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

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3,642 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,642
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 165
Gots: 270 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of NWer
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Chimay chalice received in the seasonal gift pack.
Nice cloudy golden appearance, head retains well.
Did someone say bananas? Definitely the most identifiable taste in this one. It was underwhelming though. Good enough but didn't blow me away as other tripels have.
The chalice is pretty cool though.

NWer, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a great beer. Amber colored with a fingers width of white foam that has long retention, greatly helped by the steady stream of carbonation being released from the bottom edges of the glass. Thick rings of lacing. Really an amazingly good looking beer.

S: Tons of yeast, and also a slightly spicy banana-like sweetness. The yeast dominates, but the sweetness, banana and spiciness come through and compliment it nicely.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, except more banana and less sweet than i was expecting. Sweet banana hits up front which gives way to a nice bready yeast flavor, and the beer finishes remarkably dry. Well balanced, and quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied, and fairly heavy on the carbonation, which actually makes it a little harder to drink.

D: A really drinkable beer, perhaps my favorite of the Chimays.

DaveBlack, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Intrinsic
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a beautiful beer this is. Streams of bubbles quickly flow up the sides of the chalice to a crown of dense head, the champagne of beers.

After finding your way through the maze of yeast, the nose reveals hints of banana. Thoroughly unexpected, but very enjoyable.

The surprises continue when the bitter hops spring to life on your taste buds, and your suspicions are confirmed when you detect the banana flavour your nose already predicted.

Chimay Tripel´s carbonation really brings it to life and balances the warm, full body.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Unfortunately, it isn´t sitting very well so it suffers on the drinkability scale. Someone with stronger stomach might be able to handle more than one of these. And the 8% ABV really creeps up on you. Definitely worth a taste!

Intrinsic, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mariposafan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly too cold in a Chimay chalice so I let it warm some before taking notes.

Slightly hazy orange color with one finger of dense, creamy head.

The aroma is wonderful - very bright and fruity as it warms. Some yeastiness with strong notes of apple and pear and a little background tropical sense similar to banana. Very sweet smelling.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely but it's not as sweet. In fact it's not as intense in general. A little dull bitterness on the backend but nothing that lasts beyond time to take the next sip.

Good mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth. Could have used a little more carbonation.

This one will sneak up on you. The alcohol was very well hidden and it drinks very easily, but the alcohol is definitely there.

mariposafan, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having plenty of Chimay in my lifetime it was about time to get around to reviewing it. Poured into an official Chimay glass, Chimay white gives off a gorgeous orange body with brown hues. Very large three finger head with white bubbles and big ice cream cone retention.

Bouquet on a Chimay white is pretty small but very nice. Faint yeast notes and a weak dry grain. There is a dry smell that comes off this which is interesting.

A bit carbonated on taste at first, with a simple solid sourness that is tolerable. A very sharp finish that comes in later after about two seconds on the swallowing. Carbonation does not continue after swallowing though and feels quite good actually which is real nice.

Pretty easy and straightforward for drinkability. Although for drinkability I would prefer something much bolder in taste and bouquet.

smakawhat, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of paxkey
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange tangerine color with nice two finger head.

lots of citrus on the nose. picking up the belgian yeast. cedar chips. smells sharp spicy and sweet all at once. so much stuff going on.

goes down crisp with a dry finish. no alcohol taste at all. nice balance with malt and hops slight bitterness. minerality. a yummy yummy beer.

nothing bad to say about this beer. I have drank it alot before and unfortunately the wow factor is gone by now. but still an amazing beverage.

paxkey, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Straight mellow pour produced an asthetically pleasing billowing white head with the thickest lacing Ive ever seen. Pale sickly looking orange/yellowish body thats very cloudy.

S- An avalanche of bready spicy yeast.

T- Im getting some bitter hops that was a bit off putting to me, then the bready malts followed with their sweetness so it balanced it out for me. Some cloves and banana taste totally hefe reminiscent comes in at the finish along with the bitterness I initally experienced.

M- Cant complain in this department the feel was a total drinking pleasure of thickness.

D- It's real tasty and the 8% is nowhere to been seen. A classic delicious brew thats always worth coming back to.

foogerd, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange with creamy head that stays throughout the life of the glass of beer

S: Yeast right off the bat, followed by some herbal grassy notes. Slight malt sweetness.

T:VERY faint hint of banana at the beginning, then shifts into a malty-bready sweetness. The finish then introduces the bitter hops on the palette.

M: Medium, for its style it is one of the higher carbonated tripels I have tried. Of course that does vary from bottle to bottle.

D: The fact that this is not overpowering with its sweetness makes this beer quite quaff-able for its style.

Notes: From notes from 2006.

This is one of the best tripels out there. Everyone likes to focus on the Chimay Blue, and that beer rocks, but this little nugget is a worthy addition to any collection. A must try for anyone into Belgian beer.

jeffaz02t, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2007 bottle purchased about a month ago.

A - Amber color with a finger of White Head which faded to a light film. There is some sediment but to be expected for a 3 year old beer.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, Farm yard funkiness, Rubbing Alcohol, Pear, Grass, Sour Apple, and Minerals.

T - Tastes of Apple, Citrus, Belgian yeast, Bread, Powdered Sugar, and some other stuff I can't place.

M - Medium/High Carbonation, Slightly Watery, Some Bitterness, and Some Sweetness.

D - This is very drinkable but it would be nice with something to eat.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours muddy amber orange with 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell - huge belgian yeast notes and some fruit apples pears

taste is very spicy from the yeast and a little off putting - a very earthy tripel

mouthfeel is a mediun body with loads of carbonation

drinkability is so so - i have had this beer many times but this is the first time from a small bottle (11.2oz) maybe i am crazy but this beer tastes better from a 750ml bottle

jsh420, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of wilkowski
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Served at 46'F per packaging.

A: Autumn wheat color. Tall paper-white foamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Banana bread, pound cake, allspice, bitter hops. Very enjoyable aroma.

T: Not as subtle as the nose. Sweet grapes first and then bitter black tea on the palate. Sharp, lasting finish of spicy cake, cloves, and hops. Very different. This beer has several faces.

M: Smooth, but a little too much carbonation for the style. I did not like the mouthfeel.

D: This is a sipper. I don't even need to drink it: I would be happy to just keep my nose in a glass of this for a while.

wilkowski, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of mikeaji
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at Total Wine, 1 pt 9.4 Oz bottle.

A: Pours a nice orangy color with real thick head. Couldn't get a great sense of the actual color since I drink out of a Stein.

S: Smells good. You can smell the citrus blend and also you can smell yeast.

T: The taste is much like other belgiums I have tried, but I must vouch that this would be one of the better I have tasted. The taste is on the sweeter side but still enjoyable. The alcohol is there, but its not as noticable as some other beers (only 8% though).

M: Decent carbonation, very smooth and no lingering taste.

D: Big Fan, very smooth, but a little expensive.

Do I see myself buying this beer on a consistent basis? No, only because the price is in range as the St. Bernardus ABT 12 which I feel is a superior beer. Chimay White is definitely worth the try and is better than most beers out there, but it's not an "elite" beer.

mikeaji, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of windypete
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found the chimay tripel hard to track down so ordered it online, compared to the red & blue chimays.

Poured into a chalice leffe glass, left a four finger head with tons of carbination & took ages to clear.

Aroma was hoppy & sweet smelling.

Taste was crisp with some citrus & sweentness coming at end of mouthfull.

Being my first tripel beer it was a good choice to start with, & would recommend this beer as a starting place for others, but there are better tripels out there to have.

On the whole a very nice beer & i will be having it again if i can get it!.


windypete, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up from the store last month. I have had this before but really can't remember what it was like. Splitting this one with my brother since he likes tripels as much as me. The cork says this bottle is from 05, hope these brews are meant to last. Poured from a 750ml bottle corked and caged into a chalice.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thing ring that left lots of lacing.

S- The yeast sticks out a lot in the aroma, its blended with lots of sour fruits.

T- The taste is pretty bready up front, there is also a good amount of spices from the yeast. There is a faint presence of what used to be hops that has been lost over time. The finish is pretty sour and acidic, similar to apple cider.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, and excellent carbonation.

D- This brew has average drinkablity, I could tackle the whole bottle, but I wouldn't want more then that.

Overall this was an OK Triple, I feel as if the age of this bottle may have held it back and it would be far less sour and acidic if it was fresher. I really love this style and will for sure revisit this beer to see what it's really like.

StoutHunter, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Snamnoum
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy hay color. My bottle exploded with foam when I opened it. Probably as a result of poor transportation on my part. Rich head which subsided rapidly. Some lacing but nothing exceptional.

Smell - very boozy smelling, lots of fruit and yeast as well, and a faint spicy medicinal note.

Taste - maybe my taste buds are off but this beer opens fantastically and finishes disappointingly. At first it delivers big dried fruit, bread yeast, sweet pale malt and the faintest kiss of hops. But as it finishes it just seems thin and boozy (not in a good way) almost like the water is too hard or something. Also little of the bananas, cloves, and bubblegum associated with the style.

Mouthfeel - Thin feeling and hard. Well carbonated and medium bodied.

Drinkability - A good tripel but not Chimay's best to offer worth a try but IMO very much inferior to blue and red. Maybe I'm being to harsh but the way this brew finishes just left me wanting.

Snamnoum, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an attractive colour with substantial head. Lacing also good. 4.5

S: lees, Belgian yeast, tropical fruits- sourness; pineapple, citrus. Definitely some herbal hops in there also. Fair bit of umami. Sweet baked bread. 4.5

T: Definitely some yeast, mango, dry notes. Not much sweetness but some alcohol. Alcohol is well integrated with the flavour. Some herbal hops. 4

M: Good, quite syrupy. 4

D: Expensive but not bad. I could see myself drinking this on tap at a pub even. 4

danieelol, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a massive head that is tight and recedes to a rocky, thick layer of foam and leaves lacing down the glass.

Aromas are apricots, pears, honey, bready malts, hints of white pepper and yeast.

Taste is bready/spicey up front and dry on the finish. It begins with bready malts, light honey and a spicy/yeasty fruit character. This transitions into hop bitterness, mild spice/pepper and a hint of sweetness backing the bitterness. The finish is dry with light fruits, malt and some hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation and a hint of alcohol.

Overall this is a very good Tripel, but not my favorite. It is fruity, spicy, dry and strong, just as a Tripel should be.

trevorjn06, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of frognot
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange with a think billowy white head that lingers.

Smell:Lots of citrus with Belgian yeast in the background

Taste: Lots of delicious citrusry hops with a little pine and a moderate Belgian yeastiness. Very delightful and slightly complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with medium carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

frognot, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of BryanRex
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy golden orange pour with an excellent 2-3 finger off-white head (which lingers for the entire drink).

The moderate sweetness on the nose includes hints of apples, pears, and some grainy/grassy notes that remind me of summertime. Not as malty, but very promising and more complex than almost any other tripel.

The ale flavor improves the complexity of this brew, with even more dimension on each sip. The light citrus taste persists throughout, while grain and yeast add just enough sweetness to balance the alcohol and hops. A perfect balance which will leave you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is excellent and smooth. There is more carbonation evident than other tripels, which helps to balance the sharp and spicy start/finish with it's smooth and balanced overall character.

Drinkability is slightly hindered by the higher carbonation and decreased maltiness, but overall a very well balanced and easy to drink tripel.

This is a world class Trappist Belgian ale which I would drink it all night, if I could afford to.

BryanRex, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Chalice

It pours a hazy orange gold color with a fluffy white head. Once the head dies down it leaves a moderate size cap on top.

The aroma is light with some yeast spiciness and a notable orange fruitiness.

Flavor-wise some malt flavors get in there with less orange than the aroma but still present. The finish is a little sweet with a nice light spice Belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium in the beginning but finishes dry which helps cut down on perceived sweetness. Drinkability is pretty high as I'm really enjoying this beer. A classic solid example of a tripel.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Served in a Chimay glass. Pours a 

S- The aroma is light fruits (pear and a touch of apple) with some spices and yeast.

T- The taste is pale fruity malts up front with some sweetness, spices and a yeasty finish with some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, Chimay White is a solid Tripel that is worth trying. 

cjgator3, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle into a Chimay glass from a gift set, thanks ryan, you finally pulled through.

White comes out gold and with a tint of hazy yellow and a nice creamy white head about an inch up. Nice streaks of lace here and there. Smell is fruity, esters, pear, grape, belgian yeast, bread,earthy hops, triple. This might be one of the better trips I've had in a while. Everything comes through. Fruit is up front followed by the yeast bringing on to a dry and refreshing finish of both. This one pulls no punches, it's a triple in every sense of the word. Body is bold and a big medium. Not thin or watery feeling like alot of american versions. Alcohol comes out a bit and warms things up a bit. Highly carbed, highly good. I highly recommend this one.

BARFLYB, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy, burnt orange color. Thin white head. some sediment is visible, and i poured the beer according to the instructions in the booklet that came with the Chimay gift set, leaving 1 cm of the liquid in the bottle.

The beer smells very bready like a sticky sweet bun, freshly cooked baked goods. That's that Belgian yeast at work. Some funky, earthy, almost vegetal undertones as well.

As soon as the brew touched my tongue, I knew it was going to be something special. A nice, bright citric flavor is the first thing i notice, followed by even more fruitiness from the yeast subtleties.
The breadiness from the smell is certainly there as well, as well as the sweetness in the middle of the flavor profile. This tripel is just oozing with complexity.

Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. It has a really smooth taste with a decent amount of body to it.

I'd consider this beer dangerously drinkable. It doesn't taste like an 8% beer, and the bright tangy quality allows it to be quaffed with ease. Overall I am very satisfied with my first ever authentic trappist ale. Highly recommended for any beer lover.

wolfinthemirror, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nutritious, rustic yet refined ale by Chimay. Doesn't quite fall in line, as far as I'm experienced, with most examples of the style. Reminds me much of Corsendonk's Abbey Pale Ale (also thought of as a triple).

Wondrous and hearty look to the pour - a big, white, craggy, foamy head and an nearly opaque, murky penetrability to its glowing amber color. In robust concentration we find bready/yeasty/doughy(?) elements in aroma and flavor. The smell also features some soft hop and fruitiness - altogether fresh, uplifting, and invigorating. The taste is full and flavorful yet not overly complex. The light-moderate sweet breadiness is alpha here and the moderate, not light, malt presence and body gives it considerable substance while the presence of spicy phenols are ultra-low. The sweetness of the malt lingers a little bit in the finish, as well as subtle, spectral alcohol being felt late. The drinking is smooth, almost creamy, and it snaps off fairly dry in the end.

This is a quite tasty, yet charmingly simple, very drinkable ale whose number I'll always keep listed for cheap thrills and Belgian booty calls.

Bouleboubier, Dec 31, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Chimay chalice.

The beer pours a cloudy deep golden color. It has a thick frothy white head that leaves a 1/4 inch of foam throughout the life of the beer.

The aroma is of Belgian yeast and sweet fruit esters, with some light spice notes. There is also a nice bready base that blends with the yeast.

The taste is of sweet fruit upfront that blends into yeasty bread and a light spice in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

I haven't had very many examples of this style, but this would be the smoothest and most well balanced example I have had thus far.

vkv822, Dec 31, 2010
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,642 ratings.