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

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Ratings: 3,870
Reviews: 1,559
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 183
Gots: 388 | FT: 2
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Belgium

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 Floydster
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars, which I found to be a really good deal

Color was a golden yellow with a hint of orange, head was 3/4 inch and soapy, did not dissapate for quite some time, left lots of lacing which was suprising for a beer of this style

Smell was full of sugar and many different fruits, I could definitely smell the Belgian yeast that was in it too, I thought this one was going to be way sweeter than it actually was

Taste was pretty mellow and had a light malty feel, different tastes included burned sugar, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, raisins, and cherries, this one also had a lot of Hops which is not common of most Belgians I have tasted, sweet all the way through until the dry finish

Lots of carbonation and pretty decently full body, taste lasted a long time after each sip

Could have drank a few more of these, not too heavy for how sweet it is and alcohol is high but not deadly like some other tripels

Cannot say anything bad about any trappist beer because they have all been good so far, I can see why this is so popular all over the place, this was quite good for my first experience with Chimay

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

A- Light to medium transparent and golden. Bright white fluffy head and lacing is very clingy. Small microbubbles constantly rising from bottom/middle of chalice.

S- Sweet with hops, sugar, sour fruits such as white grapes with fig or possible light raisin. Creamy smell too then after a deep breath, the alcohol burns and tingles the nose.

T- Bitter sour dough bread. Lemony citrus but has a deep finish. Complex while smooth and creamy like the other Chimays.

M- Carbonation is mid to high. Fluff is soft. Very nice mouth thick, full, and profound.

D- Drinkable I would say, but this is my least favorite of the Chimays. All others are more drinkable and more worth the money.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Korova

Hmm, hoppier than most tripels I've tried. Definitely has the trappist yeast character of subtle, earthy spice that mix with the hops into a fantastic aftertaste. Unfortunately, the main flavor is a little too mellow with the malt, leaving most of the taste to the end of the drink.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33, 75 cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: Blondecopper color, disturbed by iyeast. Although saturated, abundant foam.
Smell: hop aroma and fresh, well malty, fruity.
Taste and mouthfeel: bodied flavors and assertive bitterness, after taste bitter and full, slightly astringent and dry (final)
Drinkability: a good Trappist beer in the style triple

Review added 11-11-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

Photo of largadeer
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, hazy blond with a frothy cap of foam. Incredible head retention; it lasted for the entire hour I was sipping on this beer.

Smell: Citrus and spicy hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lemon rind and grapefruit, ample hops, slightly peppery. Smooth and velvety on the tongue. The finish is extremely dry. This is the hoppiest of Chimay's 3 beers.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow and slightly golden color with lots of head formation typical of this style. Aroma is light, perfume-y and champagne-like, with abundant clove-y spiciness. Flavor is also light, alcoholic, and flowery with abundant clove notes and yeasty flavors. Quite nice.

Recommended.

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

Second part of my Chimay trilogy. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with nice 2 finger rocky head. Head slowly decipates and leaves a layer behind for the rest of the beer, good lace but not excessive. Smell is of yeast, fruit, some alcohol, and a grain/bread-like smell. Taste is great. Taste is a mix of yeast, bread, apple, alcohol, some sweets, and some bitterness. Very complex. Moderate carbonation leaves a nice clean mouthfeel with a plesant aftertaste. Overall a very good beer. So far much more to my liking than the red. "Blue" is next.

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

I've had this beer a few times and it is finally time to put the pen to the paper.

a: nice bubbly white head with decent retention rate; beautiful cloudy orangey red body

s: very yeasty and fruity with slight alcohol presence in the back of the nose; sweet fragrance of pears and apples most noticible fruits; not especially fragrant

t: strong alcohol flavors present followed by sweet spiciness and fruity flavors; definitely a little mellow for the style in terms of flavors

m: good light carbonation with a body that is thick/creamy enough to have some substance but light enough to be really refreshing

d: a really great brew w/ well balanced flavors; a little bit much on the alcohol flavors but i could chug this all day; very refreshing for a beer with high alcohol content

Photo of jbsteiny
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice a dark cloudy gold with a decent creamy head that lasted nicely. Light lacing. Smelled inviting, but subtle for the style -- spice, citrus, yeast, diacetyl all present, but mild overall. A bit boozy to the tongue, perhaps because the mild flavors can't quite cover up the alcohol. The slightly bitter dry finish is pulled off, but the whole thing feels off. Even though I think this is the least of Chimay's offerings and that it doesn't stack up against other notable tripels, it's still a very good beer to sip on if it's what's available.

Photo of AlephNull
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been a while since I've had a Chimay that's not the Blue, so it's a nice treat to have something different.

A - Pours a very hazy, almost opaque orange brown with only a light head that leaves a thick and sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Yeasts dominate everything with fruit behind it peaches, bananas -- a bit of lightly citrus and spicy hops in there too.

T - Yeasty and spicy (cloves and something a bit spicier) with a light fruit taste. Less sweet than I'm used to in a triple. The finish is fairly bitter.

M- Medium body with active carbonation -- the bitter finish is fairly astringent.

D- Not blown away by this beer -- I don't know exactly where this beer fits into my life. Is it an afterdinner beer? Not really. With food? Can't think of a perfect pairing. Hot Summer Day? Not so much... Maybe I'll find that perfect moment sometime.

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

This poured an opaque amber with golden highlights and a two finger head that lingered for a little while. The smell is a little yeasty and reminds me of fresh baked bread and a bit of a sweet fruity scent. The taste is very rich with a touch of sweetness and bit of an alcohol presence and a nice little hops bite towards the end that is very crisp and refreshing. There's a reason everyone raves about this beer, it's really damn good for the price. It's very drinkable and I would expect that I could go through a couple of the larger bottles a week if it was in my budget.

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

Poured from a small 11.2 oz bottle with no apparent freshness date. Into the Chimay glass it was a hazy pale orangish white with a soft foam head that left no lacing. It smells of apples and a yeasty aroma. The flavor is spicy with a little nutmeg coming through. It was sweet and a little bit tart. In the mouth it was fast to the punch. This was the first time with this legit tripel. I will definitely come back as I venture more into the Belgian styles.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This classic tripel pours a cloudy orange amber into my snifter. Also, sports a voluminous egg shell white head. Good lacing, too.

A beautiful bouquet found in this beer. A light hop scent mixes with candy sugar, banana, coriander, orange peel and a hint of clove.

Tastes of the aforementioned spices that would cut through nearly any hearty meal. I prefer my tripels a little less spiced and a little more sweetness and fruit. Alcohol and hops mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is noticeably Belgian with the tight crisp carbonation. Drinkability is a bit difficult due to the spices, but the alcohol is deceivingly absent as with many Belgian brews. Not my favorite tripel, but a solid offering and easily found at local bottle shops.

Photo of ralree
2.71/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours nicely into a mug. Honey-colored with a 2-finger white head. Pretty good retention.

S: Banana and some other fruit. Background of grains and yeast. I think this one may be too rich for me.

T: Very rich and bitter, but the best tripel I've tried so far. I think I'm just not a fan of this style. Banana, dried fruit, and alcohol dominate the taste, with a background of some light spices. Bitter bready aftertaste.

M: Highly astringent - to the point of physical puckering and spine tingling. Medium body, which is nice, and the carbonation is decent for the style.

D: Not drinkable for me - the taste is too rich and fruity, and the astringency makes the drink a pain to put down. I'll sadly be pouring the rest of this out.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into chimay chalice, golden color, thick, beautiful foamy head
smells of bannas, figs bread, yeast
tastes is bananas, ripe exotic fruit, brown sugar, yeast, alcohol, exqusite.
mouthfeel is carbonated, and boozey, very drinkable but this one is a sipper, to be savored.

Photo of vondew45
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into a Chimay goblet

A - Hazy yellow with a 1.5 finger head that recedes gently into about an 1/8 inch that never goes away.
S - Medicinal, lemons, citrus.
T - Light alcohol, peppery, light fruit undertones.
M - Smooth, good carbonation, a bit aggressive towards the back
D - Smooth, good, but probably won't go back to it.

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

A: Hazy orange body with a sizable white head that clings to the glass.

S: Soft spices and a hint of yeast.

T: This is a balanced beer with some sweet and bitter tones. It's a refreshing beer, real crisp and clean malts.

S: Smooth and somewhat dry.. the alcohol tingles the tongue in the finish.

O: Very drinkable .. the ABV goes well with this beer..

Photo of ablaze
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a buttery Vermont ham and Dijon mustard sandwich. Went pretty well with it.

Clean white head, golden orange and hazy with full lacing.

Spicy esters and phenolic. Fresh pine needles, apple, peaches, barley grain, and a bit medicinal from the phenols.

Starts off with more phenols, alcohol, spicy hops, and a hint of grapefruit. As it warms up, the sweet and soft scrumptious malts shine through quite well. Like a peppery marmalade on toast. Goes great with the Dijon mustard and smoked maple ham.

Good carbonation and body. Creamy and very lively. Compliments the taste well.

Very complex, alcoholic, and a sipper. Packs a punch, but so tasty and a great tripel. Price is an issue, as with most Belgians, but I'd be happy to oblige now and then.

Photo of sirpsycho
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second Chimay Blanche, first was a draft, this one from a bottle, dated 2006. Hazy, golden pour, nice, frothy white head. Flavor was slight fruit and slight flowery (clove ?). Sort of spicy. Nice beer with no real taste of alcohol present. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Smoother on draft than in bottle.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third beer I had during my Chimay evening, I had all three Chimay beers and some of their semi-soft cheese (blue label).

This beer is slightly cloudy orange colour with a good large white head.

The aroma is all about spice, lemons and yeast.

The taste carries on where the aroma stops, herbs and citrus fruit flavours without the tart sourness that implies.

The flavours stay, this is a fine beer it is the best triple that is easy to obtain and is well worth trying.

Very drinkable beer, just like the other two regular beers the monks brew at Chimay.

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

Poured from a small stubby bottle into an Affligem glass. I have a Chimay glass, but it was dirty from something else. :)

Quite pale, orangish yellow with a large fluffy head. Instant aromas of floral hops, light citrus, and mild spice. Mildly yeasty. Surprisingly light (but not watery) mouthfeel with less fruit character and more malt/yeast than in the aroma. Spiciness remains (aided by the prickly carbonation). Hint of alcohol as it warms. Very refreshing for an 8% beer.

Photo of Sconnie
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Brassarie V in Madison. Poured in to a Chimay goblet. Appearance was a hazy yellow with a white head. Strong fruit and floral aromas. A smooth and nice tasting trippel, with a little bit less yeast presence than some others. A solid brew, but at around 8%, one or two is enough (i happened to nearly finish off the keg, so the bartender gave me a pint glass of the leftover head that settled into a nice amount of beer. After two of these, I was ready to call it a night).

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

330ml bottle
8.0% ABV
I tried this beer on September 13, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured hazy brown with a large generous whitish head. The aroma was a combination of malt, and fruits. I was expecting yeast, it was not there. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, crisp, with high carbonation. The flavour was malty with some bread.

Photo of garbercury
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice...

A--This is a very attractive beer. Full three finger head with plenty of lacing, nice cloudy orange hue.

S--Medicinal and pungent. I smell lemons and orange

T--good flavor, it has a lot of bite to it. You can really taste the alcohol in this one

M--plenty of carbonation

D--Pretty good tripel but no where close to the Premiere, which I consider to be one of the best beers in the world. If you are tripel lover, this is must try/have. Everyone who loves beer should make sure they drink all of the Chimay beers.

Photo of markaberrant
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy orange with a giant white head (glad I used an oversized red wine glass). The yeast was very loose, impossible to not pour it in, unless I only wanted to drink half of the bottle. Effervescent. Gobs of lacing.

S - reminds me of summer fresh; herbal and lemony, but not in a hoppy sort of way, more of a yeasty spice. Some straw/hay as well.

T - nice touch of sweetness combines with the summer fresh tartness. I'm finding it very herbal (juniper berries and/or ginger perhaps?) with a nice blend of spice. Great aftertaste, almost like a completely different beer with a good amount of hop bitterness showing up. Very complex.

M - Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, about as "airy" as a liquid can get. Dry finish on the tongue. Carbonation is high, but does not sting like some belgians.

D - This is superb... my kind of beer.

I REALLY like tripels and some golden strongs, but this one is superb. It seems to hit that middle ground of not too sweet, and not too dry. All I can say is wow!

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,870 ratings.