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

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Ratings: 3,939
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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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.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cinq Cents looks like a big ol' glass of carbonated apple juice. The pearl-white head is big and incredibly persistent. Ten minutes in and we're still looking at a quarter inch of foam. Copious lacing.

The smell is faintly reminiscent of spiced apples. There's also a bit of soapiness. Pretty nice.

Flavor is your usual clove-like spiciness -- and again -- hints of apples. Hop bitterness is more assertive than the norm for tripels. Finishes with a medicinal bite.

Mouthfeel benefits from exceptional carbonation, a nice body and a wicked dry finish.

No doubt, Cinq Cents is a damn good tripel. This bottle is fairly fresh (Sept. '08), so I'm sure that an older bottle would be a bit more mellow. That said, this is still a fantastic beer. I just wish that trappist beer didn't come at such a premium, as I've found that I generally enjoy the non-trappist options just a little bit more. It helps that they're a little easier on the wallet. Just saying.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the classic Chimay chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a lively 2 finger white head that retains well before eventually settling to a 1cm ring that lasts throughout and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma starts with a crisp sweetness that delivers notes of pear, citrus and spice. Smells of malt and yeast also clearly evident in the nose.

Initial taste reveals a little more bitterness than the aroma hints at. Hops are present but as I sip through this one, some orange, raisin, and overall malt sweetness start to come through as well. Finishes with subtle notes of cinnamon and perhaps a few other spices. Not the most complex or exciting Belgian, but still pretty solid.

Crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation, this one has a mildly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol never really sets in until the very end so the 8% feels like a lot less. This is a solid offering and the most affordable Chimay so I could see myself sampling this again.

Photo of colts9016
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A golden amber color, orange and copper hues are displayed in the beer. A beautiful rocky 2 finger head that is softly creamy. There is a lot of lacing on the glass. The clarity of the beer is clouded, with partials of yeast proudly floating amongst the beer.

Nose: There is a nice malt notes with fruity esters, oranges and pears. There notes of perfumery floral, spicy clove, and alcohol.

Taste: A nice soft malt with oranges, perfumery floral hops, and a nice spicy cloves mingling with that alcohol. There are hints of oranges and pears.

Overall: There nice spiciness to the beer but it is kinda refined and soften by the malt. I can taste the alcohol but it is not pungent. The mouth feel is slightly carbonated and astringent. The finish is bitter and dry, giving the beer a crisp edge. The beer comes across as complex but refined. I enjoyed this beer, although, I felt that the beer was a bit rough around the edges.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy sediment-infused golden solution. ~1 fingers of pure white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete cap. No lacing noted.

S- Green-apple with a slight funky/Belgian yeast twang.

T- Fruity sweetness hits first, followed by a slightly yeasty/sour twist. Bit of alcohol bitterness in the finish, but not overbearingly so.

M- Prickling/crisp carbonation, yet fairly smooth going down. Slight alcohol warming on the finish.

D- Quite good. Moderately high ABV % is blended against a smooth, tasty beverage. One could easily drink 2-3 of these in succession without much difficulty....or even more.

Future outlook: I will certainly pay to consume this beer again.

Photo of sirsteve42
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chimay glass with a foggy amber color and a strong smell of yeast and malt with a slighly fruity smell. Very full feeling in your mouth, thick and heavy but smooth. Tasty beer, easy to drink. Lasting head and leaves a residue in the glass.

Photo of spanky167
4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite tripel to date. Very complex flavor. I noted orange, some raisin, and maybe even oak(not sure). A little too high in price for me to buy regularly($5.00 for 11 ounce). It must be good to be a monk if this is what they get to have daily! Next I'm going to try Westmalle's tripel.

Photo of adamette
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a short bottle like the one pictured into my Chimay goblet (love it when the beer and the glass match!). I am writing this as I enjoy it.

A Nice frothy off white head that stays around for several minutes, maybe 3 over a Golden brown hazy body. Before it left the bottle I could see the yeast at the bottom of the bottle (about 0.5 cm worth) and it shifted as I held it. Now that it is in the glass (I poured the whole bottle in) I do not easily see the sediment. Maybe it needs quite some time to settle?

S Malty sweetness and that great Belgian yeast smell with some alcohol. Very appropriate to the style. This smell defines the style for me.

T Really nice classic tripel taste of some alcohol and grains but mostly a great syrupy malt. The sweetness just washes over me and the carbonation is a great feel as well.

M As mentioned I really like the smooth but active carbonation feel. It really makes this beer stay alive!

D Really great for a triple but this is a huge beer, requiring ones undivided attention. I think that one or two is about my limit.

Notes: Easily my favorite of the Chimays and maybe my number one Trappist Tripel if for nothing else its availability in most finer stores.

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

Chimay has been one of my staple beers for a few years now. 11.2 oz bottle.

Poured a medium hazy amber color with a large tanish head. Fruity, citric and yeasty aromas and tastes with light spices. Peppery/spice finish. Lively body.

Notes from: 9/17/04

Photo of jkrich
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 CL bottle (1 Pint 9.4 OZ) I believe the code on the side states this was bottled on the 37th day of 2008 which makes this one about one year old or maybe that is the best by date. I hope not.

The Tripel poured a slightly hazy golden color with a very nice fluffy white head that slowly dissipated.

The smell was not as pronounced as I thought it would be. It exhibits a sweet, doughy, malty aroma; a slight wine like odor could be detected.

What a pleasant, lightly sweet, balanced flavor this one had. The initial taste is of banana and clove much like a south german hefe-weizen without the strong carbonation. Each sip is very refreshing. As the Tripel warms, there is no cloying sweetness.

Moderately carbonated with a slick, sweetish mouthfeel which is good in this instant. Each sip seems to cleanse the palatte.

At 8.0 ABV, this is not a session ale but one to savor; however, it is such a mild, tasty treat that one could easily overdo it.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this little beer into a chalice glass, and saw a healthy thick head form. I've had Belgian tripels exhibit TOO much head before, but this one was juuusst right. The head lingered as a cloudy film throughout the drink. It's color is a light honey colored, like an unfiltered cream soda. The smell was nothing too potent, but evidenced light notes of citrus and a small banana hint.

The beer comes on strong in the mouth with a sharp, full-bodied entrance, and swallows clean with a resonating slight bitterness kicking around in your mouth. There are some great little spicy flavors in here; coriander, cinnamon, and cloves stick around in your mouth for a while after you swallow. You can definitely taste the yeast, and it almost tastes like toasted banana bread with butter on top.

Overall this is a delicious tripel, and should be reserved for special occasions.

Drinking a Duvel Tripel is like waltzing through a wheat field in the setting sun on a warm August day.

Photo of marc956
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Chimay (the name escapes me but I'd tried one in a blue bottle awhile ago) though my friends from the plains (Kansas and Missouri) gave me grief for ordering an upscale beer. Has a lot of flavour to it - don't make it a session beer ok? There's lager for that purpose.

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

This brew pours a hazy golden orange in color with a nice half inch of slightly off white head into a Chimay glass. Nice retention and lacing are offered, muy bien.

Smell is clean and crisp with yeast, some green apple notes and an underlying citrus. I've come to believe that Tripel's are the epitome of balance as for the Belgian style beers for me, and this one does not disappoint. A touch of alcohol presents itself here and there but never overwhelms. Offers a very nice yet not exceptional nose for a Tripel. Check that, it's improving as it warms a bit...

Taste is smooth, slightly rich and very pleasant. A nice level of carbonation carries through. Not over gassed as was the Grande Reserve(blue) and with much better balance. Easily the best Chimay has to offer. I hope to compare this and St. Bernardus Tripel in a head to head for the championship soon. Both exquisite

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

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-23. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date (Best before end of 2010) and recommended serving temperature, glassware and cellaring procedure on the label.

Appearance: Golden yellow with brownish hues. Rather hazy. A semi-hard pour into my large-bodied snifter creates a big white head that looks creamy and thick. The head settles rather slowly and leaves a nice coat and some lacings.

Smell: Citric notes and fruity aromas - mostly bananas I think. Some wheat and subtle yeast aromas are here as well.

Taste: Again, citric and banana-like fruit flavors. Yeast and wheat provides a nice grainy and earthy character. The alcohol is present and leaves a little twang, but it's unbelievably well-balanced. The big and long finish is a bit dry, slightly alcoholic and has a distinct but gentle bitterness that sits side by side with a pleasant spices and white pepper. The finish is really good on this one, and its semi-dry spicy character seems everlasting.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth and creamy considering its medium body and the generous amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Another great Belgian classic, and all in all a wonderful beer. The aromas are perhaps not overly interesting, but the taste is so well-balanced and complex. As for the alcohol, you definitely notice it, but it fits into the overall character. Definitely worth a try... and a second round.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chimay Tripel pours a opaque apricot orange tone along with a yellow-to-white crown of approximately 1 ½ inches of height that diminishes in a slow pace as small delicate bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Sweet scents of exotic fruits, namely, banana with yeasty notes and perhaps a touch of liquorice. Overall the aromas present themselves in a very round and gentle fashion.

Taste: Resonating to the smell we get some fruity and sweet notes of banana, yeast and a bitterness that is short but rather stingy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, round and medium in body. Carbonation emerges in a satisfactory manner, i.e not blatantly overwhelming but fittingly refreshing and medium in strength.

Drinkability: As always with Chimay a great Trappist. However, I would find it a bit more pleasing if it were merely somewhat increased in viscosity.

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

Poured into a snifter. A hazy deep golden color, with a two finger head.

Hoppy character here, with citrus, a bit of malts, and the alcohol.

Complex taste; malts, spices, bitterness. Good taste, even with the perhaps over-conciseness. A light medium body mouthful here, with a lower then thought amount of carbonation.

Drinkability here was ok, I dunno if I could drink a lot of these, especially considering its high ABV

Photo of WalterSobchak
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites!
Out of a tulip glass it pours a dark straw color with substantial head that dissipates to a solid top.
Muted spice with subtle citrus smell.
Solid carbonation with a creamy follow-up.
Well balanced but very complex on the tongue...really tasty!!! Alcohol is well hidden behind spice, yeast, with hints of malt; damn this is good stuff.
A very drinkable choice but $$$ and alcohol content would limit my session. Great beer to have in the collection.

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

Chimay White, on tap at Mas, Charlottesville, VA, courtesy - sort of, given the way the check was split - of dkachur. Thanks! Served in a proper Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Comes a bright orange gold in the proper glassware with a foamy, one-finger, snow white head that has average retention and fades to a snowy dusting upon the surface. Lacing is blotchy and decently sticky, about appropriate given the abv%.

Aroma: Sweeter than the taste (more on this in a second), with some light fruity notes and candi sugar dominating most of the foreground. A kiss of estery alcohol emerges as it warms.

Taste: Relatively dry, with crisp, pale malts, plenty of candi sugar, a healthy dose of clove-like spices, and light fruits - mostly coming through as pears and apple skins. It all seems a little more muted than out of the bottle, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Even, not soft but crisp, of a relative medium thickness - very pleasantly average.

Drinkability: I think I enjoyed this one a bit more out of the bottle, though I could be mistaken, as its been a long time, and my scores aren't terribly different. That said, it's still a great beer, a classic tripel, with well hidden alcohol and - even if the flavors aren't the best - the perfect balance between components.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy and golden. Nice white head (about two fingers worth) with excellent retention. Appears to be well carbonated. Head laces quite nicely.

S: Sweet and fruity. Notes of banana, tart apples and even grapes come to mind. Cinnamon and clove presence as well. Yeast adds a bit of its own distinct aroma. Malt nose is sweet and light, not overpowering. Very good indeed.

T: Spicy, sweet and VERY complex. Nice candy notes in the malt up front. Surrounded by lush fruits and tingly spices, especially clove. So many tastes and yet they meld beautifully, becoming greater than the sum of their parts. Brilliant!

M: On the lighter side of a medium body. The malt presence is substantial enough, but still manages to find itself whisked away on the finish, with a sweet, dry and fruity aftertaste.

D: Excellent. Every sip left me curious and wanting another. Not sessionable, but worth the savoring.

A very good tripel indeed. Every time I took a sip, it was as though it were the first. Intriguing from start to finish and absolutely sublime. A very interesting beer and a classic in its own right. Required drinking for any tripel fan.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with an orange hue: large fluffy white head

S: Fresh bread, hint of citrus, malty sweetness

T: Lemons, buttery, hoppy bitterness, hint of grapes, sugars and a spiciness

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight graininess. Leaves the roof of my mouth dry. Becomes lighter and creamier as it warms.

Overall, decent tripel, but after recently trying Westmalle, this doesn't seem as good as I remember. The alcohol becomes noticeable sooner despite it being only 8% compared to West's 9.5%. I expected it to be sweeter, although I enjoyed the spiciness and yeastiness of it

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

750ml bottle, served in a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden, opaque, plenty of white head.

Nice floral aroma, taste is moderately bitter. Some fruit tastes, but dry, not sweet. Not too much aftertaste. Maybe a hint of some sweet malt. Creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Highly drinkable and enjoyable throughout.

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

Poured a hazy golden hue with medium creamy white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Aroma was complex with malt and citrus.

Flavor was a moderate to heavy spicy sweet with the same complex finish of long duration.

Creamy full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.

Good brew and one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

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

Served up on-tap at Helga's in Augusta, GA. Delivered in a Chimay goblet (frosted, sadly).

Bright gold in appearance, with a thick, creamy meringue that displays good retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, either by virtue of the beer or the serving temperature (or a combination of the two), but a bit of spiciness and earthy hop aromas are apparent.

Medium-bodied, with a somewhat light mouthfeel thanks to a nice level of carbonation. Toasted bread and some herbal, earthy, bitter hop notes play with a touch of clove. No one flavor dominates, making this one well-balanced brew. Finish is lightly bitter, spicy, and dry, and calls for more.

Very drinkable, and fiendishly so, as the elevated alcohol sneaks up because of the fact. Overall rather delightful, and certainly praiseworthy, though the $12.99 price tag the pub attached was outrageous. Good thing I wasn't buying!

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