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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,772 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,772
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 174
Gots: 316 | 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 Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chimay Tripel pours a opaque apricot orange tone along with a yellow-to-white crown of approximately 1 ½ inches of height that diminishes in a slow pace as small delicate bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Sweet scents of exotic fruits, namely, banana with yeasty notes and perhaps a touch of liquorice. Overall the aromas present themselves in a very round and gentle fashion.

Taste: Resonating to the smell we get some fruity and sweet notes of banana, yeast and a bitterness that is short but rather stingy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, round and medium in body. Carbonation emerges in a satisfactory manner, i.e not blatantly overwhelming but fittingly refreshing and medium in strength.

Drinkability: As always with Chimay a great Trappist. However, I would find it a bit more pleasing if it were merely somewhat increased in viscosity.

Asgeirr, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of DeepSix
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. A hazy deep golden color, with a two finger head.

Hoppy character here, with citrus, a bit of malts, and the alcohol.

Complex taste; malts, spices, bitterness. Good taste, even with the perhaps over-conciseness. A light medium body mouthful here, with a lower then thought amount of carbonation.

Drinkability here was ok, I dunno if I could drink a lot of these, especially considering its high ABV

DeepSix, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of WalterSobchak
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites!
Out of a tulip glass it pours a dark straw color with substantial head that dissipates to a solid top.
Muted spice with subtle citrus smell.
Solid carbonation with a creamy follow-up.
Well balanced but very complex on the tongue...really tasty!!! Alcohol is well hidden behind spice, yeast, with hints of malt; damn this is good stuff.
A very drinkable choice but $$$ and alcohol content would limit my session. Great beer to have in the collection.

WalterSobchak, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay White, on tap at Mas, Charlottesville, VA, courtesy - sort of, given the way the check was split - of dkachur. Thanks! Served in a proper Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Comes a bright orange gold in the proper glassware with a foamy, one-finger, snow white head that has average retention and fades to a snowy dusting upon the surface. Lacing is blotchy and decently sticky, about appropriate given the abv%.

Aroma: Sweeter than the taste (more on this in a second), with some light fruity notes and candi sugar dominating most of the foreground. A kiss of estery alcohol emerges as it warms.

Taste: Relatively dry, with crisp, pale malts, plenty of candi sugar, a healthy dose of clove-like spices, and light fruits - mostly coming through as pears and apple skins. It all seems a little more muted than out of the bottle, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Even, not soft but crisp, of a relative medium thickness - very pleasantly average.

Drinkability: I think I enjoyed this one a bit more out of the bottle, though I could be mistaken, as its been a long time, and my scores aren't terribly different. That said, it's still a great beer, a classic tripel, with well hidden alcohol and - even if the flavors aren't the best - the perfect balance between components.

CrellMoset, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy and golden. Nice white head (about two fingers worth) with excellent retention. Appears to be well carbonated. Head laces quite nicely.

S: Sweet and fruity. Notes of banana, tart apples and even grapes come to mind. Cinnamon and clove presence as well. Yeast adds a bit of its own distinct aroma. Malt nose is sweet and light, not overpowering. Very good indeed.

T: Spicy, sweet and VERY complex. Nice candy notes in the malt up front. Surrounded by lush fruits and tingly spices, especially clove. So many tastes and yet they meld beautifully, becoming greater than the sum of their parts. Brilliant!

M: On the lighter side of a medium body. The malt presence is substantial enough, but still manages to find itself whisked away on the finish, with a sweet, dry and fruity aftertaste.

D: Excellent. Every sip left me curious and wanting another. Not sessionable, but worth the savoring.

A very good tripel indeed. Every time I took a sip, it was as though it were the first. Intriguing from start to finish and absolutely sublime. A very interesting beer and a classic in its own right. Required drinking for any tripel fan.

PirateUlf73, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with an orange hue: large fluffy white head

S: Fresh bread, hint of citrus, malty sweetness

T: Lemons, buttery, hoppy bitterness, hint of grapes, sugars and a spiciness

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight graininess. Leaves the roof of my mouth dry. Becomes lighter and creamier as it warms.

Overall, decent tripel, but after recently trying Westmalle, this doesn't seem as good as I remember. The alcohol becomes noticeable sooner despite it being only 8% compared to West's 9.5%. I expected it to be sweeter, although I enjoyed the spiciness and yeastiness of it

OlRasputin989, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of gabrielsyme
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden, opaque, plenty of white head.

Nice floral aroma, taste is moderately bitter. Some fruit tastes, but dry, not sweet. Not too much aftertaste. Maybe a hint of some sweet malt. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and enjoyable throughout.

gabrielsyme, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden hue with medium creamy white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Aroma was complex with malt and citrus.

Flavor was a moderate to heavy spicy sweet with the same complex finish of long duration.

Creamy full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.

Good brew and one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up on-tap at Helga's in Augusta, GA. Delivered in a Chimay goblet (frosted, sadly).

Bright gold in appearance, with a thick, creamy meringue that displays good retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, either by virtue of the beer or the serving temperature (or a combination of the two), but a bit of spiciness and earthy hop aromas are apparent.

Medium-bodied, with a somewhat light mouthfeel thanks to a nice level of carbonation. Toasted bread and some herbal, earthy, bitter hop notes play with a touch of clove. No one flavor dominates, making this one well-balanced brew. Finish is lightly bitter, spicy, and dry, and calls for more.

Very drinkable, and fiendishly so, as the elevated alcohol sneaks up because of the fact. Overall rather delightful, and certainly praiseworthy, though the $12.99 price tag the pub attached was outrageous. Good thing I wasn't buying!

superdedooperboy, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a Christmas gift out of the set with the Chimay glass.

A: Pours a hazy unfiltered apricot/orangy yellow with white frothy head. Reduces down some, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, citrus, banana, grapefruit, some wheat beer odors

T: Lots of citrus and wheat characteristics, can barely tell it's 8%

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a tripel

D: Very drinkable as it goes down easy and the alcohol is well masked

dukedevil0, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 CL bottle, Augustijn chalice.

A - pours an amazing dark honey/amber, I don't know: it looks great. there is a nice head of a solid white.

S - a bit spicy up front as the rest is clear and clean smelling.

T - a good amount of hop bitterness and alcohol are most noticeable. fruitiness pervades after the alcohol dissipates, so primarily for the aftertaste.

MF&D - very carbonated and easy to drink, despite the pervasiveness of the alcohol.

erz316, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a Chimay 3-pack recently, had the Red right beforehand. Poured into a Chimay goblet, with a cloudy golden color, nice creamy head just like the dubbel. This one is noticeably lighter in color than the dubbel. A very nice aroma of spice and a hint of fruit, and the taste was more of the same. Feels great in the mouth and very easy to drink.

All in all a very nice beer, but I'm going to have to say that I liked the dubbel (Red) better from Chimay. That's unusual for me, but they totally nailed the dubbel and it feels to me that the tripel is just a little above average for a Belgian tripel.

theboozecruise, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a hazy yellow with yeast particles floating around. The tall beige head receded slowly and left great lacing.

The nose is dominated by tart fruits--maybe apple and grapefruit. Taste goes from sweet to sour. Bitterness is present throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Despite the bitterness, drinkability is very high for this one.

The first time I tried a Belgian beer, I hated it and refused to try another. Now I realise that a lot of things can happen to a Belgian beer from the time it is brewed to the time it is drank, especially when it is sent to Mississippi. This beer has shown me that they are not all bad, but it may take some time to get used to the style.

CityBoy1986, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper-orange body and a large loose white head. The body is kind of translucent but has yeast particles floating around.
S: Like an Orval I had a couple months ago, one of the first smells that jumps out is reminiscent of tomato sauce. Also candy sugars and a small amount of raisins.
T: Caramel and raisins and finishes off with a little bit of smokiness and pepper at the end.
M: Not as lively as I was expecting but still smooth.
D: Not too intimidating; of the three Chimays, this is probably the most sessionable.

lhaqq, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and airy foamy head build in the glass. About a finger thick in my wide mouth wine glass. The beer is wonderful clear orange color with champagne like carbonation making it's way to the top of the bottle. Spotty sudsy lacing does cling to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is really wonderful. Lots of floral hop notes and some nice spice. Ginger, banana, which I think is coming from the yeast? Very bright and fresh. This is going to sound silly, but it really smells like beer. There is just something about it that is really appealing.

I'm so happy to finally be able to have this beer and provide a review. I was offered a taste of my buddy's at Bison County and just fell in love. You can guess what my next beer was that night. That was several months ago and it's time for me to put down my own thoughts. I just love the complexity of this beer. There is so much happening in the flavor. Initial fruitiness followed by a moment of nice malt flavors. Then the hops and spice take over. You get some ginger, white pepper an a touch of clove or all spice. The hop bitterness is spot on and provides a nice lingering effect. It does provide a bit of grapefruit, but in a different fashion than the big American hop beers. This is almost more of the peel..

Mouth feel is a touch dry and just shy of chalky. The carbonation dances on your tongue and seems to accentuate the hop effect.

Amazingly drinkable. A classic and one to have again and again. There are many Belgian Tripels to explore, but you can always come home to this one.

Reagan1984, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A..Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark amber/gold color with a wonderful head, though it died too quickly for my tastes.

S..Lots of yeast scents, which is to be expected from Chimay -- their beers never have a bad scent.

T..Some hops are there, you can tell. It is much dryer than Chimay's other offerings (i.e. Blue and Red). An above average example of a tripel.

M..Medium bodied. My least favorite of the Chimay beers.

D..A good tripel. A couple during a session would certainly invoke a warm glow.

bbeerman, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of MerkinMan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold with ample head; a little yeast cloudyness due to my pour (aint skeert). Head eventually dies down to a fluffy half inch

S: Yeasty. Fruity esters apparent in the blue and red not so apparent here. Some phenols

T: Dry and crisp, and then faintly fruity / yeasty in the finish. A nice complement to the darker offerings. Hops are very subtle in the aftertaste.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little heavier than others -- not bad. Yeast is very lively

D: Much better than I expected, not being a big trippel fan. Very crisp and dry which adds to drinkability.

MerkinMan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Tolann
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy amber/orange-ish. White head. Some sediment and some bubbles can be seen.

S - fruity sweet, and malty bready like wet dough. Something sweet and tart. And sour grapes. maybe green apple.

T - Sweet then kind of sour. kinda mild. Not really big. same fruity like in the nose.

M - Dry at first. Kinda sparkling feel.

D - really drinkable, but not so exciting. I was kinda expecting more.

Tolann, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy amber with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell of fruit, bread dough, sweet, and a hint of citrus and spice.

taste is sweet, almost a pink grapefruit, yeast, spice, white pepper, and light malt.

overall a tad on the sweet side, but a good tripel.

froghop, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice brew from Chimay. I just can't get the massive pour I am looking for, but this has a nice one finger foam which stays the entire beer. Cloudy pour reminds me of a Hefeweizen but much better! Awesome aroma with a raisiny, fruity, yeasty combo. A little bit more bitterness throughout and a dry finish in the end.

Definitely worthy of another buy!

kaseydad, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head. Smells of a touch of fruits and spice. It tastes very tart and bitter with just a touch of spice. It has a nice lacing. This is pretty easy to drink, but I believe there are better triples out there. Being a Chimay I believe that everyone should try it atleast once.

thegodfather2701, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of dolemite77
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think I'm a Tripel fan... this one pours a nice pale orange, with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly in my Chimay glass. Aroma is fruity, with some hops... mostly apple aroma to me. Flavor is very dry, with some hop bitterness at the end. The finish is just a little rough for me... the mouthfeel is very carbonated, and it's hard to tell what is fizz and what is beer. Almost feels like drinking carbonated water... I would like to have had more up front flavor on this one, and it could have benefited from being a touch sweeter... and that is the only time I've ever asked for that in a beer.

dolemite77, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 11.20 fl oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice

Pours a really light brown color with a three inch white head that leaves very little lacing on the sides.

Very tripel like smell to it. Dried Fruits, spices, citrusy

Dark candy like sugar taste, definately spicy-peppery, cloves, with a slight bitter hopness in the end

Semi Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied taste

Wouldn't have more then one of these

tr4nc3d, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Mcculler
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a one a day flight from red, to white, to blue and where the red was a little disappointing (too much carbonation, mundane taste), this was a very solid, well integrated example of the style.

Very pretty orange, slightly cloudy but vibrant. Nice head -- not too daunting, though -- with nice tight, foamy bubbles. Toward the second half of the glass something that resembles an eye appears in the middle and I feel like I'm suddenly in the lord of the rings.

Nose is good, not intense, though it might have been my nose having an off day or the glass itself, a Chimay glass from my buddy, that seems a little too open for good sniffing.

But a very nice taste -- sugar candy, occasionally butterscotch, or burnt sugar, candied orange and grapefruit, maybe a little nuttiness there. Strong hops for a belgian -- not real funky, but the grapefruit, pine and cloves packs a punch that somehow works with the malt. This is not restrained, elegant, or sublime -- it's solid balance that is achieved not by conservatism but by knowledgeable liberality.

Real creamy on the mouth -- I notice the carbonation hovers in the glass like some UFO technology based government experiment (why I pay my taxes).

Good drinkability for a relatively big beer.

Definitely enjoyed this one.

Mcculler, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of brewbucker
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy golden with a fairly large sized white frothy head. Nice lacing with good retention. When I first poured it I noticed the ever so slight hint of skunk in the aroma but it went away quickly. After that there was a nice spicy banana and malt aroma. The flavor is very nice and has a noticeable peppery taste (which is a good thing). Also fermented fruits and malts. As with most Belgian beers it is a very elegant beer when poured in the matching glassware.

brewbucker, Dec 23, 2008
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 3,772 ratings.