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

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BA SCORE
92
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3,600 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,600
Reviews: 1,534
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 256 | 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 oelergud
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

2003 bottle. Corked & caged
Dark golden to light ruby color, head in chunky, off-white with big and small bubbles, good retention and great lace. Carbonation is low.
Very sweet and warm molasses and faint spice in the nose along with a kick of alcohol and small hop notes.
Vanilla and spice, sweet, sugarish, warm on the palate. Clear banana flavors, finishes dry and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is for the most part sweet but the hops manages to show themselves faintly.
Round, mellow and soft is the mouthfeel, fairly slick too as it leaves a sweet covering in the mouth. Not much evidence of the alcohol in the taste.
Very enjoyable with a kick of alcohol that warms the body and lightens the soul. Good stuff.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Had this on tap at Dr. Dremo’s served in a Chimay chalice. It appears dark golden yellow in color with a decent sized white form head. There are streams of little bubbles coming from the bottom that seem to keep a thin head in place. The aroma is a slight on of hops with citrus and a slight alcohol smell, not too strong of an aroma on this one. Very hoppy flavor with a fruity sweetness about it and a hint of some spiciness. There is also some alcohol warmth to it with a yeasty finish. Good mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Fairly drinkable and complex, an good brew to have occasionally.

meathookjones, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Hunter
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%

I saved the best of Chimay for the last. As I've said previously, buy the cork-stoppered bottle with these brews, never the smalled capped one - somethings missing in there.

Cinq Cents pours a deep yellow gold, slightly hazy. Thin threads of bubbles cover the bottom of the glass, contributing to a head of white silk that has the best staying power of anything I've seen. Seriously - do not pour this beer straight into the glass, or you'll be waiting a 1/2 hour for a taste. Be just as careful refilling your glass. Agitation will readily bring the head back to life.

Aroma of hops, alcohol, and tart citrus in the nose. As the beer warms the alcohol gives way to floral notes, lemongrass, and honey.

What can I say about the taste...light, refreshing, with the flavor of hops coming through at the start and lingering in a clean tea-like finish. The alcohol makes its presence felt but doesn't bully you. The promise of the aroma comes through in the interplay of flavors, all of them making a showing but none of them dominating. The sharpness of the carbonation takes away some of the silkiness of the brew in the mouth, but that's typical of the style. Cost is a bit much for a daily brew, but like a fine port wine or steak you wouldn't want it all the time anyway. Too decadent, too rich.

I mentioned that the Blue label reminded me of autumn. If so, then this one is a warm spring day in grassy fields. I've never before been so generous with the fives, but each one was earned.

Hunter, May 23, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Deep golden, with a textbook rich, thick head that lasts through the journey-lacing is marginal. Aromas are big and malty, and fruit driven, with a heady aroma of alcohol that is well integrated. Lots of pineapple on the nose as well as candy sugar. Big and rich in the mouth while clean and crisp for the style. Flavors again are very malty, and warming from the alcohol. Banana and pineapple flavors are accompanied by antiseptic spice notes, and the finish is long and is accompanied by a good hop bite.

moulefrite, May 13, 2004
Photo of henrysunset
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Look: clowdy red/yellow, a bit of head.

Smell: smells just like fresh hops. fragrant and pleasent. Sweet in a way

Taste: tastes like it smells; It's like liquefied hops. hint of fruitty sweetness. Fresh and tasty.

Mouthfeel: thin like a lager, but with extra alcohol and more powerfully hopped. has a pretty high level of bubbles too.

Drinkaility: strong and tasty; definitely not something to chug!

henrysunset, May 10, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

I found this in a grocery store in Kazan, about 600 miles east of Moscow. 750ml brown bottle with the usual plain white Chimay label. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before the end of 2006, I opened it on 5/1/04.

Pours a cloudy orangish gold (much darker on the second pour) under a three finger white head that settles slowly, has great body and leaves good sticky lace. The nose is strong of raspberry and fruity yeast. The mouth is very prickly and medium bodied. The opening taste is a pleasant fruity sweetness - oranges, apricots, lemon and a whole lot of Belgian yeast. This is all followed by a good crisp hoppy bitterness that leaves an espresso like dryness at the back of the throat. As the bitterness fades, the fruit and yeast return, leaving a very pleasant impression. This beer is complex and tasty, in a big way. Yum!

Globetrotter, May 01, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

A rather old bottle, for my collection anyway. Probably close to two years old, when I first starting submitting reviews, this had already been in my mini-fridge for several months. I've stared at it long enough, let's sample this puppy!

Appearance - decanted into a chalice, it has a hazy, very sediment-filled golden-orange cast. Lots of bubbles at first, but for the most part leaves a patchy covering and thick collar.

Aroma - picked up some sweet aromas for a second or two, then the typical yeasty smells take over. Some fruitiness gradually develops along with some alcohol boozy vapors.

Taste - initially shows a little bitterness. Some general fruitiness and unmistakable alcohol warmth. Finishes sweeter, the candi sugar effect, I think, and it takes on an earthy, yeasty finish. Nice complexity, lots to taste and discover.

Mouthfeel - average weight, an abundance of bubbles which complement the flavor somewhat.

Drinkability - not for the everyday apertif, but certainly a solid pick whenever. It is complex enough to make me want to have it again and see what else I can pick up taste-wise.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

The beer pours out of it's stubby 12oz bottle a cloudy harvest gold, topped with a thick, tightly bubbled pale creamy froth. The head settles into an even, silken coating, keeping solidly throughtout the (chimay) goblet, leaving rings of belgian lace all the way down. Upon sitting, a thin layer of yeast settles to the bottom, the beer clearing slightly, achieving a warm glow against the light.
The aroma is lusciously malty and spicy, with plenty of candi sugar sweetness and belgian yeast spiciness. Pleasantly fruity, with hints of pear, peach, white grape, banana and cantaloupe. Some phenolic band-aid and clove adds a spicy tang, along with the familiar belgian yeastiness. The malt is toast and sweet, balanced by the spices and a mild floral and peppery hopping. Slight marshmallow and english muffin.
The flavor starts with a toasty, biscuity malt, slightly buttery throughout. Plenty of candi sugar, as well. The yeast spiciness comes through almost immediately, mingling with white grape, cantaloupe and pear fruitiness. A touch of banana, along with some plum. The clove is rather pronounced, creating a soft tang that holds the malt in place. Surprisingly present hopping in the finish, with a well placed floral and saaz pepperiness. Some band aid/hospital smell phenols in the finish. Very peppery and spicy, finishing with no alcohol presence at all. A slight lingering candi sweetness, with some buttered toast. Medium bodied, with a full, rounded carbonation supporting a creamy, easy going mouthfeel.
A very nice beer, definitely a classic. I've had better tripels, but this is surely a benchmark for the style. I could stand for a less aggressive carbonation, even though it suits the beer. I look forward to the other two varieties, if this is supposedly the worst one.

UnionMade, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of ism
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml stored upright for 6 months.

Moderate head with average lacing, subsiding into a cloudy golden-orange color. Wondeful citrusly bitter bouquet with cloves and other spices. Active mouthfeel, with carbonation causing a pleasant ruckus. Spicey and bitter tastes on the main line, fruity yeast tones adding complexity. Alcohol starts becoming noticable when you get to the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but is well-masked most of the way. Clean finish.

Had this with a peanut + spice Thai dish, and complemented it well. Treat it well and it will do the same for you.

ism, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of JimsArcade
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Cinqs Cents pours a hazy golden yellow into a goblet with a white one-finger head. The head is very fine and readily sticks to the side of the glass.

In the nose, spice and apple are apparent. Bringing the aroma into the mouth it almost has a texture it is so rich.

The first taste is somewhat sweet. Mild hints of banana and pear come to mind. The malts and hops play against each other perfectly. The presence of alcohol doesn't become noticeable until about mid-glass. As the beer warms, the hops start to play less of a role while the malty sweetness continually increases. Towards the finish the alcohol tends to dominate.

Having this for the first time on tap, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I think I like it bottled a *litte* bit better.

JimsArcade, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

11.2 Fl. oz. stubby pop top bottle.

Did monks really make this for me? God bless them.

Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head that follows the beer down to the bottom of the glass.

Smells of alcohol and tingles of carbination on the tongue. Crisp taste fruit, maybe bananas as it flows through the mouth. Mouthfeel is delightful as it dances around inside. This tripel is quite drinkable and a fine representative of its class.

fdrich29, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev -2.9%

1pt 9.4 oz corked bottle

Apperance: great tan, foamy, thick head which give great retention. Golden apricot in color, the yeast darkens it and gives it a mysterious shadow. Tourbulent yeast clumps being pushed around by carbonation!

Nose: Raisins, citric fruits, light crisp yeast. The nose from this can make you salivate!

Taste: Crisp on the tounge just in the middle. the mouthfeel here is excellent. It's dry in the mouth at the very end. Crackers, citrus fruit, raisins, bitter yeast.

Notes: I did not do this beer justice through my description. I would take my description as a basic one, but buy it and try it for youself. It is definitly recommended.

travolta, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev -9%

This beer poured a hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white, bubbly head. Smell was very bready and slightly fruity. The taste was subtle but intriguing. Belgian yeast dominates the flavor. It's bready in flavor, slightly phenolic. Fruity flavors hide underneath. There is actually some hoppyness in the end. The flavors are all subtle but mix together well. Maybe the yeast was too prevalent and came forward too much, but all in all this is a good beer.

granger10, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a light amber with bright golden highlights with minimla head and no lace.
Aroma of sweet white wine, slight lactic acid with a very yeasty and spciy hit of coriander and some black pepper.
Flavors of grain, wheat, hint of sweet caramel with some spice and and a bit of pepper.
Mouthfeel starts ultra-sweet then switches to a spicy, grainy middle and ends with a dry, spicy, alcoholic end.
Drinkability is good but this beer is definitely better in the 750ml bottle.

CRJMellor, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance - nice light golden color with a big head that doesn't seem to disipate

Smell - a nice light aroma that has a mild spiciness to it, slightly peppery, and yeasty. has a mild sour aroma to it.

Taste - light and mellow but not without flavor. has a nice yeasty flavor with hints of wheat and various spices.

overall a very nice mild beer!

Elemental, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

12 bottle, brownish color with some haze. Spicy nose. Coriander and pepper come foward. Nicely balanced flavors, spice, yeast, malt and hops. The Belgian yeast dominates this beer, phenolic, spicy,flowery. Alot going on. One of my favorites, never fails to be interesting and enjoyable. A classic worth trying and savoring

Billolick, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

This one at Mad Mex during happy hour 12 ounces for around 3.50 or so, not bad. Appearance: Golden with a slight haze over it, creamy white head leaves nice lacing. Aroma: Nice candied sugar with a spicy mix blended with some bisuit and pale malt sweetness. Taste: Semi-harsh blend of spices and hops soothed with a brady sweetness coated with an evident amount of alcohol in the flavor, nothing amazing reputation is bigger than the beer. Mouthfeeel: Medium to light bodied ale has a creamy texture going for it and strong carbonation. Drinkability: Decent but overhyped, usually overpriced as well very rich and high in alcohol with a bready finish not a go to for me.

WVbeergeek, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

I got a fantastic big foamy head when I poured this into a tulip glass . The beer was a cloudy amber color. The aroma was good mixture of that Belgian ale scent with a slight floral boquet. This ale has a peppery spiceyness at the begining followed by a crisp hop finish. The alcohol does not really present itself until you are half way through the glass. At that point my ears started to warm up.

ybnorml, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of resirob
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Cloudy golden amber, with an impressive head.

Aromas of spices, apples, caramel malt.

Lightly toasty caramel malt up front, then a dose of sweetness, then a spicy/peppery finish. The sweetness never seems to leave, and is present in the aftertaste. Alcohol adds its warming touch, as well.

Full, rich mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Alcohol not as well hidden as the Grand Reserve, but very drinkable nonetheless.

resirob, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%

Poured golden amber peach colour, slightly hazy, with a generous but light foam of decent staying power. Aromas were not what I would have expected from the Abbaye de Scourmont. Hops, wet cork, light spicyness but not much more even after it had warmed considerably.

Nice sustained and vigorous carbonation was pleasing on tongue. Somewhat one dimentional on the palate initially but gained some roundedness when it warmed up (was served at cellar temp., but my cellar must be too cold). The taste was of soft sweetness with notes of vanilla up front (wet paper was very briefly apparent). These were rapidly overpowered by a sharp and unbalancing resinous bitterness which dominated the aftertaste. As the beer approached room temp. the sweetness of the malts came back around to bring more equilibrium to the brew and favour a more positive assessment.

My expectations were too high and the serving temp of the beer was obviously too low as all the qualities this beer possesses expressed themselves when the beer neared room temp. Will re evaluate at a later time. But this review still stands.

Beersignal, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of claytri
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

The Cinq Cents poured a wonderful cloudy gold with a great deal of sediment. It was capped by a nice 2 finger white head. The smell was of fruit, spices, hops, and alcohol. It's taste was very bitter with an alcohol tinge. It was smooth and light in the mouth with a dry finish. This was a reasonable beer, but if I can think of several Wits I'd prefer, although the kick was nice.

claytri, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

Murky orangish gold with a generous amount of swirling yeast that remains in suspension throughout. The crown is eggshell white in color and is voluminous despite a slow, gentle pour. It appears as if a great deal of lace will end up coating the sides of the glass, but strangely enough, very little actually does.

The aroma is average in intensity and is spicy and yeasty in character. The flavor is fruity, grassy and cardamom-clove spicy. There's also an underlying tanginess. Alcohol isn't front and center, but it is noticeable.

The beer is highly carbonated, just as the appearance suggested it would be. I'm amazed at how dry this triple is. Each mouthfeel leaves my tongue as clean as a whistle.

Keeping in mind the fact that I've only had a few Belgians so far... I'm not that impressed. Maybe that means my palate isn't sophisticated, maybe it means that they're an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired, or maybe I'll never like them as much as a good hoppy IPA or creamy stout. In any case, Chimay White, according to many, is a good to great Abbey Tripel. At this early stage of my journey, it isn't really my cup of tea.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

The beer pours a very hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of wheat malts and wit yeast. It has a fruity aroma that gives a certain spice to the wheat malts. The taste is a bit strong, but it has decent flavor. There is alot of pale and wheat malts here with an elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. It drinks quite well, but I prefer a sweeter wit. Nonetheless, this is a fine product.

WesWes, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of Reneejane
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

The beer poured a light clear amber color with a hefty beige head. The head diminished some but lasted. It smelled strongly of hops, but I can't really identify the exact hop-aroma.

I detected a vaguely sweet malt initially. The hop flavor was milder than the aroma, and it was distinctly spicy. It also has a yeasty flavor. The aftertaste is reminiscent of the very distinctive spice motif, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall an interesting beer.

Reneejane, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of jtfest
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a hazy apricot with a lasting creamy off-white head. Smells crisp and clean with ones of yeast. Thick and bitter on the palate, the carbonation acts almost as a liquid sandpaper -- leaving my taste buds clear, not coated. The taste is as clean and yeasty as the aroma, with a growing bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat. The experience overall, however, combines in a way that is pleasant, easy to drink, and leaves me feeling satisfied and knowing that I just enjoyed a very good brew.

jtfest, Jan 28, 2004
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,600 ratings.