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

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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3,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,606
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 IdentityAles
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

2005 33cl bottle. Excellent tripel. Aroma of pepper, tabacco, phenol, clove and orange. The aroma draws almost directly into the flavor with more prenouced phenol, clove and pepper, with just a hint of orange and tobacco followed by a mellow bitterness. The sprite carbonation plays great with the aroma, flavor and dryness of the beer. An well crafted beer!

IdentityAles, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of veech
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

I don't have a lot of experience with Belgian styles, but if this is an indicator of things to come, Vive la Belgium!
This was an 11.2 oz bottle sampled in a Kappitel goblet. This was a supremely smooth, flavorful, and drinkable beer. The head retention was outstanding and the color and nose were both medium bodied and very pleasing. The taste was a mildly yeasty very malted graininess with a slight alcohol finish that was transitioned into seamlessly. Overall this was a tremendous beer that I will definitely explore again and again. I will next sample and review the Red & Blue, and even though the styles are different I'm looking forward to both. Recommended Very Highly.

veech, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of boblog
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Apperance: Hazy golden color. Nice white head which leaves a nice amount of lacing. This beer almost bubbles as much as champagne.

Smell: The scent is complex it has hints of hops, malt, yest and fruit.

Taste: Crisp hop bitterness followed by a soft yest taste. Hints of fruit, honey and a nice subtle warm alcohol twang.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall a good beer, but the ten bucks for a large bottle makes it a rare purchase for me. However I would say its required drinking for any beer lover.

boblog, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Small bottle (which I tend to have more luck with) pours a slightly hazy 24 karat gold color, with a 4 finger head. Decent retention gives way to a thin blanket of foam, and abundant delicate lacing.

Aroma is spicy and slightly alcoholic. Big yeast aromas, backed by bread and biscuit aromas.

Flavor is great. Slightly malty and sweet up front, changing into massive yeast phenolics, lots of spice, and finishing quite hoppy. Perhaps one of the more hoppy triples that I've ever had, aside from a few select others. Very dry finish that lingers and begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is light due to the heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.

This is one fantastic beer, but unfortunately one that I over look often. The Brother at Scourmont do a fantastic job at making beer (or at least the people in the other brewery that isn't in the walls....). Very enjoyable, and a great beer overall. I'm glad I got the chance to finally review this one. But if you buy this... do yourself a favor and pick up a small bottle. I have had terrible luck with the larger 750 mL's that are corked and caged. It seems like almost half of them have cork taint. This small bottle is one of the best of the Chimay white I've ever had. Normally I love the large bottles for other beers, but the chimay beers seem to have cork issues... at least in my area.

phisig137, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

Served in a Chimay glass, this beer pours a murky orange-brown color, with a big frothy white head. Nose is average for the style. The flavor was good, but not over whelmingly impressive. A little spicy, not as sweet as some other tripels I enjoy. Perhaps even a hint of hoppy bitterness? Certainly not what I was expecting to taste. Still, this is a respectable tripel, if not the best in class.

medic25, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

This beer looked perfectly at home in my Chimay goblet, with a towering head mushrooming over the rim of the glass. The head sat atop a dark gold body with a shade of apricot.

There was a whiff of cloves and banana amid the sweet malty aroma. There were also earthy hops — and overall more hoppiness than I've perceived in other top-notch tripels like St. Bernardus or Westmaille.

The taste started sharply alcoholic, but quickly broadened into a smooth malty flavour — muted, though, and nondescript. The alcohol provided a nice warmth as it went down. Lively carbonation and medium body round out this competent tripel. It's good, but there are better tripels and Chimay's other styles are better.

vanrassel, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of pootz
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Corked bottle dated 2004 May:

Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence.

Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy.

The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character.

Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.

pootz, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a hazy deep amber with a decent head that dwindles and leaves a coat of foam. Hops are noted, moreso than with other tripels I've tried. The alcohol shows through as well. Nice carbonation and a surprise, but I much prefer the Grande Reserve (Blue).

techdiver, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Cloudy apricot colour, it pours a big head with big bubbles that lingers for a while. Complex arome of spices (coriander, clove, pepper) and fruits, with some hint of banana. Mouth feel is very nice, spicy, fruity (oranges, a hint of figs), some honey, flowery. Dry and bitter finish.

janubio, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours with a huge creamy head into my goblet. It required several pours and lots of patience at the retention is nearly endless. What a beauty. It noble two toned body ( light peach and dark gold) majestically wearing it's creamy white crown this should be a picture.

Smell: I love that simple yeasty aroma. it is the archetypical triple aroma. Yeast and malt, lemon and bread and a handful of spices leave a good impression on the nose.

Taste: Simply put, this maybe the largest selling imported Tripel in the American marketplace and there is a good reason why. It is approachable easy and yet full of flavor. This beer can be a gateway the land of milk and honey, I mean Belgian beer =)
It starts smooth and malty with a very recognizable yeast flavor and then the vanilla and sugar hit the taste buds along with a growing citrus and spice attribute that is tasty and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth and creamy; a bit pillowy through the mouth.

Drinkability: This beer lacks the intense pizzazz of some other Belgian beers I have had but it is pleasant and easy. I never even noticed the alcohol. In a triple it often shows more than this one. Nice, but not my first choice of the Chimay's.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Jermbrew
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

25 Oz. Corked Bottle

Honey Color witha great frothy head.

Plenty of Banana and fruit aroma which becomes more evident as the ale warms. Faint banana and apricot lingers mid tongue when tasting.Bitterness also lingers on the back and sides of tongue after an initial sweetness.

Creaminess combined with spicy carbonation makes for a unique drinking experience.

Drinkable for a strong beer, but one is better off savoring this over an extended period.

Jermbrew, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

A hazy honey color, topped with a frothy white head. It sure looks like a Belgian.
The smell is sweet, fruity, and with a slight hint of alcohol. A really nice smell. I can't imagine anyone not liking the smell of this brew.
The taste -- sweet at the front of the tongue, then fruity, then a bit of the back-of-the-mouth acidity or medicinal taste that is sometimes found in such beers. I'm not a huge fan of that type of character, but this beer has so much in the taste that I love, that I'll let it slide.
The mouthfeel is full of tiny, creamy bubbles, and the drinkability is really nice.

DaveFL1976, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of jdoherty
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Found in a small fat bottle at a bodega. What a great find.

A: A hazy golden hue with a champagne bubble head that goes up about one finger and fades quickly.

S: Wheat notes mixed with extremely strong caramel notes. It really smells a lot like pinot grigio wine when all the flavors are brought together.

T: Very strong carbonation bubbles with strong taste of caramel. A taste that once again is more similar to white wine than beer.

M: Carbon bubbles remain on your tongue long after the taste. Extremely light bodied beer, but still keeps a certain thickness in your mouth

D: To be sipped on and enjoyed at a very slow pace, sit and enjoy every drop

jdoherty, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Dennycurr
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Out of a corked bottle the head and taste are fantastic.
I like drinking this beer more in the summer than the other 2 darker Chimays---tho---I still dabble in the winter---lol.
White beer--more for summer drinking.

The alcohol content is evident after a 25 oz bottle. It is light enoughgoing down to have you go "Wow", after you're done.
Is the only Chimay I've had on tap...and it is more lively than it's bottled kin.
Have had on tap in both---Ludwigs Garten in downtown Philly and Monks--also down there.

Good-Good, beer!


Dennycurr, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of SudNut
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours to a light golden murky amber with a two finger head, looks good.

The smell reminds me of a hefe on steroids, bready hops with a whiff of fruit and more alcohol smell that most hefes.

Taste was sweet at first with the bread and fruit and cut to a hoppy bite to balance it out.

The mouthfeel was light almost creamy the alcohol comes out to say hello here.

Drinkability was good I gave it a lower mark due to the alcohol content.

Overall a sound choice I definitely prefer this one over the red label. I am saving the grand reserve for tomorrow.


SudNut, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Umbra
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured a slighly overcooked pizza top hazy gold. Procured a big, white foamy head with great retention and lacing. A very full nosed beer, with fruit and spicy yeast tones coming through.
Each and every sip was a bit different. Sometimes, you'd get a good batch of candy sugar and ripe fruits. Others would be spicy. All were finished very boozy. Came off more sweet then I remembered the other variations being. Regardless, the carbonation kept it from becoming either syrupy or overly chewy. Besides how one might get distracted from the mouthfeel with the ETOH burn, the big bottle just sort of disappeared somehow...

Umbra, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

The cork exploded from the bottle and the beer poured into the chalice a clear pale golden with quite a bit of particulates. The head was white, frothy and tall and lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a lightly earthy spice presence. Some pepper was notable as was a bit of light candy or very light caramel amongst a lightly fruity and estery aspect.

The flavor was crisp with an earthy and peppery spice bite when first contacting the palate and then more lasting earthy presence and a bit of grassy character later. The impression of light candy was notable, but only between the peppery, earthy and grassy components.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of peppery spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level, but a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Some warming after consumption was notable. A nice tripel, more peppery than I remembered and nicely so.

750 ml corked and boailed bottle. The cork had a date of 04/05 on it. Dunno why I had never reviewed this before.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%

33 cl bottle; reads LAO-023. Glorious looking beer, with a tower of white foam, golden hazyness, and lively carbonation. A hoppy bite to it, quite enjoyable with the spicy bubbles. Bready body like a fresh baked french baquette. Belgian yeast profile, no mistake about it. Just the slightest amount of sweetness. Bitter and peppery, very similar to Duval, but with a much rounder malt flavor. More and more accessible these days, so a great choice at the store or the bar. By far my favorite Chimay variety, but I'll have to pay the red and blue labels another visit soon. Cheers!

rayjay, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a 25 oz corked bottle. Pours a brownish-orange color that is cloudy. The glass turns out to be 1/2 head/1/2 not head. The head is a very frothy, white color about two fingers or more high.

The aroma is pretty pungeant. I detect some grassiness and earthiness. There is some fruitiness thrown in too; from bananas and apricots. The taste is definitely unique with some light alcohol and lite hoppiness. The mouthfeel is tangy and full bodied.

abcsofbeer, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Terp96
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

This is a wonderful beer. The pour is a deep honey color with a slight haze. Wonderfully thick head looks great in my Duval tulip glass.

Smell is equally good. A great bouquet of citrus, pine, clove and other spices with a hint of banana. Very inviting.

Taste is phenomenal. Sweet and spicy. Nice yeasty malt flavor up front with a great, spicey hop balance on the back end. It gets even better as you go through the bottle.

Mouthfeel is good. Prickly from the carbonation. This beer smooths out nicely as you progress. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability is dangerously good. You would never know this one packs 8%. The taste lingers and gets better throughout the beer leaving you wanting more. This beer doesn't top Westmalle for me but it comes close.

Terp96, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

When I say that I poured it into a Chimay goblet, I'm not meaning to sound snobbish. I just happen to own two Chimay goblets (my only goblets) and whenever I drink Chimay it happens to be a perfect match. I drink Orval and St. Bernardus out of the Chimay goblet, too, so I'm not aggressive about it.

Anyway, the beer.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I love this beer for a few reasons, but chief among them is the fact that this is really two different beers (when you drink it by yourself out of a bomber). The first pour doesn't have much yeast, while the second one has a good deal of it. I love that about this beer, as the characteristics really change if you add the yeast into the equation.

A: The first pour is a clear golden color with fluffy head and great retention. Loads of tiny bubbles that remain as a thick blanket on top of the beer. The second pour is cloudier and opaque. More sticky trails with the second pour.

S: A bit of grain, a hint of pepper, a bit of dry, crisp apple. Yeasty, grainy, and with a hop presence. Multiply all of this in the second pour.

T/M: Bit of a dry apple flavor at first, with some dry grain. Slight herbal presence, which doesn't quite come across as the classic farmhouse flavor, but is still a bit rustic. There's a great black pepper presence in the finish, and the second pour with the yeast dregs is even pepperier. Finish is nicely bitter and clean. The second glass is even more bitter, but not unbearably so, and adds a hint of peach. Both glasses are dry and crisp.

D: It's a mischievous tripel. It doesn't drink as an 8% abv beer, but you'll notice it for sure if you don't pace yourself.

Now for the unashamedly subjective part: I'm in love with this beer. It was my first real Belgian way back when, and I continue to drink it whenever I can. It and Westmalle are my preferred tripels.

I'm not sure which I prefer: the first, milder, cleaner glass, or the second, yeasty, peppery and bitter glass. Both are great. And I hope to God that this review makes sense. I enjoy it on-tap, too, but the bomber is the gift that keeps on giving.

rarevos, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of atigerlife
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

I've had this quite a few times, but it had been a couple of years. Formerly, I was not that impressed. Wanted to see if it, or me, had changed...

Poured a golden/orange color. Opaque. Amazing thick, fluffy white head [marshallow] which lasted very long. Nice lacing. Poured perfectly into my Chimay goblet. Looks amazing.

Aroma of fermented fruits, citrus, alcohol and some spicy notes.

Taste has alcohol, yeast and a bitter/sour ending. Malts with an apricot flavor throughout. Mild and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is lively, cleansing, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Much better than I remember. Not a typical tripel, but very nice. Looking forward to having this again.

atigerlife, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

A- Cloudy light amber color. Roaring tiny bubbles of carbonation forming a very active foamy head that settled into a dishwater look that stuck on the sides leaving lacing.

S- Very light, citrus, yeast, sweet, pepper.

T- Faint caramel, a little bitter towards the end, a strange quick burst of grassy green taste right at the end that disappears in an instant.

M- Smooth and light with peppery notes as you swallow that hang around on your tongue and tingle for a bit. Aftertaste is bittersweet with hints of wheat.

D- This was very drinkable but I'm sure it would taste better if it had some time to age. I'll have to try it as soon as I establish a place to age.

Rudgers73, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +8%

This is a review of the small 33cl bottle.

Pours deep orange, apricot, and cloudy, with a full frothy off-white head. Much lace, mucho long-lasting, superfine carbonation. The nose has bright tangy fruit up front, tangerines and green apples. Spicy, peppery elements as well, identical to the larger bottle.
The taste starts with big citric wash of fruit and candy, mixed with an herbal bitterness and nice round malt. It turns dry and finishes long. Mouthfeel is creamy, active and smooth. Delicious, and slightly different than the larger bottle. The dryness doesn't clamp down on the sweet fruit as quickly, and the finish is not as dusty. Whether this is due to the characteristics of fermenting in different size bottles, or if it's because of slight variations in the brewing of the batches, who knows. Maybe I'm hallucinating. Anyway, I like em both.

horndecker, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Apperance: great retention and head.

Smell: Malts really come through. Somewhat spicy

Taste: a little dry, but smooth and with a bite, but VERY balanced with a good bitterness to go along with the strong malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp. Clings to the mouth very well.

Drinkability: A session beer. Easy to drink. A real treat. Wish I was rich so that I could drink this more often.

jasonjlewis, Sep 26, 2006
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.