Additional Notes 07/28/22
I enjoy this beer a lot more than the notes below indicate, and 18 and 14 years on from those I have a true, and much deeper appreciation for the beer. However, I STILL maintain that the White is not necessarily a quintessential Triple. There’s a hop note in the back end (the soapy element that I note below), and a distinct lack of driving alcohol sweetness that one gets with typical examples of the style. In that regard come with an open mind.
It’s a beautiful beer to behold, smooth as silk and delicious, with mild-sweetness of over-ripe fruit competing with the bitter elements, and it exerts a certain herbal not, but simply not the Triple that you may be seeking. Enjoy it for what it is, and seek quintessential Tripels elsewhere.
Updated Notes 04/08
On-tap at Cypress Pint & Plate, Atlanta, GA, USA. 0.25 L serving in the correct glassware. No head (bad pour by the bar), but plenty of carbonation.
Settles down to give a rather unique tripel experience in as much as we continue to get that soapy, hoppy finish which is unusual for the style.
Better exprience from the bottle I feel.
Original Review 07/04
It might be worth saying that I am a huge fan of Chimay in general, but this was a bit a let down.
I drank this on-tap at The Flying Saucer in Memphis. Served in a genuine Chimay glass, it was simply too cold for me! I am positive that the temperature seriously reduced the aromas that I would normally expect with this beer. Some banana undertones, but that was about it. It also had a somewhat “soapy” or “disinfectant” quality about it.
Color and appearance was as expected. The least favorite of the Chimay’s for me.