Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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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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pforei (338) - USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle 11.2 oz. Trappist Glass. Nice orange amber color. Spicy, fruity aroma. Spice and fruit make sense but the bitterness, especially at the end overpowers.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
I have enjoyed this beer on tap and in the bottle a light hoppy yeasty tripel that I will enjoy again and again in my lifetime. Page 118 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 430 out of 500 of his Classic Brews to go.

Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2007
A really, really nice looking beer in the glass. The lazy white head stays with it until the last gulp, precious. For me, although the flavor was fresh and smooth, the alcohol was slightly overpowering and the finish was just flat-out too bitter for my preference. I do however, think this beer would go great with a sharp cheese or something salty. Overall a good beer, but probably my least favorite of all Chimay’s I have tried. Cheers.

boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Bottle... Golden with a large head. Sweet, fruity aroma. With flavors of strong citrus and hops and yeast, with a nice malt balance. Very Sweet. Nice clean and short finish for 8% alcohol with a strong clove presence and burnt sugars.

DSG (14778) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Re-rate 10/9/07: Bottle (quite a fresh one). Slightly hazy orange color with a medium white head that stays all the way. Fruity and spicy aroma with yeast, citrus (orange) and some wheat. A rather sweet flavor with yeast, fruits, spices, a bit of malt and a long, dry, hoppy finish, with some spice. Medium-bodied with quite alot of carbonation. 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Bottle. 4 years old. Golden color, a bit hazy, with a big head. A sweet fruity aroma with a bit of yeast. Flavor is fruity and sweet but with some hop bitterness. A bit of pepper. Finishes with nice hoppiness. A medium body. 7/4/7/3/15=3.6

puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Exquisite, dry, doughy aroma. I get a hint of spiciness, perhaps cayanne, along with savory spices. Not getting much complexity, but still very nice. Pour is excellent into its own glass, with a large, rocky head that laces well. Pretty dark for a tripel.

Flavor is quite nice as well, kind of dank and boozy, more vineous and ever-so-slightly sweet. Less dough and more subtle malts. Again, not too much complexity. Very enjoyable, this. Glad I finally hunkered down and bought some.

joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 golden color with a light white head. highly carbonated. a spicy tripel that has a nice amount of candy-sugar and a well balanced flavor. a nice version of the style

j4design (1) - BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2007 does not count
The nose is weak but crisp with subtle raisin smell. The taste is of hops and clean water. The PH level is balanced nice.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Beer 14 of O’brien’s Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. Pours gold and bubbyly with a thin white head. I noticed almost no smell, but maybe its because of where my sample was for the bottle or who knows. The brew is sweet and strong but not so amazing.

demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a clear golden color with large white head. A dry white wine-esque aroma with some light citrus fruits that eminate from the glass. A quite pungent citrus and light hop taste with a refreshing slight bitterness, and I had a slight alcohol burn on my tongue. Pretty decent Abbey Trip. Overall, This was an old bottle that held up pretty well. I’m thinking that It’s at least 1 and a half to 2 years old.

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