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

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,200 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3200
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%


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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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my very first Belgian beers and I'm just now getting around to reviewing this... that's life I guess. I will start by saying this is an absolute classic in general, and a very solid example of the Tripel style. I really can't agree with anyone rating this beer very low, or any Trappist beer for that matter, unless you have not acquired the taste for Belgian abbey ale styles at all.

As the second part of the introduction for this review, I will also be commenting about how this beer has aged, due to the fact that I did a vertical tasting as part of these notes.

Chimay's Tripel (aka "Cinq Cents") pours a russet sort of hue, which is just right for the style. A billowy, off-white head appears after a strong pour, and then recedes to about a quarter-inch or less. There is some carbonation visibly apparent. The aroma consists of bright fruits, caramel, walnut, and an earthy, or mossy type of scent. When evaluating the smell of the older bottle, (1998) the fruit esters seemed to make me imagine darker fruits, like figs and raisins, molasses instead of caramel, and Burgundy wine. The flavor of Chimay has that nice cranberry/dark fruit flavor with an woody/earthy facade. When fresh there's the tiniest hinto of hops in the taste. The finish lingers and there is a medium mouth feel. The alcohol is masked extremely well. Overall, as I previously stated, this is a must-have Tripel, especially if you or a friend are just getting into the style. If you age or have the chance to try an older bottle that was properly stored, you'll find that it mellows out into something much softer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 05:33:18 | More by Neorebel
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay White is simply the most drinkable tripel I've had. Clear coppet pour with thin white head. Spicy phenols in nose with some banana esters. Good malt backbone with enough Belgian yeast character in flavor to make it interesting without overwhelming me. Balanced mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Go get some.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 21:56:18 | More by rabsten
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bad boy poured a plush two fingers of nearly white head. The body is a complex color with yellow around the edges getting to an orangey amber in the middle. After the head dies, it keeps a healthy froth up top.

The nose starts out with bananas. I also find yeast and a good spice package.

Yeast, bread and bananas start it out. Spice helps transition into the gardeny hops that show a hint of pine. Spice mingles with hops in the end.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It does not coat the mouth but it finishes drier than expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:55:32 | More by CFHMagnet
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GeorgeH

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - The color is a very nice darker golden, with an almost orange tint to it. Very nice to look at in the glass. Nice head, medium thickness, larger bubbles, that laces well, and drops to just covering the surface of the beer after 5 minutes or so. Looks like a beer in a glass that would be on the cover of a magazine. Pretty flawless.

S - This beer smells like a Trappist right out of the gate. Refreshing citrusy smell. Plenty of banana and some spice. Exactly what I expected and wanted it to be.

T - I taste sweetness immediately, followed by the banana. Others have said they don't notice the 8% ABV at all, but I definitely do. It isn't overpowering, but it certainly isn't hiding.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium, and I can definitely notice the alcohol in the back of my throat after I swallow. It has a slippery smoothness to it as it goes across your tongue and onto your cheeks. It really hits on all levels.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, but for the price, I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. It is very good, but it didn't have that "wow" factor I was hoping for. It pours well, and smells great, but the aftertaste didn't really leave me excited for the next time I got the chance to have one. Very good, and I certainly would never turn one down, but I think I paid at least $11 for this one, and for that price, I want my socks knocked off. The bottle said to serve chilled, and I did, but I actually enjoyed this beer more as it warmed up a little.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:47:54 | More by GeorgeH
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lovely straw color, solid pure white head. Thick and bubbly. Very nice head retention, and nice lacing.

Strong yet light odor, with candi sugar, bananas, clove, and spices. Maybe a hint of citrus in there, like lemon. Sweet and sharp.

Taste matches the smell: spicy, sweet, and fairly light. A note of alcohol, grain malts and wheat, and a lot of typical Belgian sweetness.

This was a light, watery Tripel, but the stickiness and oiliness keep it at a solid medium mouthfeel. No sting, and the alcohol flavor is not reflected in the feel at all. Not insignificant foaming if you chew or swish your brew.

This is a good beer, but my least favorite Chimay, and far below what I expect in a Tripel. I won't avoid it in the future, but I can't see picking this over Westmalle, or even a good domestic Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:32:04 | More by Roguer
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Danny1217

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color (and I made sure to keep the sediment out of my initial pour) with an orange tint. A big foamy white head with good retention and some nice lacing.
A nice aroma of banana, clove, black pepper, and lemon zest. A nice balance between fruity esters and spice from the yeast.
The taste is similar to the smell. Very yeast forward with the spice and fruitiness balancing each other. I enjoy the fact that the banana esters are more subdued than some other "tripels". The malt presence is there, but very simple. I would guess that there is very little, if any, specialty malts used in this beer, which allows Chimay's delicious yeast strain to shine through. A nice floral, spicy hop presence complements the yeast.
Extremely smooth, medium-high, effervescent carbonation. Goes down much easier than its 8% ABV would suggest.

A brilliant beer that is often overlooked, perhaps due to its wide availability (I bought this beer from the local grocery store, as a matter of fact.) Really a great representation of the golden ales of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:36:33 | More by Danny1217
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #32 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I've always liked Chimay White. It's probably my favorite of the three Chimays easily available in the States -- better tasting than the red, a bit more approachable than the blue. The listing for this in the book 1001 BEERS describes some controversy over this beer, none of which I knew about and none of which I'm qualified to speak on. It's there if you're interested, though. All I can say is that this is a very tasty beer.

It's a bone-dry trippel. It pours a very nice golden-brown with an emphasis on "golden". The head falters but puts up the good fight and never quite goes away completely.

The nose is a little weak, which is the only real knock I have against this. Still, there's a whiff of sharp spice and some fruit, pleasant in it's way. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent and extremely refreshing -- this is one of this beer's most notable features. The flavors (helps if you warm it up a little) is fruit wrapped around a blast of spice, like a weird sort of Everlasting Gobstopper. The finish is bone dry and very clean.

Don't know if I'd recommend this to everyone, as you have to like your beers on the sharper side to get behind this, but I like it quite a bit and if you share my tastes this is one you'll easily get behind.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:36:02 | More by dougbassett
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle (bottled 5/12) poured into Chimay chalice. My 100th BA review!

A- Cloudy pale golden color. Off white head rests on top like meringue at a half finger. Good rings of lacing.

S- Crisp fruitiness with a little bit of the Belgian strong spice character. Strong sense of a malty, sweet bread background.

T- Dry hop up front. Sweet malt balances out fairly well.

M- Semi full body, sweet up front with a dry finish, but no looming of bitterness. Tingling of carbonation is nice.

O- Wonderful. I like how this is not a complete malt bomb. It gives Chimay a larger range, with some nice hop character. Very tasty, and definitely a go-to if I'm not feeling the sweetness of other Tripels.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 21:08:44 | More by BWED
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mscudder

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a snifter.

A - Rich, slightly cloudy, golden hue with a pillow white head resting on top. Good retention with average lacing.

S - Biscuit malts, banana, lemon, clove and yeast.

T- Spice-infused citrus lemongrass to start, progressing into a lightly hopped peppery finish. Becomes drier throughout the progression, paralleling warmth from the booze.

M - Medium+ body with high carbonation.

O - A solid tripel that simply strays far from my personal preferences. Flavor is well crafted and unique with a balanced dryness that I usually find overdone in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:31:44 | More by mscudder
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, Chimay. It sits there on the shelf at the beer store and the price puts you off. "Is it really worth the money?" you think to yourself. I certainly think that all the time. That's why I received this one as a gift. This is the "Cinq Cents" according to the label, which means "five hundred" in French. Just thought you'd like to know. Poured into a chilled St. Bernardus glass.

Appearance 4.25: Poured out with an unexpectedly small head. About 1/2" and quickly faded. Beer is just beautiful to behold: a cloudy, deep golden color with lots of champagne-type, bottle-conditioned bubbles. Just gorgeous.

Smell 4.0:: Very subdued bouquet, but very nice. I smell primarily sweet barley malt, but there is also a pleasant Belgian yeast spice to it. Also hints of cellaring, a certain stone or cave hint. Also, I detect a white grape rind.

Taste 4.5: Front is almost gone, just bubbles and a slight sweetness. Middle is dry, but has a lovely taste of dried yellow fruit: sultanas, apricots, pears. Finish is where more of that "cellaring" taste comes in, which I find wonderful and unique. Also get a hit of hops and yeast spiciness at this level. Aftertaste is long and delicious: hints of vanilla, oak, parchment, sourwood honey (I am from western NC)...so much going on at such a usually faded taste level. Wow.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Spot on for the style and the bottle conditioning really pushes this brew into stellar territory.

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer and an outstanding tripel. Certainly one to buy for festive occasions, but this baby is also good for an old fashioned sessioning. You taste ZERO of the 8% ABV, which is a good and bad thing. Not one to knock back if you have to fly the helicopter home, but one to enjoy by the fire on a cold winter night...or in your shorts on a hot August night in Georgia, like I just did. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:06:38 | More by BeerDocT
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a cloudy yellow-orange amber color with a one finger white head of a more fizzy nature. The head has a lighter level of retention, fading over about a one minute time frame, to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a bready and biscuit nature mixed with a moderately strong yeasty and orange citrus smell. The yeast with it bring some nice spice aromas of coriander and clove mixing with some banana smells as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor mixed with a moderate amount of orange citrus flavor. As the taste moves on the orange dries out some with lots of yeast and spice of clove and coriander coming to the tongue. As the orange gets lighter it is replaced by a light banana taste as well as some grassy and herbal hop flavors. Overall the taste gets rather dry at the end and when combining with a bit of an alcohol flavor it leaves a dry and yeasty bread taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side for a brew of 8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the higher side with tons of prickly carbonation bubbles. The feel is very nice for the style with the slightly thinner body making it very drinkable and light in composure and with the prickly carbonation level accentuating the spice and hop taste all in all making for a more exciting drier champagne like feel which match the tastes well.

Overall – A classic triple for a reason. It is dry and yet exciting brew with a drier, moderately yeasty, lightly hopped and nicely spiced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:29:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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ahommell

Mississippi

4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have always heard good things about Chimay, and a Belgian Tripel is my favorite all day long. I finally am on here to give a review.

A - Amber to orange. Opaque. Thick rich head.

S - Yeast. Citrus. Light fruits. Very distinctive. Strong Yeast Smell. Almost like bakery fresh.

T - WOW. Orange. Bitter to dry orange. Banana peel. Hops fill the pallet as it ends in taste. Alcohol that is warm and mellow on the way down.

M - Filling. Lots of carbonation. Wonderfully warming as a hug from your mother.

Unbelievable. World Class. Definitely grab this for a special treat.

Served from 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:11:10 | More by ahommell
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBO for $3 CDN served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearnce - Hazy, golden, brown color with at least 3.5 fingers of fluffy white head which dissipates down to a little cap that looks as light as the clouds.

Smell - Belgian yeasts dominate, but also some fruity notes namely banana, but also some malty smells such as burnt sugar and caramel. Full aroma is subtle and not overpowering yet full of fragrance. Also quite a bready aroma.

Taste - Belgian yeasts and breadiness dominate, but some hop bitterness comes in to play after about a second and lingers to the end. Also an earthy flavor in there with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Rich and full, with a little alcoholic heat at the back end. Slightly dry finish in the mouth.

Overall - A great tripel on par with many of the best. Very accessible and definitely worth a try although a little less sweetness than some of the others.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:00:50 | More by DenisKolkin
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WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Purchased from the LCBO for under $3 and poured into a goblet.

I'm not that knowledgeable about different types of scent profiles or specific flavours so I won't go into those details but this beer is fantastic. Incredible smell, good level of carbonation... but the taste, my god. One of the absolute best tasting beers I've ever had, deep rich, complex flavours yet surprisingly soft on the pallet, not harsh at all. Excellent beer, highly highly recommended. I can't believe how cheap and readily available this is at the LCBO, don't miss out on this if you like trappist beers or any kind of strong ales

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:16:35 | More by WeizenMike
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a big white head which retains remarkably well.

The smell is yeasty,citrus,sweet malts and banana.

The taste is malty,banana milk,slight hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this, the mouthfeel is superb, the flavours are subtle but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 01:19:13 | More by Dave1999
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought I had reviewed all the Chimay mainstays but alas I had not reviwed any. Poured from a bottle, procured at the Camp Hansen Shoppete, Okinawa.

A - Hazy orange pour with three fat fingers of white head.

S - The nose offers sweet citus notes and distinct belgian yeast.

T - Dry orange peels, banana and spicy booze dominate the front, a little bitter hop in the rear; it sweetens slightly as it warms.

M - Very active carbonation fills the mouth, medium bodied, and warming.

Overall a great beer like it has always been. Surprisingly dry hop bitterness was refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 11:42:15 | More by JoeAmerican77
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delta490

Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A-Deep cloudy gold. Big foamy white head that last for a while. Can see a small trail of carbonation.

S- Spices and fruit. I can't place a specific fruit, but it's nice. Very nice

T- Great. Notes of a really ripe banana and tropical fruit with just a hint of spices at the finish

M- Again, superb. It's not too heavy or light and the carbonation plays with the taste wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 10:41:45 | More by delta490
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangish, cloudy, good head

Aroma: Peppery, tart fruit

Taste: Tart, tangy, slightly sour fruit, dry, hoppy finish

Remarks: Initially tried in bottle, but had a chance to drink at the Inn at Chimay, too.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:10:54 | More by IchLiebeBier
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dwren89

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden amber, white fizzy, foamy head, hazy

Aroma: banana, clove, soft pale malt aroma,

Taste: banana and clove, soft pale malt, not quite as complex or drinkable as st. Bernardus or Westmalle

Mouthfeel: biting carbonation, medium-high carbonation, delicate balance of flavor

Overall Impression: A fine Tripel, but not as complex or deep in flavor as Westmalle or St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:48:45 | More by dwren89
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utopiajane

New York

5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cinq Cents pours a cloudy orange with an off white head of very fine, very soft foamy bubbles. The nose is floral hops and bright citrus. Grapefruit. Superb retention and lacing . The taste is smooth. creamy and not a hint of alcohol until it warms you in the long dry finish. Crisp. It’s perfectly balanced so that the citrus is not at all sour. It’s perfect and elegant.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 11:07:47 | More by utopiajane
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 330ml 'stuby' bottle, poured into a tulip glass (for lack of a chalice)

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-copper colour, with three fingers of bright white fluffy, cloud like head.

Smell - Some fruit, mostly apricots and maybe some really light citrus. There is also a good deal of spice and yeast.

Taste - Spice right up front. Fruits from the middle to the end...apricots, dates, prunes...dark fruits in general. There's a definite yeasty flavour throughout. A boozy taste lingers. A decent tripel.

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated, medium body. A very, very dry finish.

Overall - 4/5 Picked up two bottles, threw one in the cellar. Hopefully this gets even better after a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 03:34:07 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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deeznuts420

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chimay chalice.poured a hazy sunshine orange color with no clarity and two fingers of head. loads of carbonation streaming from the etching in the glass.
aroma was of bready malts, spicy and sweet fruits, citrusy with some hop smell and a little bit of funk. taste starts off a tad bitter then the sweet bready malts and belgian yeast kick in. also sweet fruits are in there . VERY complex and a an awsome brew. one of the best tripels imho.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 11:32:51 | More by deeznuts420
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: pours a hazy gold with a nice foamy head. Retention is god and with dissipation you see a nice cloud on top.

S: Yeast of course, bread, fruits and alcohol are present.

T: the yeast comes through, as do spices. I find the alcohol a bit strong. Bitterness sneaks in at the end.

M: medium carbonation, good feel but the alcohol sticks with you.

O: a nice triple, but it was drier than I expected. I also found the alcohol a bit more prominent than I have with other tripels, which I was not expecting from a Chimay. This would make a great beer on a chilly fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:32:41 | More by polloenfuego
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soju6

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fruit and spice.

T: Taste of citrus, bit of fruit, spice and trace of sweetness in the background. Has a bitterness that lingers for bait.

F: Medium body, crisp and flavorful.

O: Nice beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:18:10 | More by soju6
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

had on tap. I thought that this was a belgian witbeer when I was drinking it. has some banana flavors to it; I thought white indicated "wit". it was cloudy llike a wheat beer. the mouthfeel was thicker like wheat as well. call me crazy but i didnt second guess it. overall this beer was pretty good, but for the price i wouldn't buy it again, I'd just go try something else

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 02:14:11 | More by TastyAdventure
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,200 ratings.