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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

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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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welldigger888

South Carolina

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

poured from growler into a chimay chalice,pale straw color with a nice fluffy white head & good lacing.
Belgium style for sure with some spicing & banana esters for sure on the nose.
More of the same for flavors and a nice dry finish that had some fresh straw or grass on the finish as well.
Nice carbonation on this brew, not to much. Good feel in mouth not thin and not thick.
Deceptively smooth for abv. could go down a little to easy.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2010 19:36:06 | More by welldigger888
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marc956

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Chimay (the name escapes me but I'd tried one in a blue bottle awhile ago) though my friends from the plains (Kansas and Missouri) gave me grief for ordering an upscale beer. Has a lot of flavour to it - don't make it a session beer ok? There's lager for that purpose.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2009 07:44:18 | More by marc956
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. This is a malt forward offering, but it is relatively light-bodied considering the ABV. The taste is ever so slightly sweet upfront with a dry, mildly hoppy finish. This is one of the most well-balanced beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 06:33:26 | More by 57md
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harpus

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - The tripel is a darker caramel gold color, still translucent but on the outermost edges. A half a finger of head, white and dense, doesn't do much in the way of lacing.

S - Yeasty sugars and anise, along with a bit of odd funk (not wild yeast, mind you). As the tripel warms, fuller sugars emerge, a dense semi-sweet ale.

T - The first sip is filling, sweet with a strong current of alcohol. The sugars are present, sweetly fruity, along with a fresh, musty yeast strain. It's funkiness is not wild, rather anisey and spicy. Mild carbonation, perhaps responsible for the underwhelming head, is a push, never providing the sharp crispness that carbonation needs to give. Very dry, especially in the finish, the ale seems to have some age to it. I recall enjoying the bottle much more.

M - The mouthfeel is spice- and yeast-driven, a fruity rich ale that has enough darker flavors (anise and pepper) to balance it out.

D - At 8%, this was a slow-going sipper. I'm not sure that I'd want to bite off much more, very sweet and too bold.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 16:43:32 | More by harpus
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, what a head and retention on this, massive bubbles on the outer rim, soft center. Steller retention. Beer is a slightly hazy golden brown, quite light, with active visible carbonation.

S - immediate aromas of belgian yeast, lemony and bready, mixed with a sugary sweetness, noticeably sweet and candi sugar. Some florals emerge, peach notes, cooked pear with brandy, lots of interplay and complexity.

T - lots of carbonation in immediately noticeable, lemon and sugar with a strong character of yeast, dunnage warehouse, and a bit of drying leather and banana. Again lots of pear and some peach, candi sugar is big but the beer itself is balanced really nicely, sweetness fades and the finish becomes dry and estery. Such a complex array of flavour on the finish, with sweetness mixed with yeast, citrus, minerality, and a bit of bitterness. Really solid beer.

M - Once the initial hit of carbonation fades this is a delightful sipper, speaks its strength, with a hefty body, and a nice rolling carbonation, just enough sweetness to balance it smoothly and then dry it out nicely with some yeast and earthy notes on the finish. An easy to drink beer, but one that reminds you of its strength, a bit of alcohol spice and dryness thrown in.

Overall, very strong. Been drinking this beer for some time before getting around to a real review.
Impressed me with its balance, nice interplay of sweetness and belgian yeasty aromas, certainly a strong contender in its field. Very flavourful but could maybe improve by toning down the cloying aspects that are sticky about half way through then dissipate. Still an excellent beer worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:00:19 | More by mick303
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vegassommelier

Nevada

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow and a full head. Citrus peel, lemon curd, orange candy and grand mariner aromas. Similar palate with a yeasty bread character and some spices such as coriander and allspice. This one feels a bit more geared for the summer, and would probably go great with a light grilled fish or chicken. Definitely the poolside offering from Chimay.
Chimay is awesome, and this one is only slightly behind the red label in my opinion. Just a solid lineup from top to bottom.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 07:29:06 | More by vegassommelier
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a bottle a clear yellow with a healthy white foam head. Has a sweet yeast aroma. Flavor is surprisingly on the sour side. There is a touch of honey and fruit, but the sourness dominates and makes it difficult to enjoy. Has a medium body feel, pretty smooth. This just does not have the qualities I have come to enjoy from trippels.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 20:32:34 | More by brutusmuktuk
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: February 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 125th anniversary chalice... OCCASION: snow/laundry/Olympics and Game of Thrones--a good night! APPEARANCE: semi-opaque orange-brown body; soap-like bubbles create a prolific head atop the glass; solid lacing... AROMA: brilliant banana and allspice; light citric scents of orange and coriander; tart and punchy--promising...PALATE: signature Chimay body--drinkable and quenching; 8% ABV never tasted so agreeable...TASTE: banana, spices--pepper?--with some citric kick--orange?--and pear/apple---a round, fulfilling taste... OVERALL: a joy to revisit an old venerated ale; this beer strikes the quintessential balance of finesse and strength, the holy aspect of brewing that blesses and breaks in equal sips...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:55:16 | More by dacrza1
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Manzier

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Tulip.

A - Slightly Hazey, dark golden with high carbonation of small bubbles. Thick creamy head about half and inch thick that lingers for a few minutes before collapsing

S - Earthy, Spicey, Slightly funky with hints of banana. A fairly strong hop aroma with the yeast smell also shining through.

T - Honey bready maltiness dominates with a crisp dry finish. Dryer then the Blue. High carbonation. Strong alcoholic present in back of throat and lingering dryness/bitterness.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Quite easy to consume large amount of.

O - A very nice beer. In fact it is probably my favorite triple. The dryness is maybe abit over the top and the taste on the mouth ends abruptly, I feel this is a two edged sword because while it retracts from the flavor, it makes you want to immediately take another swig to get the flavors again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:27:14 | More by Manzier
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Nugganooch

California

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with my Chimay Chalice of course
Notes from 01/25/14

A: Dense cake of khaki suds layered over a deep caramel amber color with considerable yeast haze. Impeccable hang time eventually dies down to just a floating halo. Lower amount of stick with only a few slippery remnant bubbles.

S: Smells of lightly sweetened pale malts, stale bread, and some Trappist yeast traits. Mostly spiced coriander there with some underlying citrus peel and mild peppercorns. Not particularly fragrant or spiced but definitely yeast forward with some earthy minerals noted.

T: Tastes of golden malted barley with some peppery Belgian yeast character and a healthy dose of earthy hops. Bright fruity esters, crusty bread, and coriander with a light dusting of clove spices. Subtle dried lemon peel there with a moderate amount of bitterness on the front which I like. The alcohol is quite well masked for 8% ABV. Touch of mineral rich water on the finish. Nice balance with some good Belgian flavors.

M: Medium body ale. Light creaminess lends a soft lush feel . Light drying at the finish. Touch watery but mostly fair and clean overall.

D: This is a nice Belgian Tripel with good balance and some really nice flavors. Not quite as hearty as others I have had but still quite enjoyable.
Not a “wow” you type beer but solid none the less with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:10:44 | More by Nugganooch
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a murky copper color. The head is about two fingers high, and off-white in shade. I'm really impressed with its retention in particular. A decent amount of lacing is left behind.

S: This has a very pleasant creamy aroma compared to other tripels - having said that, it seems to subdue some of the fruity esters some. There are some good banana notes, though. Black pepper and doughy yeast help round out the aroma. I'm a little disappointed over the fact that it doesn't really open up when allowed to sit.

T: The flavor of this tends to lean more toward peppery than fruity. After the initial pepper flavors, it finishes with a nice cream note. I swear there's also something on the back end suggesting noble hops, too. Or maybe it's just clove. Whatever it is, I really enjoy this beer's mellow bitterness and subdued sweetness; my only real complaint here is that the fruit esters tend to be too understated at times.

M: Like most good Belgian ales, the dry finish is really pleasing. The relatively full body helps take the edge off of the intense carbonation, too. This isn't particularly chuggable, but it is very easy to sip. It certainly doesn't taste/feel like 8% by any means.

O: Honestly, this might be my favorite of the three Chimay beers. And to think I expected this one to be my least favorite! It isn't terribly complex, but it is very enjoyable to savor. This is the only one I'd go back to on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:17:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BierJager89

California

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with foamy white head.

S: Spicy notes, orange, and earthy notes in the nose.

T: Orange, earthy spices, poppy. Typical but tasty tripel.

M: Medium bodied, and smooth enough. Better than average for a tripel (at least to me, because I like smooth beer).

O: Like the blue and the red, this is a great beer that is perhaps overrated. I certainly believe blue to be overrated. This is a nice citric, poppyish, smoothish tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 21:54:46 | More by BierJager89
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stuppy

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber-orange, not clear, big white head, head diminishes some but is always present, lace

Aroma: some fruit esters, banana, medium spice, pepper with some cloves, some floral hop aroma

Flavor:light malt character up front, fruity, peppers, some bitterness in aftertaste, dry, some alcohol but very soft

Mouthfeel: med light body, smooth, some alcohol, med-high carbonation

Overall: Very smooth. fruity and pepper. Great white creamy head typical of the style. Alcohol is present but very soft. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:29:53 | More by stuppy
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Act25

New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am a Chimay Blue fan. So far, other than Allagash and Nashaminy, I am rarely a fan of American imitators. One day I will have to taste them off blind with friends. This is my first Chimay white label tripel. Poured into a Leffe Chalice. Wow!

A: This beer is so alive, a small pour kicks up the thick cream colored head, that mounds and then leaves islands when it fades. And best of all completely surrounds the brew with creamy lace. The body is a hazed glowing amber blonde, that seems to ramp from light blonde to amber blonde.

S: Garden of Eden fruit orchard. All the perfect apples, pears and grapes you can imagine, ripe on the vine, and then some asian pears and exotic fruits you never had before. Sun baked, juicy. Cloves and spice, but as in a woman's scent, and underneath there is her skin, her body too, earthy, and not over done. A very human smell. More and better as she warms.

T: A dive into that fruit feast, starts it off, juicy, appetizing, exciting, followed by a marriage of juice, spice, clove, caramel, candy, honey, and faint hop flowers. Long dry yeasty finish that leaves you feeling kissed.

F: Medium to full, creamy, long tingly finish, a lot to chew on with each sip, easily worth the price.

O: Currently my favorite tripel. Thank the monks.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:26:41 | More by Act25
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LVituri

Brazil

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Uma ótima cerveja, mas foi a Chimay que menos me agradou. O que me incomodou foi o frutado excessivo. A percepção do lúpulo não tão empolgante. Mas com certeza é mais um brilhante rótulo do universo belga de cerveja. Chimay é um dos grandes mosteiros trapista, indispensável para qualquer apreciador do estilo.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:28:10 | More by LVituri
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eixiel

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay goblet.

A: Dark dense copper color with a nice steady head of about 2 fingers.
S: Sweet and floral like, with hints of caramel and hops.
T: Very smooth but with character. caramel after taste withg great carbonation balance.
M: Almost perfect density and bitterness with no harsh after taste at all.
O: Great beer, unique flavor. Stands out of most other trappist beer. Definitely a most try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:16:03 | More by eixiel
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Mike_Moe

Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Medium golden color with a good off white head.
Aroma: Citrus
Flavor: "Sweet / tart balance up-front with a unique bitterness on the tongue. Alcohol notes seem to stay and dominate the mouth. The beer has a rather dry finish. Medium body, good carbonation.
Overall: The alcohol taste too dominate up front, and too bitter at the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:54:03 | More by Mike_Moe
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a goblet:

A: hazy golden orange colored body with a finger and a half's worth of foamy head that rises just a bit and falls leaving some sporadic foamy lacing in its wake

S: bready, fruity - more so with that normal "iced apples" thing I always get in most Tripels, light spices

T: spicy sweet all the way through the entire beer; "iced apple" aftertaste, dry spicy finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable - good because the ABV seems to hide itself pretty well; carbonation is there - smooth but not so much as the harshness is there but not overly done

O: glad I always give Chimay a try every holiday season due to my father, though he's not much of a beer drinker, its always funny to me that he picks this up every year. This is a good beer that I'm pretty sure I'd have again next holiday season too

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 22:41:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at cellar temp into a goblet.
aroma unremarkable
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, mostly diminishing fairly rapidly, leaving somw clotty lacing.
Body is medium orange, slight haze, bottle conditioned
Begins lightly acidic and dry, ends the same.
Body light to medium, dry, soft carbonation.

Overall, drinkable but not one I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 17:05:51 | More by Ozzylizard
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Chimay's tripel is a golden sparkly amber color, just shy of light orange, with ample off-white head that retains its shape well (like its stablemates). Aroma quite sweet and spicy, pale malts that evoke shortbread or sweet dough, fruit notes like green apple and white grapes, citrus fruits, tobacco, yellow flowers, and spicy phenols. Palate is that of a classic tripel. Rather crisp and dry, and amazingly smooth with considerable carbonation that lifts the sweet and spicy flavors up without obscuring them. Would be among the most drinkable of Trappist ales were it not so hot and spicy! Ample clove and medicinal phenol character, hot aromatic alcohol, a fruity sourness like cranberry, a fruity sweetness like apricots (I get little dark fruit character and this makes it stand apart from its maltier cousins), vague hints of banana, and a residual candi sugar sweetness that you can detect in the finish amidst the potent spice and bittersweet floral notes (think marigold or dandelion) and dry walnut bitterness. This beer changes with age and I wonder if an older example would be less pungent, although according to Micheal Jackson (the beer critic) the clove flavors actually develop with age. Fantastically good beer that stands out in the smoothness department.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 20:09:17 | More by CalgaryFMC
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a gift set with three Trappist beers and a goblet in December 2013.

A beautiful-looking beer with a huge, fluffy, pillow-like head with a crater at the center. The head seems rather airy and carbonated. The color is golden and bronze with a cloudy quality and some opaqueness. It looks syrupy almost.

The smell is bready and yeasty, fruity like a holiday cake. There are suggestions of plum, some tropical fruit and some buttery caramel.

A lot of fruity, sweet, candy-like flavors make their way to my tongue. It's not much different than what I got off the nose, but that's just fine. It's tasty.

I really enjoyed how smooth this beer drank. It was creamy, slightly carbonated, and smooth and there was no presence of alcohol.

Overall, a good beer, perhaps lacking a bit in explosive flavors or aroma but there's plenty of subtlety here to make this noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:15:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in a tumbler

330ml bottle served at 8deg C. From the cellar 5mths from purchase date.

A- With a mighty pop this girl foamed right up and over the rim on pour. Ooopsy! Golden nearly coppery goodness all over the place. Unbelievable foam!

S- Light just like most of this company's offerings

T- WAY too boozy. This beer needs a year or two to mellow out. Super hot and spicy.

M- See above!!

O- This rating is a stretch. Right now I will leave it here but will update next year.

Bought a few so I should be able to see how it goes over the next two years, Super hot now and not so great.

Food Pairing

This spicy, hot beer will pair well with.... Osso Bucco

Beef shank with it's heavy base and root vegetables will go very well with this Belgium classic.

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:04:54 | More by DaveBar
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a hazy gold color with a very strong and rocky head.

Spice, phenols, sugar. A hint of alcohol. A little fruit at the finish.

Sweet, phenolic, spicy pepper like finish.

Medium mouthfeel.

Overall - great beer. Perfect for the style. Nice spice, pepper, phenolics are outstanding. Alcohol is not over powering but warming.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 20:54:28 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Of the three varieties (red, white, blue) this one is my least favorite, yet has the most drinkability. If that makes any sense. It was tasted during the same sitting as the other two, poured from 11.2 bottles into Chimay chalices-- yes it was the gift pack. The other two have qualities that must be savored, but this one has more of the mass-appeal, drink your cock in the dirt feel to it, albeit a pretty awesome one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:25:30 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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vfgccp

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle opened in 2013

A - Clean, bright gold body with a nice effervescence. Pillowy white head with great lace and retention.

S - Herbal hops; thyme, cilantro, plant stems. Pear, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, green apple, and just a touch of lemon.

T - Wheat, lemon, thyme, coriander seed, pear, white grape skins, and a waxy hop-bitter finish.

M - Medium frame with bright carbonation.

O - A rock solid standard, classic triple.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:57:44 | More by vfgccp
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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,201 ratings.