Chimay Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a golden, apricot with a firm finger's width head. The head is very sturdy as it leaves traces of lace on the sides of the Chimay chalice as I indulge.
Smells slightly hoppy, fruity, yeasty. The taste is exceptional with that great Belgian yeast presence. Very carbonated with orange and lime flavors mingled around the hops. This one has a definite alchohol presence but not to the point of being overwhelming. The creamy thick mouthfeel is wonderfull and the finish is crisp and clean.
This is a top notch beer.
01-02-2005 21:02:48 | More by ggroller
4.1/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours to a deep golden color with a thick, foamy white head. The aroma is yeasty, spicy, and peppery. It also has a sweet candi sugar aroma along with a bit of fruit. The flavor is peppery and yeasty with a herbal and fruity apple taste. It is medium-full in body and drying. I get a bit of alcohol warmth at the end of each sip. A nice drinking beer.
12-29-2004 01:21:34 | More by BeerBuilder
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
This is one of three carried at Trader Joes stores. Appearance, I like the way this beer looks poured into a belgium glass. It pours a nice orange with reddish hues. It has a nice creamy head, that reduces to just a nice 1/4 inch. Smell, I need more practice, but I can definately pick out the citris notes(lemon), and some faint spice and hops. a nice layer covering the beer. The Taste is citris, and well balanced malt and hops. Mouthfeel nice, liquid satin, bubbly and creamy. I can't sit back and drink many, but I will really enjoy a couple.
12-17-2004 02:49:10 | More by aquaderek
4.53/5 rDev +10%
Appearance - This beer had a nice thick, white head. It was slighly hazy, and deep golden in color. Highly carbonated. I do not care for the haze, so bump my score up if that is appropriate for this style. I may also have poured some of the yeast sediment into my glass.
Smell - I detect some fruit in there. Maybe even vanilla, banana, and about a dozen other things I cannot righly place. This beer beer has an appealing, nifty nose.
Taste - All the tastes in this beer are difficult to describe. Alcoholic flavor is present, but it is mixed with all sorts of fruit, maybe even something reminiscent of pineapple and banana. Sweetness dominates, but seems to be offset by hops that sneak around in the background. Delicious!
Mouthfeel - Substantial, but also quite smooth. There is not doubt that this is a serious beer.
Drinkability - Dangerously drinkable. I keep wanting to have more and more, yet at the same time I want to drink slowly so that I can savor it.
Comments - The excellent reputation of this brand is well deserved. Don't have friends if you have this around; they will drink it all up. I can't wait to get some more. The 11.2 oz. bottle is a nice touch.
12-16-2004 03:10:09 | More by mgdeth
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
Purchased in an 11.2 oz. bottle. Poured into my Chimay glass; has a slightly hazy apple juice color with carbonation movement funneling from the bottom of the glass.
A really crisp sweet smell with a nutty wheat aroma, the hop aroma is unique with hints of pine, herbs, grapefruit, and lemon.
The taste is a light sweet and acidic lemon grapefruit wheat flavor with a nutty pine background that has the same finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium with a dry texture and a soft lively carbonation throughout to the aftertaste.
The drinkability is great could be a session beer, watch out for the eight percent. The aftertaste is limited and disappears in minutes but lingers the crisp wheat.
12-06-2004 04:38:09 | More by Troyone
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours with a vigorous carbonation resulting in a high head that is amazingly fluffy and long-lasting, subsiding to a rocky bubbly mass. The head is off-white over a golden-orange brew with good clarity. The aroma is very nice, with lemon hints, a little caramel, and some spicy honey-like notes. The flavor is crisp and rich, slightly sweet, with more honey and malt notes and a faint harshness from alcohol strengh. A little hops at the end gives it a bit of a bite. Mouthfeel is perfect for style, with a little overcarbonated spike. Drinkability is good too although the alcohol level is a little too obvious. To me this is the best of the Chimay brood and a world-class beer.
12-03-2004 02:50:07 | More by KroMagnon
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
The first choice from my Chimay sample pack (blue, red, and white with glass) because I've tried and liked the other 2 but usually not a big fan of whites.
Pours brownish-orange and not clear at all. Sniff is true of other whites, maybe a little more refined. Late whiff of flowery hops.
11-29-2004 00:42:05 | More by heinekenike
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
My first foray into Chimay...picked up an 11.2 oz bottle for $3.00 at Papago Brewing Company.
What a beautiful pour! Golden cloudy orange in color with a nice long lasting head. Smell is of fruits and spices. The first few tastes were warmer-uppers. Starts off very lively on the palate because of the carbonation. It has a nicely blended mix of the fruits, spices, yeast, and malts with an initial hop overload finish that disappears as quickly as it came on. The beer becomes more drinkable as it warms and because one has had a chance to become adapted to the alchoholic warmth.
11-25-2004 00:54:10 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev -2.9%
This was an amber ale that surprised me by being relatively clear. The way I poured it out gave it a very large head, that took a while to die down.
The aroma was tart and hoppy, a little hint of spices and citrus (but very subtle).
The taste was complex... bitter on the foretaste, hoppy, with slightly fruity overtones (mostly apples and pears). It gave a nice warm afterglow.
I thought it was a nice, well-balanced beer that was a good example of the style.
11-23-2004 04:31:18 | More by connecticutpoet
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
This beer came to me with about a finger-thick head which quickly went down to a nice ring of foam about the glass. The color was a cloudy orange. There was good lacing as it went down. The smell was malty and fruity. The taste was very complex: it was spicy, and had an orange pith bitterness to it. Mouthfeel started out sweet and led to a dry bitterness. Overall, a good beer, but I wasn't wowed by it. I didn't feel it was as life-changing as other Belgians I've tried.
11-17-2004 14:29:43 | More by tomthumbsblues
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
This arrived as a bright yellow and gold without much head. There's a few lines of lace left behind, but not much.
Esters are definitely present in the smell, and to a lesser extent, the front of the taste. Hops and alcohol take over the finish. A touch of citrus adds to the overall flavor.
The mouthfeel is relatively sharp and light. While easily detectable, the alcohol doesn't take away from the drinkability.
11-15-2004 04:02:11 | More by watermelonman
4/5 rDev -2.9%
A solid well above average brew. Pours a lemon colr with a nice small head that leaves oustanding lacing. Smell is that of grass and citrus..very inviting. Taste is intitially lightly sweet, then yeasty and citrusy....ending in a nicely tart finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry...yet smooth. Drinkability is very good for an 8.0 abv.
11-13-2004 01:05:28 | More by edchicma
3.43/5 rDev -16.7%
750mL: Golden orange hue, long-lasting 1cm white head, light yeast deposit. Very dry aroma with far less events happening than moinette blonde. Light alcohol touch provides a rather heating character, very herbal, moderately hoppy, grassy. Decent honeyish malt base on the tongue though it fades into an extremely dry finish. This wants to be westmalle tripel a bit too much for its own good, but it doesnt even come close in the mouthfeel department where this one seems a bit overcarbonated, bubbly even and medium bodied at most. It certainly has an irony quality to it, or at least very mineralic, which I sometimes appreciate, but it didnt seem to fit with the alcohol in here. Finish is hoppy, salty. Decent take on the style.
11-09-2004 01:22:55 | More by Rastacouere
3.78/5 rDev -8.3%
Sampled at the 2004 BA Belgian Beer Fest. First sampled it in a bottle, then on tap, since usually I don't think that Belgian beers carry over to a tap nicely.
This one was the exception. Pours with a dark golden body and a fairly thick head. Nice lacing throughout. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, almost like a maple syrup or a molasses, with some slight tart notes. The flavor was a bit subdued over the bottle. Very dry mouthfeel, almost astringent, and the tastes tend to linger for a while. The end result is a pleasant tripel, and a very drinkable one at that. Suprisingly good for a tap tripel.
11-07-2004 20:52:21 | More by kaszeta
2.73/5 rDev -33.7%
Pours a yellow golden color. Thick, white head with small tight bubbles that really stick to the sides of the glass. Light, spicy smell. Musty taste. The mouth feel is great, but the musty basement taste is not. It leads into a mildew like aftertaste like I would imagine licking my basement floor would taste like. This has the making of a good ale, but ends up with the flavor of a skunked, stale macro lager. Disappointed, as I like the blue and red although over priced.
I may try this again, if someone else buys one as the reviews indicate it is a good example of a triple. I did not care for it and hope this was just a bad bottle. I tend to think not however, because it still had some very positive attributes. Taste and especially aftertaste were not among them.
11-01-2004 21:08:54 | More by sacfly
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
11.2 oz brown bottle. The beer pours a hazy dark gold/light brown. Massive and I mean massive initial head. Fantastic lacing.
The beer has a nice aroma of fruit and malts. Bits of hard candy and molasses in the background.
Great tart and slightly sour taste. Beer has apples and a bit of pear in the flavor. Seems to be mildly hopped. Beer has some subtle complexities that revel themselves as you drink it. I noticed the fruit faded a bit in the background while a fresh hay type flavor emerged.
Great carbonation and slightly astringent mouthfeel. Drinkablity is very good for a beer that is this strong. A real winner here and one to be savored.
11-01-2004 00:19:55 | More by Redrover
3.68/5 rDev -10.7%
This poured with a large head that dissipated pretty quickly but stayed in lumps here and there. The beer itself was a lovely orangey colour. Lots of floating sediment, like other Trappistes that I've tried.
Not much smell to speak of, but quite a strong taste - banana and pine are prevalent, althought he pine seems to dwindle as it warms up. Very hoppy aftertaste.
10-25-2004 19:37:33 | More by chunkylover53
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Woww what a great( hoppy& fruity) smell followed by a mabey even better ( bitter & clean) taste and a great aftertaste almost purely of good& fresh hops. Could have a litle more body but most certaily one of my favorite beers! For sure worth trying if its around!
09-21-2004 11:21:00 | More by paterlodie
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
Pours with a rich, thick, creamy white head. Is a slightly cloudy medium caramel color with more than I expected carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Fruity plum, apricot aroma but with a hint of crisper maltiness.
Wonderful blend of flavors. It starts light but almost immediately follows with a meduim, well balance and moderated apricot/plum fruitinesss. This is not an overpowering in Belgian characterists but is rather a wonderful harmony of those characteristics. It finishes a bit on the crisper end and leaves no aftertaste. I loved this and would do it again (and again and again).
09-19-2004 00:54:50 | More by canoehornpoint
4.6/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a hazy deep blond color with a foamy indestructable head. It lasts till the end of the glass and leaves a coat of lace behind. The aroma is malts, spices, kandy sugar and floral hops. The taste is light and complex at the same time, with an initial hop bite that leads into nice herbal and spicey notes (pepper is evident). Theres also floral hop notes and a fruity yeast in the middle. The finish is very bitter and slightly medicinal. The mouthfeel is mouthcoating but not excessive in its thickness. This beer conceals its ABV quite well. It has a great depth of flavor (with lots of hops) making it one of the better tripels Ive tried.
09-18-2004 01:19:24 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown ale with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma is mix between Belgian spices and strong malts and floral hops. Taste is quite delicious with again some spices showing up (some peppers?), strong malt with excellent body and all of this covered with floral hops. Less sweet then other tripel such as Westmalle but still very enjoyable overall.
09-13-2004 15:33:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge billowy white head. Aroma is of overripe citrus, spice with a little bit of lite brown sugar. Taste is nice with a malty sweetness giving way to a light spicyness. A touch of sweeness, but it finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation that refreshes. The alcohol is a touch noticable as it warms. Drinkability is good as well. Say what you will about Chimay, but they are a steady if not spectacular beer. Nothing that will wow you, but consistant
09-07-2004 16:08:54 | More by TinusTime
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
75 cl bottle. Cork date was 07/2001.
Pours a cloudy orange yellow hue. Has a 1 finger head which faded in a couple of minutes leaving a smattering of lace. The smell is of spices ; black pepper, lemongrass etc. The beer tastes like it was stored in an oak barrel ; a pretty strong smoked wood, musty, vinous taste with a hint of black pepper, cloves and oranges. Finishes with a tangey, dry hop tone.
A most excellent Belgian pale.
09-07-2004 05:30:30 | More by beerceller99
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
Appearance: Somewhat cloudy deep orange/pale rust with a thick, rocky eggshell head with excellent retention. Active, fine carbonation. Super thick lacing and a collar throughout.
Smell: Ah, Belgium. Yeast funkiness, crisp citrus sweetness and the usual clove spiciness. Slightly buttery and malty as it warms. Complex, but fairly mild overall.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Spice and candi sugar right off the bat with a lemon/orange citrus crispness mid palette, a long white pepper finish and perhaps a hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel is crisp and on the light side, but coating.
Drinkability: Light, crisp and flavorful at 8%; what's not to like?
While not particular novel or exciting, this is a solid example of the style, and a quite tasty one at that. This is sort of the slacker little brother of the Chimay family; it's definitely not an overachiever, but it's hard not to like this beer.
09-04-2004 06:08:18 | More by WetCoaster
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a big head on top of a murky orange / yellow body. Lots of particles swimming around in there. Lovely spiciness to the smell with a little hop. The main flavors are a medium spice and medium hops at the middle and finish, which linger in the aftertaste. The carbonation tingles the tongue on the finish at the same time the hops hit. There is a slight flavor of alcohol. The balance of hops and spice are good in this one. Good for people who like a tripel with spice and hops, with little fruitiness.
08-30-2004 13:25:02 | More by danadeny
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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