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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3163   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)


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2003 This is a very good triple. Fruity aroma. And no doubt: This is Chimay with the characteristic yeast-flavour. I love it! Draught at The Danish Beerfestival 2003: Even better than bottled!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2002
This time I got a much more complex aroma including; fresh (apple and grapefruit) and dried fruit (raisins), grainy malty spice, and a weird soapy charcoal as well as the barnyard yeast. Flavours mirrored aromas closely. Alcohol becomes more evident as it warms. Nice hint of grapefruit in the finish and aftertaste. Points are exactIy the same as the previous rating, and I still prefer both the red and the blue over this one.
First rated 4/11/2002: 3.8 Hazey gold colour, fine off white head. Complex lotsa-character aroma, more of barn yard, wet hay and malt, lighter on hops, fruit and yeast. I found it less complex in flavour than either the Blue, Orval or the Westmalles. Full reasonably balanced bitter-sweet start, malty body with excellent finish.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (1866) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
I had a couple of goblets from draft. Definitely a strong ale, that did not have as much aroma as I expected. I do agree this beer "melts in your mouth" and also began to "melt my senses".

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
RE-RATE It’s hard for me to get excited about this beer anymore; the other Chimays are so much more complex while this one tastes more like an average tripple. Hazy-light golden color. Spicy beginning that fades but still retains some of its character toward the finish. Strong mouthfeel, but still my least favorite of the Chimays. Original rating 1/1/2002 9-5-9-4-17 An excellent brew. I can’t really decide if I like this or Chimay Blue better. Well-balanced hoppiness, fruity flavors are evident.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 3, 2002
Very nice beer, smooth and complex flavor with a subtle hoppyness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
yum...this was a great triple, chimay is so good Im going to get more of bleu though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 RateBeer Summer 2003, 1994 vintage: Apple aroma, fizzy, tastes slightly old and oxidized. Perhaps 9 years is a bit much for this beer (7/4/5/3/11). Re-rate: Spicy nose with light fruits, medium body, peppery ending. Rating unchanged. First rating: 75CL bottle from 06/00 drank on 1/27/02: Yeasty taste, with fruit tones. I prefer the Red and Blue over this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2002
Foggy golden bronze color. Fluffy, pillowy, dish soap head floated on top till bitter end. Adhesive lace. Herby hops, alcohol, and yeasty aroma, with subtle fruit accents. Dry palate. Lingering hoppy finish. The flavors meld as this one warms.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
hartmut (12) - Roskilde, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2002
A revelation. Reminded me of Witte Hoegaarden, but while Hoegaardens White reminds you of hot summer evenings, this is a beer for all the year round.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Delicious. Well balanced. Flat out delicious.


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