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

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3,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,874
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 185
Gots: 395 | FT: 2
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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 Cylinsier
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 75 cl.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a relatively coarse white head that dissipates quickly but not entirely. Has an amber glow when held to light.

Smells of rich grains and dry malts.

The taste is subtle. Malts with an aftertaste of hoppiness, slightly more pronounced than other trippels I've had in terms of the bitterness. Very dry.

The mouthfeel is full and bubbly. Goes down smooth though.

A nice trippel, not as good as the Westmalle but close. Hides the alcohol well. A must try for trippel fans.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moving on to part two on this evening of Chimay Trappist-beer (Earlier I had the Chimay Premiere with the grade: A+)

A: This Chimay pours golden with just a hint of red, cloudy with a great white dense head that leaves some lacings on the glass while it sets slowly.

S: It's almost an explosion of smells that hits the nose. There is yeast, fruit, malt, a hint of hops to this roasted spicy complex beer.

T: Utmost complex - The dryness is very present. But if your looking for fruit and bitter hops you won't be disappointed. There is also some maltyness to this one as well as some alcohol in the taste.

M: Rich, dry and very powerful. A mouthful!

D: I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't buy this one - possibly if your allergic to gluten (and therefore can't enjoy malty products). Yes, gluten allergy is the only possible excuse for not buying and enjoying this fantastic beer.

Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into my new chimay goblet.

A- this one pours a hazy golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head. the head lasts almost the entirety of my drink, and leaves very even rings of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice is light summer fruits. grapes, apples, bananas, and pears. there is a spicy kick to follow. coriander and clove. spicier than most tripels.

T- the taste is close to the nose. lots of spiciness and fruits. banana, pears, clove, coriander, apples and green grapes. a slight alcohol burn but nothing major.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy to finish and will be checking this one out more often. being available year round in every store makes this one seem less appealing to me for some reason. the benchmark for the style.

Photo of OldYoda
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked bomber bottle into my Duvel tulip. Rises a huge dense head and leaves great residual lacing, a very pretty beer.

Smell is both complex and well balanced. Citrus and lemon and some light hops. Very inviting.

Taste is so well balanced and so complex. Almost too smooth - just a wonderful taste experience.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as silk with a nice clean finish to set up the next sip.

Drinkability is the only drawback here as both cost and ABV would prevent me from having more than a couple.

A truly world class beer experience.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very enjoyable.

Appearance- dark amber color, nice head, cloudy

Smell- fruit, sweetness

Taste- fruit, spice

Mouthfeel- dry finish, very nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- very drinkable, thoroughly enjoyed it, will be drinking it again for sure

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Leffe goblet. Golden hazy medium amber colour with a fizzy white head which ends up as quite a smooth thick lacing.

Has a sweet white fleshed fruitiness to the smell. Grapes, apples, pears perhaps a little peach. This is backed by a buttery and biscuity malt. Some peppery spiciness in there too. Overall I found it a touch more complex on the nose than most tripels and pales I've tried recently.

Taste is no real surprise following the scent. A sweet fruitiness hits up front, pears, apples et al. Doesn't get too sweet though and is immediately followed by a very smooth buttery maltiness. Balanced by a touch of hops bitterness.

Again mouthfeel is a real highlight here. Very smooth, rich and full bodied. Goes down with great ease. Carbonation is lively. Personally I find it smoother waiting for the fizz to die down a little.

I enjoy this for a tripel. Something about this reminds me of Unibroue's Maudite more than other tripels. Smoother and maltier. Works well for me

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

Chilled lightly and poured from 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Golden amber. Low carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, but leaves a significant layer of foam on the surface of the brew. Beer ring lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it does settle. Because of the thickness, a little lacing remains as you drink as well. The head continues to renew, as re-pour/top-off (I love perserverance).

S: Light roasted malt. Toasted buttery-nut aroma. A pungent hop as well.

T: Hearty roasted syrupy malt. Sharp pungent hops, a little butterscotch. Strong alcohol taste.

M: Full and heavy. Strong alcohol taste. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Really sharp on the palette.

D: Exceptional sipping beer.

Very solid atmosphere. Pretty good appearance, great full nose. Great full, balanced flavor. . . no chinks in the armor here. Strong alcohol taste, but not too overpowering. This is a really great quaff to sit down and savor.

Photo of PintOHops
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1pint.9.4oz corked bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a hazy golden/yellow with an outstanding fluffy head, and the retention was amazing, almost frozen! Leaves some very broken, sticky lacing, but hardly anything to note. Great appearance overall, and different than anything Ive ever seen. Smells of sweet plum, apricot, apple, grape, tangerine, orange zest & mild banana. Slightly tart fruitiness, followed by biscuits & grains, touch of malts, hint of clove, and a sharp note of alcohol as it warms. Kind of reminds me of a Wit, or a Hefeweizen, only stronger, not bad I guess.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of pair, plum, grape, banana, and orange & lemon zests. Fruity flavors quickly clear away, and a dominate biscuit, toasted malty, grainy, wheat, and hop bitterness flavors flood the palate, as well as a slightly overpowering dry alcoholic burn on the finish, which isn't really desirable. Even some hints of clove make it in, again, it reminds me allot of a Wit, or Hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit of active carbonation on the tongue, and medium-full bodied. Much thinner than expected though.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Well this one wasn't outstanding to me, it's not that it wasn't up to par, the appearance was outstanding however, it just wasn't drinkable, and the flavors & aromas just kind of remind me of a Wit. The alcoholic burn on this was a big turn off to me, Ive had other Chimay Ales before which hide the alcohol well, this one does not. All in all not bad, I don't think Ill be forking over another 12 bucks a bottle for it again though. Id rather stick with Chimay's Grande Reserve. Not a big fan, sorry.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the three main Chimay beers, this one seems to be the least common, at least in my area. This ones a little harder to come by. This is also a Tripel. I've only had a couple Tripels, and have not been impressed as of yet. Here is my review:

A: Pours a murky golden straw color. Head is off white with pretty nice lacing. Sediment is floating around in the beer. Looks good.

S: Smell is really hard to detect. I get hints of Belgian yeast, and some malt sweetness. Maybe a hint of pear, but thats it.

T: Taste is much more prominent than the smell. It does taste quite a bit like the Red, but with a little more fruit and Belgian yeast. There is hints of pears, a touch of apple, then you get the malt character which tastes like toffee and caramel. I think this one seems a little less enjoyable and complex than the Red. Still pretty decent.

M: This feels a little lighter in the mouth. Good carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. Not as creamy as the Red.

D: This is a little lighter in body and has more of a subdued taste than the Red, so in turn, I think the drinkability is a tad higher. Pretty smooth drinker and good overall.

I guess I am not a big fan of the Tripel style. Although, this is probably the best one I have had to date. Nothing really stands out about this beer. Just a decent Belgian ale. I feel it needed a little more character and complexity to warrent a better score. Still recommended and worth a try.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

From a 33cl bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy straw color with some orange hues. With a nice white head that retains a bit and leaves a nice mat. Thin lacing left along the glass.

S - Nice, grainy malt smell and a bit of fruit sweetness. Mild smell some pepper in the nose as well.

T - Malty sweetness and grainy taste; less fruity and sweet than other examples of this style. There is still some faint clove but nowhere near other examples of Tripels. It's more grainy and spicy, gives it a nice variation. Complete dryness form the hops a nice semi-bittern finish.

M - Very well carbonated as per usual. Crisp and smooth.

D - Refreshing and ABV is very well hidden.

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

1P 9.4Fl oz bottle, corked and caged, with id L08-181.

Poured into my Chimay chalice it appears hazy peach tinged golden with a foamy ecru head and sticky lace.

Scent is crisply fruity; pear and banana. Peach?

Taste is pear, apple, peach, grapes. Mildly sweet Belgian sugar held in check by a very dry bitter finish. Bitter orange peel and spice - coriander and white pepper. Mild sourness as well. Dry overall with sweet and bitter notes.

Mouth is crisp and dry with a slight alc warming in the throat

Drinkability is good.

Not my favorite tripel but a good one and well made.

Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle marked L08-751. Sampled on the my 50th birthday-June 16, 2009. This was my birthday treat for myself. The pour is a copper-golden tone with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. It is cloudy and carbonated. The aroma is a pleasing yeast, hop, and bread-like mixture well in balance. The mouthfeel is heavier, creamy, and kind of chewy. I am enticed by the slightly hopped and yeasty taste that has a faint hint of something tart or sour but just enough to make it even more appealing rather than overwhelming. A fantastic balance.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light copper with a large head showing some persistence and great lacing.
Aroma is quite enticing, doughy yeast, white wine, light fruits (apple, pear, white grapes?) and just a hint of spicy phenols and sharp lemon.
Flavour doesn't follow through, more doughy yeast, sweet candi sugar and some spicy alcohol. Otherwise lacking in complexity. Nondescript bitterness makes for a finish not unlike most macro pale lagers.
Too much carbonation (not a big deal, just let it sit for a while). Also there's some slight astringency present.

Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes - beer drank on 5/31/09 at The Comet in Cincinnati, OH. From the tap to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow that is slightly hazy; minimal head (which caught me off guard because I expected one of those huge Belgian style heads, so I wonder if the bartender spooned it out as he filled just to get it filled?); a firm skim on top with solid retention; solid carbonation bubbling up; minimal rings of lace hold up well.

Smell: Wonderfully sweet (light and fruity and reminiscent of grapes and figs) and spicey (coriander); definitely strong notes of yeast give it a slightly bready quality as well.

Taste: The yeast is the first thing I notice and it comes across a bit grainy and bready, giving it a firm starting point for the spice to come in next and really take over and offer a new dimension - I would say the standard spices that are typical of the Belgian style (coriander, some clove...); there is a light and sweet fruity presence, similar to the nose, it's grape like; at the end there is a slightly bitter/sour aftertaste; alcohol is well masked as I barely notice it in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very prickly from the intense carbonation; finsihes pretty dry overall and leaves a strong presence of all the flavors on the palate; warm in the belly from the alcohol, no doubt about it.

Drinkability: I really like this style and this is a great offering. I rate it high, but I feel kind of guilty about it because I'm sure if I did sit through a couple, I'd be feeling it pretty heavily.

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

A: A nice peach-ish color, darker as the yeast gets poured in.. Lots of white head on top.. fluffy like a cloud.. Looks nice.. Head lasts a good long time.. Very nice.

S: Fruity and aromatic. bits of coriander, cinnamon, figs, and brown sugar.

T: Nice, mellow and smooth. A good fit between red and blue.. Subtle with spice notes, a little bit of fruit, and just the nicest little bite of hops.. Very good.

M: Oh yes.. I feel it in my mouth.

D: Pour another one!!

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

Pours a cloudy caramel color with a 2 finger foamy head.

Smell is a musty wheat scent

Taste is earthy wheat with a VERY subtle fruit sweetness followed by a nice bitterness and a warming finish.

Rich mouthfeel, very smooth with just the right amount of high carbonation. Bitterness lingers lightly. Good stuff.

Photo of movingtrain
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay glass.

Orange in color, about 1 and 1/2 finger head, falling petty quickly. Cloudy, murky, some yeast floating around. Looks good.

The smell is sweet...some citrus, plum, definite maltiess, light hops, some candy sugar for sure, apple, dates...earthy, as one might expect.

The taste is light, refreshing. I have to note that this was pulled from the fridge at a friend's house, so the taste is very likely to change during this review. Bread, light hops (again), very carbonated, sweet sugar notes, finishing bitter. Some earthy tones, wet leaf smell in the fall.

So far, this is good, but not my favorite tripel. From the fridge, I'm getting a lot of malt/biscuit flavors, with some sweetess and faint hops.

So, even after warming to around room temp, the flavors seem to be staying roughly the same. It's a damn good beer, and worthy of being revered (as it is). But, for me, it's just not hitting the way I thought it would. Maybe I got my hops up a bit too high.

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

Had this on tap at The Comet Sunday night.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy bright golden yellow. A few bubbles of carbonation run continuously through to the skim of soft white head. Pretty solid lace rings the glass.

Smell: Smell is yeasty and grainy in a dry way, and light floral herbs and citrus scent it well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is really complex. I get different dimensions as I drink. In the front it is sweet and fruity-tart with flavors of citrus, bitter grapefruit and lemon. There's a light caramel lingering and a subtle herbal taste that reminds me slightly of tobacco. The backbone comes through stronger over time in a nice cracked-grain finish with a hint of caramel. The alcohol is definitely present, but in a very complimentary way. The heat lingers in the aftertaste, pleasantly warming. Feel is very bright and well carbonated, prolonging the heat and spreading the flavors throughout the palate well.

Drinkability: Pretty high - well within style and fairly easy to drink.

Photo of RuudJH
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay is the trappist i hold in high regard, I have good memories of it, dating back more than 20 years, experiencing mainly the 'blue' ,many times.
Recently I tried the 'white' again too: I had it on several occasions before... now the review.

A: clear brown-orange colour, with a nice fluffy head that reduces to a thin layer after a couple of minutes, decent lacing, very active carbonation.
S: first smell from the bottle is malts and fresh hops.After having poured it into my Chimay-glass, there's a funny yeasy character comes to live, together with some floral notes, and mainly a clear smell of cloves (some time later I had a tasting where it was nutmeg), not too much fruity sweetness.
T: It's similar to the smells. This is a classic tripel: Bready, hops that are excellent, spicy, in this case very clear cloves. A very pleasant balance, where the sweetness plays only a minor role.
M: Very fullflavoured and smooth indeed.
D: The 8% abv, to me ideal for beer in general, doesn't give me much trouble. It's warming.
What more would you want?

Photo of photomike
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an undeniably great looking translucent hazy orange. Perfect head: soft and everlasting with a very smooth top. So fluffy and nice with great lacing.

Nose is sweet and distinctly Belgian. A bit spicy with some nice orangy citrus.

Taste is somewhat citrusy and sweet with a dry finish. A bit chalky our of the bottle in a way I don't notice when I have it on tap (probably a freshness issue, more than anything), but not necessarily in a bad way. Not incredibly complex, but refreshing and very tasty. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

Incredibly creamy and smooth with effervescent carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

Massively drinkable. The alcohol is so well hidden, and this is so refreshing and nice; I can't imagine a more drinkable trippel.

The well hidden nature of

Photo of JAA
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoy Tripels. One of my favorite styles, without a doubt. I also thoroughly enjoy Chimay. One of my favorite Belgain breweries. Yippee yo, lets go.

Poured out of the classically decorated Chimay 750 ml bottle, into a rather run of the mill "pint" glass. Yeah, yeah, yeah, i'm too lazy to grab my goblet. Absolutely opaque. Cloudier than the surface of Jupiter. A great looking, one finger head, sticks around for quite a while.

That yeasty "Chimay" odor is about the only thing i notice in the nose. Perhaps some light fruits, maybe peaches and green grapes peak through the yeast. A little floral aroma.

Tastes very fruity and champagne like. Light fruits, grapes and peach or nectarines. yeasty. Very, very, champagne like. A bit of white pepper spices things up a bit.

Feels good, drinks good. A good representation of the style. One of the more florally and fruity tripels i have had, but none the less, enjoyable.

Chimay makes quality brews, and this beer doesn't break the mold. Buy up , drink up.

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

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a hazy light amber, with about a finger of soft white head. A thin layer of the head sticks around on the surface, leaving reasonably good lacing.

S: Malty sweetness and spices.

T: Sweet, though not overly so, with a little bit of hop flavors on the finish. Alcohol is detectable but in the background.

M: Reasonably carbonated, fairly smooth, finishes crisp and a bit dry.

D: Drinks quite easily. It doesn't go overboard with any particular flavor, so it should be a pretty good match to most meals.

It was good, but not my favorite tripel.

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

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is large, billowy, and recedes slowly leaving lacing all over the glass. The aroma is of yeast, leather, citrus, lemon, and hay. The taste begins with lemon and citrus notes, and finishes with a sharp funky barnyard thing. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good tripel that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 33cl bottle pored into a Chimay chalice glass.

Generates a creamy and fluffy 2 finger head that leaves behind a reasonable degree of lacing. The body of the beer is a solid fusion of hazy rust or deep amber honey moving out towards maple syrup.

Nose over the glass, deep inhalation... not much. Once again with slow drags of inhalation still not much other than a mild pepper like aroma. It should be noted these notes are from a winter evening and a chilled beer. My experience with Chimay is that the aroma has an almost linear relationship with the temp of the beer so perhaps warming it up may release more aroma.

Taste... now thats a different story. Malt drives the base of the Chimay white and carries a grainy nut flavor with a spicy twang. This however slowly degrades and lets a citrus flavor move forward albeit quite short lived as a sticky dry ester finish hovers about.

In many aspects this is a straight forward beer. It is still complex in flavor when compared to a euro pilsner for example or more to the point a Belgian Tripel, however it isn't simple. Lets say its straight up the business and a damn good Tripel.

Photo of ghebel
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with plenty of carbonation and a few dark colored "floaters" in the glass. Smell is spicy. Taste is complex. Spicy ketones and friuty esters as expected from Belgian yeasts. Overall - smooth, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,874 ratings.