Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by scootny:
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. The cork explodes out of the bottle. A hazy orange amber fluid with a massive three finger head that gently gives way and allows me to fill the glass. Dense and tight in it's construction it leave bits of lace and remains as a blanket over the brew all the way down. The first pour is relatively clear and shows little carbonation. The second is mixed with floating bits of yeast.
The smell is sweet and laced with honey and orange blossom. I smell cookies and malted grains coming from my oven. Light fruit esters that include apple, white grapes, and bananas. Faint hops finish it out.
Taste is on the dry side of the triple world. That said a beautiful honeyed taste upfront. A bit of wine and apples. Some Belgian yeast. There is a tartness that follows and leads you to a sharp hop finish. Dryness and crackery sweetness in the back of my mouth. A very complex brew and I will have to revisit it to get it all.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated but in such a was as to compliment the overall experience. It is very creamy at the same time. Not light but certainly not thick.
Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well hidden bit it is a beer to sip and savor. Like a good night of intimacy, you want it to last but you don't want to rush.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2008 03:47:39 | More by scootny
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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 3,472 ratings.