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

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,606 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,606
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 JackTheRipper
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

A: Cloudy honey in color with a bit of yeast seen in the glass. Head is ok for the style.

S: Sweet, almost honey-like aromas. Some spicey smells, a bit of pepper?

T: Soft malty flavor, mix of some spice and fruits. No real hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is a lingering mix of sweet and spice.

M: Full bodied, good levels of CO2 and a nice warming alcohol feel.

D&N: Nice Tripel, good flavors and aromas. Would make a good purchase.

JackTheRipper, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle. Rated this after a bottle of Chimay Blue (bad idea). Looks absolutely beautiful, slightly cloudy luminous light gold in colour with a huge rocky white head the sticks around and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is medicinal and flowery. Taste starts with sweet malt, with a medicinal middle and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is exquisite; they have done a great job of balancing the viscosity from the high levels of alcohol with fine carbination. I should have tasted this before the Blue. Think I will re-rate the Blue now, I need to give it more credit for subtly and balance.

hefevice, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a nice cloudy bronze color with thick pillowy head that seems to linger forever.

Smells Strongly of Apricots, Oranges, and Yeast with a nice mild sweetness about it.

Taste has some minor citrus flavors and a touch of yeast with a suprisingly bitter spicy hop finish that has an almost basil and pine flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp almost like a fine champagne.

Drinkability is good on this solid belgian.

bashiba, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4/5  rDev -2.9%

This is one of those beers that I've been drinking for eons, but never really think of reviewing, until now. It pours from the 750 a hazy, golden yellow with a fluffy, cloud like head of white. Head retention is grand, gradually settling into craggy peaks, leaving lace artwork as a souvenir.

The aroma is typical tripel, light fruity sweetness, white pepper, orange peel, and yeasty spice. Inviting, but not overwhelming (especially after tasting Gouden Carolus the same night)!

Flavor is pleassantly sweet, classic flavors of citrus, candied fruit, banana-spice bread, and white pepper. There is a hop presence that makes it's appearance toward the finish. Good and easy-going example of a tripel. A beginner tripel if you will.

AlexJ, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

In a Chimay glass this pour with a large creamy head. It is white to off white with fair lacing. This pours a cloudy amber orange.

I did not ge much aroma from this beer. It has medium body and a slick creamy mouth with soft carbonation.

It has a short duration moderately swwet flavor that has moderate acidity and a slight bitterness, maybe a hint of clove.

beercollector, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Wife fixes pork chops, so I check the food pairing lookup here at BA and see Tripel as a potential style. I check the cellar and find a little 330 ml of this. Poured into a Chimay goblet, utlra hazy, orange with a rocky foamy sticky head. Tons of carbonation with a column from the center etching rising like an office building in a morning fog. Smell is oh so Belgian, with spice and dark fruit odors dominating. Taste is crisp and clean with slight bitterness, full mouthfeel, but a dry dry dry (arid, even) finish. Wife compares it to wine. She thinks she's found something she can drink. I tell her to get a job as this runs between $4.50 and $5 for a bottle this size. Tasty. Easy to quaff.

pentathlete, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%

Vintage 2004. Poured like a shiny-brand-new-penny copper. Fairly high carbonation, with a huge head in the goblet no matter how hard I tried. The aroma is a nice spice and pepper with fairly mile fruit tones that remind me of Jamaica. Speaking of Jamaica, the pepper comes through in the taste and reminds me of jerk. The hops are mild and come through as bittersweet with the very slight malts. The mouthfeel was very dry in the finish--I need something sugary to eat with this. Definitely not a favorite, but I wouldn't turn away from it at the store.

MuddyFeet, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours fizzy, and with some fast-rising foam, into my Chimay goblet. It's actually been quite awhile (maybe a year) since I've had a Cing Cents. The carbonation settles and I'm left with slightly hazy, deep golden ale. There's vanilla in the aroma and perhaps a little plastic (phenols.) The taste is remarkably cleaner than I remember with an almost harsh bite of bitterness towards the finish. Where are the fruity esters that I remember? The bitterness fades and into a sugary, alcoholic haze. Very different than I recall and I'm left stunned by the spicy and bitter hops that I now find int his beer. Perhaps this bottle needs to age?

marcobrau, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a clouded yellow/orange color with a volumnous off-white head that laces well as the head subsides. Some peppery alcohol notes mixed with some husky grain, clove-like phenols, and yeast with an orange and pear-like fruit essence. Hop character is mild. A slight bit sweet at first, and the thoroughly dry finish soon takes over the whole experience. Very dry. Poured into a large Chimay goblet, so a steady stream of bubbles are continually rising from the stem, carbonation is healthy and not overwhelming. Very nice if you prefer your tripels on the drier side. Very enjoyable. I'm now pairing it up with some Chimay cheese that is cured with the same beer. It works excellently.

crookedhalo, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

My first tripel - 330 mL bottle served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice. Pours a golden orange with a light haze and a 2 finger, creamy, off white head that leaves nice lacing and a 1/8 inch blanket of foam throughout. The aroma is peppery/spicy and sweet with tropical fruit, phenols, bananas, and a decent amount of floral hops. Flavors are lemon/pepper/spice and piney/citric hops that leave a nice bitterness with a yeasty background - very smooth and the alcohol leaves a warming sensation. The malts and hops are perfectly balanced with each trying to overtake the other and neither really succeeding. Damn good. If all tripels are this tasty it may become one of my favorite styles.

mmmbeer, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Orange amber cloudy hued pour with a prominent ivory foamy beige ½” head cap leaving plenty of spotted sticky lace in a CHIMAY goblet. Sediment particles settle and form an army at the bottom of the goblet.

Aromatic spicy clove and yeasty characters present. Some adjacent fruity aromas pervade of peaches and apricots.

First swigs: Delicate orange citrous twinge with a palatable awl-kee-hawl ester boozy flavor. Lingering peppery yet clean aftertaste.

Foamy carbonated mouthfeel. Medium body. Gin like awl-kee-hawl properties prevent the feel from ever getting to the point of full bodied.

Last swigs: Orange juice and light flavored gin beer. The most prominent booze CHIMAY of the big three in their stable. 8.0 % ABV is prevalent. So many other brewers have blown the doors off of the seminal Tripel style that this “West Coast Video” of triples is left scratching its head with a Blockbuster rental card in its hand.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

04/03 on the cork. 750ml bottle

Pours a pale hazy gold with a creamy 1/4 inch head. Nice lacing. Smell is spicy and sour. Hints of bitter orange peel and just smells dry.

Taste is bitter, far more pronounced bitterness than I would have expected. Hops. Spicy (clove and coriander). Lightly peppery too, especially in the finish. A bit funky and yeasty. Little notes of citrus dancing around as well. Mouth is crisp and dry, dry, dry. If you like dry, this tripell will deliver. nothing offputtin gabout the bitterness though as is has just enought sweetness to add a bit of balance and is extremely drinkable.

This seems to be the Chimay that gets beat on like a red-headed stepchild but I'd put this beer up against the Grand Reserve in my book. Underrated. Great beer!

ViveLaChouffe, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a deep slightly cloudy amber with a huge fluffy off-white head. Tastes good for an um (well, not one of my favorite styles.) Has the whole fruity spicey belgian yeast thing going on for it. Nice mellow feel to it. Hops are there and are a pleasant for the most part. This is a decent beer, and many would argue 'world class' but I'm not really into it, sorry.

scottum, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.53/5  rDev +10%

Pours a quite hazy, orangecoloured beer with quite some carbonation and a nice, tall foam that sticks to the chimay chalice. A bunch of sediment was drawn into the glass which i dont mind.

Smell is really flowery and malty. Sweet yeast tones linger in there with an underlying alcoholic prescense and some carbonation. Nice and fruity smell and very typical for this kind of belgian beer.

Taste comes on fruity and musty, like velvet on the palette. A Big taste with rich, malty tastes blends with a nice bitter touch. Yeast and fruits come in here, like apples, and carbonation heads towards a nice, long aftertaste dominated by malts, bitterness and a lot of yeast.
A bit dry in the finish, also somewhat crisp but generally good.

First time drinking the white, not last though. Clearly a great brew and now one of my new favourite belgian beers.

stjarnflikka, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

What a beautiful beer, which in my opinion was ruined by the addition of clove and ginger spices. The beer looks amazing on the pour, but after that it all seemed to go downhill for me. The smell was lightly hoppy, but mostly malty, yeasty, and spicey. It had the signature spicey/yeasty Chimay taste, which I am not exactly that fond of for reasons already stated. I can't really seem to write anything else about this beer. It was good, but I can definitely say that Chimay is the inferior of all trappist ales I've had. I only drank this one for a sense of completion.

neonbrown82, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

12-oz bottle, poured into one of my Chimay glasses.

Appearance: Cloudy, orange color, with a big, frothy, and long-lasting head.

Aroma: Perfumy, floral hops and clove-like phenols.

Flavor: Far more fully bitter than the other Chimays, it also possesses lots of floral and spicy hop flavor. Yeasty, and with a fair amount of unidentifiable fruit flavor (somewhat citrus-like). Finishes quite dry and delightfully tart.

Medium-light body, crisp, and highly carbonated.

My favorite of the Chimay line, this is also my favorite abbey beer for accompaniment of food, especially fish and grilled meats.

allengarvin, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
2.53/5  rDev -38.6%

Served from a 300ml bottle into a Liefman's chalice. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a smallish white head that is rather short-lived. Carbonation is large bubbles and is not as long-lasting as in my favorite tripels. Aroma is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, with notes of allspice and coriander. Flavor is excesslvely bitter - not from hops, just astringent and very acidic, almost like a gueuze. Mouthfeel is foamier than I like in a tripel. Maybe this was a bad bottle, but I really don't think this beer lives up to its reputation.

ElGordo, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of joecast
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

forms a huge white head that forces me to stop pouring half way through the bottle. initially, the color is a rather clear golden color, with plenty of carbonation. once the rest of the beer is released into the glass numerous yeast chunks begin floating around, rising at the edges and falling in the middle. quite nice.
fullish estery/banana aromas abound. alcohol was a bit more evident when first pouring out of the bottle, but have subsided and are now only just noticeable. much smoother, more rounded aroma than the westmalle from the other night, though niether has been aged at all. this bottle is dated "best before end 2006".
smooth, strong flavor with big contribution from the yeast. only a slight hint of alcohol in the last mouthfull, probably from a bit moe yeast sediment.
mouthfeel matches the taste. full and smooth passing through the mouth.
a beer i was looking forward to trying and didnt disappoint.

joecast, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden brew with a rather large, sturdy head.
The smell is hoppy and fruity with some faint floral notes and hints of yeast and wheat.
The taste is complex and rather difficult to describe. There are malts and yeasty & spicy flavours but there are lots of other things going on as well. The beer is definitely Belgian in character though. It has this authentic 'stable & wood' flavour somewhere in the background. Very smooth and round.
The mouthfeel is very nice and rich. As nice as this brew may be however, I don't think I'd like to have more than one on one evening.

Still, this is what a Belgian Tripel is all about. A most excellent beer and one of the best in the style in my opinion. Try it!

Paddez, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of maltedmilk
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Sampled a 11.2 oz bottle, which is a questionable amount to truly evaluate. But I’ll give it a try.

The beer poured murky and golden with a small white head into my Chimay Chalice ( with no finger prints) .

There is a decent amount of carbonation.

The smells are fruity and sweet. The taste has a slight bitterness in the background. The alcohol is definitely present but not extreme.

A very nice beer. I wish I had more.

maltedmilk, Jan 06, 2005
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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.

ggroller, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
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.

BeerBuilder, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of aquaderek
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.

aquaderek, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of mgdeth
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.

mgdeth, Dec 16, 2004
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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.

Troyone, Dec 06, 2004
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.