Chimay Red, Chimay Trippel, Chimay Blue

Chimay Red, Chimay Trippel, Chimay BlueI have recently made threats of doing a Chimay trifecta review: Chimay Red, Chimay Trippel, Chimay Blue. And before anyone gives me shit, I know…a correct trifecta would be Red, White, Blue. Oh…and also while I’m at it, no one give me guff about my drink-ware. Once again, I’m well aware that Chimay is “supposed” to be served in a tulip glass. Beer-douches may keep their comments to themselves. Oh, and one last thing, I stored these bottles sideways in the fridge, not standing up like the label insists I do. I’m a loner Dotty, a rebel.

The Red has an aroma of cloves and banana. Quite yummy. Knowing that this beer gets better as it warms, I let this sucker sit in the glass for probably 20 minutes. I’ve go the Trippel queued up, sitting on the kitchen table warming (in the bottle).
Chimay Red

Chimay Red

Chimay Red is an incredibly interesting looking brew. Tons of sediment which appears to hang in suspended animation. It’s an orangish red color. 2-3 fingers of head, but surprisingly little lacing. Slightly bitter at first. Ends spicy. Hints of cinnamon. Not as bready as I expected it to be. Super thick and smooth going down. 7% ABV.

Moving on to the Tripel…

Much different in appearance. It is lighter in color: an orangish yellow. Similar amount of sediment. The pour went bonkers on me. Not 1, 2, or 3 fingers of head…more like an entire fist of it. I only poured half of the bottle and had to stop. My bad. In my defense, I would have had to pour the thing ridiculously slow. Once again, little lacing.

Smells bready and banana-ey. Orange zest is the first flavor I get. I also get some booziness, which isn’t terribly surprising at 8% ABV. Definitely getting coriander flavors as well. Pretty well balanced. The Trippel is definitely less complex than the red. Both are really good brews.

And to finish the evening off…the Blue!

Just one look and one sniff and I can tell the blue is going to be be different. It’s the darkest of the three, a deep mahogany. Similar head to the red. Still no lacing (I’m detecting a theme). The smell is significantly boozy, although at 9% ABV the Blue weighs in as the heavyweight of the evening.

The flavor is a little on the mysterious side. Dark fruits are swimming around in there, however they aren’t as dominant as other dark-fruitish brews. As I keep on sipping I’m more and more inclined to say the flavor is grape. There’s a hint of spice, but nothing like the Chimay Red.

All three beers were good if not great. For those of you wondering, yes, I’m a little tipsy. I did take my time with each beer…almost exactly 45 minutes per bottle. I also gargles with water and ate bread in between each beer. I felt like I needed to do so in order to give each one a fair shake.

Chimay makes some ridiculously good brews for sure. All three were relatively complex, especially the the Red. All three were slow drinking, but on the the other hand, I don’t feel bloated or sick after drinking all three. I was particularly impressed by the vast difference between the Red and the Blue. I expected these to be much closer in flavor, but they were vastly different beers. All-in-all I don’t know if I could even pick a favorite out of these three beers…all great in their own rite.

On a final note, I want to thank you if you’re still reading my ramblings. You get a gold star for patience. :)

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

10 thoughts on “Chimay Red, Chimay Trippel, Chimay Blue”

  1. Nice review.

    I actually picked up a bottle of the Trippel for this weekend. My wife wanted something special to drink while some friends and I homebrew, so I got her a liter of this or whatever size it happens to be. Its a pretty large bottle.

    I've found the more I drink and try trippel the more I like these as "treat" beers. Something to drink as a dessert or when I want something sweet, but not a chocolate or malty stout.

    Do you watch football and watching the Superbowl? I've got a post on my site about session beers that I'd love to hear your take on if you get a chance.

    Have a good one man!

    Mike's Brew Review

  2. OK, now you really need to get more glassware. When's your birthday? Tell your wife that's what you want. I don't care how douchey I sound, but Trappist beers really should be had in proper glassware, which is either a tulip glass or a goblet. However, a big red wine glass or a nice snifter will easily do the trick. Surely, you must have at least a wine glass. :)

  3. We don't drink red wine, so all we have are the smaller white wine glasses.

    April 24th

    I actually WOULD have had proper glassware if things had played out differently. The week after I bought the Chimay, Julio's got in stock those boxed sets of Red/White/Blue with the signature Chimay glasses.

    Fate clearly wants me to keep drinking out of "inappropriate" glassware.


  4. That's pretty funny actually. BA used to have a nice cheaper set of glassware you could buy that had like 5 or 6 different glasses for something like $35-50. Now they just have the uber expensive set of 3 for $75. They're nice but too expensive for everyday use, IMO.

    I use a Crate & Barrel snifter for pretty much all the bigger beers. Also, if you go to beer events, like tastings and such, you can often get free giveaways. I got a free Victory Golden Monkey glass for buying 2 6 packs of Victory after a tasting last night.

  5. I've had the Red and Blue, and thought the red was way more yeasty, and the Blue had almost a floral quality to it. They are both great, but my personal favorite is the blue. One of these days I'll try the tripel.

  6. Of all the Trappists, Chimay is the most popular, but also the most overrated, IMO. Orval is hands down my favorite. Konigshoeven is excellent and very underrated.

  7. I like your style. Serious but not too serious. You enjoy a good beer but don’t get hung up on proper everything. I found this while doing a search on Chimay; I want to try the line-up. Your blog inspired me, maybe tonight will be the night! :)

    1. You hit it on the head Sarah! My site is all about enjoying beer, not worrying about what is right or wrong. Never take beer (or life) too seriously!!!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope it isn’t the last time we hear from you. :)


  8. I’m making a comment account just to let you know how much I appreciate the loner/rebel/Dotty line. That one alone has prompted me to dug deeper into your website.

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