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

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3,784 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,784
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 175
Gots: 322 | 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 meadhead
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Feels kind of holy
And truly world class:
caramel yeast - spice
yet nothing too decadent or overwhelming
{Much like a monk
has a simple-steady
humble feel}
a perfect 8.0 ABV for a tripel
only creeping up
in after-taste to remind you

drinkability is exceptional
and the high point
easy to taste and enjoy
very well made

meadhead, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't know if I'm just partial to different tripel's, but this one just doesn't live up to the hype in my eyes. Poured out of a corked, 750ml bottle.

It's a good looking beer, golden, beautiful long-lasting head, medium lacing.

Smell's very nice, incredibly fruity, with spicy undertones.

I wasn't blown away by the taste. It isn't nearly as complex as I like my tripels (hat's off to final absolution), and i just kept finding myself wanting more out of it than i got. It's fruity, very mildly hopped, and quite light. It hides the abv well, but still shines through every few sips.

It's medium bodied with heavy carbonation that retains throughout the entire bottle. Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste that makes you want to drink more... (don't you ALWAYS want to drink more?)

I don't think this is a very drinkable beer. Given the price, and given the taste, I just can't hang. I would never pass one up if bought for me, but I won't go out of my way for it.

SaucyA, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cool crisp tripel. Very nice lacing- not as spicy as far as aroma goes- lacks the pervasive fruity characteristics. Hop bitterness makes itself known right away- the mild yeast flavors are immediately counteracted by the strong bitterness. Somewhat different than many other tripels, a more refreshing and drinkable take on the style. Finished clean and dry with a slight note of alcohol and hops.

kernalklink, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a giant white fizzy head. There is a ton of yeast in the bottle so be careful pouring. The smell is a strong lemon.alcohol,candy sugar,and a "bisquity" aroma. The taste is full of carbonation, candy sugar,alcohol, lemon,and bread yeast. A good flavored beer,yet nothing really outstanding. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. My only problem with this beer is that it's lighter and thinner than other tripels. Still it's not bad, and worth a try.

jmz62565, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prominent yeast in the nose. Poured cold, three inch white head wafted light malt. Sparse lacing.

Earthy hop character on first taste. Fruity aromatics from the yeast that hit the nose inform the flavor. Grainy malt flavor, befits the hazy golden brew. Warming imparts a slight alcoholic hit on the palate.

Very easy to drink, light flavor belies 8%. Excellent tripel, though not as complex as Westmalle or Karmeliet. Flavorful and easy to drink, will pair nicely with a wide range of foods. Good introduction to Belgian ales and tripels.

BretSikkink, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33CL bottle into a snifter.

Clear amber hue with a light red tint. An off white thick head explodes to fill almost half the glass. The head is thick and pillowy, and lasts forever. Large spots of lace stick on the glass.

Sweet candy like aromas are present with a little bit of alcohol. Relatively clean, without any overwhelming characteristics.

Grainy malts along with a mild fruitiness. A balancing bitterness is present, but doesn't dominate the palate. Some light phenols and delicate spice give a little character to the flavor. Light bodied with very high carbonation, giving a slightly sharp feel to complement the spices. The alcohol can be tasted, but it is well blended in, making it not-so-overpowering. A light hoppiness is detectable in the back of the mouth, but it serves mostly to balance the sweeter malts. The finish is lightly bitter with a mix of fruit, malts, hops, and alcohol.

When the yeast at the bottom of the bottle is added, a yeasty aroma akin to a hefe weizen is created, with creamy banana and a bit of clove. The taste becomes a little more bitter, with a bit more fruit flavor added.

Probably my favorite from Chimay. This triple can be considered the gold standard. It's a beer everyone should try. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured some from a 750 into the tumbler that was the only thing available in my hotel room. A nice clear bronze color with a head as pure white as the virgin snow. Lacing was outstanding as the head slowly receded over several minutes.

Smell is sweet and spicy. Hints of tutti frutti, pear and banana, with a citrusy spice that warms the senses. Taste is all of that and more, with a dry alcohol finish that stays with me for some time.

Surprisingly light bodied, with high carbonation. This is a nice drinkable tripel that can creep up on you if you are not careful.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of rec
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another extremely well rounded Tripel, but unfortunately doesn't have much on the Westmalle I tried just days ago.

A bronze pour leaves a foamy head that continues to lace the glass as you drink. Its smell and taste are dominated by spice predominantly, which definately isn't a bad thing in this case. It's smooth and creamy with a yeasty aftertaste and a hint of hop bittnerness.

It's actually really very refreshing and drinkable - a perfect way for someone to get into Belgian beer if they're not familiar with the strikingly bold flavour most brews present.

rec, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this single bottle from Michael's Deli in King of Prussia, Pa. I poured the 11.2 ounces into a pint glass with a bit of a flare (as I am a college student, I can choose between better beer or better beerware).
Appearance: I poured a clouded gold color in the body. The head was an eggshell color. There was a rush of carbination at the beginning, ending with normal retention. The bubbles were larger than average, and stuck mildly to the sides.
Smell: There was a very subtle and understated hops at first that lasted for a short period. Following was a nice malty sense that snuck up on me.
Taste: The malts certainly overpowered the hops for the taste. There was no sense of the fruity aroma from the original waft. There was definatly a single flavor that stood out more than the others, put I had trouble putting my finger on it.
Mouthfeel: I poured it a bit colder than recomended which gave the mouthfeel a bit of rigidity. Once it warmed up a few degrees, the mouthfeel was much more pleasurable for the style. I did, however, feel that it was a bit grainy.
Drinkability: Chimay Tripel is certainly a beer with better than good beer to drink.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is straw gold in color with a rocky bright white head. The head is big and displays some great retention as well as some rings of patchy lacing as the drink is consumed.

There's a touch of brett character here to what is mostly pears and wet hay to me. The scent isn't overly noticeable but it's pleasant and balanced upon detection.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks a little bit more dry and clean then the scent had suggested to me. The alcohol comes through pretty strong amongst a flavor of pistachios and light wheat body. There's a little astringent sting at the back of my palette but aside from that the alcohol washes over my tongue almost vaporous like. The beer drinks really clean and light and as such finishes clean and leaves little undesirable aftertaste.

It's got a good flavor base for preferred drinking but the alcohol presence takes away from it. Perhaps it balances out a little better with age or different serving temperatures but this bottle simply didn't do it for me.

Bottom Line:
Probably my least favorite Chimay but a good showing none the less. I would like to try aging a bottle and perhaps review it again.

Grundle20, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of brdc
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a bubbly white head, thick, that leaves a luscious lacing.
Smell is mostly sweet, sugar and roasted malts, with hints of alcohol and bananas.
Taste is excellent, with a very powerful roasted malt, burnt sugar, warming alcohol and a cleaning, mild hoppiness at the end.
Mouthfeel is also luscious, thick, but I can only have one at a time.
It is very satisfying anyway.
Great as usual.

brdc, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear golden and orange, with a huge marshmallowy head that leaves a laceload of lace.

Belgian character dominates the nose. White pepper, coriander, allspice.

Alot of that same yeast spice character comes through in the flavor. A subtle sweetness supports a peppery, estery domination. May have been stored improperly, a tad skunky and metallic in the flavor. Subtle hop bitterness.

Full bodied and exceptionally refreshing and drinkable. Highly recommended.

nortmand, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of EagleTalon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous white head and Belgian lace. Orange-cloudy color. Aroma is spicy and peppery with a little malt in the background. Flavor is spicy and not too hot for 8% abv. There are lots of fruity esters throughout. Finishes with lingering spice and malt. Very nice brew. Do not drink it ice cold; let it warm up a bit first to get the full effect.

EagleTalon, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown 330ml bottle with Chimay embosed logo (as in the picture above).
Pours clear and golden yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Lots of sticky lacing that lasted throughout. Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Also a nice aroma of peppery spice and some yeast. You can taste the sweetness of candied sugar, along with more fruit and spice. Green apple would be the best way to describe the fruitiness. The finish has a bit of yeast to it. The 8% alcohol is there but well hidden and not too hot.
I would say medium body, but with lots of carbonation that keep the head stable. Easy to drink slowly and enjoy the different flavor and aromas.
A well made tripel, probably the benchmark for the style. This will be the standard which I use to judge other tripels against.
Would like to try side-by-side with some other classics (Westmalle, Karmeliet, etc).

BigBry, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden-orange appearance with a thick light cream colored head. Great head retention that leaves some lacing down the sides. Flowery sweet scent with lemon and grapefruit notes, fig and prune too.

The tripel is crisp and light on the tongue, with alcohol and apple notes dominating the taste. Even moreso as it warms. The aftertaste is a bit too sharp and dry for my liking, but the drinkability is good, it definately gets more complex as it warms and has enough going on that I could have more than one without losing interest.

wagenvolks, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of roblowther
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VERY happy to say I'm having this from my own tap. Pours a clear gold with a dense white head that soon dissipates to a thin layer and some nice lacing. Smells of lemons and pears, with a bit of spice in the background. Tastes sharp at first, then mellows into nice round fruits, pear and bananas. Finishes with a crispness and reminds me of a dry cider. Mouthfeel is full and a bit chewy at the end, its color belies its character. Drinkability is excellent, I fear the keg won't last long. I think the brothers have done a great job with this one. It's a fantastic crossover beer to get someone who has had a few hefes and whose curiosity is peaked into the Belgians. Just nice all-around.

roblowther, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a pretty golden yellow, slightly hazy and very carbonated, right at home in a Chimay chalice. Two or three fingers of egg-white bright head sustains stubbornly. Delicately lovely Belgian lace tickles the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a scent of sweet malt which is duly bested by swirls of yeasty clove and green apple, as well as a dusting of pepper and lemon zest. Alcohol is obvious and airy.

Upon tasting, the malt sweetness is brief and instantly bettered by yeasty esters touting clove and crisp Granny Smith apples. A mild peppery hop bite dries things further, just in time for the alcohol to break on through and simmer the palate in a blatant vinous imitation. The finish is crisp and dry, and slightly bitter, but utterly pleasant. This is a basic, classic taste driven by Trappist principles.

Medium bodied, the carbonation pops holes in the malty blanket laid down by the grain, and the ensuing glow is a mellow buzz.

It starts pretty, and the rest of the experience is damned near as good. It's just what you'd expect if you had to conjure up the memory of a classic tripel. And in spite of the very warm ABV it's very and dangerously drinkable. Either that or everything goes down like silk when you're at Monk's. Still, with proper caution exercised, this is a great, even sessionable, beer that speaks historical volumes.

Foxman, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of pvsob
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours golden yellow with a big fluffy head that sticks around for awhile and leaves lovely lacing.

Aroma - green apples, cloves, yeast.

Taste - A little hop bitterness up front, but moves into a nice yeastiness and finishes with hints of apples and alcohol as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full with huge amounts of carbonation.

Drinkability - This brew has all the characteristics you've come to expect from a Belgian Tripel. Give it a try, but don't expect an epiphany. Cheers!

pvsob, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to try this beer on tap last evening. First time I have seen it on tap so I was quite excited. The brew had a slight haze to it and the color of golden yellow with a fair sized head that had some retention leaving some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was a nice mix of spices, light fruit flavors and a peppery property; this is a nice aromatic brew. The taste is excellent with highlights similar to what was noticed in the nose along with a good amount of carbonation. As the brew warmed I noticed different properties of flavors as the alcohol come out more along with what I think is a more pronounced yeast like flavor, could be wrong on this taste though. Over all this was a very enjoyable brew, one that I really should have more often.

Stimack, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Much lighter than the red or blue with an apricot color to it and a tad larger head that stuck around better than the other two.

Smell: The Chimay yeast quality, but other than that just sort of clean smelling.

Taste: The common Chimay taste, but with a more notable alcohol note that lingers. Some apple tartness and mild hop balanced well with malt and yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dense little carbonation bubbles really hit the tongue providing a very crisp texture.

Drinkability: I like this Chimay, but not as much as the red or blue.

Schwarzbart, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy copper, nice pillowy white head with some real nice lacing. The smell is wonderful, Beligan yeast, light candy. The taste is of sweet malt, some apple, a bit of hop to dry the aftertaste, very nice balance. This ale sits very well on the tongue, nicely carbonated for my taste. This is pretty much what I look for in a beer, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, very drinkable, though this will put you on your ass if you have enough of them.

Gmann, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Finite
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking beer.

Smell is of spices, some alcohol present and pepper-like hints. Spicy yest smooth.

Taste is close to that of a Belgium pale ale. Spicy and refeshing. moderate hop bitterness and the same malt complexity and quality we expect from any trappist product.

I was however a little bored by this beer. I was a refeshing and easy drinking version of what we expect from a country to produce a hard hitting flavourfull brew.

Nether-the-less and great beer and top class, perhaps though a little lower in that particular class.

Finite, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear, gold with a large, frothy, white head. The resulting, sticky lacings lasted throughout the session.

The nose is sweet malt, floral hops and spicy phenols with pepper and coriander.

Sweet malt, candied sugar, funky yeast, apple and grape esters, along with coriander and pepper phenols render this a complex, flavorful brew. The alcohol is also very well masked.

Possessing a medium body with fizzy, creamy carbonation, this brew has a delightful mouthfeel.

For me, this is the quintessential tripel. It tastes great on draft or in the bottle and ages quite well. While it isn't the best tripel that I've tried, it is certainly the most consistent and serves as a wonderful benchmark.

Estarrio, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a thick, fluffy white head that is long lasting with plenty of lacing. Smell was a mix of fruitiness and spiciness - mostly peaches, apricots, and cinnamon and cloves. Taste was similar to the smell, with most of the fruitiness upfront. Extremely easy to drink and tasty. Could have this one all night. A very good beer.

jhu1995, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final of the big 3 from Chimay. First, the beer summary, as I sampled outa my tulip paper cup.

An easy pour resulted with the infamous Massive white Cool Whip head, on top of a cloudy amber brew. Fruity esters and a small pop of sugar cane in both the aroma and taste. Also had some musty notes and sweet malt flavors. A sweet start, and a dry finish.

A pretty good Tripel, but after having a couple others from Belgium, I know there are better – at least IMHO.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Vancer, Dec 20, 2006
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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