Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Small bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Batch number is L08-684.
Appearance: Very hazy amber-orange with a nicely dense and persistent white head. Lots of bubbles coming up through the beer if I hold it up to the light and look closely. Some thick strands of lacing noted, but it did have a tendency to slide down the glass back into the top foam. Despite a careful pour, I know some of the yeast sediment came along for the ride and I suspect that is coloring the beer and making it very hazy.
Smell: Yeasty, sweet, fruity (plums), just a hint of orange and phenol. Quite complex, but appealing.
Taste: Complex. Definitely some hop bitterness, with a tiny bit of orange citrus, along with some earthy and spicy notes. Really hard for me to pull apart the flavors here - everything blends together with this beer. The malt is muted with this one; the sweetness in the aroma is mostly missing in the taste but it is just barely there as something yeasty and plum-like. At first I thought the beer needed to warm up more, but even once it warms up a lot, the sweetness is still muted and the flavor profile is still pretty much the same, just warmer.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that cleans the palate, but does leave some spicy sensation on the tongue. Nice thickness - quite smooth, but I cannot call it creamy.
Overall / Drinkability: Really a complex beer. Good, but difficult to figure out what all I'm drinking here. For all I have heard about this beer, I can say it is good, but I've had better Tripels. Maybe the sediment that came along has muddied the flavors. So in the end - good, just not great. Maybe again with a more careful pour I'll get a different beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 23:33:01 | More by damndirtyape
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