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

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BA SCORE
92
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3,613 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,613
Reviews: 1,535
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 162
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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Reviews by Mcculler:
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a one a day flight from red, to white, to blue and where the red was a little disappointing (too much carbonation, mundane taste), this was a very solid, well integrated example of the style.

Very pretty orange, slightly cloudy but vibrant. Nice head -- not too daunting, though -- with nice tight, foamy bubbles. Toward the second half of the glass something that resembles an eye appears in the middle and I feel like I'm suddenly in the lord of the rings.

Nose is good, not intense, though it might have been my nose having an off day or the glass itself, a Chimay glass from my buddy, that seems a little too open for good sniffing.

But a very nice taste -- sugar candy, occasionally butterscotch, or burnt sugar, candied orange and grapefruit, maybe a little nuttiness there. Strong hops for a belgian -- not real funky, but the grapefruit, pine and cloves packs a punch that somehow works with the malt. This is not restrained, elegant, or sublime -- it's solid balance that is achieved not by conservatism but by knowledgeable liberality.

Real creamy on the mouth -- I notice the carbonation hovers in the glass like some UFO technology based government experiment (why I pay my taxes).

Good drinkability for a relatively big beer.

Definitely enjoyed this one.

Mcculler, Dec 25, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of ricke
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

ricke, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

oberon, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Marty, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of Bmm281
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bmm281, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +21.4%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of withliterature
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

withliterature, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

hopsleeroy, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

TimBeaulieu, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of JMD71
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

JMD71, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of steelerguy
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

steelerguy, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Dmann
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Dmann, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BJ1833
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a frothy two finger head that quickly fades into a thin head covering the surface of the beer.

The aroma is bready with strong smell of over-ripe fruit. The taste is malty with a plum and raisin flavor. This tastes similar to the Chimay red, but seems to have less body. The alcohol is disguised with the complex flavors, but can still be tasted. The mouthfeel is light with an adequate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry with fruit flavors remaining on the palate.

Overall this is a good beer to try for the style, however not my favorite of the Chimays.

BJ1833, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of newk340
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark orange color that gives a thick, quickly receding head.

S: a sweet malt aroma leads the charge ahead of some yeasts, citrus, and hops.

T: malts are evident while dark fruits are a pleasant surprise with each sip.

MF/D: a faint fizzle of carbonation leads a medium bodied brew, though one is more than enough to drink at any one time.

newk340, Sep 12, 2010
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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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