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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,563 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,563
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 156
Gots: 242 | 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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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a 12oz short bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a pale, hazy golden color with a ton of sediment floating all over. Provides a nice 2 finger size frothy off white head. Head is super thick and creamy as it continues to dissipate. Leaves great sticky lacing all around the glass. A great looking beer for sure!

Aroma is very nice...right on key with the style. Yet, it's just a tad week from what I expected. Big time Belgian yeast are the strong notes of the beer. Small hops, crisp ripe fruits, very little booze if any at all.

Flavor is great! Trappistes breweries really know what they're doing...that's for sure! A small amount of hop bite comes through in this beer which is a little different from a lot of the other Belgian tripels I've had. The mixture of Belgian yeasts, crisp sweet fruits, and slight booze really make this enjoyable and stand out in it's style/catagory.

08-10-2010 02:34:06 | More by ShadesOfGray
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impending

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

33cl into a tulip. Pours a hazy gold. Head is classic belgian cumulus, lacing is considerable.

Aroma is an abundance of light ripe fruits, mild spices and yeast, wonderful.

A solid tripel but not my fav. For details of taste read the 1,000+ before me. If you like belgians you'll get around to this one no matter what I write!
cheers
jd

08-09-2010 04:18:52 | More by impending
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bundy462

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%

A: Cloudy tan and orange intersection. White head to start, but no retention to be had.

S: Not much of anything, a slight spice, but that's about it.

T: Sweet dark fruits with a banana and yeast finish.

M: Thin and highly carbonated.

O: Blah, I'll pass.

08-09-2010 00:23:02 | More by bundy462
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dolzan

Slovenia

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

By far my least favourite Chimay.

Lightly coloured with an enormous head. Looks nice and smells nice (bread, dried fruits?).

The taste was a bit disappointing though. The alcohol is really prevalent (yes, the ABV is high, but compare with the Fuller's Golden Pride, where it is barely noticable in the taste) and the flavour is sort of acidic. Drinkability is quite low on this one, I'll rather stick to the blue and red ones. Maybe I'm missing something here.

08-05-2010 09:35:15 | More by dolzan
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BBMuffins

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

This wonderful beer was corked one year and seven months before purchase and consumption.

A - This beer pours a golden color, very foggy, almost opaque. Light barely shows through. The head varies, it can and wants to be very thick. Two fingers seems to be the usual, with beautiful lacing and an almost pure white color.

S - Smells do not do this beer justice. The smell is relatively weak compared to the flavor here.

T - Absolutely wonderful. I've never had a beer that tasted this way. A slight bitterness punctuates periods of banana and fruity hops flavor. It's very, very delicious. Probably one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to taste. A shining example of the style of beer. It's got a few hints of other flavors, but it's clearly overwhelmed by the fruity hops and a very slightly bread-like flavor. A very good bread flavor.

M - Pretty good, feels a bit thin for the flavor, though. However, this does not feel like an 8% ABV beer. It just glides down easily, and the tight carbonation almost doesn't exist.

D - This beer is absolutely wonderful. Despite the alcohol content, I could drink this beer all day long and still note how great it is. This is the best beer Chimay has to offer, and that's saying something. This is a wonderful brew and even at the price point (which is high at my location,) I will continue to buy this beer and keep it around for special occasions or when I really want a fantastic beverage to compliment a good friend.

This beer deserves an A, so I'm giving it one.

08-01-2010 08:27:08 | More by BBMuffins
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with a buddy).

Appearance: Very rich frothy head initially but quickly dissipates, good lacing throughout.

Smell: Highly complex, deep, some spice with a trace of sweetness.

Taste: This may very well be the best of Chimay! Very complex tripel, mild sweetness up-front and really nice balance. Mildly bitter finish, a great example of the style. ABV is completely masked.

Drinkability: Very smooth a easily sessionable beer.

I have to say (after multiple, multiple tastings) this beer surprised me, simply one of the best Tripels I've ever had, a supremely crafted beer!

08-01-2010 04:03:02 | More by BobZ
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CrossFitAlex

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

A - Looks like a belgian tripel. Nice color and head
N - nose is stuffed up currently so i can't really be a good judge
T - quite a mouthful. Yeast all over the place; bready, bit o alcohol
M - lots of carbonation, rolls around nicely
D - Very drinkable

07-29-2010 23:45:30 | More by CrossFitAlex
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GrizzlyBrew

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Enjoyed @ 48° in Red Wine Glass

A - light/medium amber, some haze, head of very fine bubbles that dissipates quickly into islands of foam

S - faint malt, pronounced hop spiciness

T - Spicy, light malt, very dry

M - light with nice, high carbonation

D - Complex spiciness with a slight malt note... keep 'em coming. You get to explore this beer with each sip.

07-29-2010 13:19:31 | More by GrizzlyBrew
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

33cl bottel poured in my karmeliet glass

A - pours an orangish/yellow with a beautiful head.

S - smells like a triple - spicy with a lot of dry, tart fruits.

T - taste follows the nose. lots of light fruits - apples and pears - with some spice. however, there is an odd taste - almost tastes like and orange peel without the orange taste. the finish took some points off the taste score.

M - excellent mouthfeel. It is very full and smooth until it hits the back of the tongue, where it turns into a champagne-like mouthfeel.

D - this is a pretty decent brew , but i'm not impressed , there are better tripels out there

07-27-2010 16:20:48 | More by beerpirates
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SassyBootblack

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Probably the easiest trappist brand to come across. Also easy to come across: Chimay glasses, which I poured this beer into.

Appearance - Deep gold to light amber color, a little hazy. I hope I didn't stir up the lees somehow. Thick white head that lasted through half of the beer.

Smell - Delightful Belgian aroma. Bubblegum and fruit.

Taste - More of the same great fruitiness. A little harshness from the hops, which I don't remember experiencing before from this beer. Too bad.

Mouthfeel - There was a mild astringency I associated with the hop flavor.

Drinkability - Dangerously so. The old Belgian "light body, high alcohol, delicious flavors" trick. I fall for it every time.

07-23-2010 15:40:53 | More by SassyBootblack
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xylophonica

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Murky dark amber colour. Good head but mild lacing.

S - Banana, honey, strawberries & coffee.

T - Smooth caramel offset a solid amount of bitterness. Some spiciness too which gives way to the faintest sour touch.

M - Strong carbonation combines with bitterness. Aftertaste slightly sour again but whole mouthfeel is quite lively.

D - Good flavour - verging on a wheat beer. Easy to drink although the sourness might not be to all tastes.

07-23-2010 11:42:27 | More by xylophonica
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

This was my dessert at the Amsterdam Ale House in NY, NY. Dull straw color; styrofoam-white head that let loose with spicy grass and butter (!). I know this thing isn't oaked but it sure smells like it. The butter is prominent in the taste, but is quickly overtaken by bitter fruitness that dries out and leaves a nice, clean sensation behind. Something to sip slowly after a turkey ruben, or anything else, for that matter, while waiting for the evening to cool off enough for a walk back to the hotel. The alcohol is very well hidden and offers no hint in the taste; I couldn't feel any effect until long after I'd drained the glass. Bravo.

07-19-2010 23:47:20 | More by gfreed
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: orange/brown in color, one inch head, moderate carbonation, cloudy with sediment

Smell: lemon, orange, and some funk

Taste: orange, lemon, funk, caramel, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle due to the alcohol, and a sweet finish, medium bodied and carbonation

Drinkability: Probably my least favorite of the Chimay beers I have had so far. I like the spiciness and the funk, but alcohol overtakes this beer. Not a bad beer, but not blown away by this one like the other Chimays I have tried.

07-19-2010 15:34:55 | More by tigg924
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Erish

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: cloudy honeyed amber color, creamy head falls into a thick cap with lovely rings of lace.

S: subtler than expected, but there is clove, anise, sweet bread, floral yeast, honey.

T: all of the aromas are here, and then some; in addition to the spices and sweet bread, there is banana, figs, earthy yeast notes, alcohol, and the finish brings a nice bracing bitterness; the finish is dry and long, and there is a subtle grassy/herbal hop note that lingers with it.

M: so creamy, such lovely carbonation, this mouth-coating beauty feels like the nectar of the gods!

D: I think I might be turning into a Belgian!

07-19-2010 01:32:54 | More by Erish
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, with a nice screen-printed neck label.

Served cool into a St. Bernardus glass. I hope no one minds.

Chimay 'Cinq Cents' is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick head that lasts seemingly forever. Lacing is left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a bit of sour and funk. There's a little bit of white wine quality but it doesn't seem oxidized. A little like an oakey chardonnay.

Taste is really nice but surprisingly strong. It starts off sweet but there is some intense bitterness in the middle with more of the funk coming through at the end. Finishes dry and the alcohol contributes to that sensation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style. The alcohol is more evident than I would expect for something that is 8 percent ABV but that could be enhanced by the carbonation.

Overall a really tasty tripel but probably not one of my favorites. St. Bernardus or Westmalle get the nod.

07-17-2010 22:55:06 | More by GilGarp
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Trapiste389

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +8%

It pours wonderfully, forming a gorgeous white whipped cream head full of belgian lace. I love the herbal/medicinal smeel of the phenols. The taste is hoppy but not overpowering, with just a little bit of malt sweetness. The body is very nicely balanced and not too full. This is one of my favorite all time beers and my favotier Scourmont beer.

07-16-2010 19:57:25 | More by Trapiste389
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

I had this great brew on draft in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Creamy orange color with an abundant foamy head. Strong spice scents and mild amounts of yeast bread-like scents. Good spicey dry flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy. Pretty easy to finish and very refreshing.

07-16-2010 13:57:25 | More by mtnbikerpa
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rarbring

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

A dark golden, slightly hazy beer, an off-white rather small head that leaves some lacing.

The fruitiness is mostly old pears, some earthy, stable, leather aromas.

Brown sugar sweetness, sour milk and a quite offensive bitterness.

Low carbonation, rather flat.

Not balanced and a bit flat, could it have been old?

07-10-2010 19:49:03 | More by rarbring
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JayQue

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

750 ml bottle corked and caged, poured into my Chimay goblet (which I use for all Belgian beers). Good looking beer. First couple of pours were clear, orange, dense (could see the outline of my finger at the other side of the glass). Later pours were more hazy reddish brown (more sediment action). Not much lacing. Nice bubbly white head.

Smell was not great, some hint of yeasts, grapes and peaches/apples. Not as pronounced as some other Belgians.

Tasted very good. Belgian yeasts, grapes, apples and peaches. Not too sweet. Some spices on the tongue. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, no annoying alcohol presence, with spices and initial tingling on the tongue.

Drinkability is very good for this octane level. Very enjoyable beer. I drank the whole bottle and could have had more!!!

07-10-2010 01:04:05 | More by JayQue
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Served in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed rich apricot color with a 1/8" white head that soon recedes to a ring and an irregular patch of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass and widely scattered speckles of lacing on the other. Almost all of it slides back down the glass and into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and floral with hints of orchard fruits (apple and pear) and light caramel. There are also hints of spice and pepper.

Taste: The flavor here is complex and becomes more so as the beer warms over time. There is a semi-sweet balance between the honey sweetness of malt and the bitterness of the hops. There are also some spice and pepper notes. None of the flavors dominates and each compliments the other. As expected from the nose the fruity elements are mostly green orchard fruits with their sweetness and a trace of tartness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish is moderate to long in duration as the sweetness slowly fades into gentle dryness that easily leads from one sip to another.

Drinkability: This is a smooth well-balanced beer that is well worth drinking and then revisiting. If it is one of your first triples you may not fully appreciate its for its good qualities but as you have more and then return to this beer its quality and balance become more apparent. While I don't think this is my favorite tripel I certainly do like it and would not have any problems with having it again. (And I probably will.)

A note on drinking the yeast: The first pour left most of the yeast behind. And this review was written on that beer. I deliberately saved the last bit and the yeast, swirled well and then poured it into the glass at the end for drinking. What I now have in the bottom of the glass is a very cloudy half inch of beer well permeated with yeast. Not surprisingly, this has changed the flavors in that much of the complexity is now hidden by the yeast. The bitterness is now forward on the palate, the fruit aroma and flavors are concealed and the beer seems simpler.

07-08-2010 00:51:51 | More by drtth
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CaptYellow

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

From notes:

A: Unfiltered; orange. Whispy lacing which holds to the end.

S: Wheaty.

T: "Juicy fruit." That funky yeast taste. Only a slight malt and a slight hop taste. All yeast.

M: Medium. Slightly creamy.

D: Delicious. Slight bitterness. Very drinkable.

O: A bit expensive, but for the style and alcohol, perhaps it's reasonable. We'll break out a bottle of Chimay every once in a while over cards instead of wine.

07-07-2010 17:13:12 | More by CaptYellow
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

A big thanks to my Brother-in-Law for this great beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of white fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Cloves, spices, yeast, sweet caramel, and slight funk (from the yeast no doubt).

Taste - Similar to the nose. Honey and cloves dominate the initial flavor along with banana, flowers, yeast, and sweet caramel. There is also some hidden darker fruits such as raisins and plums.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. The alcohol is hidden quite well and is a great sipper. Really glad I was able to try this beer.

07-06-2010 01:25:07 | More by SpdKilz
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Enjoyed this at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC on tap. It's a clear golden amber color with a modest white cover and minimal signs of lace. The aroma brings on a malt and bready grass hop blend. Pretty typical Belgian tripel with a tasteful clove overtone, but good. The flavor is a very mellow blend of syrupy yeast malt and citrus hop. I get some bayberry and oats, wheat germ and vague peach. More complex than I picked up with my nose and very nice overall. It's medium bodied with modest carbonation that makes for a pleasant feel and a very drinkable Belgian despite the ABV.

07-04-2010 04:38:39 | More by Durge
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with tons of sediment particles suspended in the liquid. Huge head even with a careful pour. Aroma is fruity and full of yeast along with some spice. Taste is fruity with a slight sourness in the background. A nice amount of spiciness. Finish is dry. Not my favorite Tripel, but its not bad.

07-04-2010 03:05:37 | More by hckyfn9999
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AgentMunky

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 750mL "Cinq Cents" bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Beautiful! A rich, hazy copper just light enough to see shadows through. A layer of creamy head obscures the view into the beer from the top.

S: Yeasty with citrus topnotes and an undercurrent of milder spices which I can't quite place.

T: Outstanding! Alcoholic sweetness followed quickly by light malt and hops, balancing out nicely. This fades into a gentler complexity as the beer lingers. This aftertaste makes me smile, and rewards each sip. One of the best aspects of the taste.

M: Crisp, tingly, and exceedingly pleasant. Any alcohol which might have been obtrusive is neatly concealed.

D: One of my favourites. A beer perfect for special occasions, or just the rare night when you really want to treat yourself. I can polish off a 750mL bottle by myself without any regrets.

07-03-2010 20:26:42 | More by AgentMunky
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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