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

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Ratings: 3,826
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 352 | FT: 2
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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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330cc bottle poured into a Chimay goblet
A: Hazy amber color with a 1/2 finger head.
S: Bread and a hint of honey.
T: Clove and green banana up front, with a more subtle lemon/sour kick on the finish.
M: Light but extremely crisp and a bit sour- complex in that it hits from many directions at once.
O: I expected to like this more than I did- it's good, but the aroma/flavors don't stand out.

Photo of JayS2629
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with orange tints, a huge foamy head that fades slowly and leaves thick rings of lace.

The aroma is fruity with lemon zest, tropical fruits, apples, bananas, and spices; clove and black pepper.

The flavors are in complex layers with banana running throughout. Other fruits such as apple, pear, and tropical flavors. Lemon zest, coriander, black pepper and cloves.

Very smooth, light bodied and fizzy

Very complex and interesting. Over the top and a definite sipper.

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange. half a finger of head quickly disappears and leaves only a thin white ring around the glass.smell and taste are of fruit, spice and yeast. mostly banannas, apples, clove and some bread. mouthfeel is sharp up front with a medium body lively carbonation and a long dry finish. overall too much bananna and clove for me in another beer.

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

A mountainous crater of white foam tops this sparkling, orange-gold beer. Lots of sweet malt and yeast/hop spice in the nose. I should probably let this warm a bit to better appreciate the aroma, but I can't wait that long!

This is an incredibly drinkable beer at 8% abv--sweet pale malts, some subtle fruity notes, yeast spice, and just enough hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is incredibly light, bubbly, and creamy.

Chimay White was probably the first tripel I ever tasted, though I knew little about Belgian beer, let alone the style, at that time. Revisiting it now that I'm without my North American go-to tripels from Unibroue and Allagash in Tokyo makes me glad that I can get this at the local supermarket.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This tripel from Chimay pours a bit darker then most tripels having an almost amber hue. During the pour not much of a foamy cap was produced and was loose almost soapy tightness. Somewhat hazy in clarity. Aroma was of sweet and spicy malts and lemon juice from the yeast.
This medium weight beer tastes sweet from malts with some spiciness and very light esters. Alcohol warming and a tart dry finish with some herbal hop notes. This beer I think is my least favorite from Chimay. Good yes but nothing special like in the red and blue offerings.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Blanche is poured from a 750 mL magnum. The beer is quite hazy, almost dirty. A robust, expansive cap of foam floats above. The Duvel tulip, in which it sits, handsomely showcases the beer. The aroma is an inviting mixture of hops and yeast. The fresh hops clear the passages and allow the imbiber a full experience. This tripel has a deceptively light body as it washes the mouth. Yeast and fruit on the palate give way to bitter, spicy hops. Raisins and apples mix wonderfully with the grains. Every sip reveals a slight different take on its complexity. Fruit, sweet malt, yeast, spice and bitterness are all in harmony. At the end the palate is left dry and bitter, but I for one, wouldn't have it any other way.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL stubby bottle from the LCBO; best before 2014. Lots of yeasty sediment visible inside the bottle. It has been months since my last tripel, and with winter almost upon us in Canada, I figured this one was overdue. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a pale, foggy golden-orange colour. Streams of bubbles are easily visible in the cloudy liquid, as are specks of yeasty sediment. Very generous off-white coloured head that manages to be creamy, but still dense and stable enough to retain its lumpy, uneven shape well into the session. Foamy lacing practically coats the sides of the glass as it gradually leaks away. Pleasing aroma of with notes of coriander, cloves, Belgian yeast, and banana. Some lemon or orange citrus as well; very fruity, floral and herbal profile.

Doughy, bready malts and tons of yeast are the first things I pick up, but there is plenty of complexity underneath. Various fruity notes are detectable, ranging from tropical fruits, banana and pear, to lemony-orange citrus. Herbal, peppery notes of coriander and clove are more apparent toward the finish. Has a fairly earthy feel on the palate, with good balance between fruity sweetness, yeast and the earthy, herbal bitterness, of which the latter two linger into the aftertaste. Medium, not-quite-full bodied, with a slightly sticky feel in the mouth. Carbonation level is a little more than mild, giving it a good crisp feel. The alcohol is only noticeable if you're looking for it, and feels more like 6% than 8%.

The standard by which all other tripels should be judged. Deceptively easy to drink given the abv, this is a fairly complex and very delicious brew. A fine sipper for the winter months, although you may wonder where it all went when there's an empty, lacing-coated glass sitting in front of you. One I'd seriously like to try aged some day.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gradient that turns from yellow at the bottom of the glass to orange near the top, with some yeasty sediment floating around in the glass. Substantial, creamy milk-colored head.

S: A more subtle smell than I expected, but yeast and citrus peel are still prevalent.

T: Spicy and yeasty notes up front, giving way to some citric bitterness on the finish. While both elements are good alone, I feel that the overall flavor is subdued and fades away very quickly.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy and tingly mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

D: A good introduction to tripels that I think everyone should try due to its wide availability.

Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Pours out a cloudy golden wheat color with a massive foamy white head that settles down to a nice cover and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

S – Very nice yeasty Belgian smell with just a bit of funk and some sweetness.

T – Very subtle sweet flavors to start with what tastes like pear, green grapes and apple. Moves quickly to a bready malt with just a touch of bitterness. Spicy and peppery. Finishes a bit dry with a nice warming presence of alcohol that you feel run down your throat.

M – Medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation. Slightly drying.

O – Very nice tripel here as expected. Pretty drinkable even at the ABV. It may not be the best out there but its better then most. Enjoy.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a bar in Manhattan that's name escaped me; served in a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a frosty pale with a fading head of white foam.

S: Smells delicious! funky, Belgian yeast and and cloves with hints of citrus, fresh fruits and sweetness.

T: Crisp balance of funk, citrus hops and flan sweetness. It lays heavy on the tongue and finishes dank and fruity.

D: Alcohol is hidden and boldness and complexity of flavours makes this something that I look forward to every time I reach for the glass.

Overall: A great beer! This is such a treat and a delicious experience. Its among the best Tripels and is refreshing and complex.

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

Served on tap into a snifter at Bier Markt

A- Poured a hazy orange color with a frothy ring of head that left lots of lace.

S- Huge bubblegum aroma, clove, belgian yeast, and citrus

T- Lots of bubblegum, belgian yeast, citrus, clove, spices, and light pear taste.

M- Champagne like, finishes very dry, some nice warming on the finish, high carbonation

O- A really good tripel. Highly drinkable with a complex taste and aroma.

Photo of BilbosNuts
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color that is on the dark side with hints of amber hues. It has a massive white head with a decent amount of retention, but it does fade to a thin film over time. There appears to be tons of carbonation with waves of bubble streams rising to the top.

S: Belgian yeast and spicy peppery aromas are the backbone aromas. Through this base, mild sweet fruitiness and a slight sting of alcohol make themselves noticeable.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with spicy pepper and the Belgian yeast up front. Pale malts and a mild alcoholic end provide a slight bitter finish.

M: The body is on the lighter side. Similar to other senses, the alcohol makes its presence known with a slight stinging sensation. Surprisingly, I didn't notice much carbonation in spite of its appearance.

O: You can't really go wrong with any Chimay. They provide wonderful examples for the styles they produce and this one is no exception.

Photo of dbaker61
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle. Brew date: Jan. 1,2011; best by Jan. 1, 2014. 8% ABV, 16.9 degrees Plato.

Allowed to warm up 20 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

Appearance: Dark yellow with orange tinge, cloudy. Slow pour still yielded 3+ fingers of yellow-shade white dense head. Retention goes on forever. Left fluffy rings of lacing.

Smell: Spicy fruity aromas. Bready, banana, cloves, grass, peppery, very nice.

Taste: Banana, orange, cloves, biscuit, nice bitterness mixed in. The alcohol is detectable but is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation. Left a dry lingering bitterness, a good bitterness.

Overall: Excellent beer. I may prefer the blue label Chimay, but this one is very nice. Full of flavor, and the aromas are multidimensional. Recommended highly.

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

Pours out a hazy orange with a thick white head that never goes away. Sticks all over the glass. Some yeast sediments are present and light carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is full of bread, yeast, and fruit. Even the bitter hops pull through.

The taste is full of balancing malts. yeast, and hops. Some ripe fruit hits the tongue, but the bread like malts and yeast the pulls through the most. A bit of alcoholic sweetness and a bitter hop finish. Carbonation make this Abbey ale easy to drink.

Over all just an easy thumbs up. A great abbey tripel!

Photo of barleyroad
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a gold with some cloud to it, nice for this type of brew. The smell is good with that hoppy pils aroma. The mouthfeel is exceptional and leaves nicely. Taste, good to great. We are now big fans of this beer. Overall we think this is a must have beer. This is an instant classic.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass

A: hazy golden color with a fluffy white head, tons of head, receding to about two fingers. Sticky lacing.

S: sugary yeast, boozy, lemon zest, licorice.

T: subtle fruits, boozy, but not overpowering or too warm. Very mild hops.

M: slightly sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O: an absolute favorite of mine.

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

From a three pack with Chimay Chalice from Costco.

Sweet fruity smelling,hazy golden color with good head , retains to bottom of chalice. Nice lacing of glass.I did not drain this to the sediment. Not alcoholic in taste despite 8% ABV..
Slightly bitting but nice aftertaste.Flavor improves as it warms!

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

This Chimay is called a tripel. But where there are blonds that feel like a tripel, this is a tripel feeling like a blond. After long thinking: the smell reminds of (Dutch) Chrismas bread with raisins and almond spice.

L: good; whitebeer looking gold;
S: malt, liquorice, treacle, honey and a touch of orange at the background, Chrismas bread;
T: orange, malty; I'm missing hops to finish the taste;
M: good, good, good. But not more. Alcohol is hidden.
O: just a good, nice, round beer, with some interesting aspect; but a little bit to smooth.

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