Chimay Tripel (White)

I kept thinking today was like Thursday. I feel like I’ve just been working like crazy, so I added some days onto my week. Unfortunately, it’s only Tuesday. I know that the rest of the week is going to be crazy, so I think a nice Belgian is in order. I guess it’s time to break out the Duvel glass…

ABV: 8%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the Chimay website, “Named Cinq Cents in 75 cl (25.4 fl.oz.) bottles, this beer with its typical golden colour, its slightly hazy appearance and its fine head is especially characterised by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. The beer’s flavour, as sensed in the mouth, comes from the smell of hops: above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma. The aroma complements the touch of bitterness. There is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.”

Random: When I get home, especially after I’ve been to the gym, I have such a hard time picking out a brew to drink if I’m not craving something (like an IPA). I usually try to do “first-in, first-out,” but sometimes I’m just not in the mood for the next in line. This happens to be one of those days (Red Stripe was actually the next in line, but I just wasn’t feeling it). I’ll probably open the Red Stripe tomorrow.

This Trappist offering poured with a one-finger, pure white, fluffy head. The head complemented a cloudy orange body that presented with some moderate carbonation. The head dissipated at a steady pace and left some lacing on my Duvel glass. The nose had notes of bread, sweet golden fruits, citrus and a hint of clove. This definitely smells like a Belgian. I also got a slight hint of must as it warmed up. The taste had a lot going on. I first got malt, then some golden fruit, then a hint of citrus zest, finishing with a bit of clove. It took a bunch of sips to get all the different flavors that came through. Despite what may seem like too many flavors, they really all worked together making a really well-balanced tripel. This is also dangerously drinkable, with no real alcohol burn. It also wasn’t syrupy like I tend to find some Belgians. The finish lingered momentarily with that yeastiness I’ve come to expect from a tripel. Awesome brew…definitely would have again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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