Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours even darker than the St. Bernardus. Extremely hazy light amber. The head sits like a champion. Fine bubbles composing a thick collar of white foam. Pinnacled at about an inch and a half, fell to about a half-inch still. Looks marvelous.
Champagne-like yeast. Stale, thick-sliced French bread, phenols, light touches of fruit (pear, banana, nectarine). Very yeast-forward with full-on Belgian maltiness, rock sugar, light tanginess, and a kiss of spiciness.
The spiciness is fully-realized in the flavor. White pepper, thick white bread, nutty yeast, wheatberries, alcohol, phenols, and a smear of apple. Alcohol works toward the spiciness, but it's not boozy. It's not sweet, either. A very dry nature to the finish that tarts up with more of that pomme fruit. More like, I taste seeds.
Medium-full body. Carbonation is mostly dried-up when it gets gulped, acts as a popping dry-bubble effect. I love this classic Chimay Tripel mouthfeel.
Hey, it might not have the most impressive nose, but you can't knock this beer! Chimay Tripel is a godfather to most and many. I'm just glad I still love it.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 04:59:36 | More by thecheapies
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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.