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

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Ratings: 4,046
Reviews: 1,596
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 220
Gots: 520 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of bmeGT
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprising salt flavor that worked well.

Photo of Reedbrew
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Refreshing but I prefer the blue.

Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a Chimay chalice, it pours very cloudy/filthy dirty looking dark orange-brown color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quicker side, leaving minimal foamy lacing.

Smells spicy up front with some fruit like apple skin and pear, toasted grains, slightly funky yeast and then the spices again including pepper, cinnamon and some mint and/or tea leaf. Some honey and musty grapes creep through at the end, this does not have the classic strong Belgian funk I expected.

Taste is sweet and fruity, like candied sugar and fruit candy like a sour patch kid mixes with toffee, wheat bread, yeast, toasted grains, tart green apple or grapes, floral hops, pepper, coriander and dry leafy citrus hops. Very well balanced with only a mild funk in the aftertaste, it was easy to drink and almost completely hid the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a finish on the dry side that is clean and sweet at the same time with a bready aftertaste. This bottle was aged at least 2 years and so perhaps it was not as fresh as it should be enjoyed, so my assessment is a slight disappointment as I recall this being better the last few times I drank it. Will try it again for sure with a newer bottle and give this classic it’s due which may drive up the overall score.

Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy orangy colour.
Aromas of malts, mild hops, lemon, fresh cake.
Tastes of mild hops, malt, lemon, black tea and a hint of bubble gum.
Smooth mouth feel. Champagne like carbonation.
I always drink the red, but this is a step above!

Photo of BobMessina
3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overly carbonated and extremely bitter

Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright golden honey in color. Moderate cloudiness suggests a bigger body, but the white head, while tall, is light and soapy.

Smell: Sugary caramel is sharpened by orange marmalade and a sprinkling of cloves. Some tropical fruit and even a bit of bubblegum ups the sweetness ante as the drinking commences, but remains bridled by an undercurrent of basics: bready malt, and earthy hops. It is a well balanced, yet multilayered concoction, which smells artistically delicious.

Taste: Toffee melanoidins are soft, yet immediate, and are joined by toasted nuts sprinkled with brown sugar, and a whisper of milk chocolate. A bit of bubblegum and banana bread pay homage to the Hefeweizen, but a mild bitterness from a rustic, yet refined mixture of noble hops keeps the taste true to the Tripel style, as does the taste of ripe oranges and apricots. The overall sweetness is further tempered by grainy malt, which does an excellent job blending the beer's potentially discordant elements.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet a bit viscous, with moderate carbonation helping to create a delicately dry finish. The alcohol warming is but a whisper, which seems appropriate for the beer's sweet and bright flavor profile.

Overall: Perhaps more of a masterpiece than its stronger sisters in that its balance couldn't be better and that its full flavor is neither dried out by hops and/or carbonation, nor drowned out by alcohol. This beer is soft, sweet, spicy, and hearty, and because no one element outshines the rest, its many qualities can be easily appreciated.

Photo of MisterGone
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour in tulip at Bo-Beau, La Mesa. So after 1500 reviews it may be best to simply say that compared to other Tripels, this one is a bit muted, more subtle, more easy drinking. Each of the expected profiles that we see from the likes of Westmalle or St. Bernardus are indeed present, just in a less intense manner. Could be a nice "intro" Tripel.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 5 - Pours a deep, rich honey gold color. Forms a big, thick and soapy 2 fingers of light tan head. Amazing head potential and head retention. Leaves thick, solid walls of lacing on the glass.
S - 3 - Lots of yeast, malt, light hops. Peaches, walnut nuttiness and a light touch of caramel.
T - 4 - Simple and solid. Lightly sweet yeast and peach upfront, finishes on a lightly nutty, bitter note. Not complex, but very good.
F - 4.50 - Has that luxuriously bubbly, champagne bubbly mouthfeel you'd expect.
O - 4.25 - Really good stuff, and I'm not normally a fan of the tripel style!

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp, refreshing, delicious, and drinkable...especially nice that I found it on tap. I will seek this and other beers from this brewer out again for sure.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift from a fellow beer aficionado who knows what I like. Cinq Cents 1 PT bottle poured into a tulip glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellow-gold bubbling with a beautiful one finger white head. Moderate lacing coats the glass. Very nice.

Aroma: Floral accents and a gentle breath of citrus. Subtle tones.

Taste: I am generally not a fan of Tripels, and I expected a strong bite of aftershave/cough syrup. Not so. Like the aroma, the taste is actually fairly mild, with a touch of alcohol on the back end, but mostly that light floral taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a fairly light body blend to tickle the tongue in a nice, inviting way.

Overall: Much more subtle than I expected. I did not consider myself a fan of Tripels, but Chimay is changing my mind. I'll have to explore a little more to see if I can appreciate the style in the future. Definitely a winner here!

Photo of scarlin
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Velvet full bodied Belgian bound to make me an addict

Photo of Roxie_B
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Translucent golden color with a sticky long lasting creamy head.
Smell: Apricots, peaches, floral notes.
Taste: Dry, sweet, nutty. Reminds me very much of a peach pit.
Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, light bodied.
Overall: Delicious. Would drink again.

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really my taste But I like the look.

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A malt bomb with a super thick mouthfeel.

Photo of roadmapmedia
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very citrusy which I like.

Photo of Scrapss
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a light gold with copious head. Fluffy white multi finger pour with vigorous carbonation. Light haze.

S: Has a spicy white peppery note with gentle floral undertones. Light breadiness in warming.

T: light peppery and herbal notes with gentle dough. A classic triple profile, well rounded.

M: Creamy when cold, mildly smooth and velvety. Slick finish on warm.

O: Hell ya. Would seek when craving a triple but do not want overwhelmed.

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a 3 finer head that dissipates but remains about half a finger throughout. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Color of quality clover honey, hazy and unfiltered.

S - Spices (clove and pepper) and light fruits (banana) up front. Belgian yeast is also dominant. Balancing lightly citrus hops notes.

T - Banana and clove flavors come through well. I also pick up the peppery notes, that give a nice bite. Yeast flavors are very pleasing. Nice fruit flavors with a well balanced hops presence.

F - full upfront with a dry finish, works very well.

Excellent beers from chimay. The Trappist have been making beer for a long time and really know how to make some tasty stuff. I prefer to pour mine and include the yeast from the bottom of the glass. I think it adds to the beer, which is excellent either way. I really enjoy the clean finish that these beers have, as well as the depth of flavor that the yeast gives.

Photo of loudidonato
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exquisite and smooth creamy with a lite bite

Photo of spacecake9
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Red and Blue Chimay's but for some reason never tasted the White.
Pours a hazy light brown.
Very nice pillowy head that never completely gores away; lacing on the sides.
Aroma is of yeast and banana.
This beer is delicious.
This is what I love above Chimay - they don't make a lot of different beers but what they make is spectacular.

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 12/18/14

Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into my Chimay tulip

Packaging- classic and simple yellow Chimay 3.75

Appearance- unfiltered and golden with a one finger head and good lacing 4.25

Smell- yeasty, faint banana 3.5

Taste- subtly sweet but still well balanced 4.25

Mouth-feel- clean and smooth great mouth-feel 4.25

Drinkability- excellent light body and full flavor with very little aftertaste 4

Overall- Great Belgian Tripel 4

First Tripel I've really thought was excellent. thank you Trappist Monks. ---- J

Photo of AndersenMarx
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L-A nice blonde/orange/hazy color, with a visible yeast and spice presence
S- Smells of clove, yeast, and a hint of citrus
T- Their is a hint of banana and clove, but their is more of a presence of a yeast flavor
F- The feel is the highest quality of this beer. It goes down like velvet, with a constant level of carbonation. The beer feels best at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but is not bad in the 50's. The feel is smooth and on the tongue.
H- The head is very frothy, depending on the pour, one can get two to three fingers of a light cream looking froth that will dissipate within 3 minutes.

Photo of SmashPants
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Format: a stumpy little 330mL dark brown bottle with a standard macro-style label.

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth trappist glass. A cloudy amber-orange colour with a one-finger of solid and creamy off-white head. Looks good.

Aroma: a very pleasant aroma of light orchard fruits, some banana, and clove and cardamom spices.

Taste: plenty of bitterness up front with the fruits and spices from the aroma. A good quality Belgian Tripel. Big Belgian yeasts as expected.

Aftertaste: the bitterness drops off a little, to be accompanied by those Belgian yeasts again. Nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish with the bitterness and yeasts.

Overall: a lovely tripel from Chimay - definitely more special than their Première (Red). I'm still not sold on the AU$75 price for a case of 12 x 330mL - there are just as enjoyable tripels for quite a lot less. Still, I'll definitely pick one of these up when I am having a 'tripel-off' night.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle. Cloudy orange colour. Fruity and spicy nose. 1 finger head that stayed with lacing. A nice dry finish.

Photo of T100Mark
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

An 11.2 ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - The color of apple juice. Hazy. Thick, monster head. Good lacing.

Smell - Sour!

Taste - Sour! Bananas. Lemon zest. Mildly spicy. Slightly tart. All in perfect balance.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - Other worldly! This is what Belgian ale is all about. This is my favorite of the Chimays.

Photo of noro
5/5  rDev +21.1%

One of best beers I have ever had.

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