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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,454 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,454
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 150
Gots: 197 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001)
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GregoryVII

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly cloudly, with a golden hue to it. Lively carbonation and a light mouthfeel. The beer has a fresh hop aroma and flavor, like a field of flower and spice. The raisin scent distinct to the yeast is also present and when I close my eyes I can get a taste for it as well. At 8% the alcohol is beautifully playful, present but so subtle you can underestimate it. It finishes sharply smooth. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 14:11:03 | More by GregoryVII
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

An opaque orange-yellow brew, looks like dark honey. About an inch of frothy head, slowly recedes into a ring. A little bit of lacing. White sediment crowds the bottom of the glass.

Nose is apricot, peach, yeast, a touch of alcohol, malts.

Taste is drier than I'd remembered. While the peach-apricot and apple notes remain, they are kept in check by a hoppy, peppery bitterness that gives a lingering finish. Alcohol is less present to taste. More complex as the brew warms up, allowing bread and yeast to make an appearance.

Strong carbonation up front, but eventually it subsides somewhat. Medium body, about right for the style.

It didn't knock me away, but it certainly is a brilliant brew, well worth keeping on hand. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 20:29:18 | More by JohnnyBarman
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yarnto

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 8.0% abv.

Poured a beautiful hazy honey, with TONS of long-lasting frothy head. Not a lot of carbonation but the head alone invites you in.

Aroma is very similar to fresh baked challah bread, with loads of yeast and malt. Head still around after five minutes.

First sip, pleasing toasty bread, with a touch (just a tinge) of apple and coriander. Hard not to chug the first glass down. On second view, carbonation is indeed there. Lots of lacing after first gulp.

Perfect accompaniment to roast pork tenderloin, this beer is spicy enough to handle heavy meats and especially cheeses. But the drinkability is high too that you could drink this with just about any meal. Would LOVE to try this with some Szechaun or even maybe some Palak Paneer/Vindaloo.

One of my favorites. Will always go back to when my favorite beer store has nothing new to offer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 18:58:22 | More by yarnto
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange color, somewhat like a dark cream soda. Fairly large, foamy, creamy white head. Decent retention with a thin patchy bubbly lacing.

S - Fairly typical Tripel aroma with some peachy, apricot, and other golden fruit. Good amount of orange citrus and floral aroma. Sweet honey and malt aroma also present with some yeast and spice.

T - Starts with an apple and pear taste with some light pale malt in the background. This gives way to more of a peach and apricot fruitiness. Mid to late sip some floral and earthy hops come out along with some spice (coriander, clove, and pepper). Underneath all that is a slight candi sugar/honey sweetness and some Belgian yeast. Touch of alcohol taste on the finish.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Warming, tingly feel.

D - Decently drinkable. A bit more spiced/hot and less sweet and fruity than others in the style. These don't overpower the palate, but they definitely make their presence felt. Pretty well balanced and could drink another just fine.

Notes: Vintage 2009. More spiced/herbed/hot version of a Tripel with less fruity/peachy sweetness. It's a good beer and enjoyable to drink but it isn't really my favorite Tripel. It's a tasty beer, and I would have it again, but I don't know if I would ever crave it, or really feel the need to drink another. Definitely worth trying though, just didn't wow me and wasn't my favorite interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:35:43 | More by FreshHawk
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Bfarr

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a fluffy white head. Robust aromas of yeast and spice. Taste is lightly spicy very much a yeast bread flavor balanced with a bitter orange-peel hop. Mouthfeel is a fullbodied carbonation and very chewy.

This is as close to drinking a loaf of bread as you can get. Such a great yeasty flavor with an interesting bitterness and there's virtually no taste of alcohol present. Just don't drink this on a full stomach!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 13:37:41 | More by Bfarr
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mmva321

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a chalice.

A: The body is a beautifully consistant and silky amber color. It's a little more orange than most tripels. There is also yeast sediment that appears and rests at the bottom of the chalice, refermenting after the pour. In a beer with a lighter body, this isn't as appealing as it was in Chimay's Red but it still makes for a unique pour. There is also frothy white head that has little retention and lacing.

S: Fresh and bitter hops meld very well with earthy yeasts. But what is really special about the beer is the litany of fruits that you can detect in the auroma: pears, oranges, apples and even some banana and cherry come through. Very light but substantial.

T: The taste, to me, relies a bit too heavily of the bitter hops and overpowers some of the fruits in the beer (of which the pear and apple are the most present). Still, there is a very bready yeast flavor to it, and the ingredients are all quality.

M: Light and thin without being watery and prickly carbonated, the feel is appropriate and perfect for the beer.

D: A little too bitter for me to rate this very high. But the beer is so well made that it is such a pleasure to drink, and from top to bottom, is probably the most consistent tripel I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 06:05:12 | More by mmva321
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, big head.

Smells of yeast and banana, a bit of grain too.

Fruit flavors (apple, pear) as well as a toffee-like note and spicy/floral hops. Somewhat dry. Alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel light.

Quite drinkable, but not in my top tier of tripels.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:21:43 | More by Strix
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BabyBastard

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge since the holiday season. Poured into the chalice, looks dark at first like a light apple cider, huge white foamy head almost billows over the side. I'm pretty sure I poured all of the sediment into the glass, as there is mass amount of floaties lingering. This still looks good to me.

Yeast and banana hits the nose. Faint alcohol and bread like notes are also present.

Taste if very earthy, big yeast bite and a bit much of the alcohol is present. Feel is very warm and does finish dry. Great drinkability on this.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:23:29 | More by BabyBastard
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle started to gush foam as I opened, but I was ready for this bastard with a glass in hand. Pours a golden hazy yellow. Tastes of malty dark fruits with a spicy sweet lingerness in the finish. It drinks pretty smooth for the 8% and its a pretty solid tripel overall. Right on par with the Red and Blue from Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:54:49 | More by WeedKing4
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

A world classic that I had never gotten around to reviewing. The beer pours a hazy light copper color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus with some pepper and Belgian yeast. The flavor is citrus fruit with quite a few spices and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A classic example of the style that never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:55:49 | More by Mora2000
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chimay Tripel | On tap | 8.0% ABV

Style: Tripel
Brewer: Bières de Chimay, Belgium

Appearance:
The frothy, golden liquid was emptied into a Chimay goblet creating swirls of deep sunset orange, straw yellow, and tawny streaks of gold. The head mushrooms into a downy, white billow of foam. Lacing is superb.

Aroma:
Subtle spices of cloves and nutmeg, sprinkled atop nutty Belgian yeast and earthy malts.

Taste:
Sweet, earthy malts and bitter orange malts layer beautifully. There's a spicy nutmeg and clove background that quickly dries out at the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied, ample carbonation, smooth feel.

Harmony:
This is a fantastic Tripel, and one of early my favorites. The flavors all work together wonderfully to create a complex by eminently quaffable beverage worthy of its repute.

Served: fresh
Price = $7.99 at Witherspoon Grill

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 19:14:16 | More by BeerNemesis
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tchenery

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangg-ish color to the beer. Served in pint glass from bottle. Unscrewed the cage and delayed opening the bottle until i got this website loaded and the cork actually blew off from carbonation pressure.

That being said, the beer has a nice head that I'm assuming will last through the beer due to the ridiculous amount of bubbles floating through. It looks awesome though.

The taste is very dry and bubbly, almost like a champagne kick. There is a definite bitter bite to the beer, but it is very refreshing. I can also taste a hint of fruit which I guess comes from the yeast. The 8% ABV is hidden well in this beer. This is definitely one to enjoy and I'm looking forward to trying the red and blue labels.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:50:55 | More by tchenery
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle that is marked 2009 vintage on the cork. Foam slowly spews out of the top when left to warm a bit after opening. Pours a very hazy, dark gold color with a massively huge cap of cream-colored foam. Retention is decent and leaves plenty of lacing.

Nose is pretty soft for the style, does not display as much hops as some other tripels. Yeasty light fruits and bread are the main components along with a little alcohol and grainy malt.

Fairly sweet tripel with lots of belgian candi sugar flavors and alcohol. Some mineral notes are in here and lend a mild chalky component. There is just enough hops (I am guessing saaz) to make their presence known. Very full and creamy body with enough prickly carbonation. So fluffy in the mouth, it is like drinking a cloud. This is a damn good tripel but not quite up there with the best of 'em, although the more I drink of it and the warmer it gets the more I like it. I could use a bit more hops on the finish and a little better hiding of the ABV. Requisite drinking for any beer geek!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:11:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright shade of orange brown with a big white head.

S: Heavy yeast presence, with noticeable hops and candy sugar. There's also floral and clove characters along with fruity (banana and pear) attributes.

T: My initial reaction is that this is pretty dry. The pale malt and hops are most readily apparent without much sweetness to speak of. Maybe a little apple and pear, but not much fruit. Finish is long, a little spicy and somewhat bitter.

M: Light, crisp and well-carbonated. Well-fitting for the flavor.

Overall, a quality beer that I appreciate paired well with the right foods. As far as sipping by itself, I usually prefer tripels that are sweeter than this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 02:51:50 | More by GeezLynn
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Freshness date reads . Purchased as part of the Chimay gift pack.

A: Golden-peach with wispy but provokable off-white small-bubbled head with dots of lace speckling the glass.

S: Peach and apple combined with bready yeast and herbal, earthy hops with tree blossoms, faint hibiscus and honey.

T: Flavor is more malty than the aroma lets on with a lot of bready, malty-yeasty flavors up front coated with peach, apple, and pear flavors. Alcohol is not prominent, but the hops really provide a punch beyond what you'd expect from a 1 year old tripel with floral, herbal, earthy flavors that provide a good dose of dryness in the finish.

M: Feel is good but not as creamy and smooth as Westmalle or La Fin Du Monde.

D: A drinkable and upper-tier tripel -- I enjoyed this much more on revisiting 3-year old bottle (6/2010 on cork) three years later than original review (5/2010). Who says tripels can't improve with aging!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:11:01 | More by argock
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jpittman80

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy honey-orange with a medium foam that subsides but leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Spicy yeast, bready malts, light citrus fruit.

T - Delicious bready and toasty malts, spicy and fruity yeast character. Slight alcohol warmth.

M - Very smooth, warm carbonation and alcohol.

D - Unbelievably easy to drink and enjoyable. Even the aftertaste leaves me a little nostalgic for the time spent with it.

I've had this from the 750 ml bottle, on-tap, and the 11.2 oz bottle (which this review is based on). I've came to the conclusion that the bottle conditioning is far superior and does wonders in the small 11.2 oz. This may just be my imagination, but I don't think so. Too bad the only establishment in my area that sells this size is in the next town over. I'll still drive to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:14:02 | More by jpittman80
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djbreezy

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet at Apex in Portland, OR.

appearance - pours a nice gold with lingering head, silk lacing

smell - clove, spice, fruit, banana

taste - banana and spice dominate, complex flavor, earthy

mouthfeel - smooth, medium body

drinkability - excellent fruit notes, good body, enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2010 04:50:46 | More by djbreezy
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap in a Chimay challice at St. James pub in Columbus.
A: Cloudy golden orange, it poured with a puffy white head that died to a good film with a collar.
S: Yeasty bread, peaches, orange juice, rustic and earthy hops, and tobacco.
T: Slightly metallic, moldy hops (like leafy grass) over sweet bread. It is very mild and almost creamy with an underlying tart underripe fruit.
M: Slightly syrupy, creamy and frothy, with a bitter astringency at the end.
D: Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:09:16 | More by ne0m00re
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Hazy orange that brightens considerably in the light. Massive foaming head at first that leaves bubbly legs.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit, cloves, pepper, lemon and pretty strong (noble?) hops.

Taste: Very fruity and spicy. Lots of banana, lemon, peach, clove and pepper. Slightly sweet and earthy at first, and then turns more spicy and bitter, with pretty strong hops carrying through after each sip.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body but pretty effervescent, very dry finish.

Drinkability: A kick ass Tripel. I like them on the bitter and dry side, and this one more than delivers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:54:45 | More by bsp77
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hughjohnson

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Chimay glass(awesome glass, by the way)

It poured a hazy orange with a cream colored head. The head is big and beautiful. Looks thick like old milk, ok thats a bad description its thick like heavy whipping cream. That big ol head stays around too, it eventually goes down but never goes completely away.
The color of the beer is a pretty orange-ish that is anything but clear, its a pretty lookin beer as far as Im concerned.

The aroma is sweet, I get banana and some other scents I cant place.... its hard cause the aroma is very soft. What I can get from it is pleasing, fruit/yeasty. I do have a small head cold still maybe thats why Im not getting a lot of scent outta this.

This is a great tasting beer, its got a caramel fruitiness that goes to a yeasty-ness but not an overpowering yeast... it does not taste like bread but you get the yeast flavor. Very smooth and balanced flavor.
That smooth balance is a great way to describe the mouth feel. Its not thick its not thin its not really in between... its just got a balanced smoothness to it.

How much alcohol is in this? It doesnt seem to me like it had very much. It was a very balanced and easy to drink, but after one.... I think thats good.
I was sad to take the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:27:25 | More by hughjohnson
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RDUImperialStout

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice light amber color and a big crown of white foam. A little bit darker than some perhaps, but spot on for the style.

Aromas - a bit on the subdued side, but it's still pretty good. Mostly yeasty phenolics: clove-y spice, cotton candy, and a touch of bubblegum.

Taste - Pretty much follows the aroma. Soft malts, a leafy hop finish, and some light peppery spice. Nice and dry with some bitterness lingering in the finish. Quite a tasty brew, though it's not the most complex tripel I've had the pleasure of sampling. As it warms, there's some fruitiness coming out that is most pleasant.

Mouthfeel - a little prickly for my taste, but it's nicely light and springy on the palate. The inclusion of yeast into the pour bumps the mouthfeel up and makes it creamier - I like it this way.

Overall, it's a textbook Belgian Tripel, though not the best of the Abbey ales. It helps that it tends to be the most available and least pricey of the bunch, too. It's a good beer that, were the aromas a little more pronounced, would be an all-time great.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 21:00:54 | More by RDUImperialStout
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Not merely hazy, but cloudy. Straw colored with a sticky, lacy head.

S- An enticing aroma of yeast, candied malt, clove, nutmeg & sweet spices draws you in.

T- Sweet candied malt is topped with a billowy, nutty yeastiness. Baked biscuit with honey, fruity esters, spicy phenols. A touch of flower petals.

M, D- Impeccably balanced with full, round flavors. Seductive and alluring, easily drinkable. This is a delicious Tripel on tap, so don't miss the opportunity if you have it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 01:45:55 | More by WhiteOak
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Triple pours a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that fades quickly to a thin layer. The aroma is strongly bready and yeasty upfront. That gives way to sweet fruity malt and some nice phenolic character. The flavor is both dry and sweet, sharp and smooth and almost tart in the finish. Tons of fruity esters and powdery yeast come through followed by a nice dose of herbal, earthy hops and a healthy bitterness. The hop character is quick a bit stronger than I expected, but I really think it works well in the beer. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. I often look past this beer because it seems quite common, but I think I should pick it up more.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:10:27 | More by ericj551
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MikeGill

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl "Cinq Cents" bottle poured into a chalice.

Cream soda colored with a sticky off-white head. Very floral nose. There are also yeast, grapefruit and woodsy aromas coming through, along with slight funky smell.

Big hop presence for a triple. Lots of sour lemon and nutmeg up-front. Medium bodied with a surprisingly crisp mouth feel. Alcohol is very apparent but does not dramatically effect drinkability. Somewhat spicy and grainy toward the end then finishes clean, like a dry gin martini.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 18:44:33 | More by MikeGill
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NA1NSXR

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Creamy head, murky pale amber color, lots of carbonation after the pour.

Smell - Mainly floral aromas and hops in there. Maybe a bit of fruit and spice. Smelling the bottle I get sugar and fruit.

Taste - Mainly sweet and fruity with a medium hop bite. Very slight tinge of alcohol and aftertaste is a mix of the hop finish and figs.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium-high carbonation, a little alcohol inthe background.

Drinkability - I've never had a triple before so I can't really review within the context of this style, but this is a good beer. Its a bit strong for what you get taste wise though, in my opinion. It is sweet, fairly bitter, and alcoholic all at the same time. I like the red a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:24:59 | More by NA1NSXR
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,454 ratings.