Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Gattopardo:
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
As my first experience with Chimays product, the Blue, was a very satisfying one, I was expecting good things from the White as well, and I was not disappointed.
The first distinctive element is a formidable head that looks as thick and rich as mousse. I understand that this is a common characteristic of Tripels. Below this mighty crown is a cloudy orange color and multiple trails of bubbles streaming to the surface. The aroma of this brew is complex and dominated with a caramel scent. The first sip is alive with a texture of flavors, including malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue and balancing bitter tastes at the sides and back of the mouth. Along with these dominant sensations are hints of spices. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy for a beer that seems so light. The more sips I take, the more flavors seem to come out, and the delicate dance between bitterness and sweetness is decidedly enjoyable, finishing in a very pleasant and lingering bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is fairly high but not overpowering, and warming brings out more subtle flavors. This is the kind of beer one wants to sip slowly and enjoy over a long period of time, which is a good thing as it is also deceptively strong.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2006 03:14:40 | More by Gattopardo
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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.