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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,449 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,449
Reviews: 1,529
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 150
Gots: 196 | 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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EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A - Pours out a dark golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A very nice two finger, fluffy white foam head sits on top. The head laces the glass very nicely and leaves a bit of a caky formation in the middle of the goblet.

S - A bunch of yeast with an apple aroma. A bit of a spiciness in there.

T - A sweet beer up front that has a bit of a spicy kick to it. A very subtle hop flavor provides a bit of balance. Lots of alcohol taste in this one as well.

M - A nice smooth feel on the mouth, with the carbonation playing a tug of war with the alcohol kick. Overall a very good feel.

D - Makes you want more wuite a bit. I'm not a huge tripel fan but this one gives you a strong beer that can still be a little bit of a quencher with it's light body. The spiciness in the taste and aftertaste provide an intrigue that helps the drinkability on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 06:55:21 | More by EStreet20
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange into a Chimay chalice. The head is a thick and creamy white, with excellent lacing and retention. Smell was that very particular Chimay yeast strain, slightly sour, spices, hint of banana. Taste was sweet bubble gum up front, with a bready middle, and a pleasant piney hops in the finish. Quite fizzy in the mouth, but not inappropiate or overpowering. The flavours blend from one to the next very slowly and it is definitely a beer I'll be savouring for a good half hour at least.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:10:06 | More by tatterdash
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

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

Blonde golden with a nice generous foamy head that takes a while to die away. Shy smell of hops, malt and caramel with some bready and spicy touches.

Her taste is bitter, floral, with some shy sweet notes that comes from the malt. Bread flavors are present with floral and spicy notes that comes to form a "tout".

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 06:34:51 | More by 3Vandoo
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

Purchased as part of a 3 set gift pack with a glass.

Pours out to a cloudy amber, forming a soapy and whipped off-beige head with very good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The aroma is as a tripple should be...cloves, apple, kiwi fruit, strawberry and melon esters...reminds me very much of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is prickly with a smooth finish and medium-light body, which is deceptive. The taste is just like the aroma...again, reminds me very much of La Fin Du Monde but with a touch more bitterness in the aftertaste (but not in the finish), as well as a touch more wheat taste. Again, very cleanly fermented. Spicy and exceptionally fruity. Alcohol is lightly astringent in the finish, but otherwise not tasted or smelled.

An excellent triple. I would drink this regularly, bu La Fin is cheaper in my area

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 22:26:45 | More by Mitchster
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sopor

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I note about this is the thick, globby and loose layer of yeast at the bottom, a good 1/2 inch thick easy.

Amber fades to gold in my chalice with a thick cap of cream-colored frothy head that is receding not too slowly and is slightly pock-marked, leaves film for a long time. Smells dry, wheaty and yeasty, with the slightest hint of it's 8%abv.

A dry yeast ad wheat flavor leads followed by a bitter yet balanced hopping merged together by an acrid bitterness at the far outside edges of the tongue. Except for that bitterness, this is pretty good, but not great. A hint of sweetness picks up later on as the bitterness dies away.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 17:13:48 | More by sopor
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Chimay chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep warm hazel brown that is very dense with hazy. The head is a creamy white with a hint of tan. It creates the perfect lace with each sip.

S- The smell is a soft yeasty aroma with some faint floral perfume notes. There is a very light spicy to the finish of the aroma.

T- The first taste is a bit of a fruity taste with a peppery finish. The fruit notes are pear and flowers with a light citrus note. The peppery finish has some carbonic bite to it with a hint of brown sugar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with the help of some strong fizz to make it more full. There is no sign of alcohol warmth.

D- The beer is a nice light refreshing beer with a bit more body. The finish has a bitter quality to it that interferes with the soft fruit and spice qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 03:05:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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goatherder

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Large, soft fluffy head which dissipates slowly. Good lacing. Nice deep golden colour. Slightly cloudy due to sediment.

smell: Rich banana aroma mixed with spicy hops

taste: smooth and a little dry whith a nice whack of bitterness at the end. looong finish.

mouthfeel: big and syrupy, nicely balanced by the aggressive carbonation.

drinkability: Big ABV and price tags makes this a special occaision drink. An easy drinking one however.

overall: a magnificent beer, very complex and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 08:05:57 | More by goatherder
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aquatonex

New York

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This being my 200th beer rated, I decided to go with something I've been wanting to try for a long time. Sad to say, I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was this particular bottle?

Pours a nice dark honey color with a rich thick head that dissipates into thick lacing for the rest of the brew. At first the nose was overpowered with alcoholness, but as it sat a little I was able to smell other things. Sweet malts with some hops, some fruitiness and mild spices (cloves? coriander?). Taste starts off very complex and nice and quickly dives into severe alcohol and bittery sour flavors. Prior to the abyss, a nice balance resides with smooth lightly toasty malts, nice melange of fruits and spice, and a tiny bit of hops. But, after a split second all this is shattered by the immense bitterness and alcoholness. I've had many high octanes before that mask the ABV very well. This one is mediocre in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 23:47:44 | More by aquatonex
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

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

First Chimay ever. Poured a nice golden color with a slight orange hue. Nice fluffy white head Which lasted quite a while. The aroma offered a few citrus notes. Bubbles did rise from the bottom of the glass after the initial pour. The alcohol presence was noticeable but did not take away from any of the sweet malt taste and the yeast flavors that dominate. When I frothed it up on the pallet, it exploded with banana and coriander. Very good Ale and this Chimay lived up to everything I have heard. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 17:07:49 | More by ByTor2112
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davidchollar

Washington

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

although I've had chimay before, years ago, at the time i knew nothing about Belgian beer and i dont think i liked it. this time around, with the help of BA, i can appreciate it better.

slightly hazy orange, great thick off-white head, no bubbles floating up from the bottom. upon close inspection, held to the light, tiny specks of sediment can be seen floating lazily. spicy juicy fruit and buttery bread. a lot going on in the nose.

up front, no surprise in the taste. not unlike other tripels. however the finish is almost cabernet savignon, dry and strong. tasty, but no la fin du monde. the aftertaste is a little puckering, maybe this is best with food, not alone.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 15:40:27 | More by davidchollar
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jokelahoma

Missouri

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

Poured a nice golden color with a huge white, fluffy head, which dissipates back into the glass quite slowly. Head is large enough you'll likely not get the beer into the glass in a single pour.

The smell is rather fruity. Some banana, although not as much as, say, a German hefeweizen. Still, there's enough tropical fruits here to rouse your curiosity as to just what this is going to taste like.

And that taste? It's slightly fruity, slightly acidic, quite dry, really, and only a small hint of the banana that was hiding in the aroma. Not as "juciy-Fruity" as some tripels I've tried. Just enough hoppiness. Not too much, not too little. Were you unaware this was a beer, you may wonder where that characteristic hop bitterness went. As it stands, you won't really miss it at all. Very well balanced, especially for an 8% beer.

The mouthfeel is quite light and refreshing, as is fitting for a beer this dry. Your mouth tells you that you could drink many of these. After one 25 ounce bottle, your body tells you that you can't.

Overall this is a very wonderful beer. A fitting example of why the trappist beers are so widely respected and in demand. This isn't the best trappist brew, in my opinion. But if a beer this good isn't the best, that should point out to you the quality of beers that come from the monasteries. I'd seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 03:02:58 | More by jokelahoma
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lugosi33

Pennsylvania

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

This is definitely the best beer ever made. Enough said. If you like champagne, then this is the one. I love beers that are strong, but when I had this I was overwhelmed. I will never over rate Chimay unless someone actually makes a better beer than this. This is this the first beer that you want to drink without getting drunk on.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 02:10:04 | More by lugosi33
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Matthew

Connecticut

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

On tap at Eli's. Very small head that dissappears quite quickly.
Golden Yellow with a slight haze.
Aromas are not too strong but pick up some sweetness, honey, yeast, bananna.
Tastes of cloves, honey, bananas, matches its aroma but the yeast character is very prevalent. Has a decent hop character that is a nicely balanced with the fruity flavors and the beers heavy character.
This is slightly heavier than expected and the alcohol is more pronounced than I have experienced in some other triples. This is a good tasting beer and enjoyable but was expecting more. Maybe my expectations got in the way of my objectivity on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2005 04:52:56 | More by Matthew
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stof0048

Minnesota

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

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice given I lack the proper hardware. Nice hazy gold color. A little bit of lacing with a relatively thing head that forms little "islands." Nice, sharp hoppy smell. Wheaty with some copper overtones. Maybe a hint of corriander??? Taste is complex, again, hops... wheat, lemon, corriander, bit of a copperish taste as well. Very good. Glides across my tongue and finishes with a nice little whisp of the alcohol but not too strong. Overall a nicely balanced beer that is pretty easy to drink. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 01:48:36 | More by stof0048
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours out a hazy golden yellow with a finger of foamy white head that lingers pretty well but doesn't leave much lace.

Smell is quite sweet, with lemon and coriander, even what seems to be a splash of honey, bananas, alcohol, and a little bit of yeast. The aroma is not huge and overpowering; I had to get pretty close to pick it up.

Flavor's still solid, though. All of the aforementioned fruity/citrusy flavors blended well with a certain sweetness that really walks the fine line between nice and cloying quite well. Quite a bit of yeast in the mouth as well before a dry, clean finish. Nice little hoppy bite with a hint of cloves in there, too.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick for a tripel, I think, but pleasantly so, really complements the flavors quite well.

Overall: A decent tripel, but not mind-blowing especially for the money.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 03:38:48 | More by whartontallboy
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice foamy head into my new Chimay glass! Bubbles streaming up from the bottom throughout.

Smell: Apricots, yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Malty, yeast and fruity. Great big malt/apricot taste up front with the Belgian yeast, vanilla and alcohol coming in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice and foamy/creamy that leaves a lightly sweet aftertaste. A bit too carbonated for my taste, but overall very nice.

Drinkability: For a high ABV brew, this one goes down easy. I could probably have another 33cl bottle, but I'll hold off for tonight...

I was really impressed with this one. I had heard that the white label Chimay was the weakest of the three, but the well-balanced flavor and excellent drinkability really won me over. Worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 04:01:46 | More by jamesdergen
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radshoesbro

California

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

after watching that episode of the daily show i can't make myself pour beers into their proper glasses, it just seems to nerdy. but lo and behold they still taste good!! pours a hazy gold with a massive head that looks almost like shaving cream! lots and lots of lacing. has mild spices in the nose, but an overall good whole, clean, smell. the taste is very unique. almost reminds me of a hefe at points. spices, malts, etc. can't taste the alcohol at all. very creamy and smooth with a nice finish. pretty damn good beer if you ask me! alex sure does like it!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 15:19:09 | More by radshoesbro
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danielharper

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Woody's Smokes and Brews, Franklin, TN.

I'm going to have to buy and review this beer again, because quite honestly I can't remember a whole lot about it, other than that I liked it. Nonetheless, here are (verbatim) the notes I took while drinking it. (Next trip out-of-state I will buy and re-review this beer.)

"Orange-red color, thick foamy white head. Head leaves thick lacing around the edge of the glass. Sweet aroma w/strong hop presence. Interesting & engrossing. Great Belgian flavor, soft sweetness up front with a bitter finish, foamy & wonderful to savor. As it warms, it releases a stronger hop presence. Mouthfeel very good, foamy & with a nice coat to the throat. Overall drinkability okay; I like to have one or two but not more."

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 00:33:30 | More by danielharper
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

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

I had this one on-tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland, OR. The beer was poured into a medium sized snifter glass.

After having the beer set down in front of me, the first noticable and apparent thing about the beer was it's yellow/orange, cloudy hue. The beer boasted a big 1 1/2", chunky head that dissipated a few minutes after being served. The aroma was overall excellent with some excellent fruit tones and a layer of spiciness. The flavor began with a fruity tartness that ends with a very well balanced hoppiness. The finish also leaves a hint of the alcohol flavor there too, but it's not as apparent as an 8.0 ABV beer could be. The mouthfeel was of a medium body, which doesn't hinder or help the drinkability of the beer, which is on the higher side because of the tastiness and excellent aroma of the beer. Overall, a high quality beer that I will be reaching for again, just not too excited to be paying a $7.50 for a single serving again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2005 17:31:44 | More by edmundfitzoil
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with a fluffy white head, not much retention, but a ton of lacing! Couldn't ask for more.

S: Clean/fresh smell, a little earth and cloves.

T: Much more earthy than their other brews. I wonder if it's fermented at lower temperatures, perhaps 65 F, rather than the 78 that some of theirs reach. Or perhaps its the hops?
It's initially well balanced, finishing with a crisp bitterness.

M: Light-to-moderate body, plenty of carbonation.

D: Really is exceptional, considering the strength!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:03:22 | More by Derek
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becktone

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has is a golden/straw color when poured into a glass. Once I had finished pouring it into my glass a huge head formed. about half my glass was foam. The head retention is amazing compared to any other beer I've ever seen. The head on this is not just a fluke, I know how to pour beer. The opaque golden beer looks alive, its high carbontion is evident.

There is something about the smell of this beer that makes it different than any other beer I've had. It is a suddle smell and I can't put a finger on what it reminds me of, but it is definitely something different than I've ever smelt before.

This beer has a great taste. I am not sure how to describe what it tastes like. All I can say is that I really like the way it tastes. It feel great as it goes down and is carbonated perfectly. As to the drinkability I would definitely buy this beer again and look forward to the day when I can try Chimay red and blue as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 03:12:30 | More by becktone
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Tripel.

Pours golden, hazy, with lots of head that lasts. Very carbonated. I didn't have the appropriate glassware and poured in a pilsner glass, which might affect my perception that this beer has a very big head.

Smells of wheatbeer yeast esters -- a little spicy, a little bubblegum or banana. Not overwhelming.

Taste -- Those estery tones come out in the taste. It's pretty delicate. The carbonation sharply starts a finish that is ultimately sweet, but not a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel--I notice the carbonation dancing in my mouth.

Drinkability. Drinking one is no problem. I'm not inclined to drink two in a row, at least by itself. The sweetness is not to my liking, but perhaps it just needs the perfect complementary food pairing. In any event, at 8% abv and $4 a bottle, I'm unlikely to ever drink two at once.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 14:07:09 | More by pweis909
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Melchizedek

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat hazy from the yeast, goldish amber color with a billowy white head that subsides into a lasting cap.

Smells of raisin and hefe-style clove, some background alcohol and hints of fresh berry. In the mouth, bready yeast is present along with fruity flavors (banana, raisin, maybe fig?); there's some hop bite and maybe a hint of vanilla as well, and the overall feel is somewhat tart and drying.

This is a nice sipping beer--despite its strength, I'd happily have a couple of moderate servings in succession, though I really need some better glassware for this one. There's nothing really wrong with it, and it's certainly a tasty, pleasant beer, but it doesn't really knock my socks off. It's enough of an introduction to the Tripel style to make me want to try more, which speaks highly in its favor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 19:58:01 | More by Melchizedek
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jaluria

Connecticut

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

Pours a medium-gold, cloudy color with an off-white head. In my chalice, it's looks rather elegant and somewhat divine. I detect the following: fruit, spice, and a variety of malts. Very appealing. The taste is delightful; flavor bursting through with each sip. Upfront I taste fruit bitterness followed closely by spices and the intensity of the spices mixing with the carbonation. No one taste dominates the beer, despite the presence of several distinct flavors. My mouth is left with a bready texture and some residual bitterness. I think this is a great beer, but difficult to have several of because of it's potency, but very enjoyable, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2005 17:06:44 | More by jaluria
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass semi-custom bottle, corked and caged, white on creamy yellowish label

Appearance: hazed gold with huge off-white head, magnificent lacing all way to the bottom

Smell: sweetness and spiciness at the same time, "tightly banded", minor alcohol

Taste: medium to full body, very crisp mouth feel, malt and yeast, minor alcohol in background, hoppy bitterness and fruity sweetness at the same time

Notes: another magnificent brew from Chimay (hard to say which one I like more: red or white)

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 01:01:49 | More by BeerBeing
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,449 ratings.