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

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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3,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,403
Reviews: 1,527
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 143
Gots: 181 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of rxdrewthejew


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

A: Very hazy, thick and honey colored. Lots of head, as with all Chimay beers, although this is more of a thin, white head.

S: Smells crips and clean like a lager, but mild hints of honey and spices as well.

T: Bitter, but not overpowering. Not much malt character, just a bit of sweetness. Some spices in the background, the typical Belgian pepper and such, but subtle.

MF: Very dry but not too bubbly. Noticable alcohol, but overall very smooth.

D: This was OK, but I liked the Grand Reserve much more. There just wasn't enough to balance out the bitterness for me, because the hops had no distinctive flavor. I like the flavor of dubbels more, this is just a bit too subtle.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 05:39:52 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of PBoegel

New York

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

to me, fresh, this is as good as it gets for a Tripel, most american versions these days seem to want to head into the 10% category which unless done perfectly becomes a tough brew, this beer even with Chimay's growth remains a wondeful drinker with a nice kick, its malt character is soft and bready somewhat like a fresh baked sugar cookie with a gentle touch of noble hops, the finish is dry and a tad chalky as happens with many belgians with the sugar addition, but the Chimay is always more subtle on the sugar adjunct with a nice pilsner base, end run on sentence, I truly enjoy this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 22:55:41 | More by PBoegel
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Assorted fruit (banana, lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardamom) and yeast must

Taste: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; creamy, with some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice tripel, that avoids the sweetness of some of the other versions of the style; but I am not crazy about the herbacious quality

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 20:22:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of neddy191


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours golden in color. slight haze. 3 finger white head that lingers. highly carbonated

s - dominant smell is spicy and phenolic from the yeast. Malt and hops are subdued

t - the taste follows the aroma. There is a definate phenolic as would be expected in a Belgian beer. Mild amount of alcohol flavor. Nicely balanced with some malt and a little hops coming through in the background. Finishes fairly dry and crisp

m - medium body. bounces on the tongue from the carbonation

d - a very drinkable beer for something that comes in at 8% abv

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 00:35:44 | More by neddy191
Photo of ruleof72


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

Beer pours a nice golden wheat color with a light, white head and good lace. The smell is classic Belgian white with peach,apricot and citrus up front and a hint of bready yeast in the background.

The beer's taste was good. There is an immediate fruity and citrus. I tasted apple, peach, and lemon. There is also the yeast flavors I enjoy so much.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. Plenty of carbonation as well. All in all a fine example of a classic style

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 01:12:20 | More by ruleof72
Photo of Overlord


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

Pours a hazy amber, with an inch or two of white head. Nice lacing.

Taste, and smell, is of belgian yeast, sweet malt, some citrus overtones (more lemon-y than anything else), and some spices (coriander?). Tastes good, solid, but at this price there are other brews I'd prefer. Still, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 20:27:48 | More by Overlord
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

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

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold color. tall foamy, white head. head dissipated slowly leaving lacing down the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malty, yeasty and spicy. Some citrus tones.

Taste: Stong, zesty. Malty, but not overly sweet. Some citrusy hops in the finsh.

Mouthfeel: Tingles the mouth. Nice body. Thicker then I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Although not my favorite style of beer, I kind of enjoyed it. Would have it again, but not too frequently.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 07:05:18 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of hwwty4


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a stubby into a Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy amber with a nice inch head that stayed around for quite a while. Left some beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was fruity with a nice hoppy blending. Tasted sweet, nice malty front to the beer with lemon and other citrus fruits mingling with a hoppy sensation at the back of the beer. Definitly on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum. Up to Chimays standards. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 05:37:39 | More by hwwty4
Photo of Floydster


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

Pint from Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars, which I found to be a really good deal

Color was a golden yellow with a hint of orange, head was 3/4 inch and soapy, did not dissapate for quite some time, left lots of lacing which was suprising for a beer of this style

Smell was full of sugar and many different fruits, I could definitely smell the Belgian yeast that was in it too, I thought this one was going to be way sweeter than it actually was

Taste was pretty mellow and had a light malty feel, different tastes included burned sugar, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, raisins, and cherries, this one also had a lot of Hops which is not common of most Belgians I have tasted, sweet all the way through until the dry finish

Lots of carbonation and pretty decently full body, taste lasted a long time after each sip

Could have drank a few more of these, not too heavy for how sweet it is and alcohol is high but not deadly like some other tripels

Cannot say anything bad about any trappist beer because they have all been good so far, I can see why this is so popular all over the place, this was quite good for my first experience with Chimay

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 04:28:31 | More by Floydster
Photo of MMAJYK


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

A- Light to medium transparent and golden. Bright white fluffy head and lacing is very clingy. Small microbubbles constantly rising from bottom/middle of chalice.

S- Sweet with hops, sugar, sour fruits such as white grapes with fig or possible light raisin. Creamy smell too then after a deep breath, the alcohol burns and tingles the nose.

T- Bitter sour dough bread. Lemony citrus but has a deep finish. Complex while smooth and creamy like the other Chimays.

M- Carbonation is mid to high. Fluff is soft. Very nice mouth thick, full, and profound.

D- Drinkable I would say, but this is my least favorite of the Chimays. All others are more drinkable and more worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 02:24:05 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of tempest


3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Korova

Hmm, hoppier than most tripels I've tried. Definitely has the trappist yeast character of subtle, earthy spice that mix with the hops into a fantastic aftertaste. Unfortunately, the main flavor is a little too mellow with the malt, leaving most of the taste to the end of the drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 15:49:33 | More by tempest
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (33, 75 cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: Blondecopper color, disturbed by iyeast. Although saturated, abundant foam.
Smell: hop aroma and fresh, well malty, fruity.
Taste and mouthfeel: bodied flavors and assertive bitterness, after taste bitter and full, slightly astringent and dry (final)
Drinkability: a good Trappist beer in the style triple

Review added 11-11-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 11:37:11 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of largadeer


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, hazy blond with a frothy cap of foam. Incredible head retention; it lasted for the entire hour I was sipping on this beer.

Smell: Citrus and spicy hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lemon rind and grapefruit, ample hops, slightly peppery. Smooth and velvety on the tongue. The finish is extremely dry. This is the hoppiest of Chimay's 3 beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 20:48:38 | More by largadeer
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow and slightly golden color with lots of head formation typical of this style. Aroma is light, perfume-y and champagne-like, with abundant clove-y spiciness. Flavor is also light, alcoholic, and flowery with abundant clove notes and yeasty flavors. Quite nice.


Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 16:52:07 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second part of my Chimay trilogy. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with nice 2 finger rocky head. Head slowly decipates and leaves a layer behind for the rest of the beer, good lace but not excessive. Smell is of yeast, fruit, some alcohol, and a grain/bread-like smell. Taste is great. Taste is a mix of yeast, bread, apple, alcohol, some sweets, and some bitterness. Very complex. Moderate carbonation leaves a nice clean mouthfeel with a plesant aftertaste. Overall a very good beer. So far much more to my liking than the red. "Blue" is next.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 22:09:25 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a few times and it is finally time to put the pen to the paper.

a: nice bubbly white head with decent retention rate; beautiful cloudy orangey red body

s: very yeasty and fruity with slight alcohol presence in the back of the nose; sweet fragrance of pears and apples most noticible fruits; not especially fragrant

t: strong alcohol flavors present followed by sweet spiciness and fruity flavors; definitely a little mellow for the style in terms of flavors

m: good light carbonation with a body that is thick/creamy enough to have some substance but light enough to be really refreshing

d: a really great brew w/ well balanced flavors; a little bit much on the alcohol flavors but i could chug this all day; very refreshing for a beer with high alcohol content

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 16:00:19 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of jbsteiny


3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice a dark cloudy gold with a decent creamy head that lasted nicely. Light lacing. Smelled inviting, but subtle for the style -- spice, citrus, yeast, diacetyl all present, but mild overall. A bit boozy to the tongue, perhaps because the mild flavors can't quite cover up the alcohol. The slightly bitter dry finish is pulled off, but the whole thing feels off. Even though I think this is the least of Chimay's offerings and that it doesn't stack up against other notable tripels, it's still a very good beer to sip on if it's what's available.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 08:46:37 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of AlephNull


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've had a Chimay that's not the Blue, so it's a nice treat to have something different.

A - Pours a very hazy, almost opaque orange brown with only a light head that leaves a thick and sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Yeasts dominate everything with fruit behind it peaches, bananas -- a bit of lightly citrus and spicy hops in there too.

T - Yeasty and spicy (cloves and something a bit spicier) with a light fruit taste. Less sweet than I'm used to in a triple. The finish is fairly bitter.

M- Medium body with active carbonation -- the bitter finish is fairly astringent.

D- Not blown away by this beer -- I don't know exactly where this beer fits into my life. Is it an afterdinner beer? Not really. With food? Can't think of a perfect pairing. Hot Summer Day? Not so much... Maybe I'll find that perfect moment sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:55:20 | More by AlephNull
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque amber with golden highlights and a two finger head that lingered for a little while. The smell is a little yeasty and reminds me of fresh baked bread and a bit of a sweet fruity scent. The taste is very rich with a touch of sweetness and bit of an alcohol presence and a nice little hops bite towards the end that is very crisp and refreshing. There's a reason everyone raves about this beer, it's really damn good for the price. It's very drinkable and I would expect that I could go through a couple of the larger bottles a week if it was in my budget.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 18:27:55 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

Poured from a small 11.2 oz bottle with no apparent freshness date. Into the Chimay glass it was a hazy pale orangish white with a soft foam head that left no lacing. It smells of apples and a yeasty aroma. The flavor is spicy with a little nutmeg coming through. It was sweet and a little bit tart. In the mouth it was fast to the punch. This was the first time with this legit tripel. I will definitely come back as I venture more into the Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 21:46:58 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This classic tripel pours a cloudy orange amber into my snifter. Also, sports a voluminous egg shell white head. Good lacing, too.

A beautiful bouquet found in this beer. A light hop scent mixes with candy sugar, banana, coriander, orange peel and a hint of clove.

Tastes of the aforementioned spices that would cut through nearly any hearty meal. I prefer my tripels a little less spiced and a little more sweetness and fruit. Alcohol and hops mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is noticeably Belgian with the tight crisp carbonation. Drinkability is a bit difficult due to the spices, but the alcohol is deceivingly absent as with many Belgian brews. Not my favorite tripel, but a solid offering and easily found at local bottle shops.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:36:34 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of ralree


2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours nicely into a mug. Honey-colored with a 2-finger white head. Pretty good retention.

S: Banana and some other fruit. Background of grains and yeast. I think this one may be too rich for me.

T: Very rich and bitter, but the best tripel I've tried so far. I think I'm just not a fan of this style. Banana, dried fruit, and alcohol dominate the taste, with a background of some light spices. Bitter bready aftertaste.

M: Highly astringent - to the point of physical puckering and spine tingling. Medium body, which is nice, and the carbonation is decent for the style.

D: Not drinkable for me - the taste is too rich and fruity, and the astringency makes the drink a pain to put down. I'll sadly be pouring the rest of this out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 20:36:11 | More by ralree
Photo of redneckchugger


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into chimay chalice, golden color, thick, beautiful foamy head
smells of bannas, figs bread, yeast
tastes is bananas, ripe exotic fruit, brown sugar, yeast, alcohol, exqusite.
mouthfeel is carbonated, and boozey, very drinkable but this one is a sipper, to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 16:45:30 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of vondew45


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

11.2 oz into a Chimay goblet

A - Hazy yellow with a 1.5 finger head that recedes gently into about an 1/8 inch that never goes away.
S - Medicinal, lemons, citrus.
T - Light alcohol, peppery, light fruit undertones.
M - Smooth, good carbonation, a bit aggressive towards the back
D - Smooth, good, but probably won't go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 04:24:28 | More by vondew45
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Hazy orange body with a sizable white head that clings to the glass.

S: Soft spices and a hint of yeast.

T: This is a balanced beer with some sweet and bitter tones. It's a refreshing beer, real crisp and clean malts.

S: Smooth and somewhat dry.. the alcohol tingles the tongue in the finish.

O: Very drinkable .. the ABV goes well with this beer..

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 01:50:55 | More by callmemickey
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