After a one week hiatus I am back at it and last night we sampled another certified Trappist beer: Chimay Triple (LCBO# 676585), formerly known as Chimay White. Chimay beers are brewed by Trappist monks at Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey near the town of Hainaut in southern Belgium. Monks have been brewing at this Abbey since 1862 and aside from the wonderful Belgian strong ales they brew they also produced semi-soft cheeses made from regional milk.
The brewery is best known for its three famous beers Chimay Red, Chimay Blue and Chimay Triple. In 1948 Father Theodore isolated the unique yeast cells that still form the basis for Chimay beers today and Chimay Red was also created in this year. The Christmas beer of the same year later became Chimay Blue. Chimay Triple is the youngest beer of the brewery, born in 1966 and is described on the Chimay website as being a rare balance between sweet and bitter. This beer is intended to be enjoyed young and at a temperature of 6-8 degrees Celsius. In 2001 Chimay Triple becomes the first beer that the brewery offers on draught.
Tyson and I both throughly enjoyed Chimay Triple and were pleasantly surpassed by its drinkability despite being considered a strong beer. Here are the stats and our notes on the beer:
Colour: Golden and cloudy, with amber and straw coloured hues.
Smell: Clean and fresh, wheat and bread, pine, liquorice, subtle brine pungency and slight, not over powering soapy smell.
Taste: Hoppy/tart front that mellows towards a sweet, yeasty finish. Extremely well balanced and easy drinking. Both smooth and complex and had great, subtle flavour without being too overbearing.
We both throughly enjoyed this beer and are enjoying expanding our Trappist beer repertoire. There has also been talk of a trip to Belgium for beer purposes which realistically is off in the distance somewhere, but for both of us becomes a stronger fantasy each time we sample another wonderful Trappist selection.
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