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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 3563   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
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!

3.6
garthicus (2963) - 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!

3.6
Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Picked up a single 11.2 oz bottle from Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a hazy golden amber brew with a thick fizzy off white head that slowly dissolves to a fine film. Very nice lacing. Aroma of straw, bread dough, some earthy must, yeast and a touch of citrus. Taste is sweet, highly carbonated, a touch of citrus tartness, and a little pepper aftertaste. An interesting tripel.

3.6
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2007
11.2 bottle. Great looking golden/orange w/ a large white head. Strong nose of yeast, hops, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, alcoholic, then lingers with an odd hop bitterness. At first it was overpowering, almost metallic, but it get less intrusive and finishes nicely.

4
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle. golden pour with a long lasting head. A very complex and good beer. I try to drink this whenever i can find it.

3.1
Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Hazy golden pour, clingy remnants of heavy foam. Wet clipped grass, golden kiwi and burnt brown sugar on the nose. Notes of mildew and cinnamon force their way into this party of misfits. Mostly spoiled tastes of hops turned to compost, lemonade and iron. Musty hints of hay suggest a mysterious farmhouse quality, but only vaguely. Unfulfilled. Smack of mildly sour blue cheese at the finish. Sharp and somewhat acidic palate. Complex, but not pleasing.

3.8
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2007
Typical Belgian blanche beer , however superior. Cooling, dense and consistent cream, very fruity............................................ Típica blanche belga, porém superior. Refrescante, creme denso e consistente, muito frutada.

3.6
vyvvy (6839) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2007
This rating is on a bottle approximately five years. Pours dark orange / bronze with some floaties and a decent beige head head for the age. The aroma has musty fruit and the malt has taken on vinious traits. There is also earthy toffee and candi sugar. Medium / full body with minor, but noticeable carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet earthy malt, nuttiness, caramel and honeysuckle. The finish is a bit spicy and zippy. This is quite good considering the age on it. I will have to put an addition to the current rating when I have a fresh bottle.

4
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 12, 2007
75 cl bottle as "Chimay Cinq Cents". Pale amber coloured and hazy. The head is very nice. It has a spicy aroma with notes of orange peels. The flavour is very spicy (peppery) and fruity (again orange peels), with enough bitterness in the end. relatively strong body and spicy and hoppy aftertaste. Very good beer.

3.9
FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2012 330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) (7:3:8:4:14=3.6)
Apples and cut grass aroma, just after rain perhaps. Tastes also of apples, but with some bitterness. Golden and rounded, sits on the tongue for a very long time. Then blossom and flowers take over. Can be drunk with little of the yeast poured across, but better with more yeast, as it softens the taste positively.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Kodu, Tallinn) (8:4:8:4:15=3.9)
The killer in this glass is the aroma - wow, such a beautiful floral, but yet relaxingly dry aroma. And that head is stunning. After that, it’s just as good as before - I can’t imagine why I only gave it 3.6. Strangely, despite the lightness, this has a real liquoricey bite to it in the mouth.


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