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

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1,581 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,581
Hads: 4,092
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 228
Gots: 558 | FT: 3
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a rich, thick, creamy white head. Is a slightly cloudy medium caramel color with more than I expected carbonation and tiny bubbles.

Fruity plum, apricot aroma but with a hint of crisper maltiness.

Wonderful blend of flavors. It starts light but almost immediately follows with a meduim, well balance and moderated apricot/plum fruitinesss. This is not an overpowering in Belgian characterists but is rather a wonderful harmony of those characteristics. It finishes a bit on the crisper end and leaves no aftertaste. I loved this and would do it again (and again and again). (590 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep blond color with a foamy indestructable head. It lasts till the end of the glass and leaves a coat of lace behind. The aroma is malts, spices, kandy sugar and floral hops. The taste is light and complex at the same time, with an initial hop bite that leads into nice herbal and spicey notes (pepper is evident). Theres also floral hop notes and a fruity yeast in the middle. The finish is very bitter and slightly medicinal. The mouthfeel is mouthcoating but not excessive in its thickness. This beer conceals its ABV quite well. It has a great depth of flavor (with lots of hops) making it one of the better tripels Ive tried. (645 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge billowy white head. Aroma is of overripe citrus, spice with a little bit of lite brown sugar. Taste is nice with a malty sweetness giving way to a light spicyness. A touch of sweeness, but it finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation that refreshes. The alcohol is a touch noticable as it warms. Drinkability is good as well. Say what you will about Chimay, but they are a steady if not spectacular beer. Nothing that will wow you, but consistant (506 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle. Cork date was 07/2001.
Pours a cloudy orange yellow hue. Has a 1 finger head which faded in a couple of minutes leaving a smattering of lace. The smell is of spices ; black pepper, lemongrass etc. The beer tastes like it was stored in an oak barrel ; a pretty strong smoked wood, musty, vinous taste with a hint of black pepper, cloves and oranges. Finishes with a tangey, dry hop tone.
A most excellent Belgian pale. (433 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy deep orange/pale rust with a thick, rocky eggshell head with excellent retention. Active, fine carbonation. Super thick lacing and a collar throughout.

Smell: Ah, Belgium. Yeast funkiness, crisp citrus sweetness and the usual clove spiciness. Slightly buttery and malty as it warms. Complex, but fairly mild overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Spice and candi sugar right off the bat with a lemon/orange citrus crispness mid palette, a long white pepper finish and perhaps a hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel is crisp and on the light side, but coating.

Drinkability: Light, crisp and flavorful at 8%; what's not to like?

While not particular novel or exciting, this is a solid example of the style, and a quite tasty one at that. This is sort of the slacker little brother of the Chimay family; it's definitely not an overachiever, but it's hard not to like this beer. (899 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head on top of a murky orange / yellow body. Lots of particles swimming around in there. Lovely spiciness to the smell with a little hop. The main flavors are a medium spice and medium hops at the middle and finish, which linger in the aftertaste. The carbonation tingles the tongue on the finish at the same time the hops hit. There is a slight flavor of alcohol. The balance of hops and spice are good in this one. Good for people who like a tripel with spice and hops, with little fruitiness. (507 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmmm... this is an interesting one. Beautiful burnt orange color, which isn't surprising considering the taste. The smell and the flavor for this is overwhelmingly burnt or bitter orange peel. Strangely enough, in the aroma, I also get what I can only describe as rubber. My girlfriend smelled it, and without my prompting, said "It smells like a truck." But I don't say this in a bad way, because it doesn't detract from the beer. There are some nice tropical and white fruits (pineapple, peach), as well as some coriander and pepper spiciness making a brief appearance in a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. This is certianly unique, and very tasty, which is all you can ask of a beer. Anything more is gravy... (716 characters)

Photo of Rio
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'11,20 oz.' bottle. Poured kind of a cloudy orangish brown color, with a decent head that, unfortunately, didn't stick around. A bit of of a hoppy, spicy smell to it.

Tart when it hits the tongue, with that grape juice type flavor noted again, thought a little stronger this time. Feel is crisp, but almost feeling 'dry' on the tongue.

Much like the Chimay Red, I think it's a good beer, it's just a different style that would take some getting used to. (459 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Five Cents for a Tripel? That must have been a steal a few hundred years ago. Of course since then things have changed and styles have evolved and diversified. Perhaps, my bias comes from exposure to a number of American triples and relatively few authentic Belgians but this brew seemed lackluster. While there was elegance, and refined tastes in a beer that has roots in a deep and deservedly respected tradition; it seems that Chimay Wit pales in comparison to the intense, poetic, and wild triples I have pursued. Certainly, the golden ale looks lovely beneath fingers of foam. The hints of banana and clove are pleasant, but cloying. The flavor is nice, but it lacks a sense of adventure. There's nothing to drive me wild, or entrance me with the style as I've found in CBC's triple threat or in Epluche Cullotte. I want stark, mad poetry of flavor. (854 characters)

Photo of BJ1833
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a frothy two finger head that quickly fades into a thin head covering the surface of the beer.

The aroma is bready with strong smell of over-ripe fruit. The taste is malty with a plum and raisin flavor. This tastes similar to the Chimay red, but seems to have less body. The alcohol is disguised with the complex flavors, but can still be tasted. The mouthfeel is light with an adequate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry with fruit flavors remaining on the palate.

Overall this is a good beer to try for the style, however not my favorite of the Chimays. (603 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Served in the exact same Chimay goblet I use at home (always nice when it comes in the appropriate glass), this was a hazy orange-brown with a thin wisp of white crown, mostly still
Smell:

Argh! Lazy Boys insists on serving their draft beer at arctic temperatures. Little to no aroma is wafting off this brew, which is a shame because from the bottle it was quite nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Smooth as it goes down, but can't hold a candle to the bottled variety in terms of flavor. This is well balanced, though the alcohol does make its presence known, but all the flavors are somewhat muted. (617 characters)

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had both the Red and Blue Chimay before I finally got to this one...I don't know what took me so long (well, possibly because I didn't like the red at all, it took me nearly a year to try the blue).

Appearance: Beautiful brew. Hazy orange-tan body with a fluffy white head. Very airy head leads to an interesting lacing pattern on the glass.

Aroma: Strong fruitiness to it...reminiscent of apricots and cake. Slight noble hop background. Spices come through as well...I'm thinking a bit of coriander and slight cinnamon.

Taste: Very pleasant taste. Maltiness is slight (actually it's somewhat bready), and perhaps diluted by the candi sugar that lightens up the brew (and breaks through the "bread"). Apricot/peach flavor seems to dance on the tongue and are balanced well by coriander. Alcohol seems only to enhance the blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and well carbonated. Could be slightly heavier, but is very appropriate to the style.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, and taste is addicting. If I have it in the house it doesn't last. (1,065 characters)

Photo of goodheflover1280
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Chimay was very nice. The appearance was a very light amber/tan color. The smell was fruity, malty, some spices coming through. The taste was very fruity and spicy as well. It was a little malty but not thick on the tongue. It poured a nice off white head that held for a long time, leaving a little lace around the sides of the glass. The drinkability was great, a nice Belgian white. I would recommend this to anybody in a second. (436 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was glad so see a few new things at Bacchus in Chattanooga, this being one of them so I grabbed it up quickly. I believe this will be the first tripel I’ve had even though I have had dubbels and quads before. Packaging is a stubby 330 ml bottle with no date on it that I can see.

It pours out a hazy shade of amber into my La Trappe goblet. Teeny-tiny bubbles cruise up and coalesce into the creamy head. The head is a respectable two fingers high and seems to have some good staying power.

Smell is a bit musty and the odor of dried fruits are apparent, apricots maybe, or figs maybe a whiff of vanilla. There is a hint of spicy hop bitterness about the edge of the scent that almost comes off as a tad skunky, a possible hint of toasted pumpernickel bread also peeps in.

The taste is sweet and malty up front this swiftly transitions into a doughy flavor. Musty yeast dominates the flavor in the middle and grooves along side a spicy european hop profile. Alcohol twangs ever so slightly in the finish, I feel it spreading warmly across my throat more than I taste it though. Mouthfeel is creamy with pinpricks of playful carbonation across my tongue.

Some people like beers from Chimay, some don’t. Myself, I enjoy the ones I’ve had a lot. This being my first tripel, I am eager to try more of the style. A nice solid beer. (1,343 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was sampled out of a 750 ml bottle on a cool June evening, on my back deck, accompanied by some semi-soft French cheese. It’s a cloudy yellow-orange colored liquid with an initially enormous head (that quickly settles into an ever-present thin layer). The aroma is yeasty and phenolic. There’s a touch of fruit (apple and berries?), and just a little alcohol. As you taste it, at first the beer seems soft and subtle, but quickly becomes peppery and crisp, with a bitter backbone. There’s a hint of alcohol in the taste, and a solid yeast taste. Moderate carbonation (maybe less than usual for a Belgian). Sweetness is restrained. It’s very drinkable, and not overpowering. (687 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle opens with a nice gunshot and gunsmoke. Pours a semi-cloudy honey golden color, quite pretty with a nice large (not huge) off-white head. Aroma of flowers and citrus and candi sugar from a foot away. Belgian yeast smell is present, but not dominant, with a slight earthiness. Mostly fruit and sweet, maybe a bit like walking through an herb garden. Flavor: malti-goodness, crisp, and a little earthy that ends in moderate tartness. Bitter ending. The flavor has a nice beginning and middle, but ending leaves an off-flavor tongue coating that is not enjoyable. Too much earthiness and mustiness. I will admit, though, that this improves as one works one's way through the bottle. Mouthfeel is decent, but that tongue coating is not pleasant. Drinkability- nice, but alcohol is a little strong for much. In summary, I think this is a nice tripel, but there are several others that I prefer (and I am just starting to try a lot of different tripels). (962 characters)

Photo of FoolCircle
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visually the beer is beautiful. Poured into a Chimay chalice the beer is a delicate orange blossom / wheat color with a mounding foamy head. As it is enjoyed the simple lacing wraps the glass like a stocking.
The nose of the beer is both simple and complex. Simple in the sense that the qualities brought fourth from the yeast are the most dramatic: apple, pine, and a slight banana - complex in the sense of, well . . ., is any yeast simple!?
The feel of the beer is highly carbonated against the tongue and roof of mouth, very enjoyably so. The beer seems to slip over the lips and pause on the tongue, then shoot down ones throught as if it is enjoying itself as much as one is.
Overall, this IS the Belgian Tripel style that so many domestic micros and brewpubs are trying to duplicate. Next time you try a micro-triple, think about this beer and think what it is you're drinking. (890 characters)

Photo of oelergud
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 bottle. Corked & caged
Dark golden to light ruby color, head in chunky, off-white with big and small bubbles, good retention and great lace. Carbonation is low.
Very sweet and warm molasses and faint spice in the nose along with a kick of alcohol and small hop notes.
Vanilla and spice, sweet, sugarish, warm on the palate. Clear banana flavors, finishes dry and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is for the most part sweet but the hops manages to show themselves faintly.
Round, mellow and soft is the mouthfeel, fairly slick too as it leaves a sweet covering in the mouth. Not much evidence of the alcohol in the taste.
Very enjoyable with a kick of alcohol that warms the body and lightens the soul. Good stuff.

-Oelergud (730 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Dr. Dremo’s served in a Chimay chalice. It appears dark golden yellow in color with a decent sized white form head. There are streams of little bubbles coming from the bottom that seem to keep a thin head in place. The aroma is a slight on of hops with citrus and a slight alcohol smell, not too strong of an aroma on this one. Very hoppy flavor with a fruity sweetness about it and a hint of some spiciness. There is also some alcohol warmth to it with a yeasty finish. Good mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Fairly drinkable and complex, an good brew to have occasionally. (602 characters)

Photo of Hunter
4.98/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I saved the best of Chimay for the last. As I've said previously, buy the cork-stoppered bottle with these brews, never the smalled capped one - somethings missing in there.

Cinq Cents pours a deep yellow gold, slightly hazy. Thin threads of bubbles cover the bottom of the glass, contributing to a head of white silk that has the best staying power of anything I've seen. Seriously - do not pour this beer straight into the glass, or you'll be waiting a 1/2 hour for a taste. Be just as careful refilling your glass. Agitation will readily bring the head back to life.

Aroma of hops, alcohol, and tart citrus in the nose. As the beer warms the alcohol gives way to floral notes, lemongrass, and honey.

What can I say about the taste...light, refreshing, with the flavor of hops coming through at the start and lingering in a clean tea-like finish. The alcohol makes its presence felt but doesn't bully you. The promise of the aroma comes through in the interplay of flavors, all of them making a showing but none of them dominating. The sharpness of the carbonation takes away some of the silkiness of the brew in the mouth, but that's typical of the style. Cost is a bit much for a daily brew, but like a fine port wine or steak you wouldn't want it all the time anyway. Too decadent, too rich.

I mentioned that the Blue label reminded me of autumn. If so, then this one is a warm spring day in grassy fields. I've never before been so generous with the fives, but each one was earned. (1,501 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden, with a textbook rich, thick head that lasts through the journey-lacing is marginal. Aromas are big and malty, and fruit driven, with a heady aroma of alcohol that is well integrated. Lots of pineapple on the nose as well as candy sugar. Big and rich in the mouth while clean and crisp for the style. Flavors again are very malty, and warming from the alcohol. Banana and pineapple flavors are accompanied by antiseptic spice notes, and the finish is long and is accompanied by a good hop bite. (506 characters)

Photo of henrysunset
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clowdy red/yellow, a bit of head.

Smell: smells just like fresh hops. fragrant and pleasent. Sweet in a way

Taste: tastes like it smells; It's like liquefied hops. hint of fruitty sweetness. Fresh and tasty.

Mouthfeel: thin like a lager, but with extra alcohol and more powerfully hopped. has a pretty high level of bubbles too.

Drinkaility: strong and tasty; definitely not something to chug! (412 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this in a grocery store in Kazan, about 600 miles east of Moscow. 750ml brown bottle with the usual plain white Chimay label. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before the end of 2006, I opened it on 5/1/04.

Pours a cloudy orangish gold (much darker on the second pour) under a three finger white head that settles slowly, has great body and leaves good sticky lace. The nose is strong of raspberry and fruity yeast. The mouth is very prickly and medium bodied. The opening taste is a pleasant fruity sweetness - oranges, apricots, lemon and a whole lot of Belgian yeast. This is all followed by a good crisp hoppy bitterness that leaves an espresso like dryness at the back of the throat. As the bitterness fades, the fruit and yeast return, leaving a very pleasant impression. This beer is complex and tasty, in a big way. Yum! (834 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather old bottle, for my collection anyway. Probably close to two years old, when I first starting submitting reviews, this had already been in my mini-fridge for several months. I've stared at it long enough, let's sample this puppy!

Appearance - decanted into a chalice, it has a hazy, very sediment-filled golden-orange cast. Lots of bubbles at first, but for the most part leaves a patchy covering and thick collar.

Aroma - picked up some sweet aromas for a second or two, then the typical yeasty smells take over. Some fruitiness gradually develops along with some alcohol boozy vapors.

Taste - initially shows a little bitterness. Some general fruitiness and unmistakable alcohol warmth. Finishes sweeter, the candi sugar effect, I think, and it takes on an earthy, yeasty finish. Nice complexity, lots to taste and discover.

Mouthfeel - average weight, an abundance of bubbles which complement the flavor somewhat.

Drinkability - not for the everyday apertif, but certainly a solid pick whenever. It is complex enough to make me want to have it again and see what else I can pick up taste-wise. (1,120 characters)

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