Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3575   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)

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brewerdave (12) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2007
750ml bottle - Golden in color, and hazy. Thick white head which dissipates fairly quickly, after a minute or so. May be due to the glass I’m using. The aroma begins as a hoppy, almost citrusy tone which becomes fruitier the longer you draw it in. Nice body with good maltiness, the flavor begins with an initial sweet fruitiness that becomes spicy, and finishes with a nice dry, hoppy bitterness. High carbonation, maybe a bit too carbonated. Long finish with an alcohol warmth. All around a very nice beer.

henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2007
Draft - Slightly hazy dark golden body, beautiful lasting creamy white head, elegant lacing; Beautiful fresh and complex nose, very elegant balance of malt and hop, great; Soft textured body with slightly sharp carbonation, bitter and slightly sweet; Long finish quite bitter of both malt and hop, lots of aroma. Great fresh, very drinkable beer.

gnoff (10338) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2007
(33 cl bottle from Systembolaget)
Best before 2009.
I’ve never been a fan of the White Chimay, but had this sit for a few months to see if perhaps it turned out better.
Lots of co2, almost on the brink of gushing. Pulls the sediment up from the bottom of the bttle.
Shady ornage color, big tan head.
Belgian ale yeast, spicy (clove mostly) and hints of smoke scent. Some milk or yogurt as well.
Rather spicy yeasty taste, also dryish and some paper.
Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Alcohol aftertaste, also warming.

Didn’t do any great success with that short storage, got another bottle that I’ll leave for some 2 more years.

GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. I’ve had this particular bottle on hand for quite some time - 2 or 3 years, I’d guess - but it still seems to be in nice shape. Pours a slightly hazy sunset golden-amber with a good sized snow white head. Aroma is fruity and slightly yeasty, with some tangy sharpness in the background. Great body and mouthfeel, very nice. Flavour starts fairly sweet, developing some spiciness in the middle, and finishes with notes of yeast and a surprising hit of hops right at the end. Complex enough to be interesting, but balanced enough to be very easy to drink.

Bosskie (885) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 75cl bottle. hazy honey colour with a lively head. Bubbles everywhere. Smell is fresh, citric with a blend of apricot, banana and apple, held together by a wheaty heaviness, like brown bread. Rather bitter-sour. I get all kinds of promising sweet, fruiy tastes in the beginning which mix well with the bitterness. Slight alcoholic twang.

Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Hazy amber color.Thick white head.Floral fruity aroma.The flavor has an early sweetness that gradually turns spicy then to bitter.The finish is a lingering bitterness.

mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pale amber, hazy rich head. Banana aroma. Lively and complex. Very flavourful and fruity. Peppery

mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2007
750ml bottle. Deep orange with nice head. Fruity sweet with a bitter hop finish. Excellent.

gvrefugee (4) - USA - MAY 22, 2007 does not count
I’ve only had a few tripels, but this one blows them all away. Doesn’t hurt that I had it in one of the best bars I’ve ever been to, the Toronado in SF. Go if you get a chance. Anyway, I’ve had this one in the past, and I still thiink the blue is the best; but damn, this thing is belgian for sure but not overpowering with the fruit. It has a more complicated sequence of flavors than I recall. This gives you a second reason to space out your sips, the first being the 8% alcohol, which can catch up with you after about 3 of these!

garthicus (2929) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 17, 2007
Pours a cloudy honey colour, hoppy cum honey aroma with fruits. Large head. A fruity-alcohol initial flavour with a hint of bitterness. Nice beer, I have a feeling it could cause serious drunkedness!

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