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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,689 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,689
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 171
Gots: 287 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange fizzy pour. Carbinotation made it interesting and classic Chimay.Tasty but worth sharing the bottle if without food. Bit of spice and pepper and (sour) yeast in taste. Bit bitter and alcohol feel. AFtertaste was dry. A classic Belgium but Chimay Blue is the best.

Sammy, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apple cider color with a nice off-white 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. No lacing on the drink down. Smells of yeast, spices, banana, orange peel, caramel. Taste is very yeasty all around. Sweet malt, dried fruits, and spices on the finish. There is a herbal-like bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Carbonation level is good. Very crisp drinking. Easy to drink and enjoy sip by sip.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

zestar, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden orange in color into a goblet with a finger-high white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that continually keeps a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of cloves, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: A noticeable amount of bitterness is present in the taste, along with flavors of bananas, cloves and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of lingering dryness in the finish.
D: It's quite different compared to other tripels given the bitterness but it's still a wonderful beer to sip.

metter98, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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

brentk56, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -14%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In comparison to the red and blue, the white falls a bit short. While still a quality beer, the alcohols get a little out of balance. The look is still a nearly perfect sight, the aromas pick up on a tart, spicy, alcohol that begins to dominate the delicate malt flavors. The fuitcake flavors and malts take a back seat to a rum-like flavor. A bitter flavor and feel hits the back of the throat and becomes a little husky. The muskiness and boldness of the beer still contributes to complexity and variety. I just prefer the red and blue.

BEERchitect, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown ale with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma is mix between Belgian spices and strong malts and floral hops. Taste is quite delicious with again some spices showing up (some peppers?), strong malt with excellent body and all of this covered with floral hops. Less sweet then other tripel such as Westmalle but still very enjoyable overall.

Phyl21ca, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

GRG1313, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +9%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: aroma is very light. Corriander, Belgian yeast and tropical fruit, mostly pineapple.

T: lots of corriander, mild yeast, with fruitiness from apple and pineapple. Mild herbal and earthy notes. Fairly simple. Sweetness to the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Chimay beers are both good and drinkable but I will always feel they are overhyped.

kylehay2004, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a large, pillowy, white head. Nice layering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly toasted malts with a heavy addition of honey as well as caramel candy and notes of dried fruits and yeast.

Taste: Light caramel, orange blossom honey, and candi sugar envelop gently toasted malts. Dash of apricot juice. Pinch of spice. Mild hop character and accompanying bitterness. Subtle sour yeastiness. Warming alcohol presence and small bready hints on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Far better than even I had remembered. An enjoyable tripel -- quite drinkable, interesting, and readily available.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 27, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,689 ratings.