Thursday, December 1, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Bieres de Chimay Cinq Cents (White) Tripel Ale

(8.00% ABV)  Chimay Cinq Cents was poured into a chalice from a 750 ml bottle, and makes its first appearance into the world colored a hazy, golden orange. The ultra-white head lingers lovingly, not in any hurry to disappear, unlike so many of its brethren. This thing could have easily lasted 10 minute or more -- but I'll never know because I needed to dive in for a taste well before then.... The beer smells beautifully of oranges and yeast, reminiscent of a Belgian white.

Cinq Cents is crisp, with just the right amount of carbonation, creating an ultra-luxurious mouthfeel  This is definitely a serious beer, but it's also very drinkable -- it strikes just the right balance.

It tastes of yeast, bread, and hops offset by a subtle fruity sweetness. I love it -- if it weren't for the ABV level this would easily be a favorite session beer. A-

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