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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 MLasoski
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass

A: It was unfiltered, a hazy-golden color, and the head stuck with the beer the entire way to the very last sip. Excellent.

S: Smelled extra hoppy from the get-go. Everything an ale should be. There was a somewhat fruity overtone to it as well.

T: Tasted about two steps away from an IPA. It was lighter than an IPA but still embraced a hoppy flavor.

M: The taste was full of hops at the start, then it faded away into a lighter taste with a calm, fruity aftertaste.

D: I love Trappist brews. They can do no wrong in my eyes. This is a great ale to sit back and relax with. This is one to savor and enjoy.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm reviewing this as "on tap" because that's what it is, but this is carbonated on yeast in the keg so I kinda want to review it as "on cask." Had a pint out of a Chimay glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thick white head that thins down to a creamy half inch one. Leaves a lot of lacing. I can smell a lot of yeasty esters, citrus, some spice? For a 8 percent beer it drinks very, very easy. A smooth creamy mouthfeel, a ton of mellow, flowery esters and a bit of citrus. I was told by a Chimay rep that it has cascade hops in it, so I can't tell if the citrus is from the American hop addition or the yeast pooping something tasty out. This is probably the easiest drinking tripel I've had, and at 8 percent its pretty dangerous.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into my stella artois glass. pours a hazy peach/ dark gold color with some sediment. huge soapy, fluffy white head that left a wonderful cap. nice head retention as well as some nice lacing.

the smell is that of fruit, sour apples, pears, belgian yeast, spice, clove, phenolics.

very nice authentic belgian taste going on. starts with some light fruits, sour apples and pears, phenolics that gives way to some spice and finishs with some lemony flavors and bready yeasty flavors.

kind of a strange mouthfeel going on. sparkly fine carbonation with medium body. almost seems a tad watery at times, but it might be from enjoying almost all full bodied beers lately. nice dry finish. hardly any alcohol flavors detectable, easy to drink, but it definately creeps on you. definately worth a try, but the blue label is much better. never had the red.

Photo of n0315
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice head retention, with a hazy orange color for the body.

Smell: Smell of citrus, and other spices I cannot put my finger on.

Taste: Clean, wonderfully clean. A hint of sweetness and tart.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and thin

Drinkability: 1st class.

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

750 ml bottle into a tall Brooklyn tulip/flute

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a one and a half inch off-white head. Very good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is bready with some clovey phenolics. Light fruity character. A slight herbal hob edge as well. Very mild overall.

Taste has bready malt sweetness up front followed by phenolics coming in for a spicy middle that dissipates into the finish where some herbal hops come in. Fruit character is not present much but slightly shows up for a second. Very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, crisp, and quite easy to drink.

While this isn't one of my favorite tripels it is a pretty good one. Now I can officially say, Chimay is my least favorite of the trappist breweries.

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

An awsome trappist tripel. you just cant beat those monks.

A- light orangish gold. very bubbly with a thick white head on my particular pour. (around 2 fingers) translucent.

S- Bready yeast, belgian yeast smell. Spicy notes with tiny fruitish smell.

T- typical belgian yeast. spices and minimal fruit.

M-clean tripel mouthfeel.

D- easy for a tripel but still a sipper.

Photo of Jeffo
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Chimay chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a nice fluffy medium-thick looking 2+ finger white head with great retention. Quite a bit of carbonation evident and quite a few floaties as well. Colour is a nice tangerine or orange peel orange and is pretty opaque. Head eventually levels out to a thick cap and leaves immediate lacing. A decent cap remains the whole way down and leaves lots of nice lacing the whole way. Can't imagine it getting any better than this.

SMELL: A mild but nice nose. Some apples and citrus fruits lemon hit first. Some spices in there as well, specifically clove and coriander. Some toasted malt in there as well, but the fruit and spices are more prevalent.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose. Toasted malt up front with some sweet apples and lemon hints as well. Spices, like clove and coriander follow, before a mild but satisfying touch of spicy alcohol. Mild aftertaste of toasted malt, spices, and a hit of alcohol is a great finish; present but not overpowering.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth and heavy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes with a tiny bite at the end, just to remind you it's a triple. Finishes with the right amount of mouth coating stickiness. Nice.

OVERALL: A beauty of a triple. Chimay really makes some great stuff, and this is probably the best triple I've had so far. Very drinkable and very enjoyable, wholeheartedly recommended.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Slightly hazy yellowish orange. Apricot colored I suppose. 4+ fingers of white head form with moderate retention. A thick cap remains. Mild to moderate lacing.

S - Some mild fruit in the nose; pears and apples are evident. Slightly lemony with big doses of iodine, something like plastic packaging and band-aids.

T - I have been bouncing around between a 4 and a 4.5 on this ever since I cracked open the bottle. As it's now nearly room temperature, the 4.5 is defintely in order. The taste starts out with a gentle fruitiness; underripe pear, a smidge of sour apple, and dollop of chalk. As the chalk persists, a mild spiciness with notes of lemon peel enter the scene. Late palate the chalk wells up with a very medicinal/iodine flavor leading up to a moderate bitterness and noticable alcohol. Finish is dry with lingering bitterness and phenolic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate and tight carbonation. Another confusing aspect of the beer. Some sips it feels like the body is really struggling and in need of more effervescence and with others I'm thinking any more carbonation would send the medicinal and chalky flavors in a wild and unmanagable rage.

D - Another great tripel that I've had the chance of sampling over the last few days. The finish is a little rough but the flavors are extremely well rounded on the front end. Still a bit too medicinal for me to love on a regular basis (as with most any tripels as far as my palate goes) but another enjoyable foray into a once-hated style.

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

330ml bottle, white cap and all - so this is the good guy, then?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a rising column of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a fairly solid pattern of soap suds lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, a touch of doughy, yeasty breadiness, a hint of cloves, and further spicy, but subdued earthy, musty hops. The taste is grainy, bready pale malt, a more acrid yeastiness, cracked cardamom, faint banana peel, a bit of white pepper, tame earthy noble hops, and a subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, a wee zinginess here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the native Tripel alcohol taking a minor cut. It finishes off-dry - warm, a tad spicy, fruity, and yeasty.

A pretty intense strong pale ale, with the yeast and monastery turn rendering this the standard-bearing Tripel it is. An easy, slow sipper, as the alcohol seems to gain strength over time, with a concurrent up-tick in general flavour complexity. Good and verily holy stuff.

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

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger of off-white head over a bright golden amber body with lots of suspended particles.

Smell - 4.0
Uncomplex but very pleasant. Aromas of sweet pale malt, lightly fruity, a little spice.

Taste - 4.0
Pleasant, but without the complexity or deliciousness of the best tripels. Shortbread like malt, lightly spicy, a little fruit (pear?) quite boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine and lively carbonation give a lush, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Doesn't stand out so that I would get it again, but still a very good, very drinkable beer.

OVERALL - 4.05
An unexceptional but highly drinkable trappist brewed tripel. Considering the 8% ABV, this is a surprisingly mild beer.

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

Poured into a Chalice from a 22oz cork-finished bottle at my house

Pours a yellowgolden with one and one half inch of thick head.

The nose pumps out yeast, citrus, some alcoholic sugar. Some spice mix - pepper and coriander shines through too.

A bready malt flavor balanced well with the yeast and a bit of floralness. The alcohol comes through as the beer opens, not overpowering, just letting you know it is there.

Brisk carbonation rounds to soft pleasant feeling. The finish is sweet with a bit of alcohol.

This is a classic beer, one that can be easily overlooked as it has become so commonly availble - but it should not be.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into chalice.

A. Massive foamy white head when poured. Leaves thick lacing on side of glass. Nice golden orange color. Lots of carbonation, bubbles rising from bottom of glass.

S. Yeast, spice, alcohol, musty smell to it.

T. First taste is spice maybe clove, followed by a malt sweetness. Aftertaste is sweet as well. Can detect almost no hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M. Highly carbonated as typical of Chimay. Has a clean dry finish.

D. Not my favorite from Chimay. However this is one of my favorite Tripels.

Photo of specgravity
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a generous frothy head, off-white and creamy. First aroma markedly yeasty.

Appearance; burnt gold with better than expected clarity and brightness, though still some sediment in the bottle.

Really nice progression from inital malt sweetness followed by a zing of carbonation moving on to a subtle citrus hop flavor with an attractive slightly lingering bitterness - and all in the first gulp!

Second pour, cleared out all the sediment and emptied the bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Picked up slightly darker warm marmalade hues in color and more yeast complexity from spicy esters.

The center of this trippel seems a bit warmer than some other trippels that exhibit too much champagne character for me to really savor - so this beer really makes me enjoy the belgian tripel as a stlye, more so than others such as Corsendonk Agnus or St.Bernardus...

As it warms up I definitely get more spicy phenols, two people even sensed some tuna fish in there somewhere...my bottle says 'best before 2011', is that the year of the fish?

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

Chimay tripel...8% alcohol.

A- Light orange body with a very active white and almost soapy head that last for the deration of the beer. Nice lacing sticks to the glass from top to bottom.

S- First thing that comes to mind is yeast, hops, and wheat.. in that order. A highly complex scent overload of excellently crafted beer. On the last scent note is earthy alcohol.

T- Great taste on this triple. A heavy dose of alcohol and wheat kick me first, followed by a hop bitterness and alcohol flavor at the end. I like this combo.

M-D- Soft on the mouth, even with the alcohol esters burning at the tongue...i love it. Very dry feel and drinkablity is excellent if you can come by more than six at a time.

Photo of KI9A
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis

A: Hazy yellow, decent head, nice lace sheets.

S: Lacking a bit. Some citrus

T: Sweet orange/apple/pear. Slight spice, some faint malts. Slight hoppy finish.

M: Medium body, clean/crisp for a Trip.

D: 8% ABV, ehh, not noticable. Good treat, not a session by any means.

Photo of ndekke39
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml corked and caged bottle with my brother and my wife. 8% ABV. Poured into wine glasses. Big foamy white head. Great retention, lots of lacing. Cloudy, honey/straw color. Some sediment. Smells and tastes of yeast, honey, coriander. Floral. Some bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. A decently drinkable tripel - a fine example of one.

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

Got this from ThePeskyDingo

Poured into Chimay Goblet. Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention. Good lace rings as well, more like a wall of lace. Stunning. Color is very hazy dull sunset gold. Appearance is enticing.

Aroma is of fruit and cloves. Dried bananas. Very zesty. Some citrus notes (orange). Also has a yeast aroma.

Taste is of cloves and bananas. A slight bit of alcohol sneaks through. Citrus notes. Very zesty. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little boozy. Smooths out a tad. Leaves a dry alcohol aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a great representation of the style. I am glad I got to drink this beer and I really recommend it. Even at 8% abv, I think I could easily drink another.

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

I split a big bottle of this with my brother and his wife right after we had each had a bottle of Westvleteren 12.

A: A hazy, burnt orange color with a nice white frothy head and good retention throughout. Some mostly unavoidable sediment got in, but not too much. Looks nice.

S: Dry hay and straw aromas hit me first, followed my sour apple, orange, banana, clove, and other unidentifiable spices.

T: Bright and sweet, of apples and oranges with a spicy tang to it. It has a lingering dry aftertaste - not dominating, by any means, but it hangs on a bit. Good, but not awesome.

M: Thoroughly carbonated, and it bites a little bit, but overall a good balance of being watery and oily.

D: A fine brew that went down pretty easy. Pales in comparison to a Westy 12, but good in it's own right.

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

Poured from into a large wine glass that's not quite a goblet. Pours a dark iced tea orange-brown, cloudy but less so along the edges of the glass. Has a big head that settles and stays with thick lacing.

Smells of sweet, almost sticky fruits and malts. Wildflowers and slight orange.

Tastes of honey and late summer oranges at first, then slightly less sweet baked breads, finally becomes crisp and more dry with a hint of spices. I want to say cardamom again, similar to the red.

Bitter hoppiness and alcohol on the back end after the first swallow. Stronger than expected, almost deceptively so. Somewhat heavier in the mouth--pretty full-bodied with light-medium carbonation.

Great beer, but I like the red a little better. Now if I could only find them both on tap at the same place so I can really compare!

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

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden that is quite appetizing. Aroma is subtle and gentle, fairly fruity and just a little malty. Flavor is mainly fruity, apple and banana, just a little bit sweet, with a good malty undertone. Texture is silky smooth so it goes down nicely. I have had this from a bottle, and on-tap is definitely better.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on DRAFT at Butch's in Holland, Michigan. Not quite sure how they were able to get it, but they got it and boy is it good.

Faded orange in the glass, little bit of translucency and a nice warm glow emanating from the glass. Frothy white head leaves some gobby lacing on the glass.

Warm wheat on the nose, citrus, coriander, under ripe bosch pear, clove, fresh clementine orange, fresh hops, that classic belgian yeast aroma and a dash of delicious.

The taste is exquisite. Complex, delightful, and a joy to drink. Your palate will thank you! Wheat splendor, light citrus fruits, wildflowers, belgian yeastiness, light hops, a tiny tinge of sweetness.

Mouthfeel slightly sweet, a bit of dryness, petite (kleine luchtbel) carbonation, medium bodied, with a bit of bitterness that lingers on the finish.

Photo of mjaskula
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass. Pours with a thick lightly tan head that thins and never goes away. The beer is a golden carmel and cloudy, lighter at the edges, giving it some depth.

Smell is of malt, sweetness, and alcohol. Taste is similar with some yeast and banana flavors. Very good. Very drinkable. A bit of extra carbonation but overall very drinkable. I like it better than the red.

Photo of Riccymon
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, honey-orange with a bit of sediment escaping from the dregs of the bottle. This beer smells great--a fruity, flowery mixture including orange and apple. Alcohol is also noticeable in the nose.

The first sips were fairly fruity upfront, but a little harsh and vinegary in the finish. Though I had let the bottle sit out of the fridge for a good half hour, I found that it needed to get almost to room temperature for the taste to improve. After warming, I tasted tart lemon and orange, almost like marmalade, and a touch of sweet honey.

After warming, mouthfeel was still a bit sour and cider-like, but much nicer than before. The power of the flavors and the fact that the alcohol isn't as hidden as expected give this just about average drinkability.

I enjoyed Chimay Tripel, but when I want to reach for an outstanding tripel in the future, I think it'll be La Fin Du Monde.

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

Poured fro a 11.2 oz bottle at cellar temperature.

A-Poured a slightly veiled golden orange with a slick looking 1 finger head.

S-malts, rasins and fruit as well as some alcohol.

T-Crisp and yeasty fruits with a gentle sweetness and a mild peppery bitter finish, deep sweetness that lingers.

M-Fairly full mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Decent overall.

D-A very nice beer overall, but a bit of a bummer when compared to the red and blue label Chimay. This one is solid, but leaves me a bit flat.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle at serving temp into a chalice. Best before date of 2011.

A: Pours a hazy deep orange. One inch fluffy clean white head which dies down to a thin wisp of lacing for the majority of the time spent enjoying this ale. Many tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of my chalice that feed the thin head (this beer looks so alive).

S: Bready yeasty scent with hints of citrus, rhubarb pie, and I detect a very slight alcoholic scent as well (nothing overpowering but its there). All of these scents are amplified alot as the beer slightly warms.

T: French bread, very malty, sweet yet the hops add just enough bitterness to balance the flavour out, marzipan. Behind all of these tasty flavour profiles there is a definite presence of alcohol which becomes very pronounced as the beer warms.

M: This beer has an excellent mouthfeel. As I stated earlier the beer looks alive; however, it also feels alive. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. The carbonation is sharp but at the same time provides a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: Drink this one at the recommended serving temp as when it warms the alcohol can get a bit hot. I don't mind it and find that it compliments the beer. Definitely a sipper though.

I enjoyed this beer very much, my first from Chimay and its getting me excited to try the red. I would like to see how this one does with some more cellar time. I'll be revisiting this one in a few years...

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