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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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3,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,941
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 196
Gots: 446 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden hue with medium creamy white head that lasted with excellent lacing.

Aroma was complex with malt and citrus.

Flavor was a moderate to heavy spicy sweet with the same complex finish of long duration.

Creamy full body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation.

Good brew and one of my top six rated active bottled beers for style.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served up on-tap at Helga's in Augusta, GA. Delivered in a Chimay goblet (frosted, sadly).

Bright gold in appearance, with a thick, creamy meringue that displays good retention and leaves a nice sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, either by virtue of the beer or the serving temperature (or a combination of the two), but a bit of spiciness and earthy hop aromas are apparent.

Medium-bodied, with a somewhat light mouthfeel thanks to a nice level of carbonation. Toasted bread and some herbal, earthy, bitter hop notes play with a touch of clove. No one flavor dominates, making this one well-balanced brew. Finish is lightly bitter, spicy, and dry, and calls for more.

Very drinkable, and fiendishly so, as the elevated alcohol sneaks up because of the fact. Overall rather delightful, and certainly praiseworthy, though the $12.99 price tag the pub attached was outrageous. Good thing I wasn't buying!

Photo of dukedevil0
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a Christmas gift out of the set with the Chimay glass.

A: Pours a hazy unfiltered apricot/orangy yellow with white frothy head. Reduces down some, and leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, citrus, banana, grapefruit, some wheat beer odors

T: Lots of citrus and wheat characteristics, can barely tell it's 8%

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a tripel

D: Very drinkable as it goes down easy and the alcohol is well masked

Photo of erz316
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 CL bottle, Augustijn chalice.

A - pours an amazing dark honey/amber, I don't know: it looks great. there is a nice head of a solid white.

S - a bit spicy up front as the rest is clear and clean smelling.

T - a good amount of hop bitterness and alcohol are most noticeable. fruitiness pervades after the alcohol dissipates, so primarily for the aftertaste.

MF&D - very carbonated and easy to drink, despite the pervasiveness of the alcohol.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a Chimay 3-pack recently, had the Red right beforehand. Poured into a Chimay goblet, with a cloudy golden color, nice creamy head just like the dubbel. This one is noticeably lighter in color than the dubbel. A very nice aroma of spice and a hint of fruit, and the taste was more of the same. Feels great in the mouth and very easy to drink.

All in all a very nice beer, but I'm going to have to say that I liked the dubbel (Red) better from Chimay. That's unusual for me, but they totally nailed the dubbel and it feels to me that the tripel is just a little above average for a Belgian tripel.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a hazy yellow with yeast particles floating around. The tall beige head receded slowly and left great lacing.

The nose is dominated by tart fruits--maybe apple and grapefruit. Taste goes from sweet to sour. Bitterness is present throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Despite the bitterness, drinkability is very high for this one.

The first time I tried a Belgian beer, I hated it and refused to try another. Now I realise that a lot of things can happen to a Belgian beer from the time it is brewed to the time it is drank, especially when it is sent to Mississippi. This beer has shown me that they are not all bad, but it may take some time to get used to the style.

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

A: Pours a copper-orange body and a large loose white head. The body is kind of translucent but has yeast particles floating around.
S: Like an Orval I had a couple months ago, one of the first smells that jumps out is reminiscent of tomato sauce. Also candy sugars and a small amount of raisins.
T: Caramel and raisins and finishes off with a little bit of smokiness and pepper at the end.
M: Not as lively as I was expecting but still smooth.
D: Not too intimidating; of the three Chimays, this is probably the most sessionable.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light and airy foamy head build in the glass. About a finger thick in my wide mouth wine glass. The beer is wonderful clear orange color with champagne like carbonation making it's way to the top of the bottle. Spotty sudsy lacing does cling to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is really wonderful. Lots of floral hop notes and some nice spice. Ginger, banana, which I think is coming from the yeast? Very bright and fresh. This is going to sound silly, but it really smells like beer. There is just something about it that is really appealing.

I'm so happy to finally be able to have this beer and provide a review. I was offered a taste of my buddy's at Bison County and just fell in love. You can guess what my next beer was that night. That was several months ago and it's time for me to put down my own thoughts. I just love the complexity of this beer. There is so much happening in the flavor. Initial fruitiness followed by a moment of nice malt flavors. Then the hops and spice take over. You get some ginger, white pepper an a touch of clove or all spice. The hop bitterness is spot on and provides a nice lingering effect. It does provide a bit of grapefruit, but in a different fashion than the big American hop beers. This is almost more of the peel..

Mouth feel is a touch dry and just shy of chalky. The carbonation dances on your tongue and seems to accentuate the hop effect.

Amazingly drinkable. A classic and one to have again and again. There are many Belgian Tripels to explore, but you can always come home to this one.

Photo of bbeerman
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A..Poured into a Chimay goblet. Dark amber/gold color with a wonderful head, though it died too quickly for my tastes.

S..Lots of yeast scents, which is to be expected from Chimay -- their beers never have a bad scent.

T..Some hops are there, you can tell. It is much dryer than Chimay's other offerings (i.e. Blue and Red). An above average example of a tripel.

M..Medium bodied. My least favorite of the Chimay beers.

D..A good tripel. A couple during a session would certainly invoke a warm glow.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold with ample head; a little yeast cloudyness due to my pour (aint skeert). Head eventually dies down to a fluffy half inch

S: Yeasty. Fruity esters apparent in the blue and red not so apparent here. Some phenols

T: Dry and crisp, and then faintly fruity / yeasty in the finish. A nice complement to the darker offerings. Hops are very subtle in the aftertaste.

MF: Mouthfeel is a little heavier than others -- not bad. Yeast is very lively

D: Much better than I expected, not being a big trippel fan. Very crisp and dry which adds to drinkability.

Photo of Tolann
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy amber/orange-ish. White head. Some sediment and some bubbles can be seen.

S - fruity sweet, and malty bready like wet dough. Something sweet and tart. And sour grapes. maybe green apple.

T - Sweet then kind of sour. kinda mild. Not really big. same fruity like in the nose.

M - Dry at first. Kinda sparkling feel.

D - really drinkable, but not so exciting. I was kinda expecting more.

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

pours a cloudy amber with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell of fruit, bread dough, sweet, and a hint of citrus and spice.

taste is sweet, almost a pink grapefruit, yeast, spice, white pepper, and light malt.

overall a tad on the sweet side, but a good tripel.

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

Another nice brew from Chimay. I just can't get the massive pour I am looking for, but this has a nice one finger foam which stays the entire beer. Cloudy pour reminds me of a Hefeweizen but much better! Awesome aroma with a raisiny, fruity, yeasty combo. A little bit more bitterness throughout and a dry finish in the end.

Definitely worthy of another buy!

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head. Smells of a touch of fruits and spice. It tastes very tart and bitter with just a touch of spice. It has a nice lacing. This is pretty easy to drink, but I believe there are better triples out there. Being a Chimay I believe that everyone should try it atleast once.

Photo of dolemite77
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think I'm a Tripel fan... this one pours a nice pale orange, with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly in my Chimay glass. Aroma is fruity, with some hops... mostly apple aroma to me. Flavor is very dry, with some hop bitterness at the end. The finish is just a little rough for me... the mouthfeel is very carbonated, and it's hard to tell what is fizz and what is beer. Almost feels like drinking carbonated water... I would like to have had more up front flavor on this one, and it could have benefited from being a touch sweeter... and that is the only time I've ever asked for that in a beer.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from 11.20 fl oz bottle into my Chimay Chalice

Pours a really light brown color with a three inch white head that leaves very little lacing on the sides.

Very tripel like smell to it. Dried Fruits, spices, citrusy

Dark candy like sugar taste, definately spicy-peppery, cloves, with a slight bitter hopness in the end

Semi Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied taste

Wouldn't have more then one of these

Photo of Mcculler
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a one a day flight from red, to white, to blue and where the red was a little disappointing (too much carbonation, mundane taste), this was a very solid, well integrated example of the style.

Very pretty orange, slightly cloudy but vibrant. Nice head -- not too daunting, though -- with nice tight, foamy bubbles. Toward the second half of the glass something that resembles an eye appears in the middle and I feel like I'm suddenly in the lord of the rings.

Nose is good, not intense, though it might have been my nose having an off day or the glass itself, a Chimay glass from my buddy, that seems a little too open for good sniffing.

But a very nice taste -- sugar candy, occasionally butterscotch, or burnt sugar, candied orange and grapefruit, maybe a little nuttiness there. Strong hops for a belgian -- not real funky, but the grapefruit, pine and cloves packs a punch that somehow works with the malt. This is not restrained, elegant, or sublime -- it's solid balance that is achieved not by conservatism but by knowledgeable liberality.

Real creamy on the mouth -- I notice the carbonation hovers in the glass like some UFO technology based government experiment (why I pay my taxes).

Good drinkability for a relatively big beer.

Definitely enjoyed this one.

Photo of brewbucker
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium hazy golden with a fairly large sized white frothy head. Nice lacing with good retention. When I first poured it I noticed the ever so slight hint of skunk in the aroma but it went away quickly. After that there was a nice spicy banana and malt aroma. The flavor is very nice and has a noticeable peppery taste (which is a good thing). Also fermented fruits and malts. As with most Belgian beers it is a very elegant beer when poured in the matching glassware.

Photo of hoplover82
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a off white particle filled head. Particles flowting around everywhere. Just flowting.

Very different in the aroma. Fruity and a little soft aroma of hops.

Flavor is the same. A little bitterness which is nice. Not boozy at all. Fruity.

Pretty smooth on the palate. Feels medium bodied.

Too different for me to want to get it again.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado, poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Cloudy orange with yellow tint. Poured with little head, leaving only a thin film along the top that remained throughout the drink and left light lacing.

S: Bananas, citrus, malt, spices.

T: A muted sweetness blending banana and lemon and citrus. Bready malt with a hint of spiciness. Alcohol warmth comes through at the end and feels somewhat imbalanced.

M: A chewy, full-bodied ale. Remarkably sticky. Great carbonation.

D: Very high. I would (and hope to) have this again.

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

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thick white head

Aroma: Sweetish, some spices, and some orange peel or citrus kick going on for it as well. Not overpowering

Taste: Sweet at first, then some spice notes and a bitter finish. Each flavor follows the next well

Mouthfeel: Light..somewhat carbonated, goes down well enough.

Drinkability: Tastes good and has a decent mouthfeel...relatively high ABV though. Not a drinking beer...I usually drink Chimay after dinner, and only one.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer, I slightly plain in appearance. Taste is a high point, I only slightly prefer the grand reserve. Drinkability is deceptively high for the alcohol content. Chimay is really one of
The few brews that you can never go wrong with. Would order again.

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

Cloudy and glowing orange peel and banana yellow mixed together. Head is thick and creamy white, looks like a down comforter resting on the top of my beer.

Sweet graininess, estery yeast, drop of honey, white grape skin and pepper.

Yum, bright bubbling graininess grabs hold of the tongue wraps around and does not let go. There is a dollop of honey a pretty decent amount of fruity and floral hoppiness. I mean this thing seems almost borderline for a Belgian IPA. I mean it's not really over the top hoppy but they are noticeable and they are appreciated by this beer drinking. This is a beer that is far, far, far more fun to drink than write about. It has a little bit of everything: sweet, peppery, flowery, grainy, bitter, dusty. You could describe the taste of this beer about as well as you could describe the feel. Never overstated, always in perfect balance, an achievement in the field of beer making.

I was a bit apprehensive after being let down by the Chimay Blue but this beer has reaffirmed my faith in this brewery and will have to give the Blue a second shot. Love tripels and love this beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and orange brown with a fluffy head that doesn't retain that well.

Smells sweet, fruity, and a little floral.

Taste starts out sweet and fruity, but then turns to a spicy/bitter flavor. Also leaves an alcohol taste that kind of blends in with everything well.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and really carbonated.

This is really drinkable as it has no offensive tastes, and doesn't feel particularly heavy in the stomach.

Photo of krunchie
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet at 57.5°F (best serving temp for a trappist according to me)

A: Murky light brown/orange liquid. Slightly orangey head, very nice and fluffy!

S: Hard to describe, but nice. Reminds me of Orval, but sweeter (and better). Orange peel and yeast, perhaps even white chocolate

T: Spicy and some bitterness. Almost like a pale ale, but WAY bubblier.

M: Nice carbonation (many many fine bubbles in there) and great thickness.

D: Very easily drinkable compared to its trappist brothers. The bitterness gets weaker for every sip.

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