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

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3,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,563
Reviews: 1,533
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 156
Gots: 242 | 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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Portertime

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

This is actually my favorite of the Chimay line up. I enjoyed this chilled in my new Chimay goblet. Poured a murky medium brown color. Smelled mildy fruity with a yeasty essence (I didn't pour the sediment from the bottom of the bottle into the glass though). The taste was crisp and well balanced with an astringent feel on the way down. Cheers!

04-23-2008 14:15:55 | More by Portertime
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kurtissellen

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a massive three fingers worth of white head. Had a cloudy dirty brown color that's not to appealing with fine sediment in bottom of glass. Scents of candied cherries, raspberry and rum, very nice. Tastes similar to the smell with cherries being most noticeable and maybe some cloves as well. Smooth texture with little carbonation. I'm pretty impressed with this one, I'd surely pick up another.

04-23-2008 02:05:19 | More by kurtissellen
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle conditioned and courtesy of the LCBO. Drank before after the Chimay Rouge so I could compare these two styles from the monastery.

Pours a burnished gold with an effervescent white head, which diminishes to leave moderate lacing. Smells of fruit and spice, but lighter than the rouge. Initial mouthfeel is very pleasant and reminded me of raisins and grapefruit. Bitterness kicks in as the liquid hits the back of the mouth, and I imagine this would be a good accompaniment to rich foods, as it would clean the palate of any fats. Its tough to pick between the white and the red, as they are both well-made and complex beers, but my personal preference leans towards the spicier taste of the red. Now to find a Chimay Blue...

I tried this again in a comparison of three tripels: chimay, westmalle and fin du monde. It seemed to have far more in common with the westmalle than the fin du monde, which is far fruitier and spicier. However, it seemed to be drier than the westmalle, and had less of a grainy aspect.

04-15-2008 19:38:19 | More by bobsy
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a cloudy golden color with nice white head that lasted a while. Aroma is yeasty and is also fruity. Flavor is crisp, clean and fruity with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very nice and this beer disguises the 8% alcohol very well. Nice beer to sip and savor.

04-14-2008 07:35:05 | More by biggmike
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hyland24

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a Chimay sampler into a Chimay goblet.

A- Poured a cloudy golden brown with a one and a half inch creamy white foam head with thick sticky lacing covering the sides of the glass in white sheets.

S- The smell was fruity, malty, and sweet with hints of raisin, apple and slight banana. Definite hop presence.

T- Delicious. Malty and sweet with a good alcohol presence though not overpowering.

MF&D- This beer is medium bodied and creamy. Chewy feel that coated the mouth well. Dry finish leaving behind a slight alcohol warmth. Great beer. Definitely not a pounding beer. Its too good to drink fast. Sip and enjoy.

04-14-2008 04:23:32 | More by hyland24
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz bottle from a sampler pack.
This is my favorite Chimay.
Poured a clear straw color with some sediment.
One finger of Head.
Spicy aroma, very clean.
Taste is spicy, dried fruit. Finish was very dry, sort of like grapefruit rind.
Mothfeel was like velvet.

This almost could be a session beer -- it is very easy drinking.

04-14-2008 03:15:19 | More by JonathanL7890
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drperm

Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.4%

I am in love with this beer.
I love Tripel. And La Blanche is a Tripel among Tripels, for sure.
Try as I might, I could find no fault with this brew -- much like Mary Poppins, it is Practically Perfect in Every Way. My current favorite aspect is the nose/aroma -- I would be content to sit and smell the glass for an afternoon. It's that hint of springtime rhododendron/azalea blooms that sends me over the edge.
And the palate/mouthfeel -- c'est orgasmique.

04-12-2008 18:40:42 | More by drperm
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%

A: Very thick head about 2.5 inches thick that went down leaving great lacing on the glass. Unfiltered golden color.

S: Raisin, nutmeg, wheat oats with spicy hops blend together and makes the mouth fill up with saliva.

T: Definitely has a strong raisin taste with floral and citrus hops that gives it a spicy orange aftertaste that quickly mellows out into a blend of apple and pear flavors.

M/D: Extremely drinkable, wasn't quite sure what happened to my bottle once I poured my last drop. The mouthfeel was very good was a wee bit grainy but still did not perturb me to drink this bad boy down. I can't wait to have more of this tripel in my stock.

04-09-2008 23:40:44 | More by Kemmerlin
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1%

A - Hazy golden orange color with very strong three-four finger head. Excellent lacing throughout the drink.

S - Sweet aroma with a hint of spice.

T - Very sweet with hints of a fruit bitterness.

M/D - Very smooth and creamy brew. Still prefer the Premier from these guys, but this is a very strong brew.

04-08-2008 02:28:46 | More by ckeegan04
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Welcome back to the Chimay Invitational, where all three Chimay beer fight each other for who gets the top prize of that prestigious brewery. The tripel (white label is second in line here, with the Grand Réserve being held later tonight. Let's start this second installment:

Vigorous carbonation bubbles jump to the top of the body, which resembles sunset gold, and on top is a fluffy head. Eye-catching indeed. Lighter fruits like pear and peach rise from the beer in form of aroma. Now I'll taste this beauty...right on targer for a tripel. It's no Westmalle, but that shouldn't be the standard. Lighter tasting for the style. The balance is striked between pear and other fruit juicers to its bitter counterpart of a dash of pepper and carbonation. Good all-around.

The Tripel does well here, but will it be enough? Grand Réserve will close out the Chimay Invitational later tonight.

04-04-2008 01:41:19 | More by DoubleJ
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

11.2 oz brown bottle served in a Chimay Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a big white head. Lots of carbonation. Sweet carmalized sugar aroma and a little spice. Medium bodied lots of sweetness. Light clove flavor. Spicy, slightly funky finish. A little earthy. Alcohol isn't evident. Solid beer.

04-02-2008 01:21:09 | More by homebrewhawk
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

The pour is a cloudy gold with a nice thick two finger head right off the tap. The smell was malt dominated, but I caught some citrus and spices. It tasted great. A well balance between all three. It is definitely citrus and spice driven. It is a very refreshing beer, but a sipping beer. You don't want to mess with this beer at 8%.

03-30-2008 23:03:50 | More by ROMER79
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Moxley

New York

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

This was a very interesting beer. Served in a Chimay chalice poured from a 12oz bottle.

Oddly this beer had a very strong woodsy, swampy like smell that somewhat distracted from the tasting initially.

Once I got past the unpleasant aroma, I actually really liked this beer. It poured a cloudy golden amber color and looked like hot liquid butterscotch sauce with a short off white head that settled quickly.

It was sweet and creamy with faint lacing leaving your mouth with a sticky sweet coating.

Good carbonation and balance of hops and malty sweetness. This is an excellent sipping beer that could be enjoyed in place of a red wine or an after-dinner drink.

Due to the 8.0% abv. I wouldn't say this is a great session beer, but definitely good for a couple.

03-30-2008 00:03:47 | More by Moxley
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +8%

A very interesting brew. When poured a white creamy head was created which dissipated slowly. A orange cloudy appearance in the glass. The nose was of yeast and lavender. Mouthfeel was well rounded. A distinct taste with hints of lemon and lavender definitely from the wheat. A medium bitter flavour which closed with a sour finish.

03-29-2008 02:30:36 | More by jaz58
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1%

The beer was served a hazy pale orange with a nice two-finger head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing. Aroma was loads of spice, yeast, and some sweet fruits. The beer was certainly on the heavy side, lots of alcohol stickiness. This one is enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.

03-28-2008 15:06:07 | More by atsprings
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Pencible

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

This poured a light hazy brown with lots of fluffy off-white head. It smelled like perfume and apple, with some hops. It had a strong bitterness and yeast flavor up front with a short and mild aftertaste, making it moderately easy to drink. It was thinner and more watery than the Red, but also had little carbonation. Overall it was a bit shallow, but decent.

03-27-2008 22:29:03 | More by Pencible
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dnichols

Washington

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

I was provided this beer from a local beer buddy when we got together for dinner with a third friend. We poured a 750 ml caged and capped bottle into stemless wine glasses.

A: It had a cloudy, organgeish yellow body with a massive three finger head consisting of tight sticky bubbles. The head receded slowly then retained as a thin cover over the liquid. There was a nice leggy lacing.

S: It initially was dominated by a grassey aroma with underlying white bready yeast and sweet malts odors. As the bottle rested more sharp white spices emerged, however, the grassy odor was retaine and continued to disappoint.

T: The penultimate flavor is the creamy, rich and sweet malts; followed by the doughy white bread yeasts and the sharp spices.

M: It had a creamy and sweet opening with a sharp and spicy back. It was full bodied and finished warm and clean.

D: The funky aroma and flavor distracted from a fine brew. There are much better domestic and Belgium tripels so this brew will remain on the shelf unless it is offered at a substantial discount.

03-27-2008 19:11:39 | More by dnichols
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Numero 2 from my Chimay sampler pack.
Pours a nice orange color, almost neon up to the light. Sticky lacing. Not as rocky as the 'red' that I had the other week.

Spicy yeast aroma, bit of wet dog...not in a terrible way, it just reminded me faintly of that.

Grassy green flavor at first sip. Wheat in there too. Malty profile is of raw dough and sugary grass. A pleasant sour taste and mouthfeel that I really dig. Dry finish with a unique aftertaste. Maybe a bit rubbery flavor, bah. High carbonation and an interesting bitterness play together to really open up the senses.

I made sure that I got 2 pours out of this. The second pour I included all the yeast sediment and holy cow, is it cloudy now. The head is now a light tan too. Lots of vitamins in this drink! Mouthfeel became worlds smoother, almost creamy. Sweeter and less bitter. Complex flavors there that really make me ponder over it. I really like this brew now with all the yeast in there! The drinkability skyrockets.

I highly recommend anyone taste this in similar fashion, with the first pour (or pours if you've got the 750ml) being gentle, leaving an inch or more in the bottle for the second pour. It shant dissapoint!

03-20-2008 02:38:04 | More by SurlyDuff
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ElGrecoVerde

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Had sort of a orange to yellow gradient look in the glass. Very cloudy, lots of particles floating around.

The smell was a bit mild, mostly light fruits and and some leafy aromas like tea.

The taste was crisp, with apples coming to mind. Some more tea like flavors, and other fruits as well. Very clean flavor. It finishes with a slight bitterness, but just enough to balance it out.

I really liked this beer. But as it warms, the alcohol becomes very noticeable.

03-18-2008 20:57:03 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

A: pours a cloudy, orangy-brown with a 1 1/2 finger, bubbly white head that has decent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: aromas of honey, sweet cherries and apple cider with a slight touch of floral hops and a sweet breadiness.

T: ripe, semi-tart fruit (apples, cherries) and a sugary, vanilla-sweet finish and a subtle alcohol flavour. The flavours are nice, but they doesn't last as long as I would have hoped - still pleasant though.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, highly carbonated and a dry, tingly finish.

D: This is a pretty good tripel. Not as impressive as the immensely complex and delicious Westmalle triple. Nevertheless, this is a quality beer that is well-crafted and highly drinkable. Not to mention, its quite easy to find in comparison to other trappists. I will buy this beer again. Quite satisfyting.

03-15-2008 00:04:27 | More by Graham5161986
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FleeVT

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11.20oz. Brown bottle poured into Chimay Goblet.

A: A hazy, deep golden yellow. Lots of carbonation produces a thick head with nice lacing that remains throughout.

S: Bread dough yeasts up front with a hint of apple. Alcohol and bread pudding sweetness finish it off.

T: The alcohol dominates the palate all the way to the back of the throat, not in an obnoxious way. Again the yeast is reminiscent of unbaked bread and the taste provides more sweetness, presumably from the malt. A quick bitterness in the middle shows off it's hops.

M: Heavy carbonation with medium body.

D: A sipper, and a good one at that. Fantastic tripel from Chimay.

03-12-2008 00:38:27 | More by FleeVT
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churchillps

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Poured from a 11.29oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Thick head, extremely carbonated, with a cloudy golden color.

S: The best part: apples, fruit, yeast, malt, and something sweet I can't put my finger on.

T/M/D: Wholly mediocre. Way too much carbonation. Way too many flavors at once. The sweetness/bitterness at the back of my palates borders disgust. Not a particularly good tasting beer. No hop flavor to note, just sweet, and bitter, and not very good.

03-10-2008 23:28:10 | More by churchillps
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%

A-pours clear gold with half a glass worth of snow white head that left quickly leaving just a small halo around the edge of my glass

S-grapes,yeasts,very peppery,tickeled my nose(fizzy)

T-sweet with fruits,spicy on the tounge,bitter yeast

M-reminds me of champaign texture,very bubbly,slightly dry

D-not nearly as drinkable as some other Tripels,but overall a great display of a wonderful style

03-08-2008 04:02:56 | More by orangemoustache
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

An brownish/yellowish translucent body with a frothy white head.

Smells of yeast and spices.

Up front is a big taste of wheat and yeast that combines to remind me of bread. Really reminds me of bread. Follows with some peppery yeast and spiciness. Subtle fruit tones. Just a small taste of alcohol to finish.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfell.

Good drinkability for the ABV.

03-08-2008 03:11:49 | More by Hojaminbag
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monkeybeer

California

3.13/5  rDev -24%

A- Pours nice golden amber with a good white head, nice lacing and lots of bubbles.

S- Smell is of wheat and a subtle spiciness; you can defiantly smell the alcohol in this one.

T/M- Very heavy on the carbonation. The beer kind of burns due to the alcohol. Some spiciness to it a bit bitter at the end also some fruited characteristics.

D- No my favorite, I would not go out to get this one again especial at the price point.

03-07-2008 03:48:39 | More by monkeybeer
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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