Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3540   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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Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 Overall this is one of my favorite beverages. I find the flavor is very enjoyable, and the aroma excellent. I have learned much of the taste/ aroma comes down to the glass. Most recently I had it at Eulogy Tavern in Philadelphia, PA and the bar tender poured it excellently with the right amount of head and everything. I find this very enjoyable every time.

cheap (6087) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 I had this at the Sharp Edge Creek House in Pittsburgh, thanks to mtoast. Pour is a golden yellow, like any other ubiquitous American pale yellow beer. For the aroma, I think I detect a hint of fruity sweetness in the brew but it is not like the sickening sweetness of so many other trippels I’ve tasted, very mild and laid back. Other than that it is the smell of your typical yeasty beer. I am surprised at the aroma and the look, I guess I was expecting something really different. It masquerades as a typical beer before you taste it. This has a nice white head that stays and keeps going, it does not fade. The first taste impression is very interesting; never had anything like this before. It has a unique personality of a well behaved gentleman. You can barely taste the alky, this is so much better than any other trippel I have had. Perhaps Grimbergen Blonde is close to this but this Chimay is just plain likeable. The alky is so well hidden, other less refined trippels are in your face. This is miles above Southern Tier Trippel, Golden Monkey and Weyer’s Merry Monks. There is a little hoppy bitterness in there but I almost refuse to call it bitterness, it is so well controlled that the positive hoppy flavors remain while the bitterness seems to be extracted some how. I think I am now getting the feel of what makes good beer good. The flavor also has a bit of unexpected staleness or mustiness to it but it is not in a negative manner, if that is possible. It only contributes to the complexities of this brew. Finish is not offensive in the least bit. It lacks the nasty alky linger that is so common with all those big beer styles. This is a very refined trippel. Now I know what a good trippel should be like; pleasant, enjoyable and repeatable. All those other trippels now seem harsh compared to this. I’m moving on, not looking back!

stouby (4779) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle in Uvdal. Hazy orange with a large white head, some lacings. Aroma heavy malty (fruity, orange), moderate hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, moderate bitter. Medium body, lively carbonated.

Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2007
I don’t know why i’ve ignored this for so long but it is a really good beer. I think it might be better than the red (which i like better than the blue). Surprisingly hoppy and medium bodied. very drinkable. i finished it in about 10 minutes.

BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
[At Dexter Jazzhouse to Cæcilie Norby in 2004.] An acidic beer with lots of fresh hoppy notes, but too much for me. Maybe it’s better in some years, when I’m used to the triple-style.

wernesgruner (45) - USA - FEB 15, 2007
there is alot of head from this beer, i am sad to say that my friend bought this and i tried it from what i could tell in my sick state it was an excellent beer, however with my taste obscured i will have to re-rate at a later date.

Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2007
[Bottle, February 2007] Pours a beautiful burnished copper color that is quite fizzy. Head is medium and airy. Aroma is citrus, lemon, slight orange. Mouthfeel is fizzy and crisp. Flavor is citrusy - lemon, orange peel, and oak. Finish is crisp a slightly bitter with notes of lemon and citrus.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Large bottle Golden Pour, Nose of citrus, belgian spices and I think clove. Flavor is a sweet fruity taste with a dry finish. I am not a huge belgian fan but this was good.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2007
11.2 oz bottle pours amber with a fair white head that stays pretty well. Good aroma of yeast, raisins, and some spice. Flavor is raisin, caramel, some yeast and slight peppery spice at the finish before the dry finish. Palate is smooth and easy drinking with a fair amount of tickling carbonation. Nice soft mouthfeel.

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.

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