Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Hazy golden orange color, somewhat like a dark cream soda. Fairly large, foamy, creamy white head. Decent retention with a thin patchy bubbly lacing.
S - Fairly typical Tripel aroma with some peachy, apricot, and other golden fruit. Good amount of orange citrus and floral aroma. Sweet honey and malt aroma also present with some yeast and spice.
T - Starts with an apple and pear taste with some light pale malt in the background. This gives way to more of a peach and apricot fruitiness. Mid to late sip some floral and earthy hops come out along with some spice (coriander, clove, and pepper). Underneath all that is a slight candi sugar/honey sweetness and some Belgian yeast. Touch of alcohol taste on the finish.
M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Warming, tingly feel.
D - Decently drinkable. A bit more spiced/hot and less sweet and fruity than others in the style. These don't overpower the palate, but they definitely make their presence felt. Pretty well balanced and could drink another just fine.
Notes: Vintage 2009. More spiced/herbed/hot version of a Tripel with less fruity/peachy sweetness. It's a good beer and enjoyable to drink but it isn't really my favorite Tripel. It's a tasty beer, and I would have it again, but I don't know if I would ever crave it, or really feel the need to drink another. Definitely worth trying though, just didn't wow me and wasn't my favorite interpretation of the style.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2010 00:35:43 | More by FreshHawk
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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.