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

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3,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,912
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 426 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of BeerSingh
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This formally closes the reviews of the Chimay Trilogy - Blue, Red and finally White. Pour from the bottle into a wine glass. I am careful with the pour this time knowing the reputation of the White to flare up. The body is a gorgeous cloudy amber to peach, with a lot of minute yeast sediments noticeable dancing towards the base of the glass, first looking like micro bubbles. In spite of a delicate pour, the head is big at 2" and just doesn't seem to go away. Beneath the great white foam are trapped an assortment of volatiles. Candi sugar and sour apples make headway in the whiff, creating some room for earthy and herbal notes in the background. There is the usual Belgian yeast, but only so - the nose is dominated by the spicy fruits.

I prepare myself to take a sip through the unrelenting head. Very fruity and raisiny upfront with a dominant peppery aftertaste as the remnants dry up on your palate. As the beer warms, I pick up further notes of anise and coriander seeds. As the beer level recedes in the glass, it leaves thick rings of lacing on the sides. There is a faint bitterness that is noticeable between sips on the back of your palate. One word for Chimay White - complex.

The beer is well carbonated, but never does it appear to be too spritzy, only well supporting the panorama of flavours and a little syrupy body. A faint warmth of booze reaches every nook and corner of your mouth. I tell you, the head is still at it as I wait for the beer to wade through it into my mouth.

I would like to have Chimay White selectively - as I would a prized White Wine or the like. I would recommend this as an excellent aperitif or as a great accompaniment to fish.

Photo of malty
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. stubby bottle that I think is no more than a year and a half old.

Hazy peach color with visible suspended yeast particles. Lots of visible fine uprising carbonation also. Bright white head settles at 1" partly due to my careful decanting whilst pouring into it's proprietary handsome stemmed goblet.

Apricot, pineapple, banana, vanilla, white pepper, animal crackers - like the ones in the zoo themed red box with the white stringy handle, a tiny hint of cantilope rind/zest and a touch of freshly baked walnut bread all tantilize the nostrils while each making a clear and apparent showing, but mix and mingle altogether in a olafactory symphony.

The white pepper and vanilla maltiness greet the tongue with a firm handshake, but not white-knuckled. The fruitiness of the tropical variety is in the backseat while the hops tickle and prick without giving out any flavor. The soft and sweet maltiness gives the brew an elegance all to itself, but not at all overly sweet or cloying. White pepper grants the palate farewell, (until you tilt the chalice again).

Mouthfeel is stunning. Medium bodied with a ton of micro carbonation that gives it an angelic airiness/softness. Semi-sweet and somewhat dry long and flavorful finish.

Drinkability if through the sky. Top-notch and very tempting to session vigorously.

Overall a world classic example of a fantastic style. A bit on the sweeter side, (let's say, campared to a Westmalle) but delectable and dangerous. What else would you expect from a bunch of lucky monks? I've tried this ale many a years, but this is my first formal review. Tastes just a good as it did 10+ years ago.

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

Enjoyed draft @ Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach, FL... A wee bit pricey at $7.50 for a 10oz pour, oh well it's vacation so no worries...

A- 4.5 Cloudy pale golden color, a good solid head that lasts and lasts.
S-4.0 Subtle pale malt with an evident Belgian yeast spice and clove aroma.

T-4.5 Taste as it smells with a solid pale malt backbone on palate, but still crisp and light.

M-4.0 Smooth creamy feel, but a bit crisp almost tart from the high carbo and yeast character.

D-4.5 Just think - all the money you spend on it goes to a good cause, it doesn't get any better than that my brother....

Photo of thecarster1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle poured into my chimay glass, little bit more than a fingers worth of creamy head - nice retention, the head falls to an overall coating rich deep honey coloring, fine particles. really attractive looking beer.

s- huge nose, banana and clove dominate, the ubiquitous belgian yeast, sharp pepper.

t- more delicate than the nose, very refreshing though - and more tart then i was expecting. ripe banana, clove, yeast, green apple, pepper. the finish is dry and tart - i'm liking the tartness, it's adding another facet here. the alcohol is evident but not overpowering - it becomes more pronouned as it warms.

m- highly carbonated, full bodied beer, it's got some coating as well.

d- i'm not nuts over belgians, but this beer is enjoyable - i'd drink it again for sure - i've got a corked and caged bottle in the cellar to see how this does with some age on it. tripels aren't my favorite style, but changing it up with one every once in awhile is nice.

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

Pours an opaque amber colour with a solid covering of white head. Good retention, not much lacing.

Yeast, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, a hint of pine. Smells really tasty.

The taste is a bit lighter than I was expecting. Nice light floral hops with some bitterness on the finish. Some light spices. Everything is very smooth and balanced, this tastes like an incredibly well made beer. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

The feel is so good. Creamy, frothy medium body with a distinct carbonation. I don't think I've ever tried a beer with a better feel than Chimay. This is literally perfect.

This is incredibly drinkable. I'm drinking a 330ml right now but will definitely be seeking out the big corked bottle of this one. This would be such a great summer beer. Lots of flavour and smooth as hell.

Photo of likethetaste
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Chimay. But the Chimay blue is by far my favorite of the three. Even so, all three are incredible and blow away most other beers you could try. THis is lighter than the other two and is very refreshing, but as with all the Chimays you need to watch out because they all are very drinkable but have a high ABV. THat could get you in trouble. If you have not tried these incredible beers, do!

Photo of acelin
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a set along with the Blue and Red Chimay Ales. Poured into my Chimay Goblet with a one finger head.

The appearance is a pleasant honey colored hue. Hardly any lacing present, although it does extend down the glass as you drink this wholesome brew.

Smelled of bananas, spice, dried fruit ( apple and pears) and wheat malt.

This beer is super crisp and tart. The Apple and pear tastes are present at first, followed by a more wholesome banana spice hit trailing into light hops.

Mouthfeel was very delicate.

Drinkability was very good.

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

Appearance - Amber/brownish color hazy with some yeast particles floating around in it. A big thick head that takes a long time to settle and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Sweet malt, spices, esters, hops and orange.

Taste - Bread, yeast, pepper, citrus, some hops and little bitterness with alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth! Carbonation is just right. Could drink a lot of these if it wasn't for the high abv.

Photo of Bisho
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easily my favourite bier from the Chimay stable (I still cannot get used to the dirty flavour of the Grande Réserve even after many attempts!)

This one has it all. One Tripel I consistently find myself going back for. Rich taste and lively carbonation and the creamy mouthfeel is unsurpassed. If you love triples and have yet to try this then you're in for a real treat.

Readily available here in Aus (which is a bloody good thing!)

Photo of MrHall
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a chimay chalice.

Beautiful off-white fluffy heady that sink quickly and leaves lace, but not as much as I hoped. Gorgeous cloudy amber colour - looks like raw honey.

Smell is of ginger, caramel, a citrus, I even get a whiff of smoke at one point. No alcohol to speak of though.

Taste is complex and changing: malty start,smooth spicy middle with a definate burst of booze at the end. Finishes yeasty and a little hoppy. Has the balance of a gymnast.

As does the mouthfeel. Full with just the right carbonation.

I could drink a ton of these if they weren't so high in alcohol and un-cheap.

Photo of sitarist
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden. slightly orange, honey like color. Thick and cloudy, very welcoming. Head is about an inch and a half, last a couple minutes, normal lacing. Stayed hazy throughout the whole glass

S- Reminds me of a good Hungarian apricot danish. Apricot, orange, good bread, peppery, some other spice notes, very faint plastic/ band-aid sent.

T- Bread/yeasty, pepper, spice, apricot, pineapple, orange. The taste reminds me of the Holidays like a ham glaze or some kind of foamy punch bowl drink. There is a slight funky aftertaste.

M- Pleasant and creamy, carbonation is lively but doest prick the tongue. Ive heard some say this is dry but I think it has a long finish.

D- Drink-ability is 100%, not the best tasting Triple Ive had, but just as easy to drink as any. Well balanced, nothing assaults the tongue.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33 ml bottle poured gently into my Chimay goblet. L09-498 seems to be a date code, I'm guessing 49th week of 2009.

My gentle pour produces an amber color with decent haze and a huge white head that stays the entire glass. It seems light in texture with very small bubbles and great lace. Most notable about the appearance is the glass is filled with vigorous tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

The aroma has a ton of fruity yeast character along with a touch of hops. Fruity and herbal with a slight lemony citrus character from the hops. It's just about perfect, but could use more strength and vibrancy.

The taste is sweet with a full, fruity center. The hops bring both a firm bitterness in the finish and a lemon and sage flavor in the middle that blends really well with the herbal character of the beer. The beer has lively bubbles with a full mouthfeel and a long, dry finish. This would go really well with a roasted turkey or chicken.

This is an almost perfect beer. I haven't had a ton of tripels, but this is both my favorite in the style so far and my favorite of the three Chimay beers. I will certainly get this again.

Photo of Torps
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 500ml bottle.

Super hazy, golden orange with a small white head that doesn't give up. Very nice lacing along the glass. It's a very attractive brew.

Smell of fruits, plums and apricots. Hints of citrus and yeast. Taste is spot on. Lots of fruit and breadiness, with a slight hop backbone leaving a bit of a tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is perfect IMO. Just the right amount of carbonation makes this ale super refreshing. It's very lively.

Drinkability is great. There's nothing here to beat your taste buds into oblivion. Just a great drinkable brew.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this one many times both on tap and in the bottle, about time I reviewed.
Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that leaves little lacing.
Smell is sweet, bready with some spiciness.
Taste is sweet with some citrus and a slight hop bitterness
This is a great tripel that I enjoy every chance I see it on tap, very drinkable, despite its high ABV

Photo of DoppleJock
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark golden w/ 1.5-inch off-white, foamy head. Lots and lots of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, pretty yeasty.

T: Lots of yeast but not enough malts. Little bitter, hoppy aftertaste, but not too noticeable. Complexity lacking for a tripel-style beer.

M: Almost felt foamy. Weird to describe but that's just it....

D: I think I'll stick to Chimay's other styles over this one. There are just too many other tripels that are superior to this entry.

Photo of aeminter
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy straw yellow-orange, thick foamy head flattens out to a persistent thin layer, no lacing to speak of

S - Spicy clove like phenols (as you'd expect) maybe a slight hint of citrus

T/M - Full bodied, mid-low carbonation, silky, nice bitterness, a little spiciness to match the smell, subtle alcohol warming, mmm mmm mmm

Photo of prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chimay White pours a copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct orange tint. It's topped with a huge fluffy head that's off-white in color. It's over four fingers deep! It takes its time receding and leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass. It's a nice looking beer, but the head's ever so slightly annoying.

The nose is good and rather straight forward. It kicks off with a very Belgian yeast aroma that permeates throughout. That aspect smells delicious. It's followed by pepper, clove and a few other light spices. Pepper smells the strongest by a long shot. There are light fruit notes of apple and pear. They're subtle. It has a nice, earthy character. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't seem overly strong.

This is good beer. I'm not the biggest fan of Tripels, but this is clearly a good one. Yeast is obviously the focal point. It has a really strong Belgian character (surprise, surprise), and tastes delicious. Strong pepper and clove flavors complement the yeast flavors very well. The pepper aspect seems perhaps a little too strong. It grows a little tiring with each passing sip. It is earthy and a little fruity. Light apple and flavors add just a touch of sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn't quite warming or hot. Finishes with a strong peppery spice flavor mixed with a little sweetness.

Chimay White has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems lighter than anticipated. Given the huge head, I was expecting a certain degree of buzziness, but it's not here. Nonetheless, it never feels creamy or lush. Drinkability is above average. It has a nice flavor, but it is very spicy and grows somewhat tiresome. I'm good with one 11.2 oz. bottle.

Chimay White hasn't really changed my view of Tripels. I can appreciate them, but don't love them. Having said that, this is a good one. The Belgian yeast presence, alone, is enough to carry it very far. The spicy side is a tad overdone. Drinkability and, to a lesser extent, the overall flavor take a hit. Nonetheless, it's a classic Tripel that warrants your attention.

Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy straw gold color with some floaties in the pour. Head was a big off white color with a lot of sticky lacing and a good 1 finger head once it settled.

S-- Not overly candied sugar sweet. A good amount of yeast in the smell. A little bit of sweet fruit and hops to this but not a lot again. Alcohol smell is well hidden. More about bread in this.

T-- More alcohol in the taste. Still get candied sugar and bread but not as strong as in the smell.

M-- Creamy, decently carbonated and lively. Once it warms up it loses a lot of flavor and flattens out a bit. Becomes basically a beer with a lot of yeast in it.

D-- Alcohol is well hidden but becomes more obvious once it warms up. At the same token it loses a lot of the good things about it once it gets warm. Probably the weakest of the Chimay line of beers and compared to other tripels like La Fin Du Monde or to St. Bernardus it would be easily be 3rd. Would I get again?? Yes but one at a time is enough.

Photo of Hanger
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle in an oversized wine glass

A - cloudy and golden with 40mm of foamy cream head initially that dropped to a long lasting lacing

S - floral and citrus notes dominate with yeast and alcohol noticable

T - Spices, florals and yeast, alcohol noticable as it lingers

M - definite bite of bitterness and alcohol in a light carbonated style

D - very nice and drinkable, although alcohol would prevent multiples in a sitting. Definately will drink again

Photo of jbertsch
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Poured into my chimay chalice.

This has a foamy 2-finger head that fades to a film, but that film lasts for the duration. The lacing is wet and not all of it permanent You can see the bubbly carbonation within the bright, opaque, rusty, orange color. Its aroma is what I expect of trappists and from Chimay. Floral, citrus, and clovey.

The floral aroma translates to the tongue well along side coriander, clove, bready malts, and a fruit medly. A sharp taste of booze comes through quick upon tasting it. Flavors become more round as it warms, yet its mouthfeel was still a bit carbonated and crisp on top of the round flavors.

Drinkabilty is fine enough, and I had no problem finishing a bomber by myself in one sitting. To be honest, it was made more enjoyable with a couple nice cheeses I had with it. A cranberry-infused goat cheese was the star pairing with it, as were pieces of fig cake and mixed nuts. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on some items like these to have with it - it only heightens the enjoyment.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay-branded goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light yellow-ish brown color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Has a yeasty, slightly sweet smell to it. Hints of hops and alcohol are also present.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter with a spicy bite to it. Finishes sweet and yeasty with the same spiciness present. Very complex. I'm sure that there are tons of subtleties that I am missing here. Surprisingly, there is almost no noticeable alcohol flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a nice carbonation bite to it. About as perfect as can be.

Drinkability: The Chimay line-up keeps getting better for me. This is a great beer and one that I will certainly be having again.

Photo of cudmud
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a deep copper color and a rich white head of one and one-half fingers. The foam produces lovely lacing. In all, a handsome beer to look at.

Smell: This beer has nice bananna and clove-like esters and fruit aromas. I detect organges and malts behind the esters. This beer also smells like a fine perfume due to the hops.

Taste: Lots of yeast flavors that are punctuated by juniper. i don't detect hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and complex.

Drinability: This beer has a high degree of drinkability. All the flavors and aromas do a fine job of hiding the alcohol.

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

A - A nice pale, semi-opaque orange with good white head and solid lacing. Head recedes pretty quickly but settles at about a quarter finger.

S - Pretty yeasty; mild aroma of molasses and nuts; a little bit citrusy; a scotchy alcohol smell is prevalent.

T - Tastes yeasty, mild caramel/molasses flavor and mildly citrusy. Follows the nose pretty well. Moderately hoppy. Strong alcholic taste near the end, which is kind of nice if you're a fan of scotch.

M - pretty thin and very well balanced; moderately carbonated.

D - This is a good beer. The ABV makes it such that it's only responsible to have 2, but I have to imagine this is as good as Tripels come.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Tripel (White) was served in the proper Chimay branded glass. It appeared golden yellow with a white head. There seems to be quite a bit of clove in the aroma. The flavor also has quite a bit of clove which backs off a bit as it warms with more fruit like flavors becoming apparent. I don't remember the bottled version seeming to have this much clove flavor, I'll have to try one again to see if it does.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pale, murky yellow with an amber hue. One finger of pure white head.

S: Nutty character with a dash of fresh, tangy lemon peel.

T: Peaches, wheat, and a wet finish with a slight alcohol burn.

D: I can't really see having more than one or two in a sitting.

Value: Let's face it, there are better beers out there for the money.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,912 ratings.