Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
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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4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from their capped bottle into a chalice, nice two finger head,tight small cream colored bubbles, left significant lacing. Did not hold as long as the Chimay red, but certainly above average. Color is a hazy straw orange.
Smell some nuttiness and slightly more hop notes than what I have come to expect from Chimay, but definitely pleasing. As I often say in my reviews, this is not my best area, so I often miss subtle notes.
First taste had an almost almond bright note, then the citrus, last some spice, very subtle peppery bite, not bad, don't panic, it isn't spicy in the sense that it creates heat. Like all of the Chimay brands, other flavors show up as they warm. The chalice is a must!
Mouthfeel is full and rich all the way. Unlike American attempts at this type, the Belgians know how to hide their ABV!
Overall, I prefer Chimay Red, followed by Blue, then this. That being said, this is an outstanding Belgian Triple, well worth the experience, my guess is it is a great first Triple, because the color and aroma will please many different palates.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 23:43:06 | More by JLSIV
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,466 ratings.