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

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Ratings: 3,941
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 196
Gots: 446 | FT: 3
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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 blakesell
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of Lukie
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of joepais
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
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

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of BarryNL
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of SargeC
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Matthewislee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. white bottle,

A: Light/pale orange color, pretty cloudy. I lack a Chimay chalice so I use a stemless red-wine glass, thick, one inch head.

S: Predominant yeast smell, light fruit, definitely apples

T: A rather bright taste, but not without substance. Pretty creamy.

M: Nice fizzy feel, yet like I said pretty creamy from the lingering foam.

D: This is my first Tripel and while I like the Bleu, I think this is a bit more drinkable, though this is certainly a more complex beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. The beer pours a hazy light gold/orange color, forming a 1 inch white head. Medium lacing coats the glass. The aroma is of yeast, sugar, and fruit aromas. The taste is a complex mix of the yeast, dark fruit flavors, light sugar, and a hint of alcohol. There are more flavors present, but these are the most pronounced. Medium and slightly harsh mouthfeel. Not as smooth as expected, but not terrible. Good flavor makes for a drinkable tripel, but the higher abv. keeps this from being a sessionable ale. Overall, not a bad tripel. I guess I expected a bit more from the Chimay name, but I guess they cant be tops in everything. Still, its a good brew, and one I wouldnt mind having again.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. white bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy, light orange into a Chimay chalice, with a full white head, with great retention, pretty good Belgian lacing as well.

S: Smells of yeast esters, yellow apples predominately, and pepper.

T: Taste is an interesting mix of tart apples, bread malt, and a dry, earthy hop character of wet hay and grass. Not the best tasting tripel I have ever had, but nice.

M: Crisp and spritzy, smooth, with a bit of warming character from the alcohol, also has a bit of an herbal feel to it.

D: A good Tripel by Chimay, I liked the beer overall, but didn't really pique my interest, I'd definitely have it again though.

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

picked this one up today. Poured out a very lovely golden color, murky. Nice fluffly head. Instant smells of yeast, flowers, hay, lots of hoppyness.taste bitter orange, fruits, very peppery. can feel the alcohol slightly in the back of my throat. Mouthfeel is tart, slightly thin.This beer is not at all as sweet as I had thought it was going to be, I appreciate the tartness, a nice tripel.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy, thick and honey colored. Lots of head, as with all Chimay beers, although this is more of a thin, white head.

S: Smells crips and clean like a lager, but mild hints of honey and spices as well.

T: Bitter, but not overpowering. Not much malt character, just a bit of sweetness. Some spices in the background, the typical Belgian pepper and such, but subtle.

MF: Very dry but not too bubbly. Noticable alcohol, but overall very smooth.

D: This was OK, but I liked the Grand Reserve much more. There just wasn't enough to balance out the bitterness for me, because the hops had no distinctive flavor. I like the flavor of dubbels more, this is just a bit too subtle.

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

to me, fresh, this is as good as it gets for a Tripel, most american versions these days seem to want to head into the 10% category which unless done perfectly becomes a tough brew, this beer even with Chimay's growth remains a wondeful drinker with a nice kick, its malt character is soft and bready somewhat like a fresh baked sugar cookie with a gentle touch of noble hops, the finish is dry and a tad chalky as happens with many belgians with the sugar addition, but the Chimay is always more subtle on the sugar adjunct with a nice pilsner base, end run on sentence, I truly enjoy this brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Assorted fruit (banana, lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardamom) and yeast must

Taste: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; creamy, with some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice tripel, that avoids the sweetness of some of the other versions of the style; but I am not crazy about the herbacious quality

Photo of neddy191
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours golden in color. slight haze. 3 finger white head that lingers. highly carbonated

s - dominant smell is spicy and phenolic from the yeast. Malt and hops are subdued

t - the taste follows the aroma. There is a definate phenolic as would be expected in a Belgian beer. Mild amount of alcohol flavor. Nicely balanced with some malt and a little hops coming through in the background. Finishes fairly dry and crisp

m - medium body. bounces on the tongue from the carbonation

d - a very drinkable beer for something that comes in at 8% abv

Photo of ruleof72
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden wheat color with a light, white head and good lace. The smell is classic Belgian white with peach,apricot and citrus up front and a hint of bready yeast in the background.

The beer's taste was good. There is an immediate fruity and citrus. I tasted apple, peach, and lemon. There is also the yeast flavors I enjoy so much.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were good. Plenty of carbonation as well. All in all a fine example of a classic style

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

Pours a hazy amber, with an inch or two of white head. Nice lacing.

Taste, and smell, is of belgian yeast, sweet malt, some citrus overtones (more lemon-y than anything else), and some spices (coriander?). Tastes good, solid, but at this price there are other brews I'd prefer. Still, very solid.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold color. tall foamy, white head. head dissipated slowly leaving lacing down the glass. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malty, yeasty and spicy. Some citrus tones.

Taste: Stong, zesty. Malty, but not overly sweet. Some citrusy hops in the finsh.

Mouthfeel: Tingles the mouth. Nice body. Thicker then I thought it would be.

Drinkability: Although not my favorite style of beer, I kind of enjoyed it. Would have it again, but not too frequently.

Photo of hwwty4
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a stubby into a Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy amber with a nice inch head that stayed around for quite a while. Left some beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Smell was fruity with a nice hoppy blending. Tasted sweet, nice malty front to the beer with lemon and other citrus fruits mingling with a hoppy sensation at the back of the beer. Definitly on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum. Up to Chimays standards. Great beer.

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.

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