Monday, January 7, 2013

Chimay Triple (White Cap, Yellow Label)

Welcome back everyone.  Today I am continuing my series on the Chimay beers.  You can find yesterday's post on Chimay Red here.

A few minutes walk from the Scourmont Abbey where the Chimay beers are made is the Poteaupré Inn.  Now, I have to preface this by saying I've never been there, but it looks like a truly special place.  The Poteaupré Inn is home to a pub, restaurant and hotel, which, as the video on the website says, are a "temple dedicated to Chimay beer and cheese."  The hotel only has 7 rooms, so if you're ever planning a trip to the area and want to stay here, it's probably a good idea to reserve a room well in advance. 

Now, the Poteaupré Inn does not appear to be actually run by the Scourmont Abbey monks, but rather, are just connected through a mutual business relationship from which they both can receive benefit.

I loved Chimay's Red, now let's open up a bottle of Chimay Triple.  My bottle, as you can see in the pictures, has a white cap, and a yellow label, but is otherwise known as Chimay White.

Chimay Triple (White)

Bières de Chimay S.A.
8% ABV
Known as Cinq Cents when corked and caged in 750 mL bottle
Poured into my Chimay goblet

Chimay Triple pours a golden color with a multi-finger width head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.  There are a decent amount of carbonation bubbles present which I did not notice with Chimay Red.  The aroma consists of spicy banana, likely from the yeast used in fermentation.  The flavors in Chimay Triple are led straight from the aroma.  Banana, pleasant spice and earthiness.  The end of each sip is followed with a small alcohol burn and the flavor of citrusy hops.  I would say this has a little bit less than average body.  There is a nice carbonation that plays off your tongue.  
Overall:  I like this one a lot.  It's a well put together triple, that is incredibly easy to drink.  I could easily see myself refilling my glass if I was drinking from the 750 mL version, which could be dangerous at 8% ABV.  I definitely recommend picking this one up and trying it.

Have you had the Chimay Triple?  What did you think?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I dig Chimay White, but I have to go with Blue as my favorite. Triples can sometimes get a little boring to me. This is an awesome representation of one, I'm jjustut not the biggest fan of the style.

    1. I'll be trying the Blue for the first time tonight. People say it's best after sitting in the cellar for a year or two, so I may lay down another few bottles to drink as they age. Thanks for the comment!