Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Mcculler:
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I'm on a one a day flight from red, to white, to blue and where the red was a little disappointing (too much carbonation, mundane taste), this was a very solid, well integrated example of the style.
Very pretty orange, slightly cloudy but vibrant. Nice head -- not too daunting, though -- with nice tight, foamy bubbles. Toward the second half of the glass something that resembles an eye appears in the middle and I feel like I'm suddenly in the lord of the rings.
Nose is good, not intense, though it might have been my nose having an off day or the glass itself, a Chimay glass from my buddy, that seems a little too open for good sniffing.
But a very nice taste -- sugar candy, occasionally butterscotch, or burnt sugar, candied orange and grapefruit, maybe a little nuttiness there. Strong hops for a belgian -- not real funky, but the grapefruit, pine and cloves packs a punch that somehow works with the malt. This is not restrained, elegant, or sublime -- it's solid balance that is achieved not by conservatism but by knowledgeable liberality.
Real creamy on the mouth -- I notice the carbonation hovers in the glass like some UFO technology based government experiment (why I pay my taxes).
Good drinkability for a relatively big beer.
Definitely enjoyed this one.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2008 03:08:59 | More by Mcculler
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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.