1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,911 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,911
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 423 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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.
View: Beers (4) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chimay Tripel (White) Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,911 | Reviews: 1,571 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Liverpool08
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Chimay. Pours a hazy orange with a giant white sticky head that quickly fades. Does leave good lacing. Smell is unique for me, funky,
yeasty, earthy smell. Has a great unique spicy,clove taste. Similiar to the smell yet different. Date on the cork was 10/08. I wonder how the taste changes with more age. Its a great drinkible beer. Goes down smooth and dry with a yeast note left in the mouth. I am getting more of a citrus taste as it warms up a little. I will definately try some more of these.

Photo of endincolorado
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy gold with yeasty sediments, thick white head with small and large bubbles.

Smell- Inviting floral esters with citrus and hops, yeasty spiciness

Taste- wonderfully balanced, spicy yeast in background, crisp clean and fruity; tingly. clean sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- If it weren't for the price tag, this is one I'd have a lot more often.

Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a frothy white head that fades somewhat quickly. Smell is nicely strong, very yeasty, some banana smells and some sweet notes. Taste follows the smell with a strong flavor, the alcohol is apparent. The mouthfeel is not very smooth but this doesn't take away from the beer. This one is a nice drinker, great flavor, not overpowering. An inviting beer that delivers. Worth checking out.

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

CO-828

Poured into Piraat snifter. Bright gold color, hazy, fluffy two finger head that sticks to the glass as it descends.

Aroma is yeast, banana, lemon/orange zest, white pepper, and sugar malt. Notes of hops and honey. Did I mention sugar?

Tart and crisp on the tounge, leading to the lemon-yeast flavor that transitions to the sweet malt. The beer smooths out and produces a quick ceamy feel but finishes with bitter hops and a dry finish. Alcohol hidden extremely well and honey-yeast aftertaste.

Dangerously easy to drink and a great offering. Chimay always hits the spot when in sesrch of a Belgian ale. Easily recommended.

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

Nose: There are lots of great aromas in this beer. The main components that stand out to me are dried apricot, honey, over-ripe banana, and some orange peel.

Appearance: Very nice warm amber color with a little bit of cloudiness. There is also a presence of yeast floating in the beer. Head forms nicely but does not get out of hand. Maybe one to two solid fingers of head.

Taste: Nice amount of bitterness hits the tongue immediately, and is accompanied by a good deal of carbonation. Once down, I get a lot of the honey and orange aspects.

Palate: Not an overly heavy beer, but it definitely has some teeth. Good amount of carbonation (with very tight bubbles), too. I find this one to be quite enjoyable on the palate and one that can be drank again and again.

Overall: I like this one quite a bit and it's readily available if you are traveling and just want a reliable beer to enjoy. Dare I say this is more enjoyable to me than the Grande Reserve? Ultimately, I find something very pleasing about this beer. Perhaps it's that my expectations weren't as great as the Blue, but I really see this as a more enjoyable beer.

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

Can't believe I'm just now getting around to reviewing this! I poured this one from a stubby 11.2oz brown bottle into my Piraat snifter.

A= This ale poured a glowing chill hazed gold color with a huge loose foamy white head (aggressive pour). Some sediment particles in suspension but nothing off-putting. The head settled into a nice thin cap that retained and left sticky lace down the glass.

S= I was impressed by the aromas on this one. I got some faint malt sweetness, green apples, earth notes, total yeasty funk, and an herbal/medicinal character.

T= The flavor profile was reverse of what I expected. The hops and herbal/medicinal parts came first, with a small bit of malt and a big chalky yeast note in the middle. Some moderate fruity esters in there but they certainly do not dominate. Finish was very dry and had only a bit of alcohol warmth to it.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a nicely crisp mouthfeel. Very good palate cleanser here!

D= Quite drinkable despite the ABV. Its been too long since I had this one and I won't let that happen again. A classic for sure!

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

A - Golden yellow color and some slight cloudiness. Medium-sized white head that has good retention.

S - Just how you want a tripel to smell, bananas, esters, yeast, and some hops.

T - Upfront is taste is sweet which gives way to a bread-like yeast feel. Finishes with a slight zing of hops that I was not expecting.

M - Fairly creamy with a good amount of carbonation.

D - I would have no problem drinking a few of these.

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

A relatively fresh bottle part of the '08 holiday package that included a goblet into which this was poured.
Quite phenolic in initial aroma with clove, spiciness and a bit of vanilla. Sugary candy sweetness comes in time, but it's not to excess in any way.
Attractive head and overall appearance. Full rich head that breaks up in rocky manner with substantial lacing. Relatively clear amber color with gold and orange. Substantial amount of bubbles rising.
I poured this at a slightly warm temp (53 degree) and that takes away a bit from the crispness that might have been there. Surprisingly malt character that doesn't get overwhelmed by the sweetness, although the sweetness is plenty evident. Moderate, or more, dryness at finish that holds some mild bitterness and moderate hop flavor (for style). A tad of fruit with hints of orange.
Plenty o' bubbles on this one. However, it doesn't seem to make lighter (effervescent) but rather more filling (maybe I'm drinking too quickly). Nonetheless, the carbonation is soft enough and contributes to an overall softness.
The thing I like about Chimay beers is the overall high level of drinkability, and this one is no different. Not too rich, too sweet, or too much (except maybe in dryness).

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright gold that is just a little hazy. A thick frothy 1.5 inch mostly white head tops the beer. Thick, heavy lacing covers the glass like North Georgia kudzu. Smells like buttered toast with fruit and alcohol notes. First sip is mind blowing smooth that screams, "World Class". Creamy, malty, sweet then bitter with the yeast character you'd expect from Chimay. The 8% ABV is there but this is sessionable.

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

On Tap at Basil Mediterranean Bistro, Charlottesville, VA

A: A sticky beige head of thick, lacing foam sits atop a gorgeous hazy orange body of deliciousness.

S: It's biscuity and floral with a good deal of passion fruit as it warms up a bit. I also picked up a hint on coriander with a deep whiff...

T & M: There is a very inviting bitterness and warming, lingering alcohol presence that is swept all over the tongue by the crisp, dry carbonation. Subtle fruitiness and yeastiness come across in the finish.

D: Because it's definitely not overly sweet, this beer went really well with bold food. I was very impressed with how easily this 8% brew went down. I'm a huge fan.

Photo of imagineiii
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a chimay 3 pack complete with goblet.

Pours with great 2 finger white head. Maintains well, reduces to thin covering. Golden to orange in color. Some sediment is suspended.

Smells like melons, apples, phenols. dryness from hops is surprising to me.

First impression: hops that are in the nose are very prevalent in the taste. Probably the hoppiest Belgian Triple that isnt advertised as such. Tart, but the bitterness pushes that off the palate quickly creating a great complexity.

Creamy but sparkling on the tongue. The complexity of this beer is awesome.

Much cleaner than alot of belgian triples. Tastes more like a belgian strong pale IMO. Complexity rules this beer, which seems to be a trademark of chimay. Great beer from some great brewers

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

A,this one pours a thick foamy head that vanishes to a paper thin coating, cloudy tan, yeast floaties no lacing going on .

S, alittle fruity perhaps pears and banana along with malt .

T, creamy malt , mild sweet yeast the fruit and hops are pleasant some masked alcohol in there as well.

M, this is creamy with lite malt alittle fruit surgery after taste .

D,this is a creamy ale thats easy to go down, nothing upsetting i can drink this often.

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

Pours a very nice light golden color with plenty of yeasties in it. Smell is belgian yeast with a hint of alcohol. Taste is spicy with some more belgian yeast and a bit of funk going on. In my opinion this is the best chimay of the three. Full mouthfeel and creamy. Nice. Highly sessionable and very enjoyable. I could drink this quite often.

Photo of jmw141
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle coded 08-318. Poured very slowly into my authentic Chimay glass.

A: Hazy deep copper. Perfect marsmellow head. This is probably the best head I have ever seen on a beer thus far. Also, it stays thick and creamy the whole time I'm drinking it. Tons of bubbles racing around inside.

S: Spice, fruit, hops, esters, bread/yeast.

T: Sweet malt followed shortly by a firm hop bitterness. Alcohol not evident. Slight fruit, less than the Red.

M: Medium bodied, oily, carbonated well, dryish finish.

D: Just a tad bit less drinkable than the Red. Could be due to more hops or less fruitiness. Although it is still very good.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. The yeast was poured in as well.

A - cloudy orange/unoxidized copper color with ~1cm of white head that dissipated into a light film of carbonation.

S - yeast, bread, banana, orange, hops, spices

T - it starts out really sweet, almost honey like. this is accompanied by hints of banana that gives way to a spicy apple finish (nutmeg, cinnamon, and I believe coriander), which leads into a very dry, earthy, grass, and pretty hoppy finish. The flavor of the hops linger in the mouth. The alcohol is almost not noticeable.

M - pretty carbonated which give this beer a pleasant mouthfeel.

D - high. lots of flavor with little to no alcohol taste. the flavor however is slightly bitter for a tripel.

Photo of epk
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from 2-13-09

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Very appealing appearance when held up to the light you could clearly see the cloudy nature of this tripel which boasted a golden orange hue towards the amber side. Pours a nice frothy head which dissipates into a hardy lace. Smells of fruit with a nice herbal side hinting to it's balanced flavor along with a spiced aroma.

It tastes just as good as it looks and smells, the higher abv hidden well by the complexity of favors. With first sip you get the slight bitterness of it's hops which is followed by a delicious sweetness. In the mouthful, as the beer warms, these flavors really shine however there is also the stinging evidence of it's carbonation dancing on your tongue which has retained this beer's lace for the entire time it's in front of you.

Drinkability is high. A wonderfully complex beer with a great taste - one of the fine brews of Scourmont Trappist Monks.

Photo of clemtig76
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 11.2 oz brown bottle I picked up for $4.99 at a local store. Pours cloudy rich golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is of banana, lemon, spice and raisins. Taste is very similar with more banana and lemon with a little grainy malt and sweet fruit. Medium bodied and smooth with lively carbonation and a dry, slightly tart finish. I am not in the hadit of paying 5 bucks for a single but this one is worth every penny. A classic.

Photo of steelerguy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Liquid gold with high carbonation and a nice high frothy head after the pour. Head faded but kept continuous coverage of beer.

S - This smelled like a perfect triple to me. Slightly spicy, slightly malty, but simple as it should be.

T - Crisp, clean, slight hop bitterness that is there from beginning to end. Tart finish, lots of flavor but well balanced. Very nice.

M - There is a bit from the carbonation and it is thin, but this is all to style. Good but not exceptional.

D - This beer is pretty drinkable considering the 8% ABV. The crisp balance and clean feel making drinking a 75CL bottle a pleasure and not a chore, even at the end.

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

Poured this into a beer mug. Pours a foggy amber color. Thick off white two finger head that dissipates very slow.

Subtle fruity aroma.

Dry carbonated taste, starts out with a somewhat hoppy bitter taste, and ends with the malty sweetness.

Overall i enjoyed the beer. I can taste the alcohol in the beer, but that doesn't bother me at all.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the small bottle (11.2oz) into a Chimay goblet.

The beer is a dark gold blonde with a large head of mainly bigger bubbles that reduces quickly to a film on the surface that does not disappear. Biscuity notes with cinnamon are the first thing I notice, with more fruits showing up in the nose as the beer warms. Fruits upfront in the mouth, sweet and tart, with a small residual bitterness taking over at the end. The beer camouflages its 8% ABV rather nicely, you could drink three or four of these before it sneaked up on you in a bad way.

Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cider amber body with one-finger head that dies real slow and left a sheath lace around the glass. Hints of pear, dark fruit, and sweet malts like caramle and gum are mixed into the aroma. A very smooth body greets the tongue, close to full-bodied, with crisp, hoppy carbonation and a malt sweetness mixed in perfectly with fruits and finishes with something akin to a dry, herbal tea finality. The ABV is tucked away b/c there's a slight alkie crisp sensation but nothing that overpowers. I could sip this as long as it is in front of me.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
2.79/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Poured a hazy orange-gold, with a two finger, frothy white head. Very slowly subsiding head. Heavy blanket of lacing. A thin layer of the head lingered for the entire glass.

Smell: Much milder than I expected. Bare hints of the typical tripel characteristics. Faint hints of bananas, honey, and spices. The overriding scent is one of a german lager, not a tripel. Not what I was expecting. The banana characteristics become more prevalent as the beer warms, but they're still fairly mild.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the alcohol, as a burning bitterness that dissolved into a background of sweet bananas and honey. The overall tastes are very mild, as the initial burn seems to dominate. Not a particularly well balanced beer. The tripel characteristics are there, but they're muted.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but incredibly harsh and high carbonation. The high carbonation detracts from the flavor, and makes it difficult to drink.

Drinkability: I have to say, I was very disappointed by this beer. It looked good, but just went downhill from there. To me, it didn't smell like a tripel, tasted watery, and was difficult to drink. It wasn't necessarily bad tasting, but I was definitely underwhelmed by this beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey hazy orange with a fluffy, off white sea-foam head. I have about 1/4 pint left and I am still getting crazy lacing. Really nice appearance.

Smell is not overpowering. Alcohol whiff, fruit (almost orange blossom notes), light malt.

Complex beer. Some malt sweetness, almost lightly honeyed, then the chemical/alcohol kicks in, then yeast, then a little bitter, then dry finish, almost to a pucker. Great layers of flavor here.

Nice firm medium bodied brew, good carbonation (appropriate).

You'd never know that this was 8%. Flavors are perfectly balanced -- this is a very highly drinkable tripel. Love this stuff -- those monks know what they are doing. Haven't had this one in about a decade. While my expanding waistline won't agree with me, you gotta love what this forum does to get you to try/retry new beer. While at almost $6.00 for this little bottle, I will definitely be having this one much more often. Drink this.

Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st review was a 330ml bottle. 2nd review - 750ml bottle. Superb in the larger version and I would recommend it highly !!

Appearance: Hazy copper with a nice white head that fades over time, but never quite disappears.

Smell: Mild spice in the background of a slightly hoppy aroma. 2nd review-more complex aromas of spice, herbs and fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: crisp mouth feel, carbonation is high though it is the perfect fixture and helps a bit in drinkability. Hop bitterness is quick but fades to a fruity and slightly alcoholic taste. Medium bodied and crisp. Dry finish.

A fabulously unique and complex beer from Abbaye de Scourmont. My favorite of the Chimays.

Photo of Jablonski
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 750mL bottle into a chimay glass.

A: It pours an opaque orange based copper with a large frothy head.

S: The smell is pretty difficult to describe. It felt like I had walked outside on a nice brisk day and took a deep breath of fresh air. The smell is quite yeasty, but also smells of herbs. Finally, there is some sour apple in the smell.

T: This is where the beer lacks the most. The taste is not bad by any means, but there are much better tripels out there. I think the cloves dominate the flavor rather than enhancing it. It had a decent sweetness to it, and a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, the prevalent alcohol may be a bit too much to have 2 of the 750 mL bottles. One size is a nice touch, and I feel pretty satisfied after finishing the bottle.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,911 ratings.