Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 beerís 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5910) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2004
Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown ale with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma is mix between Belgian spices and strong malts and floral hops. Taste is quite delicious with again some spices showing up (some peppers?), strong malt with excellent body and all of this covered with floral hops. Less sweet then other tripel such as Westmalle but still very enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2004
33cl bottle. Great head. Aroma of pepper and resinous hops. Excellent bitter hop flavour with no evidence of spice or sweetness. Long dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Sweet, honeyed, and tasted frothy though it didnít look it. The kind of beer Iíd drink in a religious gathering or some sort of initiation, Iíd imagine. Initiation into what, I dunno.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Hazy light gold color. Aroma of yeast and mild citrus.Flavor basically how it smelled to had a slightly bitter dry finish. IMO Chimay has lost a fair amount of itís appeal and is not the beer it was a few years ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
750 mL bottle in a tulip glass. Pours an oversized forthy head, in which even the foam has an alcoholic taste, and a pleasant hop note to the smell. A golden hazy body. Once I get past the foam, I find a slight lactic tang among citrus notes and the mouthfeel of a Squirt soda. A delicate, balanced bitterness and the hint of orange peel at the end. Itís just great for relaxing to in the recliner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
delicious abbey... not quite as sharp as the blue but just as delicious. gets a few extra points for that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1775) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 29 Aug 2004 - Soft citrus and grape fruit hop aroma. Cloudy orange golden colour and white well retained head with an even veil of lacing. Crisp clean sweet fruit that appeals to me. A bit to bitter for me, pleasant lingering hop finish, with a nice fizzy disolve. In the end this beer is more than the sum of its parts. Post note: Just after I rated this beer, as I drank the rest, found that I didnít enjoy it as much as the beginning, I think it is the clingning bitterness as time goes on (rated down from 17 to 15).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lunkie (1815) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 Floral hop aroma. Cloudy amber colour with good head. Sweet fruit flavour with hint of hops. fizzy palate. Could down quite a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Really very nice. A great Tripel. You canít really compare the main Chimayís although Iím tempted to. The Blanche is excellent on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Full, spicy and delicious. Murky golden body, with a lasting white head. Yeasty/spicy nose and flavor is much the same. A wonderful triple.

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