Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Finally available in Alberta! Chimay Red and Blue are still some of my favourite beers, and it seems I only dreamt of getting the White cap until bang! it was on the shelves of my local beer stop before I even knew it was orderable in Alberta. What a year--first Rochefort and Achel, now the white cap to complete the Chimay lineup!
Same 330ml bottle as the blue and red. White label with "Tripel" on it. Tasted at cellar temperature in my chalice glass. Aggressive carbonation right from the cap-popping, this poured loudly into the glass forming a thick off-white head that receded fairly quickly. The beer's colour is amazing: deep nectarine-juice and light orange with the softest hue of caramel-brown. The head is consistent at a thin layer though the tightness seems a little lacking. Good sheets of bubbly lacing. Aroma of white sugar and plenty of phenols. Actually the beer smells very much like the yeast-strain of Unibroue's beers. Sourish malts, green apple, and candy sugar. Dusty malts, with lots of yeasty notes. Some woody, resinous and almost faintly smoky smells in there as well. The aroma is very sugary, but also very salty. A delightful smell, just not as complex as I imagined it would be, and it's a little too high on the sugar notes. The initial smell when the head is full is very good though: kind of like the warming, nearly alcoholic smell of fresh rising bread or even fermenting grapes. The taste is quite extraordinarily bitter from beginning to end. Seriously, the hopping is quite predominant at least in mouthfeel and it leaves a dry but sugary/salty aftertaste. One of the bitterest tripels I have had. Excellent fresh hopping. The malts are supportive, but add only little flavouring. Again, the saccharine sweetness feels just too assertive for this tripel. It becomes a little cloying, and it's all I can seem to feel in the mouth after a while. Some fruity notes come though, such as pear and green grapes. Again, this is tasty, but hardly outstanding as far as Belgian tripels go. Fairly high carbonation and a full body. Drinkable, but the sugar in this beer really does distract from its character. Thank goodness we have the blue and red. For a tripel, this was just a tad disappointing from such a great Trappist brewery, even if they are the biggest and most commercial.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2006 09:20:05 | More by Cwrw
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4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a fairly clear golden with a lingering frothy ivory head. Notes of green apple, lots of peach, coriander, and clove dominate. The flavor is more subtle, with sharp green apple,a touch of pear, and citrus becoming bready mid palate and finishing peppery and spicy. Great beer, with a well appointed dry character that keeps it refreshing. Bitterness is a touch more than I'd prefer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-23-2014 02:37:25 | More by barczar
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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