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

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92
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3,878 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,878
Reviews: 1,561
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 186
Gots: 397 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a chimay goblet

A- Thick and cloudy white on yellow very similar to a north coast pranqster. Nice white head

S- Nice and hoppy, good fruit smell

T- Overwhelmingly malty, citrus notes come in at the end, finishes smooth.

M- Very Good carbonation and on the swallow you almost forget its there. Good.

D- Not my favorite of the style by any means, probably wont be drinking it again.

Photo of Ruination2007
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this bottle 1 year and 3 months old.
A- Big fluffy white head, endless carbonation, 90% transparent orange golden color.
N- Medicinal and slightly floral, reminds me of circus peanuts.
T- Delicious grainy maltiness, fleeting nutty character, excellent earthy yeast flavor, light hops with slightly cheesy aged hop character, mild phenolic after taste.
M- Smooth, good carbonation, very dry finish.
D- Very drinkable. Solid tripel with excellent character and mouthfeel. Dry finish leaves you wanting more.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

Look: pours orange with a lot of cloudiness. It looks like haze but there's also some yeast suspended throughout. The eggshell head is huge and fluffy and it retains for a very long time, ultimately ending with a thin layer of foam atop the beer. It leaves a little lacing but not that much, which is odd considering the impressive head.

Smell: spices and yeast fill my nose. There's some fruitiness, some grassiness and spices like cloves. There's noticeable alcohol as well.

Taste: lightly sweet with some honey and candi sugar flavors. There's some of the spices from the nose and some yeast flavor as well. There's a little hoppiness to it but not that much. Alcohol is present though not overbearing.

Feel: medium bodied, heavily carbonated. Dry aftertaste.

Drink: fairly high considering the ABV. Very drinkable.

Overall, a solid tripel. While nothing about it makes me go "Hot damn!" it is still very good and probably a required drink if you are into Belgians. Certainly worth a go! Cheers!

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance:
Golden-orange color, very cloudy. Thick creamy head, lacing sticks on the glass very well.

Aroma:
Cloves, cinnamon and a little peppery, pineapple, banana and clean malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Sweet and spicy up front. Cloves, cinnamon and sweet bready malts. Fruitiness, banana with touch of citrus notes. There some tartness in the middle. Body is medium, but very crisp.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very smooth finish, yet very crisp. I get some peppery aftertaste that lingers very well.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"She may, she may not, but with Chimay, she may." - Scourmont Abbey "dirty" joke.

Cloudy maize color with a runaway white head. More retention than you could shake a stick at but impressive lace does not ensue.

Spicy white pepper and clove cut through pineapple and a little hay. Taste is spicy and dry. There's some pineapple and apricot sweet buried under all the clove and mustard seed. Effervescent carbonation. Dry aftertaste sometimes clears the palette and sometimes leaves a lasting burn sugar fade.

I like Chimay's Brother Theodore yeast better in dubbels and quads.

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

A:Yellowish burnt tint,unique head bubbles.

S:fruity,yeasty,with a freshness that is outstanding.

T:remarkably smooth fruity bananna taste with light floral hoppy finish.

M:like I said smooth!med body.

D:I can't find anything bad to say about this ale.It does down easy,has the right taste,and keeps you interested.Please send me some free samples,anybody!?

Photo of ryantaussig
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A thick head stands sturdy on top of a beautiful slightly hazy golden beer with a nice steady stream of bubbles rising through it. Excellent lacing.

S: A bit to be desired here. Clean and crisp with alcohol and herbal/earthy notes.

T: Excellent well balanced ale with a small amount of fruit sweetness and a small amount of hop bitterness. Definite alcohol presence as well as earthy yeast flavor.

M: As expected it has a wonderful feel to it that only a Belgian can give. Thick and creamy with a medium weight that gives way to an extremely crisp finish. Not dry: crisp. A little graininess from the yeast if you disturbed much of it during the pour.

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

A: A nice orange color, with some reddish and brown hue, semi traslucent, lots of carbonatation which generate an abundant, creamy, thick dirty white head. With good retention, and waste is shown on glass.

S: some sweet and hops, small spicy notes

T: some sweetness is presetn at the very begginign, it changes to a nice bitterness that persist for a while, the alcohol presence is percived, but is not uncomfortable, the finish is long. A little bit spicy

The taste lasts, that makes you to drink it in a very slow way if you want to enjoy until the last minute of flavour

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

*review from notes - Xmas '09*

Pours a hazy burnt orange, 2 fingers of cloudy white head with nice retention - great looking pour! A nice yeasty smell, some banana, pear, spices, fresh bread, even some floral hops. Fairly sweet tasting, Belgian candy and sweet malts shine initially, but balances out nice with the fruit, hops and spiciness. Lots of carbonation and somewhat dry, but smooth. A very well balanced example of the style, as Ive found the other Chimay varieties to be.

Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden-orange color with a couple fingers of tight white head. Retention is very nice, and the remaining lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: A good deal of citrus, esters, cloves, a bit of banana, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: This is probably the most citrus-y tripel I have tried. Quite a bit of citrus (grapefruit and even pineapple) up front, with cloves, esters on the back end. A bit of dry bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Very nice overall with slightly peppery carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature 33 cl bottle into a Chimay goblet. The beer has a tarnished gold color and a pure white head. The head is made up of tiny white bubbles and was about two fingers in height, although it has slowly settled. Some lacing is left behind. A noticeable amount of carbonation is rinsing from the bottom of the glass.

This triple has a very nice aroma. There is a lot of orange peel. A hint of spice mixes with the Belgian yeast to provide a crisp scent. Crystal sugar provides a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is characterized by a subtle sweetness and a mild peppery kick. A little bit of alcohol is present; it is more noticeable after I swallow. Flavors of lemongrass are also apparent.

This beer has a full body and a lot of carbonation. There are so many bubbles that if I hold onto a mouthful before swallowing, it foams up without me swishing it around. It isn't a sticky beer, and the coating is slight--both impressive aspects. The foaming is kind of off-putting though, hence a lower score.

Despite this foaminess, I will easily finish my glass. The spices aren't overpowering and are easily consumed. This isn't my go to triple, simply because there are local Belgian style versions that I prefer, but for an authentic Trappist version, this is a great example.

Photo of Lucklys
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark, almost burnt honey golden orange and there was a medium head when immediately poured into the glass. While sipping, the foam laced along the inside of the glass can be described as determined, or slightly slow to dissolve.

While I would still categorize it as a pale ale, it has a different flavor than I am used to, and I had to look up the fruits that went into the making. While any seasoned beer taster might be able to pull out the scent of dried grapes from a few whiffs, I did not recognize anything that resembled raisins and discovered that what I was smelling was fermented Muscat grapes, which are primarily used in sparkling, dessert, and table wines. And maybe raisins. But fermented grapes have more of a bitter, sour smell to them than when they are dried, and this Chimay definitely had a moist sweetness to it.

The last thing I noticed while I was drinking it was that it left a slightly bitter after-taste on the back of my tongue, which complimented the thickness of the liquid rather nicely. Not to mention, when I sipped it after munching on some salty popcorn, it was like the sweetness was holding hands with the salt and dancing in my mouth. I promise, I've only had two bottles, I'm not drunk off my ass like it probably sounds.

I would definitely stick this beer into the 'end of fall' category, as it almost tastes like autumn. I would drink it sitting around a bon fire, maybe cooking some fresh caught, well-buttered white bass or walleye; the smell of burning leaves and the sound of crackling wood mingling with the hazy bitter hops and yeast on the back of my tongue, bursting just as I finish the gulp.

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

Poured from a stubbie bottle into an oversived wine glass.

A-Cloudy straw color with a fluffy shite head. Minimal lacing (which is probably th efault of the glass)

S-Slight smell of florals and alcohol.

T-Wow. I have been trying many differnt tripels in the past few months, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. There is a spicy note to it, but it is subtle where others seem to be almost overwhelming.

MF-he carbonatoin is high and as such it tickles the tongue a little. Thinner than I was expecting orm looking at it, but it felt very nice.

D-The second most drinkable tripel I've ever had. I enjoyed myself very much.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I'm not done looking for different tripels to try, but I can see me coming back ot this one often.

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Very appealing. The colour is a deep and hazy orange. When poured it produced 3 fingers of white, soapy-looking head with retention that is quite decent. Good lacing.

S - Sweet malts and yeast are most noticeable. Some subtle hops are also present, along with some faint citrus notes.

T - Not nearly as sweet as I had thought it would be. The sweetness of the malts are in the foreground, while distinct hops and yeast are also strong flavours. The citrus is pretty hidden but you can tell that it's there.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, the medium body isn't overly smooth but still feels good and has a little bit of a harsh edge to it that is nice. Drinkability is great for the style. It is a beer that has a great flavour and feel to it without sacrificing the desire to consume a few of them.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic beer here.
Pours a apple juice color with a white head and really nice lacing. Smells of apples and malty goodness. Tastes spicy, peppery, bubblegum flavored, with apple notes. Mouthfeel is quite nice and smooth. Drinkability is good as well.

Photo of Swedes21
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - first impression is beer pours with a tremendous amount of head and lingers for a prolonged period of time. The colour is a golden haze, unable to see through the glass.

Smell - I am going to have to say a very strong smell of hops, even a little hint of vanilla. Very natural smelling beer.

Taste - a bitter taste with a strong sense of alcohol, i guess that is why its 8%. The taste if full bodied and last throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and the carbonation is weaker than expected, almost a non carbonated taste in my mouth.

Drinkability - Overall this is a very deep tasting and rich in flavour beer, it offers a lot to the mouth as it goes down. Overall, i would not lean to this for a "night out" but a good starter or finishing beer.

Photo of richmof
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time no have. Poured into Chimay chalice (at Maison du Peuple) a ruby orange colour with a nice creamy head that laced all the way down.

Yeasty, phenolic fruitiness comes through on the nose and that certainly predominates on the palate as well (apple, pear, as well as the usuals?). There is also a slightly pine-like quality that yields to the hops, giving way to a nice dry finish. The alcohol and yeast make it slightly heavy but you can certainly a couple in a session. Very unlike other triples, much easier to drink and the alcohol is much more balanced (although it also has much lower ABV than others).

Photo of Reaper16
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a Chimay chalice

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Orange highlights dance about the body. The very white head sits at 1.5 fingers, notching long spindles of lace. Pretty good for the style, I'd say. Not as impressive as I would have thought.

Lots of stonefruit (apricot mostly, but peach too) mixes with a heavy hop aroma. Lots of bitter plant smells and some orange lupulin smells too. Biscuits and honey from the malt, of course. Belgian candi sugar makes for a bit of a sugared cereal aroma. This is textbook Tripel, only hoppier. Very nice.

The taste follows the nose to a 'T.' A nice, sugary blend of pear juice and peach Kool-Ade make up the majority of the flavor, with a grain taste that reminds me of glazed doughnuts. There are a considerable number of hops here, too. This is easily the hoppiest Tripel I've had that wasn't from America. The green bitterness of the hops is not unwelcome. Everything pretty much works together.

The mouthfeel on this glass was a disappointment. I don't want to say that it was "flat," but it was certainly not up to the optimal level of carbonation. The body of the beer was rather listless without the active bubbles. Still, the flavors were good enough that you could drink a few of these happily (not counting price, of course).

This is a damn solid Tripel. Its heavy use of hops for the style makes it stand out. I think this beer is better and more complex out of the bottle, but any sort of Chimay on-tap is nothing to scoff at.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:
Look: Hazy peach gold, small head, no lace.
Smell: Grapes and biscuits.
Taste: Smooth, light fruit up front, but very dry. There's some light bready yeast and a real nice herbal/citrus hop kick in the finish.
Mouth: The mouth is a little harsh, especially near the end.
Drink: Chimay, in my opinion is a little over-hyped. The beer is good, but simple. The tripel is no different, a little bland for my taste.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a chimay chalice.

Pours a deep yellow orange color with a big frothy head that recedes quickly. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass. Huge vanilla, wafer, and lemon custard aroma. Has a spicy after note as well. The flavor is very astrigent with a bitter acidity. Malted flavors with vanilla undertones. Really not good. This might be infected or just not be my favorite triple. The mouthfeel is over carbonated but true to style with it's crispness. The Drinkability is just above average for me because it's just not tasty at all. Worth a try, but not worth hunting down.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky and dark golden hue with a foamy white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: A sweet aroma of pears, apples, grains, bread, malts, & Belgian yeast. Hints of clove and citrus hops can be detected, but are very faint.

T: A crisp and light flavor of caramel malts, citrus hops, clove, apple, and a little booze. A little bitter aftertaste with a little funk.

M: Smooth & juicy texture with lively carbonation and medium body.

D: Chimay is always delicious and this is a perfect example why. Not like your typical Tripels, but easy to drink and wonderful flavor none the less.

Photo of dasenebler
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Pours a hazy amber with a decent head, good retention and lacing. It was difficult not to integrate the yeast sediment, even when leaving beer in the bottle.

Smells of apples, pears, yeast and spice. Some nice earthiness and hop notes as well.

The flavor is rich and malty, but surprisingly bitter. This is a well-hopped tripel, perhaps too much so. The bitterness is sturdy, which I find to be problematic as the drink wears on. The finish is dry, quite bitter, and nearly astringent. Behind the bitterness and earthy hop flavors is a decent amount of sweet, caramel malt and fruity esters, but overall, I am not impressed with the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but the carbonation is raw, the bubbles large and bloating. Drinks very average for the style.

I would like to re-review this beer at some point, because I was quite disappointed with it this time. Not a good Tripel.

Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chimay white has an excellent head that lasts and a cloudy amber colour. It has a yeasty smell to it. This beer tastes very matly to me and reminds me of Leffe Blonde. It's malty from start to finish. This beer feels great in the mouth and is well carbonated. Chimay always make a high quality beer and this is no exception.

Photo of newk340
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark orange color that gives a thick, quickly receding head.

S: a sweet malt aroma leads the charge ahead of some yeasts, citrus, and hops.

T: malts are evident while dark fruits are a pleasant surprise with each sip.

MF/D: a faint fizzle of carbonation leads a medium bodied brew, though one is more than enough to drink at any one time.

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

A- A dark pumpkin color. Thick and medium carbonation. Had a great head, but it disappeared fast.

S- Sweet malts, spices, citrus, the faintest alcohol scent, and a a light hops and yeast smell.

T- Leads with sweet citrus and the hop bitterness takes it's place, evening things out. and the spicing becomes evident shortly after. Light aftertaste which was disappointing.

M- Smooth and medium to high body. A tad light for the carbonation level.

D- A very good Belgian drink. Easy to down and considerably light for my expectations for my first Tripel style beer.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,878 ratings.