Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.29/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Ah, Chimay. It sits there on the shelf at the beer store and the price puts you off. "Is it really worth the money?" you think to yourself. I certainly think that all the time. That's why I received this one as a gift. This is the "Cinq Cents" according to the label, which means "five hundred" in French. Just thought you'd like to know. Poured into a chilled St. Bernardus glass.
Appearance 4.25: Poured out with an unexpectedly small head. About 1/2" and quickly faded. Beer is just beautiful to behold: a cloudy, deep golden color with lots of champagne-type, bottle-conditioned bubbles. Just gorgeous.
Smell 4.0:: Very subdued bouquet, but very nice. I smell primarily sweet barley malt, but there is also a pleasant Belgian yeast spice to it. Also hints of cellaring, a certain stone or cave hint. Also, I detect a white grape rind.
Taste 4.5: Front is almost gone, just bubbles and a slight sweetness. Middle is dry, but has a lovely taste of dried yellow fruit: sultanas, apricots, pears. Finish is where more of that "cellaring" taste comes in, which I find wonderful and unique. Also get a hit of hops and yeast spiciness at this level. Aftertaste is long and delicious: hints of vanilla, oak, parchment, sourwood honey (I am from western NC)...so much going on at such a usually faded taste level. Wow.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Spot on for the style and the bottle conditioning really pushes this brew into stellar territory.
Overall 4.25: Excellent beer and an outstanding tripel. Certainly one to buy for festive occasions, but this baby is also good for an old fashioned sessioning. You taste ZERO of the 8% ABV, which is a good and bad thing. Not one to knock back if you have to fly the helicopter home, but one to enjoy by the fire on a cold winter night...or in your shorts on a hot August night in Georgia, like I just did. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 05:06:38 | More by BeerDocT
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