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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2003
This is the big Chimay tripel. It pours a hazy yellow-straw color with a dense white head. You can see the carbonation in the murky brew and thick lace. Aroma is of orange rind, lemon and Granny Smith apples, and a touch of cheese. Carbonation quick to the palate, taste is rich with charred lemons and faint alcohol esters mixed with coriander. A great deal of dryness throughout with a crisp mouthfeel and a lingering bitter finish. Alcohol content is there, but the complexity of flavors works to obscure it. Good Belgian beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 what a great beer! only available at one bar here in Iceland so this is not my everyday beer. What a aroma! and the taste, very complex, unique and this just melts in your mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5022) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2003
A nice pale colour, served in the authentic Chimay goblet. Small amount of a slightly off-white head. Subtle smell, definate yeastyness though. A good example of a nice medium bodied belgian beer, with complex flavours lingering in every corner. I've had it in bottles a few times, but I was completely unaware they sold this in the Keg (from Belgium). Tasted on Tap at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
gazing into the full bottle is like peering with a forlorn and flickering flashlight across the musty attic of a haunted house: the webs and mildews of suspended yeast are trepidating, a million little gooey orbs of doomed microbial colonies. oh yum. but a brisk pour in a clean glass restores that flimy ghostly murk to a daisy golden rebirth of linen foamy topped youthful alacrity-- like cracking open a curtained window to a sunny day. simultaneously, the aroma leaps out with a nymphomanical proclivity for being caressed, panting promises of dripping crushed apples, a cord of hatchet split pine, with banana and powdered clove, almost enough to make you sneeze. start of applesauce sweetness both confounds and coalesceses with dry pepper-studded hard bodied finish in an apparently contradictory and yet beautifully realized harmony. strange but interesting tongue-curling astringent finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (651) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
yeasty orange like nose, cloudy brown hue with a large and frothy slowly dissipating head, some wood tones, traces of nuts, sherry like acidity, a very comlex beer but the flavours maybe not exactly to my liking

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Just a gorgeous Tripel. Complex, delicious, beautiful. Chimay's are all they are cracked up to be, for sure. Complex, delicious, and they become more so as they warm.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
A beautiful beer, in my opinion one of the best. A wonderful subtle balance of flavours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anonmatel (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2003
The first smell, i kinda stuick my nose in a little too far, and sniffed a little to hard, and i thought my nose was going to fall off, just the way i like it. Yeasty, champagne like, ciderish. Taste is spicey, hops are well presents, nicelty carbonated. I quite liked this beer, i'll have it again, and again, and again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Very light brown with a large head. Smells like manure, cow and pig farm with a little citrus added. Taste sweet with light wheat flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Draft: Straw color. Cloudy. Nice head. Definite hop flavor and aroma. Banana esters. Needs more time. Too fresh.


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