This Chimay Tripel is another official Belgian Trappist beer from the monks of the Scourmont Abbey in the town of Chimay, close to the French border in Belgium. The Chimay Tripel is also known as "White Cap Chimay" or the Chimay White. It's distinguished visually from the other Chimay beers by the colour of its white label and cap.
As the name says, this is a Tripel beer and the only Chimay beer of that style. in true Chimay tradition, The 75cl version carries its own name which in this case is "Cinq Cents", meaning five hundred. This Chimay Tripel was, like the others, developed by Father Théodore and this was in 1966, making it the most recently developed beers from this abbey.
Its character can be described as having a pleasing aroma of hops and yeast - it certainly is the most hoppy of all Chimay beers. Its appearance is with a golden color and of a misty or cloudy appearance. It has a relatively fine head.
Chimay Tripel has a subtle bitter aftertaste that's not overpowering, in fact the balance between sweetness and bitterness is striking. There are fruity hints of apples and raisins. The alcohol content of this Chimay Tripel packs in at 8% ABV. This beer is best not stored for too long - consume within the year.
The ideal serving temperature is lower than for its siblings and should be around 6 - 8°C and as always, each beer tastes best in its own glass.
Named Cinq Cents in 75 cl (25.4 fl.oz.) bottles, this beer, with its typical golden color, slightly hazy appearance and fine head, is especially characterized by its aroma which results from an agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast. It was first brewed by the monks of Chimay at Scourmont Abbey in 1966. Above all it is the fruity notes of muscat and raisins that give this beer a particularly attractive aroma.