Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured extremely slowly but still produced a massive ivory head on top of a deep orange body. Slightly hazy before even pouring in the yeast from the bottom, and becomes almost opaque as yeast is swirled and poured.
The smell is a mix of candy sugar, citrus zest and black pepper. Digging really deep opens up the aroma of cloves as well. As it warms, cloves become stronger, and it becomes more and more apparent that wheat is used in making this beer.
First tastes run through candy sugar, banana and sweet bread. Though each of those flavours are sweet, the overall effect is mild. The finish is fairly spicy and has a slight alcohol warmth. Throughout it feels a bit dry on the palate. Working my way through the bottle leaves a bit of an ashen flavour in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is alright, nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Body may be a little watery.
All in all, it wouldn't be my first pick for a tripel. It smells fantastic, but just doesn't live up to it in the taste department. Not bad overall but not one of the greats.
06-01-2006 03:15:01 | More by elricorico
4.08/5 rDev -1%
Sampled on-tap at Afspanning 't Waagstuk in Antwerp, Belgium.
This tripel poured a hazy, amber color with white foam that settled, clinging and leaving lace on the glass. The smell was a typical tripel aroma of Belgian malt with touch of vinousness. The taste was fruity with light Belgian maltiness and a very light sweetness. There was also some vinous malt flavors and a kiss of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry overall with only a hint of sweetness. The body was medium with good carbonation. The finish was lightly malty and slightly hoppy. This was a very nice, enjoyable tripel.
05-29-2006 19:07:58 | More by UncleJimbo
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
A - Golden/Yellowish/Brown, very unique color. Nice head and lacing. With lots of yeast sediment floating around.
S - Spicy and clean.
T - Taste starts off slightly tangy, banana, sugar, yeast, mild citrus and malt soon follow. Alcohol follows soon after, which leaves a crisp slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Crisp and just enough carbonation.
D - Pretty decent.
Overall, a decent Tripel. However, there are much better beers out there that represent the style.
05-28-2006 23:20:04 | More by HoustonTX
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Corked & caged 750 ml with 06/05 printed on the cork with plenty of yeasty sediment both stacked on the bottom of the bottle, as well as in suspension...
Appears an orange toned, clear gold with lively carbonation and a huge, fluffy white head that slowly fades. Thick, chunky lace is left around the glass.
Huge amounts of pils malt with Belgian candi sugar, light citrus, dusty cork, golden raisins, honey, apricots, peach, flowers, and spicey pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bit of bitter hops that comes across as bitter lemon rind, & orange peel with a touch of coriander...American hops in there?
Medium bodied brew with a mild dustiness touching upon sweetness, and bitterness. It's sort of like mixing some white sugar with some watered down honey and throwing in some dandelions with a shake of pepper. Now shake it all up in a dusty mug and swallow.
Not bad. Not as good as I remember this being though. Maybe age it longer? Or was it b/c I loved it on draft so much?
05-26-2006 23:46:42 | More by weeare138
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
Finally available in Alberta! Chimay Red and Blue are still some of my favourite beers, and it seems I only dreamt of getting the White cap until bang! it was on the shelves of my local beer stop before I even knew it was orderable in Alberta. What a year--first Rochefort and Achel, now the white cap to complete the Chimay lineup!
Same 330ml bottle as the blue and red. White label with "Tripel" on it. Tasted at cellar temperature in my chalice glass. Aggressive carbonation right from the cap-popping, this poured loudly into the glass forming a thick off-white head that receded fairly quickly. The beer's colour is amazing: deep nectarine-juice and light orange with the softest hue of caramel-brown. The head is consistent at a thin layer though the tightness seems a little lacking. Good sheets of bubbly lacing. Aroma of white sugar and plenty of phenols. Actually the beer smells very much like the yeast-strain of Unibroue's beers. Sourish malts, green apple, and candy sugar. Dusty malts, with lots of yeasty notes. Some woody, resinous and almost faintly smoky smells in there as well. The aroma is very sugary, but also very salty. A delightful smell, just not as complex as I imagined it would be, and it's a little too high on the sugar notes. The initial smell when the head is full is very good though: kind of like the warming, nearly alcoholic smell of fresh rising bread or even fermenting grapes. The taste is quite extraordinarily bitter from beginning to end. Seriously, the hopping is quite predominant at least in mouthfeel and it leaves a dry but sugary/salty aftertaste. One of the bitterest tripels I have had. Excellent fresh hopping. The malts are supportive, but add only little flavouring. Again, the saccharine sweetness feels just too assertive for this tripel. It becomes a little cloying, and it's all I can seem to feel in the mouth after a while. Some fruity notes come though, such as pear and green grapes. Again, this is tasty, but hardly outstanding as far as Belgian tripels go. Fairly high carbonation and a full body. Drinkable, but the sugar in this beer really does distract from its character. Thank goodness we have the blue and red. For a tripel, this was just a tad disappointing from such a great Trappist brewery, even if they are the biggest and most commercial.
05-26-2006 09:20:05 | More by Cwrw
3.4/5 rDev -17.5%
Pour is deep coppery/golden with a stunning 1.5 inch tall head. Nicely fills out my goblet and looks extremely attractive. Smell is disappointing though, mainly yeast with some malts...nothing surprising.
Taste starts out nice and bitter and then rolls into a spicy tone with strong estery shots that remind me of banana peel. A lot of yeast also present. By the late flavour the spice starts to almost overload the palatte. As the beer warms it gains a more pronounced estery aspect, and the alcohol becomes more pronounced, an almost white wine like finish creeps in...I actually liked this stuff a lot more when it was approaching room temperature than I did out of the fridge.
Mouthfeel, a lot of good things here. Nice bitters, and full on the palatte. Drinkability, just average.
The bottom line is that the this beer seems to do everything pretty decently, but I'm still not sure if it's worth the price. Once the beer has warmed I would put the flavour up to 4, but it starts out only 3, so I have to average the two scores. Solid stuff in any case.
05-25-2006 22:07:35 | More by CortexBomb
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours a cloudy gold-tinted orange. Head fills the glass then slowly forms a large rocky head and leaves a stubborn patchwork of lace. Pilsener malt and fusels in the nose, but mostly medicinal phenols and powdery yeast. The taste is sweet with pilsener malt and wheat, belgian phenols like bananas and medicine, and a yeasty background. Dry aftertaste, spicy cloves and candi sugar alcohol burn, and faint goldings hop notes. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. A smooth, dry and tart mouthfeel, and flambouyant example of the style. The high sweetness is balanced by the alcoholic bite and solid hop bitterness that presents itself in the finish to combat residual sweetness. A flambouyant example of the style, and very easy to drink!
05-23-2006 16:38:19 | More by PBRstreetgang
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
I am a big fan of Whitbeir and this is a superb example. I purchased this 750ml bottle for around $8 at a large wine and beer store. It came highly recomended from the assistant manager, and I must say that I agree in its quality. The bottle appearance is classy with its champaigne style cork closure and the Trappist seal to ensure its quality. The beer smells of cofee and muted bananas with a sweet spice similar to cloves. Phenols are evident but not overpowering. The strain of yeast isolated by "Father Theodore" is definately at the heart of this beer, and provides at taste and aroma that set the standard for this category of beer. The taste is similar to the smell with coffee, muted banana, chocolate, clove and alcohol flavors. The alcohol is muted, and only manifests itself if the brew is allowed to rest too long on the palate. Lingering bitter on the edges of the tounge. Medium to heavy mouthfeel but not syrupy. Medium heavy carbonation and lingering lacing, creamy tan durable head stays with you till the end of the glass. Not extremely drinkable, I finished the whole bottle but I won't want another one for a while. Overall, a very highly recomended beer.
05-22-2006 03:52:36 | More by wke4estguy
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap at Eli Cannon's in CT.
Cloudy dark orange...really great color....small filmy head. Looks good in a chalice.
Smells of cider, alcohol....some spices...maybe orange peel.
Taste is strong alcohol....sweet malt...cider.yeast...some background phenol and a kicking bitter that starts early and lasts. Gets bigger in every way as it warms up.
Mouthfeel is medium, slightly syrupy....low carbonation.
Having one just makes me want another...OK, yes . I did have a few. This is a great brew.
05-17-2006 23:31:39 | More by Hautacam
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours into the glass looking like cloudy apple juice. Head is thick pillowy beige foam. Lace is impressively thick and hangs in sheets.
The first scent I detected was cherries followed by tart green apple, pepper and bready yeast. Alcohol is faintly present.
Taste started somewhat sweet with a spicy peppery middle. Finish is slightly acidic and hop dry. Complex and seemingly changing flavors throughout the experience.
Medium bodied. Fairly active carbonation does not take away from this beer. Creamy mouthfeel.
Overall, a decent triple. Other than the price, I would say this is quite drinkable.
05-13-2006 12:02:57 | More by EvilKeith
3.75/5 rDev -9%
Served in a 750 mL bottle. Pours a orange/golden color with a decent head that stays around for a while. Taste is slightly bitter, slightly sweet. There is a lot of carbonation. This beer has a decent drinkability, I can drink the 750 but wouldn't drink two at a time. The alcohol says that it is 8%, but it doesn't taste like it is. Bought for $10 a bottle, I would not buy this all the time, but it definitely worth a drink once in a while
05-11-2006 07:28:15 | More by bigreduw64
3/5 rDev -27.2%
Appearance: Dark hazed orange-yellow, full creamy white head, fades slow, good lace left behind.
Smell: Yeasty banana is about all i get from this beer.
Taste: A little raw alcohol, yeast and not a whole lot else going on. Hops are light and a little metallic at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, right on for the beer.
Drinkability: Not a bad beer, a little boring and underwhelming.
05-10-2006 03:17:04 | More by TastyTaste
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
from a mix pack of the three most common Chimays. orangy and clear. big white head. malty, biscuity odor. very pungent. smooth taste that becomes harsh on the back end. malty and spicy and some alcohol up front. nothing special for the style....maybe i just like my tripels to be bigger and meaner.
05-03-2006 19:30:43 | More by aforbes10
4.28/5 rDev +3.9%
This poured a hazy golden yellow with some sediment, excellent lacing, great retenion of a large white head, a fair ammount of carbonation. Definitely some phenols to start, banana, candy sugar, yeast, mild citrus, malt, alcohol, lots more I can't wrap my finger around. This carries over to the taste, along with some mild spice. The mouthfeel was slightly acidic but blended out into a smooth and satisfying mildness. The carbonation didn't get in the way as I had remembered when I had this the first time. Overall very drinkable and a great enjoyable beer.
05-03-2006 04:19:13 | More by sinistrsam
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
33 cl. shorty bottle into my Chimay chalice.
Appearance: I wonder if the scoring really helps the carbonation or if it's just a myth. Either way, maybe I got lucky with the pour, because the head is insane and comes up just above the silver lining without spilling over. Lacing is also pretty craz as I drink, sitting in big clumps around the glass. Body is a dirty, hazy yellow and orange. Lots of bubbles floating everywhere, and there's some sediment that got in there, which I like.
Smell: Mild medicinal phenols at first, backed by subdued malt and earthy characteristics, banana, dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar. Pretty nice in itself, but it doesn't compare to some I've had. The phenols seem to be almost getting in the way of the fruity complexity.
Taste: The earthiness and phenolic characteristics are there in the forefront, and immediately after you get some yeast, banana, dark fruit, a bit of hops that work very well, and a lingering fruity dryness rounds out the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very creamy without being cloying. Also feels a bit oily but in a positive way, as in the way it coats very well.
Drinkability: Certainly a pretty good example of the style in my opinion. This is becoming a style that many folks are messing around with, but Chimay (obviously) knows what they're doing. Not my favorite example of the style, but I'd certainly go back to this.
05-01-2006 04:04:02 | More by asabreed
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
Appeared a somewhat hazy godlen color with a small white head. Retention was excellent with tiny air bubbles on the rise, overall quite nice. Smell was of light fruits such as pears, apples, figs, passionfruit, also a bit of a musty smell going on as well. Taste was fruity with hints of honey, banana and clove leading into a rather spicy peppery profile, leaving a balance of sweetness and spice. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with mild carbonation and a good dosage of hoppy goodness. This beer was very well executed, the balance was damn close to perfect, I could drink up many in one sitting. Overall this is a fantastic beer, full of complex flavors...I would let it warm a bit to let some of the fainter tastes pull through.
04-26-2006 06:07:05 | More by jamie2dope
3.03/5 rDev -26.5%
Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Comes up with a light brown fluffy head that dissipates after a minute and leaves small lacings. It's dark orange/brown and translucent cloudy w/ tiny bubbles.
Nose: Smells sweet - of oranges and mouth watering raisins.
Mouth: Not nearly as sweet as it smells with a lasting bitter taste in the back of the mouth after swallowing. The sweetness lasts well on the tongue as well, so you're left with a very balanced after taste. It's creamy and spicy upon exhaling.
04-25-2006 23:10:34 | More by clickpush
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
I know this one as "Chimay Blanche" .... it pours well with a firm foamy head ... turbid fawn color ....smell is tobacco paired with hay ... taste is predominantly sweetish corn with some light spices ... mouthfeel is foamy and creamy ...
this brew tastes a bit like an accessible, semi-sec Orval ... it's probably best paired with some stew or soft cheese ...
04-23-2006 15:32:48 | More by Daredevil
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours amber to slightlty hazy honey. 2 fingers+ white head. Good lacing and head retention
Smell: Earthy, not much else
Taste; Fruitty& then yeast, vanilla, lemon &oakiness. Alcohol, dryness & complexity (too much IMO) in the finish
MF: Effervescent & balanced for the style
Fairly enjoyable for the style, but not one of my favorite styles to be sure...
04-22-2006 04:06:43 | More by russpowell
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
04-21-2006 02:18:30 | More by RedHaze
3.7/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
04-06-2006 05:25:34 | More by Byeast
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-03-2006 13:26:15 | More by doubleipa
United Kingdom (England)
4.3/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-03-2006 02:00:08 | More by wl0307
4.22/5 rDev +2.4%
As my first experience with Chimays 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.
03-30-2006 03:14:40 | More by Gattopardo
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
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
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.
03-28-2006 23:40:25 | More by benito
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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