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

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BA SCORE
92
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3,682 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,682
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 170
Gots: 286 | 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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Photo of Jmamay22
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This classic tripel pours a cloudy orange amber into my snifter. Also, sports a voluminous egg shell white head. Good lacing, too.

A beautiful bouquet found in this beer. A light hop scent mixes with candy sugar, banana, coriander, orange peel and a hint of clove.

Tastes of the aforementioned spices that would cut through nearly any hearty meal. I prefer my tripels a little less spiced and a little more sweetness and fruit. Alcohol and hops mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is noticeably Belgian with the tight crisp carbonation. Drinkability is a bit difficult due to the spices, but the alcohol is deceivingly absent as with many Belgian brews. Not my favorite tripel, but a solid offering and easily found at local bottle shops.

Jmamay22, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of ralree
2.63/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours nicely into a mug. Honey-colored with a 2-finger white head. Pretty good retention.

S: Banana and some other fruit. Background of grains and yeast. I think this one may be too rich for me.

T: Very rich and bitter, but the best tripel I've tried so far. I think I'm just not a fan of this style. Banana, dried fruit, and alcohol dominate the taste, with a background of some light spices. Bitter bready aftertaste.

M: Highly astringent - to the point of physical puckering and spine tingling. Medium body, which is nice, and the carbonation is decent for the style.

D: Not drinkable for me - the taste is too rich and fruity, and the astringency makes the drink a pain to put down. I'll sadly be pouring the rest of this out.

ralree, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of redneckchugger
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into chimay chalice, golden color, thick, beautiful foamy head
smells of bannas, figs bread, yeast
tastes is bananas, ripe exotic fruit, brown sugar, yeast, alcohol, exqusite.
mouthfeel is carbonated, and boozey, very drinkable but this one is a sipper, to be savored.

redneckchugger, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of vondew45
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into a Chimay goblet

A - Hazy yellow with a 1.5 finger head that recedes gently into about an 1/8 inch that never goes away.
S - Medicinal, lemons, citrus.
T - Light alcohol, peppery, light fruit undertones.
M - Smooth, good carbonation, a bit aggressive towards the back
D - Smooth, good, but probably won't go back to it.

vondew45, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange body with a sizable white head that clings to the glass.

S: Soft spices and a hint of yeast.

T: This is a balanced beer with some sweet and bitter tones. It's a refreshing beer, real crisp and clean malts.

S: Smooth and somewhat dry.. the alcohol tingles the tongue in the finish.

O: Very drinkable .. the ABV goes well with this beer..

callmemickey, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a buttery Vermont ham and Dijon mustard sandwich. Went pretty well with it.

Clean white head, golden orange and hazy with full lacing.

Spicy esters and phenolic. Fresh pine needles, apple, peaches, barley grain, and a bit medicinal from the phenols.

Starts off with more phenols, alcohol, spicy hops, and a hint of grapefruit. As it warms up, the sweet and soft scrumptious malts shine through quite well. Like a peppery marmalade on toast. Goes great with the Dijon mustard and smoked maple ham.

Good carbonation and body. Creamy and very lively. Compliments the taste well.

Very complex, alcoholic, and a sipper. Packs a punch, but so tasty and a great tripel. Price is an issue, as with most Belgians, but I'd be happy to oblige now and then.

ablaze, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of sirpsycho
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second Chimay Blanche, first was a draft, this one from a bottle, dated 2006. Hazy, golden pour, nice, frothy white head. Flavor was slight fruit and slight flowery (clove ?). Sort of spicy. Nice beer with no real taste of alcohol present. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Smoother on draft than in bottle.

sirpsycho, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third beer I had during my Chimay evening, I had all three Chimay beers and some of their semi-soft cheese (blue label).

This beer is slightly cloudy orange colour with a good large white head.

The aroma is all about spice, lemons and yeast.

The taste carries on where the aroma stops, herbs and citrus fruit flavours without the tart sourness that implies.

The flavours stay, this is a fine beer it is the best triple that is easy to obtain and is well worth trying.

Very drinkable beer, just like the other two regular beers the monks brew at Chimay.

BlackHaddock, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small stubby bottle into an Affligem glass. I have a Chimay glass, but it was dirty from something else. :)

Quite pale, orangish yellow with a large fluffy head. Instant aromas of floral hops, light citrus, and mild spice. Mildly yeasty. Surprisingly light (but not watery) mouthfeel with less fruit character and more malt/yeast than in the aroma. Spiciness remains (aided by the prickly carbonation). Hint of alcohol as it warms. Very refreshing for an 8% beer.

crwills, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Sconnie
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Brassarie V in Madison. Poured in to a Chimay goblet. Appearance was a hazy yellow with a white head. Strong fruit and floral aromas. A smooth and nice tasting trippel, with a little bit less yeast presence than some others. A solid brew, but at around 8%, one or two is enough (i happened to nearly finish off the keg, so the bartender gave me a pint glass of the leftover head that settled into a nice amount of beer. After two of these, I was ready to call it a night).

Sconnie, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured hazy brown with a large generous whitish head. The aroma was a combination of malt, and fruits. I was expecting yeast, it was not there. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, crisp, with high carbonation. The flavour was malty with some bread.

cyrenaica, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of garbercury
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice...

A--This is a very attractive beer. Full three finger head with plenty of lacing, nice cloudy orange hue.

S--Medicinal and pungent. I smell lemons and orange

T--good flavor, it has a lot of bite to it. You can really taste the alcohol in this one

M--plenty of carbonation

D--Pretty good tripel but no where close to the Premiere, which I consider to be one of the best beers in the world. If you are tripel lover, this is must try/have. Everyone who loves beer should make sure they drink all of the Chimay beers.

garbercury, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy orange with a giant white head (glad I used an oversized red wine glass). The yeast was very loose, impossible to not pour it in, unless I only wanted to drink half of the bottle. Effervescent. Gobs of lacing.

S - reminds me of summer fresh; herbal and lemony, but not in a hoppy sort of way, more of a yeasty spice. Some straw/hay as well.

T - nice touch of sweetness combines with the summer fresh tartness. I'm finding it very herbal (juniper berries and/or ginger perhaps?) with a nice blend of spice. Great aftertaste, almost like a completely different beer with a good amount of hop bitterness showing up. Very complex.

M - Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, about as "airy" as a liquid can get. Dry finish on the tongue. Carbonation is high, but does not sting like some belgians.

D - This is superb... my kind of beer.

I REALLY like tripels and some golden strongs, but this one is superb. It seems to hit that middle ground of not too sweet, and not too dry. All I can say is wow!

markaberrant, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of sterstar1
2.65/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a big fan of this one. It has many of the nose, taste and mouthfeel characteristics of a Belgian tripel but it was still a little too bitter for my taste. Not a hoppy or green bitter but just not as sweet sweet as I like in a tripel. It's certainly drinkable and I wouldn't turn my nose up at one if out and about but if given a choice between this and many of the other great tripel style beers out there, I'd probably choose something else.

sterstar1, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale yellow with a cloudy tinge. White head that dissipates leaving a bubbling top. Standard tripel appearance.
Smells of peppery and spicy aromas. Peppercorns. Pears and apples are the main fruits I detect.
Tastes a lot like it smells. Peppery and "herb-ie".
Smooth and easy on the tongue, yet still somewhat aggressive. Moderate-high carbonation but it serves itself well with the spicyness.
I probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting because it is a slightly more aggresive brew.

Hornet2003, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of brendan13
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay chalice a hazy orange with a few centimetres of white head.
S - Spicy phenols and Belgian yeast aromas dominate.
T - A good mix of spice & sweet malt flavours. Some fresh, ripe fruit notes as well.
M - Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation.
D - A tasty beer that is deceptive with it's 8% ABV. Complex enough to be interesting yet not too overpowering.

brendan13, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and cloudy apricot, full of lovely pearl necklaces of carbonation and topped by a big ol' sudsy head.

The aroma is hops, coriander, tangerine, and (!) rubbing alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth, with medium carbonation.

The taste is aspirin, bitter hops (big on this), tangy grapefruit, cookie dough, butterscotch, a smidgen of coriander, and not much sweetness at all. As it warms, it becomes more cider-like.

Pretty solid, but it likely would improve with age. I was a bit disappointed because I enjoyed Chimay Red so much, but oh well.

JustinBathurst, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/28/07 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast and spice, but overall it’s a little faint.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, and spice along with a little bit of banana and apricot. Despite having a lot of sweetness, the malt character is pretty light and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a great beer to stick with and drink for a long time and drink slowly. It’s one of the better Tripels that I’ve had.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was purchased three or four hours earlier at an LCBO and came home a bit shook up from the drive, no visible yeast in the bottom of the bottle at all. Probably a mistake to open it today but even though I've had this before, I just couldn't wait to actually review it. Used a Chimay goblet. Exp date end of 2010.

Poured a thick honey / golden / apricot hue, frothy two finger head with a dense cloud of tiny bubbles. Very active carbonation in the glass. Fragrance of hops, spice, nutmeg - is this the gewurtztraminer of beers? Full in the mouth with nice density and balance. I found the taste a bit overpowering with tart, sour dough mouthfeel and I wonder if this is still too young to be drinking ... some brash immaturity showing through? The afertaste could be smoother, the finish is a bit in your face.

My impression is that the alcohol is still front and centre in this sample and that aging might bring a smoother delivery and finish. If I cellar this for a year, or three, it might pay huge dividends .. guess I'll have to try that as this rating is probably a touch lower than it might be.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of hustlesworth
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a crowned and corked 750cl bottle with a 2002 vintage.

A- hazy orange golden honey colored brew topped by 1 1/2in active loose soapy foam that settled quickly to 1/8in ring of lace. little floaters among the rising bubbles reminds me that this ale is bottle conditioned.

S- herbal hops, buttery malt, caramel, and biscuit notes mix with alcohol and tingle my nose followed by warm white grape, white wine, toasted pine, toffee, and a very slight chocolate like roasted cocoa beans.

T- first a chocolate marshmallow sweet yeasty fruit bread transforming magically to honey, light colored fruit, and resinous herbal hops. lots of em. it really reminds me of an IPA in this aspect and others. the abbey well water comes through here along with a lil pine sap, floral hops, and fresh cut woodsy flowers. bitter dry aftertaste like fresh earthy hops.

MF- oily slick yet crisp and dry, the high amount of carbonation seems to compliment its IPA characteristics and it goes down easily despite its high alcohol content.

D- chimay are totally some of the best beers i've ever had in my life and they all earn a super duper from me.

hustlesworth, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Freshness date not noted.

Hazy golden with a large sticky white head.

Aroma is fruity and floral, with notes of grapes, raisin, honey, and a touch of citrus zest. Gets a little boozy if allowed to warm too much.

Flavor is sweet, honey, fruity, floral, bready, with a nice long dry finish to balance it out.

Al-tho the alcohol is apparent in the aroma, it is well hidden in the flavor.

Padron4KM, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Translucent golden yellow body with 1/2 finger creamy white head. Great head retention-lasted through the entire glass. Leaves plenty of lacing behind. Lots of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the top giving this tripel a very champagne-like appearance. Tiny yeast flakes can be seen suspended within the body.

S- Grapes dominate the nose. Behind the grapes is a balance of spicy yeast, floral hops, and citrus, peppery spices, and alcohol.

T- This flavor is full and complex. Sweet fruitiness of grapes and citrus is upfront-but is not dominant as the nose suggests. It is very well balanced with a background of spicy belgian yeast. Spices and the taste of floral hops present themselves for the finish but quickly dissapear. Sweet, bready yeast lingers with a very low alcohol afterburn.

M- Light carbonation and medium weight body. Smooth and creamy.

D- This was a very delicious brew but after one I was ready to move on to something else. This was excellent and my first Trappist beer. I will definately have this one again. I even bought myself a Chimay chalice to enjoy it in at home.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed (again) during a tasting of all three of the main Chimay offerings to compare/contrast.

Poured from a stubby ~12oz into a big fat goblet. No obvious birthday. Slightly cloudy with small flecks of suspended yeast. Very light gold in colour. Light white head, soft and falling.

Smells much more traditionally malty and more vegetable-like yeast. Slight booze on mineral water. Spice is citrusey - cardamom or corriander.

Taste is more bitter, less sweet, and full of malts. Touches of candi, chalky yeast. Some hints of fruit on the palate along with the booze - banana or mango.

Effervescent at first and chalky to finish.

ojiikun, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of ski271
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Zeno’s in State College, PA
A: Cloudy medium amber with a small, off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Good lacing.
S: Fruity and spicey. Belgian yeast with some biscuity malts.
T: More spicy yeast than anything else here. Huge clove, licorice, light toasted malts
M: Medium body, thinly dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D: eh... good but a bit drab (other than the spice). I guess I expected more out of this beer.

ski271, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Chimay goblet from the wine-like bottle. A darker, cloudier Tripel than I'm used to. Deep orange with some ruby notes. 2 finger head that leaves behind tons of lace.

Smell: Strong and overpowering aroma of light fruits, along with some spices and a hint of citrus. Hops and alcohol is evident as well. This is going to be a crazy beer...

Taste: ...and my nose proved to be right. This is indeed a crazy beer in many ways. The taste is rich and complex, with a very hoppy, spicy finish. Belgian yeast hits you up front, smoothing out into more mild fruit flavors and citrus. You can also feel the alcohol here. 8% is big enough as it is, but it seems even bigger. A good one for sure, but not my absolute favorite...and I had to take it slow here.

Not Chimay's best, especially when sitting next to their fantastic Blue Label... However it's a good Tripel, and packs quite a punch. This one may require some aging to smooth out the edges, but was pretty good fresh.

BucBasil, Aug 07, 2007
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,682 ratings.