Elevated Review: Chimay White (Cinq Cents)

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ChimayConsidering this is the first review I’m doing for Elevated Beer Wine and Spirits, I figured I should start with a classic, with a beer that started it all for me. If my memory serves me correct, ten years ago, Chimay White was my first foray into micro and import brews. Chimay has been brewing beer for 150 years and brewing Chimay White for 47 years.

chimay-logo3Chimay White is a Tripel brewed by one of only eight Trappist breweries in the world. It pours a gorgeous light copper blond color with a creamy thick head. The aroma is subtle and reassures you that you aren’t about to get hit in the face with a fruit bomb that is sometimes present in the style. It is drier than your average Belgian and not overly spiced, which allows the hops to come through wonderfully. There is a substantial amount of carbonation, that doesn’t fade and allows the beer to dance across your tongue until the last sip.

My tastes have changed over the years, but I owe a lot to this classic that has led to my further enjoyment of both beer and career. I look forward to relying on such a consistent beer for many years to come. I may be guilty of overlooking Chimay at times, but its deliciousness always welcomes me back with open arms. It may not be as flashy as some of the other tripels out there, but it is definitely one of the best.

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Less than a legend, more than a man. Jim can be found indulging in the riches of South Minneapolis. When he isn't working at Elevated * Beer * Wine * Spirits * he loves dogs, all things local, eating, drinking, and cooking. He can be found tweeting at @JimTreyPaterson