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99
style
Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3531   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 beers 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours golden, very highly carbonated with a big, cloudy like white head. Smells of apples. Very dry, with a little alcohol burn. A little to extreme, but still quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
Poured a stunning opaque pale peach colour, and sported a small head with great retention and some lace. Sharp, spice hops and fruit aromas, very pleasant. A wonderful immersive taste - sweet pale malts overcome by intense hopping with great fruit notes - kiwi, peach, citrus, apple, somewhat dry and vinous. I shared this with my wife and we both agreed that the carbonation was a bit too intense - I shall have to let it sit a bit longer next time. Refreshing and drinkable and complex all at once. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Superb. A real benchmark of quality. Ethereal yet full bodied and full of flavor. Just a delight to drink.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerDude78 (91) - Brick NJ, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2006
One of the best tripels of all time. Pretty much defines what a tripel should taste like. Has a beautiful head ,very full golden bodied beer hints of bananas and raisins. Defines the style perfectly.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Very good tripple. Full-bodied and firm. Very filling. One of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2006
330ml bottle, pours a yellow/orange color with decent head and some lacing. Some spice, citrus (orange) fruit and hop flavorings. Finishes fairly dry and a little hoppy. Not bad

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
2005 33cl bottle. Excellent tripel. Aroma of pepper, tabacco, phenol, clove and orange. The aroma draws almost directly into the flavor with more prenouced phenol, clove and pepper, with just a hint of orange and tobacco followed by a mellow bitterness. The sprite carbonation plays great with the aroma, flavor and dryness of the beer. An well crafted beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (8178) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Sampled from one of those small bottles, expensive stuff, but i can see kinda where the money goes. Smelled of wine on the onset, then as it warmed, sherry aroma mixed with spicy pear almost..Somewhat cloudy, mixed tan-brown colour.. Healthy foamy head, with lacing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
Corked bottle dated 2004 May: Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence. Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy. The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character. Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours to a dark yellow with an orange tinge, large off-white head. Aroma of banana, citrus. Almost perfumey. Flavour is light, sweet, pleasant, with more malt noticeable than the Rouge. As it warms, a tinge of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. Quite good.


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