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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,606 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,606
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 sweethome
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Part of a previously mentioned blind tripel tasting. In a blind tasting - all three rated this last.
Notes for this blind taste:
Dark golden color. Medium head (rather subdued compared to others)

Nose is funky, wow, yeast, earthy, barnyard.

First taste is full mouthfeel - ouch - biting hop, earthy funk that is not very pleasing. When I came back after tasting other tripels, the harsh flavor of this really turned me off.

Big yeast-cake, too sweet for such a carbonated beer.

This taste was blind, and last for me. I've had it a few times before in un-blinded fashion and never liked it - I love the red and blue - and love other trappist tripels - so this one just doesn't do it for me.

sweethome, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of KaiMiller
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Unclear golden beer with a thick, creamy head. Lingering.
Herbal/citrus hops, slightly spicy yeasty aroma. Cloves or nutmeg?
Crisp hops up front, some almost solventy hot alcohols. Lingering grassy herbal bitterness, balanced by light crystal sweetness. Very dry, light-bodied.

Idiosyncratic. I like it.

KaiMiller, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

07-29-08- Shared at a tasting with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Has a small code on the back label of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange in color with a light murky sediment texture. Huge white pillowy head which takes up half the glass on a slow proper pour. Leaves small chunks and light sticky lace.

Smell- Really not a huge nose. Had a bit of a sour note with some mild tropical fruits and a bit of sugar and yeast.

Taste- Quite nice actually. Has a light saison flavor with some dried grassy flavors. Also noticed a bit of earth, some honey sweetness and some floral properties as well. Light lemony-orange flavors as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated, but crisp and fairly dry.

Drinkability- Not sure why it took me over 1000 reviews to finally try this beer. Very good beer that I'm sure I will be having again in the future.

GClarkage, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is the lighter spicy side of Chimay. The beer is full bodied but there is a lighter Saison like flavour to this beer.The finish is crisp and peppery with a little yeast on top. I like the way this works with many foods. Best drunk fresh rather than cellared

canucklehead, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

Draft into a Chimay-specific glass. A snifter, methinks? Poured with an active head, just barely off white. I noticed with interest that some very large, active bubbles riled through a head of predominantly smaller ones. Some traces of head stuck around around directly on top of the beer, but that's it.

A light copper, dark gold color. Anywhere from hazy to nearly-opaque depending on the lighting and angle.

I think I detected some floral hops on the nose, but the aroma was most clearly marked by a bit of malt graininess and some definite Belgian yeasty goodness. Smelled like fresh baked bread with apple and pear. Very nice.

Full bodied mouthfeel, but with active carbonation that keeps it from being particularly bready. Apple and pear reside in the taste as well as the nose, eventually leading into into some spice. Very dry finish invites some follow up sips, but I couldn't have too many.

TheMistler, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger head that faded quickly.

Smells like sweet apple and pears.

The taste was bland at first then to the apple cider flavor and carbonated mouthfeel. It was smooth and crisp then fades to the previously masked alcohol flavor.

Could drink one or two of these, very good taste, just a bit too much carbonation for me.

GoodKnight1220, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

I had this beer poured into a Chimay Chalice, its always nicwe when they have the glassware to match the beers. This beer poured beautifully a beautiful amber, nicely carbonated with a white head. The smell was of a nice begian Ale. The taste was very intense and well balanced, sometimes imo belgians go overboard with the flavor but this was wonderful, beautiful malts. (BTW this coming from a Hophead) The mouthfeel is very nice and if not for the pricetage this would definately be something I could drink all night.

Biggness, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured this into a Chimay Chalice, Pours a hazy rustic amber yellow with a foamy head that recedes quickly. Smell is where this is at as this beer warms up the smell is amazing, sweet raison, bread, grass, rubbing alcohol, I enjoy submerging my face in the glass to catch these nice smells. Taste is heavy carbonated with a nice tart apple flavor to start then a warming bread aftertaste with just a slight bitterness to it and a dry finish. Overall this is pretty impressive but I was expecting more from a tripel which isn't one of my favorite styles. Overall this was pretty tasty with my pasta dinner and washed the flavors right down and the carbonation refreshed my palate, Garrett Oliver is an amazing food/beer pairer.

gunnerman, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

a very good beer. not my favorite Chimay, in fact it is my third favorite from them. poured beautiful. excellent three inch head that settled to about one and a half inches. good carbonation. good aroma of yeast, citrus, malt. taste was not as smooth as blue or red. this is a good beer, but not the great that i had hoped for. good lacing. good balance on the abv.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into the proper glassware, it is a slightly hazy gold with a thick, white, two finger head. The head doesn't last for long though and dissipates into a light foamy film.

Smell is very pronounced: typical Chimay yeast/bread aroma mixed with sweet fruits and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is again bready, and not as sweet as one would expect from the smell. Fruit-like notes are definitely present--pears perhaps? Alcohol follows up the rear, but not overwhelmingly so; just enough to remind that it's there.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick, but without being syrupy.

Drinkability is okay. The high alcohol combined with the typical Tripel taste make it more of a one-glass-at-a-time kind of beer.

Overall, very solid brew. Not too sweet like some other tripels (cough)Westmalle(cough).

philipquarles, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Consumed 07/06/08.

Pours a medium golden. Lots of active carbonation stokes and replenishes a white head that starts one finger high in a goblet but reduces to a skin of clingy foam.

A lot of sediment from the small bottle made its way into the beer, resulting in lots of fine dark particulate matter in suspension.

Aroma's delicious: white grapes, alcohol, crisp apples, a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel is a little thick. Excellent carbonation keeps flavor lively, preventing coating or cloying character.

Flavor is subtle, nuanced: lightly sweet fruits as in aroma mingle with a peppery spiciness and a faint alcohol burn and flavor. A hint of clove as well.

Very well done.

charlzm, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

French labeled (Canadian import?) bottle as an extra from Jw347, thanks!

Pours a deep murky brownish orange. Nice whitish foamy head bubbles persistently then settles to creamy bubbly hills on an off-white film.

Nose is refreshing, thick, and intriguing, with a fullness of bready doughy depth, grain, and vanilla, along with some milder earthy fruits, date and pear. Some rich warmth like baking cookies is also mingled in there.

Smooth taste, with more bread doughy base rounded with nice pear and light caramel flavors. Full and flavorful, yet refreshing.

Feel is very nice, just light enough on the palate from the carbonation, with a decent fullness of feel and mild clingy/oily finish. Well bodied and balanced in feel without seeming heavy or light, but blending the two.

I didn't jump at this one on the first sip, but subsequent sips have drawn me in deeper. It's a very intriguing and deeply flavored tripel, with a lot more going on than I expected. What initially struck me as funky smells resulted in a nice doughy character that made it rather drinkable, with just enough heft and body to be satisfied with each sip.

lightindarkness, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

My girlfriend August(octopus87) picked this up for me at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured at cellar temp into a goblet from the 11.2oz brown bottle.

A - a mildly hazy dull bronze from the yeast w/ a proud 3 fingers of meringue-like foam that collects as lace on the glass surrounding the fluffy pale crown. The bead is very small as many bubbles rise to form a ring

S -Tropical citrus and melon w/ a mango and orange peel aroma waft to meet my nose. The scent is nutty w/ yeast notes w/ a creamy tinge of buttery sugar and floral hop aromas. The nose has subtle dry malts w/ a touch of hazelnut and banana

M - Soft honey-like malt gives way to an effervescent and bouyant yeasty creamy feel. The malt is smooth buttery and sweet like honey w/ a spicy finish

T - A fresh fruity yeasty taste with mildly sweet honey malt flavor and tropical flower taste w/ a deep spice and mild grass hop flavor. The taste has a grainy semi-dry malt and slight vegetal flavor w/ a creamy full and gently earthy taste. The flavor is complex to say the least w/ a slightly alcoholic flavor as the glass is drained.

D - a Fantastic tripel -very well made w/ an inspiration that is hard to match. This is one of the first I ever had and it is great to have a bottle again after several years. The drinkability is very high and top for the style w/ a pleasant fullness w/ out the harsh heat of some. Tripels need to be balanced, yet show a full malt and delicate side at the same time. The mellowed malt character that married with the yeast has me wondering what the date this was brewed on.

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a bottle into a chimay goblet

A-Extremly cloudy golden/yellow with a big nice creamy head that doesnt go anywhere and laces very well down the glass.

S-Hops, malt, bread with a hint of spice

T&M-Bready very full body and very smooth has a alchol finish to it but still very smooth has note of spice as well.

D-Probably my least favorite Chimay but still very good and drinkable definaly won't be my last one.

SpecialK088, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

a: This was a slightly muddied golden straw color. It was served to me with a thin, white soapy, head.

s: I detected yeasty cloves, bananas, a touch of raisins, and some barely perceptible alcohol. As it warmed, some candied sugar emerged as well.

t: At times this seemed to be quite sweet and at other times this seemed to be very dry. Yeasty flavors were the most prevelant. I tasted cloves, bananas, simple syrup, raisins, bread dough, and some perfumed hops. All blanketed by just the right touch of alcoholic warmth.

m: Nice gentl carbonation, but the body seemed to be a bit thin.

d: A very nice example of a style I don't reach for often. I should try a bottle sometime for comparison purposes.

DIM, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Serving type- snob nose bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date on bottle.

Apperance- Pours a beautiful deep dirty orange with a medium head that resolved into a nice lace ending with the finish of the beer.

Smell- Strong aroma of hops and fruit.

Taste- Hoppy and slighty bitter finish to the beer. You can taste the fruits at the onset which lend to a sweet beginning nature, but finishes in the end with the bitter hoppy finish.

Drinkability- This is the first in the Chimay series that I have tried and I plan on trying the others. A very drinkable beer, but I would expect nothing less from an authentic Trappist brew. This my first time delving into the style of a Tripel and from what I have read on this site this Chimay is a good representative of that style.

cbros, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

My favorite of the Chimay offerrings. Very good triple. I need to get another bottle of this because I don't remember the exact flavors and aroma, just that it was a huge hit with my tasting friend and I. UPDATE tasted again on draft: Pours a hazy golden color. Great bannana aroma. Typical candy-like sweetness from the added fermentable sugars. Clove and mild citrus fruit on the tongue and nose. Good bitterness and clean finish. Alchohol is hard to detect because of the high level of sweetness.

gonzo46and2, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Bobdope
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

I am a big fan of this beer. It has a nice cloudy appearance with a sweet caramel look. I had it poured on draft at the Yard House in San Diego, CA, it was served in a goblet style glass. Very small head with light retention. For the ABV I find this beer to sweet with no trace of it's potency.

Bobdope, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of GimmeAles
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle and served cool in a silver-rimmed Chimay Chalice. Mastadonic head billows to an inch above the silver crest of the glass and lasts for days. Drops an amazing sheet of lace over an opaque golden, peach colored body.

Massive phenols on the nose - man, this is spicy! Fresh cracked pepper, some clove, and tart yeast in the back ground.

Taste is more phenolic madness. Whether from the spice or alcohol, this one has a bite. Underneath, ripe apricots and citrus rinds come about as grassy hops meld with the tart, earthy yeast. Slightly harsh and tannic - reminiscent of acidic grape skins.

Smooth, rich body is carried by hyper-active carbonation which clears the palate well. Overall a big, bruiser of a Tripel with phenolics being overpowering in my opinion. Still, a complex palate cleanser when paired with some crab and artichoke dip on crostini and a side of fresh strawberries and blueberries.

GimmeAles, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Cloudy dark yellow, with a massive two finger head.

S- Lemony with hints of alcohol and biscuty notes.

T- Sweet malt with alcohol dryness to balance it out. The complex yeast character keeps things interesting.

M- Light and smooth.

D- Very refreshing for a beer of this strengh.

One of the great tripels and with good reason.

Pauly2X, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

served in a chimay goblet
A: nice yellowy-white color with a beautiful cloudy appearance, leaves a nice head retention and lacing.
S: smells of yeasty bread and light fruits, almost a smoky scent lingers behind the fruits.
T: tastes like it smells, a wonderful robust flavor of bread and lighter european fruit, fig and clove are also apparent.
M: nice and clingy, this flavor stays with you until the next sip.
D: definitely a sipper, but excellent for special occasions and tastings

naterock, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

A rusty golden beer is topped off by a two-finger tan head which fills the goblet perfectly. Retention is excellent and a thick, consistent lacing is left being. Smell is robust and is full of big fruits, malts, yeasts and alcohol. Taste is complex and creamy yet somewhat sharp with all its elements blended so well as to be almost ambiguous. I make out grapes, raisins, yeasts, malts, some hops, a bit of candy sweetness (laughy-taffy) and some biscuity goodness. Carbonation is active and big according to the style. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, which yeilds a drinkable yet tasty classic tripel.

stephens101, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +21.4%

A. On tap via Sharp Edge. Very very very impressive. Dark golden in hue with a head that recedes to just around the edges. One of the most amazing lacing shows I have ever seen.

S. Mysterious light fruits, belgian yeast, malt and a twang of some unknown source. Intriguing.

T. Immediate delight. Sweet and malty, distant fruits, ample hops, just really good stuff.

M. Light body that clung to the palate and enveloped my mouth.

D. While I only had one, I wish I had more. The 8% is somewhat managable given others in the same style. Excellent to be the pinnicle of a session, or a great place to start!

Stinkypuss, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter. Date on cork is 11/05...have cellared this for a bit.
A: Pours a nice cloudy golden straw color with luxurious thick (2+ inches) frothy white head. Beautiful to look at...mouthwatering.
S: Wonderful Belgian spice (clove, etc.), bready yeast, and perfect hop and malt balance in the background.
T: Nicely mirrors aroma. Differences being more malt notes, stronger clove, some EtOH esters, and raisin.
M: Very nice...light body...lingers and matures on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing, ABV well hidden, extraordinarily drinkable. While perhaps not my favorite tripel, this one is definitely up there!

mwilbur, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. It has a bright gold color with a gorgeous two fingered white head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

The smell is of yeast spiciness with a faint fruit aroma. Nothing extrordinary here.

The taste is full of yeast spice. Dominated by that flavor. There is just a hint of sweetness on the finish before it quickly disapears and leaves a chalky flavor. No alcohol detected.

Has a medium body with a well matched carbonation.

A nice Tripel but not my favorite. It drinks well and is a nice luxuries beer for a special occasion.

morimech, Jun 13, 2008
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.