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

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92
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3,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,825
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 350 | FT: 2
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 MDekker
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a big bottle of this with my brother and his wife right after we had each had a bottle of Westvleteren 12.

A: A hazy, burnt orange color with a nice white frothy head and good retention throughout. Some mostly unavoidable sediment got in, but not too much. Looks nice.

S: Dry hay and straw aromas hit me first, followed my sour apple, orange, banana, clove, and other unidentifiable spices.

T: Bright and sweet, of apples and oranges with a spicy tang to it. It has a lingering dry aftertaste - not dominating, by any means, but it hangs on a bit. Good, but not awesome.

M: Thoroughly carbonated, and it bites a little bit, but overall a good balance of being watery and oily.

D: A fine brew that went down pretty easy. Pales in comparison to a Westy 12, but good in it's own right.

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

Poured from into a large wine glass that's not quite a goblet. Pours a dark iced tea orange-brown, cloudy but less so along the edges of the glass. Has a big head that settles and stays with thick lacing.

Smells of sweet, almost sticky fruits and malts. Wildflowers and slight orange.

Tastes of honey and late summer oranges at first, then slightly less sweet baked breads, finally becomes crisp and more dry with a hint of spices. I want to say cardamom again, similar to the red.

Bitter hoppiness and alcohol on the back end after the first swallow. Stronger than expected, almost deceptively so. Somewhat heavier in the mouth--pretty full-bodied with light-medium carbonation.

Great beer, but I like the red a little better. Now if I could only find them both on tap at the same place so I can really compare!

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

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden that is quite appetizing. Aroma is subtle and gentle, fairly fruity and just a little malty. Flavor is mainly fruity, apple and banana, just a little bit sweet, with a good malty undertone. Texture is silky smooth so it goes down nicely. I have had this from a bottle, and on-tap is definitely better.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on DRAFT at Butch's in Holland, Michigan. Not quite sure how they were able to get it, but they got it and boy is it good.

Faded orange in the glass, little bit of translucency and a nice warm glow emanating from the glass. Frothy white head leaves some gobby lacing on the glass.

Warm wheat on the nose, citrus, coriander, under ripe bosch pear, clove, fresh clementine orange, fresh hops, that classic belgian yeast aroma and a dash of delicious.

The taste is exquisite. Complex, delightful, and a joy to drink. Your palate will thank you! Wheat splendor, light citrus fruits, wildflowers, belgian yeastiness, light hops, a tiny tinge of sweetness.

Mouthfeel slightly sweet, a bit of dryness, petite (kleine luchtbel) carbonation, medium bodied, with a bit of bitterness that lingers on the finish.

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

Served in a large wine glass. Pours with a thick lightly tan head that thins and never goes away. The beer is a golden carmel and cloudy, lighter at the edges, giving it some depth.

Smell is of malt, sweetness, and alcohol. Taste is similar with some yeast and banana flavors. Very good. Very drinkable. A bit of extra carbonation but overall very drinkable. I like it better than the red.

Photo of Riccymon
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, honey-orange with a bit of sediment escaping from the dregs of the bottle. This beer smells great--a fruity, flowery mixture including orange and apple. Alcohol is also noticeable in the nose.

The first sips were fairly fruity upfront, but a little harsh and vinegary in the finish. Though I had let the bottle sit out of the fridge for a good half hour, I found that it needed to get almost to room temperature for the taste to improve. After warming, I tasted tart lemon and orange, almost like marmalade, and a touch of sweet honey.

After warming, mouthfeel was still a bit sour and cider-like, but much nicer than before. The power of the flavors and the fact that the alcohol isn't as hidden as expected give this just about average drinkability.

I enjoyed Chimay Tripel, but when I want to reach for an outstanding tripel in the future, I think it'll be La Fin Du Monde.

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

Poured fro a 11.2 oz bottle at cellar temperature.

A-Poured a slightly veiled golden orange with a slick looking 1 finger head.

S-malts, rasins and fruit as well as some alcohol.

T-Crisp and yeasty fruits with a gentle sweetness and a mild peppery bitter finish, deep sweetness that lingers.

M-Fairly full mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Decent overall.

D-A very nice beer overall, but a bit of a bummer when compared to the red and blue label Chimay. This one is solid, but leaves me a bit flat.

Photo of SingleCell
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle at serving temp into a chalice. Best before date of 2011.

A: Pours a hazy deep orange. One inch fluffy clean white head which dies down to a thin wisp of lacing for the majority of the time spent enjoying this ale. Many tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of my chalice that feed the thin head (this beer looks so alive).

S: Bready yeasty scent with hints of citrus, rhubarb pie, and I detect a very slight alcoholic scent as well (nothing overpowering but its there). All of these scents are amplified alot as the beer slightly warms.

T: French bread, very malty, sweet yet the hops add just enough bitterness to balance the flavour out, marzipan. Behind all of these tasty flavour profiles there is a definite presence of alcohol which becomes very pronounced as the beer warms.

M: This beer has an excellent mouthfeel. As I stated earlier the beer looks alive; however, it also feels alive. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. The carbonation is sharp but at the same time provides a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: Drink this one at the recommended serving temp as when it warms the alcohol can get a bit hot. I don't mind it and find that it compliments the beer. Definitely a sipper though.

I enjoyed this beer very much, my first from Chimay and its getting me excited to try the red. I would like to see how this one does with some more cellar time. I'll be revisiting this one in a few years...

Photo of omnigrits
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What can I say about this beer that hasn't been said before? Probably nuthin'. Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip. Plenty of creamy white head and the most incredible aroma of lightly toasted bread with earthy undertones. Somewhat tart on the tongue with a light body and a dry finish. The relatively high ABV is cunningly hidden. Definitely a beer of quality, although at 8% not one I'd want to drink more than one or two of in an evening, which is a pity because it's so delicious.

EDIT: Now that the glass has warmed somewhat I'm getting some very pleasant, chewy malt flavours coming through.

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

P: Presented in an 11.20 oz. brown bottle with raised lettering on the neck: Abbaye de Scourmont, and a white label with gold Chimay shield.

A: Pours a hazed brownish-orange color with a massive, three-finger, extra creamy head. Exquisite lacing.

S: Banana bread and fresh yeast.

T: Opens big with sweet fruit and grainy malt -- the taste of freshly baked banana bread comes to mind -- before the dryness of Belgian yeast takes over. Moves into spicy territory before suggestions of buttered popcorn come into play. Finishes bone dry with a sudden shudder of alcohol.

M: Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with lots of active carbonation.

D: Interesting. Complex. Tasty. Cheers to my first Belgian Tripel!

Photo of JBogan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head which leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is a nice mixture of fruit but with a slight medicinal quality, probably coming from the yeast.

Tasted very much as the smell, along with some spices. Had some sort of chalkiness to it. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel was superb. Very smooth and thick, and with just enough carbonation.

A very nice tripel, although I was hoping for a bit more in the taste department.

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

Pours a dark golden yellow with a thin, creamy head. Lacing is quite nice as well

Smell: Dried fruits: red apple skins, pears with a sweet sugary caramel malt

Taste: Nice balance between tart fruity esters and a sweet and sugary malt backbone. The hop bitterness is strong in the finish, which is dry as hell

I can't say enough good things about the mouthfeel of this beer. Medium bodied but creamy, with a great crisp carbonation

Photo of drink1121
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

himay White, on tap at Roxy's Pub in WPB, FL. Served in a goblet too!!

Appearance: Comes a bright orange gold in the proper glassware with a foamy, one-finger, lace fades, but has decent retention.

Aroma: Sweet, with some light fruity notes. Slightly malty

Taste: Relatively dry, with crisp, pale malts, light pear. Again slightly toasted malt

Mouthfeel: Crisp with good thickness for the abv%

Drinkability: My favorite beer at Roxy's, along with Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I could have a few more with out getting too tipsy, but thats all and am willing too, also.

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

11.2 oz single purchased as part of a gift pack from Whole Foods in Duluth, GA. Poured into the Chimay glass I got as part of the pack.

A: Pours a cloudy almost muddy orange yellow color with practically no head. There is a thin covering of off-white bubbles that never completely goes away. It tries to leave lacing, but none of it sticks. It just doesn't look as nice in the glass as many others in the style.

S: There is a classic Belgian yeast and spice aroma. It smells OK, but nothing special for the style.

T: It kind of follows the nose. Belgian yeast and spice are the main flavors. I seem to pick up a bit of a lemon kick as well. There is a bit of tartness in the finish. It is interesting and tasty, but it doesn't stand out to me like its cousin the Blue.

M: The carbonation is pretty high in the mouth. It has almost an astringent character. I think its proper for the style, but for my preference, its a bit thin as well.

D: The ABV, aggressive carbonation, and tart flavor make this one a bit of a slow go for me.

I have to admit I expected more from this one based on how much I love the white.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Chimay. Pours a hazy orange with a giant white sticky head that quickly fades. Does leave good lacing. Smell is unique for me, funky,
yeasty, earthy smell. Has a great unique spicy,clove taste. Similiar to the smell yet different. Date on the cork was 10/08. I wonder how the taste changes with more age. Its a great drinkible beer. Goes down smooth and dry with a yeast note left in the mouth. I am getting more of a citrus taste as it warms up a little. I will definately try some more of these.

Photo of endincolorado
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy gold with yeasty sediments, thick white head with small and large bubbles.

Smell- Inviting floral esters with citrus and hops, yeasty spiciness

Taste- wonderfully balanced, spicy yeast in background, crisp clean and fruity; tingly. clean sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- If it weren't for the price tag, this is one I'd have a lot more often.

Photo of wingman14
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a frothy white head that fades somewhat quickly. Smell is nicely strong, very yeasty, some banana smells and some sweet notes. Taste follows the smell with a strong flavor, the alcohol is apparent. The mouthfeel is not very smooth but this doesn't take away from the beer. This one is a nice drinker, great flavor, not overpowering. An inviting beer that delivers. Worth checking out.

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

CO-828

Poured into Piraat snifter. Bright gold color, hazy, fluffy two finger head that sticks to the glass as it descends.

Aroma is yeast, banana, lemon/orange zest, white pepper, and sugar malt. Notes of hops and honey. Did I mention sugar?

Tart and crisp on the tounge, leading to the lemon-yeast flavor that transitions to the sweet malt. The beer smooths out and produces a quick ceamy feel but finishes with bitter hops and a dry finish. Alcohol hidden extremely well and honey-yeast aftertaste.

Dangerously easy to drink and a great offering. Chimay always hits the spot when in sesrch of a Belgian ale. Easily recommended.

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

Nose: There are lots of great aromas in this beer. The main components that stand out to me are dried apricot, honey, over-ripe banana, and some orange peel.

Appearance: Very nice warm amber color with a little bit of cloudiness. There is also a presence of yeast floating in the beer. Head forms nicely but does not get out of hand. Maybe one to two solid fingers of head.

Taste: Nice amount of bitterness hits the tongue immediately, and is accompanied by a good deal of carbonation. Once down, I get a lot of the honey and orange aspects.

Palate: Not an overly heavy beer, but it definitely has some teeth. Good amount of carbonation (with very tight bubbles), too. I find this one to be quite enjoyable on the palate and one that can be drank again and again.

Overall: I like this one quite a bit and it's readily available if you are traveling and just want a reliable beer to enjoy. Dare I say this is more enjoyable to me than the Grande Reserve? Ultimately, I find something very pleasing about this beer. Perhaps it's that my expectations weren't as great as the Blue, but I really see this as a more enjoyable beer.

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

Can't believe I'm just now getting around to reviewing this! I poured this one from a stubby 11.2oz brown bottle into my Piraat snifter.

A= This ale poured a glowing chill hazed gold color with a huge loose foamy white head (aggressive pour). Some sediment particles in suspension but nothing off-putting. The head settled into a nice thin cap that retained and left sticky lace down the glass.

S= I was impressed by the aromas on this one. I got some faint malt sweetness, green apples, earth notes, total yeasty funk, and an herbal/medicinal character.

T= The flavor profile was reverse of what I expected. The hops and herbal/medicinal parts came first, with a small bit of malt and a big chalky yeast note in the middle. Some moderate fruity esters in there but they certainly do not dominate. Finish was very dry and had only a bit of alcohol warmth to it.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a nicely crisp mouthfeel. Very good palate cleanser here!

D= Quite drinkable despite the ABV. Its been too long since I had this one and I won't let that happen again. A classic for sure!

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

A - Golden yellow color and some slight cloudiness. Medium-sized white head that has good retention.

S - Just how you want a tripel to smell, bananas, esters, yeast, and some hops.

T - Upfront is taste is sweet which gives way to a bread-like yeast feel. Finishes with a slight zing of hops that I was not expecting.

M - Fairly creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

D - I would have no problem drinking a few of these.

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

A relatively fresh bottle part of the '08 holiday package that included a goblet into which this was poured.
Quite phenolic in initial aroma with clove, spiciness and a bit of vanilla. Sugary candy sweetness comes in time, but it's not to excess in any way.
Attractive head and overall appearance. Full rich head that breaks up in rocky manner with substantial lacing. Relatively clear amber color with gold and orange. Substantial amount of bubbles rising.
I poured this at a slightly warm temp (53 degree) and that takes away a bit from the crispness that might have been there. Surprisingly malt character that doesn't get overwhelmed by the sweetness, although the sweetness is plenty evident. Moderate, or more, dryness at finish that holds some mild bitterness and moderate hop flavor (for style). A tad of fruit with hints of orange.
Plenty o' bubbles on this one. However, it doesn't seem to make lighter (effervescent) but rather more filling (maybe I'm drinking too quickly). Nonetheless, the carbonation is soft enough and contributes to an overall softness.
The thing I like about Chimay beers is the overall high level of drinkability, and this one is no different. Not too rich, too sweet, or too much (except maybe in dryness).

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

Pours a beautiful bright gold that is just a little hazy. A thick frothy 1.5 inch mostly white head tops the beer. Thick, heavy lacing covers the glass like North Georgia kudzu. Smells like buttered toast with fruit and alcohol notes. First sip is mind blowing smooth that screams, "World Class". Creamy, malty, sweet then bitter with the yeast character you'd expect from Chimay. The 8% ABV is there but this is sessionable.

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

On Tap at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, Charlottesville, VA

A: A sticky beige head of thick, lacing foam sits atop a gorgeous hazy orange body of deliciousness.

S: It's biscuity and floral with a good deal of passion fruit as it warms up a bit. I also picked up a hint on coriander with a deep whiff...

T & M: There is a very inviting bitterness and warming, lingering alcohol presence that is swept all over the tongue by the crisp, dry carbonation. Subtle fruitiness and yeastiness come across in the finish.

D: Because it's definitely not overly sweet, this beer went really well with bold food. I was very impressed with how easily this 8% brew went down. I'm a huge fan.

Photo of imagineiii
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a chimay 3 pack complete with goblet.

Pours with great 2 finger white head. Maintains well, reduces to thin covering. Golden to orange in color. Some sediment is suspended.

Smells like melons, apples, phenols. dryness from hops is surprising to me.

First impression: hops that are in the nose are very prevalent in the taste. Probably the hoppiest Belgian Triple that isnt advertised as such. Tart, but the bitterness pushes that off the palate quickly creating a great complexity.

Creamy but sparkling on the tongue. The complexity of this beer is awesome.

Much cleaner than alot of belgian triples. Tastes more like a belgian strong pale IMO. Complexity rules this beer, which seems to be a trademark of chimay. Great beer from some great brewers

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,825 ratings.