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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: 3575   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
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Large frothy head, but does not stick around for long. Slightly fruity and hoppy aroma. Hazy orange body with nice carbonation. Very full citrus flavor but not too acidic. Great crisp aftertaste of oranges and spices. Goes down smooth, but is a little bitter initially.

4.4
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 33cl bottle. Hazy dirty orange colour with lasting white head. Orange citric nose. Ok in mouth with good citric orange yeast flavours. Nice finish with good citric acids more orange flavours and good tangy hops. Nice beer with interesting flavours. Re-rate. OK not so much a re-rate, but I had this on tap at ’tWaagstuk in Antwerp so I guess it may be slightly different. Hazy gold with lasting creamy head. Slightly spicy hoppy yeasty aroma. Creamy in mouth. Hop profile is perfect for my tastes. Even slightly buttery in mouth. One of my real favourites

4.7
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 7, 2005
the lightest of the chimays this one is a pretty standard tripel with a very strong body that ties things together. little strong tasteing but very easy going down.

4
adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Pours a amber brown color with a whitish beige head. Smells of dark fruit,yeast and hops. Slight touch of figs can be detected. Taste is slightly carbonated with bitter fruit and yeast domination. Not bad, but not up to par with the chimay blue. Alcohol is hidden well.

3.7
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Immense, busy pale straw-colored head. Head is massive!! Murky yellowish tan hue with lots of sediment swirling around. Floral aroma. Can taste the alcohol punch on the back of my tongue. A bit of that prune-like taste mingled in with strong breadiness. Not as distinguishing or original as I was lead to believe, but obviously a quality brew. Head lasts almost for entire pint. Palate is weakest aspect of this brew - just seems too heavy. I’ll definitely sample this again.

3.7
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
A Mes rate: Tap @ PBF. A freebie from my good old pal Gustien at the trappist tent. What a great guy! Ok I will not rattle on about this one. People will do it much more justice than me. Great all rounder. Touch of the Orvals about it but only very slight. LLLLLLLLLLLLLLONG and excelent finish. A great tripel.

4.7
wncbeerules (9) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2005 does not count
Since NC popped the 6% limit on high gravity beers, there have been some new arrivals in town. I had a Chimay Trippel on tap at Hannah Flannigan’s in Asheville, served in the proper glass, not too cold. Aroma of concord grapes and apples it looked like a fine honey colored champagne. I am sure this keg was fresh from Belgium, I have had no better trippel in years, save Kasteel, but the rating goes up due to it’s draftyness.

4.2
twindadplus2 (714) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Cloudy dark amber with a big, creamy, rocky head. Aroma of sweet fruits, malt and spice. Flavor is fruity (pear, white grape) with a dry hops bite. Crisp, fruity finish that goes down very smooth. Excellent.

4.4
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
this is the best abbey tripel I’ve had. slightly fruity with the right amount of dryness. Aftertaste is clean and crisp. It it’s smooth as silk.

4.3
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
you can distinguish some orange flavor in this very tasty tripel. Very good belgian beer.


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