Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Tripel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3501   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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barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
(draft) A nice beer. Not nearly as sweet as other tripels I’ve have. I got a subtle undertone that reminded me of smoke. There was very little head, though this may have been caused by the filthy glass. I liked it a lot, but there are a zillion better Belgians out there.

Papsoe (25062) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Amber coloured, frothy head, lots of sediment. A dry, very dry almost medicinal or herbal beer, and as such an unusual trappist. Comes in the neighborhood of Orval but far from that beers complexity. A bit too bitter for my liking. 180893

(Bottle 75 cl) As "Chimay Cinq Cents". 6/3/6/3/12=12 140201

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
BCA. V. loose yeast sediment in bottle. Pleasant light malty aroma and a touch of fruitiness without the peppery spice and yeast I associate with a Tripel. Quite well balanced but alcohol overly present in the finish. Not too bad but nothing for me to get excited about.

Jayb0 (1205) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2005
I’ve had this several times but most recently on tap where I thought it still had excellent character although it gives up a little bit of its bottled subtlety. Flowery nose, solid head. Bready yet with a zest that is sometimes lost in tripels. very good.

gulf690 (21) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Small bottle. Poured a murky brown, solid head which was almost like a Guinness (widget) can prior to settling. I left the last cm in the bottle and was surprised to see how murky it was. Nose was very spicy and inviting. Palate was long, lively, syrupy, smooth and inviting with a slightly raspberry tone and a nice bitter tang. Mouthfeel was lovely and solid and a little hot, perhaps due to the alcohol. Very nice.

ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Bottle in a Chimay glass. Aroma of floral hops and yeast. Very cloudy orange with thick, frothy off-white head and lots of bubbles coming up though bottom of glass. Light lacing. Flavor a mix of biterness, yeast, spicy hops and alcohol with a definite "Belgian" character in the background. Effervescent mouthfeel. Fairly light body. Dry finish but had a slightly sweet, bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol. A very nice tripel.

shrubber85 (11448) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Bottle. Sweet aroma - apple, peach. Orange tan color with small head. Light peach/apple flavor with moderate acidic/astringent finish. Subdued but sublime - a great beer.

gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Glowing golden orange pour with a huge, explosive, pillowy white head. Typical Chimay style. Some lace. Vibrant nose...there is a subtle fruitiness.. cloves, raisins, yeast and hops. Flavor is clovey, yeasty, lemon rind, and a dry, bitter finish. This brew has a good malt and hop balance to it and a fresh and lively feel..very refreshing. Carbonation is high... it has a good medium body and a simple, but attractive, flavor palate.

Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Very good tripel, but nothing noteworthy over and above La Fin Du Monde, which is a lot more reasonably priced, in my humble opinion.

johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 4, 2005
This is a popular triple for a reason. Pours a great golden color in the glass. Tastes of banana, raisins, cloves. Zesty lemon and orange. Very yeasty, which plays along with the hop for a refreshing bitterness and spice. Surprisingly warm finish.

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