Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3417   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Cloudy yellow with a big head. REally enjoyable beer. Well carboanted. Sharp Flavor. Enjoyable. hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
750 ml 09/03. Pours cloudy yellow with a big foamy head. Citrussy/Yeasty aroma. Well carbonated. Citrussy sharp flavor of yeast, orange peel and hops. Reminds me of a strong wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (15622) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 Bottled 0.33l (BB 2006)
Hazy orange with long-lasting foamy head. Aroma is hops, citron and yeast. Typical Belgium malt texture. Smooth mouthfeel with nice hoppy finish. I prefer Chimay Blue. (6/3/6/3/13 3.1)
Re-rated, bottle (BB 2006)
Hazy orange with long-standing lace head. Aroma is malts, hops with citron. A bit Orval-like citric mouthfeel but not so spicey. Balanced, nice. (6/4/7/4/15 3.6)
Re-rated, bottled (BB 2006)
Hazy color, rocky head. Nice aroma, citric and malty. Bitter mouthfeel, well-balanced. (7/4/7/4/15 3.7)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2004
The "Cinq Cents" was a 750ml bottle of a batch born in 10/2002 according to the cork. It poured with a tall, long-lasting white head with an aroma of pepper and flowers. Oh, the taste is just sublime... complex, floral, with interesting undertones... this is a great beer, and probably my favorite light-hued brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
750ml corked and caged, date on cork 07/03. Poured a golden colour with a huge sticky head.Aromas of spice, pepper, fruits( apples mostly). The tastes are of big fruitiness, spices, and a nice hoppiness, previously described here as a dusty hop flavour that's pretty accurate by my account. The flavours really came out as this brew reached room temp. A really good triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
Very big long lasting head. Nice coppery orange in the Chimay chalice. Lightly spiced aroma with yeast notes. Clean and smooth. LIght dust notes on the tongue. Interesting and lasting dusty hop finish. Can feel the alcohol in your nose. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2004
75cl Corked with 09/03 stamped on cork This bottle was well charged and created a loud pop when uncorked. Poured a clear golden color with an enormous white creamy head consisting of tiny bubbles. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with notes of citrus. Also has a funky bit of skunkiness to it that seems off to me. The body is light and Chamagne like. Really crisp and carbonated. The flavor is a little too bitter for my liking and not as sweet and flavorful as some other Tripels I've had. Maybe this was not a great sample though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
Hazy gold color with a very small white head. Light fragrance of apple, pear, clove and white grapes. Big flavor packs apple, bubble gum, clove spice, then turns hoppy with a citrus/lemon ending. Well fashioned beer, something I definitely expect from Chimay. Sampled on draught at L’ Enfant in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Huge fluffy white that dissipates quite quickly with some lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, mostly with some spice. Taste is quite different, very tangy up front. Finishes nicely dry and crisp

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UNCCTF (517) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
On tap. Poured a hazy orange with a huge head and great lace. This one had a nice sour citrus flavor with a little tiny hint of alcohol. Another very enjoyable beer that I can't get at home. Stupid alcohol laws...

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