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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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3,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,682
Reviews: 1,543
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 170
Gots: 286 | FT: 1
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 woemad
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.79. Surprised to not have reviewed this before now.

Poured an apricot color, with a big, creamy white head that hung around for a while in my Chimay chalice (it's rare I get to pour a beer into a glass from it's brewery). Lots of lace.

Smell is of tart citrus fruit such as as grapefruit. There's also a mild sweetness and a little spiciness to be discerned. Dryness and sweetness co-exist here, but with the dryness a little ahead. It seems a little more tart than other tripels I've had, but it still smells tasty.

Taste is very similar to the smell. The tart, dry flavors meld nicely with the sweetness. The high alcohol content is ably masked by the flavor. This is a nicely balanced beer.

This is somewhere between light and medium in body. Carbonation level falls within what is expected for the style.

This is a very nice tripel. Well balanced and not wearing it's alcohol content on it's sleeve, it goes down pretty easy. I could probably drink several of these in the course of an evening, which would probably mess me up quite well. It's nice that the most available Belgian Tripel is a consistently tasty one as well.

woemad, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick head that lasted forever. The beer continued to have a substantial head until the last sip. You have to give it style points for that!

Aroma: Initially I get a phenolic impression among a bit of light citrus, but the aroma is really reserved when it is cold. So far it is really clean for a Tripel. As it warms, there are a few subtle spices coming out. This aroma profile is really mild the entire time.

Taste: It starts out with a slight malt impression, and this is quickly overcome by a smooth dry astringency that is showcased by the carbonation. Finally at the end you are left with a bit of a sweet finish that slowly dwindles into an alcoholic burn in the back of the throat.

Opinion: I think that this is a smooth and well-blended beer. I personally prefer the Tripels that are more assertive and citrus like, but this is an excellent beer.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ochre golden colour, somewhat cloudy. Huge billowy, frothy head which stays full and sticky to the very bottom. A true delight to watch.

Fresh berries, fruitiness, pineapple. Wow. It all fits together so beautifully. The hint of alcohol warms your senses, but the fragrant bliss of the sweet raspberries makes your mouth water.

Quite rich, and a little strong on the alcohol. It's warming, but the alcohol bitterness at the end really overpowers, and takes the edge off what would be a really pleasant beer otherewise. There are some really nice elements that are pushed into submission by the strength of the alcohol kick.
It's a beer to respect, probably one to come back to and explore again.

I feel I should like it more than I do. It has hidden complexity, that I'd like to explore, but for now, this only stays in the "alright" group.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 17 July 2005 at Library Ale house in Santa Monica. Served in Chimay 12oz gobblet.

Appearance truly inviting, I started the 2 hour gobble session with a chimay tripel and this was an excellent choice. Very smooth, oily, easy to drink and appreciate. I detected some cherry flavor in the background that left a bit of an aftertaste but fairly cleansing. Very Bold flavors. They dont screw around with this puppy. Beautiful then BAM! then fades graciously as you ponder life. hahaaa great beer and definitely one I could go back to back on.

DogFood11, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a foamy head and sticky lace. Aroma is of fruit, creosote, yeast and malt. Body is medium to light with carbonation that goes with the texture. Initial taste is of the bitter hops and soft yeastiness – followed by candied fruitcake, banana esters, malt, phenols and honey. Finish is as dry as it is clean.

palliko, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle in a tulip glass. Pours an oversized forthy head, in which even the foam has an alcoholic taste, and a pleasant hop note to the smell. A golden hazy body. Once I get past the foam, I find a slight lactic tang among citrus notes and the mouthfeel of a Squirt soda. A delicate, balanced bitterness and the hint of orange peel at the end. It’s just great for relaxing to in the recliner.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually drank this out of a Chimay chalice so I get bonus points. Pours a darkish, cloudy, dirty orange, with copper edges. Medium-sized, creamy, slathering, cream white head. I like dirty orange beer! Nose is yeast like crazy, along with secondary fruity (banana) liquer, some wheat tang, faint peppery spice. Toasty and bitter up front, but quickly gives way to syrupy tropical fruits and berry liquor. Yeast is there too (which I don't mind). Sweetish with traces of bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied and not cloying. Not bad, but definitely not the best Trappist "Tripel."

alexgash, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz stubby bottle. Deep, cloudy, nearly opaque gold, with a huge off-white head that will keep you company through most of the glass. Nose of sweat bready malt and some tart grapes. The taste is sweet and quite spicy up front, with white grapes again detectable. Thick, spicy, pleasant mouthfeel. Finish is bitter with a bit of alcoholic zing. Really nice beer to treat yourself (and your friends - buy the magnum) to.

thechaacster, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have consumed this beer several times, but for the purposes of review I bought a 750ml from a beer store in Buffalo for $6.99. First of all, fantastic price.

This beer, a trappist product, a Belgian tripel, is presented wonderfully by Chimay in the perfect color bottle, and it is hard not to expect a wonderful product. I believe that you really have had to try a bunch of Tripels several times before you can make an educated review. Otherwise, you run the risk of disliking a quality of the beer unknowingly there for a purpose.

Chimay CInq Cents, like all trappist products and especially the tripels, masks the alcohol flawlessly. There is a tight quality to the foam on this beer and a bright, clean nose. The carbonation is superfine and does not seperate on the chalice walls, but rather, adds to the crispness. There is a citrus and hoppy quality that permeates this beer, with a yellow golden pale look to it. That is what you will experience. Another strong note is the mid to finish taste of muscat or white wine grapes. That really seperates this tripel from Westmalle and the abbey tripels.

I would pair this with fish and butter dishes, seafood suchas scallops and lobster, asparagus, perhaps thanksgiving turkey if you are adventurous.

andjusticeforale, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange colour with a fluffy white head.

On the onset you could smell a strong citris aroma.

The taste is that of oranges and lemons, with a crisp malt hit.

Very dry beer.

Not as good as blue (Grand Reserve) but a good beer none the less. Now.... On to the red!!

BeerNutta, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ths brew pours a dirty straw color with a 3 finger head that falls to a healthy coat over the top of the liquid. The nose is light orangey with an almost soapy quality. The flavor is also a little orangey, with the slight soapy quality as well. Not my favorite brew here. The feel is thick with a moderate carbonation. The nose and the flavor just are not doing this for me. I'll have to check this one out again some time and see if its better from a different batch.

kmpitz2, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from the Cellar 33, Ballymena...

Poured a golden amber colour into a Chimay goblet. White head poured foamy and rocky then faded to nice light layer. Lots of sticky lacing coats the side of the glass..

Aroma - Strong sweet fruits (definite pineapples. grapefruits and some passion fruit), creamy vanilla, very light maltiness, sugary / honey notes, some spiciness / pepperiness, some cloves, yeasty notes, floral hops, some grassiness...

Taste – Spicy fruits (apples, some pears, light pineapples and grapefruits), nice spicy floral hop bitterness, light sugary sweetness (not as sweet as aroma would indicate), vanilla, light pale malts, light biscuity hints, some alcohol coming through...

Mouthfeel – Quite sharp and dry although some smoothness comes through afterwards... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable considering the strength...

Overall – An excellent beer. Probably my favourite Chimay brew…

PS - have also had this on tap at the Mort Subite bar in Brussels. This was slighty creamier, and had a fuller body. Also had slighty more spiciness to it....

mdagnew, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of necoadam
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a light amber/peachy color with a big head that took a while for it to settle down. Some lacing was left on the glass. Aroma consisted of yeast, citrus, and some sharp spices. I thought the nose was a little too light. Taste was decent. Huge malt backbone with orange rinds and sharp spices blend in midway through. Yeast flops around in the middle and towards the end. Mouthfeel was full bodied, but finished a tad watery I thought. Overall not bad, but there are better tripels out there. Perhaps aging this one will mellow it all out.

necoadam, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The white labelled Chimay is often overlooked by beer lovers in favor of the easy drinking red label or the complex blue. The white does fall somewhat in between, and while I don't think it is a poor beer at all, I did enjoy the Chimay Red more (I will be trying the blue in a few days).

I poured this out of the corked bottle and into by Chimay goblet, and it was a hazy golden color, though some orange hints were detectable. A large foamy head formed and lasted for about 5 minutes. The initial aroma was somewhat musty, but some simple fruity aromas managed to eminate from it. The mouthfeel was moderate, with a bit more fizziness than expected but nothing too shocking. I first noticed some fruity flavors in this brew. The best way to describe it is that it was something akin to a pear (or other "fleshy" fruit) mixed with some lemony citrus. The fruity flavors were overshadowed by the peppery/spicy flavors present here. Some light, sweet cinnamon was one of the first "spicy" notes I detected, but it yielded way to other, "hotter" spice flavors. The alcohol flavor wasn't completely cloaked as well, as its presence in the flavor was slightly felt. There is a rather big drying effect in the finish. The peppery flavors and dryness lingered way after I polished off the bottle (some of the alcohol lingered too). I would consider the alcoholic warmth level here to be moderate.

I liked this brew, but I enjoyed the red more (it was sweeter and more drinkable). Surprisingly, my brother enjoyed this one more (the red didn't do too much for him, he said). I am glad I have this one under my "credentials" and look forward to adding the Grand Reserve to my "repertoire."

Beastdog75, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sample of Lot LAL-555 with no freshness date. poured an amber color with much flocculent material and bosterious white head. Slight smell typical of a tripel. Taste was nothing impressive with a slight bitterness on the tongue. Very easy drinking beer that hides 8% alcohol well, but not worth the price.

tgbljb, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 30th May 2005, best by end 2007 (batch LAM-409). Plenty of yeast deposit evident in the bottle before opening. Smell was not complex, mostly a rusty metal. Poured into Chimay goblet a tan colour with a nice slightly off-white head of about an inch. Gave the bottle a swirl and added the deposit. Instant cloud with some clumps of yeast. Plenty of bubbles in the mouth, taste comfirmed the smell, nice alcohol aftertaste and decent mouthfeel. Halfway down, bubbles still forming. Head retention good; down to quarter inch easily outlasting the drink itself. Nice beer, though not really a session beer. Prefer other Chimays.

JohnfromDublin, May 31, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden color with a nice white fluffy head. The head is very fine bubbles with bigger ones scattered about. (looks like the top of a pancake right after its poured in the pan)
The nose is of spice and a little bit of lemon with a hint of alcohol. It's a real clean smell, very enticing. The taste has a metallic hoppiness blended with some mild spice and fruit. (imagine if you took a bite of apple & lemon at the same time) Good mouthfeel, I like the amount of carbonation (moderate) for this beer. I do think that the alcohol presence in the taste is more than it should be for a 8% abv beer. I've had beers with a lot more alcohol in them that hide the flavor a lot more than this one does. Overall I must say that it is a very good beer. I've been enjoying all three of the Chimay brews for a while and they are definately a main stay in my refrigerator. I'd recommend the cinq cents to any one who enjoys great beer.

Brian700, May 31, 2005
Photo of NJbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for years now but never got around to reviewing it, so here goes.

I am drinking the 25oz corked version of this beer. The bottle as been aged for at least 2 years at my house.

Pours into the snifter with a fantastic thick and lasting foamy head. The beer does not explode but foams nicely. The beer has a nice glolden color with signs of sediment.

The smell is a nice crisp yeasty and lemony. The taste is the best part here - a fantastic yeast, acidic flavor close to a nice saison. The feel is thick and a bit creamier then would be expected. The natural pear and lemon flavor is strong but not overwhelming. At 9%, it does leave a little alcohol warmness that only helps the finish be clean and crisp.

Overall, a fantastic extremely drinkable and refreshing beer. I recommend this in almost any situation.

NJbeerman, May 16, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a generous head. Smell is great like sweet apricots and other candied fruit. Taste is also wonderful... a little more carbonation that most other tripels which dilutes the flavor a bit, but after a few sips it tastes great. The taste is much like other tripels, with the fruity flavor in the head, the blonde-like middle, and the carbonation filled aftertaste. Great overall.

Toddv29424, May 12, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Sunset. Poured into a tulip. First impression was, what a great pour! Pours a classic gold, with a frothy, but small, white head on top. First impression was that of the alcohol presence. I felt that could have been masked a bit better. A slightly fruity beer, I felt the apple residue, which was a nice surprise. Overall, it is a fine tripel, but not quite as drinkable as I would have liked. One was certainly enough.

Lnedrive14, May 11, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orangish-yellow with an oily white head that's pretty modest in size.

Smell: Rich, fruity esters and lots of spices are evident right off the bat.

Taste: Peppery...spices & fruits dominate. A touch of hops, but not enough. Alcohol makes itself known as well..

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation for my taste. Rather slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, I guess it's a decent Tripel. Westmalle & Tripel Karmeliet blow this brew out of the water, though.

hero27, May 04, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chimay rocks.

Sure, I wish their beers had more hops in them, and perhaps not as fruity and spicy, but come on - they wouldn't be classic Belgian beers then.

Chimay tripel, in my opinion, is a classic rendition of the style. The mouthfeel is phenomenal, with high carbonation and light to medium body relative to its strength.

There is a nice balance between the soft malt flavors and the dry, alcoholic bite with just a hint of hops.

Very drinkable considering its strength; thank you sir, may I have another.

Sixpoint, May 03, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a subtle blonde pale color. There is a low rise of head.

Smell: The smell is wheat and pilsner. Actually, the smell is not very inviting. Reminds me of many lesser beers.

Taste: Initially grows into a yeasty, wheaty burst that seems to rescue the seemingly typical smell and appearance.

Mouthfeel: The body works well. It isn't super thick or super thin. It just walks the edge of quality.

GuinnessSmurf, May 02, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium body, hazy bronzy gold color with a substantial ivory head that persists but leaves some nice lace behind as it slowly subsides.

The aroma is slightly fruity, spicy, even a bit peppery.

Very nice malt flavor, slightly fruity (citrus?), well balanced with a peppery hops taste. Dry, somewhat acidic finish with a little alcohol warmth.

You'll want to take your time to enjoy it by itself.

whynot44, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark orange, hazy with a fine, tight head that stays forever and leaves great lacing all over the glass.
Smell is rich and fruity (grape, apple), light spice and malt.
Taste is hops, fruit, a hint of spice and more hops. A lot of hops.
Medium body with a rough, hoppy bite that seemed really out of place for a tripel with this fine a reputation. In the end, this was not what I expected from a tripel, just to rough for my palate.

PorterLambic, Apr 27, 2005
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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