Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3081   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)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2014
DATE TASTED: February 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 125th anniversary chalice... OCCASION: snow/laundry/Olympics and Game of Thrones--a good night! APPEARANCE: semi-opaque orange-brown body; soap-like bubbles create a prolific head atop the glass; solid lacing... AROMA: brilliant banana and allspice; light citric scents of orange and coriander; tart and punchy--promising...PALATE: signature Chimay body--drinkable and quenching; 8% ABV never tasted so agreeable...TASTE: banana, spices--pepper?--with some citric kick--orange?--and pear/apple---a round, fulfilling taste... OVERALL: a joy to revisit an old venerated ale; this beer strikes the quintessential balance of finesse and strength, the holy aspect of brewing that blesses and breaks in equal sips...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1174) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 10-21-14. I’m surprised I haven’t rated this one yet. I had assumed I had consumed it earlier, but now I’m not so sure. Strong, yeasty aroma with scents of orange, lemon, honey, challah, and apple cider. Pours an initially clear, dark gold. Highly effervescent. Large amount of creamy, off-white head. Produces good lacing. About as good-looking as a golden-colored beer can get. The latter pour is cloudy tan and with much suspended particulate and thick head. The latter pour also looks quite appetizing and appealing in a different way. Bready, vegetal, dry, sophisticated, very nice taste. Flavors of tobacco, candy sugar, caramel, orange, and a touch of booze. Dry finish. Medium body. Fluffy and frothy in the palate. Good Belgian ale palate effects. This is the type of beer that is brewed only in Belgium and makes all but the best American takes on Belgian-style beers look like pale imitations. It has been too long since I have had a Trappiste ale outside of my Orval and Rochefort staples. This beer reminds me that, with all the innovative beers young American breweries are pumping out, Belgian monks still make some of the best beers on the planet. Chimay White is a lovely and complex classic with no weaknesses. It’s nice when a beer has those flavors that you can’t actually describe but that you can ascribe only to a great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobyFischer (38) - FRANCE - OCT 21, 2014
Bière Belge très subtile.Tout est en douceur et subtilité.Le savoir-faire est palpable.L’amertume est ravissante. Pas trop pétillante ni trop levurée pour une belge.Texture onctueuse.Une de mes belges préférée.Houblons aromatiques et amérisants discret mais non effacé par le trop plein de levures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (664) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle @ Delirium. Hazy light golden pour with a generous head. Yeast, grains, cereal and some grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamestulloch (1449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle at Bottle Cap Bar. Hazy pale golden body with a massive white head. Lively carbonation. Great lacing. Aroma of sea salt, musty lemon and tiger bread. Flavour of white pepper, sweet red apple and yeast. Medium body with a powdery texture. Soft fizz. A lovely Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/24/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the dense head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry finish that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel! All around outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
more interesting and complex than the double, but not neccesarily better. the spiciness in many triples is a bit too much for me, and this one is no exception, but it is a solid, complex brew. the hops are nice as well."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pacool (37) - - OCT 16, 2014
Od ładnej prezencji po trochę zbyt mocny gorzki posmak. Spodziewałem się czegoś lepszego a jednak średnio.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABT_S54 (168) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Leffe glass. Pours a dark straw colour with a nice foamy white head which lasts well and clings to the side of the glass slowly turning into localised areas of froth with a thin skimming of bubble. Aroma is very powerful with sweet fruits and estery Belgian yeast. Taste is more of the same with a generously dry finish which makes you want more. One of the most flavoursome tripels I have tried and also one of the most balanced which is no mean feat. Worthy of the Trappist logo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camoes (148) - PORTUGAL - OCT 15, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L14-281. AROMA: complex aromas of floral and orange notes. spicy background. low malt character. APPEARANCE: deep gold color and hazy. average white head with medium-low retention. some lacing is present. TASTE: a combination of citrus fruits (oranges) and some floral notes. soft malt background. low intensity alcohols. medium-high bitterness that lingers beyond a dry aftertaste. PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. efervescente. OVERALL: a good example of a trappist triple with nice aromas and flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color forming a huge-creamy-fluff white head. Good retention and lots of soapy, lingering and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass S: Sweet, fruity and spicy on the nose. Notes of honey, bubblegum, candy sugar, sweet bread, sweet pale malts, caramel malts, orange zest, flowery hops and alcohol T: Follows the nose: Sweet upfront, followed by fruity and citrus notes. Strong notes of honey, leather, bready Belgian yeasts, caramel malts and flowery hops. Excellent bittersweet balance. Authentic Trappist beer. Alcohol is well hidden M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Great malty and fruity aftertaste. Bittersweet O: Great drinkable. Delicious Trappist [ BA Review @ 11/30/2010 ]

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