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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: 3530   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
This beer exhibits a wonderful head and lace that is typical among many quality Belgian brews. The nose is very big with a yeasty, spicy, and woodsy character. The palate is rather dry, light and airy. I must say this beer drinks somewhat like a brut Champagne. As for the palate, it is amazingly complex and well balanced. Finally, the finish is long bitter and utterly refreshing. This beer is obviously the most overlooked of the widely available Chimays, but I think it nudges out the red label by a hair.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005 does not count
Pretty beer with the typical clean trappist head. This IS a trappist ale that I could enjoy without feeling guily that I was wasting something precious. While it is by no means an everyday drink, it is very easy to drink, and the subtle fruitiness makes it quite pleasant. After having the Blue, I do enjoy the Blanche more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours a hazy orange/gold color with a good amount of foamy white head and a lot of carbonation. Aroma is sweet, raisiny, with some hints of spices, yeast, and citrus. Also faint notes of alcohol - rumish almost. Flavor is bitter and raisiny sweetness with a finish of alcohol. A lot of carbonation dancing on my tongue. Overall, pretty good, but a little harsher than I expected after having previously tried the red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 This pours a light, golden, unfiltered, amber with a lively white head. The nose is of mahagony and a bit of white cheese with fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a wonderful lighlty citrus peel yeast flavor and a nice tingy hops finish. The bitterness is somehow only medium, but the hop flavors seem to dominate the tastes. The nose and tastes are very much floral and perhaps hint slighlty of unripe bananas.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2005
Excellent beer, quite easy to find in france. Strong alcohol% for a white beer but not a problem, as the taste is complex and intense, with some flower, spice and banana. To be drank in the original and very nice Chimay glasse.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Not what I expected from a good trapist, wonderful aroma noting of fig and plum and raisn hops, great complexity very carbonated. Not one to buy all the time but a good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 nose is fruity with yeast and banana. quite nicely round in the mouth, very light bitterness in the finish, leaves a taste of banana.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1778) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Not overly impressed by this Chimay one. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, strong plums and raisin mixed with equal quantities of hops and malt. From there it goes downhill though, appearance is orangey with a gassy head. I didnt really taste much complexity or interest at all in this one, just an overly carbonated mouthful and pleasantly bitter hops with a sweet aftertaste. A perfectly nice beer but none of the complexities or cacophony of tastes that you come to expect from trappists.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Fizzy, cloudy pour. Complex, hoppy aroma and the taste of hops and black licorice. Highly flavored on top of the normal hops and malt, a very nice but intense brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a Hazy copper, thicker head with some lacing. Aroma is both hops and malts, the first Ive encountered both from this brewery in the bouquet. Flavor is less complex than my other experiences with the style. This one comes across as sweet, has the requisite full body and very strong malty flavor, as well as a nice bitterness, but the alcohol wears out its welcome in the flavor. It covers up so much, that Im missing much of the spice and fruit that I expect in this style. I catch a little banana and clove right at the end, but thats all. While it may in fact be a Tripple, its missing most of the best things about the style.


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