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

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Ratings: 3,831
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
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Gots: 356 | FT: 2
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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/30/08. Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a thick, creamy white head. Initial aroma was of skunk, which got fainter as the beer warmed, but was still present. Taste of light fruits (but no distinguishable tastes), spices. Bitter finish. This was good, but lacked the complexity of the Bleu or even the Dubbel. 5/4/7/4/15 (3.5/5)

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

Nice 1 inch head off of a gentle pour with good lacing and a foggy carbonated body. Red/orange tint with golden edges.

Yeasty/Heffy smell with hints of fruits.

Great fluffy feel with a sharp bite at the end. So balanced it seems like no taste overpowers. Instead they all work together in harmony. Tastes of grain with a subtle hop background that intrigues the taste buds.

The bitterness is a bit strange for my personal tastes, but it's got a very rough character that I like. Good drinkability but not my favorite.

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

Looks like a Hefe with a cloudy orange fog in the glass.

Smells of orange peel and spice of tangerine.

Apple and orange cider...clove and spice, finishes with a hard alcohol and fruit.

Enjoyable beer, with strong alcohol content.
Balanced with incredible resinence.

Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the holiday gift pack with the chalice glass. Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Golden light brownish color that pours very hazy and cloudy from the yeast. A nice one finger off white head.

S: Yeasty smell with sweet fruits and a hint of spice. Slight hops are detectable.

T: Malty sweetness with fruit flavors of banana, raisins, orange and some dark fruit like cherry. A heavy yeasty flavor underlies with almost a musty flavor that allows the spice to shine through. A nice hops bitterness creeps in at the end to make this beer so complex. Let it warm up for best results, that's when the flavors all mix and really pop.

M: Full and coating, a nice mellow alcohol feel.

D: Good, the bottle went down very nicely. Sip this one for sure, but you can easily have a few in one sitting, just remember to let it warm and enjoy it.

Overall I was never a huge belgian guy, but with quality beers like this one I am learning to enjoy them. Great beer, I look forward to trying the blue and red.

Photo of gonzogambler
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought with a holiday 3 pack with a glass and one of each Chimay (blue, red, white). The beer is orange/golden with a white head that remains while drinking. The smell is yeast, citrus, and spices.

The taste is yeast and sweetness with small jab of black pepper. The finish is a little bitterness and spices. It has nice amount of carbonation to match and is crisp and nice to drink. This would be a great beer with dinner.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into branded Chimay glass goblet

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy blonde color with a thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Buttery malts with a bit of hop spiciness and a bit of earthiness.

Taste: Begins sweet and end a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium body with a pleasant carbonation bite. Very appetising.

Drinkability: Very good drink. Definitely not something to pound back or have more than two or three ofg, but should be savored. Another world-class beer from Chimay.

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

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a large, pillowy, white head. Nice layering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly toasted malts with a heavy addition of honey as well as caramel candy and notes of dried fruits and yeast.

Taste: Light caramel, orange blossom honey, and candi sugar envelop gently toasted malts. Dash of apricot juice. Pinch of spice. Mild hop character and accompanying bitterness. Subtle sour yeastiness. Warming alcohol presence and small bready hints on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Far better than even I had remembered. An enjoyable tripel -- quite drinkable, interesting, and readily available.

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

Had this stuff on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA for their celebration of Chimay's 25th year in the US and 146th year in Belguim.

This brew had a nice golden-amber color with thick white head that fizzled down after a bit and left good lacing.

Smell was of malts - yeasty, bread notes with a hoppy undertone. A bit like fresh cut grass but not as strong.

Taste was a silky smooth mixture of the rich malty flavors and the high abv and hops. Sort of a sourdough flavor but not as thick or bitter.

Excellent mouthfeel - very smooth, sticks to your tounge and have great lingering hop flavor. The alcohol kick is definitely there.

This ale, like everything Chimay has, is very drinkable. The high abv makes me stay away from having more than a few of these in one night, but it's tempting!

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Gingerman on 25th anniversary pint night and got to keep the Chimay Glass-very nice.

A-Gloden straw with 2 inch white head served in Chimay Glass-looks great as it laces down
S-Yeast up front and some grass/hay smells, on second sniff maybe there are some esthers in there as well with some bubble gum, very interesting spice as well, very subtle
T-At first taste there is a grain and yeast flavor, the smell is better than the actual taste but both are good, the alcohol is well hidden and this goes down easy,
M-good carbo and fizzes in mouth a little, still goes down fairly smooth, not as smooth as some but not bad
O-This is a very well crafted good beer but the flavors just don't pop to give it great ratings that said I could drink this for a while and never notice how drunk I actually became.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Slightly hazy deep golden honey color with large bone white head consisting of foam, medium and large bubbles. Good retention, medium-heavy lacing.

S = Sour yeasty smells hit first followed by winter cooking spices and fresh cut hay, smells of recent rain in farmyard. Very complex.

T = Spicy notes at the tip of the tongue quickly give way to a sour candy taste which itself quickly gives way at and past mid-palate to a malty sour dough bread. This finally eases into a long bitter-sweet finish. Superb.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, great mouthcoating, alcohol and carbonation sting just a little too much for it to be perfect, but it is darn close.

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

A: Poured a light murky golden-tangerine color with an initial 2 finger foamy white head that was sticky and persistant eventually settling to a thin covering. Some suspended sediment and a strong carbonation presence was noted as well.

S: a light yeastiness with lemons, and oranges with a nice spiciness finishing with a peppery touch.

T: The flavor had a nice light breadiness with lemons and oranges. There was traces of dried tropical fruits and grapefruit that provided a nice spicy tang. A light sourness and musky grains round things out as well a citrus hopping before a light showing of black pepper finishes things.

M: a nice strong carbonation presence providing a lively tingle on the tongue. Spritzy, smooth with a medium fullness.

D: Very nice drinkability, spicy, tangy, and refreshing.

Photo of maskaggs
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nose of this beer comes out of the bottle swinging - at a distance of about two feet, I could smell it clearly. The nose is very hoppy, very bitter, but not unpleasant. The head settled down to about an inch after sitting for a minute or two, and then I had the first sip.

I immediately noticed the feel of this beer - even with plenty of non-foam intake, it's got an incredibly foamy mouthfeel. I'm undecided whether that's pleasant or not at this point. There is a tiny - tiny - tinge of sweetness, with the overall taste being hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is even more bitter than the mouth, and a bit astringent (I was reminded of some drier wines). After the pour, the head settled down to about a half inch.

With the second tasting, that foamy mouthfeel was still there (and a little hint - it doesn't go away throughout the entire experience). I noticed some sort of rusty/smoky taste here, and the third sip was even more "vegetably" (yes I know that's not a word). The head continued to shrink as I got on with the beer, but I noticed some great lacing.

I noticed some definitely yeasty undertones, and I have to admit that the 8% ABV comes through pretty loud on this beer. It has a bit of a bite to it (especially if you are used to lower ABV beers and "softer" forms of drink).

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

bottled in 2006

A - hazy amber colored brew with a finger and a half of rocky off white head, tons of sediment and plenty of carbonation

S - appley, wheaty, malty, some faint fruits like raisins or grapeskins, a alcohol hint at teh very back of the aroma

T - my god, chimay never disappoints, a great wheaty malt taste with a molasses, raisiny inherent sweetness that makes me want more, some spice notes as well, like maybe nutmeg or coriander. definitely needs more aging, like the chimay blue i tried

M&D - a bit fizzy, couldve use a few more years on the shelf in my closet. still spectacularly chimay

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/24/2005 (bottle):

Pours an amber colored body, with a small white head. Some spices and some alcohol are present in the aroma. Has a pale and dry taste, with a bitter aftertaste. A little bit of sweetness, but not enough to balance the bitterness in my opinion.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet (Naturally)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Lovely golden amber colored liquid. Nice two-finger foamy white head. Okay retention and some quite decent lacing.

Bananas. Powerful smell of bananas strikes first. Nice caramely malt scent. Earthy yeastiness. Slight spiciness to it.

Pan-fried bananas with carmelized brown sugar and hints of clove and corriander. Nice yeasty bread notes. Roasted malt notes make a slight appearance.

Good creamy smooth feeling in the mouth. Very good carbonation level. Nice tiny little bubbles that dance over your tongue and down your throat.

With the alcohol so well hidden, this is an excellently drinkable brew. Nice and easy.

Photo of adamparker05
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark amber color; looks like liquid rust. Head quickly dissipates. Little bit of sediment in the bottle.

Smell is hints of spices: Clove, coriander. Bits of lemon zest. Little bit of a yeasty, bready aroma.

Taste is more yummy yeast, some candied orange zest with a nice spicy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is spicy and rich with light carbonation.

It's Chimay, man. Some o' the best stuff in the world. Nuff said.

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

Im no expert on the tripel style, but this is what I found in the Chimay example.

Smell: typical belgian yeasty smell, together with different fruits (apricot, bananas), wheat, butter, somekind of sweet candy, and spices. The smell is complex, and - really good.

Taste: same as the smell, quite complex with spices, apricot and banana, wheat, candy (almost like sugar/syrup) and some grassy, hoppy bitterness which matches the malty, fruity sweetness really well. Dry finish.

Overall: great beer, complex and rich in flavors. Nicely balanced, as well.

Photo of jwweaver77
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold with about a finger and a half of head.

Smell: Very yeasty and some hints of spice.

Taste: Again, very yeasty with a little bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for a beer that 8% ABV.

Drinkability: Excellent Trippel. One of the best I've had.

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

Pours a cloudy honey with a decently lasting rocky head.

Aroma is of burnt, caramelized sugar. Vanilla and clove in the background.

Flavor is sweet sugar up front. Sour yeast notes and roasted grains with the sweet candy sugar riding along side. Boozey alcohol warms the finish.

Mouthfeel is biting carbonation with a chewy slick body.

Solid beer.

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

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is all dough and spices. And a lot of it. Flavor is the same. Load of spices. Loads of dough. Funk hits on the back side. Smooth liquid feel. Standard carbonation. This my friends is a tripel.

Photo of generallee
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a stubby brown 11.2oz bottle into a signature Chimay chalice that came with the gift set.

Appearance: It has a slightly hazy, peachy golden colored body with a thick, heavenly, white and foamy head. It is supported by an active carbonation and it very slowly recedes to a much thinner creamy layer of foam that leaves behind sticky white lacing.

Smell: The aroma has delicate fruity character with dry yeast notes and a just a hint of medicinal phenols and hops in the distance.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has mellow fruity notes of Muscat, golden raison and apple mixing with pale malted grain and dry earthy yeast. Hop flavor is mild but adds a mild slash of herbal spice and mellow bitterness. Its 8%abv is well hidden but adds to the overall complexity and smooth rounded mouth feel. It finishes with some light phenol flavors and mild spicy hops fading off the tongue. Its texture has perfect carbonation and a nice rounded feel with a medium body that is very drinkable and sophisticated.

Notes: I love Trappist beers and this is an absolute joy to drink. Monks Rock!!!

Photo of jdg204
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second of the wife's Chimay gifts, now all that is left is the Blue. Pretty excited about trying one of the Belgian classics!

A: Cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

S: Assorted fruit (lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardomom) and yeast must

T: 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

M: Medium body with spritely carbonation; some warmth on the finish

D: Very good tripel, but honestly not blown away by this brew as I expected. Real good brew but I enjoyed Victory's Golden Monkey more and expect there's better out there in the US micro community. Definetly a brew you should try as it's a staple in the beer world but be prepared for a good to solid experience only.

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

A: A hazy honey-orange color, with a creamy white head that stuck around for quite a while. Sticky lace clung to the side of the glass. Pretty attractive.

S: Clean, with some mild, dusty notes of cloves and perhaps banana. Alcohol aroma becomes rather noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Initially a nice balance of sweetness and a tart, possibly citrusy flavor. The hops definitely give big kick along with the alcohol, providing a bitter body and finish. Dusty and somewhat earthy clove flavor is very apparent throughout. Hints of banana, grapefruit/citrus, and grainy malts. A perfect balance initially, the beer definitely seems to grow more spicy and phenolic as it warms to room temperature.

M: Tingly, effervescent carbonation. A bit on the dry side, with a moderate body.

D: Very complex and definitely unique. I like this one a lot, although the alcohol definitely made its presence known.

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

Poured from a bottle dated 2011 (best by?) into a goblet-style glass with fairly large opening - golden, somewhat hazy color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipated faster than I expected and didn't really leave any classic lacing on the glass.

Aromas of fruit (banana) and a hint of floral rounded with some slight malty graininess. Flavor similar to aroma with some banana and smooth malt but also with a light spiciness; no hot alcohol - 8% is well-hidden for sure. This one will definitely sneak up on you. Mouthfeel is effervescent, as to be expected, creamy, but not at all heavy. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall, an excellent Belgian Tripel - one that meets commonly accepted style guidelines, but more importantly, it's enjoyable to drink, has a lot of interesting flavor, and isn't overpowering in any way. Recommend for sure.

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

A: Golden Honey, full of sediment, good carbonation, wonderful 2 finger pillowy head. Great head retention & attractive coaty lacing
S: Phenols, cloves, very sweet with some citrus. Also biscuit & bready as it the alcohol become very evident as it warms - a little medicinal, like the stuff they wipe on your arm before jabbing u with a needle.
T: Cloves, banana up front, with an initial intense bitter kick with the first mouthfeel(this resides with more mouthfuls). Alcohol very present...hoppy spicey bitters. Little citrus/grapefruits.
M: very smoooth considering its intensity...medium I suppose, but defintaly could enjoy more.
D: out of the 3 Chimays I enjoyed this the least...I love their own characteristics tho...Red is very dry, white has a big bitter hoppy kick & blue is just...well...just beautifully balanced & brilliant.

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