Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by salvo:
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This beer is a pace-setter and, for me and others, defines the style. On-tap, the coriander and rich bready yeasts are more pronounced in the smell and taste. The head retains fluff long after others have gone flat. Color is champaign yellow. Finish is long, dry, and nuanced.
If you don't know this lovely belgian tripel, you have to try it, and if you enjoy it: you like belgian beer. It's really quite that simple. Consistent, textbook definitions of the style, and surprisingly complex for a widely available import.
This beer inspired and continues to inspire so may to think how much better beer can be than the mass produced tasteless watery crap we put up with for far too long. "I can make better," or at least "I will find better." Thanks, Chimay, for keeping up your high standards and consistently yummy beers so that we might be woken from our zombie palates in the new world. First we imitated, they we innovated, and now you are brewing a number of hoppy "American style" ales. Now that's a compliment to American brewers! (See Hopus, esp.)
Enjoyed on-tap at Black Dog in Urbana, IL.
Serving type: on-tap
02-06-2011 15:36:39 | More by salvo
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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 3,468 ratings.