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

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BA SCORE
92
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3,444 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,444
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 150
Gots: 195 | 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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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights with a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had the signature chimay belgian yeast aroma with apple pear ester slight spice and citrus notes. Some the aroma reminded me a candy and bubbly gum.

T: the belgian yeast also domianted the taste with sweet malt flavor but had citrus, spice, and apple pear accents. It did kind have corinader notes as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, spice, slight citrusy, and prickly finish.

D: it drank good but not great . Its still a very good tripel beer and has been a beer that has gotten me into craft brews; thanks monks

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 09:01:39 | More by Gobzilla
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BamaViper1

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

This beer pours dark gold/light amber into the glass forming a thick, creamy off-white head. The head stays pretty consistent and leaves a nice trail of lacing.

Perhaps Belgian Tripels are not for me. The aroma of this beer starts with a clear fruity presence, but the smell degrades into a Belgian yeast mixed with, I'm sorry to say, hairspray. I think that bad comparison may be due to the hop character, which is obviously different from my Westcoast IPA preference. Just the end of the smell is a bit off for me.

The Taste makes up for the smell. Immediately the Belgian yeast shines through with a fruity breadiness that I am learning to embrace. Additionally, this Tripel has a nice, slightly bitter finish that I enjoy preceded by a hint of citrus crispness and light alcohol burn.

This beer has a nice mouthfeel at about medium body; however I do feel that the finish is noticibly lighter than the beer itself. A good amount of carbonation also attributes to the perceived weight.

This beer actually has pretty high drinkability. Once it has warmed a little and once it's actually in the mouth, the Chimay Tripel is a very easy to drink Belgian. Overall, this beer is ok, probably a little over-hyped, and I still belive the Grand Reserve is by far their best effort. Chimay does deliver a quality tripel with their white label.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 06:44:58 | More by BamaViper1
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withliterature

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:43:26 | More by withliterature
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color forming a huge-creamy-fluff white head. Good retention and lots of soapy, lingering and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, fruity and spicy on the nose. Notes of honey, bubblegum, candy sugar, sweet bread, sweet pale malts, caramel malts, orange zest, flowery hops and alcohol

T: Follows the nose: Sweet upfront, followed by fruity and citrus notes. Strong notes of honey, leather, bready Belgian yeasts, caramel malts and flowery hops. Excellent bittersweet balance. Authentic Trappist beer. Alcohol is well hidden

M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Great malty and fruity aftertaste. Bittersweet

O: Great drinkable. Delicious Trappist

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 18:45:10 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. Was somewhat disappointed with the relatively low amount of hazing and head retention to it.
S- some apple and earthy smells, but pretty clean all around.
T- A good bit of spicyness and earthyness to it. Really develops as it warms as well.
M- An enjoyable creamyness throughout. Carbonation is moderate.
D- This is a good beer, though I feel it had been overhyped to me. I enjoyed it and would have another easily. It covers up that 8% pretty well I feel. Price is a little high compared to Tripels I felt were on same level, but price ignored, it's a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 03:49:05 | More by jsprain1
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Duvel tulip split with the girlfriend.

Pours a pretty cloudy/hazy golden color with a small white head that's got a pretty cool bubbly pattern to it, there's also a pretty nice circle right in the center from the etching. Nose is very yeasty and bready, it's also got some nice maltiness to it.

Taste is very well balanced, it's hoppy but not bitter at all, it's a bit more earthy which is nice. There's a very nice Belgian yeastiness as too be expected along with a really thick and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Makes it very tasty and drinkable, super solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 00:53:44 | More by kingcrowing
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe branded goblet.

A - Poured a opaque orange gold with a 2cm white fluffy head. Head slowly dissipated and plenty of lacing is left behind.

S - Sweet sugar, some bread, apricots, grass, spices, yeast and alcohol.

T - Plenty of sweetness, light fruity sourness, spicy and a hint a booze.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, sticky, some tang, slick, slightly drying finish.

D - Good beer. The high ABV is decently well hidden as to not detract from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:52:09 | More by decimator
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of foamy, lily-white head.

Smell -- Nose is spicy with some mild malty sweetness and gentle yeast earthiness. Floral hop aroma is also evident. Very gentle and inviting, alcohol presence is nicely subdued.

Taste -- Pale malt with gentle powdered sugar sweetness, earthy yeast with mild clove oil and bubblegum. Faint alcohol presence in the finish along with white pepper spice.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample foamy carbonation. On point.

Drinkability -- This is absolutely one of the best Triples I've ever had. The fact that it just barely cracks the Top 10 of the style is surprising. Not only is this a must-try Tripel, but also a perfect introduction to the world of Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 21:28:06 | More by yeahnatenelson
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augustgarage

California

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

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Date on the cork is "05/10."

The body is a hazy light carrot orange with amber highlights topped by a rocky fist of merengue-like old lace colored foam. Sticky burls of lacing adorn the glass with tiny dotts of legs.

Vaguely dusty yeast in the nose - mature sourdough starter, plenty of phenolics (quite spicy but hard to pick apart and name individual aromas), and light melon-esque esters. Faint noble hops as well suggestive of alfalfa perhaps?

While I find many examples of Tripels to be sweet, the trappist/abbey renditions are more often dry (probably serving as the basis for the BJCP's description of them). The signature yeast quality contributes the primary flavor which is mineral-laden, peppery, and punctuated with low bitter melon and chamomile notes. Delicate malt emerges on the palate as well, a canvas for the rest of the flavors to play on. The finish is dry and biscuity with spice, river stones, and even sandalwood coming into play. Unique and well balanced.

Effervescent, well carbonated, medium-bodied, creamy, and warming from spice and a little alcohol.

A fine stand-by of the style...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 03:44:31 | More by augustgarage
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750mL bottle into a tulip with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.

Pours a dark peach color with a two-finger white head that doesn't have the best static power and doesn't leave around as much lacing as would be expected. The nose has some sligt booze with some banana, caramel, stone fruits, and general yeasty esters.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of malt, banana, light fruits, and a bit of spice. There is some alcohol there as well. Medium bodied with somewhat low levels of carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but is probably my least favorite of the Chimay trio.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:29:59 | More by Thorpe429
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BMoldy

New York

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

Split this with my girlfriend for our anniversary. Since it was the first time I'd had it since my year in Belgium, I was pretty eager to see how it measured up to my more mature palate.

Poured a beautiful peachy gold. Hazy, but refracted the light pretty well. I may have been a little too eager to get it out of the bottle, but the head was humongous! Bubbly and white, with a mouse-like body, I had to wait a minute for it to subside enough in my snifter to actually get at the beer. The aroma was clean and exactly how a beer should smell. It was all there: malt, grain, hops, yeast; though the grain was what really stuck out. A hint of fruit was overshadowed a bit by the strength of the beer itself, though it wasn't offensive at all.

This is by far one of my favorite triples. Unlike Westmalle or Tripel Karmeliet, the flavors in this beer are all distinct, robust, and most importantly, smooth. Unlike these beers, the 8% ABV of the Chimay just adds to the body instead of taking away from it, as it enhances the flavors and helps make the beer larger than life. The balance between malt and hops is exceptional, and really allows the grain to shine through. Overall, probably the best Chimay in my opinion, and well worth whatever you might pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 20:54:55 | More by BMoldy
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz Caged and Corked... Easiest cork I've ever removed... Seems to push itself out of the bottle...

A - Two fingers worthy of airy, delicate, slightly rocky, pure white head... Modest retention gives way to slightly fuller and definately creamier thick lacing... A light to medium amber orange color... A cyclone of moderate paced can be detected in the center of the glass...

S - Belgian yeast... Pear... A bit of lemon zest... The subdued sweetness of golden raisins... Some faint spices... Also some grassy notes... Nothing dominate, but there is wonderful complexity and nuance...

T - Belgian yeast... Pear... Some faint candied sugars... A bit of honey... Lying beneath the surface is a subdued hoppiness... The finish is a mix of lemon and spices... Slightly metallic finish...

M - Medium bodied... Rather Dense... A surprising bit of carbonated bite... A modest lush creaminess... Slightly dry finish...

D - A very very good Tripel, but a notch below world class... Probably my least favorite the common Chimay offerings... There's nothing particular that I can really place my finger on, but this is just a minor let down given the lofty expectations one has for Trappist brews...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 03:35:48 | More by philbe311
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pgaveau

New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served into a Chimay Chalice

Nice fluffy head that nearly spilled over the edge of the glass. Deep, amber color with little specs of yeast. Robust smell of fruit and hops. Tastes of sweet fruit but not too sweet. Balanced complex taste with malty finish. I savored this beer for a while.

One of the beers that peeked my curiosity for better beer several years ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:52:59 | More by pgaveau
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robhunta

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 1pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle.

A - pours a nice golden orange. phenomenal head, fluffy and tall, great retention. a little cloudy, but thats expected so i can't old it against the beer.

S - Delicious fruity, yeasty aroma. I just love the smell o this beer.

T - Taste also is sweet, fruity, yeasty, some great malt flavors as well. Light, with a bit of alcohol flavor.

M - Not much to say her, smooth, perfect.

D - extremely drinkable, if anything I might say the yeast flavors might get tiresome if drinking many, but not even sure if thats the case.

Al together, this is a fantastic beer, I could drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 22:41:26 | More by robhunta
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a yeast-infused light orange, with a towering off-white three-finger head. Retention and lacing are both amazing. As the head recedes, the surface becomes quite undulating, with large bubbles and pores that are quite amusing to behold. I can't see much carbonation, but that might be due to how cloudy this beer is.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is slightly funky and slightly sweet. There is a bit of yeast discernible, as well as some spicy pepper. I'm definitely getting more hops in the Tripel than in the Abbaye's other varieties.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced, with a much creamier feel than I anticipated. There is some nice citrus and pine bitterness, but there is also a very pronounced malt backbone that has some lovely toasted nuance. There is less pepper in the taste than the nose, and as the beer warms I'm picking up some fruity/grape flavor. It almost reminds me of the fruit leather my mom used to put in my lunches as a child.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fairly creamy feel. Pretty good bitterness up front, malty in the middle, and a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite Tripel thus far. I was actually pretty surprised when I looked at the ABV; wouldn't have pegged this for an 8% ABV beer. I will definitely come back to this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 19:54:36 | More by BuckyFresh
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TheLVBeerGuy

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a chimay goblet

A- Thick and cloudy white on yellow very similar to a north coast pranqster. Nice white head

S- Nice and hoppy, good fruit smell

T- Overwhelmingly malty, citrus notes come in at the end, finishes smooth.

M- Very Good carbonation and on the swallow you almost forget its there. Good.

D- Not my favorite of the style by any means, probably wont be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:48:17 | More by TheLVBeerGuy
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Ruination2007

Pennsylvania

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

I had this bottle 1 year and 3 months old.
A- Big fluffy white head, endless carbonation, 90% transparent orange golden color.
N- Medicinal and slightly floral, reminds me of circus peanuts.
T- Delicious grainy maltiness, fleeting nutty character, excellent earthy yeast flavor, light hops with slightly cheesy aged hop character, mild phenolic after taste.
M- Smooth, good carbonation, very dry finish.
D- Very drinkable. Solid tripel with excellent character and mouthfeel. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:26:41 | More by Ruination2007
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SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

Look: pours orange with a lot of cloudiness. It looks like haze but there's also some yeast suspended throughout. The eggshell head is huge and fluffy and it retains for a very long time, ultimately ending with a thin layer of foam atop the beer. It leaves a little lacing but not that much, which is odd considering the impressive head.

Smell: spices and yeast fill my nose. There's some fruitiness, some grassiness and spices like cloves. There's noticeable alcohol as well.

Taste: lightly sweet with some honey and candi sugar flavors. There's some of the spices from the nose and some yeast flavor as well. There's a little hoppiness to it but not that much. Alcohol is present though not overbearing.

Feel: medium bodied, heavily carbonated. Dry aftertaste.

Drink: fairly high considering the ABV. Very drinkable.

Overall, a solid tripel. While nothing about it makes me go "Hot damn!" it is still very good and probably a required drink if you are into Belgians. Certainly worth a go! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:13:27 | More by SkunkWorks
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mjurney

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance:
Golden-orange color, very cloudy. Thick creamy head, lacing sticks on the glass very well.

Aroma:
Cloves, cinnamon and a little peppery, pineapple, banana and clean malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Sweet and spicy up front. Cloves, cinnamon and sweet bready malts. Fruitiness, banana with touch of citrus notes. There some tartness in the middle. Body is medium, but very crisp.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very smooth finish, yet very crisp. I get some peppery aftertaste that lingers very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:53:01 | More by mjurney
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

"She may, she may not, but with Chimay, she may." - Scourmont Abbey "dirty" joke.

Cloudy maize color with a runaway white head. More retention than you could shake a stick at but impressive lace does not ensue.

Spicy white pepper and clove cut through pineapple and a little hay. Taste is spicy and dry. There's some pineapple and apricot sweet buried under all the clove and mustard seed. Effervescent carbonation. Dry aftertaste sometimes clears the palette and sometimes leaves a lasting burn sugar fade.

I like Chimay's Brother Theodore yeast better in dubbels and quads.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 21:15:48 | More by donkeyrunner
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fbone

Ohio

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

A:Yellowish burnt tint,unique head bubbles.

S:fruity,yeasty,with a freshness that is outstanding.

T:remarkably smooth fruity bananna taste with light floral hoppy finish.

M:like I said smooth!med body.

D:I can't find anything bad to say about this ale.It does down easy,has the right taste,and keeps you interested.Please send me some free samples,anybody!?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 18:12:49 | More by fbone
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ryantaussig

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A thick head stands sturdy on top of a beautiful slightly hazy golden beer with a nice steady stream of bubbles rising through it. Excellent lacing.

S: A bit to be desired here. Clean and crisp with alcohol and herbal/earthy notes.

T: Excellent well balanced ale with a small amount of fruit sweetness and a small amount of hop bitterness. Definite alcohol presence as well as earthy yeast flavor.

M: As expected it has a wonderful feel to it that only a Belgian can give. Thick and creamy with a medium weight that gives way to an extremely crisp finish. Not dry: crisp. A little graininess from the yeast if you disturbed much of it during the pour.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:10:48 | More by ryantaussig
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treque

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice orange color, with some reddish and brown hue, semi traslucent, lots of carbonatation which generate an abundant, creamy, thick dirty white head. With good retention, and waste is shown on glass.

S: some sweet and hops, small spicy notes

T: some sweetness is presetn at the very begginign, it changes to a nice bitterness that persist for a while, the alcohol presence is percived, but is not uncomfortable, the finish is long. A little bit spicy

The taste lasts, that makes you to drink it in a very slow way if you want to enjoy until the last minute of flavour

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:18:40 | More by treque
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prdstmnky

Vermont

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

*review from notes - Xmas '09*

Pours a hazy burnt orange, 2 fingers of cloudy white head with nice retention - great looking pour! A nice yeasty smell, some banana, pear, spices, fresh bread, even some floral hops. Fairly sweet tasting, Belgian candy and sweet malts shine initially, but balances out nice with the fruit, hops and spiciness. Lots of carbonation and somewhat dry, but smooth. A very well balanced example of the style, as Ive found the other Chimay varieties to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:31:33 | More by prdstmnky
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zhanson88

California

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

Appearance: Pours a light golden-orange color with a couple fingers of tight white head. Retention is very nice, and the remaining lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: A good deal of citrus, esters, cloves, a bit of banana, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: This is probably the most citrus-y tripel I have tried. Quite a bit of citrus (grapefruit and even pineapple) up front, with cloves, esters on the back end. A bit of dry bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Very nice overall with slightly peppery carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:48:49 | More by zhanson88
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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