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

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,201 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3201
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%


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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

We pour a glowing brew of golden orange from our 750 mL bottle, labeled "Cinq Cents". It supports a bubbly one and a half finger white head, which never really dissipates. Impenetrable lacing appears down the glass as the swill disappears. The bottom of the bottle houses significant sediment stores, which cloud the final glass. The beer is opaque throughout and has highly active carbonation. The aroma is bready, with heavy malts and warm yeast. In the mix there are also sweet (banana) esters, faint clovey phenols, light lemony citrus, vanilla bean, and a touch of booze. The taste begins with malts, wheat, and sweetness from the esters; it is borderline sugary at first. These yield to spice and a curiously bitter lemon rind through the middle. The bitterness, which is almost sour, carries through the finish, while maintaining its citrus center. This effect is likely contributed to by a revival of the yeast here, and a faint hopping. The aftertaste is cool and spicy, with an alcoholic black pepper sensation. The body is light to medium, with active carbonation. The mouth is fully coated and satiated, at first, moving to a dryer finish and aftertaste. With the head never leaving, this beer is quintessentially slurpable. The abv is on the lower end for the style, but is fairly apparent at the finish of the sip, making for a fair drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the funky aspects of the taste. While it looked fantastic, with insane gripping lace, and had a traditional aroma, there was an inclusion of bitter citrus. This could have come in portion, from the hops, but it is different, and more bitterly fruity than hoppy. While many triples will have hints of orange or lemon, this brew took it to a whole new level, with an interesting bitterness that actually helped make the beer more drinkable, rather than what could have been overly sweet and bready.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 22:03:19 | More by TheBrewo
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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,201 ratings.