Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Chimay Tripel

Type: belgian trappist tripel ale
Origin: Chimay, Belgium
Price: $9.99 per 750 mL

I have a confession. I had to look at the website for inspiration on this beer. Everything about it is perfectly balanced that heathens like me cannot pick out individual notes without some guidance. Chimay says "the fruity notes of muscat and raisins give this beer a particularly attractive aroma" and "there is no acidity, but an after-bitterness which melts in the mouth". I agree with the muscat and lack of acidity, but not the other two. This is a bottle conditioned beer that is top fermented. I have no idea if I have ever had a top fermented beer, but if it means the beer will be fucking delicious, then I'm all for it. I also did not know only seven breweries can officially use the "Trappistes" label (Orval, Chimay, Westvleteren, Rochefort, Westmalle, Achel and Koningshoeven). I know I have seen others that use that label, but it must be like Champagne vs. Sparkling Wine. This is probably the most subdued Tripel I have ever consumed, but I think I have only had 4 or 5 now.

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