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

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3,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,781
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 175
Gots: 320 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 mat5175
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this in a Chimay goblet.

i have always thought this was a gorgeous beer. Great thick head that leaves lacing all the way down regardless of the vessel. Cloudy appearance. A light orangish amber. Awesome.

In my opinion all the Chimay's have subtle aromas. The good thick head insures however that those aromas will linger throughout. Some light citrus on a yeasty, breadlike base.

Despite the alcohol content this is light on the palate. Still complex though. Of the three this one seems to be dominated by hops on the finish. A great example of the style of course. Not as syrupy as Duvel. It is actually pretty refreshing. In my opinion the stonger bitter note in this one throws it off the balance its Blue brother exhibits. A wonderful brew, but my least favorite of the three. Still, that's good company.

This doesn't possess significant weight on the palate but given its delicate flavors it really doesn't have to. But the lively carbonation keeps up with the hops well.

Given that my mouth eventually tires of hops, and the 8% keeps me from having more than a few, drinkability in the repetitive sense must be scored low. But given how much i like drinking one of these, i'll average the two and call it pretty good.

mat5175, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of bigeyedfish
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle poured into the Chimay chalice.

2 fingers of pure white head on top of a hazy orange body with a more than impressive amount of lacing; a fantastic looking beer without the chalice. In the Chimay chalice looks even better- Belgian Beer Porn at its finest.

Really deep nose; there is some [to be expected] Belgian yeasty-aromas on the upfront of the nose. As you get more into it there are some tangerine/orange-like fruits and even a hint of dates/figs, the signature Quad aromas, plus the most faint hint of crushed-penicillin hops. One of the best noses I can recall ever having.

Not as deep as the nose in the taste. A lot of sameness/simplicity to the flavor progression- actually, now that i think about it, kind of a standard progression-triple with everything that should be there, but nothing that jumps out and makes you say wow. Nice balance of hops/yeast- neither of the elements stands out much, they just kind of meld together, forcing you to acknowledge their presence, but not really being like 'hey, i'm distinctly hoppy' or 'hey, i have a distinct Belgian-yeast taste'. Whatever. Not much in the way of sweetness, which is a little bit of a let down; i figured there would be some vanilla somewhere within this beer, but there just isn't any to speak of. Some tangerine/orange components but again, very subtle. There is no real progression of flavor to this beer; there is just a single flavor with a couple hints of a little bit of something else, but really, it's just that melding of hops/yeast flavors.

Not a ton of totally engulfing mouthfeel, but enough that it is at least noticeable. There is some grip on the upper part of the mouth, and little hints on the outer edges of the cheeks (far back corners) but other than that, it's not there. Some carbonation, but it's not a deterrent, although it's hard to say if it's pleasant or not. Sure. I have to be missing something.

Drinkability is partly there- at 8% it's not something that you'll die from splitting a six-pack from, but I'm not sure if this is something you would want to. It's a beer that once you start drinking (and really, if you're not reviewing a beer, who is going to take 2-3 minutes to analyze the aromas of the beer, giving it time to warm and release flavors) I can see it becoming a beer that you might actually become a little bored with, and at the same time, since it is such a subtle, one-dimension beer, a beer that you could really start to drink quickly as your consumption increases. Jesus I don't know. I feel like this beer misses somewhere, or maybe I missed somewhere. Maybe I just didn't feel it with this beer. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Maybe my palate was shot. Maybe if I have to write three rhetorical questions to justify a low score I just didn't like a beer as much as I thought I should have. Maybe.

bigeyedfish, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Incredible head and retention going on in my chalice. Cloudy gold, it all looks very appetizing.

S - Very bready and some burning alcohol.

T - Wham bam, thank you ma'am, this tripel kicks like a bronco. Intensely phenolic. The alcohol is right out there, it actually tastes stronger than the 9% Chimay Blue. Not only that, I get an aggressive hop profile. Tasty and complex, but very aggressive. I like this a lot, but I'm not always in the mood for it.

M - Feels well-bodied, almost too well-bodied. This is always a burpy brew for me.

D - A beer that always kicks my ass. When I want this, I want only one. In some ways, I like this better than the Westmalle tripel, but it isn't as drinkable.

Patrick999, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a big off white head

S - Is of fruity malt yeast and some spice

T - Follows the smell fruity malt yeast spice and a little bit of alcohol

M - There is a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - This is a very good beer that lives up to its reputation its definitely worth a try sometime

armock, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
1.58/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I must have missed the boat with this one. Last night I tried the second one of the two I bought this past Saturday. It was syrupy thick and sickeningly sweet and after two sips I gave it to my buddy who'll drink anything. If this was the last beer on the planet, I'd stay sober with little problem. This beer was terrible. I will not subject myself to this again.

bigpatvoodoodad, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured and orange color with bubbles rising to the top. Cloudy appearance also.

S- This is an odd nose. I got leather that had been sitting in water rotting. Also tobacco smoke. This is a complex nose.

T- Bitter orange, barley and wheat mostly.

M- High carbonation

D- I did not like this much. Too bready, seems like it is a beer that had gone bad.

Mudpuppet, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had me at hello, wowing me with a first-rate appearance. Three fingers of snowy-white foam capped a cloudy, orange-peach body, just sublime. The smell is heavily malted with a bit of fruit--lemon, orange peel, grapefruit--and spice--most notably ginger and a dash of pepper--lingering. The taste brings these flavors to the fore with a strongly carbonated texture that lays an extra helping of malt out to enjoy. It's rather late, or I'd grab a second.

Chimay Tripel is splendid, a great nightcap on a cold night by the fire. Life is good.

Gehrig, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Squaretooth
1.45/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz short bottle. I popped this as my first beer of the day and poured it into an Orval goblet. Lots of carbonation. Pours with a thick even head that gently subsided leaving fine even lacing. So far so good. It has an opaque murky amber color with a very light unimpressive apple-citric smell. Much less fruity smelling than other triples I’ve had. I’m starting to worry.

Mouthfeel has a carbonated bite that stings the back of the throat on the way down. Taste is extremely carbonated and has a foul aftertaste. This one is losing me fast. The tripel itself has a very unusual and hard to describe taste. Not very pleasing at all and not what I’ve come to expect based on previous reviews. Going, going…. At $5.49 a bottle, definitely overpriced and I’m certainly glad I only purchased one. My first and last Chimay…gone. I am not going to slam this but this certainly ranks among the least favorite tripels I’ve had. Too bad as I was expecting much more. The Val-Dieu tripel I had yesterday was far superior in every aspect but the head. I think I’ll pop one to get the taste of this out of my mouth.

Squaretooth, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into wide rimmed goblet. Color is a cloudy pale orange with white foam which dissipates, good lacing. Aroma is fruity with the heavy esters that you expect from a Belgian brew. Flavor matches the aroma with the fruity, almost chewy, esters mixing with the pale malt and gentle hop bitterness. Finishes smooth and well balanced. A true classic.

TheBCrew, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber/orange color with fantastic head and nice lacing. It has a great citrus scent, very fruity, flowery, and aromatic, with a little bit of sour undertone. Nice taste, an excellent blend, nice and malty, with nice fruity hits (such as orange) and other flavors, such as butterscotch. Goes down great for an 8%. I love all the Chimays, and while the red is my favorite, I'll never say no to a white.

JamesS, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved Chimay Red, and this one was equally amazing... Chimay may just be my favorite all time brew... the white tripel is outstanding... pours a hazy, light brown, off color cloudy appearance with decent head... smell is very fruity with a rich aroma with bananas and fruit... tase is exceptional... fruity, with citrus aftertones, banana flavor and with an 8% abv, it is hardly noticeable behind a conglomeration of wonderful flavors that melt in the mouth... amazing brew... Definietly recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Deadstar
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Please note that this is my first review. I'm also relatively new to tasting/review so there are many flavors, smells, and other things that I have yet to put names to, so take this for what it's worth. (I was lucky enough to get a gift certificate to a nice place that carried the Red/Blue/Triple and was able to pickup a small bottles of each. I had heard many good things so I decided to check it out...Anyways, on to the review!)

Appearance: Vigorous pour with a thick creamy head that settled slowly. The color of the Triple was golden, very close to the color of honey.

Smell: A quick whiff reveals fruit and spice, like some of the other reviewers noted.

Taste: Quite nice, the flavors seem to roll off quickly after letting it slide down. The taste of alcohol reveals itself at the end. It is very smooth and is a delight to drink.

Mouth feel: Quite light, very nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this quite a bit, but I don't think that I could drink a lot of it at one sitting. I've enjoyed taking my time with it and trying to put my finger on the different tastes that the triple provides.

Good stuff!

Deadstar, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Distinctive stubby 11.2 oz bottle poured into my new chimay chalice that i got in the holiday pack from my gf. Freshness date (?) is L07-442, whatever that means. I guess it was bottled this year as it was purchased at Vidalia which i do not think has been open for a full year.

Not quite aggresive enough on the pour, i guess. Didn't want to dump the yeast into this beauty so i ended up with about a fingers worth of head that, even at the end of my glass was still a thin covering. Left some lace.

Smell is pretty clean. I guess this isn't going to be a funky tripel. There is some detectable alcohol and some belgian yeasty esters as well as a sweetness that is nice in the aroma but i only hope doesn't dominate the taste. Very enjoyable.

Taste is nice and dry, balanced bitterness and some spicy and fruity notes from the yeast. Mouthfeel is light and medium high carbonation makes this one quite refreshing. This one could be dangerous because it is fairly strong (8%) but is very light-bodied and drinkable. A very good beer and one that is not too expensive and widely available--is there any reason not to drink this beer?

wheelinshirt, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Slow pour, as I prefer to keep the yeast in the bottle.

A - somewhat hazy, orange/amber color. Carbonation bubbles were noticable in the glass.

S - slighty bitter, yeasty aroma.

T - pleasant tasting, gentle bite of bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied with good carbonation level.

D - very drinkable brew.

Final Note: I've had a few Tripels and found the others to have been much sweeter than this brew was. I like bitterness and I like this Tripel.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one at Tapwerks in OKC, I happen to like this one quite a bit, but not like the Grand Reserve. I was extremely impressed with the Grand Reserve but I have to admit I was a little dissapointed when I drank this one, thinking it would have the same quality as the GR but I did enjoy it nontheless

skeetermoses, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Squat 330ml standard Chimay bottle.. shared with Brenda from a tulip glass... I'm complaining about work... she's listening.

Short 1" head that doesn't stick around... no lacing and a hazy lite orange brew.

Lite fruity notes and spice ... a little maltiness. but not alot to brag about.

Flavor is better than the nose.. Belgian pale malts with a distinct husky grainy mark that lingers... there are the same low fruity flavors.. slight cherries and mango.. drier than expected .. lite medium body with a very crisp carbonation.

I hate saying it, but Chimay White leaves a little to be desired.. I desire a little more of everything.. nose, pronounced flavor, and body. I've had this beer probably dozens of time over the years and until know, I've always considered it a "benchmark" triple; I don't anymore.

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of blakesell
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

Appearance- Before opening I noticed my bottle was oozing a little liquid from the side of the bottle. Not a good sign. Beef pours a solid hazy orange with a decent finger high head of tiny bubbles. Lace isn't near as much as I would expect on a beer of this gravity.

Smell- Skunked? Chimay? Somehow this less than 8 month old bottle has become skunked. It still smells like a tripel, sweet and fruity, but the skunk overpowers the rest.

Taste- Not as badly skunked on the tongue, banana, peach, wheat, yeastiness, the skunking is still there, orange. I hate to be this scathing on a trappist beer.

Mouthfeel- Dry and warming, highly carbonated. Slightly creamy.

Drinkability- Usually the drinkability on this beer is much higher, but now it is really a difficulty to drink. I suppose it would be good to watch light sources on these beers, but the location I bought at had no flourescents around at all, so I just can't explain this skunking.

blakesell, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Lukie
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Dark Gold, poured with a decent 2 finger head that dissipitated slowly into a nice lacing. The colour itself is like a dark rich honey.

Marmalade and slightly medicinal. It is incredibly sweet in the aroma, like some fresh honey or home made marmalade. Hints of sweet caramel also linger. Amazing smell. Absolutely amazing.

Some nice malt sweetness, particularly honey, with some sour apple, cloves and some refreshing alcohol in the aftertaste. It is a touch different. Really smooth and well carbonated, it is surprisingly easy to sit back and drink for the high alcohol. Gives Karmeliet a run for my favourite Triple.

Lukie, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RE-REVIEW 10/27/09

back label has batch code of 08-208

but the importer label has production date of 2008.01.01 and a "best by" date of 2011.01.01... hmm...


appearance needs to be readjusted to my current standards. still a bit phenolic, esp as it warms, but again, need to bring up the scores to my current standards.

half point bump across the board.


brought back a bottle from a belgian beer bar here in beijing, called "beer mania". poured into chalice.

hazy brownish orange, lots of pillowy head that lingers and leaves behind a little bit of lace.

aroma is hint of fruit and spice, but mostly yeastiness and i guess what i'd describe as some "medicinal" hop.

the taste starts with some upfront bitterness and tartness, and you can certainly pick out the malt, but there is again something medicinal which slightly distracts me. there is fruitiness, but perhaps reminiscent of orange peel rather than the fruit itself. the bitterness lasts quite a while on the palate.

pretty smooth, substantial. carbonation seems fitting.

overall still decent, but the medicinal notes cut down on drinkability somewhat. watch out - the 8% ABV is cleverly hidden.

tai4ji2x, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml brown bottle into a Chimay Chalice. BB 2010.

A- Foggy orange in color with decent fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S- fairly yeasty nose with nice spices and some fruity undertones. Alcohol is fairly well hidden in the nose.

T- Is of somewhat sour yeast and tasty spices with some nice malt sweetness and hints of pepper, clove, cardamom possibly, with some citrus as well. Somewhat bitter and grassy hops make up a slight dry lingering finish.

M- smooth and aggressively carbonated on the tongue. Silky and somewhat powdery.

D- Very good sipping beer.

Overall a decent brew from Belgium that i wouldn't mind having again at some point, recommended.

drinkininthewood, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of BeerLover729
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a thick pillowy three to four finger head that barely diminishes atop the hazy golden liquid in my chalice. The smell is sweet but astringenty with distinct clove note. The taste is dry at first with a beautiful, almost butterscotch, creamyness, perhaps from diacetyl, that fades into a light malty sweetness. This beer finds an amazing balance between malt and candied sugar. The body is light medium with crisp almost sharp carbonation and lovely smooth finish. This beer spills down my throat like solf silky chocolate milk. This is a great beer.

BeerLover729, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of joepais
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured hazy gold big pillowy head .Aromas of fruit (yeast) and spices. Nice clean mouthfeel good carbonation. Flavors of sweet fruit and malt with a lite bitter hop finish This is a soild triple not one of my personal best but solid none the less

joepais, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Once again this is a standard beer. A good example of a trippel but nothing special or terribly unique. pours clear yellow and bubbly as hell. good nose for a trippel, but the taste seems almost false. It feels like a they are faking it some how with the malts. I dont know how to explain this but it is like a mock trippel taste. like sugar free candy as opposed to candy. dont let this take away from it though as it is still better than any american brewed trippel i have had as of yet. good buy

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of BarryNL
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very attractive beer - a hazy honey gold with a large fluffy head which lasts for ever and coats the sides of the glass.

S: Trappist yeast, slight fruit and spice. Fairly clean aroma - a more complex aroma would be welcome.

T: Unusual - very strong orange peel taste - the bitterness in this beer almost seems to come more from orange peel than from hops. No detectable hop flavour, but trappist yeast flavour is also strongly present.

M: Good, chewy and full bodied - I assume that sugar is used in this beer as with most trappist styles, but the mouthfeel certainly doesn't suffer from this.

D: The orange peel tang does get a little tiring after a while, but it's an enjoyable beer and I could certainly stand to drink a few of these.

BarryNL, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, golden-orange brew. Tightly compacted, off-white head.

Smell: Orange peel, yeast. Hops, malt and alcohol apparent.

Taste: Complex orange flavors, nutty qualities with a spicy hop bite. A strong malt presence supports the flavors under the surface.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. This brew has a rustic feel to it.

Drinkability: A great treat in the world of beer. Challenges the drinker, but remains very refreshing.

SargeC, Dec 09, 2007
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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