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

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3,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,710
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 171
Gots: 288 | FT: 1
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 bonbright7
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a flowing tap at Waterzooi in Garden City, NY, among others in the capable hands of two pretty bartenders. Served in a short wide goblet, it measured a healthy head atop a red-brown ale that looked just fine.

It tasted smoothly with a bitterness and a strong coffee taste that reminded me of a famous Irish ale. I could see why it was in the line up as it matched well with the Belgian menu of the cafe.

I enjoyed the Chimay triple, but I realised it was probably too strong for many who might be looking for a malty cream taste.

bonbright7, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with lots of carbonation. mabey two fingers of nice white bubbles. The color is yellowy orange to amber.
I smell cloves hops and a lemony caramel,plus a little alcohol.
First taste is very clean but a little bitter. Fruits cloves and hops are very prevalant. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and clean.
Pretty good lacing on the goblet.
Drinkability is not as good as the Chimay Red. Still a great beer.

peabody, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

751 ml. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange/gold color, with lots of carbonation. White head is thick and foamy... lingers for a while and then becomes a thick foam atop the beer.

Smell: Has a very nice, complex aroma of yeast, ripe fruits (such as peach and banana), spices, etc.

Taste: The taste has the ripe fruits and some of the yeast and spices, but it lacks a certain complexity. The aftertaste has a very noticable alcohol taste that is a bit overwhelming and distracting. The beer's main flavors, though, are quite well balanced and nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is nice and light.

Drinkability: The strong, prominent, and mostly unchallenged flavor of alcohol in the aftertaste makes it a bit difficult to drink at times. That said, it is still quite drinkable (if you drink it slowly), and though the alcohol level is high, it isn't overbearing.

A good beer, but not my favorite tripel. The appearance and smell are very nice, but the taste just doesn't have the complexity of others. Additionally, the strong alcohol in the taste is troublesome. That said, I'll certainly give this another try.

mithrascruor, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Graebner
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light rust brown with a couple fingers of head that dies to about a finger of white lace. Body is translucent and cloudy.

Smells rich and complex...alcohol is noticable in the form of spiciness, intense fruity esters (banana, pears, peaches), some biscuity smell.

This beer tastes fantastic! Cake-like sweetness is prominent in the taste, as are the fruit esters. The spice is slightly more muted than in the nose, but still very well balanced. Hops are noticable in the back, drying and rounding out the drink. The sweetness is really unique; it's very smooth and velvety, quite incredible.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal as well. Light carb up front, velvet diacetyl smoothness all over the mouth, and a crisp, clean finish that leaves just a hint of bitter.

Overall a tremendous and eminently drinkable beer. Wow.

Graebner, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of michizane
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottled at a gourmet food chain in town. Appearance-wise, rather cloudy and a pleasant shade of tan and golden-yellow; poured a large, lasting, creamy head that was almost three fingers wide and left a nice lace in its wake. Nicely carbonated (definitely not too gassy!) with a spicy aroma. Taste-wise, pleasantly heavy on the malt with a sweet and buttery flavour that nicely masked the bitter aftertaste. On the whole, a pretty full-bodied and complex beer with nice hop notes. Very drinkable. My first tripel, and definitely not my last.

michizane, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured orangish with a thick, white, well-retained creamy head. The head lowered eventually, leaving a swirling head and lacing. A treasure to look at.
The smell was fruity with alcohol notes.
The taste was of various fruits and nuts, with hints of caramel. Complex and rich. It had an alcohol finish. Wonderfully balanced!
The feel was thick, creamy and rich. Overall, it was delicious and smooth. A great "sipping" beer, that easily tempts to more than sip.
IMO - of the three "colors" of Chimay, this is just ahead of the red and just behind the blue - but, all three are delightfully exquisite.

jwc215, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An exciting start as the cork literally popped out of the bottle upon being uncaged. Pours a hazy gold with sediment present and many tiny bubbles. Head is two fingers thick of light tan that fades down slowly leaving a cap and minor lacing behind. Nose is yeast up front and hops (noble?). Tastes of yeast and hops up front with a touch of alcohol, then some sweet honey-like malt. Finishes from sweet to bitter, with mild hops closing it. Mouth is quite bubbly and halfway between watery and syrupy, if that makes sense. Pretty good. Drinkability is very good; it’s a pleasant beer with a good smell and taste with a well-integrated alcohol content. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

Overall: Good all around. Recommended.

jettjon, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. What a great place for beer!

Pour is semi-cloudy golden with a huge meringue-like head that stays and leave lots of sheeting.
Smell is of yeast, malty caramel on pears, a hint of banana.

Taste is bright and picquant, surpisingly sweet for a trippel. Nice hoppy notes of sweet citrus and pine.

Very nice round mouthfeel with soft and pleasant carbonation.

Quite drinkable, almost sessionable except for the alcohol. Go get some now.

ColoradoBobs, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright light orange with a small head that melts to very fine lacing.
Aroma is very typical belgium yeast and sweet malts.
Taste is also typically belgium but with a lighter, brighter finish than I am used to. Sweet start...dry and citrusy....grapefruit hops finish.
Very nice full carbonated mouthfeel.
Nice dry citrus aftertaste makes you yearn for the next swallow.
I love a tripel and this is one of the best.

IntriqKen, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at The Old Monk, in Texas. Appearance was pale gold in color, with a moderate head which subsided into lacing over time. The aroma consisted of yeast & malt, but the hops really came through for a Belgian. Some spicy notes were also present. The taste was slightly sweet at first, with a good hop balance which was present more in the finish. I also picked up some clove/pepper towards the end. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a body that seemed lighter than the bottled version (which I would call medium bodied) and somewhat more carbonated. Warmth from the alcohol was present, but fairly well hidden. Drinkability was high, and I would consider this beer a troublemaker in that you are unlikely to realize the ABV from the taste.

, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of k75
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap

golden straw in color - good tight bubbles in a creamy white head

decievingly light on the palate and yet fuller flavors appear as it warms

alcohol is smartly hidden and this beer has a refreshing quality to it for such a strong ale

oddly, this beer suffers from being too widely available, but should not be overlooked.

a classic.

k75, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Pours a nice golden yellow in color, lots of carbonation, huge foamy head that hangs around for a long time, very nice lacy which hangs around throughout the drink.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, pears, slight bananna, grapes.

T - The taste is tangy and kinda sweet, slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Drinkable. A very nice brew from Chimay, would recommend.

Wasatch, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of MiScusi
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've maybe only had around 50 total beers, but this one I could just not get a handle on. As I was drinking this I could not come up with a way to describe the taste or smell. Yes my palate is inexperienced, but this was also my first Trippel. It was definitely sweet, but I had a hard time picking out individual flavors. The appearance is a fairly clear gold with a huge fluffy white head, whether you try to pour for the head or not, it's still going to be huge. The taste as I can describe it is only sweet. But you could tell there is the faintest of hops at the very back end which may be Saaz? but really I'm not sure. This bottle was loaded with yeast, and since I had to pour about half the bottle, and then wait to pour the rest, the yeast was stirred up and towards the end what I had was a very cloudy beer with tons of yeast in suspension. That definitely seemed to change the flavor to give it more of a "twang" but it was still good. This was still very enjoyable especially at 8% alcohol you definitely aren't going to be complaining.

MiScusi, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Gregorious
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from bottle to awaiting chalice...

A - The base is a nice orange/golden haze. A huge thick, pillowy head stubbornly keeps me 3 fingers away from my beer. As it dissipated there was having lacing along the glass.

S - Spicy...hints of citrus and yeast...and nice hop presence.

T - Cloves and yeast first off. Then a nice hop flavor which is accompanied with a delicious citrus aftertaste and finishes with the warming alcohol.

M - Carbonation expands in my mouth....its like a cloud.

D - Really easy to drink...almost tooo easy ::shifty eyes::. I look forward to buying another bottle as soon as the store opens. Cheers!

Gregorious, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, hazy, gold/orange color with half-inch head and good retention. The aroma is spicy, citrus-like and right on for the style. Taste is also lemony and spicy, with a mild phenolic and peppery bite. Lightly tart but overall a good range and balance of flavors. Alcohol is not too noticible. Mouthfeel has a medium body with a nice creaminess to it. Perfect carbonation. I love Belgian Tripels and this one it a classic example with enough complexity that you can't pass it up.

bennetj17, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite tripels, pours with good head that reduces slightly faster than some other tripels that laces nicely, sweet slightly darker than golden color. Classic tripel taste and smell, slightly citric, hints of spices and some other fruits. Has that nice kind of sticky mouthfeel that stays around for a while. A beer that I will continously buy despite my low wage over and over.

gonzo138, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was highly pleased to see this beer added to the tap selection at my local bar, and the white was one Chimay I had yet to try in any form.

It poured with virtually no head, a cloudy goldish color with a light layer of white lace. It smelled somewhat fruity--both the tanginess of citrus and the sweetness of pear--but this odor was cancelled out by my least favorite scent/flavor in beers thus far: cloves. Along with this was a scent reminiscent of burnt wood.

The mouthfeel burned my palate without letting up throughout consumption - presumably a combination of this brew's inability to hide the alcohol and its clovey quality.

The alcohol/cloves cut through much of the other flavor, leaving behind a little sweet fruitiness.

This beer was not bad, and I'm glad to see it on tap, but it's my least favorite tripel thus far (I've only had a few) as well as my least favorite Chimay.

instrumentality, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from tap at ella's famous wood-fired pizza in chimay chalace
hazy orange amber with off-white head that left sheet lacing.
as far as aroma, very faint (a cig. smoker lit up right next to me, further dulling smell) -- delicate fruit smell with an earthy quality.
very soft strawberry and orange taste behind a center malt character (faint mocha and some earthy quasi-nuttiness) opens to spiciness, then big hop and malt dual-assault bitterness that grows almost sour at tail (tho not undesirably so). lengthy finish that dries out.
medium to full-bodied with walloping texture that rolls over the palate in an aggressive, coating attack that later becomes more of a wash.
fairly delicious with the bitter quality.

villainchiwwin, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all I have to say that this is some damn expensive Belgian beer. $4.75 for a 12 ounce bottle before taxes. I can buy a 25 oz. bottle of Corsendonk for $6.99. But I heard very good things about this beer but so I had to try some. This beer pours a light to medium brown color with an orangish hue and a very nice frothy head that starts out over 2 inches long! Doesn't stay that big for long though. But it remains right down to the last drop. Leaves veyr nice lacing in the glass too. Aroma's of honey, spices, citrus, and perhaps some fruits ensue. Taste pretty much emulates the smells I just described, sweet with some citrus and a bit of fruityness and some malt with the hops of course as well as alcohol. the alcohol sure leaves a nice warming feeling inside. This beer has a very crispy mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. I find this beer to be highly drinkable. It is tasty but not something I think I'll be buying very often due to the high price tag it carries.


neenerzig, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an apricot and honey color with quite a few floaties in it. The head started off impressive, but fell to a thin white film.

Smells of honey and pastries with a sweet and pasty marshmallow yeast. There’s a mellow ambiguous sour fruit in the background adding a lot of depth to the smell.

The flavor starts with a dry yeasty bite, but then unfolds into a bit oh honey, bread dough and a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with hints of hazel nuts and grapefruit.

The mouth feel is medium bodied that’s backed by a huge presence of micro-bubble carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be my favorite of the Chimay ales. It pours an orange-amber with the traditional cloudiness. Impressive head dies quickly that provides a very light lace.

This is the spiciest of the Chimay entries. The aroma has some orange rind, clove and alcohol warmth.

I find myself liking this one more than other trappist ales because of the noticable hop. The aftertaste is a continuation of the hop bite. This is the driest of the Trappist Ales (so far). I like the body and carbonation is very high.

Here's a Belgian ale that's closest to the style I like. So, I imagine if you're a hop head this will be a closest Belgian to your preferences.

smcolw, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap today at O'Brien's and it was served in a Chimay goblet with the silver rim, nice presentation. Bright amber-gold with some peach highlights in the slight haze with a finger of white bubbly foam head that dwindled to a ring in less than two minutes. Good carbonation and lots of thick lacing left after each sip.

Sweet spicy, fruity nose with banana, clove, pear, some citus and notes of yeast and of coarse, alcohol. Un-mistakably Belgian aroma.

The taste is very sweet fruity malt that's bubblegum, banana, pear with the peppery spiceness that turns slightly musty of yeast into a warming, alcohol smooth finish. Sweet and satisfying.

Plenty of body with a somewhat velvety mouthfeel and ample alcohol make this beer a pleasant sipper. Another quality Belgian that knows this style all too well. Tastes great on-tap, but it puts a dent in your wallet...cheers!

scottoale, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At last the Chimay white cap, although to be honest I haven't been holding my breath to get my hands on it up to this point. But let's see what all the fuss is all about...

Pours out a cloudy gold/peach with a fair amount of carbonation action, and a huge chunky off-white head speckled with large bubbles. Sticky coral-like lacing.

Spicy nose at first, black pepper, slight banana and clove. A bit musty, with dry apple peels, grains and yeast. A bit of a citrus zing as well.

Spice and alcohol up front in the flavour, peppercorns and high octane, bitter grains and yeast in the middle with a thin powdering of candi sugar, and a finish of cirtus rind. It's all rather sharp and rough around the edges.

The mouthfeel is fairly average, the real textural action takes place with the spices and rinds in the flavour.

No sir, this Chimay tripel didn't do anything for me at all. It does all mellow out towards the bottom of the glass, but it all still doesn't come together very cohesively.

IronDjinn, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden with a chill and thick white head, lots of bubbles floating to the top. Very sticky lacing, very inviting.

Smell: Spicy, malty, herbal hops and mild alcohol. Almost a pepper like smell, medicinal.

Taste: Very clean malt and grain flavors, spicy character goes up your nose, very mild alcohol warming, plesantly medicinal, mild herbal hops balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bubbly, medium bodied and light to medium carbonation, coats the mouth a little.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and would be excellent with a meal. Finishes so clean and it's smooth, it's warming and well balanced, but very flavorful and palate cleansing.

guitarmage, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours a light brown with orange aspects to it. It is cloudy and has a big frothy head which leaves nice lacing down my glass.

Smell – Smells of light amounts of yeast with white peppercorn. There is some strong citrus…grapefruit and lemon mainly. I also smell a touch of sweet banana. There is a little bit of hop aroma as well. Fairly nice effect.

Taste – I get more yeast when I taste this beer. Grapefruit is prevalent with a little pepper again. There is a bit of sourness as well. The finish is a mixture of alcohol and hops. Overall not great.

Mouthfeel – It’s a little thin but not too bad. Carbonation felt a little sharp.

Drinkability – I don’t know what it was…but something rubbed me the wrong way here. I found this one a little tougher to finish than most Tripels.

Orrshow, Jun 05, 2006
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 3,710 ratings.