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

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3,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,601
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Large corked bottle poured into a Chimay brand chalice style glass.

A - Hazy golden orange is the way I'd describe it. A snow white head that held very nicely in the Chimay brand glass. Citrus aroma was all over this brew.
S - Smells of different spices that are very nice. This was the best part of the experience for me. It's a lovely smelling brew as are all Chimay Trappists brews. Somewhat of an apple smells here that is very citrusy. There were other ci
T - Loads of fine hops. It was a sweet brew, but honestly I expected it to be sweeter than it was. Fresh Belgian yeast was amazing as always. The somewhat bitterness to it reminded me of an earthy like taste. Some sort of grape notes and even a touch of raisin that all go together very well.
M - A medium bodied brew that's somewhat high on ALC% but still fairly easy to drink. Very nicely carbinated and sits well in a Chimay chalice.
O - You can't go wrong with any Trappists I've ever had. They are all great for the most part. This one is no exception. It was a lovely experience and I picked it up at my local Kroger's grocery which is nice. I prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this, but this is worth to try. I find myself buying the Red cap when I buy Chimay. However the Cinq Cents is still another fine brew from Chimay. A lovely Tripel.

BradtheGreat7, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

This one pours a hazy golden color with a lacing white head. The smell is full of spices. The taste is very bold lots of spices a bit of corrinder. Good strong flavor very nice carbonation. Overall of course this is a fantastic beer; complex flavoors strong bold flavors.

vette2006c5r, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

SN Snifter,

A: Wonderful looking golden beer, with 1.5 finger fluffy carbonated white head. Bubbles form all throughout the head, and the both they and the head stick around for a while. some lacing and some alcohol legs stick to the sides of the glass.

S: white Grapes, light fruits, huge huge notes of Belgian yeast. Bready, biscuity malts are the stars, some light sugars. Really light and flavorful smelling.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast, the sweetness is really not in the forefront as i thought it would be. Decent hop presence, which I was not expecting. Forefront of the tongue is a sweet and bready and yeasty taste, which transitions to the hop bitterness at the back of the tongue. There is definitely a funk at the back of the tongue, from the yeast.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer, really light and easy to drink, the alcohol is not coming through except for maybe a hint at the end. Carbonation is really nice too. clears the palate for the next sip. Just excellent.

fields336, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

A- Pours an amber straw color. Nice two-finger offwhite bubbly head. So-so on the retention and lacing.

S- Mmmmm. Smells great. Banana and bubblegum. Nice spicy yeast notes. Some light fruits in the mix.

T- Dominant in the banana taste, but not overpowering at all. Nice bit of a cloves and pepper through out. Green apples, apricots, and pears. A slight bitterness is present in the finish.

M- A bit heavy for the style, but with the med-high carbonation, makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Interesting that its creamy and crisp at same time.

O- Perfect example of a tripel. Excellent summer brew. Balanced very nicely. Would drink over and over again.

Bierlerner, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev -2.9%

330 mL bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours hazy orange with a half-finger of dirty white head and bits of sediment floating around.

S: Citrus, apple, and peppery yeast.

T: Lots of citrus, red apples, apricot, peach, yeasty spice, and candy sugar.

M: This has average thickness with stronger-than-average carbonation.

O: It's very good and is the easiest Trappist brand to find.

bucklemyshoe, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

A -- A rich, hazy peach hued brew that pours to a two finger white head and settles to a thick froth.

S -- Fruity and spicy yeast notes, a mild graininess, faintly medicinal earthy notes.

T -- Rich malt and grain quickly balanced by acerbic bittering qualities. Earth and herb, lightly boozy but still sweet and very nicely in balance.

M -- Smooth and effervescent, slightly resinous but refreshing. Full bodied and well carbonated.

D -- I could see drinking this to excess as it is very well balanced and not overpowering in any capacity. Solid brew.

CPeterson, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Had this one on tap at a little place called Stephanie's in Doylestown PA. It was the first time I had ever heard of Chimay and I felt like trying it. This beer poured out as an orangey opaque color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer was soft and floral, had a light citrus aroma coming off of it too. The taste was soft and had a citrus flavor that faded into a nice refeshing wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and bubbly. Overall it's a good brew overall, just my not my favorite from Chimay.

Knapp85, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

A: pours a hazy honey ale with three fingers of yellow head which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Lemons, grain, coriander, candy sugar, some bits of yeast. Nice nose, less intense than anticipated.

T: Spicy, yeasty, bready and sweet.

M: Heavy for the style with lively carbonation. A little thick for the style IMO.

O: Good stuff. I prefer Westmalle, however, for the win.

harrymel, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of kenito799
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pale golden brew with rocky white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yast, not too much bubble gum

Very dry and bitter on the palate, which is a good thing, balances the yeast flavors well. Either the bottle shows much better than my previous taste of this beer on tap, or my taste has changed. This is a lovely tripel.

kenito799, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay Goblet (yeast and all).

Pours a yeast hazy deep straw color with a large foamy white head which quickly dissipates down to a thin film. The smell is of sweet yeast esters, banana, bready malts, earthy, good. The feel is medium with plenty of carbonation. The initial taste is of spice, some banana and bready malts, with a little dryness on the end. Overall a good and tasty brew from Chimay.

DavidST, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of bogus564
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

11.2 ounces, poured into a Chimay chalice.

And away we go...

A: Color is what I'd expect from a tripel - in other words, a slightly burnt amber color, opaque in its nature. Produced a 4cm head which quickly dissolved into clouds rather than lace.

S: Not surprisingly, it smells like a tripel - orange, raisins, banana, some wheat. Well-balanced, not confusing.

T: Good balance of hops and malt and yeast; I get banana, raisin and grapefruit up front, with a light pine note later on. Oddly enough, it's not as sweet as I would expect a tripel to be, and that was a pleasant surprise. I'm burping a nice grassiness; this is a delightful little beer I'm working with here.

M: Nice; light- to medium-bodied, not killing me with the carbonation, rolls over the palate rather nicely, with a light piny, grassy finish.

O: Overall, a good beer for a relaxing day. If you have no plans other than hanging out and enjoying some good beer, this is a good one to try. And break out some nice cheese and crackers with some pepperoni. Yum.

bogus564, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

A - Slightly hazy golden copper colored with a big, long lasting, fluffy whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet bready and candy-like pilnser malt aroma. Lots of fruity esters, citrusy, pears and apples. Nice floral, earthy hop aroma.

F/M - Sweet pilsner malts, dry and crisp. Fruity pear-like esters and a firm bitterness helps the finish to be quick an clean. Very nice and balanced. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lingering candy like malt flavors and apple esters.

O - This is a great beer. Fruity, dry, hoppy and crisp, this beer could go from summer time evenings to elegant dinner pairings. Absolutely world class.

domtronzero, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Remarkable shade of a hazy orange-yellow huge with a huge live frothy head. These beers look immaculate being poured into the chalice.

S: Earthy, malty-sweet, and some banana on the nose, but the scent isn't overwhelming.

T: Smooth, lively, earthy/malt sweetness and just the right amount of bitter on the back to keep things in balance. Banana sweetness also comes through in the middle, and sticks around all the way to the finish line. The beer is delightfully balanced. It isn't at all overwhelming or overpowering. It's artfully balanced. Well played, Chimay.

M: Light and lively in the mouth, with a bitter-sweet finish that leaves a nice flavor behind as it goes.

D: High. Would have had another one right after this if I'd had it.

psuKinger, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%

There are certain Belgian beers that I love ... this is definitely not one of them. It pours with a rich, beautiful head and has an inviting, flowery aroma but I find it too sour and bitter. The taste isn't too different from letting a vitamin C tablet melt in your mouth. Throw in some yeast flavors and you get the picture.

Vierenner, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

This beer pours a yellowish color with a nice white head. the smell is a little spicey and slightly bready. the taste seems muted, it is definitely a tripel, just not a particularly good one. allagash and unibrou make far better beers than chimays tripel. mouthfeel is light and well carbed. overall a good beer just not a great one. I was undewhelmed by this one.

rowingbrewer, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

Its humbling to critic such a great beer,however,I have to say the appearance matches the smell...not so good. A little dirty odor,and alcohol more than malt. The taste is a pleasant suprise compared to color and odor. The alcohol does deprive my tastebuds of the other ingredients,but its still good. Some fruity,malty,and sweetness squirts out during my consumption,it still leaves me to want another sip. Overall good,but it makes me want to experiment with other triple labels....not a homey

K9AleingPiss, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This beer pours a bit hazy deep golden color with a clingy white head. The aroma is moderate-high spicy, floral esters with a bit of biscuit like malt. The flavor is a bit sweet but balanced out by spicy hops, peppery phenols, and medium-low hop bitterness. The body is medium and medium-high carbonation. Overall a fine beer and a must try.

uwmgdman, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Mako82
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Light golden in color, with a slight white hue. Beer had a cloudy/murky look to it. Poured a white foamy head that lasted quite long.

S - Pick-up malts, a grape champagne type smell, floral, slight alcohol esters.

T - Malty, grape champagne taste, with a hint of citrus. Slight alcohol esters (hidden well), fairly bitter towards the end. Nice long lasting aftertaste, which brought out a slight chalky feel/taste.

M - Fairly carbonated, had a dry feel, slight chalky feel upon aftertaste

Mako82, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip.

pours a cloudy dull gold hue; bit of an aggressive pour yields a big, billowing 3" head. excellent retention and lacing.

for a beer with this stature the nose doesn't blow me away like i thought it might (too high expectations, i suppose) but it is nice: notes of lemon, banana, maybe peach, belgian yeast, and some spice.

flavor just excels, as though the nose was merely a facade. extremely flavorful with a lot of complexity. the fruitiness of it (lemon, banana, peach, and apple notes) pair well with coriander and clove, yeast and malt. very tasty. medium-bodied mouthfeel with some lively carbonation.

overall this a fantastic beer, dare i say one of the pillars of the style. very well done.

perrymarcus, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +10%

750ml bottle purchased at Shaw's in North Hampton. Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with a good inch of off-white head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Very fruity nose, with apple, banana, peach, and raisin coming through and some caramel and brown sugar notes. Fruit hits the palate first too, with grape and apple skin, banana, and raisin. Vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel play a big role in the flavor too. Effervescent and light bodied, which combined with the pleasant flavor makes this one dangerously drinkable. Not at all what I expected. Excellent. Truly unique.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of seabass87
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from 11.2 FL. OZ. bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a cloudy light copper-orange. Short fizzy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice topper throughout drinking. A good amount of sediment transfers, but floats in suspension.

S- Belgian bread yeast combined with orange peel, bananas, lemon, nutmeg. Good citrus profile combined floral hops. A summery scent with some invigorating spices in the back.

T- Zesty orange and spices up front, accented by the carbonation. A tad bitter but not overpowering - there's a chewy malt profile to balance it out. Some floral hops come out with a slight metallic twang. There's a bit of warm alcohol in the aftertaste, masked relatively well by the lingering citrus and hops. Well balanced.

M- The carbonation is just right - enough to accent the zing without being heavy handed. The mouthfeel is a medium-thick body. Dry finish is accented by the floral undertones.

O- A good tripel. Perhaps the most notable aspect of this beer is how well balanced it is - the floral hops profile is refreshing and balances the more malty nature of this beer. Perhaps not as recognized as the other Chimays, but it's a tasty beer and also a good introduction to the style.

seabass87, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at JT Schmid's in Tustin

A: The pour is a hazed golden-orange color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: Spices really shine through on this beer. Lots of coriander, and nutmeg. There's a lot of malt character, especially bread, with a little bit of biscuit. Some nice fruit notes of banana and orange.

T: Much the same story on the palate. There is a more pronounced citrus (orange) flavor and perhaps a bit more banana. Nicely sweet with plenty of bread and yeast. Good spiciness all the way around as well.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: You can't really go wrong with a Chimay beer. Just great stuff.

womencantsail, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet (#3 of my 3 tripel night - the first 2 being Westmalle and St. Bernadus)

Smells summery flowery, fresh and citrusy. Loverly mate.

Tastes like summer too, a low key citrus tang balanced by malts and a slight bitterness given by the hops, with an alcohol warmth coming through to finish the whole thing off.

All in all a great beer, good for the summer and a great example of the style.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a yellow-straw color with a thick white head.
Smell: Spicy earthy Belgium yeast up front, followed by grain malts and freshly cut apples.
Taste: crisp up front with short bitterness, followed by some spicy yeasts, grainy malts, coriander and citrus. Dry and a bit alcoholic finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a medium-tin body
Overall: Nice tripel, but not close to Westmalle, St Bernardus and Karmeliet. Is just a bit too unbalanced and alcoholic. Lacks the body, but nevertheless a good beer

rvdoorn, Jul 02, 2011
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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