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

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3,876 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,876
Reviews: 1,561
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 186
Gots: 396 | FT: 2
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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 Grundle20
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is straw gold in color with a rocky bright white head. The head is big and displays some great retention as well as some rings of patchy lacing as the drink is consumed.

There's a touch of brett character here to what is mostly pears and wet hay to me. The scent isn't overly noticeable but it's pleasant and balanced upon detection.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks a little bit more dry and clean then the scent had suggested to me. The alcohol comes through pretty strong amongst a flavor of pistachios and light wheat body. There's a little astringent sting at the back of my palette but aside from that the alcohol washes over my tongue almost vaporous like. The beer drinks really clean and light and as such finishes clean and leaves little undesirable aftertaste.

It's got a good flavor base for preferred drinking but the alcohol presence takes away from it. Perhaps it balances out a little better with age or different serving temperatures but this bottle simply didn't do it for me.

Bottom Line:
Probably my least favorite Chimay but a good showing none the less. I would like to try aging a bottle and perhaps review it again.

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

Beautiful copper color with a bubbly white head, thick, that leaves a luscious lacing.
Smell is mostly sweet, sugar and roasted malts, with hints of alcohol and bananas.
Taste is excellent, with a very powerful roasted malt, burnt sugar, warming alcohol and a cleaning, mild hoppiness at the end.
Mouthfeel is also luscious, thick, but I can only have one at a time.
It is very satisfying anyway.
Great as usual.

Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours clear golden and orange, with a huge marshmallowy head that leaves a laceload of lace.

Belgian character dominates the nose. White pepper, coriander, allspice.

Alot of that same yeast spice character comes through in the flavor. A subtle sweetness supports a peppery, estery domination. May have been stored improperly, a tad skunky and metallic in the flavor. Subtle hop bitterness.

Full bodied and exceptionally refreshing and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous white head and Belgian lace. Orange-cloudy color. Aroma is spicy and peppery with a little malt in the background. Flavor is spicy and not too hot for 8% abv. There are lots of fruity esters throughout. Finishes with lingering spice and malt. Very nice brew. Do not drink it ice cold; let it warm up a bit first to get the full effect.

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

Stubby brown 330ml bottle with Chimay embosed logo (as in the picture above).
Pours clear and golden yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Lots of sticky lacing that lasted throughout. Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Also a nice aroma of peppery spice and some yeast. You can taste the sweetness of candied sugar, along with more fruit and spice. Green apple would be the best way to describe the fruitiness. The finish has a bit of yeast to it. The 8% alcohol is there but well hidden and not too hot.
I would say medium body, but with lots of carbonation that keep the head stable. Easy to drink slowly and enjoy the different flavor and aromas.
A well made tripel, probably the benchmark for the style. This will be the standard which I use to judge other tripels against.
Would like to try side-by-side with some other classics (Westmalle, Karmeliet, etc).

Photo of wagenvolks
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden-orange appearance with a thick light cream colored head. Great head retention that leaves some lacing down the sides. Flowery sweet scent with lemon and grapefruit notes, fig and prune too.

The tripel is crisp and light on the tongue, with alcohol and apple notes dominating the taste. Even moreso as it warms. The aftertaste is a bit too sharp and dry for my liking, but the drinkability is good, it definately gets more complex as it warms and has enough going on that I could have more than one without losing interest.

Photo of roblowther
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
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
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,876 ratings.