Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
33 cl bottle into a Chimay goblet
A: An absolutely huge foamy, densely packed head. Nearly perfect orange-gold. Cloudy.
S: A light banana/malt aroma. Hops evident and a little spicey. A little bit of sweet pastry.
T: Big clovey-banana up front (yeast). Finishes with a very distinct bitter. A little citrus on the malty backbone.
M: Very rich and viscous. Very dry finish. Medium carbonation.
D: Very good (obviously). Probably my favorite of the Chimay offerings. High ABV takes this category down a bit but altogether a great beer!
04-18-2011 12:27:41 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
4/5 rDev -2.9%
My second journey into the land of Trappist beers, and my first Tripel. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Label code reads L10-606.
A: Pours a murky orange bordering on brown, with tons of soapy, meringue-like off white head. Good head retention and great carbonation.
S: Fruity esters; banana, pear, a little sour green apple, with some spices and a light breadiness. Maybe a hint of alcohol.
T: Classic Belgian yeast characters, spices and fruit. Spiced orange, banana cream, clove, allspice, and a little alcohol heat on the way out.
MF: Medium bodied and coats your mouth well. Nice carbonation.
O: Pretty good, don't have many Tripels to compare it to but its classically Belgian, sweet, spicy, a tad funky, and overall very pleasant and refreshing.
04-17-2011 22:28:48 | More by Scotchboy
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Had in a 750ml in a goblet. Pours a hazy gold, somewhere between honey and maple syrup for shade. A bubbly white fluffy head a little more than a thumbnail resides but doesn't stick around for the party. Smells of floral alcohol and fruit. The taste is spicy, with a nice burst of white flesh fruit, and classic Belgian character. A hint of alcohol melds well with everything and brings out more apple as I delve further towards the bottom of the bottle. Very drinkable, the 8% is nearly invisible. The mouth feel is like having my tongue wrapped in billowing silk, think malls cabbage if you've ever had it, it has that soft characteristic to it. This is dangerous. All in all this continues to prove that anything brewed by a monk truly is heavenly.
04-16-2011 05:48:25 | More by LoadedSchells
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours a golden, almost light amber hue, with a thick two fingers of very solid looking white head.
Smell is good. Banana, peach and floral scents. Lots of light fruit, and a hint of spice.
The fruit is more muted in the taste than in the smell, but still noticeable. The beer is bitterer than the smell would lead you to believe, but is very nicely balanced. Spice are more pronounced than in the smell. Overall, I find it very hard to pick out particular flavours in the taste- everything melds together very very nicely, making for a great beer. Alcohol is certainly present, but not overpowering.
The consistency and feel of the beer are great, nicely medium bodied. It is, however, quite carbonated- too much so for me.
Overall- a great beer. Not my favourite tripel, but a great example of the style without a doubt.
04-13-2011 01:25:08 | More by jrenihan
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
A- A good amount of head upon the pour. Three fingers worth. Hazy tan color and a bit cloudy. Tight beady head remains throughout the session and lacing clings to the glass as I drink.
S- Musty, over ripe fruit. Smell is very sharp. Pungent sour notes as well.
T- Sweet and sour fruit notes. Leading more towards the sour though. Alcohol is evident but not harsh or distracting and it blends nicely with the hop bitterness.
M.F.- Creamy and smooth. Velvety texture from the perfect carbonation.
Drink- Interesting enough to keep you coming back for more and not too heavy. A world class tripel.
04-07-2011 22:28:27 | More by nicnut45
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from a .33L bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A - Chimay White pours a a hazy orange with a nice and foamy white head. A bit of sediment is floating around in the glass as well. Not a whole lot of lacing present.
S - Belgian yeast and spicy aromas present in the nose. Some notes of light fruit in there as well.
T - Peppery yeast along with some notes of honey. A bit of fruit in there too. Some pale malt as well in there make for a very refreshing beer. Nothing extremely complex but something that can you can work through and appreciate.
M - Medium body with a pretty high amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end.
O - A wonderful Tripel that is everything you would expect from the style. I would recommend this one for sure.
03-28-2011 03:26:21 | More by BennyL1
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
A- hazy golden with a 1 finger head that leaves great lacing.
S - spicy , earthy and malty
T - very well balanced malty with undertones of tappioca vannilla and yeast the hops ploay a background role with this maybe a noble variety ( saaz or tetanang ).
M- medium carbonation and body
D- Great drink I wouldn't waste this everyday this is for special times only.
03-26-2011 15:42:14 | More by Arinthos
3.6/5 rDev -12.6%
Extremely hazy and cloudy. Pours kind of a dirty yellow or gold in color. Resembles grapefruit juice. Head is decent but lacks retention.
The smell is pleasant, with citrus and spices filling the nose. I picked up note of grapefruit and pineapple.
Taste is slightly lacking as I got none of the citrus; spices, mostly pepper dominating.
This beer packs a punch. The flavor is hardhitting from beginning til well into the finish. There is an instant of sweetness but immediately the harsh carbonation kicks in and you taste little after that. It's very acidic, creating a dry finish that seems to scrape your palate clean.
Despite high ABV, there is little hint of it. It's a good beer, but only slightly drinkable due to it's high acidity and cleansing bite.
03-21-2011 02:01:03 | More by RickS95
2.95/5 rDev -28.4%
A: Hazy golden color. A finger of white head with a touch of lacing. Looks good in my Chimay chalice.
S: The nose was a let down. Not much going on. A touch of fruity esters but there was just not much there.
T: The malt really shines more than anything else. It is
M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
D: Maybe just a bad bottle but this really was meh. I have had it a few times and enjoyed it this was not that great. I have a lot of respect for this brewery so I will re review this again.
03-20-2011 18:50:17 | More by aerozeppl
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
8% ABV, L09-235 on the label, 04/09 on the cork.
Thanks to bnieman for sharing this one with me!
A - Lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a billowing white head. Very good retention and thick collars of lace left on the glass.
S - Big yeasty nose imparts a hose of nuances through. Lemon citrus, fresh cut grass, earthy clay, a bit of wheat and a malt backing. Very good tripel aroma.
T - Citrusy lemon notes with a bit of hop flavor blending in. Earthy dirt, clay, and white pepper notes bring the yeast esters forward further. Mild pale malt and wheat. Flavorful and great!
M - Smooth and soft, the supple entry follows through to a crisp and bright finish. Great carbonation and slightly dry to the finish.
O - This is a very good tripel loaded with flavor and none of the alcohol level present. A brilliant trappist!
03-20-2011 14:36:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
5/5 rDev +21.4%
Enjoyed on tap, poured into the Chimay glass goblet.
A - This beer pours a bright orange, hazy, body. Generated a nice 1.5 finger white, soapy head. Moderate carbonation, that regenerates head quite well. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. Some sediment on the bottom, even from tap. Very pretty beer to look at for sure.
S - The smell; oh my!! Noticable hops, wheat, coriander/spices, and citrus. Hops dominate most, but a very very nice smell indeed!!
T - Probably THE most well balanced beer i've ever had. It tastes like an IPA fell into a Belgian White. No alcohol taste AT ALL. Very sweet, bitter, wheaty, and citrusy, just like the smell, but sooo well balanced in the mouth. Hops don't really linger, but the taste is so good you just want to keep slugging this down.
M - The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but is not that difficult to drink. The carbonation creates a nice crisp finish, and makes the flavors dance on the toungue. Very creamy mouthfeel overall.
D - The drinkabity is very high on this considering what it is. I was lucky enough to have 3 of these on tap in a row, and just wanted more. This beer gives you a wicked buzz, but you just want to keep drinking. Sessioning this beer is doable, and very delicious, but may not be recommended.
O - Overall, this is probably the best beer i've ever had up until this point. It encapsulates everything that I love about a beer, and does not dissapoint. If I could drink this for the rest of my life I would. Its just that good. 2 thumbs WAAAYYYY UPPP!!!! :)
03-20-2011 04:53:31 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours cloudy and orange-gold. A big white head, that subsides quickly. Smell is of clove, a bit of alcohol, and classic Belgian yeast character. Dryness from the sugar comes through, and is highly carbonated. The taste is slightly fruity and clove like up front, with subdued alcohol and spice in the middle, and subtle hop bitterness on the back of the palate in the finish.
An enjoyable beer, but not for the session drinker. It is a big beer, but you wouldn't know it unless you read the label. A prototypical tripel, and great night cap.
03-19-2011 22:43:04 | More by sasky7777
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
.33L bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Cloudy orange with a thin foamy head that doesn't dissipate.
Spicy, yeasty nose with a hint of nuttiness.
Complex bitterness. Hint of pomegranate. Subtle yeasty aftertaste. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel.
The high alcohol content is masked by the complex taste of this beer. A beer that is made to be enjoyed.
03-18-2011 20:26:43 | More by skypup
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a murky apple cider color with a nice off-white 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. No lacing on the drink down. Smells of yeast, spices, banana, orange peel, caramel. Taste is very yeasty all around. Sweet malt, dried fruits, and spices on the finish. There is a herbal-like bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Carbonation level is good. Very crisp drinking. Easy to drink and enjoy sip by sip.
03-16-2011 02:16:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured into small glass.
A - Pours very cloudy golden orange color, almost like apple cider with big head that slowly dissipates leaving more than average lacing around the glass.
S - Mostly fruits like bananas, pears and apples with hints of spices and hops.
T - Malts and bready yeast with lots of sweetness and a slightly hoppy finish. Fruit flavors linger for some time.
M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
D - Very enjoyable but unusual tripel. I highly recommend it.
03-15-2011 19:49:27 | More by taigor
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured into my Chimmay chalice, it's a murky orange/brown. Nice fluffy white head dissipates a bit as time goes by. This one smells great. Aromas of fruit and citrus. Also a little caramel too.
The taste is even better. As soon as this is in your mouth, the carbonation starts attacking the tongue. Same great fruitiness there as well as the sweet malt. A little citrus as well. Nice slightly bitter finish cuts the sweetness off before it becomes too much.
Very nice beer. I would buy Chimmay by the case if it wasn't so dam expensive.
03-15-2011 19:08:05 | More by Buggies
4.08/5 rDev -1%
A- A wonderful pillowy white head over a golden body. Exceptional retention.
S- Must, toasted malt, not real impressive. Distinctly Belgian though.
T- Honey, alcohol, bready malt, candied sugar. Very sweet and nice, much better than the smell suggested.
M- medium to light.
03-15-2011 02:33:51 | More by JMforman
4.45/5 rDev +8%
This is a very drinkable beer. The look is yellow with a murky hue and a lot of grain. Pours with a lot of head, but has a great smell of fruit to it. The taste is very sweet with little after taste. A very simple but great tasting beer. I would suggest this beer as an after dinner drink. Cheers.
03-14-2011 02:57:20 | More by chiccabeer
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: hazy copper orange with a two finger white head
smell: sour, bananas, malts
taste: sour, spicey, dry finish
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, well balanced
drinkability: not my favorite representative from this style but it was drinkably and easily attainable.
03-13-2011 15:03:19 | More by THECPJ
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Received this brew from a trade with liamt07 during autumn 2010.
Golden color beer with a nice foamy white head (massive) and it sticks like crazy to the glass. Wow, good looking beer. Aroma is so good. Exotic fruits with some bananas (yeast presence). Awesome aroma. Taste is fruity. It taste lightly of apples and citrus. Very good. Warms due to the high alcohol level. Drinkability is high for this beer even though it is 8% ABV. A nice tripel.
03-11-2011 18:35:26 | More by ZorPrime
3.83/5 rDev -7%
[Best served in a Trappist glass]
The pour was a cloudy amber-brown with a large (2-3 fingers) off white foamy head that had great retention and produced some really good lacing that lasted throughout.
The aroma had a gentle scent of bread malts, a very mild resin hops and a nice dose of a leathery yeast with a hints of raisins, caramel, banana and a touch of vanilla.
It had a bitter-sweet taste with a hint of dried fruit and vanilla at first and finished with a slight emphasis on the hops yet remaining quite malty with notes of banana and some spice at the end. The flavor was left to linger for an average amount of time leaving a nice warming sensation behind.
Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with a very creamy yet dry texture with a mild carbonation.
Overall an absolutely tasty Trappist Ale that lets the fruit and malts blend together ever so perfectly. It is as I would call it, “a very nice relaxing sipper".
03-09-2011 21:17:09 | More by KajII
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Yellow-orange in color. Thick and creamy, white head sticks around forever.
Citrus and estery yeast aromas. Plenty of spicy hops as well.
Hops are pretty assertive in this brew with a lemon tartness that carries into the aftertaste. Lots of fresh yeast flavors also. Green bananas. Bright and crisp finish.
Silky, medium body. Rich and smooth feel. Just a tad over-carbonated.
Excellent example of a tripel. Tasty and refreshing. Alcohol is well disguised.
03-06-2011 01:05:52 | More by bnes09
4/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a big off white head. Settles to a thick creamy cap but doesn't leave much for lacing.
S: Sweet fruits with some spices and of course the yeasty aroma.
T: Much like the aroma you get some fruit and spices and the yeast tastes. You don't notice any alcohol at all.
M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.
D: I don't usually drink this style but Chimay was good. It was very easy to drink. The 8% Abv is completely hidden.
03-04-2011 22:30:51 | More by marty21
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Gorgeous pour with enormous rocky white head, hazy peach colored body, and just overall very enticing. Nose has a rusty bready quality, with some peach pit, and clove notes with a pleasant mustiness. Dry on the palate with some soft wheat like maltiness, bready qualities, and a bit of alcohol warmth.
03-03-2011 20:34:32 | More by yemenmocha
4/5 rDev -2.9%
on tap in chimay goblet
A-pours a hazed golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to nice fresh collar
S- is bananas,clove,spice and fruit.with hops
T- is sweet candy bread,with banana's and clove i get some hops/malts and citrus
M- crisp and pure well carbonated
D- drinkable and delicious lots of flavor it drinks like hefe to me ...it is pricey so i dont buy it to often
03-02-2011 22:36:39 | More by gatornation
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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