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

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Ratings: 3,939
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 195
Gots: 444 | FT: 3
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 3,939 | Reviews: 1,575
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour with enormous rocky white head, hazy peach colored body, and just overall very enticing. Nose has a rusty bready quality, with some peach pit, and clove notes with a pleasant mustiness. Dry on the palate with some soft wheat like maltiness, bready qualities, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

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

on tap in chimay goblet

A-pours a hazed golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to nice fresh collar

S- is bananas,clove,spice and fruit.with hops

T- is sweet candy bread,with banana's and clove i get some hops/malts and citrus

M- crisp and pure well carbonated

D- drinkable and delicious lots of flavor it drinks like hefe to me ...it is pricey so i dont buy it to often

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Resembles Iced Tea, but a little cloudy, with a decent white head, which lasts a decent amount of time and leaves some lacing

Smell: Malt, hops, hints of apple and yeast

Taste: Malt, hops, fruit, yeast, spice, hints of semi-bitter oranges, decent bitterness, a little bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but it doesn't go down like water, abv is well hidden

Overall, my least favorite of the three easily available Chimay brews, but I still love it.

Photo of Aiptasia
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle (I think it's 12 oz). Honestly, i'm not as impressed with Chimay's offerings as other Trappists, Abbeys and big Belgian style beers.

A: Color of weak iced tea on the pour. Good head with fair retention (dissipates quickly) and little to no lacing on my beer stein. A lot flaky/chunky from the final bottle carbonation.

S: Smells of caramelly hops with a hint of granny smith apple peels.

T: Hops hit you on the tongue a lot more than other big Belgians. Leaning heavy towards hops in the balance with some burnt sugary notes of caramel, raisins and plum. Long lingering wet hops aftertaste with sting from the heavy carbonation and alcohol.

M: Full bodied. Hops are bitter and lasting. Carbonation is overwhelming almost to coors level (not my thing).

D: A sipper from the strength. This is a beer for those that like the lingering taste of bitterness in their beer. It's just not my favorite.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Perfect white one-finger head that laces with great regularity. Light copper foggy body.

Smell - Bananas. Sweet candy character. Reminds me of a Paulander.

Taste - Very upfront IPA-like spice which receeds quickly into a smooth hefeweisen-type body. Hops feel like they're more double than triple.

Mouthfeel - Very dry with slight creaminess.

Drinkability - I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pick up another one of these, and I think they're overpriced and overrated. However, I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.

Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done. Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well. Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying. ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.

Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs.

Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden color with nice white lacing. Smells of hop and belgian yeast with some malt backbone. Ample carbonation. Tastes of hop yeast malt and orange. Drinkability is high and the mouthfeel high as well very nice would definitly revisit. Solid example of a triple.

Photo of Kc12349
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Yeasty with a slight sweatness
Appearance: Hazy, light beach brown
Head: a couple fingers, creamy and thick
Taste: yeasty bite, malty finish
Mouth feel: smooth, tastes of yeast with hints of fruit beneath and with a malty but clean finish
Drinkability: very pleasant, worth savoring

I am a big fan of Chimay across the board. I much more often drink the red and blue, but that is mostly because the white is less available and not due to any strong preference. A bit pricier than some other options in the style, but when I want a sure bet for a well and consistently crafted Abbey ale, this would be my choice.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; pale yellow, mostly clear, some light haze and sediment(that's my fault)Off white head that dissipates at a moderate speed. Some foam remains throughout the drink, leaving subtle lacing.

smell; strong lemon rind hops, quite zesty with some alcohol spice. Grape fruit and white sugar scents blend with some sweet bready aromas.

taste; a strong blast of lemony hops, fizzle out to a dry bitter finish. Some unripe pear flavors from start to finish. Overall, the hop bitterness stands out most, some hidden sour notes as well. Yeasty flavor appear in the aftertaste more and more as the drink warms.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with grating carbonation, very sharp but at the same time creamy and slick. Nice balance to say the least and finish quite warm and soothing, a good drink for a mild sore throat.

drinkability; pretty nice, the alcohol is present but in a therapeutic way, indulge.

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

Pours a hazy yellow, golden, body with a bubbly white foamy two finger head. Very little lacing.

The aroma is understated compared to the quad, but still gives the pungent aromatic, spicy signature of belgian yeast. The background aroma is a loaf of bread. Seriously.

The flavor impresses a little more than the aroma with nice balance between the spiciness from the yeast, and the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of tanginess on the end of the tongue, but more like a peach than a grapefruit.

The alcohol is a little present, but this pour is still very drinkable. Another great belgian.

Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger cloudy white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of pears, apples and Belgian yeast. A bit of bitter hops to start the flavor profile, followed by the Belgian spices, before tailing off to a sweeter pear/apple finish. Highly carbonated. Crisp, tingling mouthfeel.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with half a finger of white head.

Smells of fruity Belgian yeast, apple, banana, and pear.

Taste is similar to the scent, banana and apple at first, followed by some yeasty breadyness. Some bittering but leaves you with a nice tarty pear flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with higher carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability is high. Overall this is delicious and it is very enjoyable to drink. An excellent Tripel.

Photo of chefelf
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I don't enjoy this one quite as much as their red label it's still Chimay and therefore I love it.

Many people with far more refined palates than mine may think this one is superior to the red label. However, I'm just a simple man. And as a simple man I prefer the simpler tastes of the red label Chimay.

And what's up with this being called "white" label? Mine is clearly yellowish.

Oh, those crazy Belgian monks.

Photo of beyah
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- Hazy straw color with a lot of carbonation long lasting white lacing.

S- The smell of Malt and Yeast, no hops aroma at all.

T- Malty and smooth as it gets, a very subtle hops bitterness, this is a well balanced beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. There is a sweet subtle fruitiness and phenols detected.

M- Mouthfeel is perfect and the carbonation only helps the drinkability.

F- Finish is dry and pleasant.

A classic to be enjoyed those who want to experience as close to a perfect bottle of beer as humanly possible. I am starting to think the Monks had some Devine inspiration with the recipe.

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

I've had this dozens of times, but somehow only now am getting around to formally reviewing it.

A - Poured from a c&c bottle into a Chimay goblet (BRANDING). Pours goldenrod, the color of a wheat field at sunset. A good sized foamy ecru head accumulates quickly and fades slightly more slowly.

S - Very noticeable clove and banana, very sweet, think Belgian candi sugar. Slight hops aroma in the mix as well.

T - There is a warm alcohol flavor throughout that is sort of intensified as it sticks around into the aftertaste. Starts off like a hefeweizen; cloves and banana, lots of yeast, but then gets a bit sweeter, warmer, more alcoholic.

M - Bubbly, tickles the mouth, lots of carbonation.

Photo of nickthetick
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick extremely cloudy dark orange into a Chimay chalice. A finger and a half of white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: subtly banana and medium roasted malt.

T: medium roasted malts, caramel and a little anise is present. Some spicy citrus notes show up then hang on the back.

MF: medium body and very effervescent. Sweet overall and a tad astringent.

D: I would probably try a new triple over this but would buy this again if there were no other triples or if the set with the glassware were available.

Photo of salvo
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pace-setter and, for me and others, defines the style. On-tap, the coriander and rich bready yeasts are more pronounced in the smell and taste. The head retains fluff long after others have gone flat. Color is champaign yellow. Finish is long, dry, and nuanced.

If you don't know this lovely belgian tripel, you have to try it, and if you enjoy it: you like belgian beer. It's really quite that simple. Consistent, textbook definitions of the style, and surprisingly complex for a widely available import.

This beer inspired and continues to inspire so may to think how much better beer can be than the mass produced tasteless watery crap we put up with for far too long. "I can make better," or at least "I will find better." Thanks, Chimay, for keeping up your high standards and consistently yummy beers so that we might be woken from our zombie palates in the new world. First we imitated, they we innovated, and now you are brewing a number of hoppy "American style" ales. Now that's a compliment to American brewers! (See Hopus, esp.)

Enjoyed on-tap at Black Dog in Urbana, IL.

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

Chimay white is a beer drinkers beer. Great feeling when that glass hits my hand. The taste is full yet not to filling. Glad to see such a classy beer in so many bars. I feel that not enough people treat themselves to a nice beer. If Chimay is the only one next to a Miller Light or Coors Light, I will gladly choose Chimay.

Photo of boudreaux
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice

Pours a hazy, straw/golden, with bits of yeast residue visible; a beautiful, off-white head billows to 2 fingers width, remains at 1/4 finger throughout the drink; lacing is sticking to the glass

Banana and clove dominate the aroma; very sticky sweet and heavy smells; a touch of alcohol and spice also are there, as is a touch of hops

The tastes mirror the aromas, with banana and clove dominating; the sweetness is less than I expected, with a touch of hop bite and spice balancing the flavor well; alcohol is masked at first by the chilled character; as the brew warms, the alcohol becomes more noticeable

Mouthfeel is interesting; expected to be really heavy, but the sweet/stickiness is surprisingly balanced with a crisp, fresh element; the tongue is warmed by the alcohol

Drinkability is solid. I could sip on this all day

Photo of afinepilsner
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle
8% abv

Chimay Triple was orange in color and very cloudy. It had a nice creamy white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was yeast aromas, fruit, and peppery spices. The taste was spice, yeast, candi sugar, and a little fruit with some noticeable alcohol. The finish was dry and warming. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and high carbonation that mellows as the beer warms. Drinkability was good as well. This is a well made Tripel and worth trying out.

Photo of epicness
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color with an off white head. Pours a one finger off white head that disippates to a slight wisp rather quickly. Very good sticky lacing on the glass is present.

S: Tons of yeast is present up front in the scent along with spicy hops. Banana is also present in the scent with helps offset the onslaught of spices and yeast.

T: More banana is present on the taste than the smell. Banana is present up front which gives way to a bready yeasty flavor. The beer has a rather dry and bitter hops finish to it. There's also a little bit of an alcohol induced warming sensation on the back end of the taste. There's hardly any aftertaste present besides the hops. It's got a very well balanced overall taste to it.

M: Medium bodied yet heavy on the carbonation which makes it rather difficult to drink quickly, which is a good thing due to that 8.0% ABV.

D: It's a tasty beer and the 8.0% doesn't jump out at you in the taste at all. It makes it a drinkable beer. Obviously it's not a beer you want to session, but it goes down fairly easy.

Photo of NWer
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.48/5  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.

Photo of Intrinsic
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of mariposafan
4.51/5  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.

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