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

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3,915 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,915
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 192
Gots: 426 | 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 simonjohansson
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im no expert on the tripel style, but this is what I found in the Chimay example.

Smell: typical belgian yeasty smell, together with different fruits (apricot, bananas), wheat, butter, somekind of sweet candy, and spices. The smell is complex, and - really good.

Taste: same as the smell, quite complex with spices, apricot and banana, wheat, candy (almost like sugar/syrup) and some grassy, hoppy bitterness which matches the malty, fruity sweetness really well. Dry finish.

Overall: great beer, complex and rich in flavors. Nicely balanced, as well.

Photo of jwweaver77
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold with about a finger and a half of head.

Smell: Very yeasty and some hints of spice.

Taste: Again, very yeasty with a little bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth for a beer that 8% ABV.

Drinkability: Excellent Trippel. One of the best I've had.

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

Pours a cloudy honey with a decently lasting rocky head.

Aroma is of burnt, caramelized sugar. Vanilla and clove in the background.

Flavor is sweet sugar up front. Sour yeast notes and roasted grains with the sweet candy sugar riding along side. Boozey alcohol warms the finish.

Mouthfeel is biting carbonation with a chewy slick body.

Solid beer.

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

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a thin white head. Nose is all dough and spices. And a lot of it. Flavor is the same. Load of spices. Loads of dough. Funk hits on the back side. Smooth liquid feel. Standard carbonation. This my friends is a tripel.

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a stubby brown 11.2oz bottle into a signature Chimay chalice that came with the gift set.

Appearance: It has a slightly hazy, peachy golden colored body with a thick, heavenly, white and foamy head. It is supported by an active carbonation and it very slowly recedes to a much thinner creamy layer of foam that leaves behind sticky white lacing.

Smell: The aroma has delicate fruity character with dry yeast notes and a just a hint of medicinal phenols and hops in the distance.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has mellow fruity notes of Muscat, golden raison and apple mixing with pale malted grain and dry earthy yeast. Hop flavor is mild but adds a mild slash of herbal spice and mellow bitterness. Its 8%abv is well hidden but adds to the overall complexity and smooth rounded mouth feel. It finishes with some light phenol flavors and mild spicy hops fading off the tongue. Its texture has perfect carbonation and a nice rounded feel with a medium body that is very drinkable and sophisticated.

Notes: I love Trappist beers and this is an absolute joy to drink. Monks Rock!!!

Photo of jdg204
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second of the wife's Chimay gifts, now all that is left is the Blue. Pretty excited about trying one of the Belgian classics!

A: Cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

S: Assorted fruit (lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardomom) and yeast must

T: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check

M: Medium body with spritely carbonation; some warmth on the finish

D: Very good tripel, but honestly not blown away by this brew as I expected. Real good brew but I enjoyed Victory's Golden Monkey more and expect there's better out there in the US micro community. Definetly a brew you should try as it's a staple in the beer world but be prepared for a good to solid experience only.

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

A: A hazy honey-orange color, with a creamy white head that stuck around for quite a while. Sticky lace clung to the side of the glass. Pretty attractive.

S: Clean, with some mild, dusty notes of cloves and perhaps banana. Alcohol aroma becomes rather noticeable as the beer warms.

T: Initially a nice balance of sweetness and a tart, possibly citrusy flavor. The hops definitely give big kick along with the alcohol, providing a bitter body and finish. Dusty and somewhat earthy clove flavor is very apparent throughout. Hints of banana, grapefruit/citrus, and grainy malts. A perfect balance initially, the beer definitely seems to grow more spicy and phenolic as it warms to room temperature.

M: Tingly, effervescent carbonation. A bit on the dry side, with a moderate body.

D: Very complex and definitely unique. I like this one a lot, although the alcohol definitely made its presence known.

Photo of kevinglin
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 2011 (best by?) into a goblet-style glass with fairly large opening - golden, somewhat hazy color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipated faster than I expected and didn't really leave any classic lacing on the glass.

Aromas of fruit (banana) and a hint of floral rounded with some slight malty graininess. Flavor similar to aroma with some banana and smooth malt but also with a light spiciness; no hot alcohol - 8% is well-hidden for sure. This one will definitely sneak up on you. Mouthfeel is effervescent, as to be expected, creamy, but not at all heavy. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall, an excellent Belgian Tripel - one that meets commonly accepted style guidelines, but more importantly, it's enjoyable to drink, has a lot of interesting flavor, and isn't overpowering in any way. Recommend for sure.

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

A: Golden Honey, full of sediment, good carbonation, wonderful 2 finger pillowy head. Great head retention & attractive coaty lacing
S: Phenols, cloves, very sweet with some citrus. Also biscuit & bready as it warms....plus the alcohol become very evident as it warms - a little medicinal, like the stuff they wipe on your arm before jabbing u with a needle.
T: Cloves, banana up front, with an initial intense bitter kick with the first mouthfeel(this resides with more mouthfuls). Alcohol very present...hoppy spicey bitters. Little citrus/grapefruits.
M: very smoooth considering its intensity...medium I suppose, but defintaly could enjoy more.
D: out of the 3 Chimays I enjoyed this the least...I love their own characteristics tho...Red is very dry, white has a big bitter hoppy kick & blue is just...well...just beautifully balanced & brilliant.

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

A: Unfiltered honey color, and as a expected, a head that rises to the heavens.

S: Citrusy with chalky yeast. Intrinsic hop bitterness at the end with just a hint at the alcohol.

T: Sour citrus with allusions to darker fruits like plums and dates moving to a slight phenolic presence and hops at the bitter end.

M: Medium and juicy. I expected it to be dry, but it wasn't so much so.

D: A great beer to enjoy and appreciate.

Photo of flexabull
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker and kind of dull gold color with a nice thick off white head.

Aromas are very nice, quite floral, with notes of crisp apples, spices, and yeast.

Flavors follow the nose. A crisp beer, with flavors of bright green apple, some creamy malts, spicy breads, dough, grassy, and with a tart, snappy and slightly mineral bitter finish. As mentioned, very crisp, dry, and quite complex.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick full, and with a nice zing from the carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. A classic tripel. While it isn't all that pretty to look at, it sure is a pleasure to sip. I would think some age would do this one well too.

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

A: Solid inch of foam that slowly subsides, along the edges a slope of carbonation climbs, some particles in the beer, looks like peach nectar - 4.25, S: Some sharp spices, tinges of pepper, smells like new clothing, some bready yeast aromas - 4.00, T: Alcohol is noticeable, nice balance of malt and hops though malt probably has a larger billing, some dulled fruitiness such as a mellow banana - 4.50, M: Creamy - 4.50, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer, extremely pleasing to the palate, not extreme but solidly crafted - 4.25

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

Poured a bottle of this into my new Chimay Belgian glass.

A: Pours a light, orange-amber body with a thick, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very nice appearance.

S: Smelled of some sweet banana esters with some metallic and alcoholic undertones. Pretty good overall.

T: A fairly nice taste. Kind of a tart, alcoholic taste with some malt presence. Alcohol is not overbearing, but a little warming. The sweeter side of the banana esters make themselves evident in the taste with some of the more metallic notes coming out int he aftertaste. Overall, a pretty good tasting beer which did well to bring flavor to the forefront without being overly controlled by the alcohol.

M: A nice, smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. Goes down very nice and very easy.

D: For a tripel, this one is pretty drinkable. Does not overpower you or your taste buds with too much of an alcohol burn. Definitely a nice beer that you might be able to have a few of because it tastes and feels so good before you realize it was bad idea. Reccommended.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eyeing several taps from 50 feet away from a table at the beer garden in Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square, a short, beige tap handle stuck out. "What's that one right there?" "Chimay." "CHIMAY?! Well, $#!+ dog, bring it on!" First pour was in a 12 oz. Libby glass, the second was in a propah Chimay chalice.

Deep, rustic cinnamon-brown color with a decent amount of carbonation. Since it's from a tap the head really doesn't stick around long enough from the pour to our table.

The smell is hearty as hell and full of sweet, oily malt and cinnamon sugar, but the spice tone of this gets to be excessive. Way too much on the clove, maybe ginger and almost the dreaded potpourri, whereas expected strength and subtlety of other spicing (corinader, etc.) is really overwhelmed.

Fortunately the excessive spice profile on the nose doesn't tag along to the palate. Good, expected Tripel pawprints of loads of sweet, natural cinnamon-sugar, oily, caramel/butterscotch malt tempered by a nice, warming alcohol burn. The spice is still there but is well-diffused on the palate and a good complement.

Most Tripels are extremely soothing to the palate - this one's no different. Rolls clean and hearty with a mild oak-barrel feel. Alcohol tames the hefty malt and spice for balance and a nice, deep finish.

This is a style I enjoy a great deal but not one I get to experience on tap too often. This offering feels a bit lighter on the drinkability scale and is quite enjoyable. Good stuff!

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a foamy, soft, off-white head that left trails of lace.

S - It smelled of resiny hops. Also, floral notes and hints of caramel.

T - This was sweet with a spicy hop kick. It also had light caramel malt flavor. Overall a bitter sweet taste.

M - It was sharp and dry. A fairly easy drinking beer with a medium body.

D - This is a great tripel. I enjoy all Chimay brews and this one hits the mark, too.

Photo of RodBurg
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a goblet at Lucky 13 in San Francisco. Had a bright golden color to it with a coarse white head and some lacing.

Initial smells are of yeast, fruity candy and some sweet malt.

Starts out with a tart, fruity taste, I'm thinking white grapes, then puts forth a little bitterness and some grainy malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a sharp tingle from the carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle a while back, and thought i had already consumed it. Pours a hazy orange color, bright white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is nice and yeasty, with some apricot fruit notes, and a bit of spice. Taste is mildly fruity with a heavy does of spicey funk. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy but nice and smooth. Fairly drinkable, but the blue & red were much better.

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.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,915 ratings.