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

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93
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3,818 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,818
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 178
Gots: 340 | FT: 2
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 kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the Chimay gift pack - a red, white and blue along with a nifty 16 oz Chimay goblet. My first time trying this beer.

Pours an absolutely fantastic, frothy, massive 1.5 inch head. Shows no signs of disappearing. It really is beautiful. The beer itself is a hazy deep gold. Little bits of yeast swirl in the bottom of the glass, much like a Hefe.

Smells like yeast, some hops, and fruity, tangy goodness. Something of a pear smell to this one.

Taste is wonderful. A spicy, hoppy flavor hits your tongue from the first small sip. Reminds me of cloves, cinnamon, and yeasty bread. There's alcohol in here too, as the smooth brew goes down, it warms the mouth and throat a little. Finish is yeast, fresh tasting malts, and a dry fruitiness, like a white wine. Still something in the taste that brings to mind fresh pears. This is a bitter, bubbly, complex beer.

Mouthfeel is warm, dry, and refreshing. Think cider on a cold fall evening.

Is it drinkable? Absolutely yes. My small bottle disappeared all too quickly. This is a sipping beer. Still, I'd be careful with this one, as one could easily overindulge (if it wasn't cost-prohibitive). That said, it's still a good thing they don't serve this in pints.

The Belgian monks who brew this are quite clever. Down enough Chimay, and suddenly that whole celibacy vow thing doesn't seem half bad!

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apple cider amber/orange into my Chimay chalice, huge white rocky head forms, settles down after a few minutes with tons of lace. Smell is very citrusy, lots of yeast, iron, honey, bread. Taste is sweet, citrus bitterness, orange peel, spice, yeast, iron. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, little bit cloying.

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

This was one of the first beers I purchased after NC lifted the abv cap to 15%. I'm just now getting to review it because I've been spending all my money on the hundreds of new beers that have appeared since then! This beer pours a hazy orange/gold color that is very appealing to the eye. The aromas wafting from my Duvel chalice are of sweet malts and citrusy/resiny hops. The taste is sweet at first, but then I can detect a little bit of sourness also. There is a slight alcohol taste, but otherwise this beer is very drinkable. The sweet Belgian character is present throughout. This was a 750ml bottle that I bought for $5.99. Not a bad deal in my opinion.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 33 CL bottle, the back of the label appears to read "LAV - 120" or it could be "LAM - 120", but I have no idea what that could mean in the way of a bottle date.

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Carbonation is visible rising up and forming tiny bubbles on the sides of the head. It leaves uniform lace down the inside of the snifter, so much so it looks like the glass is lined with soap.

The scent has a subtle sweetness to it, a creamy sweetness. Hidden apples. The alcohol is only slightly evident.

Like the aroma, the first thing detectable in the flavor is a sly sweetness. A smooth malty character is evident, and also a smokey element, something like fruit wood smoke. As I'm drinking this I just can't get over the wisp of smokey flavor you get after you swallow a sip, it's not strong and in-your-face, but once you notice it's there it can't be denied. A crisp clean opening with a very Earthy finish.

Photo of Dmann
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Chimay beers this is probably my least favorite. The beer poured a nice golden color with a great white head that lasted till the last sip. The smell was quite skunky to begin with but it melowed out within a few minutes. The flavor was nice and crisp but lacked the depth that I expected from the brew. The tart hops were in effect and once I poured the yeast into the mix it helped things out a but but oveall a bland yet drinkable beer. Worth the price? no. Go with the Grand Reserve if you are going to go Chimay. But if you like slightly skunky brews witht decent characther, then give it a try.

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

Served in a goblet on tap. It pours a hazy straw color with a sticky, thick, white head. It seems to have lots of carbonation and it smells goood! It smells lightly spicy and sweet. Also there are tones of light malts and just a little citrus.

There is a very balanced flavor that is offering a great malty flavor with some light bitterness. It finishes pretty smooth and clean. Very crisp with a weightless hint of caramel.
There is a lot of carbonation in this one though, perhaps a little too much for me.

Although I like this beer, I think that I like the blue and red better. Don’t get me wrong, it is some mighty fine brew! I straightforwardly favor the other two over this one.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a goblet from a 750mL corked bottle with the year 2004 on the cork.

The beer pours almost a cider color with a huge frothy head that holds fantastically and laces well. The smell is not all that strong but there are some sweet scents coming through. Theses sweets smells could possibly be cherries and grapefruit. The taste is a bit more formidable. Again it is very sweet but there is also a large amount of alcohol. It feels thick and well carbonation and overall is another good belgian.

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

There is a lot of carbonation visible in this one; it’s golden brown in color with a tall white layer of froth. Head retention and lacing are good.
The aroma is yeasty with a candy sweet malty presence.
Its flavor is also yeasty with a sweet malty character and a bit of alcohol warmth near the finish, though it is well hidden. There is also a clove and citrus presence as well.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

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

I poured this one from a nice looking bottle. Color was golden with a slight haze (probably from chilling). The foam was very stable.
It smelled like ripe bananas, hops and slight solvent.
Taste was dry, adstringent of the dryness and bitterness. Typical tripel beer, yet different than e.g. Westmalle or Rochefort, because of the high fermentation grade, bitterness and flavours produced by the yeast. A very good Trappist beer from Belgium.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange with reasonably sized white head, rather fizzy, that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a little lacing. Smells quite spicy, lots of pepper, with lots breadiness and some light fruits. Sweet apple and honey. Alcoholic overtones are obvious. Very bold and interesting, but not on par with the best tripels in terms of complexity. Taste is bitter upfront, lots of spicy hops and coriander. Apple, buttery tones, and a bit of breadiness make an appearance in the middle before the alcohol becomes apparent in the finish. Very dry. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with good carbonation. Drinkability is solid. A very good, if not spectacular, tripel. Well worth revisiting.

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

I love the look of this beer. Huge, dense head. Orange cloudy colour. Little bits of sediment yeast floating around. So peaceful to look at. Sweet smell of malts, oranges, cloves, pepper, and cider. Taste starts sort of sweet and sour. Plenty of malts mingling with green apple skins and citrus fruits, with a bit of a spicy kick on the tip of the tongue. Leaves mildly bitter, with a floral taste. Very thick, very smooth mouthfeel. I like it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second review of Chimay White. My tastes have evolved a bit since last time. Last evaluation was in a large bottle with a cork.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. The most beautiful head is formed on top of this beer. The head is about 3 fingers tall and one full finger of that is ABOVE the rim of the glass. Great body and form in the head. As I set my timer, it took the head exactly seven minutes to diminish (into half finger size). Amazing. Yeasty appearance with one column of carbonation rising to the top to replenish the head and keep it consistently stiff.

Yeasty aromas and acohol as well. Again, pretty peppery. Seems to me to have a bit of a smoke smell as well. Almost like a smoked turkey aroma. No floral aromas and not much in the way of hops either.

Yeast is diminished and is replaced by some hop bitterness in the flavor profile. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. This definitely has more hops than its red counterpart. Pepper and a bitter spiciness adds to the complexity of this beer. Banana as well.

Big bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Hop bite to it. A little astringency and graininess to this beer as well. The least enjoyable of the Chimays but a great beer.

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

Arguably Chimay's best offering, white cap is smooth with a crisp bitterness hinted with floral aroma.
Pours a beautiful amber colour with a nice 1 1/2 inch of dense white head, lacing somewhat down the glass.
Taste is crisp, spicy finish that goes down smooth and hides the alcohol well. I love the extreme bitterness, if your a hop head like myself, your will find this beer extremely tasty. I would love to have another one of this beer but the availiability is low around my area. A beer that should be enjoyed not drunk.

Photo of waughbrew
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pale amber in its own chalice. The head rises high and is pretty despite its lack of uniformity. The differing bubble sizes make it look a little soapy. The stream of bubbles consisently rising from the etching in the chalice helps to keep the head present (cheating?) and it grabs nicely to the sides as it recedes. The first whiff shows a clove-like phenolic character and aromatic yeast notes that immediately make me think of Unibroue, which is a good thing I suppose. Also green grapes and the white, powdery, old, hard sticks of bubble gum that used to come with baseball cards. A bit of leafy hop presence is worked in well. Alcohol warmth also makes its way into my nose. The flavor is one big candy banana balanced by the pepperiness and alcohol. The big carbonation that is at first explosive on the tongue becomes like fluffy cotton after sitting for a few minutes. Dry, with the whole spicy alcohol banana sticking around for the long finish.

This is quite a complex beer. The aromas and flavors are interesting, but not my favorite and I got tired of it before the stubby was empty. I will be happy to have this beer every once in a while.

Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep gold with a huge head, good retention and very good lace. Smells of yeasty wheat malt with some citrus spicyness. Yeasty and bitter taste. Upfront sweetness followed by the citrus bitterness. Hop spicy. Alcohol well hidden. I am not much of a hop head so this one does not appeal to me much but a decent brew none the less.

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

26 December 2005, Best Before end 06

Pours a cloudy golden orange colour with a dense white medium head. No lacing but the head reduces to a nice white cap. Awesome aroma on opening the bottle. Fresh, spicy and fruity (oranges, apples, bananas, green grapes), but also musty and yeasty. Flavour is fairly sharp and sweet. Tastes of sweet, toasty, cakey malt; yeasty fresh and dried fruits; and spicy, herbal and citrusy hops. Right on style I would say. Mouthfeel is fizzy but appropriate. Very enjoyable. Probably best to leave the yeast in the bottle next time.

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy and a deep gold colour, this beer poured into a chalice with a large, fluffy, white head that showed good retention and clumpy lacing. There was a strong bready yeast aroma at first, with lemon and mild spice appearing along with candy-like character after a short time. Significant bitterness was balanced by sugary sweetness. Citrus and yeast also contributed by the mid. There was a slightly rough alcohol flavour and burn at the end, followed by a peppery finish with lingering hops. As it warmed to room temperature, this roughness disappeared. The high carbonation seemed to add some acidity. Light bodied with a bit of slickness and aggressive alcohol warmth overall. Not bad at all, but it seems a little rough around the edges. Maybe some aging will smooth it out a bit.

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

Drinking this one after having one that was skunked. This one however appears to be good.

Poured to an attractive amber with little yeast floaties and a easy forming foamy white head. Smell is slightly acidic, but not offensive. Taste is yeasty, slightly bitter, but really smooth. Abundantly carbonated, alcohol well hidden, a nice brew, but I prefer the Red over this one.

Photo of allergictomacros
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Clear orange with little yeast floaties. Probably a bit of a rough pour. Big white head doesn't last, but some lace clings to the glass.

Smell:
Bready with a slight citrus undertone.

Taste:
Bitterness comes on strong, but without a lot of any recognizable hop flavours (not that that means much, my being a rookie and all). A little bit of lemon comes through at the very end if I hold it in my mouth long enough, but ouch the carbonation hurts. I expected a bit more flavour.

Mouthfeel:
Very dry. Very crisp. Carbonation almost hurts.

Drinkability:
Don't like it much. Too bitter without a good flavour balance. It just doesn't make my mouth happy.

Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A - Pours out a dark golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A very nice two finger, fluffy white foam head sits on top. The head laces the glass very nicely and leaves a bit of a caky formation in the middle of the goblet.

S - A bunch of yeast with an apple aroma. A bit of a spiciness in there.

T - A sweet beer up front that has a bit of a spicy kick to it. A very subtle hop flavor provides a bit of balance. Lots of alcohol taste in this one as well.

M - A nice smooth feel on the mouth, with the carbonation playing a tug of war with the alcohol kick. Overall a very good feel.

D - Makes you want more wuite a bit. I'm not a huge tripel fan but this one gives you a strong beer that can still be a little bit of a quencher with it's light body. The spiciness in the taste and aftertaste provide an intrigue that helps the drinkability on this one.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange into a Chimay chalice. The head is a thick and creamy white, with excellent lacing and retention. Smell was that very particular Chimay yeast strain, slightly sour, spices, hint of banana. Taste was sweet bubble gum up front, with a bready middle, and a pleasant piney hops in the finish. Quite fizzy in the mouth, but not inappropiate or overpowering. The flavours blend from one to the next very slowly and it is definitely a beer I'll be savouring for a good half hour at least.

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

Blonde golden with a nice generous foamy head that takes a while to die away. Shy smell of hops, malt and caramel with some bready and spicy touches.

Her taste is bitter, floral, with some shy sweet notes that comes from the malt. Bread flavors are present with floral and spicy notes that comes to form a "tout".

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a 3 set gift pack with a glass.

Pours out to a cloudy amber, forming a soapy and whipped off-beige head with very good retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The aroma is as a tripple should be...cloves, apple, kiwi fruit, strawberry and melon esters...reminds me very much of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is prickly with a smooth finish and medium-light body, which is deceptive. The taste is just like the aroma...again, reminds me very much of La Fin Du Monde but with a touch more bitterness in the aftertaste (but not in the finish), as well as a touch more wheat taste. Again, very cleanly fermented. Spicy and exceptionally fruity. Alcohol is lightly astringent in the finish, but otherwise not tasted or smelled.

An excellent triple. I would drink this regularly, bu La Fin is cheaper in my area

Photo of sopor
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing I note about this is the thick, globby and loose layer of yeast at the bottom, a good 1/2 inch thick easy.

Amber fades to gold in my chalice with a thick cap of cream-colored frothy head that is receding not too slowly and is slightly pock-marked, leaves film for a long time. Smells dry, wheaty and yeasty, with the slightest hint of it's 8%abv.

A dry yeast ad wheat flavor leads followed by a bitter yet balanced hopping merged together by an acrid bitterness at the far outside edges of the tongue. Except for that bitterness, this is pretty good, but not great. A hint of sweetness picks up later on as the bitterness dies away.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Chimay chalice)

A- This beer pours a deep warm hazel brown that is very dense with hazy. The head is a creamy white with a hint of tan. It creates the perfect lace with each sip.

S- The smell is a soft yeasty aroma with some faint floral perfume notes. There is a very light spicy to the finish of the aroma.

T- The first taste is a bit of a fruity taste with a peppery finish. The fruit notes are pear and flowers with a light citrus note. The peppery finish has some carbonic bite to it with a hint of brown sugar.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with the help of some strong fizz to make it more full. There is no sign of alcohol warmth.

D- The beer is a nice light refreshing beer with a bit more body. The finish has a bitter quality to it that interferes with the soft fruit and spice qualities.

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 3,818 ratings.