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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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3,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,873
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 183
Gots: 392 | FT: 2
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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time having this beer out of a 750mL bottle (which Chimay states alters the flavour), and only maybe the third or fifth time I've had it at all. My review is subject to change as I finish the bottle, as the beer warms, as I have more of it, etc., as this is banged out live from largely "first impressions" from my first glass as it would be at a competition.

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste (the so-called "hedonic scale" of some beer review sites). Otherwise, a few styles would get from me consistently high marks, and other styles never have a chance.

As always, this beer review is not from notes, but is written live while imbibing the libation in question.

With that being said, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle - "Cinq Cents" - poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet at around 40ºF (a bit cold), warming as I review the beer. The cork popped off with more force than a Champagne cork. I got lucky that no injuries were inflicted: this indicates carbonation.

A: A strong golden-orange or burnt gold colour (similar to "red gold", 10-14k gold alloyed mostly with copper) with moderate haze (not as much as many others), which remains translucent (on the transparent side of translucent) instead of becoming opaque. On a gentle-to-moderate pour, two inches of thick and fluffy head are left, which recedes very slowly to a thick cap upon the beer (which endureth even unto the last sip) and leaves moderate lacing upon the glass - bolstered by an active carbonation - indicating more hop presence in this than the lower-ABV (yet no-lace-present) Chimay Red. It looks damn near perfect.

S: Citrus and malts, a little bit of hops (surprising for a Trappist: as the beer warms, the nose comes to be dominated by hops), and the tiniest bit of typical Belgian funk. No spices are in evidence, although a "spicy" smell is, reminiscent of a toned-down Duvel (which has a strong peppery or horseradish nose to it), again, a somewhat typical characteristic of the extraordinary Belgian yeasts. There's very little alcohol in the nose.

T: Smooth, powdery, earthy yeast, malt, and a big kiss of hops up front (along with some vinous tartness) which diminishes in mid-palate but reasserts itself upon the finish, leaving a lingering hoppy finish with strong notes of tart fruit. Very crisp, with noticeable esters and a kiss of diacetyl. Fruits come through, not the typical dark fruit, but a lighter, almost tropical or citrus fruit that I can't quite name, similar, but much attenuated when compared, to certain fruity examples of English IPA and pale ale. Some orange, maybe, and a bit of sweetness which holds up nicely to the (for a Belgian) strong hopping. A very clean taste for a Belgian, although not as complex as the darker Trappists. Alcohol is virtually absent from the palate as well.

M: Incredibly soft and smooth. The carbonation is not spritzy or bubbly or Champagne-like on the palate at all, but holds together tightly, almost like the nitrogenation of some stouts. Creamy up front, with a little bubble in the middle. The smoothness fades to a crisp and refreshing finish.

D: Extremely high, higher than BMC on a hot summer's day.

O: A beer that's roughly equal to the sum of it's parts, yet damaged somewhat by what, to my palate, is a lack of balance between the taste and the mouthfeel (which seems like it could benefit from a little more "spritz"), however excellent both are in their own right. That being said, the "damage" puts it down to 4.4-4.5 instead of 4.75: yet another home run for Chimay - every beer they make is outstanding. One of the best examples of the "Tripel" I've yet had, along with Westmalle's (the original Tripel, which is about the same in score as this, though quite a different beer), and the slightly-weird Steenbrugge Tripel, which is a bit behind both Westmalle and Chimay, but an excellent beer in its own right.

94/100 for the style. 82-87 based on personal taste (which tends towards heavier, maltier beverages). Truly "overall", comparing and combining and collating my style-referenced judgment with personal taste, a solid 88 out of 100.

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12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy orangish color with about one and a half fingers of frothy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- At first whiff I got a lot of banana. Also picked up on sweet malty notes, spices, and citrus.

T- Sweet taste with a good amount of clove and citrus. I was pleased that banana is not the dominating flavor. Finishes with a warm alcohol flavor.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- A really nice tripel. I was a little worried when I first smelled it because of the banana aroma, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a depth of other complex flavors.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,873 ratings.