Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3326   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
8/29/03: bottle.
immense, slightly off-white head. apricot body. huge nose of yeast, florals, bread, esters, lots of hops and even some champagne. some piney-ness and more bitter than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2003
very pleasant beer, pours a hazy golden color. Off white head, produces small fluffy bubbles with a good amount of carbonation. I smell banana, and a complexity of other aromas that I cannot differentiate. Very smooth and drinkable, a nice bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Pours a honey color with a 2-3cm white head which stays around pretty well with nice lacing. Beer is cloudy with notes of yeast. Aroma is interesting--almost like a sweet banana bread. Start is very smooth with hints of bananas, fruits, and perhaps some other spices. The banana nature is not consistent with a hefeweizen. Carbonation is good and palate is tolerable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Pale gold body with a huge white head. Some lacing.
Yeast with a nice bit of floral hops in the aroma. There's some banana too. Slight hint of wheat that previews the bite ahead.
Yeast, banana/clove phenols, malty and a slightly sour grape taste all jump out. Nice bitterness ends the taste before the alcohol burns. Very dominant alcohol finish that warms you up and sticks with you.
Surprisingly I find this beer to have a medium body. Dry finish. Hopefully a year or two in the bottle will meld the flavors together.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
It was Valentine’s Day, the day for all lovers to show their true feelings. My wife was having her favorite wine with dinner. I was having dinner with my mistress…a good beer. I chose a bottle of Chimay White for my evening, I had enjoyed the Chimay Red and wanted to try something different but something I was reasonably sure would be good. After opening the bottle, which is pretty fun actually (uncorking a bottle of beer is something you don’t do everyday in the states), I poured the nectar into my glass. It poured a cloudy light amber, bordering on orange. The head was ample, but descended in a short couple of minutes. For a beer with an 8% alcohol content, I was surprised that the aroma was so subdued. I was also struck by a subtle citrus smell. At first taste, I noticed a sweet, fruity flavor that was as subtle as the aroma. The aftertaste was short-lasting. There really is no overpowering flavor here, a combination of fruit, malt and a creamy spiciness that made for a very satisfying mouthfeel. This is a superb beer. I imagine it would be excellent either at the dinner table or the bar. It is one of the most satisfying ales I have ever had, because of its subtle combination of flavors and its smooth drinkability. A world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Didn't like this one as much as the Chimay Rouge ... was just as smooth but seemed less distinctive. Less character somehow. A little more of an alcoholic finish, to be expected, I suppose. Smooth, but not as smooth to me as the rouge. Still, a beautiful beer with a pleasant aroma. Great taste, just not as pleasing to me overall as the rouge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
Amber, gold colour. Delicate, floral nose. Alcoholic heat finish, with caramel notes. I had this particular beer on tap at Monk's in Philadelphia - I'm inclined to believe it would be better in a bottle, given Chimay's reputation. I found it this time to have too much alcoholic heat - the Belgians are usually much better at hiding it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Wonderful Chimay. The taste is sweet and lightly fruity although more herbal. Simple with a defined head. Also packs a punch (a hard pucnh if you arent careful)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
Golden brown with a nice white head. Yeasty, spiced aroma. Light dry taste. Moderately spiced flavor, a godd bitter touch in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2003
(Draught) Amber-clear; white, creamy but small head. Grape-like nose, white-wineish. Sweet taste with herbal qualities. Bitterish "Belgian" type hops. No more fruity flavours, which I seem to remember. Retronasal a harsh metallic, stannum-like tang. If it weren't for the palate ruined by the metallic taste, medium to quite full bodied. Reasonably refreshing. The beer is quite good, not great. The finish is just awful. I'm pretty sure their modern brewing methods have partially ruined a once great classic.

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