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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,442 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,442
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 150
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burnt orange color with a frothy one inch head that fades quickly to a thin cap and leaves behind a nice sheet of lace.

Smell; bread dough malts, sweet candied sugar with some intermingled spices. There's a touch of citrus, along with a strong yeasty caracter.

Taste; Very malty, with bread dough and somei caramel. There's a little orangey citrus and honey, and a slightl yeasty funkiness. The coriander and peppery spices come out as this gets closer to room temp, along with some more fruitiness, such as pears and pineapples. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch on the creamy side. Drinkability is nice, but takes a hit due to a the sweetness being a bit to high for my tastes, without any bitterness to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 02:18:30 | More by RedHaze
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Byeast

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My Chimay Cinq Cents , poured into a chimay chalice , was a hazy , deep orange/aburn , with a 2 inch, rocky off-white head. Heaps of lace left on the majestic chalice. Some sweet and clean smells like apple and pair ,slight phenols, bit of malt and slight yeast twang. The apple qualities continue in the flavor , more tart though , musky yeast , tinge of hidden alchohol, and fairly foward hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamed up by the carbonation but remains crisp. A pleasant Trappist Tripel , though i do find some of the others more intersting.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 05:25:34 | More by Byeast
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Taco Mac. Little to no head and no lacing. Appearance was very cloudy. Might be because it was served waaay too cold. Very strong aroma of yeast and fruit. Couldn't really smell pure hops, but plenty of fruit. Nice long finish, but could taste more of the alcohol than I would've liked. Not a great representative of the tripel style, still good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 13:26:15 | More by doubleipa
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml bottle, corked and caged. BB 2009, served cool in a broad-rimmed goblet.

A: pale amber hue, slightly hazy; the white beer head comes tightly foamy and sustains well, leaving very tight lacing along the way; constant and fine carbonation below.
S: semi-clove spice dominates the nose, backed by a damp-yeasty, peppery, and slightly dusty note; a refreshing and light bready maltiness stays behind. Nice, and dry~~
T: yeasty and peppery upfront, on top of a lime-zest fruitiness, dryish/water-biscuity maltiness and superbly spicy hoppyness which brings on board both a dryish palate and an intensifying bitter taste lingering very well in the aftertaste. Great dryish-bitter finish.
M&D: soft mouthfeel on top of the dryish flavour, the contrast is just great, while the gentle and constant fizziness provides a healthy body for the palate to absorb the full flavour. All in all, a dry and bitter Tripel. Not my favourite, but a nice one all the same.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 02:00:08 | More by wl0307
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Gattopardo

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my first experience with Chimay’s product, the Blue, was a very satisfying one, I was expecting good things from the White as well, and I was not disappointed.

The first distinctive element is a formidable head that looks as thick and rich as mousse. I understand that this is a common characteristic of Tripels. Below this mighty crown is a cloudy orange color and multiple trails of bubbles streaming to the surface. The aroma of this brew is complex and dominated with a caramel scent. The first sip is alive with a texture of flavors, including malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue and balancing bitter tastes at the sides and back of the mouth. Along with these dominant sensations are hints of spices. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy for a beer that seems so light. The more sips I take, the more flavors seem to come out, and the delicate dance between bitterness and sweetness is decidedly enjoyable, finishing in a very pleasant and lingering bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is fairly high but not overpowering, and warming brings out more subtle flavors. This is the kind of beer one wants to sip slowly and enjoy over a long period of time, which is a good thing as it is also deceptively strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:14:40 | More by Gattopardo
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benito

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have this on draught in a true Chimay goblet at Falling Rock last weekend. It came a light amber with a creamy, bone white head. The bouquet was dominated by apple and bubblegum, both of which also carried through to the taste. The palate is a complex mix of the sweet apple flavors with a drying pepperiness and a hint of
lemongrass.

What stood out most to me here was the balance of flavors through the mouth. The brew's length is impressive--it begins on a spritzy, almost refreshing, note and finishes with a distinctive dryness and bitter aftertaste. The mix of sweet and earthy creates a wonderful dynamic in every sip and enables new and complex flavor combinations to emerge
with each taste. Very refreshing and enjoyable--a classic trippel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2006 23:40:25 | More by benito
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Schooly

Pennsylvania

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

Pours golden in color with a thin head from a careful pour so as not to agitate the sediments on the bottom. A stream of bubbles rise from the center of my Chimay chalice and generate a swirl of foam at the center of the glass. Sticky lacing coats the glass as I hold at various angles to admire the color. Smells of spices and citrus are present as well as a hint of metallic. Taste gives way to more spiceness like cloves with some citrus notes as well as a metallic bitterness in the background. This brew gives a creamy mouthfeel as it is swallowed down. Finishes clean and semi-dry with the slightest hint of spices remaining begging for another sip.
Overall, a good tripel with a taste I would expect from the style but with more dry finish than most domestic representations. A good experience but I like the taste of the cheaper domestic versions of the style just as much if not more.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:37:44 | More by Schooly
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light copper with some orange highlights. 1" head falls slowly to form a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: very little aroma, just some soft caramels and hint of pepper spice.

Taste: decent caramel maltiness, mild fruit tones, some soft pepper, and mild bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Some hints of yeast and a bit of graininess rounds it out. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Lightly crisp at the start and finish. Aftertaste is short with some caramel and pepper sticking to the tongue briefly.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable, and on-tap this more enjoyable than the bottled version.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2006 23:06:12 | More by Gavage
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Caramel brown with a monsterous four finger off-white head that lingers for about five to ten minutes before making an iceberg of foam in the middle. The beer is cloudy from visible small particulates, likely yeast. Also carbonation is visable in spite of the haze. No lacing, but I think that is the glass.

S - A nice soothing floral aroma, a bit of the odor from those red annuli that come with steaks, and then there is some seltzer water.

T - Ugh, this isn't very good at all. The taste is sour and tart. It tastes a lot like when you put a crushed vitamin C tablet in a bit of boiling water and drink it. There is potent foul bitterness that meshes with the sour. The sourness vanishes quickly, but the bitterness lingers for minutes on the back of the tounge.

M - Thin, water, carbonation makes it harsh, rather refreshing considering the horrid aftertaste.

D - This beer isn't great. I can think of several tripels I would sooner have. Chimay Red and Blue are delectable, but this is one to pass up. I couldn't session it, but the bitterness might help wash down some foods.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 21:40:49 | More by mrasskicktastic
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SethB2

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay Chalice.

Looks great. Thick two finger head rises to the top of the glass, coverint a medium brown non transparent beer. I like it. Smell is of sweet fruits and with some sour notes blended in and a slight amount of alcohol. Taste is decent. Sweetness hits up front, followed by a non-hop bitterness that is difficult to describe. Mouthfeel is average. Feels slightly thin and finishes what could best be described as acidic. Drinkablity is OK, but nothing that I would search out.

This was by far the worst of the big three Chimays for me. I don't know if I got a bad bottle, but I will sample again in the near future and adjust my scores accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 23:32:22 | More by SethB2
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – The glowing orange body was puddled nicely with foamy pits after the head settled down a bit. Nice.

Smell – The yeast aroma is huge on this ale. There’s some light spicing in here, lots of white pepper, and hardly any hops to speak of.

Taste – The nice big yeast from the nose comes across well at the taste. The malts are lightly-toasted, and the spices are strong but not offensive.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium in the body but with some potent carbs that will slow the drinker. There’s also a nice dryness at the finish, and the malts end with a welcome creamy texture.

Drinkability – Well, this ale was served way too cold, but once it warmed up it did just right by me. It went down smoothly if a tad over-carbonated and had a nice yeasty backbone, which I enjoy in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2006 02:26:42 | More by RoyalT
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bodybyadam

Washington

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

Into an open goblet, pours a nice 3/4 inch head. The color is a cloudy blond that warns you of hoppiness. The nose is stronger to the others. I love the hop aroma this ale carries. The hop characteristics carry into a smooth palette, that gives a great finish. This trappist is especially good with their Chimay cheese.

-Adam

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 00:57:05 | More by bodybyadam
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

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

Light just-under-yellow beer with certain chardonnay or fruit-wine hues of slight pink. The head is of course striking, very large, brite white, and spongey. Aroma is like a mutant hefe-wiezen with huge clove and yeast smells but none of the citric qulaities. Bouquet is quite floral.

Taste is very sugary, big clove taste comes out at the front, with just a touch of banana trailing, berry notes, then the yeast washes in but is suprisingly meek in flavor, and I could swear I taste some cinnemon. Finish is totally clean and astringent.

The mouthfeel of this beer is like nothing I've ever had. It is beautiful. It is as if all these big bubbles push down on your tounge at once and then jump off it in unison never to be seen again. Then the liquid even lightens on the tounge and I begin to question if there is even beer in my mouth at all anymore. Very cool. This single quality, along with the floral aroma, make this beer a real etherial experience. I've never been a Chimay fan really, but I never met this lovely lady they call Cinq Cents. Somethings very special about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 18:53:59 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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jabocu

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass.

Murky caramel-copper color. Off white cap that dissipated quickly with some lacings along surface. Aroma was malty sweet with hints of fruit, brown sugar and syrup. Grainy and yeasty. Bouquet was above medium. Taste is lightly sweet at with notes of citrus and yeast. Citrus and floral hops grabs almost right away with a pungency to mellow out the sweetness. A little peppery also. Carbonation is alive and filling, giving this a medium body. Finishes dry with a pleasant and refreshing aftertaste. Even though I favor the Grand Reserve Blue over this… Great Beer!!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 01:47:45 | More by jabocu
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Monk's Cafe. The beer poured a golden copper color with a thick white head and active carbonation. There is a nice malty, yeast aroma to this beer with some citrus notes. The taste is sweet malty with some citrus bite. The beer has a medium body that is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2006 02:03:35 | More by ggaughan
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at the Underground Pub in Pittsfield, MA. I still can't believe they had it on tap. It was served in a Chimay glass too.

The color was lighter than I remembered it out of the bottle, but it's been like half a year. Definitely the lightest color vs. the red or blue labels. The head was sticky, clingy, and durable.

Nice tripelly flavor, kind of peppery. I could almost taste bubblegum flavors near the end.

Easy to recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2006 18:50:03 | More by TurdFurgison
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badbeer

Iowa

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

750mL bottle poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

It is a darker color of copper with a wonderfully rich creamy head leaving an excellant ring and spotty lacing on the glass. Yeasty aromas come through, as well as biscuits, bread, clove, nutmeg, and banana. Taste is much of the same with the alcohol hidden very well and just a bit of hop presence in the finish. Medium body with light carbonation that tingles nicely on the tongue. Very nice to drink, always a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 19:02:46 | More by badbeer
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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

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

Very thick and lasting head with strong lacing. The color/look is almost an opaque dark gold. A hint of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is inviting. I definately detect a malty/yeast scent. It reminds me of this yeasty homebrew project I once did.

It has just a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. I definately get a dried fruit sort of taste. Maybe almost a cherry taste.

Surprisingly smooth. I can feel that higher alcohol % on my empty stomach.

Only downside is that I paid $6.50 for a 11.2 ounce bottle at a conference center but it sure beats my other choices: Miller Lite, Corona, Becks.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 03:27:32 | More by chakadrum
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Bigjay1584

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought the chimay set with the three styles and the chalice glass recently because I had never tried the "white." I do prefer the red or especially the blue, but even so, the white holds its own very well.

The beer looks beautiful with a generous billowy head and a cloudy copper color. The Chimay chalice really does justice to the way this beer is supposed to look. Some yeast is visible on the bottom, which to me usually signals a very flavorful brew.

The smell is wonderfully warming and hints at it's high alcohol content. There is a yeasty smell that is quite delightful. In general, the Belgian Trappist ales really have the smell category covered, and this one is no exception.

Taste is full and complex but has kind of a harsh aftertaste. It is simultaneously bitter and fruity which I have rarely tasted.

As far as mouth-feel, it is well carbonated but a little coarse.. Satisfying nonetheless.

In terms of drinkability, it is very filling so its difficult to warrant drinking several of them, but the overall experience is good enough for it to be in the better than average category.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 07:06:53 | More by Bigjay1584
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of 3 in the nice little chimay gift pack. Poured into the Chimay glass that comes as part of the pack.

Great golden amber color with a pillowy white head. The head is supper creamy and looks like a blanket of fine snow laid on top of the beer. Supper lacing on the glass. The head hangs around for the full glass.

Smell is yeasty. Also citrus and the mildest spicy note. The faint pepper note is barely noticable.

Taste is very malty. Finishes with a pepper bite and then some bitterness. The bitterness starts to hang around as you drink more and becomes distracting.

A nice beer. Not world class but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 01:24:07 | More by beermanbrian
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Pours thick and opaque. The amount of floating sediment is amazing. Head is thick and frothy leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell is citrusy with strong yeast and spice notes.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Some caramel, fruit, honey, and strong bitter finish with lingering peppery spice notes. Flavors are strong and sharp.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

A decent brew. It is a little high priced but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 23:58:14 | More by Blakaeris
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip. (I know, the beer gods will get me for not drinking it out of a Chimay Goblet...)

Beautiful honey gold color with a thick, inch high honey head that settled into a 1/8 in covering throughout the glass. Nice lacing. It was quite cloudy, but I think it was because it had been handled a lot recently and hadn't had a chance to settle undisturbed.

Smelled primarily of yeast and alcohol. Not as nicely balanced as Westmalle Tripel.

Taste was not really balanced. Tasted yeasty, then alcoholicy, then bitter, but never really smooth. Left a lingering bitterness.

The carbonation left my mouth feeling a bit rough. Not a real clean finish.

The alcohol wasn't hidden well, and I didn't like the aftertaste. I was hoping this would be compare well to the Westmalle Tripel I had several days ago, but this fell well short.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:46:05 | More by doppelmeup
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

In comparison to the red and blue, the white falls a bit short. While still a quality beer, the alcohols get a little out of balance. The look is still a nearly perfect sight, the aromas pick up on a tart, spicy, alcohol that begins to dominate the delicate malt flavors. The fuitcake flavors and malts take a back seat to a rum-like flavor. A bitter flavor and feel hits the back of the throat and becomes a little husky. The muskiness and boldness of the beer still contributes to complexity and variety. I just prefer the red and blue.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 17:56:11 | More by BEERchitect
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

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

This beer popped open and almost took my eye out before I even got the metal thing twisted complety off. This is the best looking bier I have seen in a while and leaves a pillowy white head on top with a lacing that "just won't quit". Smells fruity, hoppy, and clovey. It has a fairly suddle scent to it. The flavor is dominated by hops. It tastes fruity as well , but dominated by hops. I can see where it would taste awsome if I could get more fruity smell and taste to it. I wonder why it was so dominated by hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 21:50:34 | More by Erdinger2003
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the Chimay gift pack - a red, white and blue along with a nifty 16 oz Chimay goblet. My first time trying this beer.

Pours an absolutely fantastic, frothy, massive 1.5 inch head. Shows no signs of disappearing. It really is beautiful. The beer itself is a hazy deep gold. Little bits of yeast swirl in the bottom of the glass, much like a Hefe.

Smells like yeast, some hops, and fruity, tangy goodness. Something of a pear smell to this one.

Taste is wonderful. A spicy, hoppy flavor hits your tongue from the first small sip. Reminds me of cloves, cinnamon, and yeasty bread. There's alcohol in here too, as the smooth brew goes down, it warms the mouth and throat a little. Finish is yeast, fresh tasting malts, and a dry fruitiness, like a white wine. Still something in the taste that brings to mind fresh pears. This is a bitter, bubbly, complex beer.

Mouthfeel is warm, dry, and refreshing. Think cider on a cold fall evening.

Is it drinkable? Absolutely yes. My small bottle disappeared all too quickly. This is a sipping beer. Still, I'd be careful with this one, as one could easily overindulge (if it wasn't cost-prohibitive). That said, it's still a good thing they don't serve this in pints.

The Belgian monks who brew this are quite clever. Down enough Chimay, and suddenly that whole celibacy vow thing doesn't seem half bad!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 00:21:56 | More by kkipple
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,442 ratings.