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

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3,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,944
Reviews: 1,576
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 196
Gots: 448 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews by Chrysostom:
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4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time having this beer out of a 750mL bottle (which Chimay states alters the flavour), and only maybe the third or fifth time I've had it at all. My review is subject to change as I finish the bottle, as the beer warms, as I have more of it, etc., as this is banged out live from largely "first impressions" from my first glass as it would be at a competition.

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste (the so-called "hedonic scale" of some beer review sites). Otherwise, a few styles would get from me consistently high marks, and other styles never have a chance.

As always, this beer review is not from notes, but is written live while imbibing the libation in question.

With that being said, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle - "Cinq Cents" - poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet at around 40ºF (a bit cold), warming as I review the beer. The cork popped off with more force than a Champagne cork. I got lucky that no injuries were inflicted: this indicates carbonation.

A: A strong golden-orange or burnt gold colour (similar to "red gold", 10-14k gold alloyed mostly with copper) with moderate haze (not as much as many others), which remains translucent (on the transparent side of translucent) instead of becoming opaque. On a gentle-to-moderate pour, two inches of thick and fluffy head are left, which recedes very slowly to a thick cap upon the beer (which endureth even unto the last sip) and leaves moderate lacing upon the glass - bolstered by an active carbonation - indicating more hop presence in this than the lower-ABV (yet no-lace-present) Chimay Red. It looks damn near perfect.

S: Citrus and malts, a little bit of hops (surprising for a Trappist: as the beer warms, the nose comes to be dominated by hops), and the tiniest bit of typical Belgian funk. No spices are in evidence, although a "spicy" smell is, reminiscent of a toned-down Duvel (which has a strong peppery or horseradish nose to it), again, a somewhat typical characteristic of the extraordinary Belgian yeasts. There's very little alcohol in the nose.

T: Smooth, powdery, earthy yeast, malt, and a big kiss of hops up front (along with some vinous tartness) which diminishes in mid-palate but reasserts itself upon the finish, leaving a lingering hoppy finish with strong notes of tart fruit. Very crisp, with noticeable esters and a kiss of diacetyl. Fruits come through, not the typical dark fruit, but a lighter, almost tropical or citrus fruit that I can't quite name, similar, but much attenuated when compared, to certain fruity examples of English IPA and pale ale. Some orange, maybe, and a bit of sweetness which holds up nicely to the (for a Belgian) strong hopping. A very clean taste for a Belgian, although not as complex as the darker Trappists. Alcohol is virtually absent from the palate as well.

M: Incredibly soft and smooth. The carbonation is not spritzy or bubbly or Champagne-like on the palate at all, but holds together tightly, almost like the nitrogenation of some stouts. Creamy up front, with a little bubble in the middle. The smoothness fades to a crisp and refreshing finish.

D: Extremely high, higher than BMC on a hot summer's day.

O: A beer that's roughly equal to the sum of it's parts, yet damaged somewhat by what, to my palate, is a lack of balance between the taste and the mouthfeel (which seems like it could benefit from a little more "spritz"), however excellent both are in their own right. That being said, the "damage" puts it down to 4.4-4.5 instead of 4.75: yet another home run for Chimay - every beer they make is outstanding. One of the best examples of the "Tripel" I've yet had, along with Westmalle's (the original Tripel, which is about the same in score as this, though quite a different beer), and the slightly-weird Steenbrugge Tripel, which is a bit behind both Westmalle and Chimay, but an excellent beer in its own right.

94/100 for the style. 82-87 based on personal taste (which tends towards heavier, maltier beverages). Truly "overall", comparing and combining and collating my style-referenced judgment with personal taste, a solid 88 out of 100.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The glowing orange body was puddled nicely with foamy pits after the head settled down a bit. Nice.

Smell – The yeast aroma is huge on this ale. There’s some light spicing in here, lots of white pepper, and hardly any hops to speak of.

Taste – The nice big yeast from the nose comes across well at the taste. The malts are lightly-toasted, and the spices are strong but not offensive.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium in the body but with some potent carbs that will slow the drinker. There’s also a nice dryness at the finish, and the malts end with a welcome creamy texture.

Drinkability – Well, this ale was served way too cold, but once it warmed up it did just right by me. It went down smoothly if a tad over-carbonated and had a nice yeasty backbone, which I enjoy in the style.

Photo of ricke
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-23. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date (Best before end of 2010) and recommended serving temperature, glassware and cellaring procedure on the label.

Appearance: Golden yellow with brownish hues. Rather hazy. A semi-hard pour into my large-bodied snifter creates a big white head that looks creamy and thick. The head settles rather slowly and leaves a nice coat and some lacings.

Smell: Citric notes and fruity aromas - mostly bananas I think. Some wheat and subtle yeast aromas are here as well.

Taste: Again, citric and banana-like fruit flavors. Yeast and wheat provides a nice grainy and earthy character. The alcohol is present and leaves a little twang, but it's unbelievably well-balanced. The big and long finish is a bit dry, slightly alcoholic and has a distinct but gentle bitterness that sits side by side with a pleasant spices and white pepper. The finish is really good on this one, and its semi-dry spicy character seems everlasting.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth and creamy considering its medium body and the generous amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Another great Belgian classic, and all in all a wonderful beer. The aromas are perhaps not overly interesting, but the taste is so well-balanced and complex. As for the alcohol, you definitely notice it, but it fits into the overall character. Definitely worth a try... and a second round.

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

My personal favorite from Chimay,what an awesome pour a huge billowing fluffy head with a rich golden color.The aroma is of honey and and yeast with some alcohol notes.The taste is also honeeish and yeasty with a nize zesty finish atruely complex and delightful Triple.I think it should be considered one of the top beers of the world,but hey its just me.

Photo of Marty
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll be completely honest here. The only other tripel I've tried was Victory's Golden Monkey, and I was not extremely impressed. I enjoyed this beer much more. Hard to believe there's that much alcohol in it! Golden color. Nice lacey head, but it didn't stick around too long. I had it served in a fancy-schmancy Chimay glass, which added to the experience. This was also the first Chimay I've ever had, and from what I've read so far it only gets better than the white label.

Photo of Bmm281
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) This one pours a light gold or deep straw. Clarity is pretty opaque. Head is very good. Two to three fingers rise on the pour. Stand was good, leaving good lacing, and eventually falling to a large cap.

SMELL (4/5) The aroma is so strong and really good! Starts with some nice bisuit malt, that has maybe a bit of peach and apricot. The yeast and the hops combine well into a complex fugue. Some very light banana and bugglegum come from the yeast as well as a good helping of spices (clove, pepper, and a bit of nutmeg). Hops were of the spicier and citrus sort.

TASTE (4.5/5) Really similar to the nose, though hops and hop aroma. Again, some nice biscuit malt up front and that gets followed by the same yeast/hop fugue (but the citrus has a bit more of a floral/orange flavor). The bitterness is a bit higher, but the finish is very smooth.

FEEL (4/5) The body is on the medium side of light with some really nice, strong carbonation. This gives a very effervescent feel. This really compliments the spices and dries out he finish nicely.

DRINK (4/5) Highly drinkable. This is a great brew, but perhaps not the best example of the style.

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light just-under-yellow beer with certain chardonnay or fruit-wine hues of slight pink. The head is of course striking, very large, brite white, and spongey. Aroma is like a mutant hefe-wiezen with huge clove and yeast smells but none of the citric qulaities. Bouquet is quite floral.

Taste is very sugary, big clove taste comes out at the front, with just a touch of banana trailing, berry notes, then the yeast washes in but is suprisingly meek in flavor, and I could swear I taste some cinnemon. Finish is totally clean and astringent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is like nothing I've ever had. It is beautiful. It is as if all these big bubbles push down on your tounge at once and then jump off it in unison never to be seen again. Then the liquid even lightens on the tounge and I begin to question if there is even beer in my mouth at all anymore. Very cool. This single quality, along with the floral aroma, make this beer a real etherial experience. I've never been a Chimay fan really, but I never met this lovely lady they call Cinq Cents. Somethings very special about this beer.

Photo of withliterature
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle with a corked top. I've also had it on tap, but am just now getting around to reviewing it upon getting a bottle for my birthday.

A: Pours a deep, cloudy cold. Not at all clear, there is a lot of sediment in here.

S: This smells yeasty and Belgian Trippel-y (hard to describe that!), although with a slightly sharper edge than many Trippels have.

T: More dry than sweet, thick-tasting, slightly fruity, with definite citrus notes. A bit of breadiness that gives the beer more body than some trippels. A little sharp and the smell indicates. Delicious.

M: The dry and sweet and well-balanced and the beer is neither thick nor watery. Medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. This is easily one of my favorite Belgian Trippels. Yum.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Gingerman on 25th anniversary pint night and got to keep the Chimay Glass-very nice.

A-Gloden straw with 2 inch white head served in Chimay Glass-looks great as it laces down
S-Yeast up front and some grass/hay smells, on second sniff maybe there are some esthers in there as well with some bubble gum, very interesting spice as well, very subtle
T-At first taste there is a grain and yeast flavor, the smell is better than the actual taste but both are good, the alcohol is well hidden and this goes down easy,
M-good carbo and fizzes in mouth a little, still goes down fairly smooth, not as smooth as some but not bad
O-This is a very well crafted good beer but the flavors just don't pop to give it great ratings that said I could drink this for a while and never notice how drunk I actually became.

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Chimay tripel...8% alcohol.

A- Light orange body with a very active white and almost soapy head that last for the deration of the beer. Nice lacing sticks to the glass from top to bottom.

S- First thing that comes to mind is yeast, hops, and wheat.. in that order. A highly complex scent overload of excellently crafted beer. On the last scent note is earthy alcohol.

T- Great taste on this triple. A heavy dose of alcohol and wheat kick me first, followed by a hop bitterness and alcohol flavor at the end. I like this combo.

M-D- Soft on the mouth, even with the alcohol esters burning at the tongue...i love it. Very dry feel and drinkablity is excellent if you can come by more than six at a time.

Photo of weatherdog
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Chalice

It pours a hazy orange gold color with a fluffy white head. Once the head dies down it leaves a moderate size cap on top.

The aroma is light with some yeast spiciness and a notable orange fruitiness.

Flavor-wise some malt flavors get in there with less orange than the aroma but still present. The finish is a little sweet with a nice light spice Belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium in the beginning but finishes dry which helps cut down on perceived sweetness. Drinkability is pretty high as I'm really enjoying this beer. A classic solid example of a tripel.

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JMD71
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled & reviewed on 1/27/07:

Ap: Thick two fingers of slightly tan head when poured. Head retention excellent. Vigorous carbonation. Deep gold, copper color. Sparkling....

Ar: Typical Belgian yeast aromas. Candied fruits, bubblegum. Slightly spicy phenols from Belgian yeast strain.

Ta: Deep, fruity body with the signature Belgian flavors & spiciness. White pepper, fruitiness & bubblegum. Beautiful malt profile focusing on pale & Belgian speciality malts as a foundation. Minor hop bitterness noted.

Mo: ABV is definitely evident. A bit boozy. Very light bodied, though. Extremely crisp & dry from Belgian Candi sugar. Highly carbonated. Very nice.

Dr: Excellent! Extremely drinkable even with the higher ABV. Goes down very smoothly but higher ABV keeps you in check or else you'd be unconcious after a few!

Comments: I loved this! Delicious. One of the best tripels I've had. The ABV is a bit pronounced, but well balanced with the sweet maltiness & dry, crisp mouthfeel.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Liquid gold with high carbonation and a nice high frothy head after the pour. Head faded but kept continuous coverage of beer.

S - This smelled like a perfect triple to me. Slightly spicy, slightly malty, but simple as it should be.

T - Crisp, clean, slight hop bitterness that is there from beginning to end. Tart finish, lots of flavor but well balanced. Very nice.

M - There is a bit from the carbonation and it is thin, but this is all to style. Good but not exceptional.

D - This beer is pretty drinkable considering the 8% ABV. The crisp balance and clean feel making drinking a 75CL bottle a pleasure and not a chore, even at the end.

Photo of Dmann
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Chimay beers this is probably my least favorite. The beer poured a nice golden color with a great white head that lasted till the last sip. The smell was quite skunky to begin with but it melowed out within a few minutes. The flavor was nice and crisp but lacked the depth that I expected from the brew. The tart hops were in effect and once I poured the yeast into the mix it helped things out a but but oveall a bland yet drinkable beer. Worth the price? no. Go with the Grand Reserve if you are going to go Chimay. But if you like slightly skunky brews witht decent characther, then give it a try.

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

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