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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
93
outstanding

3,820 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,820
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 179
Gots: 342 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of trevorjn06
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a massive head that is tight and recedes to a rocky, thick layer of foam and leaves lacing down the glass.

Aromas are apricots, pears, honey, bready malts, hints of white pepper and yeast.

Taste is bready/spicey up front and dry on the finish. It begins with bready malts, light honey and a spicy/yeasty fruit character. This transitions into hop bitterness, mild spice/pepper and a hint of sweetness backing the bitterness. The finish is dry with light fruits, malt and some hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation and a hint of alcohol.

Overall this is a very good Tripel, but not my favorite. It is fruity, spicy, dry and strong, just as a Tripel should be.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of jeffboo
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The least known of the three Chimay brews. This one,when poured into a Chimay chalice perfectly fills the glass with a cloudy,strawberry/peach colored ale with a huge,pillowy-dense head that spends some time with you ( long enough to have a conversation with if you're alone). The aroma and taste are very hard to pin down. You can smell this beer from quite a distance.It seems to be yeasty,fruity, and little floral. The taste starts with a little malt sweetness,a flowery hop flavor, and nice bitter finish, but as it warms,the fizzines of the carbonation subsides to give you a more creamy, toasted malt flavor with a long nice earthy bitterness in the finish. I would recommend taking your time and letting the flavors evolve with this beer to fully appreciate it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JLSIV
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from their capped bottle into a chalice, nice two finger head,tight small cream colored bubbles, left significant lacing. Did not hold as long as the Chimay red, but certainly above average. Color is a hazy straw orange.

Smell some nuttiness and slightly more hop notes than what I have come to expect from Chimay, but definitely pleasing. As I often say in my reviews, this is not my best area, so I often miss subtle notes.

First taste had an almost almond bright note, then the citrus, last some spice, very subtle peppery bite, not bad, don't panic, it isn't spicy in the sense that it creates heat. Like all of the Chimay brands, other flavors show up as they warm. The chalice is a must!

Mouthfeel is full and rich all the way. Unlike American attempts at this type, the Belgians know how to hide their ABV!

Overall, I prefer Chimay Red, followed by Blue, then this. That being said, this is an outstanding Belgian Triple, well worth the experience, my guess is it is a great first Triple, because the color and aroma will please many different palates.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with a cloudy tinge. White head that dissipates leaving a bubbling top. Standard tripel appearance.
Smells of peppery and spicy aromas. Peppercorns. Pears and apples are the main fruits I detect.
Tastes a lot like it smells. Peppery and "herb-ie".
Smooth and easy on the tongue, yet still somewhat aggressive. Moderate-high carbonation but it serves itself well with the spicyness.
I probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting because it is a slightly more aggresive brew.

Photo of Grundle20
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer is straw gold in color with a rocky bright white head. The head is big and displays some great retention as well as some rings of patchy lacing as the drink is consumed.

Smell:
There's a touch of brett character here to what is mostly pears and wet hay to me. The scent isn't overly noticeable but it's pleasant and balanced upon detection.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks a little bit more dry and clean then the scent had suggested to me. The alcohol comes through pretty strong amongst a flavor of pistachios and light wheat body. There's a little astringent sting at the back of my palette but aside from that the alcohol washes over my tongue almost vaporous like. The beer drinks really clean and light and as such finishes clean and leaves little undesirable aftertaste.

Drinkability:
It's got a good flavor base for preferred drinking but the alcohol presence takes away from it. Perhaps it balances out a little better with age or different serving temperatures but this bottle simply didn't do it for me.

Bottom Line:
Probably my least favorite Chimay but a good showing none the less. I would like to try aging a bottle and perhaps review it again.

Photo of Alkey
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.20 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice a hazy sunburst orange color and a quarter inch foam top.

Smells of hops with a hint of yeast and alcohol.

Taste is slightly bitter with big hop flavors and creamy light feel.

A good tasty tripel that has big flavors.

Photo of Tolann
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy amber/orange-ish. White head. Some sediment and some bubbles can be seen.

S - fruity sweet, and malty bready like wet dough. Something sweet and tart. And sour grapes. maybe green apple.

T - Sweet then kind of sour. kinda mild. Not really big. same fruity like in the nose.

M - Dry at first. Kinda sparkling feel.

D - really drinkable, but not so exciting. I was kinda expecting more.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured carefully from a bottle in a tulip glass, but I still feel like I screwed something up.

Chimay White pours a gorgeous, pure bronze color, hazy from suspended material. Huge head consisting of huge bubbles, drops surprisingly rapidly. Virtually no lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, possibly figs, apples. a heavy dose of Belgian malt is wonderfully noticeable. The yeast however is just way too overpowering. Agitating thoroughly before smelling helps immensely against the yeast dominating the scene.

Taste: Spices, Heavy malting, fruits -- pears, apples, again possibly figs. Hops and alcohol blend in beautifully underneath, but then the ugly yeasty flavor rears its head for the painful lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is of a nice medium body, surprisingly smooth considering all the material suspended in the glass, which continues to worry me as I drink more. Carbonation is perfectly balanced -- clearly noticeable but not biting.

This is a solid example of a Tripel in my opinion. I do feel let down by the bottle, because I let it sit for 2+ weeks after purchase to let it settle down, but it seems to have gone to hell.
Highly recommend it on-tap, still would recommend it in a bottle. Not as enjoyable as its brother Chimay Blue, but still very good.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 3,820 ratings.