Chimay Triple (White) 8% ABV
Chimay Peres Trappistes
Chimay, what wonders and pleasures do you have in store for me today? Your Blue Cap and Red Cap brews took me places I knew not that a beer could transport me to. To this day, my tasting of the Chimay Blue is my best crafted and most often read review I have posted. The Chimay Red will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first review I ever posted. Many months I have waited in ardent anticipation to taste and review the Chimay White. Will you live up to the high standards of your siblings or merely be the Cooper Manning of the Chimay family? Let’s find out.
I had the privilege of pouring an 11.2oz bottle of this Triple or Tripel into an official Chimay goblet glass. What better way to enjoy a brew than in a glass specifically designed for it? I take my first sip of this golden colored ale and it is wonderful. There is a bit of a spice taste at the front of the beer and it flows quite nicely into a smooth clean finish, with the smallest hint of a pleasing aftertaste. As hard as this is to say, I can already tell that this is my least favorite of the Chimays. This should not be taken as a defect but rather show the impressive nature of the Blue and the Red. The one quality that the White can hold over its siblings is it’s on tap availability. I can only imagine how satisfying this beer would be when tasted on tap in Belgium, with some of the Trappist’s abbey made cheese.
The Chimay Triple, Tripel, or also called White, truly shares a likeness with Cooper Manning. While Cooper on his own would be considered a very successful businessman with a strong career, how can he hold a candle to his brothers? One of which has won 2 Superbowls and the other of which has 1 Superbowl ring and almost countless MVP awards. If Cooper was a member of any other family he would be held in the highest regard, so to would the Chimay White if it was brewed under any other label. The only difference between Cooper and the Triple is while Cooper is the first born of the siblings, the Tripel is the “last-born” of all the Chimay beers. While being the youngest the White should also be consumed “young” or within a few months of it’s bottling. The Chimay Blue and Red can be kept for years and will get better with age, especially the Blue. So to Eli and Peyton seem to get better with age, especially Peyton as his most recent season stats show.
Without being too critical of Cooper or the Chimay Triple this beer may just not be my favorite style. The use of 3 times the amount malt in the brewing of this beer, hence the name “Triple,” may just not agree with my palate. In any case this is a solid beer, which just happens to have two siblings that are outliers in the world of beer greatness. Though you are a well crafted delicious beer, Chimay Triple, due to your siblings you were unable to reach the lofty heights of my expectation. Such is life.