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

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Ratings: 3,831
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 179
Gots: 356 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 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.

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

The beer was served a hazy pale orange with a nice two-finger head that was slow to diminish and left great lacing. Aroma was loads of spice, yeast, and some sweet fruits. The beer was certainly on the heavy side, lots of alcohol stickiness. This one is enjoyable, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of Pencible
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a light hazy brown with lots of fluffy off-white head. It smelled like perfume and apple, with some hops. It had a strong bitterness and yeast flavor up front with a short and mild aftertaste, making it moderately easy to drink. It was thinner and more watery than the Red, but also had little carbonation. Overall it was a bit shallow, but decent.

Photo of dnichols
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was provided this beer from a local beer buddy when we got together for dinner with a third friend. We poured a 750 ml caged and capped bottle into stemless wine glasses.

A: It had a cloudy, organgeish yellow body with a massive three finger head consisting of tight sticky bubbles. The head receded slowly then retained as a thin cover over the liquid. There was a nice leggy lacing.

S: It initially was dominated by a grassey aroma with underlying white bready yeast and sweet malts odors. As the bottle rested more sharp white spices emerged, however, the grassy odor was retaine and continued to disappoint.

T: The penultimate flavor is the creamy, rich and sweet malts; followed by the doughy white bread yeasts and the sharp spices.

M: It had a creamy and sweet opening with a sharp and spicy back. It was full bodied and finished warm and clean.

D: The funky aroma and flavor distracted from a fine brew. There are much better domestic and Belgium tripels so this brew will remain on the shelf unless it is offered at a substantial discount.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Numero 2 from my Chimay sampler pack.
Pours a nice orange color, almost neon up to the light. Sticky lacing. Not as rocky as the 'red' that I had the other week.

Spicy yeast aroma, bit of wet dog...not in a terrible way, it just reminded me faintly of that.

Grassy green flavor at first sip. Wheat in there too. Malty profile is of raw dough and sugary grass. A pleasant sour taste and mouthfeel that I really dig. Dry finish with a unique aftertaste. Maybe a bit rubbery flavor, bah. High carbonation and an interesting bitterness play together to really open up the senses.

I made sure that I got 2 pours out of this. The second pour I included all the yeast sediment and holy cow, is it cloudy now. The head is now a light tan too. Lots of vitamins in this drink! Mouthfeel became worlds smoother, almost creamy. Sweeter and less bitter. Complex flavors there that really make me ponder over it. I really like this brew now with all the yeast in there! The drinkability skyrockets.

I highly recommend anyone taste this in similar fashion, with the first pour (or pours if you've got the 750ml) being gentle, leaving an inch or more in the bottle for the second pour. It shant dissapoint!

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

Had sort of a orange to yellow gradient look in the glass. Very cloudy, lots of particles floating around.

The smell was a bit mild, mostly light fruits and and some leafy aromas like tea.

The taste was crisp, with apples coming to mind. Some more tea like flavors, and other fruits as well. Very clean flavor. It finishes with a slight bitterness, but just enough to balance it out.

I really liked this beer. But as it warms, the alcohol becomes very noticeable.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, orangy-brown with a 1 1/2 finger, bubbly white head that has decent retention and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: aromas of honey, sweet cherries and apple cider with a slight touch of floral hops and a sweet breadiness.

T: ripe, semi-tart fruit (apples, cherries) and a sugary, vanilla-sweet finish and a subtle alcohol flavour. The flavours are nice, but they doesn't last as long as I would have hoped - still pleasant though.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, highly carbonated and a dry, tingly finish.

D: This is a pretty good tripel. Not as impressive as the immensely complex and delicious Westmalle triple. Nevertheless, this is a quality beer that is well-crafted and highly drinkable. Not to mention, its quite easy to find in comparison to other trappists. I will buy this beer again. Quite satisfyting.

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

11.20oz. Brown bottle poured into Chimay Goblet.

A: A hazy, deep golden yellow. Lots of carbonation produces a thick head with nice lacing that remains throughout.

S: Bread dough yeasts up front with a hint of apple. Alcohol and bread pudding sweetness finish it off.

T: The alcohol dominates the palate all the way to the back of the throat, not in an obnoxious way. Again the yeast is reminiscent of unbaked bread and the taste provides more sweetness, presumably from the malt. A quick bitterness in the middle shows off it's hops.

M: Heavy carbonation with medium body.

D: A sipper, and a good one at that. Fantastic tripel from Chimay.

Photo of churchillps
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.29oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A: Thick head, extremely carbonated, with a cloudy golden color.

S: The best part: apples, fruit, yeast, malt, and something sweet I can't put my finger on.

T/M/D: Wholly mediocre. Way too much carbonation. Way too many flavors at once. The sweetness/bitterness at the back of my palates borders disgust. Not a particularly good tasting beer. No hop flavor to note, just sweet, and bitter, and not very good.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours clear gold with half a glass worth of snow white head that left quickly leaving just a small halo around the edge of my glass

S-grapes,yeasts,very peppery,tickeled my nose(fizzy)

T-sweet with fruits,spicy on the tounge,bitter yeast

M-reminds me of champaign texture,very bubbly,slightly dry

D-not nearly as drinkable as some other Tripels,but overall a great display of a wonderful style

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An brownish/yellowish translucent body with a frothy white head.

Smells of yeast and spices.

Up front is a big taste of wheat and yeast that combines to remind me of bread. Really reminds me of bread. Follows with some peppery yeast and spiciness. Subtle fruit tones. Just a small taste of alcohol to finish.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfell.

Good drinkability for the ABV.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours nice golden amber with a good white head, nice lacing and lots of bubbles.

S- Smell is of wheat and a subtle spiciness; you can defiantly smell the alcohol in this one.

T/M- Very heavy on the carbonation. The beer kind of burns due to the alcohol. Some spiciness to it a bit bitter at the end also some fruited characteristics.

D- No my favorite, I would not go out to get this one again especial at the price point.

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

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow color with a large off-white head and fairly apparent carbonation, the head sticks around for the duration.

Smell- Wheaty-banana with a sweet smelling nose.

Taste- Delicate on the palate with yeasty notes and a pleasant aftertaste of bread, surprisingly well hidden alcohol for an abv of 8.

Mouthfeel- Decent palate coverage but perhaps a bit on the watery side.

Drinkability- Very solid wheat beer, sutble though, not going to knock you over the moon with flavor.

Photo of csmiley
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a medium gold color. Got a little shy of one inch of head. Retention was average. Lacing was good. Had some floaties as well.

S - Good amount of spice on the nose. There is also some yeast and grapefruit. Smell is rounded out by alcohol.

T - Taste seems thin. There is some sharp spice at first. That is followed by bread and alcohol. That is really about it. Pretty much a let down.

M - Light bodied and thin. Not much else I can say.

D - Drinkability is average at best. It goes down easy but overall I was not impressed and will not have another.

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

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet

A clear golden amber with orange hues, very active carbonation makes a bright-white head 2" deep, very bubbly but also light looking and fluffy. Plenty of light but sticky lacing.

Very herbal nose with sour yeatiness and wheat. A slightly zesty, earthy hop scent right at the end. black pepper, cloves, sour apples, spicey hops, very hearty scent.wild and earthy.

The flavor has an absolutley exquisite flavor spectrum and is also very herbal and yeastie, with dried herbs, sour-fruit yeast, and a rather big hop profile that gives really good, spicey, leafy balance. The malt is very light and clean with fresh cream of corn and wheat. The blalance all around is sublime with a warming heat in the finish that blends perfectly with the semi-bitter hops.

This feels light to medium, crispy but champagne-like going down with a grainy, dry after-effect.

A beautiful beer.

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

Had this on tap at Fidler's Hearth. Paid $8 for a 6oz pour I think. It was poured on draft into a Chimay Chalice.

Very light golden in color, smells of strong banana, light cloves.

Tastes very fruity up front, dry finish.

Very crisp, clean mouthfeel, typical belgian.

All in all, great belgian trippel. The alchohol hides very well. I think the Chimay Red is my fav, however I was very impressed with this. I need to compare it to the bottle, but on draft its simply amazing.

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

Had this one at the Brewhaus.

A - Pale gold/bronze with a big ass white four finger head of rocky foam. Lots of lace sticks to the glass.

S - Spiced fruit drizzled in honey and encrusted with peppercorns. I can smell a little whiff of ethanol, but I sort of like that.

T - Pear, green grapes, and some green apple. There is a lot of spicy pepper and tangy herbal hop flavors in this one.

M - Medium bodied with aggressive carbonation and some real alcohol authority. The finish is dry and dusty, and the aftertaste is long lasting and tasty.

D - Perfectly drinkable and complex enough to keep it interesting. This is a world class beer!

Photo of steelcutoats
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I went down to the Headkeeper tonight and bought a CHIMAY gift pack with three bottles...one each of the Triple, Premiere, and Grande Reserve along with a goblet. I figured I'd start of with the Triple, it being the lightest weighing in at 8% ABV. It poured into the goblet with a nice foamy head. The head disappeared quickly, leaving a line of bubbles along the inside rim of the glass. The scent was the scent was musky like a farm house ale but faint. Fortunately what it lacked in aroma it made up for in flavor. This is a bold triple, with a good bit of bitterness. It is a heavenly mix of both fruit and spice, with a smooth finish that doesn't vanish right away. It's funny though; a triple reminds me somewhat of a pinot grigio, not that I would ever admit to drinking one. It isn't a deep dark ale, but is complex and light on the palate all at the same time. There was a good bit of sediment in the bottle, which I made didn't end up going into the goblet. CHIMAY is an awesome Belgium beer, and I would recommend them to anyone. I cant wait to try the other two.

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

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, spice, mild raisin, mild hops, semi-ripe plum, white grape notes, & 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 biscuity earthy fallow. Very good.

M-Good body and weight, carbonation is stronger than what I'd expect, but it works well.

D-All in all, this is a good drink. It is delicious, and goes down smooth.

Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a Chimay White on tap at redline in Harvard Square this past Saturday night. Came served in the proper chalice. Pours with a nice fizzy head, and with a sunset yellow color. Smells like a classic tripel, with notes of spice and hay on the nose. Tastewise, it's quite good, one of the classic examples of the style. The only thing that I think it needs is that added "oomph"' that some tripels hit you with on the palate. But I must admit, there are a lot more adventurous tripels out there when compared to Chimay White. Otherwise, this is a great choice now that you can find Chimay in more and more bars. When you you are looking for a beer at a place with an average selection, this is a can't lose.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,831 ratings.