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

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92
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4,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,046
Reviews: 1,596
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 220
Gots: 520 | FT: 3
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
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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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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.

Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done. Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well. Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying. ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.

Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs.

Photo of Moneypenny
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabreeze and Juicy Fruit in a glass. Genius.

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Assorted fruit (banana, lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardamom) and yeast must

Taste: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; creamy, with some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice tripel, that avoids the sweetness of some of the other versions of the style; but I am not crazy about the herbacious quality

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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky orangish gold with a generous amount of swirling yeast that remains in suspension throughout. The crown is eggshell white in color and is voluminous despite a slow, gentle pour. It appears as if a great deal of lace will end up coating the sides of the glass, but strangely enough, very little actually does.

The aroma is average in intensity and is spicy and yeasty in character. The flavor is fruity, grassy and cardamom-clove spicy. There's also an underlying tanginess. Alcohol isn't front and center, but it is noticeable.

The beer is highly carbonated, just as the appearance suggested it would be. I'm amazed at how dry this triple is. Each mouthfeel leaves my tongue as clean as a whistle.

Keeping in mind the fact that I've only had a few Belgians so far... I'm not that impressed. Maybe that means my palate isn't sophisticated, maybe it means that they're an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired, or maybe I'll never like them as much as a good hoppy IPA or creamy stout. In any case, Chimay White, according to many, is a good to great Abbey Tripel. At this early stage of my journey, it isn't really my cup of tea.

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 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 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 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 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 BJ1833
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of newk340
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of NWer
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Chimay chalice received in the seasonal gift pack.
Nice cloudy golden appearance, head retains well.
Did someone say bananas? Definitely the most identifiable taste in this one. It was underwhelming though. Good enough but didn't blow me away as other tripels have.
The chalice is pretty cool though.

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle from gift pack, poured into chimay goblet.
Pours nice dark orange. Expected more out of the head; it was rather thin and short lived. Aroma is lightly yeasty, with hints of lighter fruit aromatics, like pears and apricots.
Taste is very nice. Some yeast character, some fruit, nice malt backbone. Good for a hot summer day, like today, but with enough body to stand up to cooler days as well.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a nice zip of carbonation. One of the beer's nicer features.

Photo of Todd
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a proper Chimay chalice at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs, Belgium.

Appearance: Hazy and orange with a creamy, sticky white head.

Smell: Overall, clean smelling with some mild spice in the background.

Taste: Sweet / tart balance up-front with a unique bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol notes seem to stay and dominate the mouth. The beer goes crisp, rather dry. More malt sweetness follows along with a very mild tea-like hop flavour that carries thru to the finish. Notes of Concord grape comes to mind.

Notes: Yet another outstanding, unique and complex beer from Abbaye de Scourmont. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold, with a persistent thin lacey head.

A rather yeasty, estery nose leads to a rather spicy, fruity start - apple, coriander, bitter orange, hints of banana... Very nicely complex. As the sip goes on the alcohol & bitterness come to the forefront and round things out a bit. It finishes spicy, warming, with undertones of the aforementioned fruits. A rather "tingly" mouthfeel is the only distraction. As the brew warms, this dissipates and the bitterness in the brew increases. Very enjoyable sipping brew.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that this is most people's least favorite Chimay beer - so what I'm going to say will obviously set me apart from most.
This is a beer to admire, to desire and to emulate. To say it's a classic is to diminish the polish and the near perfection of execution. Sadly, its cost and the high ABV make it an unrealistic choice (for me) for an "every day" beer, but none the less this is a beer that I wish I could keep in my fridge all the time.

First pour shows a heavily hazed gold-orange straw with some unsettled sediment. The high carbonation results in a heavily active pour with a gorgeous white head that fades to a sticky lace. Aromas are of yeast and grains married to a crisp apple scent and underlying sweet malts.

Initial taste is unbelievably rich and smooth, with crisp citric notes bursting through the high carbonation. The carbonation is key in masking the high ABV and increasing drinkability, and ties into the bitterness of the hops which, while noticable, are balanced none the less by the funky earthy yeast flavors. While perhaps not as fruit dominant as some Belgians, the fruit is still there - tied tightly into the alcohol esters that are more subtle than you might expect from a beer with this sort of punch. The sweetness and notes of orange fade suddenly with the onset of the incredibly dry and crisp and refreshing finish.

An astonishing beer and a tribute to some great beermakers.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 4,046 ratings.