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

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3,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,915
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 192
Gots: 426 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of rootbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: pours golden with a three finger head that fell slowly to at one finger head, with great lacing.
S: sweet malt, light hop
T: again sweet malt very light hop bitterness, with a slight fruityness. great aftertaste
M: lightly carbonated, coating
D: one per sitting, will buy more

Photo of wknight167
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very long lasting one finger head.

Nose- Lemon, green apple, yeast spiciness, pepper seems to stand out.

Palate- Banana, bready, citrus, apple, spices. A lot going on, but hard to pick out specifics. alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel- High level of carbonation, which only adds to the enjoyment of this beer.

Drinkability- I would have another if I had another.

Photo of thekanna
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2009 vintage Chimay Cinq Cents 750 ml bottle.

A: A nice radiant gold. Turbid pour stirs up the yeast and causes the body to be cloudy with a nice, thick white head.

S: Belgian yeasts are the most prominent aroma, followed by some citrus fruits, fresh cut flowers, and a peppery spiciness.

T: Wow, where to begin? It's quite complex. A sharp phenolic bite upfront leads to tons of floral and fruit tastes: apricots, nectarines, tangerines, (slight) tropical fruits, tulips, and a fresh herb and spice blend. I can't point out any individual spice (maybe a bit of saffron), but it's suffice to say that it works well. It ends on a sweet honey malt note.

M: Juicy upfront; finishes dry with its large amount of carbonation.

D: Wonderful Belgian ale; a shining example of the style and another Tripel that the Belgians can proudly show off.

Photo of slk22
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, appears a golden-honey color, cloudy and turbid, with a huge off-white head having little retention. Aroma was huge. Yeast and bready malt were most apparent, then caramel malt and fruit notes including banana. Very sweet with a hint of alcohol. Each swirl of the glass provided another aromatic thrill. Very inviting. Taste was very sweet and bready up front and the sweetness lingered into the finish ultimately giving way to a hint of bitterness and noticeable warming. It was almost like drinking hawaiian bread. Mouthfeel was light, but smooth and became even smoother as it warmed. High carbonation tickles the tongue. Overall, a very tasty and warming triple. Would definitely have again, but not more than one at a time as this seems to pack more of a punch than even the 8% ABV would suggest.

Photo of TLove
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, to me, is usually what I judge all other tripels against. Not to say that this tripel is either mediocre or ideal, but it, in my opinion, exemplifies the style in its best form.

Poured cloudy, yeasty yellow with a thin, bubbly structure. After a few minutes of letting the beer sit, the carbonation wore down and the lacing sheet became evident. There is a banana and bread scent with a touch of lemon and orange. The taste is a bit more grainy and wheat-oriented, with the subtle flavors of yeast residue and red pear.

Creamy body and bold alcohol contrast with fruit and yeast flavors nicely. Finishes extraordinarily well. Smooth and buttery, but has a touch of rough graininess to it.

Photo of STEG
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall a great brew, though nothing short of what I expect from chimay. Poured a wonderful golden orange color with a nice head slightly cloudy from a 330ml bottle.. Balanced with a wonderful citrus nose with bready undertones and a bit of belgian funk makes for a truly unique and wonderful smell. Taste is balanced as well with more of the same but with a green apple almost celery/fennel undertone. Absolutely a wonderful mouthfeel perfectly carbonated hiding its abv very well. Also this is highly drinkable minus the price which isnt as bad a the blue but also not as worth it as the blue is.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light brown color with a white head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is of citrus and lemon peel with hints of yeast.

Taste starts out kind of smooth with a bread like flavor then changes to a peppery lemon, citrus like taste. Finish is smooth lemon peel aftertaste that sticks to your tongue.

Very good beer with a bite but not to much.

Photo of charlesw
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange/amber in color. Decent head that actually lasts. Smells awesome - earthy, malty, dry, hints of orange, wet clay, dry mushrooms, and more. Crazy complex. Crazy malty. Tastes, sigh, tastes like it's all astringency. Bleh. Tastes astringently bitter. Mouth puckering. It seems to me that they should both mash out and have shorter sparges. But, hey, this terrible off-taste is typical in many Belgians. A shame, really.

Photo of CarlP2
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A- Dark, cloudy and golden. Plenty of fluffy white head that recedes to cover the top of the beer. Lots of lacing going on too.

S- sweet and sour yeasty smell. Reminds me of Delirium Tremens. This may be my favorite beer smell next to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

T- I'm not sure where to start. It follows the smell, but I can't name any specific tastes. Tangy, sweet, fruity, and a little spicy and sour. Maybe some white grapes in there. A little less sweet and a little more spice as it warms.

M- Lots of soft, fine texture from the carbonation. Light body, smooth and easy drinking.

D- I could go back for another. I might go back for another if I had one, so I could try and figure out the taste a little better. I like this about the same as Chimay red, but not near as much as I love the blue. I'll have to try a few more tripels and revisit this one and try and decipher its flavors.

Photo of greengorilla
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 33cL bottle into a tulip glass.

The appearance is an impressive hazy orange with thick white foam.

The smell and taste are pretty good. There is not a lot of hop presence, but a nice hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is very good, typical of the chimay line. Although, I do much prefer the red and blue.

It is very drinkable for the alchohol content. It is a overall good beer. I just had a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde a couple of days before this. It was quite similar, but I was surprised that I preferred the Unibroue offering, just slightly though.

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

A - Poured almost two fingers of white head into my Chimay Goblet. Cloudy but no floaties. Carbonation a'flowin.
S - Yeast character with some banana fruitiness. Also some wheat smell.
T/M - A nice non-offensive Tripel with a good amount of dryness and carbonation that brought about the fruitiness and small amounts of hops. The grainy tastes are almost like a pilsner malt.
D - I'll revise if needed but this is my favorite Chimay, better than red or blue. I'd like a 750 ml of this.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy and off-white head into my Chimay chalice that left thick sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a straw gold color and was cloudy due to the yeast not settling and was also very active due to the carbonation.
s - fruity. apples with a hint of citrus. wheat, grass with a bready dryness.
t - grains, clove, bananas, apples.
m - bubbly at first that turns very creamy in the finish.
d - stupendous. my favorite chimay offering.

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

330mL bottle poured into a branded goblet.

Amber-orange body with 2-3 fingers of compact white head. Great retention and spotty lace. She's pretty.

The scent of mild apple and pear wafts up from from my glass. These are complemented nicely by spicy yeast, marmalade, bread, and flowers. Mild sweet caramel. Slightly boozy.

Fruit and spice taste so good together in this. Caramel malt. It's sweet, but balanced nicely by an earthy, herbal bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Pleasant warmth from the alcohol.

Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It's got some substance to it, but it's not filling. It's incredibly easy to drink, but the alcohol is deadly. Be careful.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33cl bottle poured into my Chimay goblet. The tripel appears a hazed rich copper color with about two fingers of fluffy, lingering bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of spicy, peppery yeast, tart green apples, under ripe banana, sweet caramel malt, mild hints of citrus. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. A world class ale certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of patobandito
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For the trifecta!

Pours a nice apricot color, with a two finger white head disipates quickly, with some lacing. Smells of straw and some fruitiness. Tastes just like a tripel should: grassy, with some fruity sweetness. A bit of a bitter or sour finish, but I expect that is normal of a true belgian tripel. Goes down exptremely smoothly, if you can handle the bitter finish. Great beer.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: rich, opaque golden with a very attractive head.

Smell: malt, a little bit of what seems to be a wheat aroma, a hit of tree fruit. Nice.

Taste: nice malt with subtle fruitiness; again, tree fruit. This is very tasty but I can't really put my finger on it. There's also a tartness which is alright but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with the delicious bottle-conditioned creaminess I have come to expect and love in these beers.

Drinkability: highly drinkable but parts of the flavor profile hold this guy back a little bit. I acknowledge that this is totally subjective, and I look forward to revisiting this beer in future.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy golden color with a beautiful smooth head. Smell is of apple with a nice spicy note. The taste is the same as the smell. Apple and other fruits come through with a spice backbone. A little cinnamon flavor comes through nicely in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, even at 8%. Great mouthfeel, crisp on the tongue with high carbonation. Very refreshing. This is an extremely drinkable beer. I could probably drink many of these in one session.

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

appearance: nice amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol but well hidden and sweet flavor. This is a full flavored tripel and well balanced malt to sweetness belgian

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall aan excellent tripel but there are better out there.

Photo of Casey10
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lion's Pride last night was very imepressed as this was the first time I had had this beer.

A - poured into a appropriate glass, yellowish hue thin head.

S - smells of clover, belgian yeast (banana) and spice

T - Taste a very nice belgian white very smooth.

M - Banana, tangy nice fresh feel

D - Would definately drink more had the price been lower.

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

Chimay Tripel pours a mysterious cloudy yellow-gold in a sniffer glass. Lots of cloudy off-white head; super yeasty and bready with sweetness and some citrus. Sugary finish and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation!

For the novice: Chimay tripel is a very powerful and complex beer; remember the candy sugars!!

Personally: I got into a very bad car accident about three years ago. For my "thank god I am alive" party, I requested Chimay tripel, nuff said.

A beer to celebrate life with.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden amber color. Its pretty hazy with a nice fluffy and billowing head that stays for a while and leaves lots of lacing - very pretty beer.

The smell is sweet and grainy with pleasant spice overtones. There are other aromas present, but they are hard to place, perhaps a hint of hops?

Taste is sweet and grainy with a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is present but balanced in that it doesn't overshadow the other elements. Sweet and grainy up front and dry in the finish.

As expected, another good beer from Chimay.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my new Chimay chalice a hazy deep gold color with tons of tiny particles and a huge tight head of suds. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Outstanding head retention.

Bready, yeasty, biscuit, some floral hops and a touch of fruit.

Highly complex. Much like the nose. More fruit comes through at the end. Almost a cotton candy like finish.

Very active and lively carbonation constantly releasing flavor. Almost medium bodied. Super dry finish.

Good drinkability for the ABV. I'm really starting to come around on this belgian thing. This is a nice solid one and I would have this again.

Photo of JRhode
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml. spilt w/ jessethehutt:

Awesome glowing orange/yellow with some sediment floating around. Huge head from aggressive pour in Duvel Tulip.

Smell of sweet Belgian yeast, citrusy fruit, a little spice, and some alcohol.

Taste begins with a sweet almost citrusy impression followed by some peppery bite that counters the sweetness nicely. Dries out (in a good way) on the finish. A little warming alcohol too.

Great carbonation keeps this concoction lively and refreshing.

High level of drinkablility despite 8% abv. I would have no problem downing a 750 on my own. Again, refreshing as the sweetness is balanced out by other peppery, spicy complexities and carbonation.

One of my favorite tripels along with Fin Du Monde, St. Bernardus, Westmalle and Stone's Sawyer's.

Photo of tronester
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, with a big white head. Smells of Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet, fuller body than most Tripels. Peppery spicyness in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. There is also a touch of bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, drinkability is very good. A very good example of a Tripel, a must try.

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

Deceivingly strong (I am not good at sipping beers) and left me feeling quite happy after two bottles. The head was so big and creamy and the taste was yeasty and fresh. Beautiful cloudy golden color with a head that lasted all the way down and stuck to the sides of my glass.

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