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

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Ratings: 3,871
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 183
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

French labeled (Canadian import?) bottle as an extra from Jw347, thanks!

Pours a deep murky brownish orange. Nice whitish foamy head bubbles persistently then settles to creamy bubbly hills on an off-white film.

Nose is refreshing, thick, and intriguing, with a fullness of bready doughy depth, grain, and vanilla, along with some milder earthy fruits, date and pear. Some rich warmth like baking cookies is also mingled in there.

Smooth taste, with more bread doughy base rounded with nice pear and light caramel flavors. Full and flavorful, yet refreshing.

Feel is very nice, just light enough on the palate from the carbonation, with a decent fullness of feel and mild clingy/oily finish. Well bodied and balanced in feel without seeming heavy or light, but blending the two.

I didn't jump at this one on the first sip, but subsequent sips have drawn me in deeper. It's a very intriguing and deeply flavored tripel, with a lot more going on than I expected. What initially struck me as funky smells resulted in a nice doughy character that made it rather drinkable, with just enough heft and body to be satisfied with each sip.

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

My girlfriend August(octopus87) picked this up for me at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured at cellar temp into a goblet from the 11.2oz brown bottle.

A - a mildly hazy dull bronze from the yeast w/ a proud 3 fingers of meringue-like foam that collects as lace on the glass surrounding the fluffy pale crown. The bead is very small as many bubbles rise to form a ring

S -Tropical citrus and melon w/ a mango and orange peel aroma waft to meet my nose. The scent is nutty w/ yeast notes w/ a creamy tinge of buttery sugar and floral hop aromas. The nose has subtle dry malts w/ a touch of hazelnut and banana

M - Soft honey-like malt gives way to an effervescent and bouyant yeasty creamy feel. The malt is smooth buttery and sweet like honey w/ a spicy finish

T - A fresh fruity yeasty taste with mildly sweet honey malt flavor and tropical flower taste w/ a deep spice and mild grass hop flavor. The taste has a grainy semi-dry malt and slight vegetal flavor w/ a creamy full and gently earthy taste. The flavor is complex to say the least w/ a slightly alcoholic flavor as the glass is drained.

D - a Fantastic tripel -very well made w/ an inspiration that is hard to match. This is one of the first I ever had and it is great to have a bottle again after several years. The drinkability is very high and top for the style w/ a pleasant fullness w/ out the harsh heat of some. Tripels need to be balanced, yet show a full malt and delicate side at the same time. The mellowed malt character that married with the yeast has me wondering what the date this was brewed on.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chimay goblet

A-Extremly cloudy golden/yellow with a big nice creamy head that doesnt go anywhere and laces very well down the glass.

S-Hops, malt, bread with a hint of spice

T&M-Bready very full body and very smooth has a alchol finish to it but still very smooth has note of spice as well.

D-Probably my least favorite Chimay but still very good and drinkable definaly won't be my last one.

Photo of DIM
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly muddied golden straw color. It was served to me with a thin, white soapy, head.

s: I detected yeasty cloves, bananas, a touch of raisins, and some barely perceptible alcohol. As it warmed, some candied sugar emerged as well.

t: At times this seemed to be quite sweet and at other times this seemed to be very dry. Yeasty flavors were the most prevelant. I tasted cloves, bananas, simple syrup, raisins, bread dough, and some perfumed hops. All blanketed by just the right touch of alcoholic warmth.

m: Nice gentl carbonation, but the body seemed to be a bit thin.

d: A very nice example of a style I don't reach for often. I should try a bottle sometime for comparison purposes.

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

Serving type- snob nose bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date on bottle.

Apperance- Pours a beautiful deep dirty orange with a medium head that resolved into a nice lace ending with the finish of the beer.

Smell- Strong aroma of hops and fruit.

Taste- Hoppy and slighty bitter finish to the beer. You can taste the fruits at the onset which lend to a sweet beginning nature, but finishes in the end with the bitter hoppy finish.

Drinkability- This is the first in the Chimay series that I have tried and I plan on trying the others. A very drinkable beer, but I would expect nothing less from an authentic Trappist brew. This my first time delving into the style of a Tripel and from what I have read on this site this Chimay is a good representative of that style.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the Chimay offerrings. Very good triple. I need to get another bottle of this because I don't remember the exact flavors and aroma, just that it was a huge hit with my tasting friend and I. UPDATE tasted again on draft: Pours a hazy golden color. Great bannana aroma. Typical candy-like sweetness from the added fermentable sugars. Clove and mild citrus fruit on the tongue and nose. Good bitterness and clean finish. Alchohol is hard to detect because of the high level of sweetness.

Photo of Bobdope
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of this beer. It has a nice cloudy appearance with a sweet caramel look. I had it poured on draft at the Yard House in San Diego, CA, it was served in a goblet style glass. Very small head with light retention. For the ABV I find this beer to sweet with no trace of it's potency.

Photo of GimmeAles
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz bottle and served cool in a silver-rimmed Chimay Chalice. Mastadonic head billows to an inch above the silver crest of the glass and lasts for days. Drops an amazing sheet of lace over an opaque golden, peach colored body.

Massive phenols on the nose - man, this is spicy! Fresh cracked pepper, some clove, and tart yeast in the back ground.

Taste is more phenolic madness. Whether from the spice or alcohol, this one has a bite. Underneath, ripe apricots and citrus rinds come about as grassy hops meld with the tart, earthy yeast. Slightly harsh and tannic - reminiscent of acidic grape skins.

Smooth, rich body is carried by hyper-active carbonation which clears the palate well. Overall a big, bruiser of a Tripel with phenolics being overpowering in my opinion. Still, a complex palate cleanser when paired with some crab and artichoke dip on crostini and a side of fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dark yellow, with a massive two finger head.

S- Lemony with hints of alcohol and biscuty notes.

T- Sweet malt with alcohol dryness to balance it out. The complex yeast character keeps things interesting.

M- Light and smooth.

D- Very refreshing for a beer of this strengh.

One of the great tripels and with good reason.

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

served in a chimay goblet
A: nice yellowy-white color with a beautiful cloudy appearance, leaves a nice head retention and lacing.
S: smells of yeasty bread and light fruits, almost a smoky scent lingers behind the fruits.
T: tastes like it smells, a wonderful robust flavor of bread and lighter european fruit, fig and clove are also apparent.
M: nice and clingy, this flavor stays with you until the next sip.
D: definitely a sipper, but excellent for special occasions and tastings

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rusty golden beer is topped off by a two-finger tan head which fills the goblet perfectly. Retention is excellent and a thick, consistent lacing is left being. Smell is robust and is full of big fruits, malts, yeasts and alcohol. Taste is complex and creamy yet somewhat sharp with all its elements blended so well as to be almost ambiguous. I make out grapes, raisins, yeasts, malts, some hops, a bit of candy sweetness (laughy-taffy) and some biscuity goodness. Carbonation is active and big according to the style. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, which yeilds a drinkable yet tasty classic tripel.

Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. On tap via Sharp Edge. Very very very impressive. Dark golden in hue with a head that recedes to just around the edges. One of the most amazing lacing shows I have ever seen.

S. Mysterious light fruits, belgian yeast, malt and a twang of some unknown source. Intriguing.

T. Immediate delight. Sweet and malty, distant fruits, ample hops, just really good stuff.

M. Light body that clung to the palate and enveloped my mouth.

D. While I only had one, I wish I had more. The 8% is somewhat managable given others in the same style. Excellent to be the pinnicle of a session, or a great place to start!

Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 75 cL bottle into snifter. Date on cork is 11/05...have cellared this for a bit.
A: Pours a nice cloudy golden straw color with luxurious thick (2+ inches) frothy white head. Beautiful to look at...mouthwatering.
S: Wonderful Belgian spice (clove, etc.), bready yeast, and perfect hop and malt balance in the background.
T: Nicely mirrors aroma. Differences being more malt notes, stronger clove, some EtOH esters, and raisin.
M: Very nice...light body...lingers and matures on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing, ABV well hidden, extraordinarily drinkable. While perhaps not my favorite tripel, this one is definitely up there!

Photo of morimech
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet. It has a bright gold color with a gorgeous two fingered white head that has excellant retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

The smell is of yeast spiciness with a faint fruit aroma. Nothing extrordinary here.

The taste is full of yeast spice. Dominated by that flavor. There is just a hint of sweetness on the finish before it quickly disapears and leaves a chalky flavor. No alcohol detected.

Has a medium body with a well matched carbonation.

A nice Tripel but not my favorite. It drinks well and is a nice luxuries beer for a special occasion.

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle from gift pack, poured into chimay goblet.
Pours nice dark orange. Expected more out of the head; it was rather thin and short lived. Aroma is lightly yeasty, with hints of lighter fruit aromatics, like pears and apricots.
Taste is very nice. Some yeast character, some fruit, nice malt backbone. Good for a hot summer day, like today, but with enough body to stand up to cooler days as well.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a nice zip of carbonation. One of the beer's nicer features.

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

Pours a very hazy amber-gold color, with little chunkies floating around, with nice amounts of foam that settle into a small cap, leaving light but noticeable lacing. Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Very effervescent. Taste is of light apples, and tropical fruits, backed up by sweet malts and and dry hop finish. Very clean and crisp and an overall enjoyable brew, though I would take an Orval over this one if given the choice.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemless wineglass.

A - Big old off-white head that is brownish at the bottom. Fluffy and sticky and sticks around for the entire beer. In 20 minutes it went from 3 fingers to a 1/4 inch... awesome. Perfect lacing. Hazy brown and golden body with champaigny bubbles. Kind of a cider look.

S - I smell barnyard aromas like horseblanket and sweet straw (like when straw sits in the sun). I definitely smell the yeast and a great maltiness and if I really swirl it and get my nose in their I smell faint sweet alcohol.

T - I taste the malt first, straight up. Then some bitter hops. Aftertaste is lightly sweet but I mostly get a nice funk I think from the yeast. The alcohol is very light and almost unnoticable until the beer warms. Then I get some rum bread taste.

M - Like a light champaign, drying yet slick from the alcohol. Carbonation is nice and high but not prickly.

Overall a very good beer. Not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be from reading others' reviews. I would hardly call the tastes I got 'sweet' at all. This actually reminded me slightly of a saison, but of course it is not.

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

On tap at Victoria Gastro Pub (10 oz)

Poured a golden/yellow mix, lots of active carbonation, modest, slightly frothed head.

Cold pour, needed to warm up a bit. Didn't offend like the other time I've tasted this. Some spice notes, nose injecting some sugar and verrry mild apricot as I sipped. A classic sitdown and drink some more beer, to be paired with food and conversation.

Not a world beater, but stands up well, highly enjoyable, some flavor combinations to be found with some effort (10oz pour is a bit on the light side). No complaints.

Photo of scottg
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Cinq Cents"
25.4 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy dark honey/orange color with a thick white head made up of tiny bubbles. Amazing head retention leaving moderate lacing. Floral & fruity yeast mixes with the fragrant, sweet malt with some vanilla for a wonderful aroma. Up front flavor is of the fruity yeast leading to a cirtus hoppy middle finishing with a vanilla malty taste, very complex and balanced. Creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated with a medium to full body, great drinkability. One of those beers where you say "wow" after every sip.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle.

Pours a nice golden orange color. Nice 2.5 finger head, which dissipates after a few minutes. Also has nice lacing, especially after a few pours from the large bottle. There is also a noticeable amount of yeast sediment in suspension in the glass and bottle, which I have seen in many Tripels. Aroma is malty and yeasty, with some fruit tones (apples maybe, hard to pin it down) coming through. There is also a definite raison smell from the bottle. And some spice notes on the nose as well. As it warms up, you can smell what I describe as a strong alcohol/hoppy smell. Overall a very nice aroma.

Taste is very good. Lots of yeast and malts and a nice hoppy bitterness on the finish. Other flavors begin to emerge later on, mainly the fruity flavors such as apple and raison. There is one taste that stands out which I have tasted in countless other Tripels, but I can't place a name to it. Sort of like a mix of yeast and fruit, with some sweetness. Good mouthfeel and relatively drinkable, more so than other Tripels I have had which were "sippers."

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Not my favorite Tripel out there, but certainly good, and will have again.

Note: This is called "Cinq Cents" in the 750ml bottles, which are the only sizes I have seen them in.

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

33 cl bottle gently poured into a Chimay chalice, minus the recommended cm at the bottom of the bottle, yields a hazy golden orange body with the classic glamour-shot of a two-plus-finger rounded pall of creamy white foam above the silver rim of the glass.

Smells of raisins and plums with a light maltiness.

Tastes sweet with green grapes and ripe plums with a note of alcohol and a tight bitterness. Not overly impressed with that flavor profile, and because, after all, it's beer, too (and I respect that)-- I swirled the remnant yeast and ale and poured it in for good measure. The brightness in the body dims only by a shade to a deeper orange, and it doesn't look bad that way.

New flavors of yeast (duh) and a light banana emerge, the strongish bitter character becomes milder, with the emergence of a fruity tartness that is the only acidity revealing itself, and a mild powdery dryness. I like it better with the yeast in the glass, I decide, but I don't know if I'd want to do the same with the whole yeast load in a larger bottle.

Excellent in the mouth and for drinkability either way; quite smooth, crisp, and well-carbonated.

Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light cloudy orange color with froathy bubbly head. Decent amount of lacing with a good retention.

S- Very nice aroma to this brew. Tons of yeast, fruits (apples and pears), spice and malt.

T- Wonderful taste. Yeasty, spices (think it might be some sort of clove) and the fruit was there but lighter than I thought from the smell. Very nice and exactly what I expected.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very well balanced.

Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better than the Red, but not as good as the Blue.

Pale hazy yellow gold pour with ample frothy white suds. High carbonation. Honey, allspice and cloves jump out. Sweet and refreshing. Not as much of the sharp flinty aftertaste as the last light Belgian I had, which was a Duvel. Some soft buttery mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good, very drinkable brew that I would love to have on hand all the time along with their absolutely killer Blue Grande Reserve.

Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a cloudy apricot orange color with a single finger of creamy off white head. moderate lacings with good retension (four minutes).

aroma is sweet and fruity, with a tart character and fruit notes of apple and grape, along with some raisen and a bit of caramel. nicely balanced with good concentration.

taste is more of the same, somewhat mellow on the palate, with fruit notes of the same apple and grape, with a bit of mixed in. the malts are not strong, but do impart a nice nutty character to the background, subtle in weight. a bit of caramel shows up after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a mild bite from CO2 and alcohol. finishes smooth with soft CO2 and a warming alcoholic note after the brew warms a bit.

drinkability is good. this is a very pleasant tripel, with a notable malt profile, not too common for the style. cheers!

Photo of Quej
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange colour with a nice finger of foamy head. There is some nice carbonation from the etched glassware.
S - Smells nice and malty, but a bit boozy and quite citrusy, almost sour scents of the yeasts.
T - Tastes less alcoholic and sour than the smell suggests, but has the same maltiness and substantial yeast flavours. Quite a nice tasting beer, just about a perfect triple. Lingers a long drying aftertaste of citrus.
M - Quite nice and effervescent, very light bodied.
D - I would be hard pressed to finish more than one, this is a sipping beer, but definitely lives up to the Chimay name.

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