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Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Ratings: 3,403
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 143
Gots: 181 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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gfthree7

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed Chimay White from a 25.4 oz. bottle into a chilled Chimay logo chalice, as it seems like the colder the better for this Belgian classic.

The color is solid golden and the beer pours with a little bit of lacing that fades away quickly.

The aroma really brought me in. While not overpowering, this beer smells like it has a little bit of wheat and citrus flavor, and the alcohol was detectable but not offensive.The overall blend of whatever they put in this beer smells very inviting!

The mouthfeel was a bit more mellow than some of the other Belgian Tripel brands I've tried. I didn't detect as much carbonation as a La Fin Du Monde or Delirium Tremens.

Chimay White tastes great, and it's extremely drinkable despite the 8% ABV. It's pretty easy to knock back 2 of the 25.4s, and it leaves you feeling fantastic. My friends and I have noticed that hangovers seem to be non-existent with Chimay White!

Fans of Belgian Tripel style beer should consider this a must-try. Chmiay White is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:17:26 | More by gfthree7
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my Chimay chalice.

First off, let me say that Chimay has always been a favorite of mine going back to my first visit to Belgium a decade ago. I'm almost reticent to drink it in the US because it doesn't match the original experience. However, I digress...

Beers pours a hazy golden color with twinges of orange. It pours a thick, lustrous head that measures about two fingers.

The nose is thick with Belgian yeast and some bananas and cloves. The beer tastes fantastic. It's slightly boozy with a thick citrus and yeasty flavor. There a slight hoppiness to it as well.

The mouthfeel is active, very well carbonated. The drinkability is pretty good for one beer. It's a sipper and a great one at that.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:12:45 | More by pburland23
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peanut070478

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: nice, big off white head that doesn't stick around too long. Decent amount of lacing. Poured cloudy and the color of apple cider. Really nice looking in the glass.

S: Spicy, cinnamon, with a slight citrus smell

T: Hoppy, slight citrus taste.

M: Little on the bitter side, didn't really leave a lasting impression in my mouth.

D: Not my favorite, but still drinkable. I don't think that I would buy more than one at a time to have with friends.

Overall a really good looking glass of beer. I wish the taste and mouthfeel were a little more to my liking. I will try it again in a few months to see if I have a different opinion. I would like to try the other colors (blue & red).

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:24:17 | More by peanut070478
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Hazy, golden-orange color. White head, some lacing.

S: Bread, citrus, spicy undertones.

T: Earthy spice, clean citrus, zesty.

M: Medium bodied. Some carbonation. Smooth but a tad bitter, finishes off nice and dry.

D: Tasty. Not too strong or overpowering for a tripel. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 17:04:49 | More by Rifugium
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Brez07

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap a few weeks back at Novare's Chimay event. 12oz pour into a Chimay glass

A: Bright orange pour. Minimal cloudiness. Some frothy head which doesn't last too long. Scant lacing

S: Lots of spice and yeast. Some citrus fruit (orange, pineapple)

T: Lots of belgian spice and yeast. Musky, slightly earthy. Seems like there is a presence of grape rinds

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Dry, crisp finish with some bitterness

D: Very easy drinking triple. Very flavorful yet not over the top complex

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 20:24:16 | More by Brez07
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, into a Chimay chalice.

Glorious golden orange emerges in my glass, with three fingers of billowing white head. Tons of suspended yeast here make it opaque, chunky lace and the carbonation is evident from looks alone. Nose is of banana, pear, light spice. Taste follows, tons of fruit, banana again, pear, green apple. Finish is super dry and yeasty. High carbonation and a good body. Great drink for the ABV, if not somewhat restricted by how uncomfortably parched the palate is left after each sip. I'd still take La Fin du Monde over this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 18:14:11 | More by liamt07
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip dec9 2010

A super hazy golden orange with tiny suspended particles being move around by a shitload of bubbles. a gentle pour leaves a massive 3 finger head that forms a dome over the top of the glass and just sits there for a while ever so slowly falling to a thick film with a island in the middle that looks like a little brain

S a little yeast and pineapple with some other fruits I can't quite place and some booze

T what I smell but with a little more booze, some cereals and a nice little blast of hops. again there's something I can't quite place, it's nothing bad though almost like apple pie filling with toned down spice

M quite active it the mouth with plenty of bubbles and a little bite, it's a little hot for 8% but not too bad

D only the look of this one blew me away but it wasn't lacking anywhere. I doubt I'd drink many of these back to back but one or two is quite enjoyable

I get more then twice the triple when I grab a 750ml bottle of La Fin Du Monde, I like this beer but it's hard buy when it's beside LFDM on the shelf

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 07:26:37 | More by wordemupg
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a chimay goblet received in the gift pack. very bubbly and orange with a nice sized head that subsides quickly . typical smell of belgian tripel yeasts. slightly bitter in the taste with the flavor of the yeast. the taste of hops is surprisingly present in this if only ever so tiny. slight aftertaste lingers on the tongue despite the thin mouthfeel. Not my favorite tripel or chimay offering, but solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:28:10 | More by Blanco
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't often pick up Belgian beers and I'm not sure why not because they are so tasty. Some of my favourite Canadian beers like Maudite have a distinctly Belgian style to them.
This beer st's in my goblet very nicely. it's a hazy gold with very fine carbonation and retains it's head throughout.

It tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon,and pepper with a sweet biscuit aftertaste.

Very nice in the holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:07:08 | More by shamus
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights with a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had the signature chimay belgian yeast aroma with apple pear ester slight spice and citrus notes. Some the aroma reminded me a candy and bubbly gum.

T: the belgian yeast also domianted the taste with sweet malt flavor but had citrus, spice, and apple pear accents. It did kind have corinader notes as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, spice, slight citrusy, and prickly finish.

D: it drank good but not great . Its still a very good tripel beer and has been a beer that has gotten me into craft brews; thanks monks

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 09:01:39 | More by Gobzilla
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BamaViper1

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

This beer pours dark gold/light amber into the glass forming a thick, creamy off-white head. The head stays pretty consistent and leaves a nice trail of lacing.

Perhaps Belgian Tripels are not for me. The aroma of this beer starts with a clear fruity presence, but the smell degrades into a Belgian yeast mixed with, I'm sorry to say, hairspray. I think that bad comparison may be due to the hop character, which is obviously different from my Westcoast IPA preference. Just the end of the smell is a bit off for me.

The Taste makes up for the smell. Immediately the Belgian yeast shines through with a fruity breadiness that I am learning to embrace. Additionally, this Tripel has a nice, slightly bitter finish that I enjoy preceded by a hint of citrus crispness and light alcohol burn.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel at about medium body; however I do feel that the finish is noticibly lighter than the beer itself. A good amount of carbonation also attributes to the perceived weight.

This beer actually has pretty high drinkability. Once it has warmed a little and once it's actually in the mouth, the Chimay Tripel is a very easy to drink Belgian. Overall, this beer is ok, probably a little over-hyped, and I still belive the Grand Reserve is by far their best effort. Chimay does deliver a quality tripel with their white label.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 06:44:58 | More by BamaViper1
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withliterature

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle with a corked top. I've also had it on tap, but am just now getting around to reviewing it upon getting a bottle for my birthday.

A: Pours a deep, cloudy cold. Not at all clear, there is a lot of sediment in here.

S: This smells yeasty and Belgian Trippel-y (hard to describe that!), although with a slightly sharper edge than many Trippels have.

T: More dry than sweet, thick-tasting, slightly fruity, with definite citrus notes. A bit of breadiness that gives the beer more body than some trippels. A little sharp and the smell indicates. Delicious.

M: The dry and sweet and well-balanced and the beer is neither thick nor watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. This is easily one of my favorite Belgian Trippels. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:43:26 | More by withliterature
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy orange to beige color with a huge-fluffy-creamy-fantastic white head. Good retention. Never disappears completely and leave many lacings around

S: Sweet and fruto on the nose. Honey, candy sugar, caramel malts, orange zest, flowery hops and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. A sweet upfront beer. Bit fruity too. Belgian yeasts, bread, caramel, malts , honey. In overall, a dry taste with strings notes of citrus hops and a nice relevant hoppy bitter aftertaste

M: Medium body and carbonation. Balanced sweet-biterness leaving a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Delicious Triple. Mandatory to Belgian lovers like me :)

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 18:45:10 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. Was somewhat disappointed with the relatively low amount of hazing and head retention to it.
S- some apple and earthy smells, but pretty clean all around.
T- A good bit of spicyness and earthyness to it. Really develops as it warms as well.
M- An enjoyable creamyness throughout. Carbonation is moderate.
D- This is a good beer, though I feel it had been overhyped to me. I enjoyed it and would have another easily. It covers up that 8% pretty well I feel. Price is a little high compared to Tripels I felt were on same level, but price ignored, it's a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 03:49:05 | More by jsprain1
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip split with the girlfriend.

Pours a pretty cloudy/hazy golden color with a small white head that's got a pretty cool bubbly pattern to it, there's also a pretty nice circle right in the center from the etching. Nose is very yeasty and bready, it's also got some nice maltiness to it.

Taste is very well balanced, it's hoppy but not bitter at all, it's a bit more earthy which is nice. There's a very nice Belgian yeastiness as too be expected along with a really thick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Makes it very tasty and drinkable, super solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:53:44 | More by kingcrowing
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe branded goblet.

A - Poured a opaque orange gold with a 2cm white fluffy head. Head slowly dissipated and plenty of lacing is left behind.

S - Sweet sugar, some bread, apricots, grass, spices, yeast and alcohol.

T - Plenty of sweetness, light fruity sourness, spicy and a hint a booze.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, sticky, some tang, slick, slightly drying finish.

D - Good beer. The high ABV is decently well hidden as to not detract from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:52:09 | More by decimator
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of foamy, lily-white head.

Smell -- Nose is spicy with some mild malty sweetness and gentle yeast earthiness. Floral hop aroma is also evident. Very gentle and inviting, alcohol presence is nicely subdued.

Taste -- Pale malt with gentle powdered sugar sweetness, earthy yeast with mild clove oil and bubblegum. Faint alcohol presence in the finish along with white pepper spice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample foamy carbonation. On point.

Drinkability -- This is absolutely one of the best Triples I've ever had. The fact that it just barely cracks the Top 10 of the style is surprising. Not only is this a must-try Tripel, but also a perfect introduction to the world of Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:28:06 | More by yeahnatenelson
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augustgarage

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Date on the cork is "05/10."

The body is a hazy light carrot orange with amber highlights topped by a rocky fist of merengue-like old lace colored foam. Sticky burls of lacing adorn the glass with tiny dotts of legs.

Vaguely dusty yeast in the nose - mature sourdough starter, plenty of phenolics (quite spicy but hard to pick apart and name individual aromas), and light melon-esque esters. Faint noble hops as well suggestive of alfalfa perhaps?

While I find many examples of Tripels to be sweet, the trappist/abbey renditions are more often dry (probably serving as the basis for the BJCP's description of them). The signature yeast quality contributes the primary flavor which is mineral-laden, peppery, and punctuated with low bitter melon and chamomile notes. Delicate malt emerges on the palate as well, a canvas for the rest of the flavors to play on. The finish is dry and biscuity with spice, river stones, and even sandalwood coming into play. Unique and well balanced.

Effervescent, well carbonated, medium-bodied, creamy, and warming from spice and a little alcohol.

A fine stand-by of the style...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:44:31 | More by augustgarage
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750mL bottle into a tulip with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.

Pours a dark peach color with a two-finger white head that doesn't have the best static power and doesn't leave around as much lacing as would be expected. The nose has some sligt booze with some banana, caramel, stone fruits, and general yeasty esters.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of malt, banana, light fruits, and a bit of spice. There is some alcohol there as well. Medium bodied with somewhat low levels of carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but is probably my least favorite of the Chimay trio.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:29:59 | More by Thorpe429
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BMoldy

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with my girlfriend for our anniversary. Since it was the first time I'd had it since my year in Belgium, I was pretty eager to see how it measured up to my more mature palate.

Poured a beautiful peachy gold. Hazy, but refracted the light pretty well. I may have been a little too eager to get it out of the bottle, but the head was humongous! Bubbly and white, with a mouse-like body, I had to wait a minute for it to subside enough in my snifter to actually get at the beer. The aroma was clean and exactly how a beer should smell. It was all there: malt, grain, hops, yeast; though the grain was what really stuck out. A hint of fruit was overshadowed a bit by the strength of the beer itself, though it wasn't offensive at all.

This is by far one of my favorite triples. Unlike Westmalle or Tripel Karmeliet, the flavors in this beer are all distinct, robust, and most importantly, smooth. Unlike these beers, the 8% ABV of the Chimay just adds to the body instead of taking away from it, as it enhances the flavors and helps make the beer larger than life. The balance between malt and hops is exceptional, and really allows the grain to shine through. Overall, probably the best Chimay in my opinion, and well worth whatever you might pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:54:55 | More by BMoldy
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz Caged and Corked... Easiest cork I've ever removed... Seems to push itself out of the bottle...

A - Two fingers worthy of airy, delicate, slightly rocky, pure white head... Modest retention gives way to slightly fuller and definately creamier thick lacing... A light to medium amber orange color... A cyclone of moderate paced can be detected in the center of the glass...

S - Belgian yeast... Pear... A bit of lemon zest... The subdued sweetness of golden raisins... Some faint spices... Also some grassy notes... Nothing dominate, but there is wonderful complexity and nuance...

T - Belgian yeast... Pear... Some faint candied sugars... A bit of honey... Lying beneath the surface is a subdued hoppiness... The finish is a mix of lemon and spices... Slightly metallic finish...

M - Medium bodied... Rather Dense... A surprising bit of carbonated bite... A modest lush creaminess... Slightly dry finish...

D - A very very good Tripel, but a notch below world class... Probably my least favorite the common Chimay offerings... There's nothing particular that I can really place my finger on, but this is just a minor let down given the lofty expectations one has for Trappist brews...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 03:35:48 | More by philbe311
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pgaveau

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served into a Chimay Chalice

Nice fluffy head that nearly spilled over the edge of the glass. Deep, amber color with little specs of yeast. Robust smell of fruit and hops. Tastes of sweet fruit but not too sweet. Balanced complex taste with malty finish. I savored this beer for a while.

One of the beers that peeked my curiosity for better beer several years ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:52:59 | More by pgaveau
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robhunta

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 1pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle.

A - pours a nice golden orange. phenomenal head, fluffy and tall, great retention. a little cloudy, but thats expected so i can't old it against the beer.

S - Delicious fruity, yeasty aroma. I just love the smell o this beer.

T - Taste also is sweet, fruity, yeasty, some great malt flavors as well. Light, with a bit of alcohol flavor.

M - Not much to say her, smooth, perfect.

D - extremely drinkable, if anything I might say the yeast flavors might get tiresome if drinking many, but not even sure if thats the case.

Al together, this is a fantastic beer, I could drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:41:26 | More by robhunta
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a yeast-infused light orange, with a towering off-white three-finger head. Retention and lacing are both amazing. As the head recedes, the surface becomes quite undulating, with large bubbles and pores that are quite amusing to behold. I can't see much carbonation, but that might be due to how cloudy this beer is.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is slightly funky and slightly sweet. There is a bit of yeast discernible, as well as some spicy pepper. I'm definitely getting more hops in the Tripel than in the Abbaye's other varieties.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced, with a much creamier feel than I anticipated. There is some nice citrus and pine bitterness, but there is also a very pronounced malt backbone that has some lovely toasted nuance. There is less pepper in the taste than the nose, and as the beer warms I'm picking up some fruity/grape flavor. It almost reminds me of the fruit leather my mom used to put in my lunches as a child.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fairly creamy feel. Pretty good bitterness up front, malty in the middle, and a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite Tripel thus far. I was actually pretty surprised when I looked at the ABV; wouldn't have pegged this for an 8% ABV beer. I will definitely come back to this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 19:54:36 | More by BuckyFresh
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TheLVBeerGuy

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a chimay goblet

A- Thick and cloudy white on yellow very similar to a north coast pranqster. Nice white head

S- Nice and hoppy, good fruit smell

T- Overwhelmingly malty, citrus notes come in at the end, finishes smooth.

M- Very Good carbonation and on the swallow you almost forget its there. Good.

D- Not my favorite of the style by any means, probably wont be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:48:17 | More by TheLVBeerGuy
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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