Chimay – White Label

Tasting: February 26, 2011
Style: Belgian Triple

To many, Chimay is the cornerstone of Belgian Trappist Ale. But, admittedly I’ve only had their red label. When it comes to Belgian, I prefer darker, maltier ales like doppelbocks (of late, St. Bernardus Abt 12 comes to mind). So, I’m glad Craig picked this one to share as I probably would walk past it a thousand times. The yeast delivers a banana, bready aroma. In my first few sips, the yeast is dominant and delivers the same banana and bread combo. As the ale opens up I’m getting subtle pear notes and I can pick up the hops as they nicely bring this ale a better balance. This is an ale that begs to be enjoyed with food (maybe because I’m very hungry right now) — and it’s pairing nicely with hummus and nan. I’m going to put it at 88 points for me.

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