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

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Reviews: 1,591
Hads: 4,142
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 241
Gots: 609 | FT: 2
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Reviews: 1,591 | Hads: 4,142
Photo of mrjez
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a cloudy bronzed orange with a huge pillowy off-white head.
S: a modest aroma that recalls a bakery in the morning, bread and yeast, very pleasant. Hints of white grape and a slight alcohol note.
T: very nice hoppy taste with Belgian yeast, phenolic tinge, citrus notes, spiced at the end, lights fruits. So well balanced.
F: the malt is quite chewy, the body is reasonably light and hides the ABV well, nice peppery carbonation across the palate.
O: great drinking, one of the classic tripels, shouldn't be understated. Another please.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

L Cloudy burnt orange with a nice head

S Liked sweet baked goods and white wine (I'm too new to this reviewing thing)

T Not very hoppy with a mild long bitter finish.

F Lots of foam, thick but still has fizz

O A sweet and delicious beer that I really enjoyed

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a cloudy amber (a bit of orange/gold) with a moderate off-white head. Bready and yeasty to the nose - maybe some citrusy hops as well. Taste is well rounded and enjoyable with a bit of hops lingering in the finish. Yum!.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy orange with a finger head.

S: Bready and yeasty, with notes of pear and toasty malt.

T: Mirrored the nose, although there was a hint of bitterness at the end.

F: Very foamy and full bodied, with a slight fizz.

O: I thought this was a pretty good Tripel.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Your classic Belgian tripel, with strong hops giving off citrus-like aromas, hiding malt strength and flavor in the back that comes around after a few seconds. Great nose, giving off strong whiffs of all the aromas. Dark golden color with slightly off-white foam.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid beer in every way. If someone wants a nice intro to the Belgian tripel style, this would be one very nice option to pursue. It's 8% ABV which is acceptable within the style's range but I find that those which are higher ABV (9% and above) tend to find a bit more favor with my palate.

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Photo of jcance
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fucking solid. It is very hoppy for a trappist beer, or for a tripel period. I literally gasped upon my first sip. It is not innovative, it is not out of the ordinary, but the taste is refined and nearly perfect. Even for 2.09 euro/.33L I will definitely be buying this in the future.

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Photo of jonesry09
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's the "hoppiest" of the trappist beers that I have had which is the main reason I enjoy it.

It's a rather simple beer for me, as far as complexity goes but I can't ignore that "big league chew" aftertaste. It's like I am chewing a wad of bubblegum.

I find it very unique and hard to explain. It's a beer you just have to try to understand.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from the stubby 11.2 oz bottle, did a hard pour on accident, anyways it pours a nice burnt orange with a creamy white head, generous amounts of lace to go around

S: Barley, Biscuit, bread, malt, and some slight booze

T: Classic sweet malt on the nose, that fades into a light hop with a bit of spice as well, a slight bitterness resonates at the end

F: Rather light-bodied for a tripel, perhaps too many stouts have distorted my palate, but its nice and smooth with the typical amount of carbonation for Belgians

O: I tend to think of Chimay as a treat beer, limit yourself to every once and awhile, but each beer they produce is enjoyable and world-class. If you have been hesitant to branch out into Belgians, I would recommend the Cinq Cents as a great first step.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (marked "L15-003") poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with an orange glow. Lush frothy white head, recedes to a dense white cap and whispy lace.

Smell: Malt grains, yeasty spice, herbs and hay.

Taste: Full malty body, fruit, spice and big yeast notes. Peppery bitterness culminates in a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, smooth body. Well carbonated to keep a balanced, drinkable feel.

Overall: Flavorful yet mellow; fruit and malt yet bitter and dry - very balanced and harmonious for a bigger beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle purchased at Brussels grocery store.
BB: 12/2018
Served chilled in a Delirium tulip.

Pours cloudy apricot colour. good soapy head that lingers. Smells faintly of yeast.

Taste is very nice and smooth. Great for what its not: not boozy, not sour, not yeasty, not syrupy. Very slightly bitter and resiny, but not overly so. Very nice beer that is far to easy to finish quickly in big gulps.
This is the one...much better than the Red or Blue.

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Photo of sejorules
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it from the keg in a bar. 250ml in the official glass.
A: small head that almost disappears. Cloudy golden. The look is not very impressive.
S: Grassy and hoppy. A little sweetness and bread like.
T: slightly bitter but mostly Grassy. Follows the smell
F: the feeling is very nice. Full, and equilibrated, and not very carbonated. Not a single part overcomes the other ones, but the fresh bitterness has a little more strength, giving more personality to the beer. Very pleasant nevertheless.
O: really nice beer. The smell is amazing, and it doesn't feel like a strong beer. I would definitely love to have it again

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Photo of akdo
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The bottle I bought at the LCBO pours a pale amber liquid with a three-finger head. The latter recedes to a thin layer and maintains that appearance throughout the tasting thanks to the perpetual carbonation if you look very close.

Smell: Not very assertive aromas. The nose yields oak woods.

Taste: In the front-end, the beer tasted like a light IPA because of its notes of woods and also the high ABV. However, it shifts to notes of caramel and honey if you can sense the brief sweetness during the finish. All in all, the palate of this beer is very simple, but enjoyable.

Feel: Once you feel the sweet finish, the hop's bitterness lingers in your windpipe and it can even be felt in the solar plexus.

Overall: Of all the Belgian craft beers I have tasted, this one is at the bottom of the list when it comes to head retention. However, it is a very enjoyable beer I would drink again. Unlike some people, I overlook the high ABV, for it gave this beer a woodsy taste.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle. Golden orange-amber color with white head. Yeasty aroma, spicy, light hoppy fruity and malty. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous golden honey cloudy with easy three fingers of head that goes down to one finger quickly but lingers there.

tangerine, apples, some baking spices and yeasty musty bit of barn funk - nice hop flavours. malts are there but in the back and light.

light fruity apricot on the tongue right away, quickly forward to a bright sharp hopy bitterness of citrus rind and lemon. yeasty funk comes through the hops as they fade along with dry grains. long dry bitter finish with some minor sweetness.

Mouth is creamy and lush. carbonation bursts around the tongue. feels good!

Overall very fresh and light but of course with very good complexity and balance of many flavours. Not going to blow you away, but its not built that way. Does everything very well, very easy drinking for the ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a small goblet.

A rich cloudy, amber colour with a little sediment. A decent loose head that disappears fairly quickly. No real lacing.

On the nose there is some orange, cloves and light spice. Faint banana and baking aromas developing. Not overly complex. No assertive aromas.

A well rounded maltiness at first with some baked bread coming through. Fading to quite a sharp bitterness on the back of the tongue. Fairly long finish. Not huge but the palate is more complex than the nose.

Good medium-bodied mouth with tight, low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Too boozy for a session but good for one or two. Or three. Finish is slightly too bitter for my personal taste.


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Photo of Savaseri
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

0,33 l. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. It had big and long lasting head with hazy, reddish blonde colour. You can feel flavour of banana, clove and sweety stuff. Although it has a great amount of alcohol (8% vol.), you can't feel it because of its sweet finish. At the end I like this legendary trappist.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Uniformly hazy honey to amber body, with frothy off-white head of superb retention. Leaves large berm of foam behind. Bread, pale malts, grapes bordering on white wine or even vinegar upon first whiff. After a moment, perhaps a little alcohol, and then a definite curry-like note that I've encountered in other paler Belgian brews. Very first flavor is white wine, stronger under the tongue, almost non-existent everywhere else. Then comes a faint breadiness, bubble gum or Band Aid, and some spice along the lines of curry. A little boozy on the sides of palate. Herbal hops soon noticeable, and a pinch of very light lemon-like quality — not even tartness — in the back and finish. Pleasant bitter aftertaste goes well with level of astringency. On each quaff, beer foams up, disguising how incredibly light the body is for the style. Sudsiest brew I've had to date. Medium, fine prickliness at first though quickly dissipating. A little warming, mainly on the inner cheeks. Nice fairly dry finish.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce stubby bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” glass. Sipped on while jamming Dimension Hatröss.

Appearance: Pours about two full fingers of bone colored thick rocky head. Very dense and sudsy. Steady stream of carbonation with a dark golden/pale amber body. A bit darker that others I’ve had in the style with that gorgeous triple head.

Aroma: Oxidized fruits with a soft orange sweetness and fleshy lemon tartness. Doughy malted barley and a bit of candi sugar. Canned fruit juice with a nice white pepper backbone.

Taste: Stars off with that nice lavender like perfume character found in other triples (Karmeliet) before leading into fleshy citrus notes and a somewhat bitter/medicinally alcoholic note. Nice honey and candi sugar sweetness with a restrained white pepper phenols. Some oxidized fruit esters hang out towards the finish.

Mf: Soft effervescence with a powdery dry finish and a glowing warmth. Odd astringency/bitterness on the tail end as well that kind of throws me for a loop.

Overall: As expected, a well-built triple that comes so close to being an outstanding example of the style. Nice frothy white head that brings to mind steamed milk and an aroma not unlike canned fruit juice. Juicier than others I’ve had with the nice peppery phenols leading into a cooling clove like sensation that ends in an awkward medicinal note. Bonus points for the juiciness and gentle white pepper. Given that odd finish though I’d say there are better options (Triple Karmeliet/St Bernardus/Gouden Carolus) out there given the high price point of the Chimay Triple ($7.00!). Worth checking out if you’re a big Chimay fan or need to try all the triples (like me) but not worth the extra few bucks.

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Photo of twage04
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bubblegum! The smooth complex yeast dominates with some fruit and spice backing up the bubblegum like taste. A little tartness. Beautiful golden hue, cloudy but glowing. Some booze but blended in with the other flavors well. A great companion to some spiral cut jumbo hot dogs!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hipercor San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing KB Dark Side, in La Trappe chalice. Its a great beer but not my favourite chimay. Alcohol y a bit more noticiable here than desiderable.

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into teku glass
Served: 26 May 2015

Appearance: Much darker than I was anticipating for a tripel- it looks like a light, gooey caramel rather than the blonde I am accustomed to with the style. Opaque with big streams of carbonation streaming up the sides. Pours with an off white 2.5 finger head that collapses to a sheen of bubbles under the high ABV.

Smell: Bright and sweet, notes of sweet pear and white grape. Noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, quite sweet. Pleasant yeast notes give the beer expected notes of soft, ripe banana. Like the nose, some nice notes of white fruit- sweet Riesling wine, ripe pear, golden raisins and the like. Really complex. However, there were really noticeable alcohol notes which detracted from the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and smooth carbonation, exactly what one would expect.

Overall: A good beer, but not the best tripel I've had. I enjoyed the yeast phenols and the flavor, but the assertive alcohol notes really detracted from this beer. I'd gladly drink this again, but I'd much sooner reach for a La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

surprised it took me so long to review this one, its been awhile, and so glad to finally have it on tap again yesterday. i think the chimay chalice is one of the best glasses in beer, and its just a fancy regal thing to get to drink the beer out of the proper glass. looks sexy as they come, clear golden beer with a ton of accumulating amassing over an inch of fluffy head, like a cloud resting on the beer, and it doesnt fall back at all. the nose is different than almost any other tripel i know of, less of the high tone yeast esters, and a whole lot less sweet and thick than many. not sure about the grain composition, but i love how dry it is, and thats what i think makes this my favorite tripel from the old world. it has all the flavor and texture i am used to in the style, but instead of a long candy sugar finish, its dry as they come, and there is a soft white peppery flavor left on the palate. awesome. some fruitiness in the middle with banana and bubblegum coming in a little bit, but it seems intentional and calculated, no messy and invasive. fuller body on a beer this color is always appreciated, and the carbonation is cheerful, classically belgian. this is famous for a reason, and deserves its high ratings here. i think far better from the tap than the bottle too. nothing bad to say about this one at all. its a beer i love in a style i could take or leave, thats rare for me.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an absolutely solid Belgian tripel. Lots of white wine and green grapes. The grapes dominate the backend so it's less dry than others I've had. I'm getting just a hint of honeydew mellon on the smell, and the taste is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of yeast. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A golden pour into a Chimay goblet. This is a yeast bomb for both the nose and tongue. Full bodied with a lightly toasted malt and subtly spicy undertone. Signature Chimay (aka Mouthpuffery, Inc.)( full on carbonation. Slightly dry finish. This should be in anyone's top 10 tripel list, if not top five.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.