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-