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

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92
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3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | 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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Photo of JAA
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

I thoroughly enjoy Tripels. One of my favorite styles, without a doubt. I also thoroughly enjoy Chimay. One of my favorite Belgain breweries. Yippee yo, lets go.

Poured out of the classically decorated Chimay 750 ml bottle, into a rather run of the mill "pint" glass. Yeah, yeah, yeah, i'm too lazy to grab my goblet. Absolutely opaque. Cloudier than the surface of Jupiter. A great looking, one finger head, sticks around for quite a while.

That yeasty "Chimay" odor is about the only thing i notice in the nose. Perhaps some light fruits, maybe peaches and green grapes peak through the yeast. A little floral aroma.

Tastes very fruity and champagne like. Light fruits, grapes and peach or nectarines. yeasty. Very, very, champagne like. A bit of white pepper spices things up a bit.

Feels good, drinks good. A good representation of the style. One of the more florally and fruity tripels i have had, but none the less, enjoyable.

Chimay makes quality brews, and this beer doesn't break the mold. Buy up , drink up.

JAA, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of seand
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a hazy light amber, with about a finger of soft white head. A thin layer of the head sticks around on the surface, leaving reasonably good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness and spices.

T: Sweet, though not overly so, with a little bit of hop flavors on the finish. Alcohol is detectable but in the background.

M: Reasonably carbonated, fairly smooth, finishes crisp and a bit dry.

D: Drinks quite easily. It doesn't go overboard with any particular flavor, so it should be a pretty good match to most meals.

It was good, but not my favorite tripel.

seand, May 30, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is large, billowy, and recedes slowly leaving lacing all over the glass. The aroma is of yeast, leather, citrus, lemon, and hay. The taste begins with lemon and citrus notes, and finishes with a sharp funky barnyard thing. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good tripel that I will certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, May 30, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Chilled 33cl bottle pored into a Chimay chalice glass.

Generates a creamy and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves behind a reasonable degree of lacing. The body of the beer is a solid fusion of hazy rust or deep amber honey moving out towards maple syrup.

Nose over the glass, deep inhalation... not much. Once again with slow drags of inhalation still not much other than a mild pepper like aroma. It should be noted these notes are from a winter evening and a chilled beer. My experience with Chimay is that the aroma has an almost linear relationship with the temp of the beer so perhaps warming it up may release more aroma.

Taste... now thats a different story. Malt drives the base of the Chimay white and carries a grainy nut flavor with a spicy twang. This however slowly degrades and lets a citrus flavor move forward albeit quite short lived as a sticky dry ester finish hovers about.

In many aspects this is a straight forward beer. It is still complex in flavor when compared to a euro pilsner for example or more to the point a Belgian Tripel, however it isn't simple. Lets say its straight up the business and a damn good Tripel.

SleepyMonk, May 30, 2009
Photo of ghebel
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours hazy golden color with plenty of carbonation and a few dark colored "floaters" in the glass. Smell is spicy. Taste is complex. Spicy ketones and friuty esters as expected from Belgian yeasts. Overall - smooth, very drinkable and enjoyable.

ghebel, May 27, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.

Pour produced a nice cloudy orange body with a hazy clarity and a nice two finger white cap that slowly whittled down to a ring around my glass.

Beautiful floral aromas of yeast, orange peel, and coriander throughout. Nice, clean and well represented.

Taste was pretty spicy and tart up front, esters are prominent but are never over the top. Starts to go dry and crisp mid palate and continues all the way to the finish. I really enjoyed the complexity and balance of all the different flavor. None where dominating but instead seemed to compliment from start to finish.

Mouthfeel was superb due to the relatively high carbonation and high abv. which gives the mouth a nice slick coating.

I have to give this a very good drinkability because of the carbonation and fantastic flavor. This could come close to being my favorite tripel along with La Fin Du Monde.

Foxtrot, May 26, 2009
Photo of Mit
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

A-Poured a cloudy gold with a nice off white long lasting head.

S-spicey sweet smell. Hints of coriander

T-Very smooth with the sweetness on the forefront and spiceyness trailing behind. Very pleasant and not overpowering. Very nice beer and the alcohol is not as prevalent as one might expect. A little deceiving.

M-Nice and full, this is where you know it's a high abv beer.

D-Suprisingly drinkable despte the high abv...scary combo.

Mit, May 24, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

The beer pours hazy as shite with a huge head that sticks around and laces nicely.

The smell and taste are both dominated by cloves. Very nice, well within the bounds of style, just a little too much for me. There are some other esters and phenols from the lovely yeasties floating around as well, the clove just really dominates.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. nice.

The drinkability is where this beer shines, there is no noticable alcohol, just nice smoothness, dangerous.

grayburn, May 24, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

330 ml bottle

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange amber color, almost the color of honey, with a foamy white two finger head. Nice retention on the head, leaves a nice lace.

Smell - Citrus fruit, malt, and spice.

Taste - Incredible. Sweet citrus fruit, malt, and yeast. Some slight hop bitterness. Very good.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, clean, refreshing. Makes you want to drink more of this beer.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, an excellent beer.

hardy008, May 24, 2009
Photo of Wronsky
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Dark straw, almost orange pour. Thick, creamy white head. Dissipates slowly.
Nose: Has a sour smell to it. Not too strong. A little white sugar sweetness comes though.
Taste: Very mild spice to this one. A soft hop bite finds its way in there among the subtle flavors. There's a swelling explosion of flavor for an instant, but quickly turns into a subtle stillness. I'm having a hard time pinpointing specific flavors.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth. It feels heavier than it tastes. Light carbonation plays a nice part in keeping it light.
Drinkability: Very good. I found myself drinking it pretty quickly at first trying to put words to what I was tasting. However, I never thought it was too heavy or I was drinking it too fast. For an 8%, this is very good. I could drink this all night. At least I think I could.

Wronsky, May 23, 2009
Photo of smanders
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance - Arrived in a Chimay chalice with a cloudy, burnt amber color and thin head.

Smell - Fresh fruit and a little spice.

Taste: Sweeter than expected with some bitterness. Alcohol content is noticeable.

Mouthfeel - crisp.

Drinkability - I've enjoyed every Chimay product available and this is no exception. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to introduce themselves to the Belgians.

smanders, May 22, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thick, fluffy, pillowy head that shows no signs of dying down any time soon.

Smells of orange rind, spice, coriander, pear, flowers and sweet malt.

Tastes like tart juicy flowers (in a good way) and typically Belgian yeast with a spicy finish. The taste improves as it warms. There's a hint of lemon wheatiness and chalkiness going on.

Very smooth and pleasant mouthfeel with a dry finish that lends this beer a supreme drinkability.

I've never been in love with Tripels but, imagining the things that attract people to this style, I can only think it's nothing short of stellar.

MeisterBurger, May 18, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It was unfiltered, a hazy-golden color, and the head stuck with the beer the entire way to the very last sip. Excellent.

S: Smelled extra hoppy from the get-go. Everything an ale should be. There was a somewhat fruity overtone to it as well.

T: Tasted about two steps away from an IPA. It was lighter than an IPA but still embraced a hoppy flavor.

M: The taste was full of hops at the start, then it faded away into a lighter taste with a calm, fruity aftertaste.

D: I love Trappist brews. They can do no wrong in my eyes. This is a great ale to sit back and relax with. This is one to savor and enjoy.

MLasoski, May 18, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

I'm reviewing this as "on tap" because that's what it is, but this is carbonated on yeast in the keg so I kinda want to review it as "on cask." Had a pint out of a Chimay glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick white head that thins down to a creamy half inch one. Leaves a lot of lacing. I can smell a lot of yeasty esters, citrus, some spice? For a 8 percent beer it drinks very, very easy. A smooth creamy mouthfeel, a ton of mellow, flowery esters and a bit of citrus. I was told by a Chimay rep that it has cascade hops in it, so I can't tell if the citrus is from the American hop addition or the yeast pooping something tasty out. This is probably the easiest drinking tripel I've had, and at 8 percent its pretty dangerous.

drunkboxer1, May 15, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into my stella artois glass. pours a hazy peach/ dark gold color with some sediment. huge soapy, fluffy white head that left a wonderful cap. nice head retention as well as some nice lacing.

the smell is that of fruit, sour apples, pears, belgian yeast, spice, clove, phenolics.

very nice authentic belgian taste going on. starts with some light fruits, sour apples and pears, phenolics that gives way to some spice and finishs with some lemony flavors and bready yeasty flavors.

kind of a strange mouthfeel going on. sparkly fine carbonation with medium body. almost seems a tad watery at times, but it might be from enjoying almost all full bodied beers lately. nice dry finish. hardly any alcohol flavors detectable, easy to drink, but it definately creeps on you. definately worth a try, but the blue label is much better. never had the red.

dogfishandi, May 13, 2009
Photo of n0315
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Nice head retention, with a hazy orange color for the body.

Smell: Smell of citrus, and other spices I cannot put my finger on.

Taste: Clean, wonderfully clean. A hint of sweetness and tart.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thin

Drinkability: 1st class.

n0315, May 13, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

750 ml bottle into a tall Brooklyn tulip/flute

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one and a half inch off-white head. Very good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is bready with some clovey phenolics. Light fruity character. A slight herbal hob edge as well. Very mild overall.

Taste has bready malt sweetness up front followed by phenolics coming in for a spicy middle that dissipates into the finish where some herbal hops come in. Fruit character is not present much but slightly shows up for a second. Very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp, and quite easy to drink.

While this isn't one of my favorite tripels it is a pretty good one. Now I can officially say, Chimay is my least favorite of the trappist breweries.

roadhouse, May 10, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

An awsome trappist tripel. you just cant beat those monks.

A- light orangish gold. very bubbly with a thick white head on my particular pour. (around 2 fingers) translucent.

S- Bready yeast, belgian yeast smell. Spicy notes with tiny fruitish smell.

T- typical belgian yeast. spices and minimal fruit.

M-clean tripel mouthfeel.

D- easy for a tripel but still a sipper.

SpencerSauce, May 06, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Chimay chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice fluffy medium-thick looking 2+ finger white head with great retention. Quite a bit of carbonation evident and quite a few floaties as well. Colour is a nice tangerine or orange peel orange and is pretty opaque. Head eventually levels out to a thick cap and leaves immediate lacing. A decent cap remains the whole way down and leaves lots of nice lacing the whole way. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.

SMELL: A mild but nice nose. Some apples and citrus fruits lemon hit first. Some spices in there as well, specifically clove and coriander. Some toasted malt in there as well, but the fruit and spices are more prevalent.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose. Toasted malt up front with some sweet apples and lemon hints as well. Spices, like clove and coriander follow, before a mild but satisfying touch of spicy alcohol. Mild aftertaste of toasted malt, spices, and a hit of alcohol is a great finish; present but not overpowering.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a tiny bite at the end, just to remind you it's a triple. Finishes with the right amount of mouth coating stickiness. Nice.

OVERALL: A beauty of a triple. Chimay really makes some great stuff, and this is probably the best triple I've had so far. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, wholeheartedly recommended.

Jeffo, May 05, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellowish orange. Apricot colored I suppose. 4+ fingers of white head form with moderate retention. A thick cap remains. Mild to moderate lacing.

S - Some mild fruit in the nose; pears and apples are evident. Slightly lemony with big doses of iodine, something like plastic packaging and band-aids.

T - I have been bouncing around between a 4 and a 4.5 on this ever since I cracked open the bottle. As it's now nearly room temperature, the 4.5 is defintely in order. The taste starts out with a gentle fruitiness; underripe pear, a smidge of sour apple, and dollop of chalk. As the chalk persists, a mild spiciness with notes of lemon peel enter the scene. Late palate the chalk wells up with a very medicinal/iodine flavor leading up to a moderate bitterness and noticable alcohol. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness and phenolic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate and tight carbonation. Another confusing aspect of the beer. Some sips it feels like the body is really struggling and in need of more effervescence and with others I'm thinking any more carbonation would send the medicinal and chalky flavors in a wild and unmanagable rage.

D - Another great tripel that I've had the chance of sampling over the last few days. The finish is a little rough but the flavors are extremely well rounded on the front end. Still a bit too medicinal for me to love on a regular basis (as with most any tripels as far as my palate goes) but another enjoyable foray into a once-hated style.

PatrickJR, May 04, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

330ml bottle, white cap and all - so this is the good guy, then?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a rising column of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a fairly solid pattern of soap suds lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, a touch of doughy, yeasty breadiness, a hint of cloves, and further spicy, but subdued earthy, musty hops. The taste is grainy, bready pale malt, a more acrid yeastiness, cracked cardamom, faint banana peel, a bit of white pepper, tame earthy noble hops, and a subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, a wee zinginess here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the native Tripel alcohol taking a minor cut. It finishes off-dry - warm, a tad spicy, fruity, and yeasty.

A pretty intense strong pale ale, with the yeast and monastery turn rendering this the standard-bearing Tripel it is. An easy, slow sipper, as the alcohol seems to gain strength over time, with a concurrent up-tick in general flavour complexity. Good and verily holy stuff.

biboergosum, May 02, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger of off-white head over a bright golden amber body with lots of suspended particles.

Smell - 4.0
Uncomplex but very pleasant. Aromas of sweet pale malt, lightly fruity, a little spice.

Taste - 4.0
Pleasant, but without the complexity or deliciousness of the best tripels. Shortbread like malt, lightly spicy, a little fruit (pear?) quite boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine and lively carbonation give a lush, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Doesn't stand out so that I would get it again, but still a very good, very drinkable beer.

OVERALL - 4.05
An unexceptional but highly drinkable trappist brewed tripel. Considering the 8% ABV, this is a surprisingly mild beer.

LittleCreature, May 01, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a Chalice from a 22oz cork-finished bottle at my house

Pours a yellowgolden with one and one half inch of thick head.

The nose pumps out yeast, citrus, some alcoholic sugar. Some spice mix - pepper and coriander shines through too.

A bready malt flavor balanced well with the yeast and a bit of floralness. The alcohol comes through as the beer opens, not overpowering, just letting you know it is there.

Brisk carbonation rounds to soft pleasant feeling. The finish is sweet with a bit of alcohol.

This is a classic beer, one that can be easily overlooked as it has become so commonly availble - but it should not be.

mhatters, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice.

A. Massive foamy white head when poured. Leaves thick lacing on side of glass. Nice golden orange color. Lots of carbonation, bubbles rising from bottom of glass.

S. Yeast, spice, alcohol, musty smell to it.

T. First taste is spice maybe clove, followed by a malt sweetness. Aftertaste is sweet as well. Can detect almost no hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M. Highly carbonated as typical of Chimay. Has a clean dry finish.

D. Not my favorite from Chimay. However this is one of my favorite Tripels.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of specgravity
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured a generous frothy head, off-white and creamy. First aroma markedly yeasty.

Appearance; burnt gold with better than expected clarity and brightness, though still some sediment in the bottle.

Really nice progression from inital malt sweetness followed by a zing of carbonation moving on to a subtle citrus hop flavor with an attractive slightly lingering bitterness - and all in the first gulp!

Second pour, cleared out all the sediment and emptied the bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Picked up slightly darker warm marmalade hues in color and more yeast complexity from spicy esters.

The center of this trippel seems a bit warmer than some other trippels that exhibit too much champagne character for me to really savor - so this beer really makes me enjoy the belgian tripel as a stlye, more so than others such as Corsendonk Agnus or St.Bernardus...

As it warms up I definitely get more spicy phenols, two people even sensed some tuna fish in there somewhere...my bottle says 'best before 2011', is that the year of the fish?

specgravity, Apr 23, 2009
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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