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

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Ratings: 3,826
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 351 | FT: 2
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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 FenwaySquid
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.2 oz short fat bottle, no dating on it of any kind, poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Poured a hazy burnt orange color. The head formed about 1 finger thick and faded very slowly. A steady flow of carbonation is rising from the dead center of the glass, as I'm sure it was designed to do. Nice touch.

Aroma: Citrusy smell along with some spices.

Taste: A litle sweet up front, but also spicy at the same time. This beer is wonderfully complex with all sorts of flavors. Sweet, spicy, slightly bitter but not too much, there's a lot going on here. Ah, so good. the peppery alcohol flavors never really come though, so you'd hardly know you're drinking an 8% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. The carbonation is excellent.

Overall: Simply stated, excellent. It's an excellent beer for anyone who has never tried a Belgian Tripel before and is looking to make the leap. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from 750ml bottle, caged and cork. The cork required some extra effort, then went off like a gunshot. It poured a honey-yellow color with a slight orange hue, containing plenty of carbonation and a frenzy of bubbles. The stiff, frothy, white head rose three-fingers high, and formed and foam-dome extending beyond the lip of the chalice, plenty of sticky lacing clinging strong.

The smell offered plenty of sweet yeast and malt, citrus, golden raisin, spices, and a subtle floral characteristic. The flavor consists of orange, pear, golden raisin, very gentle clove, creamy, lightly candied malt, a flutter of hops, and a well concealed nip of alcohol.

The mouth is light and bright, dancing a bit on the tongue with slight citric acid and pique of spice, then finishes smooth and creamy. I could see some fans of the style being somewhat disappointed by the lack of hops, as well as the complexity and strength on the palate--but I found it to be round, well-balanced, and very satisfying.

I could drink this all night, until the alcohol caught up to me. The Peres Trappistes got it going on in the brew game.

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

So, I was uncorking this bottle, and expecting a small pop, and maybe a little foam, when thie cork popped off. It shot off like a bullet. It was so loud that my wife yelled. I felt the cork shoot by my face. It startled me quite a bit. I guess I should be a little more carefull.

This beer pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. The head is thick and fluffy, fading fast, leaving a small lacing.

This beer boasts a plentifull spicy aroma. It has some citrus hop aroma also. It has a slight banana aroma also.

This beer has a fruity flavor. Banana, lemon and orange are present. Some spicy flavors are present. Coriander, and allspice.

This beer is full bodoed. It is highly carbonated. It goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The flavor might be just a little aggressive. Also, at 8% ABV, it might be hard to have too many.

Overall: This beer was good. However, I doubt I will buy it again, unless I get it for a good deal. I simply have access to too many better beers.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head with good retention, and good lacing. Body was a hazy orangish amber.

Smell - plums, apricots, herbal hops.

Taste - same as the smell. Plums, apricots, and dark dried fruits. Slight taste of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, fizzy, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. I'd have one or two of these ( 11.2 oz. servings, that is, or just one 750 ml. bottle ) every once-in-awhile.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dang, watch that pour! The goblet will fill with head like a Duvel if you're not careful. I got a huge, foamy, rocky head, sea-foam white, atop a hazy dirty blonde shot through with copper. The carbonation was random, quick and abundant, and the small bits of floaters told me I'm going to feel the yeast in this one.

Aroma has an ashy aroma, like wet charcoal from a bonfire, mixed with an apple/pear fruitiness and a hot white-pepper zing.

Flavor is very much like the aroma, only more up-front: a tamed but still flamboyant yeast features predominantly while hot fruity spices interlace around it. Banana and anise show up too. Finish is dry and slightly puckery, while the mouthfeel is buoyant, buttery, tingly, with a thinness that's not a detriment at all, giving a very drinkable lightness to the beer.

Perhaps not THE finest Belgian tripel in the world (jury's still out on that one), but certainly a quintessential example of how a great Belgian tripel can be liquid nirvana.

Photo of Freshie
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had On-Tap at Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge, MA.

Poured into Chimay goblet. Nice golden colour with white lace. Some noticeable carbonation.

Smells of fruit/apple cider. A bit of hops and yeast (alcohol esters).

The taste is sharp at iorst with hops, but balances itself nicely with a mellow fruity-ness, and some sweetness. A bit like honey.

I wasn't impressed with the cider-like aftertaste though.

Still, another well made beer from Chimay.

Photo of JustinOSU99
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and cloudy with a reddish-orange tint. Large head with big bubbles that recedes slowly. Moderately enjoyable but a little too murky for my taste.
S: A spicy orage rind smell. Complimented with a slight roasted nut smell. Overall seems very enjoyable.
T: Amazingly refreshing and delicious. Very complicated with it's flavor, boasting both orange and lemon, spices, and hints of both cinnamon and coffee. Finishes extremely smooth with very little aftertaste.
M: Feels wonderful in the mouth. A little heavier than beers of this type, but has a wonderful syrupy-smooth feel.
D: Really just an excellent beer. Definitely worth the price I paid for it, and the time it took to make. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a sophisticated beer that really quenches the thirst.

Photo of Neehan
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at 1740 Tap Room, Greensboro, NC

Served into Chimay goblet, with a beautiful golden/amber pour with a nice head that really hugs the glass. A perfect pairing of fruity sweetness balanced with hops with a great balance of bitter. A very effervescent mouthfeel and it leaves you wanting more. I couldn't be more happy that this is now on-tap in my area.

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

Chimay Cinq Cents
25.4 oz brown bottle with cork
06/04 dated on the cork
Served in a Chimay goblet

* Beer Review #500 *

Pours a light and hazy peach color. Aggressive and plentiful head on top that leaves great sticky lacing trails. Looks marvelous in the Chimay goblet.

Whiffs of honey drizzle, Chimay funk yeast, sweet grains and vibrant hops.

Sweet caramalized liquid sugar sweetness hits the palate with a sharp dryness on the finish. Lifesavers orange candy, peach puree and sweet grains blend together. Nice hop presence. A solid Belgian Tripel.

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

Appearance: Golden orange amber. Big 1 1/2 inch head subsides to broken lacing and a little suds. No real visibility. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Green apples, golden raisins, honeydew and cantaloupe melons. Bready foundation, with honey, caramel and some banana.

Taste: A little booze, some golden syrup, lemon oil. A few lemon pepper flourishes Bready finish. Sweet with mild hops balance - a little lemongrass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin - balanced with a good malt finish.

Drinkability: Good drinkability - a solid, tasty trippel. Doesn't have the constrasting flavors or the fuller mouthfeel of Westmalle or Karmeliet, but solid nonetheless.

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

On tap at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA. Served in the proper Chimay Glassware.

Big giant white frothy head, dark golden color with a nice spicy smell and taste which I'm now finding is tipical of this Belgian style. I did make the mistake of trying this beer after an Arrogant Bastard which sort of broke my taste buds for a while. But I was still able to detect some of the nice flavors.
Alcohol is not very appearent.
Overall and excellent brew. I'd have it again as long as I'm not paying $11.25 for an 8 ounce pour.

Photo of Iguana
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured a golden orange into my chimay chalice with a 1cm frothy white head.

Smell - Orange, clove, cant recall as I have ever had a tripel that has smelled like this, smells alot like my homebrewed saison.

Taste - Sweet, hints of orange, followed by a harsh bitter finish that I am not caring for alot.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a bit sticky, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability - Doubtful I would get again, I kinda am finding this to be a mediocre representation of what I like in tripel's.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Round 8 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: dark for a tripel, strawberry-honey amber under 3 fingers of snow white foam leaving some decent lacing and good retention.

Nose: strawberry-kiwi, Belgian wit yeast, apricot-pineapple-orange fruity finish.

Taste: dry, yeasty malt, saaz hop bite, clove spice, grapefruit/orange and passion fruit in the finish. The fruit and hops push this into Belgian Strong Pale Ale territory.

Feel: light, syrupy body, with fizzy carbonation. A little thin and lifeless for all the sweet complexity going on.

Drinkability/Overall: light and well-balanced, does well as a BSPA or a tripel, though more authentic as the former. One of the more drinkable of the 9 we sampled.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a light brown which is non translucent . Smells of fruit , most oustanding is grape. Taste is sweet with grape and apples. Mouthfeels is light and quite dry with a quick finish. A very good beer which I could easily drink a few off. A bargain at about $4 for a small bottle.

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

o.k., after trying cinq cents, premiere, and reserve i have decided that i am officially prejudiced in the favor of these monks. i think everyone should have a favorite abbey. this offering has a peachy coloring and slightly hazy look to it. i smell citrus and heavy spice. heavily carbonated with a head and lacing that will not quit. mouthfeel somewhat light for such a big beer. way too drinkable for such a high alcohol content. very dangerous.

Photo of bonbright7
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a flowing tap at Waterzooi in Garden City, NY, among others in the capable hands of two pretty bartenders. Served in a short wide goblet, it measured a healthy head atop a red-brown ale that looked just fine.

It tasted smoothly with a bitterness and a strong coffee taste that reminded me of a famous Irish ale. I could see why it was in the line up as it matched well with the Belgian menu of the cafe.

I enjoyed the Chimay triple, but I realised it was probably too strong for many who might be looking for a malty cream taste.

Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with lots of carbonation. mabey two fingers of nice white bubbles. The color is yellowy orange to amber.
I smell cloves hops and a lemony caramel,plus a little alcohol.
First taste is very clean but a little bitter. Fruits cloves and hops are very prevalant. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and clean.
Pretty good lacing on the goblet.
Drinkability is not as good as the Chimay Red. Still a great beer.

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

751 ml. bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange/gold color, with lots of carbonation. White head is thick and foamy... lingers for a while and then becomes a thick foam atop the beer.

Smell: Has a very nice, complex aroma of yeast, ripe fruits (such as peach and banana), spices, etc.

Taste: The taste has the ripe fruits and some of the yeast and spices, but it lacks a certain complexity. The aftertaste has a very noticable alcohol taste that is a bit overwhelming and distracting. The beer's main flavors, though, are quite well balanced and nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is nice and light.

Drinkability: The strong, prominent, and mostly unchallenged flavor of alcohol in the aftertaste makes it a bit difficult to drink at times. That said, it is still quite drinkable (if you drink it slowly), and though the alcohol level is high, it isn't overbearing.

A good beer, but not my favorite tripel. The appearance and smell are very nice, but the taste just doesn't have the complexity of others. Additionally, the strong alcohol in the taste is troublesome. That said, I'll certainly give this another try.

Photo of Graebner
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light rust brown with a couple fingers of head that dies to about a finger of white lace. Body is translucent and cloudy.

Smells rich and complex...alcohol is noticable in the form of spiciness, intense fruity esters (banana, pears, peaches), some biscuity smell.

This beer tastes fantastic! Cake-like sweetness is prominent in the taste, as are the fruit esters. The spice is slightly more muted than in the nose, but still very well balanced. Hops are noticable in the back, drying and rounding out the drink. The sweetness is really unique; it's very smooth and velvety, quite incredible.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal as well. Light carb up front, velvet diacetyl smoothness all over the mouth, and a crisp, clean finish that leaves just a hint of bitter.

Overall a tremendous and eminently drinkable beer. Wow.

Photo of michizane
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottled at a gourmet food chain in town. Appearance-wise, rather cloudy and a pleasant shade of tan and golden-yellow; poured a large, lasting, creamy head that was almost three fingers wide and left a nice lace in its wake. Nicely carbonated (definitely not too gassy!) with a spicy aroma. Taste-wise, pleasantly heavy on the malt with a sweet and buttery flavour that nicely masked the bitter aftertaste. On the whole, a pretty full-bodied and complex beer with nice hop notes. Very drinkable. My first tripel, and definitely not my last.

Photo of jwc215
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured orangish with a thick, white, well-retained creamy head. The head lowered eventually, leaving a swirling head and lacing. A treasure to look at.
The smell was fruity with alcohol notes.
The taste was of various fruits and nuts, with hints of caramel. Complex and rich. It had an alcohol finish. Wonderfully balanced!
The feel was thick, creamy and rich. Overall, it was delicious and smooth. A great "sipping" beer, that easily tempts to more than sip.
IMO - of the three "colors" of Chimay, this is just ahead of the red and just behind the blue - but, all three are delightfully exquisite.

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

An exciting start as the cork literally popped out of the bottle upon being uncaged. Pours a hazy gold with sediment present and many tiny bubbles. Head is two fingers thick of light tan that fades down slowly leaving a cap and minor lacing behind. Nose is yeast up front and hops (noble?). Tastes of yeast and hops up front with a touch of alcohol, then some sweet honey-like malt. Finishes from sweet to bitter, with mild hops closing it. Mouth is quite bubbly and halfway between watery and syrupy, if that makes sense. Pretty good. Drinkability is very good; it’s a pleasant beer with a good smell and taste with a well-integrated alcohol content. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

Overall: Good all around. Recommended.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. What a great place for beer!

Pour is semi-cloudy golden with a huge meringue-like head that stays and leave lots of sheeting.
Smell is of yeast, malty caramel on pears, a hint of banana.

Taste is bright and picquant, surpisingly sweet for a trippel. Nice hoppy notes of sweet citrus and pine.

Very nice round mouthfeel with soft and pleasant carbonation.

Quite drinkable, almost sessionable except for the alcohol. Go get some now.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright light orange with a small head that melts to very fine lacing.
Aroma is very typical belgium yeast and sweet malts.
Taste is also typically belgium but with a lighter, brighter finish than I am used to. Sweet start...dry and citrusy....grapefruit hops finish.
Very nice full carbonated mouthfeel.
Nice dry citrus aftertaste makes you yearn for the next swallow.
I love a tripel and this is one of the best.

Photo of
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice at The Old Monk, in Texas. Appearance was pale gold in color, with a moderate head which subsided into lacing over time. The aroma consisted of yeast & malt, but the hops really came through for a Belgian. Some spicy notes were also present. The taste was slightly sweet at first, with a good hop balance which was present more in the finish. I also picked up some clove/pepper towards the end. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a body that seemed lighter than the bottled version (which I would call medium bodied) and somewhat more carbonated. Warmth from the alcohol was present, but fairly well hidden. Drinkability was high, and I would consider this beer a troublemaker in that you are unlikely to realize the ABV from the taste.

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