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

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3,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,873
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 184
Gots: 394 | FT: 2
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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 scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, not really my cup
Pours a hazy orange/gold color that leaves a little sediment in the glass. The head is unavoidably massive. The nose is spicy, yeasty, earthy, and you can detect that some tartness will be present. The flavor is mainly spicy, and yeasty. Tangy, fruity, and earthy notes are present too, along with some alcohol.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden orange with a modest but rocky white cap and yeast floaties. Has some modest carbonation streaming upward.

S - Citrus, coriander, some floral hops

T/M - Very nice. Has a nice, complex citrus thing going on along with some spice and a touch of hops. The balanced carbonation and creaminess is what pulls this delicious ale together.

D - Very drinkable in all weather and certainly food friendly.

Photo of changeup45
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange color, slightly hazy, topped with a thick off-white foamy head. Slightly creamy head. Aroma is fruity banana with some yeast and vanilla. The flavor is citrusy with a mix of fruits, banana, grapefruit, and orange. Somewhat of a tart, winey, sour presence. Overall this is excellent with a complex mix of flavors while being even quite refreshing.

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

This is the second of the Chimay 3-pack that I tried.

Pours similar to the Chimay Red, except the color is much lighter. The color is a deep golden orange. The head is also huge. All of the Chimays looks so good in the glass that was included with them. The smell a stronger odor than the Red. The flavor is very dry with hints of grapes. The bubbles from the head heavily cover the glass. This was a very tastey ale, but it is my least favorite of the Chimays.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a Chimay goblet.

A: pours hazy, pale straw color with slight orange tinge. Creamy head with small bubbles, very good lacing.

S: Spicy yeast with a bit of grain, some noble spicy hop aroma.

T: Starts with the clovy, coriander spice flavor that dominates up front with a slight amount of grape and plum-like fruit flavors; finishes dry with an herbal bitterness that is not overpowering but is a nice contrast to the up front. Not quite as much hop presence as other tripels but still very good.

M: light-bodied for high gravity, with a good bit of effervescence and carbonation, not a sticky beer, makes it a very smooth drinker.

D: A very easy drinker although as is typical with the Belgians, watch out for your sobriety.

Photo of nrpellegrini
2.26/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Maybe I just don't have the liking for a Tripel but this was awful to me.

I tried it with a couple friends and one had the perfect description, he said 'this tastes like leather'.. and yes in that weird way it did. Nothing sat right with me. It wasn't too strong or bitter or hoppy or malty or anything like that. It just made my mouth say.. why did you just drink that? It did get a little easier to drink and I went on, but I still did not care for it. Sorry to bring this beer down but everyone else should know what they are getting into.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a matte orangish-copper into a chimay chalice, promptly forming about a finger and a half of thick white head, which dissipated gradually throughout the drink into just a thin white sheet.
I smell very sweet fruits: apples, bananas. and a hint of spice.
Feels thin in the mouth. Very bubbly and a bit dry.
Tastes very malty, with some yeastyness, as well as a tart bitter sensation. This beer has a "spicy" characteristic to it's taste.

This is obviously not a session beer, but it is super tasty!

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Six Feet Under in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy gold color with a small head - under one-finger...this may be due to the pour rather than the actual beer. Head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty good.

Smells like a bunch of bananas with some of the Belgian sugar sweetness. Not much else is noticeable.

Tastes very much like it smells. Bananas and bubblegum up front, with some sweetness coming later. Very nice, although it's just a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as "grainy" as I'd remembered from the past. Thickness is good, but the carbonation is just a bit too much.

Drinkability is good. Again, it's a bit too sweet, but overall it's very good.

Overall this is a solid tripel. A bit sweeter than others that I've had, but it's done well.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. A medium pour yielded four fingers of off white head, with nice lace and solid head retention. Color is of dark amber, with some sediment.

Nose- Black pepper, mild alcohol, and an herbal quality.

Taste- Very good. Lots of pepper, bready, a little sweetness. Some fruity esters, lemon peel. Exceedingly dry long bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. There are some herbal notes that I cannot place.

Mouthfeel- Solid, full bodied, nice contrast with fruit and pepper, really love the long dry finish.

Drinkability- Very Good, booze is there at 8.5% but very drinkable.

Photo of aubuc1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bomber (2006 dated cork)in to a goblet.

Pours a semi hazy orange/copper with a white head.

Yeasty, light fruity tone with some pepper.

Starts off snappy tart with light apple and finishes very smooth but then dry.

The crispness and the carbonation leave a great mouthfeel.

The alcohol takes a while to realize, so for 8% it is very drinkable.

Photo of SickBrew
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver, WA.

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my flute- why not and look at that head! Color is good with some yeasty beasties floating about.

Aroma: Complex, sweet and fruity and a there's a hint of banana in there.

Flavor: This is something to smack on! All the complexities of a great tripel ale come though and as each successive sip slides down my pallet it feels quite smooth with a little zing.

Overall: She's a definite keeper!

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

750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. The cork explodes out of the bottle. A hazy orange amber fluid with a massive three finger head that gently gives way and allows me to fill the glass. Dense and tight in it's construction it leave bits of lace and remains as a blanket over the brew all the way down. The first pour is relatively clear and shows little carbonation. The second is mixed with floating bits of yeast.

The smell is sweet and laced with honey and orange blossom. I smell cookies and malted grains coming from my oven. Light fruit esters that include apple, white grapes, and bananas. Faint hops finish it out.

Taste is on the dry side of the triple world. That said a beautiful honeyed taste upfront. A bit of wine and apples. Some Belgian yeast. There is a tartness that follows and leads you to a sharp hop finish. Dryness and crackery sweetness in the back of my mouth. A very complex brew and I will have to revisit it to get it all.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated but in such a was as to compliment the overall experience. It is very creamy at the same time. Not light but certainly not thick.

Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well hidden bit it is a beer to sip and savor. Like a good night of intimacy, you want it to last but you don't want to rush.

Photo of tiger88
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW.... what a delicious beer! Pours a honey golden yellow with slight haze. Fluffy white head that lingers and leaves spotty lacing around the glass. Smells of subtle sweetness and a slight hop aroma. Taste is outstanding! Slighty fruity with a sweet malty undertone. Perfectly blended tongue. Light and fluffy mouthfeel that rolls magically through the tastebuds. Easy to drink but slow down and savor the flavor!

Photo of mike24
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber with a sticky, dense and substantial head

S: phenols come through first some raw grain and sweet throughout

T: spicy up front with the phenols coming in with and a little rush of sweetness. some juiciness in the middle along with a perceivable alcohol twang, surprisingly drying on the finish with some bitterness lingering in the back of the throat.

M: light to medium body, very soft and effervescent

D: definitely a sipping beer

Photo of Voonder
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is my fisrt tripel so I don't think my review is going to do any good. But I'll try.
Pours deep amber colour with 1 finger thick light tan head. Lots of lace too.
Nice malty smell, not very strong, but attractive.
Taste - that was interesting. At first, I didn't like it at all, it seemed to be too much of alcohol. But as I went along - I loved it. It's very creamy and smooth, very thick in mouth.
Drinkability - I don't know:) It's drinkable I guess, but you have to like this type of beer and I definately need to try more beers of this kind to judge

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

A: Poured a hazy gold color with a light but thick head about an inch thick. Very clear and carbonated. Excellent head retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is of skunky hops, very malty as it warms, pretty sour, interesting, but different smelling, underlying stale smell. lots of yeasty smells present as well.

T: Very malty, definite yeast flavors, underlying sweetness as well, there is a funky old taste, that is very hard to explain, slightly tart though. Not a bad triple, but not my favorite.

M: Thin and very dry, highly carbonated.

D: Pretty tasty beer, but not sessionable at all, one 750ml is more than enough. Not the best triple I've ever had, but it is very enjoyable. A solid beer, just not my favorite.

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

Part of a previously mentioned blind tripel tasting. In a blind tasting - all three rated this last.
Notes for this blind taste:
Dark golden color. Medium head (rather subdued compared to others)

Nose is funky, wow, yeast, earthy, barnyard.

First taste is full mouthfeel - ouch - biting hop, earthy funk that is not very pleasing. When I came back after tasting other tripels, the harsh flavor of this really turned me off.

Big yeast-cake, too sweet for such a carbonated beer.

This taste was blind, and last for me. I've had it a few times before in un-blinded fashion and never liked it - I love the red and blue - and love other trappist tripels - so this one just doesn't do it for me.

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

Unclear golden beer with a thick, creamy head. Lingering.
Herbal/citrus hops, slightly spicy yeasty aroma. Cloves or nutmeg?
Crisp hops up front, some almost solventy hot alcohols. Lingering grassy herbal bitterness, balanced by light crystal sweetness. Very dry, light-bodied.

Idiosyncratic. I like it.

Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-29-08- Shared at a tasting with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Has a small code on the back label of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden orange in color with a light murky sediment texture. Huge white pillowy head which takes up half the glass on a slow proper pour. Leaves small chunks and light sticky lace.

Smell- Really not a huge nose. Had a bit of a sour note with some mild tropical fruits and a bit of sugar and yeast.

Taste- Quite nice actually. Has a light saison flavor with some dried grassy flavors. Also noticed a bit of earth, some honey sweetness and some floral properties as well. Light lemony-orange flavors as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated, but crisp and fairly dry.

Drinkability- Not sure why it took me over 1000 reviews to finally try this beer. Very good beer that I'm sure I will be having again in the future.

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

This is the lighter spicy side of Chimay. The beer is full bodied but there is a lighter Saison like flavour to this beer.The finish is crisp and peppery with a little yeast on top. I like the way this works with many foods. Best drunk fresh rather than cellared

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

Draft into a Chimay-specific glass. A snifter, methinks? Poured with an active head, just barely off white. I noticed with interest that some very large, active bubbles riled through a head of predominantly smaller ones. Some traces of head stuck around around directly on top of the beer, but that's it.

A light copper, dark gold color. Anywhere from hazy to nearly-opaque depending on the lighting and angle.

I think I detected some floral hops on the nose, but the aroma was most clearly marked by a bit of malt graininess and some definite Belgian yeasty goodness. Smelled like fresh baked bread with apple and pear. Very nice.

Full bodied mouthfeel, but with active carbonation that keeps it from being particularly bready. Apple and pear reside in the taste as well as the nose, eventually leading into into some spice. Very dry finish invites some follow up sips, but I couldn't have too many.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger head that faded quickly.

Smells like sweet apple and pears.

The taste was bland at first then to the apple cider flavor and carbonated mouthfeel. It was smooth and crisp then fades to the previously masked alcohol flavor.

Could drink one or two of these, very good taste, just a bit too much carbonation for me.

Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer poured into a Chimay Chalice, its always nicwe when they have the glassware to match the beers. This beer poured beautifully a beautiful amber, nicely carbonated with a white head. The smell was of a nice begian Ale. The taste was very intense and well balanced, sometimes imo belgians go overboard with the flavor but this was wonderful, beautiful malts. (BTW this coming from a Hophead) The mouthfeel is very nice and if not for the pricetage this would definately be something I could drink all night.

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

Poured this into a Chimay Chalice, Pours a hazy rustic amber yellow with a foamy head that recedes quickly. Smell is where this is at as this beer warms up the smell is amazing, sweet raison, bread, grass, rubbing alcohol, I enjoy submerging my face in the glass to catch these nice smells. Taste is heavy carbonated with a nice tart apple flavor to start then a warming bread aftertaste with just a slight bitterness to it and a dry finish. Overall this is pretty impressive but I was expecting more from a tripel which isn't one of my favorite styles. Overall this was pretty tasty with my pasta dinner and washed the flavors right down and the carbonation refreshed my palate, Garrett Oliver is an amazing food/beer pairer.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a very good beer. not my favorite Chimay, in fact it is my third favorite from them. poured beautiful. excellent three inch head that settled to about one and a half inches. good carbonation. good aroma of yeast, citrus, malt. taste was not as smooth as blue or red. this is a good beer, but not the great that i had hoped for. good lacing. good balance on the abv.

suckem up and movem out.


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