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

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,555 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,555
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 157
Gots: 235 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

12-11-2003 16:37:39 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-08-2012 21:42:36 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

03-16-2011 02:16:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-28-2013 22:17:08 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

11-25-2010 21:29:59 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-14-2011 17:18:40 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

06-11-2010 02:49:53 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

01-29-2004 19:43:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

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

11-23-2007 20:22:54 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-01-2013 07:09:05 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-06-2014 17:57:51 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

09-13-2004 15:33:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

02-03-2006 17:56:11 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

02-27-2011 17:30:28 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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.

07-04-2011 19:52:45 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2011 19:29:23 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-22-2011 17:49:06 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-30-2011 07:55:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-18-2013 04:44:04 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-06-2013 04:41:56 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

06-16-2012 04:10:10 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

11-27-2008 20:50:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-31-2013 04:16:37 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

07-27-2011 04:22:47 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

My personal favorite from Chimay,what an awesome pour a huge billowing fluffy head with a rich golden color.The aroma is of honey and and yeast with some alcohol notes.The taste is also honeeish and yeasty with a nize zesty finish atruely complex and delightful Triple.I think it should be considered one of the top beers of the world,but hey its just me.

08-10-2003 16:55:57 | More by oberon
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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,555 ratings.