Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3573   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2005
750mL bottle 03/05. Like the other Chimays, this beer is gorgeous. Hazy and golden. Pour it into a Chimay goblet and you can see the constant stream of tiny bubbles eminating from the etching. Banana is the strongest aroma, but theres also the omnipresent yeasty and mustiness in most Belgians, along with a subtle citrus and vanilla notes. This is slightly dry and bitter when chilled, but damn is it smoooooth when it begins to warm. Like drinking silk ... seriously. Sweet, spicy and peppery flavor. The alcohol doesnt present itself until it hits the back of your throat, but even then, it disappears quickly behind a dry, bitter and smooth finish. In my opinion, this is only a tick behind the Red as far as the Chimays go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 3, 2005
(on bottle)Light orange, slightly unclear, remaining white head. Alcoholic sent with notes of burnt toast(with abricotjam). Very fruity, more than I could recall, warming and with alot of sugar in it stil. Its fruity is taste too; apple, abricot and some hazelnut(green). Finish get very warm and good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maupie (1008) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2005
This beer has a light brown body - hue apperance and a coarse light brown scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a lot of carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is bitter with a bitter afther tast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bkurtz (1075) - MOROCCO - JUL 25, 2005
Poured a cloudy golden with citris tones. Very smooth triple, a little sweet and a little bitter. Well balanced and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Pours a cloudy orange with a persitant and fluffy off-white head that leaves thick sparse lacing. The nose is spicy and floral, reminding of pepper, cloves and citrus fruits. The flavor was a bit salty, like cured meat with dry yeast and a woody spiciness.The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with very mild carbonation. It leaves a long peppery dry aftertaste with no alchol burn but a nice warm feeling in the stomach. This one was hard to analyze for me because of my knowledge of spices is narrow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 On tap at Blue Dog. Poured slightly hazy golden with small thin head. Smells of bananna, citrus, yeast and spice. Flavors of the same with more of the yeast in the flavor. This was actually a pretty standard tripel in my opinion. To me this actually tasted a good bit like Leffe Blonde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
Bottle, at Pub Italia in Ottawa. Cloudy with a creamy motled head. Spicy scent. Sweet, clean, malty taste. Complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (10058) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
Cloudy orange amber, massive head, long lace. I cant decide whether it was berries or flowers that I got on the nose, some citrus zest too. I only got two sips of this beer then returned from the BBQ to find that my wife finished it! Ill need to taste it again to really analyze its complexity, but up front it was sweet and yeasty with some spice, and a nice bitterness contributing to a fine balance. I enjoyed my two sips, but I need more time with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3481) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
330ml brown bottle, Pub Italia, Ottawa. Hazy gold in colour. Billowy white head. Nose of citrus/lemon zest, spicy yeast. Malty, yeasty flavour with dryish citrus notes creeping in and some wheat(?).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2005
Pours a massive head, that just wont go away due to the inordinate number of bubbles rocketing their way to the top of the glass - I was not expecting such carbonation! Aroma is quite fruity and yeasty, with notes of coffee(?). Very bitter flavour, especially the aftertaste, but not unpleasantly so. Not as much lacing as I expected given the head. Certainly a very good beer, but doesnt quite meet my expectations though.

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