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

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Ratings: 3,825
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 350 | FT: 2
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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 nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light cloudy orange color with froathy bubbly head. Decent amount of lacing with a good retention.

S- Very nice aroma to this brew. Tons of yeast, fruits (apples and pears), spice and malt.

T- Wonderful taste. Yeasty, spices (think it might be some sort of clove) and the fruit was there but lighter than I thought from the smell. Very nice and exactly what I expected.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very well balanced.

Photo of dhd1491
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better than the Red, but not as good as the Blue.

Pale hazy yellow gold pour with ample frothy white suds. High carbonation. Honey, allspice and cloves jump out. Sweet and refreshing. Not as much of the sharp flinty aftertaste as the last light Belgian I had, which was a Duvel. Some soft buttery mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable brew that I would love to have on hand all the time along with their absolutely killer Blue Grande Reserve.

Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a cloudy apricot orange color with a single finger of creamy off white head. moderate lacings with good retension (four minutes).

aroma is sweet and fruity, with a tart character and fruit notes of apple and grape, along with some raisen and a bit of caramel. nicely balanced with good concentration.

taste is more of the same, somewhat mellow on the palate, with fruit notes of the same apple and grape, with a bit of mixed in. the malts are not strong, but do impart a nice nutty character to the background, subtle in weight. a bit of caramel shows up after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a mild bite from CO2 and alcohol. finishes smooth with soft CO2 and a warming alcoholic note after the brew warms a bit.

drinkability is good. this is a very pleasant tripel, with a notable malt profile, not too common for the style. cheers!

Photo of Quej
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange colour with a nice finger of foamy head. There is some nice carbonation from the etched glassware.
S - Smells nice and malty, but a bit boozy and quite citrusy, almost sour scents of the yeasts.
T - Tastes less alcoholic and sour than the smell suggests, but has the same maltiness and substantial yeast flavours. Quite a nice tasting beer, just about a perfect triple. Lingers a long drying aftertaste of citrus.
M - Quite nice and effervescent, very light bodied.
D - I would be hard pressed to finish more than one, this is a sipping beer, but definitely lives up to the Chimay name.

Photo of ledemie
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden-honey amber and forms a nice 2-finger head with decent retention, and leaving mild lacing. Some sediment is visible in suspension.

S-Malt,and mild raisin, a little plum, pear. Sweet and creamy.

T-Nice malt, spice. Attack is sweet and w/spicy yeast, palate is rife w/fruit-same as aromas in the nose, finish is slightly bitter hops w/spice aftertaste, very faint tart citrus, and biscuits

M-great well rounded malt, biscuit background.

D-this is a great beer, well rounded all together... really nice.

Photo of jayrod20
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy, golden amber with an really large foamy head. Nice lacing on the glass. Good carbonation. Smells of yeast, fruit, and a little alcohol. Taste is also yeasty with fruit and spice, peppery. Mouthfeel is medium/ full with a high degree of drinkability.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Goblett from Skibbo's in the Bronx, NY.

A: Golden yellow with a hint of orange, head was gargantuan 3 fingers that continued to grow quite some time, massive lacing which was suprising for a beer of this style

S: Bountiful sugar and fruits, with cleary yeast armosa pervading quickly and remaining.

T: Subdued with light malty feel, burned sugar, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, raisins, and cherries, and quite hoppy! with dry finish.

M: Carbonation dominates and thick silky tough and noticeable high ABV.

D: Another great Chimay batch and rounded off the trio for my happy mouth.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into a snifter, it was dark gold/light amber color semi-hazy with lots of carbonation. It had a nice thick fluffy head, about two fingers thick with some mild lacing, but it does thinn out fairly quickly. It has a sweet and spicy aroma mixed in with some malt. It has a clean crisp feel with a medium body. It has a really spicy flavor to it with a slight bitter taste as it reaches the back of your mouth and there are some sweet undertones throughout and finishes with a semi dry aftertaste. It really warms up your mouth; this is a great beer...

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

Cloudy, orange-brown body with thick whipped cream head. A vision in a Chimay chalice.

Nose is spicy and sweet.

More flavor than I recall from previous samplings. Spice and intense complexity on the first sip, a sweet finish with more spice along for the ride.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Plenty of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is very fine! A constant sipper that goes down very nicely. Each sip seems to promise, then deliver, additional complexity.

A modern classic, along with the rest of the line. I particularly love it when I find this on draft!

Photo of santa109
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared and served at 55 degrees. Best before 2010 on bottle.

A: Poured a light amber with a massive foamy white head into a Duvel tulip. Maybe because of the glass, the head produced a Duvel type head, with clumps and all. This is the first time that I see this from a Chimay white.

S: Apple, peach, very fruity. A bit of phenols / medicinal too.

T: Hard to define, there's many things going on here. A bit of fruit, some spice, slightly floral. Many things are going on but nothing seems to stand out over the others. Very nice balance between malt and hops. A little hop bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy, yet sharp and crisp. Not too carbonated.

D: Alcohol does not poke through much, you kinda know it's there and it's works as a warning not to abuse it. I could definately have another.

Overall, enjoyable tripel, although I think the Westmalle has a bit of a better mouthfeel and taste.

Photo of soupyman10
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a finger of white head that dissolves fast to nothing. Looks okay, but the weak head is nothing special. Nose is lots of spiciness and kind of a rough malt character. Taste is similar, although that rough maltiness comes to dominate and overwhelm the more interesting citrus and spices. Kind of rolls into a too-strong hoppiness as well. Body is solid with good carbonation. This one was far superior out of the bottle. Definitely a disappointment.

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

This is actually my favorite of the Chimay line up. I enjoyed this chilled in my new Chimay goblet. Poured a murky medium brown color. Smelled mildy fruity with a yeasty essence (I didn't pour the sediment from the bottom of the bottle into the glass though). The taste was crisp and well balanced with an astringent feel on the way down. Cheers!

Photo of kurtissellen
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a massive three fingers worth of white head. Had a cloudy dirty brown color that's not to appealing with fine sediment in bottom of glass. Scents of candied cherries, raspberry and rum, very nice. Tastes similar to the smell with cherries being most noticeable and maybe some cloves as well. Smooth texture with little carbonation. I'm pretty impressed with this one, I'd surely pick up another.

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

Bottle conditioned and courtesy of the LCBO. Drank before after the Chimay Rouge so I could compare these two styles from the monastery.

Pours a burnished gold with an effervescent white head, which diminishes to leave moderate lacing. Smells of fruit and spice, but lighter than the rouge. Initial mouthfeel is very pleasant and reminded me of raisins and grapefruit. Bitterness kicks in as the liquid hits the back of the mouth, and I imagine this would be a good accompaniment to rich foods, as it would clean the palate of any fats. Its tough to pick between the white and the red, as they are both well-made and complex beers, but my personal preference leans towards the spicier taste of the red. Now to find a Chimay Blue...

I tried this again in a comparison of three tripels: chimay, westmalle and fin du monde. It seemed to have far more in common with the westmalle than the fin du monde, which is far fruitier and spicier. However, it seemed to be drier than the westmalle, and had less of a grainy aspect.

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

Poured a cloudy golden color with nice white head that lasted a while. Aroma is yeasty and is also fruity. Flavor is crisp, clean and fruity with a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very nice and this beer disguises the 8% alcohol very well. Nice beer to sip and savor.

Photo of hyland24
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a Chimay sampler into a Chimay goblet.

A- Poured a cloudy golden brown with a one and a half inch creamy white foam head with thick sticky lacing covering the sides of the glass in white sheets.

S- The smell was fruity, malty, and sweet with hints of raisin, apple and slight banana. Definite hop presence.

T- Delicious. Malty and sweet with a good alcohol presence though not overpowering.

MF&D- This beer is medium bodied and creamy. Chewy feel that coated the mouth well. Dry finish leaving behind a slight alcohol warmth. Great beer. Definitely not a pounding beer. Its too good to drink fast. Sip and enjoy.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a sampler pack.
This is my favorite Chimay.
Poured a clear straw color with some sediment.
One finger of Head.
Spicy aroma, very clean.
Taste is spicy, dried fruit. Finish was very dry, sort of like grapefruit rind.
Mothfeel was like velvet.

This almost could be a session beer -- it is very easy drinking.

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

I am in love with this beer.
I love Tripel. And La Blanche is a Tripel among Tripels, for sure.
Try as I might, I could find no fault with this brew -- much like Mary Poppins, it is Practically Perfect in Every Way. My current favorite aspect is the nose/aroma -- I would be content to sit and smell the glass for an afternoon. It's that hint of springtime rhododendron/azalea blooms that sends me over the edge.
And the palate/mouthfeel -- c'est orgasmique.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very thick head about 2.5 inches thick that went down leaving great lacing on the glass. Unfiltered golden color.

S: Raisin, nutmeg, wheat oats with spicy hops blend together and makes the mouth fill up with saliva.

T: Definitely has a strong raisin taste with floral and citrus hops that gives it a spicy orange aftertaste that quickly mellows out into a blend of apple and pear flavors.

M/D: Extremely drinkable, wasn't quite sure what happened to my bottle once I poured my last drop. The mouthfeel was very good was a wee bit grainy but still did not perturb me to drink this bad boy down. I can't wait to have more of this tripel in my stock.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange color with very strong three-four finger head. Excellent lacing throughout the drink.

S - Sweet aroma with a hint of spice.

T - Very sweet with hints of a fruit bitterness.

M/D - Very smooth and creamy brew. Still prefer the Premier from these guys, but this is a very strong brew.

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

Welcome back to the Chimay Invitational, where all three Chimay beer fight each other for who gets the top prize of that prestigious brewery. The tripel (white label is second in line here, with the Grand Réserve being held later tonight. Let's start this second installment:

Vigorous carbonation bubbles jump to the top of the body, which resembles sunset gold, and on top is a fluffy head. Eye-catching indeed. Lighter fruits like pear and peach rise from the beer in form of aroma. Now I'll taste this beauty...right on targer for a tripel. It's no Westmalle, but that shouldn't be the standard. Lighter tasting for the style. The balance is striked between pear and other fruit juicers to its bitter counterpart of a dash of pepper and carbonation. Good all-around.

The Tripel does well here, but will it be enough? Grand Réserve will close out the Chimay Invitational later tonight.

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

11.2 oz brown bottle served in a Chimay Chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy gold with a big white head. Lots of carbonation. Sweet carmalized sugar aroma and a little spice. Medium bodied lots of sweetness. Light clove flavor. Spicy, slightly funky finish. A little earthy. Alcohol isn't evident. Solid beer.

Photo of ROMER79
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a cloudy gold with a nice thick two finger head right off the tap. The smell was malt dominated, but I caught some citrus and spices. It tasted great. A well balance between all three. It is definitely citrus and spice driven. It is a very refreshing beer, but a sipping beer. You don't want to mess with this beer at 8%.

Photo of Moxley
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting beer. Served in a Chimay chalice poured from a 12oz bottle.

Oddly this beer had a very strong woodsy, swampy like smell that somewhat distracted from the tasting initially.

Once I got past the unpleasant aroma, I actually really liked this beer. It poured a cloudy golden amber color and looked like hot liquid butterscotch sauce with a short off white head that settled quickly.

It was sweet and creamy with faint lacing leaving your mouth with a sticky sweet coating.

Good carbonation and balance of hops and malty sweetness. This is an excellent sipping beer that could be enjoyed in place of a red wine or an after-dinner drink.

Due to the 8.0% abv. I wouldn't say this is a great session beer, but definitely good for a couple.

Photo of jaz58
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting brew. When poured a white creamy head was created which dissipated slowly. A orange cloudy appearance in the glass. The nose was of yeast and lavender. Mouthfeel was well rounded. A distinct taste with hints of lemon and lavender definitely from the wheat. A medium bitter flavour which closed with a sour finish.

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