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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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3,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,538
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 165
Gots: 270 | 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 LuckySevens82
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my introduction to the abby ales. I can see what all the fuss is about.

Poured into a chimay chalice (thanks santa) and marvled at the huge white head and slightly cloudy honey-colored beer.
This beer is complex. You can taste the fruit and the alcohol at first and then it finishes off with just a great balance and full flavor. This definitely isn't a beer to drink by the truck load though (not only would the 8% abv. kill you, but for me, it is just way too strong for something like that.

A good special occasion type of beer.

LuckySevens82, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of HochFliegen
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Chimay chalice. Had a large white head. Color was a pale gold with a slight cloudiness to it. The smell was of a musty and fruitiness. The taste was very strong. Full of flavor. Starts out with a fruity, almost apple tasting, then turns to a pepperish zing towards the end. This was a full bodied beer with lots of strong flavor.

HochFliegen, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fav of the Chimay line.
Very nice medium golden colour with a remarkable 3 fingered head plus a mountainous glass cling,
Slight cloudiness with medium carbonation.
Medium/full body as with all Chimay products.
Taste starts a fruity bitterness, finishes marginally sweet and dry.
Strong ABV is evident in the finish.

Shiloh, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay chalice. The beer is a hazy gold color that has a white sheen to it. Not much head was in this beer when it was brought to me fresh from the tap. It has a spicy aroma, but does not have any hotness to it. There is a light musty flavor and aroma here, which I find characteristic of many Belgian beers. A light white grape fruitiness rounds out the front and middle of this Trappist ale. There is a bit of hot spiciness in the finish of this beer, sort of a pepper type finish. This is pretty good, and is widely available.

Gueuzedude, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange fizzy pour. Carbinotation made it interesting and classic Chimay.Tasty but worth sharing the bottle if without food. Bit of spice and pepper and (sour) yeast in taste. Bit bitter and alcohol feel. AFtertaste was dry. A classic Belgium but Chimay Blue is the best.

Sammy, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, but I could see why people are not so enamoured with it. Poured a nice cloudy golden with plenty of frothy delicate head. Smelled very much like a whit instead of a tripel, with very few estery characteristics or that traditional spice of a tripel. Much more malty and bread like. Taste was also very uncharacteristic. Very creamy mouthfeel, notes of cracker and bannana just a hint of cloves floating about. There were also some corny notes that I can attribute to the use of adjuncts. This doesn't really hold a candle to some of the other Trappist beers, but its a nice beer to have when out due to its availability.

GreatPondBrewer, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky light brown brew topped in a massive pillow of white foam that never dies in the Chimay goblet. Aroma is filled with yeast and bread. Hints of spices and fruits come in here and there.

Nice sweet base with a lot of yeast in the flavor, especially after swirling around the bottom of the bottle and dumping it in. Spices are nice, but subtle. The alcohol bite is definitely noticable, but it is not out of control at the start. I remembered not liking this beer when I first had it a while ago, but I thought my palate had changed. Looks like it really did not. The alcohol flavor really comes in hard for a really unpleasant flavor. It is very acidic and doesn't really have anything going for it. This was a tough one to drink.

ElGuapo, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of Andreji
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has one of the most complex constitutions but that are rather extremely pleasing .

Pours an orangey yellow tone with a white head that leaves some creamy lacing.

Amazing range of scents with a predominating orangey fruityness that is ever present during the actual tasting. The taste is, though, a bit overwhelmed by this presence but that manages to hide the ABV perfecty. Excellent trappist product.

Andreji, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of ToneControl
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this carefully into a jug after a week or more of chilling, yet it was hazy (as the makers admit). There is a nice fruity smell to this beer, but the taste lets it down. The drink is very bitter, but not in a hoppy way, more of a sour/yeast sort of flavour. The bitterness lingers on for a while as an aftertaste. I don't think the alcohol level is balanced adequately by the flavours.

In short, now I remember why I buy this beer so infrequently, although I do like othe Chimays.

ToneControl, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Dr. Dremo's in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a very explosive white head. Thick and creamy at first, it eventually recedes to a film. Throws up some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: An intriguing herbal/medicinal smell. Lightly hoppy, bits of pepper, too.

Taste: Sweet pale malt flavor giving way to pepper and herbal hops. Lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied. Lightly astringent.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I like my tripels with a little less medicinal overtones than this. Give me a little more fruit or malt. Nice to have a hoppy Belgian, though.

ManekiNeko, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of mntlover
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first Chimay brew. Do not know if it is just a bad batch after reading some of the other reviews? Nice amber color with a great head, good looking beer.

Looks is all I got out of this beer. No smell to speak of, taste was likewise almost none existent. None of the wonderful flavors that I have tasted in other Belgium beers. Nice malt taste with almost no hop flavoring.

Nice mouthfeel smooth definitely hides the 8% abv well. A drinkable beer but I was more in the taste department. The store in town just got these beers in hopefully the red and blue will be better.

mntlover, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a big, white foamy head. Nose is highly medicinal, with the slightest bit of apple. Also earthy and yeasty. Mouthfeel is exceedingly crisp and yet smooth. Starts with a malty sweetness that leads to a quick hop sharpness. Imparts a very peculiar bitterness on the tongue with the medicinal phenols. Ends with an apple-peel aftertaste. I didn't really care for this with the first sip, but it certainly grew on me. Maybe it was the well-hidden 8% abv, or maybe this beer is simply complex and requires a little getting used to. Overall this is a great tripel, but not the best.

Admiraldinty, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of jlervine
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light mahogany brown, very hazy, with an off white head that receded to a thin bubble island that never left until the last drink. Citrusy, spicy, and yeasty notes with a hint of alcohol. Taste was very sharp, bready and biscuity. Felt thinner than the Chimay Premiere, but easier to drink. This was part 2 of a 3 part vertical Chimay tasting.

jlervine, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of freed
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was my birthday, so I splurged and got a glass of this on tap at the Horsebrass. Delivered in a wine glass, it was surprisingly dark. The hue was almost similar to oak, a mix of oranges and browns. Somewhat sedimenty and a quick foamy top. Aroma is sweet and applesque. Taste is very round, a well built malt body with pales and bisquits, and a slight, minimal fruity yeast taste. The taste was surprisingly mellow when compared to a local triple, though much more refined and much better balanced. Drank nicely and would have made a great dinner compliment, though 12oz is just about the ideal serving.

freed, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of PZuke
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a nice large white head. The head took a while to die down in my Chimay glass and this led me to discover the smell. This beer has a slightly sweet and fruity smell and that is followed up by the taste of malt and caramel and spice. The taste of the spices and slight yeast and sweetness were very well balanced together. While this is a very good beer in its own right I prefer the Red and Blue. This is a very drinkable beer and even though it has a high ABV I could not really notice the alcohol.

PZuke, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled out of the 1pt. 9.4 fl oz. bottle. cork dated 09/01.

pours out a hazy golden colour with sediment floating about. a huge rocky head sticks and stays. plenty of lace to be had...festively adorning my wide mouthed schooner. slightly musty aroma...hints of cloves and fruits mingling with delicate yeasty notes. smells clean and yeast driven, not to mention the alcohol. upon tasting...again, rather understated flavours milling about...alcohol soaked fruits and some malten breadiness...spicy alcohol and wheat malt providing an added touch to the profile. really, really smooth despite the obvious alcohol punch. a really mouth coating, velvety and full bodied mouthfeel. dry finish. not lacking in character by any means. my lack of experience in belgians shows again...i know this tastes good...its full bodied and unapologetic alcoholic, and i like it. extremely drinkable, a big beer for big boys. not necessarily to my tastes...but a killer brew nonetheless. a classic.

budgood1, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed orange-white with an active, white head. Peppery but fruity aroma -- apple peel, champagne-ish orange, apricot... Carries over to the palate. Peppery feel amidst a fruity flavor and medium body. Well carbonated and active on the tongue. The tiniest hop bite really keeps the abundance of esters and "too tasty" flavors in check. Kind of middling, this one is flavorful but not difficult. Dangerously drinkable for 8%.

marburg, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why would I wait so long to try such a classic? No good reason really, but even I was too weak to resist when I saw this on tap at Papago’s. Came to my table a hazy peach in color, with a moderate, creamy white head. The aroma struck me as very *tight*. Sharply spiced with a hint of acidic fruit. The spice starts off the flavor, too, in a really lovely way – strong but not at all overpowering. It seems right at place throughout the whole sip. Develops a bit of citric grapefruit flavor mid-palate, and finishes rather sweetly in flavor but still dry in mouthfeel. Very smooth on tap; good god I could drink this all night.

mzwolinski, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My personal favorite from Chimay,what an awesome pour a huge billowing fluffy head with a rich golden color.The aroma is of honey and and yeast with some alcohol notes.The taste is also honeeish and yeasty with a nize zesty finish atruely complex and delightful Triple.I think it should be considered one of the top beers of the world,but hey its just me.

oberon, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of roguetester
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend picked this up on his by-monthly trip to the bottle shop.

Cork came off with a noticable "pop".

I used a tulip glass and it poured with a suprisingly large head that last some time.

I'm not one to like a lot of foam, but it complimented the cloudy golden body well in the glass.

Lots of things happening in the aroma. I found it fruity with noticable hints from the yeast. Very pleasant and appropriate for the style.

Taste was very good. I could sense the alcohol more than I thought I should. I also had hoped for a tarter aftertaste. Flavor was good, though. Clean and refreshing.

I think I set myself up for overexpectation with this brew. It was very good and very drinkable. I usually think of Triels has double digit ABV brews that work had to cloak their alcohol. This one clocked in at 8% had was showing more than some.

roguetester, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.

This beer poured a huge puffy white, almost cloud like, head with a cloudy mahogony/amber body.

The nose was beautiful. Malty and sweet. Honey, earthy, fruity. A slight medicinal quality. Maybe even a hint of plastic? Mellow belgian yeast phenol smells.

The taste was nice. Lots of caramel. Roasted malts. Light caramel. Spice, some earthy hop, with a very slight black pepper hop bitterness. Honey, green raisons, plums. But a firm honey sweetness balanced with the darker roasted caramel malts. Ending in a smooth even bitterness and dark malt flavor.

Overall this isn't what I expected from a triple at all. More like a cross between one of it's brothers in the chimay line and a triple. Still very easy drinking and tasty.

taez555, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, large head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, touched of yeast. Medium bodied, malty and hoppy. Some malt sweetness and fruitiness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Beer is 8% alcohol by volume, but no alcohol bite.

beerguy101, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Steve's Liquor & Fine Wines refrigerators) as part of the Chimay gift pack (Red, White, Blue + chalice). A few months in my fridge.

The head is big and foamy, coarse and almost white. The beer is dark orange/amber. Haziness clears. There are some nice arcs of lacing. The smell is sweet, spicy candy, with some apples and detergent. Detergent also in the spicy front when cold (may be the alcohol). The middle is malty, with some fruit and a little butter. Lots of alcohol obvious in the finish when cold. Bitter. Some celery in the aftertaste.

It's still a quality beer, I think. But it's a little light on the taste, making the alcohol a little heavy.

kbub6f, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ashy orange color. Eggy, white head. Like Yorshire pudding when it stiffly falls. Aromas remind me of white wine, one made from Gros Manseng, Albarino or, especially, like great, over ripe, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Dageneau (Silex.) This is dry and a touch herbal, compared to the other two Chimay beers. Packed with dried mint, white pepper and ash flavors, it has a body and bead exactly like the others. Mouthfilling, broad honey cream flavors are light as a feather while the surf-like foam quickly evaporates all signs of sweetness. Perfect with plates of steaming, bright green local organic produce. (Don't be afraid to blanch that lettuce! Toss it in hot lemon garlic butter and serve with this beer)
A miraculous string of perfect beers from Chimay.


Consumed again and again; and again on 9.18.04. Terrific beer.

putnam, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy almost peach color with a frothy off-white head that would not die and seemed to grow at first. Nose was citrus, malt, yeast and had a sweetness that was actually pleasant. Taste was complex, starting sweet and somewhat malty, honey and fruit notes and a slight bitter hop taste, finishing crisp and dry. Alcohol taste is there, but not what you expect at by looking at the ABV. Body is creamy, yet with a high carbonation that works well, and gives it additional character.

Real good, not amazing, but the sweetness seemed right and it was pretty drinkable, and fun to try.

fattychubs, Jul 14, 2003
Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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