Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.11/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, "L12-601 018783" stamped on bottle
Chimay's standard production tripel is a classic to the style, with strong Belgian yeast characters, including spicy phenols and fruity esters, along with pale malt sweetness and balancing, bittering hops. Well-suited to any time of the year due to its both bright and heavy flavors, the beer is excellen and something for the monks to be proud of. It's also quite expensive ($5.29 for a 11.2oz bottle), and similar enough to Boulevard's or Allagash's that there is not much reason to pay over twice the price of those beers if available. One to revisit occasionally, though I'd probably choose a sour instead.
Pours a 2cm head of white foam composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above one minute, but shorter than the many minutes it takes for many other tripels' foam to subside. After two or so minutes, the head has reduced to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, with moderate lacing clinging to the sides; a modest collection of foam patterns and dots adorn the walls of the glass. The body is a fairly dark golden orange color, about 50-60% opaque, with light bringing out brighter orange hues with hints of yellow. Carbonation is visible, quite active and numerous.
Aroma of Belgian yeast with slightly spicy phenols, lemon zest and banana-like esters, burnt dust, diluted honey with vanilla, and mild pale malt sweetness. Very good, in line with traditional tripels, not as bright and unique as their anniversary tripel.
Major flavors in the beer are mild pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast phenols and esters, pleasant bittering hops, and notes of light vanilla and honey. Front of palate picks up Belgian yeast with spicy phenols, vanilla, banana-like esters, and sweet malts underlying it all. Mid-palate tastes increased Belgian yeast characters (spicy phenols, pear and banana-like esters) with more subdued vanilla, honey, and sweet malts, with modest hop bitterness asserting itself as well. Back of palate picks up pale malt sweetness, moderate ethanol, an unexpected but pleasant coconut-like flavor, Belgian yeast phenols, dust, muted banana-like esters. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast with some phenols, modest ethanol, and baked pear and banana-like esters. Pleasant, fairly low continental hop bitterness.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, just strong enough to be slightly fizzy without prickly or painful. The resulting mouthfeel is ably foamy and smooth, flowing across the palate quite well. Closes quite dry, with only slight stickiness lingering on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 02:06:01 | More by falloutsnow
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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.
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