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

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Ratings: 3,942
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 196
Gots: 446 | 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 TommyW
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy from a bit of sediment, gold body with a thick white head.

S- Sweet malt with some mild sugary notes (golden raisin come to mind), a little spice and a brief hop aroma.

T- Sweet malt that is perfectly balanced with the bittering hops. The yeast bring in a nice spicy and earthy flavor the plays really well with the hops; creating a slight tart finish but not really bitter. The yeast and sediment leave a slight chalky coasting of the back of the tongue.

M- Light body that is very smooth with a perfect carbonation.

D- I haven't had a lot of triples, but I really enjoy this beer a lot. I'm definitely going to be looking for more from this style (hopefully they'll be as good as this one).

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

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Golden ocher ale color with a thick and fine ecru head. Maintains lacing throughout. Fine, champagne-like carbonation.

S: Initial bright apricot and citrus scent followed by a Chinese preserved fruit body (haw fruit and dried persimmon) with honey.

T: Spicy and astringent initially. Citrus and apricot flavor remain followed by a warm yeasty bread coating.

M: Medium bodied with a comforting carbonation. Not aggressive at all. Well-developed texture.

D: Very drinkable. Warmer with light meat pairing is delicious.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a lighter amber color with golden highlight's. Bright white foamy heading. Tremendous lacing throughout the tasting.

Smell is kind of blood-like. Very sweet and a nice warming alcohol. A little citrusy as well.Nice sweet maltiness and hops do suit the malts very well.

Taste is a little heavy with that warm alcohol. Tastes of ripenend fruit soaking in alcohol mostly of plum. A nice clove and a little pepper finish the taste.

Mouth is rich malted , full bodied. Alive as hell on the palate which is still tingling along with that clovey pepperiness. Amazing bubble action on the tongue.

This is a very drinkable tripel again another Belgian tripel tasted and another score in my book. One of the very best.

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

From a bottle into a beer goblet.

Hazy burnt orange with an 1.5 inch off-white head. Head dies down, but doesn't go away - leaving an eighth inch of foam. Lacing.

Typical sweet smell of a tripel. Candied orange, sugars, a touch of meyer lemon, and sweet malt.

Nice clean taste, lemon zest, sweet malt, and a touch of toasty nut. Finishes very clean, a touch of traditional clean hoppiness.

Not quite as light as I like my tripels, but still very good. The dryness is quite pleasing, but it's still not quite as good as it could be. I imagine it's better on tap.

Nice tripel, but a little weak in the alcohol department, which is noticed. I quite prefer the tripel to be at 9 or above, otherwise the candy is too strong for me. It's still a good brew, though.

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

375ml into Chimay chalice.

A- Fantastic. Great lacing, a nice goldenrod color.

S- Lilac, honeysuckle sweetness. Incredibly floral. Very nice bouquet.

T- Floral, mildly spicy hops, an aggressive yeast.. simply divine. Very wonderful taste. This is a tripel like none other. I enjoy the white wine qualities this imparts, a sugary sweetness with an effervescent body.

M- Light, crisp, bubbly.

D- High. I'll be buying this again. I really enjoyed the ease of drinkability and the strong lilac/honeysuckle flavors. The mouthfeel is divine. Give me more!

Photo of mralphabet
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.20 oz bottle poured into Goblet

A: Golden and cloudy... about 1 fingers worth of thick white foamy head.... it settles to a nice ring with wonderful lacing... Looks like a Belgian

S: I'm getting a few things here.... raisins, malt, rum, clove, a little citrus and alcohol.

T: At first I got a bit of bitter malt and alcohol.... then as things warmed... a wonderful happened... The fruit and spices came out...raisins, pear, and sweet spices. Floating around is a big Belgian yeast flavor. Aftertaste is a little rum like.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Alcohol is apparent but not overbearing.

D: Even at 8% I could drink a few of these....

Another great brew from Chimay. All 3 (Red, Blue and White) are a must try.

Photo of DerBayer
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Chimay Blue but I wasnt impressed with this one at all. Don t get me wrong it s not in any way bad just a bit average and that does not do justice to the name of Chimay nor does it justify the price.

The tatse and smell is floral hops with some crisp bitterness and slight breadiness almost as if from wheat but there is little complexity and depth. Fruity notes are entirely absent and the mouthfeel is a bit well not stale but not as good as others...

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

A light malty aroma rises out of this hazy blonde brew. Topped with a thin lacy white head. Light malty flavors with some tartness. Well balanced but no hop presence is noticeable. The body is light with low levels of carbonation. Finishes with a tart malty sweetness and fades relatively quickly.

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

appearance is a pale straw, almost honey color, nice white foamy head that lasts. good lacing.

the scent, very close to a wheat beer, has coriander and citrus and slight yeast. maybe some cinnamon?

taste is about the same, much less yeast. I get sort of a cinnamon finish as well, maybe i am loco en la cabeza?

mouthfeel is nice and clean, slightly bubbly, very neutral finish not sweet or dry.

this beer is nice but drinkabilty falters only because the carbonation is a little high.

good stuff but i couldn't drink too many.

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

Great nectar. One of these days I'll have a Belgian blind taste test so I can figure out which one I like the most. But I think this one is a little too bitter to be the one for me...

Another beautiful Belgian trappist - golden haze (from some intentional sediment addition) and a dense pillowy head makes it look like magic. Not much lacing though in my chalice.

It also has the expected complex aroma of sweet malt, yeasty bread, honey, fruity esters and alpine herbal hops. The alcohol is not boozy at all and is well hidden. Good fasting material. Could you imagine drinking a few of these on an empty stomach??? Wooo hooo.

The taste delivers on the aromas and finishes with medium citric bitterness in the aftertaste. For all the malt, it doesn't taste or feel too sweet. Smooth and creamy good to start and then turns crisp since it's actually a bit dry in the finish with the bitterness.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a honey-like orange, hazy with gold highlights & a loose, foamy head, about half-a-finger. Lace starts & then disappears.

Smells of candy sugar, kind of grape-like, some banana. You know, like a tripel.

I dove into the first sip with expectations of sweetness & was blindsided by an interesting dryness that kicks in quickly & lasts a few seconds. The sugar's there around the perimeter, but just out of reach. A little like cherry, maybe salt water taffy, some banana, lemon, honey. As it warms, the sugar settles down & stops playing hard to get.

Mouthfeel is nice, foamy & full. I like a beer that transforms texture in your mouth, & this becomes active & dances all around.

I sometimes get tired of Chimay being the representative Trappist at most places, but I gotta catch myself & think "Am I seriously going to begrudge a place for serving a great beer?"

Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish/yellow with a beautiful head.

S - smells like a triple - spicy with a lot of dry, tart fruits.

T - taste follows the nose. This has a lot of light fruits - green apples and pears - with some spice. On the finish, however, there is an odd taste - almost tastes like and orange peel without the orange taste. This was very good, however the finish took some points off the taste score.

M - excellent mouthfeel. It is very full and smooth until it hits the back of the tongue, where it turns into a champagne-like mouthfeel.

D - this is a pretty decent brew by the monks. This is very similar to other triples I have had, minus the weird orange peel taste on the finish. I think I like the Red better than the White, but I have yet to try the Blue.

Photo of devilben02
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite a slow, deliberate pour, a very thick, foamy head develops on top of the dense orange colored ale. The aroma is quite inviting, with notes of banana, yeast, and spice. The flavor is largely a continuation of the aroma, with a dry fruity sweetness and spicy overtones. This flavor is somewhat hidden by the high amount of effervescence, but this feature also hides the flavor of 8% alcohol. Overall, though, this is a very good, very drinkable tripel.

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

750 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a dark straw yellow-orange color with a sort of brown tint throughout the glass. A generous pour creates a nice white and fine bubbly head that lingers for a decent amount of time and appears to be nice and thick, around one to two fingers in depth. Sheets of fine bubbled lacing lines the glass, but only grips for a couple of seconds. Some carbonation is visible, along with dots of remaining yeast floating towards the bottom of the glass. The aromas that resonate from the glass are incredible. It's like passing a bakery - fresh bread and yeast being the most prominent of smells. There's a lot of fruity esters akin to bananas as well. After letting warm for around 10 minutes, I can smell some slight lemon sourness and green apple skin tartness. Not much of an alcoholic presence known to the nose. Very aromatically delicious.

Taste is full of baked banana bread. Bready malts are very heavy on the tongue initially and subsequently, the fruity esters appear. The aftertaste has a slight spicy hop bitterness with an apple tartness. The 8% ABV is masked very - not detectable at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a good amount of bubbling activity on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing. Drinkabilty is very high - first glass was gone in a matter of minutes. The smell and taste are very enticing. Great example of the Tripel style from Chimay.

*Originally reviewed on October 3, 2009.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured carefully from a bottle in a tulip glass, but I still feel like I screwed something up.

Chimay White pours a gorgeous, pure bronze color, hazy from suspended material. Huge head consisting of huge bubbles, drops surprisingly rapidly. Virtually no lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, possibly figs, apples. a heavy dose of Belgian malt is wonderfully noticeable. The yeast however is just way too overpowering. Agitating thoroughly before smelling helps immensely against the yeast dominating the scene.

Taste: Spices, Heavy malting, fruits -- pears, apples, again possibly figs. Hops and alcohol blend in beautifully underneath, but then the ugly yeasty flavor rears its head for the painful lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is of a nice medium body, surprisingly smooth considering all the material suspended in the glass, which continues to worry me as I drink more. Carbonation is perfectly balanced -- clearly noticeable but not biting.

This is a solid example of a Tripel in my opinion. I do feel let down by the bottle, because I let it sit for 2+ weeks after purchase to let it settle down, but it seems to have gone to hell.
Highly recommend it on-tap, still would recommend it in a bottle. Not as enjoyable as its brother Chimay Blue, but still very good.

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep straw yellow with a nice orange tinge to it. Finger and a half of egg white head. Weaker retention than what I would have thought but some decent lacing.

Banana, clove, phenols, belgian yeast and lemon zest in the nose with a slight hint of alcohol.

Flavour subdued in comparison to the nose. Still some nice creamy banana, belgian yeast and phenols with a snappy citrus bite.

Mouthfeel nicely creamy, smooth and a prickly carbonated bite. 8% ABV is almost unnoticeable, giving it the higher rating.

Overall, a nice, complex easy drinking beer. It actually made me appreciate that much more Unibroue's version of the tripel, la fin du monde. 2 down and 1 to go for the Chimay's available to me. Leaves me looking forward to the red cap.

Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a goblet, poured a hazy yellow/gold, with two fingers of bright white head, and very good lacing. The smell was a bouquet of clove, coriander, banana, lemon zest, orange peel, hay, and yeastiness. The taste was a tiny bit more subdued than the nose, with the fruit hitting hard first, then dissolving to yeast and herbs, and then finishing on a spicy/bitter note. Very good, but I've had some better tripels. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and moderately spritzy. It could've benefitted from more carbonation, but in retrospect I was surprised that the flavor wasn't more intense given the low level of carbonation. Definitely light enough to session, but I'd look for a tripel with more intense flavor.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass...sorry, no Chimay chalice available! No dating noted on bottle.

A - an aggressive pour yielded a thick, white three finger head that was slow to recede to about a finger's depth with adequate lacing. poured a very hazy golden amber.

S - lots of bread, some clove and additional spices. a hint of chocolate.

T - clove and pepper out front, dark chocolate follows. some faint citrus of some type.

M - medium to heavy bodied, couldn't detect much carbonation. finishes with a bang but the aftertaste is smooth, not harsh at all.

D - a fine quaff indeed. chimay is one of those things in life that are everything they are made out to be. i prefer the white and the blue over the red, though. another one to sit back and enjoy with friends.

Photo of notdan
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet to see a slightly hazy, medium gold brew topped with a thick bubbly head that seems to stick around forever, giving me lots of time to sniff at it. I'm picking up some clove-like spice, a bit of fruit, and the classic Belgian yeast. The first thing I notice after sipping on this is the smooth, creamy mouthfeel, though the carbonation is still there to tickle your tongue as the flavour gets ready to overwhelm it. Let's see here... apple, clove, yeast, banana, maybe some orange, and probably some other stuff I can't figure out. Unfortunately the 8% ABV comes through just a bit too much for me, though a year or two in the cellar would likely round that out.

Overall a tasty beer but I'm still gonna stick with my Fin du Monde.

Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet, while watching "In Bruges", Belgian culture night at my house.

Poured a beautiful orange/copper with a great two finger head that dissipated quickly. Great looking beer.

Smells of cloves, bananna, yeast and spices. Classic tripel, great balance in the aroma.

Massive taste, everything about the aroma carries over to the taste. The alcohol taste becomes stronger as the beer warmed up, but overall it was nicely balanced.

Photo of zoso493
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into its natural habitat - a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a murky orangey-coppery color with a slight, one finger head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Very cirtusy and spicy with some whiffs of yeast and banana.

Taste: The citrus hits you up front and finishes with a bit of malty bitterness. Not as complex as other offerings from Chimay, in my opinion, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and fairly carbonated.

Drinkability: For a beer that's 8%, it does well to hide it's alcohol. This 750 mL bottle went down pretty smoothly for me.

Overall, this is another tasty offering from Chimay and I will definitely seek this out again. Recommend

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

Presentation: 12oz pour from the tap into a straight-sided pint glass...c'mon, where's the glassware? At least serve it in a wine glass.

Appearance: Hazy, quite dark golden beer, lazy but steady carbonation. This is capped by a creamy white head which soon fades to a thick, lasting film.

Smell: BRIGHT citrus and spice aromas, with just a hint of banana in the background

Taste: Dead on with the aromas, a nice mixture of citrus fruits and a big dose of banana. There's a bit of warming alcohol that becomes quite a bit more noticeable as this beer warms. There's a medium malty presence through the middle with some spicy (Styrian?) hops on the finish. Bitterness is more than I'm used to in a tripel, but it's kind of nice here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Never gotten to try Chimay on tap; this was a treat. It's a little different than out of the bottle and I'd think a bit fresher than I can usually get bottled around here. The hops come through much stronger, and it's not quite as yeasty/phenolic as the bottled version. Classic, and tasty.

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a golden yellow with a hint of orange, head was 3/4 inch and soapy, did not dissapate for quite some time, left lots of lacing which was suprising for a beer of this style

Smell was full of sugar and many different fruits, I could definitely smell the Belgian yeast that was in it too, I thought this one was going to be way sweeter than it actually was

Taste was pretty mellow and had a light malty feel, different tastes included burned sugar, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, raisins, and cherries, this one also had a lot of Hops which is not common of most Belgians I have tasted, sweet all the way through until the dry finish

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that settles to a ring.

S- A touch of alcohol with some raisins, malted wheat, grain, rum, and spice.

T- Spices and alcohol give a strong showing at first but flavors of fruit (banana, raisins, pear) and tobacco take over. Big Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of grain and rum.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is apparent but not overbearing. Carbonation leaves a prickling mouthfeel.

D- Really nice brew. I will be picking this up again.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Local Taphouse (Thanks guys!)

Pours a cloudy apricot colour with a translucent appearance. Dense white head, sinks slowly, leaving some pleasant white lace behind. Looks great, thick and sweet.

Smell has lots of coriander and citrus, very wit-esque actually. Peppery Belgian yeast notes, a bit of malt but not much complexity, just a lot of that strong Belgian yeast.

Strong and complex palate with a lot of alcohol being detectable, peppery and phenolic with a mediciney character coming through midway. Coriander and lots of candied orange peel. Very Belgian, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is foamy, quite textured, full enough for what it is.

Drinks well. Spicy and Belgian with lots of character.

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