Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Stavage:
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Leffe goblet. Golden hazy medium amber colour with a fizzy white head which ends up as quite a smooth thick lacing.
Has a sweet white fleshed fruitiness to the smell. Grapes, apples, pears perhaps a little peach. This is backed by a buttery and biscuity malt. Some peppery spiciness in there too. Overall I found it a touch more complex on the nose than most tripels and pales I've tried recently.
Taste is no real surprise following the scent. A sweet fruitiness hits up front, pears, apples et al. Doesn't get too sweet though and is immediately followed by a very smooth buttery maltiness. Balanced by a touch of hops bitterness.
Again mouthfeel is a real highlight here. Very smooth, rich and full bodied. Goes down with great ease. Carbonation is lively. Personally I find it smoother waiting for the fizz to die down a little.
I enjoy this for a tripel. Something about this reminds me of Unibroue's Maudite more than other tripels. Smoother and maltier. Works well for me
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2009 11:37:34 | More by Stavage
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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.