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

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Reviews: 1,574
Hads: 4,064
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 222
Gots: 536 | FT: 3
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle. Golden orange-amber color with white head. Yeasty aroma, spicy, light hoppy fruity and malty. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. (176 characters)

Photo of EricVonStein
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous golden honey cloudy with easy three fingers of head that goes down to one finger quickly but lingers there.

tangerine, apples, some baking spices and yeasty musty bit of barn funk - nice hop flavours. malts are there but in the back and light.

light fruity apricot on the tongue right away, quickly forward to a bright sharp hopy bitterness of citrus rind and lemon. yeasty funk comes through the hops as they fade along with dry grains. long dry bitter finish with some minor sweetness.

Mouth is creamy and lush. carbonation bursts around the tongue. feels good!

Overall very fresh and light but of course with very good complexity and balance of many flavours. Not going to blow you away, but its not built that way. Does everything very well, very easy drinking for the ABV. Great beer. (811 characters)

Photo of kitschiguy
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a small goblet.

A rich cloudy, amber colour with a little sediment. A decent loose head that disappears fairly quickly. No real lacing.

On the nose there is some orange, cloves and light spice. Faint banana and baking aromas developing. Not overly complex. No assertive aromas.

A well rounded maltiness at first with some baked bread coming through. Fading to quite a sharp bitterness on the back of the tongue. Fairly long finish. Not huge but the palate is more complex than the nose.

Good medium-bodied mouth with tight, low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Too boozy for a session but good for one or two. Or three. Finish is slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

Recommended. (740 characters)

Photo of Savaseri
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

0,33 l. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. It had big and long lasting head with hazy, reddish blonde colour. You can feel flavour of banana, clove and sweety stuff. Although it has a great amount of alcohol (8% vol.), you can't feel it because of its sweet finish. At the end I like this legendary trappist. (307 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Uniformly hazy honey to amber body, with frothy off-white head of superb retention. Leaves large berm of foam behind. Bread, pale malts, grapes bordering on white wine or even vinegar upon first whiff. After a moment, perhaps a little alcohol, and then a definite curry-like note that I've encountered in other paler Belgian brews. Very first flavor is white wine, stronger under the tongue, almost non-existent everywhere else. Then comes a faint breadiness, bubble gum or Band Aid, and some spice along the lines of curry. A little boozy on the sides of palate. Herbal hops soon noticeable, and a pinch of very light lemon-like quality — not even tartness — in the back and finish. Pleasant bitter aftertaste goes well with level of astringency. On each quaff, beer foams up, disguising how incredibly light the body is. Sudsiest brew I've had to date. Medium, fine prickliness at first though quickly dissipating. A little warming, mainly on the inner cheeks. Nice fairly dry finish. (990 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce stubby bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” glass. Sipped on while jamming Dimension Hatröss.

Appearance: Pours about two full fingers of bone colored thick rocky head. Very dense and sudsy. Steady stream of carbonation with a dark golden/pale amber body. A bit darker that others I’ve had in the style with that gorgeous triple head.

Aroma: Oxidized fruits with a soft orange sweetness and fleshy lemon tartness. Doughy malted barley and a bit of candi sugar. Canned fruit juice with a nice white pepper backbone.

Taste: Stars off with that nice lavender like perfume character found in other triples (Karmeliet) before leading into fleshy citrus notes and a somewhat bitter/medicinally alcoholic note. Nice honey and candi sugar sweetness with a restrained white pepper phenols. Some oxidized fruit esters hang out towards the finish.

Mf: Soft effervescence with a powdery dry finish and a glowing warmth. Odd astringency/bitterness on the tail end as well that kind of throws me for a loop.

Overall: As expected, a well-built triple that comes so close to being an outstanding example of the style. Nice frothy white head that brings to mind steamed milk and an aroma not unlike canned fruit juice. Juicier than others I’ve had with the nice peppery phenols leading into a cooling clove like sensation that ends in an awkward medicinal note. Bonus points for the juiciness and gentle white pepper. Given that odd finish though I’d say there are better options (Triple Karmeliet/St Bernardus/Gouden Carolus) out there given the high price point of the Chimay Triple ($7.00!). Worth checking out if you’re a big Chimay fan or need to try all the triples (like me) but not worth the extra few bucks. (1,755 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bubblegum! The smooth complex yeast dominates with some fruit and spice backing up the bubblegum like taste. A little tartness. Beautiful golden hue, cloudy but glowing. Some booze but blended in with the other flavors well. A great companion to some spiral cut jumbo hot dogs! (277 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hipercor San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing KB Dark Side, in La Trappe chalice. Its a great beer but not my favourite chimay. Alcohol y a bit more noticiable here than desiderable. (184 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,089 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (155 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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! (494 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (247 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour in tulip at Bo-Beau, La Mesa. So after 1500 reviews it may be best to simply say that compared to other Tripels, this one is a bit muted, more subtle, more easy drinking. Each of the expected profiles that we see from the likes of Westmalle or St. Bernardus are indeed present, just in a less intense manner. Could be a nice "intro" Tripel. (345 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 5 - Pours a deep, rich honey gold color. Forms a big, thick and soapy 2 fingers of light tan head. Amazing head potential and head retention. Leaves thick, solid walls of lacing on the glass.
S - 3 - Lots of yeast, malt, light hops. Peaches, walnut nuttiness and a light touch of caramel.
T - 4 - Simple and solid. Lightly sweet yeast and peach upfront, finishes on a lightly nutty, bitter note. Not complex, but very good.
F - 4.50 - Has that luxuriously bubbly, champagne bubbly mouthfeel you'd expect.
O - 4.25 - Really good stuff, and I'm not normally a fan of the tripel style! (622 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp, refreshing, delicious, and drinkable...especially nice that I found it on tap. I will seek this and other beers from this brewer out again for sure. (161 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift from a fellow beer aficionado who knows what I like. Cinq Cents 1 PT bottle poured into a tulip glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellow-gold bubbling with a beautiful one finger white head. Moderate lacing coats the glass. Very nice.

Aroma: Floral accents and a gentle breath of citrus. Subtle tones.

Taste: I am generally not a fan of Tripels, and I expected a strong bite of aftershave/cough syrup. Not so. Like the aroma, the taste is actually fairly mild, with a touch of alcohol on the back end, but mostly that light floral taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a fairly light body blend to tickle the tongue in a nice, inviting way.

Overall: Much more subtle than I expected. I did not consider myself a fan of Tripels, but Chimay is changing my mind. I'll have to explore a little more to see if I can appreciate the style in the future. Definitely a winner here! (920 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Translucent golden color with a sticky long lasting creamy head.
Smell: Apricots, peaches, floral notes.
Taste: Dry, sweet, nutty. Reminds me very much of a peach pit.
Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, light bodied.
Overall: Delicious. Would drink again. (252 characters)

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