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

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3,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,820
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 179
Gots: 342 | FT: 2
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 roblowther
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VERY happy to say I'm having this from my own tap. Pours a clear gold with a dense white head that soon dissipates to a thin layer and some nice lacing. Smells of lemons and pears, with a bit of spice in the background. Tastes sharp at first, then mellows into nice round fruits, pear and bananas. Finishes with a crispness and reminds me of a dry cider. Mouthfeel is full and a bit chewy at the end, its color belies its character. Drinkability is excellent, I fear the keg won't last long. I think the brothers have done a great job with this one. It's a fantastic crossover beer to get someone who has had a few hefes and whose curiosity is peaked into the Belgians. Just nice all-around.

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

It pours a pretty golden yellow, slightly hazy and very carbonated, right at home in a Chimay chalice. Two or three fingers of egg-white bright head sustains stubbornly. Delicately lovely Belgian lace tickles the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a scent of sweet malt which is duly bested by swirls of yeasty clove and green apple, as well as a dusting of pepper and lemon zest. Alcohol is obvious and airy.

Upon tasting, the malt sweetness is brief and instantly bettered by yeasty esters touting clove and crisp Granny Smith apples. A mild peppery hop bite dries things further, just in time for the alcohol to break on through and simmer the palate in a blatant vinous imitation. The finish is crisp and dry, and slightly bitter, but utterly pleasant. This is a basic, classic taste driven by Trappist principles.

Medium bodied, the carbonation pops holes in the malty blanket laid down by the grain, and the ensuing glow is a mellow buzz.

It starts pretty, and the rest of the experience is damned near as good. It's just what you'd expect if you had to conjure up the memory of a classic tripel. And in spite of the very warm ABV it's very and dangerously drinkable. Either that or everything goes down like silk when you're at Monk's. Still, with proper caution exercised, this is a great, even sessionable, beer that speaks historical volumes.

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

Appearance - Pours golden yellow with a big fluffy head that sticks around for awhile and leaves lovely lacing.

Aroma - green apples, cloves, yeast.

Taste - A little hop bitterness up front, but moves into a nice yeastiness and finishes with hints of apples and alcohol as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full with huge amounts of carbonation.

Drinkability - This brew has all the characteristics you've come to expect from a Belgian Tripel. Give it a try, but don't expect an epiphany. Cheers!

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

Was able to try this beer on tap last evening. First time I have seen it on tap so I was quite excited. The brew had a slight haze to it and the color of golden yellow with a fair sized head that had some retention leaving some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was a nice mix of spices, light fruit flavors and a peppery property; this is a nice aromatic brew. The taste is excellent with highlights similar to what was noticed in the nose along with a good amount of carbonation. As the brew warmed I noticed different properties of flavors as the alcohol come out more along with what I think is a more pronounced yeast like flavor, could be wrong on this taste though. Over all this was a very enjoyable brew, one that I really should have more often.

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

Appearance: Much lighter than the red or blue with an apricot color to it and a tad larger head that stuck around better than the other two.

Smell: The Chimay yeast quality, but other than that just sort of clean smelling.

Taste: The common Chimay taste, but with a more notable alcohol note that lingers. Some apple tartness and mild hop balanced well with malt and yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Dense little carbonation bubbles really hit the tongue providing a very crisp texture.

Drinkability: I like this Chimay, but not as much as the red or blue.

Photo of Gmann
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy copper, nice pillowy white head with some real nice lacing. The smell is wonderful, Beligan yeast, light candy. The taste is of sweet malt, some apple, a bit of hop to dry the aftertaste, very nice balance. This ale sits very well on the tongue, nicely carbonated for my taste. This is pretty much what I look for in a beer, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, very drinkable, though this will put you on your ass if you have enough of them.

Photo of Finite
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great looking beer.

Smell is of spices, some alcohol present and pepper-like hints. Spicy yest smooth.

Taste is close to that of a Belgium pale ale. Spicy and refeshing. moderate hop bitterness and the same malt complexity and quality we expect from any trappist product.

I was however a little bored by this beer. I was a refeshing and easy drinking version of what we expect from a country to produce a hard hitting flavourfull brew.

Nether-the-less and great beer and top class, perhaps though a little lower in that particular class.

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

Poured clear, gold with a large, frothy, white head. The resulting, sticky lacings lasted throughout the session.

The nose is sweet malt, floral hops and spicy phenols with pepper and coriander.

Sweet malt, candied sugar, funky yeast, apple and grape esters, along with coriander and pepper phenols render this a complex, flavorful brew. The alcohol is also very well masked.

Possessing a medium body with fizzy, creamy carbonation, this brew has a delightful mouthfeel.

For me, this is the quintessential tripel. It tastes great on draft or in the bottle and ages quite well. While it isn't the best tripel that I've tried, it is certainly the most consistent and serves as a wonderful benchmark.

Photo of jhu1995
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a thick, fluffy white head that is long lasting with plenty of lacing. Smell was a mix of fruitiness and spiciness - mostly peaches, apricots, and cinnamon and cloves. Taste was similar to the smell, with most of the fruitiness upfront. Extremely easy to drink and tasty. Could have this one all night. A very good beer.

Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final of the big 3 from Chimay. First, the beer summary, as I sampled outa my tulip paper cup.

An easy pour resulted with the infamous Massive white Cool Whip head, on top of a cloudy amber brew. Fruity esters and a small pop of sugar cane in both the aroma and taste. Also had some musty notes and sweet malt flavors. A sweet start, and a dry finish.

A pretty good Tripel, but after having a couple others from Belgium, I know there are better – at least IMHO.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Photo of stephendr
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle - Color of clear golden honey – head thick , and white – nose of apricots , yeast , spices , cloves , and slight hopps – taste is yeast , bitter / sweet , copper , salty , musty , and citrus –heavily carbonated , slightly oily body – aftertaste yeasty , bitter with earth tones , hopps , and egg whites

Photo of dgfair
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Chimay chalice.

A - Hazy, tan, golden wheat color. Pours with a large frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin layer leaving lacing all over the glass that stays for a little while, but not all the way down.
S - Very nice...there's a lot going on here. Immediately pick up a clove, pepper scent with undertones of banana and sweet yeast. I pick up more and more fruity aromas as the beer warms. The smell continues to get better with a sweet biscuity smell.
T - A sharp peppery taste precedes everything else here. Not bad, but a little overpowering at first. Yeast comes to the forefront at the swallow, a nice mild yeast flavor, but can't seem to get any of the complex flavors expected from a trappist tripel.
M - Quite tingly on the tongue with a decent body...not too thin and not too heavy.
D - Overall, a nice tasty beer, but I don't think I could drink too many of these in one sitting, nor can I drink the one very easily. Just a little too overpowering for any type of sessionability.

Nice beer, but won't be revisiting this one anytime soon at the price point.

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

Served at a few degrees over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip glass. LAN-660 is lasered on the bottle's label.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, the beer exhibits a clear, rich golden color. The foam billows and creates a snow white three-finger head that lasts for several minutes, but lacks the elegance of some of the greater examples out there. Minimal, sporadic lacing lingers behind leaving spots inside the glass.

Smell- Grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose along with a full, perfumy, spicy character. The alcohol is just noticable enough to mention here, as it plays a part in the overall aroma.

Taste- Crisp and sharp to its credit, the bone dry character of this beer places the ingredients under a microscope and focuses them like a laser onto the tongue. There is no big, wondrous complexity regarding the hops or spices, it's a "beginner's tripel" in my opinion. The strength is also relatively tame for the style, at 8%... but it is dangerously smooth and quaffable nonetheless. I love the dry, hoppy bitterness left in the mouth after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The beer's texture and form in the mouth is flat out fantastic... it elevates the flavors and distributes the nuances across the tongue remarkably well. After swirling in all yeast sediment for the last minutes of this tasting, the mouthfeel became even creamier and fuller-bodied. Aromas of lemon peel came forth, and a more prominent general breadiness manifested. Glad to have tried this, but when I crave a tripel there are several that would come to mind before this.

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

2005 33cl bottle. Excellent tripel. Aroma of pepper, tabacco, phenol, clove and orange. The aroma draws almost directly into the flavor with more prenouced phenol, clove and pepper, with just a hint of orange and tobacco followed by a mellow bitterness. The sprite carbonation plays great with the aroma, flavor and dryness of the beer. An well crafted beer!

Photo of veech
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have a lot of experience with Belgian styles, but if this is an indicator of things to come, Vive la Belgium!
This was an 11.2 oz bottle sampled in a Kappitel goblet. This was a supremely smooth, flavorful, and drinkable beer. The head retention was outstanding and the color and nose were both medium bodied and very pleasing. The taste was a mildly yeasty very malted graininess with a slight alcohol finish that was transitioned into seamlessly. Overall this was a tremendous beer that I will definitely explore again and again. I will next sample and review the Red & Blue, and even though the styles are different I'm looking forward to both. Recommended Very Highly.

Photo of boblog
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Hazy golden color. Nice white head which leaves a nice amount of lacing. This beer almost bubbles as much as champagne.

Smell: The scent is complex it has hints of hops, malt, yest and fruit.

Taste: Crisp hop bitterness followed by a soft yest taste. Hints of fruit, honey and a nice subtle warm alcohol twang.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall a good beer, but the ten bucks for a large bottle makes it a rare purchase for me. However I would say its required drinking for any beer lover.

Photo of phisig137
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle (which I tend to have more luck with) pours a slightly hazy 24 karat gold color, with a 4 finger head. Decent retention gives way to a thin blanket of foam, and abundant delicate lacing.

Aroma is spicy and slightly alcoholic. Big yeast aromas, backed by bread and biscuit aromas.

Flavor is great. Slightly malty and sweet up front, changing into massive yeast phenolics, lots of spice, and finishing quite hoppy. Perhaps one of the more hoppy triples that I've ever had, aside from a few select others. Very dry finish that lingers and begs for another sip. Mouthfeel is light due to the heavy carbonation. Drinkability is good.

This is one fantastic beer, but unfortunately one that I over look often. The Brother at Scourmont do a fantastic job at making beer (or at least the people in the other brewery that isn't in the walls....). Very enjoyable, and a great beer overall. I'm glad I got the chance to finally review this one. But if you buy this... do yourself a favor and pick up a small bottle. I have had terrible luck with the larger 750 mL's that are corked and caged. It seems like almost half of them have cork taint. This small bottle is one of the best of the Chimay white I've ever had. Normally I love the large bottles for other beers, but the chimay beers seem to have cork issues... at least in my area.

Photo of medic25
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay glass, this beer pours a murky orange-brown color, with a big frothy white head. Nose is average for the style. The flavor was good, but not over whelmingly impressive. A little spicy, not as sweet as some other tripels I enjoy. Perhaps even a hint of hoppy bitterness? Certainly not what I was expecting to taste. Still, this is a respectable tripel, if not the best in class.

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

This beer looked perfectly at home in my Chimay goblet, with a towering head mushrooming over the rim of the glass. The head sat atop a dark gold body with a shade of apricot.

There was a whiff of cloves and banana amid the sweet malty aroma. There were also earthy hops — and overall more hoppiness than I've perceived in other top-notch tripels like St. Bernardus or Westmaille.

The taste started sharply alcoholic, but quickly broadened into a smooth malty flavour — muted, though, and nondescript. The alcohol provided a nice warmth as it went down. Lively carbonation and medium body round out this competent tripel. It's good, but there are better tripels and Chimay's other styles are better.

Photo of pootz
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Corked bottle dated 2004 May:

Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence.

Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy.

The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character.

Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.

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

Pours a hazy deep amber with a decent head that dwindles and leaves a coat of foam. Hops are noted, moreso than with other tripels I've tried. The alcohol shows through as well. Nice carbonation and a surprise, but I much prefer the Grande Reserve (Blue).

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

Cloudy apricot colour, it pours a big head with big bubbles that lingers for a while. Complex arome of spices (coriander, clove, pepper) and fruits, with some hint of banana. Mouth feel is very nice, spicy, fruity (oranges, a hint of figs), some honey, flowery. Dry and bitter finish.

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

Appearance: Pours with a huge creamy head into my goblet. It required several pours and lots of patience at the retention is nearly endless. What a beauty. It noble two toned body ( light peach and dark gold) majestically wearing it's creamy white crown this should be a picture.

Smell: I love that simple yeasty aroma. it is the archetypical triple aroma. Yeast and malt, lemon and bread and a handful of spices leave a good impression on the nose.

Taste: Simply put, this maybe the largest selling imported Tripel in the American marketplace and there is a good reason why. It is approachable easy and yet full of flavor. This beer can be a gateway the land of milk and honey, I mean Belgian beer =)
It starts smooth and malty with a very recognizable yeast flavor and then the vanilla and sugar hit the taste buds along with a growing citrus and spice attribute that is tasty and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth and creamy; a bit pillowy through the mouth.

Drinkability: This beer lacks the intense pizzazz of some other Belgian beers I have had but it is pleasant and easy. I never even noticed the alcohol. In a triple it often shows more than this one. Nice, but not my first choice of the Chimay's.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Jermbrew
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25 Oz. Corked Bottle

Honey Color witha great frothy head.

Plenty of Banana and fruit aroma which becomes more evident as the ale warms. Faint banana and apricot lingers mid tongue when tasting.Bitterness also lingers on the back and sides of tongue after an initial sweetness.

Creaminess combined with spicy carbonation makes for a unique drinking experience.

Drinkable for a strong beer, but one is better off savoring this over an extended period.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy honey color, topped with a frothy white head. It sure looks like a Belgian.
The smell is sweet, fruity, and with a slight hint of alcohol. A really nice smell. I can't imagine anyone not liking the smell of this brew.
The taste -- sweet at the front of the tongue, then fruity, then a bit of the back-of-the-mouth acidity or medicinal taste that is sometimes found in such beers. I'm not a huge fan of that type of character, but this beer has so much in the taste that I love, that I'll let it slide.
The mouthfeel is full of tiny, creamy bubbles, and the drinkability is really nice.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 3,820 ratings.