DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jgb9348 (5022) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
RobBestwick (651) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beautiful beer, in my opinion one of the best. A wonderful subtle balance of flavours.
Anonmatel (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Straw color. Cloudy. Nice head. Definite hop flavor and aroma. Banana esters. Needs more time. Too fresh.