Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
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4,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,012
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 215
Gots: 502 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Ratings: 4,012 | Reviews: 1,589
Photo of Mercarood
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Prima triple van 'onze' trappisten uit België zeker afgezet tegen al het IPA geweld

Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into teku glass
Served: 26 May 2015

Appearance: Much darker than I was anticipating for a tripel- it looks like a light, gooey caramel rather than the blonde I am accustomed to with the style. Opaque with big streams of carbonation streaming up the sides. Pours with an off white 2.5 finger head that collapses to a sheen of bubbles under the high ABV.

Smell: Bright and sweet, notes of sweet pear and white grape. Noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, quite sweet. Pleasant yeast notes give the beer expected notes of soft, ripe banana. Like the nose, some nice notes of white fruit- sweet Riesling wine, ripe pear, golden raisins and the like. Really complex. However, there were really noticeable alcohol notes which detracted from the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and smooth carbonation, exactly what one would expect.

Overall: A good beer, but not the best tripel I've had. I enjoyed the yeast phenols and the flavor, but the assertive alcohol notes really detracted from this beer. I'd gladly drink this again, but I'd much sooner reach for a La Fin du Monde.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

surprised it took me so long to review this one, its been awhile, and so glad to finally have it on tap again yesterday. i think the chimay chalice is one of the best glasses in beer, and its just a fancy regal thing to get to drink the beer out of the proper glass. looks sexy as they come, clear golden beer with a ton of accumulating amassing over an inch of fluffy head, like a cloud resting on the beer, and it doesnt fall back at all. the nose is different than almost any other tripel i know of, less of the high tone yeast esters, and a whole lot less sweet and thick than many. not sure about the grain composition, but i love how dry it is, and thats what i think makes this my favorite tripel from the old world. it has all the flavor and texture i am used to in the style, but instead of a long candy sugar finish, its dry as they come, and there is a soft white peppery flavor left on the palate. awesome. some fruitiness in the middle with banana and bubblegum coming in a little bit, but it seems intentional and calculated, no messy and invasive. fuller body on a beer this color is always appreciated, and the carbonation is cheerful, classically belgian. this is famous for a reason, and deserves its high ratings here. i think far better from the tap than the bottle too. nothing bad to say about this one at all. its a beer i love in a style i could take or leave, thats rare for me.

Photo of ElJacobian
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an absolutely solid Belgian tripel. Lots of white wine and green grapes. The grapes dominate the backend so it's less dry than others I've had. I'm getting just a hint of honeydew mellon on the smell, and the taste is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of yeast. Wonderful beer.

Photo of jbonez
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent, the standard by which other Tripel's should be judged. Maybe not the best, but close enough.

Photo of Nevbo
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Way too dry and somewhat bland. Very disappointing.

Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A golden pour into a Chimay goblet. This is a yeast bomb for both the nose and tongue. Full bodied with a lightly toasted malt and subtly spicy undertone. Signature Chimay (aka Mouthpuffery, Inc.)( full on carbonation. Slightly dry finish. This should be in anyone's top 10 tripel list, if not top five.

Photo of kitch
3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle dated best before end of 2017 and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy copper colour with a two finger cream head that has good retention leaving a thick curtain lacing.
S: Initial aromas of apple, pear and bready malts followed by a sweet banana and honey finish.
T: Surprisingly strong alcohol taste, but also sweet candied sugar, banana, bread malts and some light apple and pear flavours.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy feel.
O: I’m a big fan of Chimay, but this was not one of the better tripel beers. Ultimately I thought that it was too boozy and everything just kind of got lost behind that.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saigon (bottle)

I like this beer and look forward to my next drink.

Photo of 50marathons
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As can be expected the alcohol taste was a bit over the top but overall very good.

Photo of the_encinitan
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of drmeto
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S:
-pepper,coriander,lemon,honey,peach
T:
-Follows the nose plus a grapefruit note
-medium,long-lasting bitterniss
O:
-One of the best Tripels in the world

Photo of lelepat
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fair, renowned brew from Belgium

Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 30, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Three inches plus of thick white foam, slightly craggy, sits on top of a light amber to deep gold, somewhat hazy, liquid.

S – Golden crackers, light toast, white bread crust. Mild spicy, peppery yeast notes. Some fig and apple notes, along with nectarine and some exotic fruit, perhaps plantain. Hops are very herbal and earthy.

T – Malty-sweet with some graham cracker flavor, and orange, fig, and golden raisins. Hops much lighter here, again herbal. Very mild bitterness provides some balance.

M – High carbonation, very sudsy and rich, moderate sweetness and moderate-low bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O – This is a well-constructed tripel, from one of the Belgian masters, and I really want to love it. There is something in the flavor profile that throws me off, and may just be my own senses. It is not bad, just not my favorite. An excellent beer, just not quite right for my palate.

Photo of CapCollector16
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was the first Chimay I ever tried and I was hoping for a lot more. The blue one was definetly better.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style, but okay.

Photo of DarthVorador
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice...
A: Murky glowing golden with a foamy white 2" head.
S: Noble hops up front with a breast yeast character following.
T: Pale malt with an excellent hop balance. Both malt & hop shine, but in a way that expresses both & therefore balances the beer without obscuring either...superb!
M: Drier & cleaner then most tripels I've had.
O: A very interesting & complex tripel, worth a try for any lover of Belgiums or any good beer lover for that matter!

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a chalice to a hazy deep gold topped by a dense and fluffy white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and alcohol with some nice sweetness on the nose
T: taste is slightly tart and spicy with a slight fruity alcohol flavor. slight sweetness but not excessive. swallow is dry cracker malt, spicy yeast and alcohol, fruity esters and some lingering sweetness. a little grape like flavor at times as well.
M: medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: this is a very good tripel with great complexity and flavors. The flavors are very smooth and clean as well so it drinks very easily. It's pretty approachable and a solid representation of the style.

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best triple I'v ever had. I really love this beer.

Photo of bmeGT
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprising salt flavor that worked well.

Photo of Reedbrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing but I prefer the blue.

Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a Chimay chalice, it pours very cloudy/filthy dirty looking dark orange-brown color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quicker side, leaving minimal foamy lacing.

Smells spicy up front with some fruit like apple skin and pear, toasted grains, slightly funky yeast and then the spices again including pepper, cinnamon and some mint and/or tea leaf. Some honey and musty grapes creep through at the end, this does not have the classic strong Belgian funk I expected.

Taste is sweet and fruity, like candied sugar and fruit candy like a sour patch kid mixes with toffee, wheat bread, yeast, toasted grains, tart green apple or grapes, floral hops, pepper, coriander and dry leafy citrus hops. Very well balanced with only a mild funk in the aftertaste, it was easy to drink and almost completely hid the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a finish on the dry side that is clean and sweet at the same time with a bready aftertaste. This bottle was aged at least 2 years and so perhaps it was not as fresh as it should be enjoyed, so my assessment is a slight disappointment as I recall this being better the last few times I drank it. Will try it again for sure with a newer bottle and give this classic it’s due which may drive up the overall score.

Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy orangy colour.
Aromas of malts, mild hops, lemon, fresh cake.
Tastes of mild hops, malt, lemon, black tea and a hint of bubble gum.
Smooth mouth feel. Champagne like carbonation.
I always drink the red, but this is a step above!

Photo of BobMessina
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overly carbonated and extremely bitter

Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright golden honey in color. Moderate cloudiness suggests a bigger body, but the white head, while tall, is light and soapy.

Smell: Sugary caramel is sharpened by orange marmalade and a sprinkling of cloves. Some tropical fruit and even a bit of bubblegum ups the sweetness ante as the drinking commences, but remains bridled by an undercurrent of basics: bready malt, and earthy hops. It is a well balanced, yet multilayered concoction, which smells artistically delicious.

Taste: Toffee melanoidins are soft, yet immediate, and are joined by toasted nuts sprinkled with brown sugar, and a whisper of milk chocolate. A bit of bubblegum and banana bread pay homage to the Hefeweizen, but a mild bitterness from a rustic, yet refined mixture of noble hops keeps the taste true to the Tripel style, as does the taste of ripe oranges and apricots. The overall sweetness is further tempered by grainy malt, which does an excellent job blending the beer's potentially discordant elements.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet a bit viscous, with moderate carbonation helping to create a delicately dry finish. The alcohol warming is but a whisper, which seems appropriate for the beer's sweet and bright flavor profile.

Overall: Perhaps more of a masterpiece than its stronger sisters in that its balance couldn't be better and that its full flavor is neither dried out by hops and/or carbonation, nor drowned out by alcohol. This beer is soft, sweet, spicy, and hearty, and because no one element outshines the rest, its many qualities can be easily appreciated.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 4,012 ratings.