“The Chimay Triple, last-born of the Abbey, is labelled “Cinq Cents” on the 750 ml bottle. Of a golden colour, the Trappist beer combines sweet and bitter in a rare balance. The beer’s aroma felt in the mouth comes from the hops’ perfumes: above all, they are fruity touches of Muscat grapes and raisins, even ripe apples. This traditional Belgian beer is best savoured fresh at a temperature of from 6 to 8°C.” 8% ABV
Purchased from Elite Liquors in Fresno, California.
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The color is a hazy honey/orange color. Ample carbonation is visible. A huge head is poured, which leaves good lacing throughout.
Earthy hops, yeast, nutmeg/clove spice, and some citrus notes are all offered in the aroma.
Medium to medium light bodied, pretty soft and easy going down. Flavors follow the nose pretty well, with the addition of some dark fruit. The flavors linger mildly on the palate.
I haven’t had too many Belgian ales, and this one seems a step below some of the others I’ve tried. It’s not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s flavors are a little lighter and less sophisticated than expected. I’ll definitely have to try and review more of the style in the future, and my score may change to reflect that later, but for now I’ll give it about a 7/10.
Chimay Brewery – Chimay, Hainait, Belgium