Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
A: Very attractive beer - a hazy honey gold with a large fluffy head which lasts for ever and coats the sides of the glass.
S: Trappist yeast, slight fruit and spice. Fairly clean aroma - a more complex aroma would be welcome.
T: Unusual - very strong orange peel taste - the bitterness in this beer almost seems to come more from orange peel than from hops. No detectable hop flavour, but trappist yeast flavour is also strongly present.
M: Good, chewy and full bodied - I assume that sugar is used in this beer as with most trappist styles, but the mouthfeel certainly doesn't suffer from this.
D: The orange peel tang does get a little tiring after a while, but it's an enjoyable beer and I could certainly stand to drink a few of these.
12-10-2007 22:47:37 | More by BarryNL
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: Hazy, golden-orange brew. Tightly compacted, off-white head.
Smell: Orange peel, yeast. Hops, malt and alcohol apparent.
Taste: Complex orange flavors, nutty qualities with a spicy hop bite. A strong malt presence supports the flavors under the surface.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. This brew has a rustic feel to it.
Drinkability: A great treat in the world of beer. Challenges the drinker, but remains very refreshing.
12-09-2007 20:39:11 | More by SargeC
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
11.2 oz. white bottle,
A: Light/pale orange color, pretty cloudy. I lack a Chimay chalice so I use a stemless red-wine glass, thick, one inch head.
S: Predominant yeast smell, light fruit, definitely apples
T: A rather bright taste, but not without substance. Pretty creamy.
M: Nice fizzy feel, yet like I said pretty creamy from the lingering foam.
D: This is my first Tripel and while I like the Bleu, I think this is a bit more drinkable, though this is certainly a more complex beer.
12-07-2007 04:39:25 | More by Matthewislee
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured from a bottle into a chalice. The beer pours a hazy light gold/orange color, forming a 1 inch white head. Medium lacing coats the glass. The aroma is of yeast, sugar, and fruit aromas. The taste is a complex mix of the yeast, dark fruit flavors, light sugar, and a hint of alcohol. There are more flavors present, but these are the most pronounced. Medium and slightly harsh mouthfeel. Not as smooth as expected, but not terrible. Good flavor makes for a drinkable tripel, but the higher abv. keeps this from being a sessionable ale. Overall, not a bad tripel. I guess I expected a bit more from the Chimay name, but I guess they cant be tops in everything. Still, its a good brew, and one I wouldnt mind having again.
12-02-2007 23:36:54 | More by beeragent
3.55/5 rDev -13.8%
11.2 oz. white bottle,
A: Pours a cloudy, hazy, light orange into a Chimay chalice, with a full white head, with great retention, pretty good Belgian lacing as well.
S: Smells of yeast esters, yellow apples predominately, and pepper.
T: Taste is an interesting mix of tart apples, bread malt, and a dry, earthy hop character of wet hay and grass. Not the best tasting tripel I have ever had, but nice.
M: Crisp and spritzy, smooth, with a bit of warming character from the alcohol, also has a bit of an herbal feel to it.
D: A good Tripel by Chimay, I liked the beer overall, but didn't really pique my interest, I'd definitely have it again though.
12-02-2007 23:03:08 | More by Halcyondays
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
picked this one up today. Poured out a very lovely golden color, murky. Nice fluffly head. Instant smells of yeast, flowers, hay, lots of hoppyness.taste bitter orange, fruits, very peppery. can feel the alcohol slightly in the back of my throat. Mouthfeel is tart, slightly thin.This beer is not at all as sweet as I had thought it was going to be, I appreciate the tartness, a nice tripel.
11-30-2007 03:59:42 | More by czfreeman
3.58/5 rDev -13.1%
A: Very hazy, thick and honey colored. Lots of head, as with all Chimay beers, although this is more of a thin, white head.
S: Smells crips and clean like a lager, but mild hints of honey and spices as well.
T: Bitter, but not overpowering. Not much malt character, just a bit of sweetness. Some spices in the background, the typical Belgian pepper and such, but subtle.
MF: Very dry but not too bubbly. Noticable alcohol, but overall very smooth.
D: This was OK, but I liked the Grand Reserve much more. There just wasn't enough to balance out the bitterness for me, because the hops had no distinctive flavor. I like the flavor of dubbels more, this is just a bit too subtle.
11-26-2007 05:39:52 | More by rxdrewthejew
4/5 rDev -2.9%
to me, fresh, this is as good as it gets for a Tripel, most american versions these days seem to want to head into the 10% category which unless done perfectly becomes a tough brew, this beer even with Chimay's growth remains a wondeful drinker with a nice kick, its malt character is soft and bready somewhat like a fresh baked sugar cookie with a gentle touch of noble hops, the finish is dry and a tad chalky as happens with many belgians with the sugar addition, but the Chimay is always more subtle on the sugar adjunct with a nice pilsner base, end run on sentence, I truly enjoy this brew.
11-24-2007 22:55:41 | More by PBoegel
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace
Smell: Assorted fruit (banana, lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardamom) and yeast must
Taste: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check
Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; creamy, with some warmth on the finish
Drinkability: A very nice tripel, that avoids the sweetness of some of the other versions of the style; but I am not crazy about the herbacious quality
11-23-2007 20:22:54 | More by brentk56
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
a - pours golden in color. slight haze. 3 finger white head that lingers. highly carbonated
s - dominant smell is spicy and phenolic from the yeast. Malt and hops are subdued
t - the taste follows the aroma. There is a definate phenolic as would be expected in a Belgian beer. Mild amount of alcohol flavor. Nicely balanced with some malt and a little hops coming through in the background. Finishes fairly dry and crisp
m - medium body. bounces on the tongue from the carbonation
d - a very drinkable beer for something that comes in at 8% abv
11-23-2007 00:35:44 | More by neddy191
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Beer pours a nice golden wheat color with a light, white head and good lace. The smell is classic Belgian white with peach,apricot and citrus up front and a hint of bready yeast in the background.
The beer's taste was good. There is an immediate fruity and citrus. I tasted apple, peach, and lemon. There is also the yeast flavors I enjoy so much.
Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. Plenty of carbonation as well. All in all a fine example of a classic style
11-22-2007 01:12:20 | More by ruleof72
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a hazy amber, with an inch or two of white head. Nice lacing.
Taste, and smell, is of belgian yeast, sweet malt, some citrus overtones (more lemon-y than anything else), and some spices (coriander?). Tastes good, solid, but at this price there are other brews I'd prefer. Still, very solid.
11-21-2007 20:27:48 | More by Overlord
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
11.2 oz bottle.
Appearance: Dark gold color. tall foamy, white head. head dissipated slowly leaving lacing down the glass. Plenty of carbonation.
Smell: Malty, yeasty and spicy. Some citrus tones.
Taste: Stong, zesty. Malty, but not overly sweet. Some citrusy hops in the finsh.
Mouthfeel: Tingles the mouth. Nice body. Thicker then I thought it would be.
Drinkability: Although not my favorite style of beer, I kind of enjoyed it. Would have it again, but not too frequently.
11-20-2007 07:05:18 | More by Jerzdevil1116
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured a stubby into a Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy amber with a nice inch head that stayed around for quite a while. Left some beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was fruity with a nice hoppy blending. Tasted sweet, nice malty front to the beer with lemon and other citrus fruits mingling with a hoppy sensation at the back of the beer. Definitly on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum. Up to Chimays standards. Great beer.
11-17-2007 05:37:39 | More by hwwty4
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Pint from Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars, which I found to be a really good deal
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
Lots of carbonation and pretty decently full body, taste lasted a long time after each sip
Could have drank a few more of these, not too heavy for how sweet it is and alcohol is high but not deadly like some other tripels
Cannot say anything bad about any trappist beer because they have all been good so far, I can see why this is so popular all over the place, this was quite good for my first experience with Chimay
11-17-2007 04:28:31 | More by Floydster
4/5 rDev -2.9%
A- Light to medium transparent and golden. Bright white fluffy head and lacing is very clingy. Small microbubbles constantly rising from bottom/middle of chalice.
S- Sweet with hops, sugar, sour fruits such as white grapes with fig or possible light raisin. Creamy smell too then after a deep breath, the alcohol burns and tingles the nose.
T- Bitter sour dough bread. Lemony citrus but has a deep finish. Complex while smooth and creamy like the other Chimays.
M- Carbonation is mid to high. Fluff is soft. Very nice mouth thick, full, and profound.
D- Drinkable I would say, but this is my least favorite of the Chimays. All others are more drinkable and more worth the money.
11-14-2007 02:24:05 | More by MMAJYK
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
On-tap at Korova
Hmm, hoppier than most tripels I've tried. Definitely has the trappist yeast character of subtle, earthy spice that mix with the hops into a fantastic aftertaste. Unfortunately, the main flavor is a little too mellow with the malt, leaving most of the taste to the end of the drink.
11-13-2007 15:49:33 | More by tempest
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Beer bottle (33, 75 cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: Blondecopper color, disturbed by iyeast. Although saturated, abundant foam.
Smell: hop aroma and fresh, well malty, fruity.
Taste and mouthfeel: bodied flavors and assertive bitterness, after taste bitter and full, slightly astringent and dry (final)
Drinkability: a good Trappist beer in the style triple
Review added 11-11-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.
11-11-2007 11:37:11 | More by thierrynantes
3.83/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Bright, hazy blond with a frothy cap of foam. Incredible head retention; it lasted for the entire hour I was sipping on this beer.
Smell: Citrus and spicy hops. Subtle but nice.
Taste/mouthfeel: Lemon rind and grapefruit, ample hops, slightly peppery. Smooth and velvety on the tongue. The finish is extremely dry. This is the hoppiest of Chimay's 3 beers.
11-09-2007 20:48:38 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
This beer pours a light yellow and slightly golden color with lots of head formation typical of this style. Aroma is light, perfume-y and champagne-like, with abundant clove-y spiciness. Flavor is also light, alcoholic, and flowery with abundant clove notes and yeasty flavors. Quite nice.
11-03-2007 16:52:07 | More by BeerBelcher
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Second part of my Chimay trilogy. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with nice 2 finger rocky head. Head slowly decipates and leaves a layer behind for the rest of the beer, good lace but not excessive. Smell is of yeast, fruit, some alcohol, and a grain/bread-like smell. Taste is great. Taste is a mix of yeast, bread, apple, alcohol, some sweets, and some bitterness. Very complex. Moderate carbonation leaves a nice clean mouthfeel with a plesant aftertaste. Overall a very good beer. So far much more to my liking than the red. "Blue" is next.
11-02-2007 22:09:25 | More by bunnyhustle
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
I've had this beer a few times and it is finally time to put the pen to the paper.
a: nice bubbly white head with decent retention rate; beautiful cloudy orangey red body
s: very yeasty and fruity with slight alcohol presence in the back of the nose; sweet fragrance of pears and apples most noticible fruits; not especially fragrant
t: strong alcohol flavors present followed by sweet spiciness and fruity flavors; definitely a little mellow for the style in terms of flavors
m: good light carbonation with a body that is thick/creamy enough to have some substance but light enough to be really refreshing
d: a really great brew w/ well balanced flavors; a little bit much on the alcohol flavors but i could chug this all day; very refreshing for a beer with high alcohol content
11-01-2007 16:00:19 | More by hoegaardenhero
3.4/5 rDev -17.5%
Poured into a Chimay chalice a dark cloudy gold with a decent creamy head that lasted nicely. Light lacing. Smelled inviting, but subtle for the style -- spice, citrus, yeast, diacetyl all present, but mild overall. A bit boozy to the tongue, perhaps because the mild flavors can't quite cover up the alcohol. The slightly bitter dry finish is pulled off, but the whole thing feels off. Even though I think this is the least of Chimay's offerings and that it doesn't stack up against other notable tripels, it's still a very good beer to sip on if it's what's available.
10-31-2007 08:46:37 | More by jbsteiny
3.55/5 rDev -13.8%
Been a while since I've had a Chimay that's not the Blue, so it's a nice treat to have something different.
A - Pours a very hazy, almost opaque orange brown with only a light head that leaves a thick and sticky lacing on the glass.
S- Yeasts dominate everything with fruit behind it peaches, bananas -- a bit of lightly citrus and spicy hops in there too.
T - Yeasty and spicy (cloves and something a bit spicier) with a light fruit taste. Less sweet than I'm used to in a triple. The finish is fairly bitter.
M- Medium body with active carbonation -- the bitter finish is fairly astringent.
D- Not blown away by this beer -- I don't know exactly where this beer fits into my life. Is it an afterdinner beer? Not really. With food? Can't think of a perfect pairing. Hot Summer Day? Not so much... Maybe I'll find that perfect moment sometime.
10-27-2007 04:55:20 | More by AlephNull
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
This poured an opaque amber with golden highlights and a two finger head that lingered for a little while. The smell is a little yeasty and reminds me of fresh baked bread and a bit of a sweet fruity scent. The taste is very rich with a touch of sweetness and bit of an alcohol presence and a nice little hops bite towards the end that is very crisp and refreshing. There's a reason everyone raves about this beer, it's really damn good for the price. It's very drinkable and I would expect that I could go through a couple of the larger bottles a week if it was in my budget.
10-24-2007 18:27:55 | More by TheTrevor
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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