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

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Reviews: 1,573
Hads: 4,062
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 221
Gots: 536 | FT: 3
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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 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)

Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out of it's stubby 12oz bottle a cloudy harvest gold, topped with a thick, tightly bubbled pale creamy froth. The head settles into an even, silken coating, keeping solidly throughtout the (chimay) goblet, leaving rings of belgian lace all the way down. Upon sitting, a thin layer of yeast settles to the bottom, the beer clearing slightly, achieving a warm glow against the light.
The aroma is lusciously malty and spicy, with plenty of candi sugar sweetness and belgian yeast spiciness. Pleasantly fruity, with hints of pear, peach, white grape, banana and cantaloupe. Some phenolic band-aid and clove adds a spicy tang, along with the familiar belgian yeastiness. The malt is toast and sweet, balanced by the spices and a mild floral and peppery hopping. Slight marshmallow and english muffin.
The flavor starts with a toasty, biscuity malt, slightly buttery throughout. Plenty of candi sugar, as well. The yeast spiciness comes through almost immediately, mingling with white grape, cantaloupe and pear fruitiness. A touch of banana, along with some plum. The clove is rather pronounced, creating a soft tang that holds the malt in place. Surprisingly present hopping in the finish, with a well placed floral and saaz pepperiness. Some band aid/hospital smell phenols in the finish. Very peppery and spicy, finishing with no alcohol presence at all. A slight lingering candi sweetness, with some buttered toast. Medium bodied, with a full, rounded carbonation supporting a creamy, easy going mouthfeel.
A very nice beer, definitely a classic. I've had better tripels, but this is surely a benchmark for the style. I could stand for a less aggressive carbonation, even though it suits the beer. I look forward to the other two varieties, if this is supposedly the worst one. (1,795 characters)

Photo of ism
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml stored upright for 6 months.

Moderate head with average lacing, subsiding into a cloudy golden-orange color. Wondeful citrusly bitter bouquet with cloves and other spices. Active mouthfeel, with carbonation causing a pleasant ruckus. Spicey and bitter tastes on the main line, fruity yeast tones adding complexity. Alcohol starts becoming noticable when you get to the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but is well-masked most of the way. Clean finish.

Had this with a peanut + spice Thai dish, and complemented it well. Treat it well and it will do the same for you. (583 characters)

Photo of JimsArcade
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cinqs Cents pours a hazy golden yellow into a goblet with a white one-finger head. The head is very fine and readily sticks to the side of the glass.

In the nose, spice and apple are apparent. Bringing the aroma into the mouth it almost has a texture it is so rich.

The first taste is somewhat sweet. Mild hints of banana and pear come to mind. The malts and hops play against each other perfectly. The presence of alcohol doesn't become noticeable until about mid-glass. As the beer warms, the hops start to play less of a role while the malty sweetness continually increases. Towards the finish the alcohol tends to dominate.

Having this for the first time on tap, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I think I like it bottled a *litte* bit better. (759 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl. oz. stubby pop top bottle.

Did monks really make this for me? God bless them.

Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of alcohol and tingles of carbination on the tongue. Crisp taste fruit, maybe bananas as it flows through the mouth. Mouthfeel is delightful as it dances around inside. This tripel is quite drinkable and a fine representative of its class. (448 characters)

Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 oz corked bottle

Apperance: great tan, foamy, thick head which give great retention. Golden apricot in color, the yeast darkens it and gives it a mysterious shadow. Tourbulent yeast clumps being pushed around by carbonation!

Nose: Raisins, citric fruits, light crisp yeast. The nose from this can make you salivate!

Taste: Crisp on the tounge just in the middle. the mouthfeel here is excellent. It's dry in the mouth at the very end. Crackers, citrus fruit, raisins, bitter yeast.

Notes: I did not do this beer justice through my description. I would take my description as a basic one, but buy it and try it for youself. It is definitly recommended. (673 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white, bubbly head. Smell was very bready and slightly fruity. The taste was subtle but intriguing. Belgian yeast dominates the flavor. It's bready in flavor, slightly phenolic. Fruity flavors hide underneath. There is actually some hoppyness in the end. The flavors are all subtle but mix together well. Maybe the yeast was too prevalent and came forward too much, but all in all this is a good beer. (464 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with bright golden highlights with minimla head and no lace.
Aroma of sweet white wine, slight lactic acid with a very yeasty and spciy hit of coriander and some black pepper.
Flavors of grain, wheat, hint of sweet caramel with some spice and and a bit of pepper.
Mouthfeel starts ultra-sweet then switches to a spicy, grainy middle and ends with a dry, spicy, alcoholic end.
Drinkability is good but this beer is definitely better in the 750ml bottle. (476 characters)

Photo of Elemental
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice light golden color with a big head that doesn't seem to disipate

Smell - a nice light aroma that has a mild spiciness to it, slightly peppery, and yeasty. has a mild sour aroma to it.

Taste - light and mellow but not without flavor. has a nice yeasty flavor with hints of wheat and various spices.

overall a very nice mild beer! (355 characters)

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.