Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3448   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2004
Cloudy light brown color with huge long lasting head. Fruity aroma with some spicyness in there too. Flavor was totally different from aroma: strong carbonation biting in start and hops making flavor and after taste to be very bitter and lasting. Ending is very dry and some grassy flavors can be noticed too. Full bodied palate with some alcohol taste leaving warm feeling to mouth. Seems strange but I rated this White version to have points than more popular Blue one, but it’s not a mistake. This is my favourite Chimay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2004
Disappointing to me. Good looking but a bit bitter and dry aftertaste. I didn´t recognize the fruity part of the palet much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Very bubbly, like champagne. Looks beautiful in the right glass. Golden colored with a moderate amount of head. Similar to the other Chimays which means amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
on draft: pours golden tan with a bubbly white head that bubbles away quickly, lively in the glass with small bubbles like champagne. nose of grapes maybe some hops. tingly in the nares and mouth fruit with lots of body. seems light for a tripel but is easy to drink and quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Cloudy golden amber pour with a huge white head. Nice lacing as the head subsides. Fruit, pepper, and a bit of alcohol in the nose. Nice ripened fruit forward with a heavy alcohol burn in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (527) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Sampled at Toronado. One of the best tripels I’ve had so far. Has a cloudy golden appearance. Lots of fruits and spices like all Belgian ales have and very smooth and sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Aroma is fruity, slight alcohol, and a little hoppy. Pours a nice transparent gold with a large white head with great retention. Very nice lacing. Some very small sediment floating around. Flavor is fruity with a slight bitter finish. Leaves a short sweet aftertaste. Some alcohol taste but nothing overbearing. A very nice balance. Excellent beer. (7-4-8-4-18)

Bottle (33cL): Re-rate...Really nice floral aroma with some moderate spiciness and faint apple. It pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a moderate yellow-tinged white creamy head with very good retention. The lacing really clings and coats the glass. The flavor starts lightly fruity with apples, raisins, citrus, and yeast. The finish is a combination of moderate spiciness, pepper, and moderate floral hops. Medium bodied with lively, but soft, carbonation. I was expecting my Chimay re-rates to all go down. This was even better than I remembered and actually went up. (9-4-9-4-18)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2005 My buddy Andy’s favorite of the Chimay roster while I place it a level under the Red and Blue. A bit dryer, crisper and ends more succinctly than the others. Very well could replace a white wine with dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 Lots of carbonation, thick white head. Citric aroma and flavor.

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