Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2002
750 bottle: wonderful cloudy orange -for want of a better adjective- color. fully fluffed bubbley head. sour aroma. sour but spicey flavor. certainly interesting, but hardly rave worthy, imho. i wasn’t bowled over by the red either, as i recall.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Bottle - 09/21/02. A light spicy, fruity, cider, champagne, dry, yeasty, golden blonde ale that tickles the mouth with its joyfulness. This beer will always hold a special place in my heart. On my last night in Hong Kong and the end of a 40 day tour through Asia I smoked a Cuban cigar and had a bottle of Chimay Blanche on the Kowloon side of the bay during the mid-autumn festival late in the evening watching the lights of city and the festive atmosphere of the crowd. I celebrated the end of a big exam a of couple months earlier with a Chimay Rouge, so it was only fitting to end this trip with a Chimay and a Cuban. Both seemed destined to meet at this place and this time. Thanks to Irvin for sharing in the adventure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2002
deep copper/light amber color with quite a bit of sediment. good creamy head. aroma is dominated by some sourness. reminds me a bit of a lambic. flavor is sweet and slightly metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
2001 edition, I believe. Very peppery, fruity, spicy dry and hoppy aroma. Fresh, assertively bitter flavor. Deep gold color, nice head retention. Extremely aromatic, it seems coarse though, like it would benefit from aging - mellowing for another year or so. Still very good for fans of strong, dry beers - compare to Corsendonk abbey pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Nice gold/bronze hue with creamy, rocky head--patchy lace...Aroma is dry, yeasty, vaguely fruity in a dry, cidery way...Flavor features a good blend of mild sweetness, hop bitters, and a yeasty spiciness that lingers through the warm finish...Carbonation is lively but well-judged, and body is medium-full, which gives a nice anchorage to its otherwise buoyant character...I always get the 750ml bottles so that the brew has a chance to work on me a little bit...the second glass is invariably better than the first!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 27, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Light golden copper color, with a large fluffy white head. Heavy clove and banana aroma. Light clove, banana, spice and sweet malt flavors with a nice hoppy bite. Medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Just have to up the numbers on this one a bit, I forgot how much of a ’sour apple’ presence this one has. 8/17/02: This is my favorite Chimay ale. Deep golden. A little spice, citrus and raisin notes. Smooth mouthfeel and balance is superb for this tripel. Excellent Trappist ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Light gold color, large head. Medium bodied, malt y and hoppy. Some malt sweetness and fruitiness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Beer is 8% alcohol by volume, no alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
Strong taste of alcohol in this one. No real complexity, but a dry aftertaste. A hint of something bitter stroke my mind (orange-shells maybe?). I like it because of the strength in the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Rerate: Not much has changed in my opinion of htis one. However, the last rating was a bit imprecise. The big thing I noticed was ’the bit’ of fruit, or really, what I meant by that. Apples, green, Granny Smith Apples. A bit of white grape, and maybe even pear. Still quite enjoyable. Still refreshing. 7/16/2002: Crisp aroma. Spicy with a bit of fruit. Nice dry finish.

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