, spicy, kicky...a far cry from the best tripels of Belgium. I may actually look into it, again, to investigate whether this sampling was inferior, and perhaps the brew was meant to taste much more amazingly. Until then...Chimay’s is an underwhelming tripel experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
My serving of this was not all that great, if I can get this served in the propper way and under some better conditions then I will definately re rate this thing. Darker in colour with a big white long lasting head. The nose is mostly wheat and just a dab of malts which gives it a faint fruit presence. The tasete is bitter with some sourness to it. We had this at room temerature as well, dont think that this helped it too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Murky amber body with white head. Aroma was interesting. Banana bread. Maybe gingerbread. Certainly some spice and fruit tones. Yeast. Good creamy mouthfeel. Flavor was mildly hoppy, fruity, some sweetness. Not a preferred style of mine but not a bad drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2004
pours a light brown with a volumous head that lasts. aroma is slightly skunky with a peach tint. flavor is enjoyable after the first taste. hop flavored raisin is the primary taste. finishes smooth the flavvors mellow out and leave a great impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Another good ale from Chimay. This one seems to be the lightest in terms of flavor and complexity which makes it a little more drinkable in large amounts. Nice thick, fluffy head that lasts. Small touch of fruit with a nice full flavor.

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