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

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BA SCORE
92
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3,395 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,395
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 140
Gots: 175 | 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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illidurit

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured as usual into the ol' Chimay goblet. Golden in color, with a thin white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is a bit underwhelming, with spices and mustiness.

Taste is medicinal with lots of spices and yeast. There's also a bright estery fruitiness. Some booziness is apparent here.

Carbonation is a bit high. Lightness in body contributes to the booziness taking over the palate with too much warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 00:33:28 | More by illidurit
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iasanlee

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden cider color. Slightly hazy. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Sticky lace.

S- Fruity and yeasty. Light sweetness, maybe pear syrup.

T- Wow, hits dry hard and quick, was not expecting it. Not as sweet as most tripels, but there is still an obvious and delicious malty sweetness. Still fruity, and a bit citrusy.

M- Light to medium in body. Good carbonation.

D- I would come back to this one, but not one of my favorite tripels.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 02:52:33 | More by iasanlee
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Cloudy hazy orange with a thick head and lacing that is sticky through the beer after any swirl. Sediment throughout.

S: Citrus, orange, lemon and floral scents. There is clearly some banana odors.

T: Pure banana right up front. Strong citrus with a bubblegum sticky aftertaste. The bitterness is the major flaw here where it doesnt have what it really needs to match the over fruitiness.

M: Strongly carbonated with a spicy aftertaste.

D: Not all that drinkable but the abv is not noticeable but not abundant either. Not the best.

I still hold strong that the blue is by far the best of the Chimay offerings and this is the weakest after many attempts. Im not sure what Im missing- just not my thing I guess.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 03:43:09 | More by marcpal
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jph424

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 330 ml bottle purchased from Green's in Atlanta

A - Gold and hazy but still slightly transparent. Tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Poured about a one inch beautiful thick head with solid retention.

S - Some light fruit notes, earthy, slightly sour

T - Ooooh, yummy. A slight alcohol bite at the finish and very crisp.

M - Very nice, carbonation, slightly creamy.

D - Quite drinkable. While not as drinkable as other Triples for me I could have quite a few of these and not think anything of it (until it was nap time).

I love Triples and this one while not being my absolute favorite (Gouden Carolus, Westmalle, and St. Bernardus) is still very good and I will definitely have more of it in the future. These monasteries can make some beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 19:11:20 | More by jph424
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btmo

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have the right chalice for this one, so I used the next best thing... a Spongebob Squarepants glass.

The slightly manic porifera chasing jellyfish and staring at me through the translucent amber fluid made this quite a visual treat!

The Chimay is slightly cloudy and has a fine, white head that lingers beyond all expectation. It really is a treat to watch.

Smell is good and fruity.

Taste, like the head, lingers. It is a little harsher than I was expecting in a beer of this pedigree, but quite drinkable all the same. there is a distinct fruitiness to it that is quite pleasant.

The alcohol level is higher than most local beers at 8% - but it really doesn't overpower the other flavours. I actually like the higher alcohol beers, as a lot of the flavours are alcohol soluble - these flavours diffuse their merry way through the fluid and onto the tongue.

This is a good thing.

I don't know if I will be getting a lot more of this, as there are other tripels I like more - but it is a very pleasant drop nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 09:20:18 | More by btmo
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

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

750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a slightly dulled gold color with a huge white head. No lacing though.

Smell is sweet malt, a hint of citrus.

Taste is sweet malts, some fruit. Has a very bready finish.

Overall, a tasty beer. Not my favorite tripel, but a solid choice. No real flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 01:25:33 | More by bluegrassbrew
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Vvall

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a gift pack of all three Chimays...and I was not impressed with any of them,but this one was better then the Red,but not as good as the Blue,having said that I myself will not be buying any of them again,but then again,I prefer Stouts over most Ales,so maybe I am not the best judge of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 19:52:21 | More by Vvall
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KodyBrannon

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Chimay Chalice. It poured a golden orange color with a thick white head, that left a decent amount of laceing down the glass. The smell is malts with a hint of yeast and alcohol. The taste is of malts and alcohol at first and then giving way to some earthy spices. The overall mouthfeel of this beer is light, with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer and very drinkable. I wouldn't say it is the best one from Chimay, but like the other two, I could enjoy this one over and over.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 18:33:07 | More by KodyBrannon
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Into the Chimay glass, pours a dark gold color with a slight opaque character. White, frothy head. Lacing clings well.

Smell: Nothing remarkable- clean and a small bit yeasty. Mild alcohol as well.

Taste: Sweet malts noted immediately. The alcohol presence is warming but otherwise well-managed. An 'earthy' spiciness is noted towards the middle of the taste that lingers through to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich with a little spicy bite on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and well-crafted in all.

Overall: Another reason why Chimay is an institution upon itself. Another Belgian brew that doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 02:00:49 | More by coalcracker
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champ103

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice cloudy orange/yellow color with a two finger white head that sticks around. Some great lace as well.
S: Hard to detect. A bit funky with some lemon and citrus. I was expecting much more here.
T: Umm, nice and fruity: banana, citrus, lemon. There is a good amount of spice to this beer that comes from a great peppermint flavor. This is a wonderful tasting beer.
M/D: Well carbonated and creamy. This is a sipping beer because of the high alcohol content which is a bit noticeable.

This might be my favorite triple. There is lots of peppermint that makes for a unique tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 00:03:10 | More by champ103
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

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

a - cloudy orange brown color with a 2 finger white creamy head that reduces to a consistent skim.

s - citrus and yeast. I smell mostly lemon.

t - the same citrus flavor from the aroma comes through in the taste. Slight bitterness that dissipates quickly to a nice clean finish.

m - good carbonation with a light feeling

d - not very drinkable with respect to quantity given the abv, but very enjoyable after a long day of work. Clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 05:50:26 | More by thirtysixbelow
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Bodega in Columbus, OH. Came in a Chimay Chalice. Golden orange color with a beautiful tight, white head. Great retention with lots of foamy lace left on the sides of the glass.

Smells of belgian yeast, citrus, coriander, sweet malts. Taste is clean, effervescent, refreshing. Creamy, full mouthfeel.

A Wonderful Tripel. One all should be judged by.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 01:39:23 | More by elmore
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in my Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy burnt-orange with two fingers of foam, eventually settling into a quarter-inch consistent skim. Ample belgian lacing during the tasting with excellent adherence. Nose presented immediately with the scent of alcohol, followed by a mild scent of dark fruit and yeast. Taste similar to nose with the addition of the faint presence of apples, (but much less pronounced) followed by a crisp, citrusy-tart finish. Tingly mouthfeel, not surprising given the abundant head. This is, by far, my favorite tripel; however, at 8% abv it can pack a punch. Truly an incredible tasting experience and my favorite of the three.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 22:38:47 | More by Jwale73
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mat5175

Texas

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

Enjoyed this in a Chimay goblet.

i have always thought this was a gorgeous beer. Great thick head that leaves lacing all the way down regardless of the vessel. Cloudy appearance. A light orangish amber. Awesome.

In my opinion all the Chimay's have subtle aromas. The good thick head insures however that those aromas will linger throughout. Some light citrus on a yeasty, breadlike base.

Despite the alcohol content this is light on the palate. Still complex though. Of the three this one seems to be dominated by hops on the finish. A great example of the style of course. Not as syrupy as Duvel. It is actually pretty refreshing. In my opinion the stonger bitter note in this one throws it off the balance its Blue brother exhibits. A wonderful brew, but my least favorite of the three. Still, that's good company.

This doesn't possess significant weight on the palate but given its delicate flavors it really doesn't have to. But the lively carbonation keeps up with the hops well.

Given that my mouth eventually tires of hops, and the 8% keeps me from having more than a few, drinkability in the repetitive sense must be scored low. But given how much i like drinking one of these, i'll average the two and call it pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 05:33:40 | More by mat5175
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bigeyedfish

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured into the Chimay chalice.

2 fingers of pure white head on top of a hazy orange body with a more than impressive amount of lacing; a fantastic looking beer without the chalice. In the Chimay chalice looks even better- Belgian Beer Porn at its finest.

Really deep nose; there is some [to be expected] Belgian yeasty-aromas on the upfront of the nose. As you get more into it there are some tangerine/orange-like fruits and even a hint of dates/figs, the signature Quad aromas, plus the most faint hint of crushed-penicillin hops. One of the best noses I can recall ever having.

Not as deep as the nose in the taste. A lot of sameness/simplicity to the flavor progression- actually, now that i think about it, kind of a standard progression-triple with everything that should be there, but nothing that jumps out and makes you say wow. Nice balance of hops/yeast- neither of the elements stands out much, they just kind of meld together, forcing you to acknowledge their presence, but not really being like 'hey, i'm distinctly hoppy' or 'hey, i have a distinct Belgian-yeast taste'. Whatever. Not much in the way of sweetness, which is a little bit of a let down; i figured there would be some vanilla somewhere within this beer, but there just isn't any to speak of. Some tangerine/orange components but again, very subtle. There is no real progression of flavor to this beer; there is just a single flavor with a couple hints of a little bit of something else, but really, it's just that melding of hops/yeast flavors.

Not a ton of totally engulfing mouthfeel, but enough that it is at least noticeable. There is some grip on the upper part of the mouth, and little hints on the outer edges of the cheeks (far back corners) but other than that, it's not there. Some carbonation, but it's not a deterrent, although it's hard to say if it's pleasant or not. Sure. I have to be missing something.

Drinkability is partly there- at 8% it's not something that you'll die from splitting a six-pack from, but I'm not sure if this is something you would want to. It's a beer that once you start drinking (and really, if you're not reviewing a beer, who is going to take 2-3 minutes to analyze the aromas of the beer, giving it time to warm and release flavors) I can see it becoming a beer that you might actually become a little bored with, and at the same time, since it is such a subtle, one-dimension beer, a beer that you could really start to drink quickly as your consumption increases. Jesus I don't know. I feel like this beer misses somewhere, or maybe I missed somewhere. Maybe I just didn't feel it with this beer. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Maybe my palate was shot. Maybe if I have to write three rhetorical questions to justify a low score I just didn't like a beer as much as I thought I should have. Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:53:02 | More by bigeyedfish
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Patrick999

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Incredible head and retention going on in my chalice. Cloudy gold, it all looks very appetizing.

S - Very bready and some burning alcohol.

T - Wham bam, thank you ma'am, this tripel kicks like a bronco. Intensely phenolic. The alcohol is right out there, it actually tastes stronger than the 9% Chimay Blue. Not only that, I get an aggressive hop profile. Tasty and complex, but very aggressive. I like this a lot, but I'm not always in the mood for it.

M - Feels well-bodied, almost too well-bodied. This is always a burpy brew for me.

D - A beer that always kicks my ass. When I want this, I want only one. In some ways, I like this better than the Westmalle tripel, but it isn't as drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 21:16:45 | More by Patrick999
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armock

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a big off white head

S - Is of fruity malt yeast and some spice

T - Follows the smell fruity malt yeast spice and a little bit of alcohol

M - There is a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - This is a very good beer that lives up to its reputation its definitely worth a try sometime

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 23:48:30 | More by armock
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bigpatvoodoodad

South Carolina

1.58/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I must have missed the boat with this one. Last night I tried the second one of the two I bought this past Saturday. It was syrupy thick and sickeningly sweet and after two sips I gave it to my buddy who'll drink anything. If this was the last beer on the planet, I'd stay sober with little problem. This beer was terrible. I will not subject myself to this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 15:19:41 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured and orange color with bubbles rising to the top. Cloudy appearance also.

S- This is an odd nose. I got leather that had been sitting in water rotting. Also tobacco smoke. This is a complex nose.

T- Bitter orange, barley and wheat mostly.

M- High carbonation

D- I did not like this much. Too bready, seems like it is a beer that had gone bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 15:16:19 | More by Mudpuppet
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me at hello, wowing me with a first-rate appearance. Three fingers of snowy-white foam capped a cloudy, orange-peach body, just sublime. The smell is heavily malted with a bit of fruit--lemon, orange peel, grapefruit--and spice--most notably ginger and a dash of pepper--lingering. The taste brings these flavors to the fore with a strongly carbonated texture that lays an extra helping of malt out to enjoy. It's rather late, or I'd grab a second.

Chimay Tripel is splendid, a great nightcap on a cold night by the fire. Life is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 06:19:55 | More by Gehrig
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Squaretooth

Nebraska

1.45/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz short bottle. I popped this as my first beer of the day and poured it into an Orval goblet. Lots of carbonation. Pours with a thick even head that gently subsided leaving fine even lacing. So far so good. It has an opaque murky amber color with a very light unimpressive apple-citric smell. Much less fruity smelling than other triples I’ve had. I’m starting to worry.

Mouthfeel has a carbonated bite that stings the back of the throat on the way down. Taste is extremely carbonated and has a foul aftertaste. This one is losing me fast. The tripel itself has a very unusual and hard to describe taste. Not very pleasing at all and not what I’ve come to expect based on previous reviews. Going, going…. At $5.49 a bottle, definitely overpriced and I’m certainly glad I only purchased one. My first and last Chimay…gone. I am not going to slam this but this certainly ranks among the least favorite tripels I’ve had. Too bad as I was expecting much more. The Val-Dieu tripel I had yesterday was far superior in every aspect but the head. I think I’ll pop one to get the taste of this out of my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 22:58:42 | More by Squaretooth
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TheBCrew

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into wide rimmed goblet. Color is a cloudy pale orange with white foam which dissipates, good lacing. Aroma is fruity with the heavy esters that you expect from a Belgian brew. Flavor matches the aroma with the fruity, almost chewy, esters mixing with the pale malt and gentle hop bitterness. Finishes smooth and well balanced. A true classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 13:50:33 | More by TheBCrew
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JamesS

Indiana

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

Poured a nice amber/orange color with fantastic head and nice lacing. It has a great citrus scent, very fruity, flowery, and aromatic, with a little bit of sour undertone. Nice taste, an excellent blend, nice and malty, with nice fruity hits (such as orange) and other flavors, such as butterscotch. Goes down great for an 8%. I love all the Chimays, and while the red is my favorite, I'll never say no to a white.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 23:15:39 | More by JamesS
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved Chimay Red, and this one was equally amazing... Chimay may just be my favorite all time brew... the white tripel is outstanding... pours a hazy, light brown, off color cloudy appearance with decent head... smell is very fruity with a rich aroma with bananas and fruit... tase is exceptional... fruity, with citrus aftertones, banana flavor and with an 8% abv, it is hardly noticeable behind a conglomeration of wonderful flavors that melt in the mouth... amazing brew... Definietly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:37:50 | More by dsa7783
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Deadstar

Michigan

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

Please note that this is my first review. I'm also relatively new to tasting/review so there are many flavors, smells, and other things that I have yet to put names to, so take this for what it's worth. (I was lucky enough to get a gift certificate to a nice place that carried the Red/Blue/Triple and was able to pickup a small bottles of each. I had heard many good things so I decided to check it out...Anyways, on to the review!)

Appearance: Vigorous pour with a thick creamy head that settled slowly. The color of the Triple was golden, very close to the color of honey.

Smell: A quick whiff reveals fruit and spice, like some of the other reviewers noted.

Taste: Quite nice, the flavors seem to roll off quickly after letting it slide down. The taste of alcohol reveals itself at the end. It is very smooth and is a delight to drink.

Mouth feel: Quite light, very nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this quite a bit, but I don't think that I could drink a lot of it at one sitting. I've enjoyed taking my time with it and trying to put my finger on the different tastes that the triple provides.

Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 21:30:07 | More by Deadstar
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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