Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy copper, nice pillowy white head with some real nice lacing. The smell is wonderful, Beligan yeast, light candy. The taste is of sweet malt, some apple, a bit of hop to dry the aftertaste, very nice balance. This ale sits very well on the tongue, nicely carbonated for my taste. This is pretty much what I look for in a beer, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, very drinkable, though this will put you on your ass if you have enough of them.
01-01-2007 05:41:03 | More by Gmann
3.65/5 rDev -11.4%
A great looking beer.
Smell is of spices, some alcohol present and pepper-like hints. Spicy yest smooth.
Taste is close to that of a Belgium pale ale. Spicy and refeshing. moderate hop bitterness and the same malt complexity and quality we expect from any trappist product.
I was however a little bored by this beer. I was a refeshing and easy drinking version of what we expect from a country to produce a hard hitting flavourfull brew.
Nether-the-less and great beer and top class, perhaps though a little lower in that particular class.
12-27-2006 07:25:09 | More by Finite
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Poured clear, gold with a large, frothy, white head. The resulting, sticky lacings lasted throughout the session.
The nose is sweet malt, floral hops and spicy phenols with pepper and coriander.
Sweet malt, candied sugar, funky yeast, apple and grape esters, along with coriander and pepper phenols render this a complex, flavorful brew. The alcohol is also very well masked.
Possessing a medium body with fizzy, creamy carbonation, this brew has a delightful mouthfeel.
For me, this is the quintessential tripel. It tastes great on draft or in the bottle and ages quite well. While it isn't the best tripel that I've tried, it is certainly the most consistent and serves as a wonderful benchmark.
12-26-2006 06:41:52 | More by Estarrio
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a golden honey color with a thick, fluffy white head that is long lasting with plenty of lacing. Smell was a mix of fruitiness and spiciness - mostly peaches, apricots, and cinnamon and cloves. Taste was similar to the smell, with most of the fruitiness upfront. Extremely easy to drink and tasty. Could have this one all night. A very good beer.
12-25-2006 02:45:22 | More by jhu1995
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
The final of the big 3 from Chimay. First, the beer summary, as I sampled outa my tulip paper cup.
An easy pour resulted with the infamous Massive white Cool Whip head, on top of a cloudy amber brew. Fruity esters and a small pop of sugar cane in both the aroma and taste. Also had some musty notes and sweet malt flavors. A sweet start, and a dry finish.
A pretty good Tripel, but after having a couple others from Belgium, I know there are better at least IMHO.
And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, studying overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.
12-20-2006 14:29:27 | More by Vancer
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
750 ml. bottle - Color of clear golden honey head thick , and white nose of apricots , yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps taste is yeast , bitter / sweet , copper , salty , musty , and citrus heavily carbonated , slightly oily body aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones , hopps , and egg whites
12-20-2006 07:07:04 | More by stephendr
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Chimay chalice.
A - Hazy, tan, golden wheat color. Pours with a large frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin layer leaving lacing all over the glass that stays for a little while, but not all the way down.
S - Very nice...there's a lot going on here. Immediately pick up a clove, pepper scent with undertones of banana and sweet yeast. I pick up more and more fruity aromas as the beer warms. The smell continues to get better with a sweet biscuity smell.
T - A sharp peppery taste precedes everything else here. Not bad, but a little overpowering at first. Yeast comes to the forefront at the swallow, a nice mild yeast flavor, but can't seem to get any of the complex flavors expected from a trappist tripel.
M - Quite tingly on the tongue with a decent body...not too thin and not too heavy.
D - Overall, a nice tasty beer, but I don't think I could drink too many of these in one sitting, nor can I drink the one very easily. Just a little too overpowering for any type of sessionability.
Nice beer, but won't be revisiting this one anytime soon at the price point.
12-09-2006 04:15:18 | More by dgfair
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
Served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip glass. LAN-660 is lasered on the bottle's label.
Appearance- On a traditional pour, the beer exhibits a clear, rich golden color. The foam billows and creates a snow white three-finger head that lasts for several minutes, but lacks the elegance of some of the greater examples out there. Minimal, sporadic lacing lingers behind leaving spots inside the glass.
Smell- Grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose along with a full, perfumy, spicy character. The alcohol is just noticable enough to mention here, as it plays a part in the overall aroma.
Taste- Crisp and sharp to its credit, the bone dry character of this beer places the ingredients under a microscope and focuses them like a laser onto the tongue. There is no big, wondrous complexity regarding the hops or spices, it's a "beginner's tripel" in my opinion. The strength is also relatively tame for the style, at 8%... but it is dangerously smooth and quaffable nonetheless. I love the dry, hoppy bitterness left in the mouth after the swallow.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer's texture and form in the mouth is flat out fantastic... it elevates the flavors and distributes the nuances across the tongue remarkably well. After swirling in all yeast sediment for the last minutes of this tasting, the mouthfeel became even creamier and fuller-bodied. Aromas of lemon peel came forth, and a more prominent general breadiness manifested. Glad to have tried this, but when I crave a tripel there are several that would come to mind before this.
12-07-2006 03:42:54 | More by yelterdow
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
2005 33cl bottle. Excellent tripel. Aroma of pepper, tabacco, phenol, clove and orange. The aroma draws almost directly into the flavor with more prenouced phenol, clove and pepper, with just a hint of orange and tobacco followed by a mellow bitterness. The sprite carbonation plays great with the aroma, flavor and dryness of the beer. An well crafted beer!
12-03-2006 11:59:13 | More by IdentityAles
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
I don't have a lot of experience with Belgian styles, but if this is an indicator of things to come, Vive la Belgium!
This was an 11.2 oz bottle sampled in a Kappitel goblet. This was a supremely smooth, flavorful, and drinkable beer. The head retention was outstanding and the color and nose were both medium bodied and very pleasing. The taste was a mildly yeasty very malted graininess with a slight alcohol finish that was transitioned into seamlessly. Overall this was a tremendous beer that I will definitely explore again and again. I will next sample and review the Red & Blue, and even though the styles are different I'm looking forward to both. Recommended Very Highly.
11-22-2006 15:06:22 | More by veech
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Apperance: Hazy golden color. Nice white head which leaves a nice amount of lacing. This beer almost bubbles as much as champagne.
Smell: The scent is complex it has hints of hops, malt, yest and fruit.
Taste: Crisp hop bitterness followed by a soft yest taste. Hints of fruit, honey and a nice subtle warm alcohol twang.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.
Overall a good beer, but the ten bucks for a large bottle makes it a rare purchase for me. However I would say its required drinking for any beer lover.
11-22-2006 02:20:16 | More by boblog
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Small bottle (which I tend to have more luck with) pours a slightly hazy 24 karat gold color, with a 4 finger head. Decent retention gives way to a thin blanket of foam, and abundant delicate lacing.
Aroma is spicy and slightly alcoholic. Big yeast aromas, backed by bread and biscuit aromas.
Flavor is great. Slightly malty and sweet up front, changing into massive yeast phenolics, lots of spice, and finishing quite hoppy. Perhaps one of the more hoppy triples that I've ever had, aside from a few select others. Very dry finish that lingers and begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is light due to the heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.
This is one fantastic beer, but unfortunately one that I over look often. The Brother at Scourmont do a fantastic job at making beer (or at least the people in the other brewery that isn't in the walls....). Very enjoyable, and a great beer overall. I'm glad I got the chance to finally review this one. But if you buy this... do yourself a favor and pick up a small bottle. I have had terrible luck with the larger 750 mL's that are corked and caged. It seems like almost half of them have cork taint. This small bottle is one of the best of the Chimay white I've ever had. Normally I love the large bottles for other beers, but the chimay beers seem to have cork issues... at least in my area.
11-19-2006 03:37:51 | More by phisig137
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
Served in a Chimay glass, this beer pours a murky orange-brown color, with a big frothy white head. Nose is average for the style. The flavor was good, but not over whelmingly impressive. A little spicy, not as sweet as some other tripels I enjoy. Perhaps even a hint of hoppy bitterness? Certainly not what I was expecting to taste. Still, this is a respectable tripel, if not the best in class.
11-18-2006 05:30:17 | More by medic25
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
This beer looked perfectly at home in my Chimay goblet, with a towering head mushrooming over the rim of the glass. The head sat atop a dark gold body with a shade of apricot.
There was a whiff of cloves and banana amid the sweet malty aroma. There were also earthy hops and overall more hoppiness than I've perceived in other top-notch tripels like St. Bernardus or Westmaille.
The taste started sharply alcoholic, but quickly broadened into a smooth malty flavour muted, though, and nondescript. The alcohol provided a nice warmth as it went down. Lively carbonation and medium body round out this competent tripel. It's good, but there are better tripels and Chimay's other styles are better.
11-15-2006 04:34:48 | More by vanrassel
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Corked bottle dated 2004 May:
Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence.
Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy.
The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character.
Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.
11-14-2006 00:02:25 | More by pootz
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a hazy deep amber with a decent head that dwindles and leaves a coat of foam. Hops are noted, moreso than with other tripels I've tried. The alcohol shows through as well. Nice carbonation and a surprise, but I much prefer the Grande Reserve (Blue).
11-12-2006 17:30:22 | More by techdiver
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
Cloudy apricot colour, it pours a big head with big bubbles that lingers for a while. Complex arome of spices (coriander, clove, pepper) and fruits, with some hint of banana. Mouth feel is very nice, spicy, fruity (oranges, a hint of figs), some honey, flowery. Dry and bitter finish.
11-07-2006 14:09:04 | More by janubio
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: Pours with a huge creamy head into my goblet. It required several pours and lots of patience at the retention is nearly endless. What a beauty. It noble two toned body ( light peach and dark gold) majestically wearing it's creamy white crown this should be a picture.
Smell: I love that simple yeasty aroma. it is the archetypical triple aroma. Yeast and malt, lemon and bread and a handful of spices leave a good impression on the nose.
Taste: Simply put, this maybe the largest selling imported Tripel in the American marketplace and there is a good reason why. It is approachable easy and yet full of flavor. This beer can be a gateway the land of milk and honey, I mean Belgian beer =)
It starts smooth and malty with a very recognizable yeast flavor and then the vanilla and sugar hit the taste buds along with a growing citrus and spice attribute that is tasty and not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth and creamy; a bit pillowy through the mouth.
Drinkability: This beer lacks the intense pizzazz of some other Belgian beers I have had but it is pleasant and easy. I never even noticed the alcohol. In a triple it often shows more than this one. Nice, but not my first choice of the Chimay's.
Hope this is helpful.
11-07-2006 07:53:33 | More by Phatz
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
25 Oz. Corked Bottle
Honey Color witha great frothy head.
Plenty of Banana and fruit aroma which becomes more evident as the ale warms. Faint banana and apricot lingers mid tongue when tasting.Bitterness also lingers on the back and sides of tongue after an initial sweetness.
Creaminess combined with spicy carbonation makes for a unique drinking experience.
Drinkable for a strong beer, but one is better off savoring this over an extended period.
11-07-2006 03:38:00 | More by Jermbrew
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
A hazy honey color, topped with a frothy white head. It sure looks like a Belgian.
The smell is sweet, fruity, and with a slight hint of alcohol. A really nice smell. I can't imagine anyone not liking the smell of this brew.
The taste -- sweet at the front of the tongue, then fruity, then a bit of the back-of-the-mouth acidity or medicinal taste that is sometimes found in such beers. I'm not a huge fan of that type of character, but this beer has so much in the taste that I love, that I'll let it slide.
The mouthfeel is full of tiny, creamy bubbles, and the drinkability is really nice.
10-31-2006 01:13:34 | More by DaveFL1976
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Found in a small fat bottle at a bodega. What a great find.
A: A hazy golden hue with a champagne bubble head that goes up about one finger and fades quickly.
S: Wheat notes mixed with extremely strong caramel notes. It really smells a lot like pinot grigio wine when all the flavors are brought together.
T: Very strong carbonation bubbles with strong taste of caramel. A taste that once again is more similar to white wine than beer.
M: Carbon bubbles remain on your tongue long after the taste. Extremely light bodied beer, but still keeps a certain thickness in your mouth
D: To be sipped on and enjoyed at a very slow pace, sit and enjoy every drop
10-30-2006 04:58:40 | More by jdoherty
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
Out of a corked bottle the head and taste are fantastic.
I like drinking this beer more in the summer than the other 2 darker Chimays---tho---I still dabble in the winter---lol.
White beer--more for summer drinking.
The alcohol content is evident after a 25 oz bottle. It is light enoughgoing down to have you go "Wow", after you're done.
Is the only Chimay I've had on tap...and it is more lively than it's bottled kin.
Have had on tap in both---Ludwigs Garten in downtown Philly and Monks--also down there.
10-29-2006 15:13:16 | More by Dennycurr
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours to a light golden murky amber with a two finger head, looks good.
The smell reminds me of a hefe on steroids, bready hops with a whiff of fruit and more alcohol smell that most hefes.
Taste was sweet at first with the bread and fruit and cut to a hoppy bite to balance it out.
The mouthfeel was light almost creamy the alcohol comes out to say hello here.
Drinkability was good I gave it a lower mark due to the alcohol content.
Overall a sound choice I definitely prefer this one over the red label. I am saving the grand reserve for tomorrow.
10-25-2006 23:53:05 | More by SudNut
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured a slighly overcooked pizza top hazy gold. Procured a big, white foamy head with great retention and lacing. A very full nosed beer, with fruit and spicy yeast tones coming through.
Each and every sip was a bit different. Sometimes, you'd get a good batch of candy sugar and ripe fruits. Others would be spicy. All were finished very boozy. Came off more sweet then I remembered the other variations being. Regardless, the carbonation kept it from becoming either syrupy or overly chewy. Besides how one might get distracted from the mouthfeel with the ETOH burn, the big bottle just sort of disappeared somehow...
10-20-2006 15:42:47 | More by Umbra
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
The cork exploded from the bottle and the beer poured into the chalice a clear pale golden with quite a bit of particulates. The head was white, frothy and tall and lasted very well to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity with a lightly earthy spice presence. Some pepper was notable as was a bit of light candy or very light caramel amongst a lightly fruity and estery aspect.
The flavor was crisp with an earthy and peppery spice bite when first contacting the palate and then more lasting earthy presence and a bit of grassy character later. The impression of light candy was notable, but only between the peppery, earthy and grassy components.
The finish was dry with a lasting bit of peppery spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level, but a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Some warming after consumption was notable. A nice tripel, more peppery than I remembered and nicely so.
750 ml corked and boailed bottle. The cork had a date of 04/05 on it. Dunno why I had never reviewed this before.
10-16-2006 21:52:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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