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

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3,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,912
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 190
Gots: 426 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of rarevos
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I say that I poured it into a Chimay goblet, I'm not meaning to sound snobbish. I just happen to own two Chimay goblets (my only goblets) and whenever I drink Chimay it happens to be a perfect match. I drink Orval and St. Bernardus out of the Chimay goblet, too, so I'm not aggressive about it.

Anyway, the beer.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I love this beer for a few reasons, but chief among them is the fact that this is really two different beers (when you drink it by yourself out of a bomber). The first pour doesn't have much yeast, while the second one has a good deal of it. I love that about this beer, as the characteristics really change if you add the yeast into the equation.

A: The first pour is a clear golden color with fluffy head and great retention. Loads of tiny bubbles that remain as a thick blanket on top of the beer. The second pour is cloudier and opaque. More sticky trails with the second pour.

S: A bit of grain, a hint of pepper, a bit of dry, crisp apple. Yeasty, grainy, and with a hop presence. Multiply all of this in the second pour.

T/M: Bit of a dry apple flavor at first, with some dry grain. Slight herbal presence, which doesn't quite come across as the classic farmhouse flavor, but is still a bit rustic. There's a great black pepper presence in the finish, and the second pour with the yeast dregs is even pepperier. Finish is nicely bitter and clean. The second glass is even more bitter, but not unbearably so, and adds a hint of peach. Both glasses are dry and crisp.

D: It's a mischievous tripel. It doesn't drink as an 8% abv beer, but you'll notice it for sure if you don't pace yourself.

Now for the unashamedly subjective part: I'm in love with this beer. It was my first real Belgian way back when, and I continue to drink it whenever I can. It and Westmalle are my preferred tripels.

I'm not sure which I prefer: the first, milder, cleaner glass, or the second, yeasty, peppery and bitter glass. Both are great. And I hope to God that this review makes sense. I enjoy it on-tap, too, but the bomber is the gift that keeps on giving.

Photo of atigerlife
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this quite a few times, but it had been a couple of years. Formerly, I was not that impressed. Wanted to see if it, or me, had changed...

Poured a golden/orange color. Opaque. Amazing thick, fluffy white head [marshallow] which lasted very long. Nice lacing. Poured perfectly into my Chimay goblet. Looks amazing.

Aroma of fermented fruits, citrus, alcohol and some spicy notes.

Taste has alcohol, yeast and a bitter/sour ending. Malts with an apricot flavor throughout. Mild and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is lively, cleansing, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Much better than I remember. Not a typical tripel, but very nice. Looking forward to having this again.

Photo of Rudgers73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

A- Cloudy light amber color. Roaring tiny bubbles of carbonation forming a very active foamy head that settled into a dishwater look that stuck on the sides leaving lacing.

S- Very light, citrus, yeast, sweet, pepper.

T- Faint caramel, a little bitter towards the end, a strange quick burst of grassy green taste right at the end that disappears in an instant.

M- Smooth and light with peppery notes as you swallow that hang around on your tongue and tingle for a bit. Aftertaste is bittersweet with hints of wheat.

D- This was very drinkable but I'm sure it would taste better if it had some time to age. I'll have to try it as soon as I establish a place to age.

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

This is a review of the small 33cl bottle.

Pours deep orange, apricot, and cloudy, with a full frothy off-white head. Much lace, mucho long-lasting, superfine carbonation. The nose has bright tangy fruit up front, tangerines and green apples. Spicy, peppery elements as well, identical to the larger bottle.
The taste starts with big citric wash of fruit and candy, mixed with an herbal bitterness and nice round malt. It turns dry and finishes long. Mouthfeel is creamy, active and smooth. Delicious, and slightly different than the larger bottle. The dryness doesn't clamp down on the sweet fruit as quickly, and the finish is not as dusty. Whether this is due to the characteristics of fermenting in different size bottles, or if it's because of slight variations in the brewing of the batches, who knows. Maybe I'm hallucinating. Anyway, I like em both.

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

Apperance: great retention and head.

Smell: Malts really come through. Somewhat spicy

Taste: a little dry, but smooth and with a bite, but VERY balanced with a good bitterness to go along with the strong malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp. Clings to the mouth very well.

Drinkability: A session beer. Easy to drink. A real treat. Wish I was rich so that I could drink this more often.

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

This was quite a lovely tripel. It poured (into the appropriate glassware / Chimay goblet) a nice cloudy orange colour with a beautiful, fluffy snow white head. An interesting thing to note about this experience, is that there is a fleur-de-lis etched in the bottom of the goblet. Throughout the whole drinking of this ale, a consistent stream of CO2 emanated from that one spot. Very strange, indeed.
The smell was fantastic: spicy, like a hefe, sweet malts, and a wonderful array of aromas consisting of various stewed fruits.
The taste was more of the same, with the sweetness of the cooked fruit and sweet malts up front, a brief manifestation of alcohol, and then some bitterness on the finish. Quite nice.
Something else I would like to note about this tripel, is that unlike so many others, this one did *not* have that metallic characteristic in the taste. So many ales of this style have a certain metallic taste to them, but it was completely abscent in this one.
Mouthfeel was just above average for this one, in the way of tripels.
I will certainly purchase this again.

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

The body was a nice medium orange color. A huge fluffy white head stayed through the entire beer. Tons of small carbonation bubbles quickly rising in the glass. Huge clumps of thick lacing.

Quite yeasty scent. There is an overall floral aura to the smell of this beer. A spicy light banana note was detectable. A second whiff brough a citrus hint that seemed balanced of by a tart pear aroma.

A very nice complex taste. A spiced vanilla taste was the first that could be noticed. Quickly, a tart bitter apple taste joined in. Alcohol content is slightly noticable, but quite underplayed to the actual content. Subtle malt, with almost non existant hops hints.

Decent thickness in the mouth. A nice amount of carbonation doesn't overpower the flavor, but helps the tastebuds look for additional flavors.

Very nice beer. A true treat for all the senses. Pair this with a nice appetizer of braised pork tenderloin slices. Definite a very nice example of the style that everyone should try.

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

Best Before 2008, poured into Leffe chalice.

Pours amber, with a frothy white head that persists for a while.

The aroma shows this to be the hoppiest of the three Chimays. Hint of mint or basil, notes of citrus, candy, soap, musk.

Flavour big on perfumy, Belgian malts. Hop at the back. As it warms, the hops come more to the front. Spicy notes, and a late subtle aftertaste of peach or apricot. Very subtle.

Big, frothy mouthfeel, as per its brothers. Medium body, slight alcohol heat.

I preferred this over the Blue and Red, although freshness may have been an issue.

Highly recommended.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brown topped by a tightly bubbled three finger head that recedes slowly leaving a large rocky mass and chunks of froth down the glass. Bubbles keep rising from the bottle of the glass utnil the liquid is completely gone.

Yeast rolls, sweetened alcohol, toasted neugot, and a peppery hint make up the nose.

Very sweet toasted bread taste with some slighty funky Belgian yeast flavor. There's a smooth boozy raisin taste as it warms.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel. That leaves the mouth dry yet slightly refreshed after swallowing.

What a wonderful beer. Mmmm.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(Cork says 06 06) a reddish gold with a huge billowy head of foam that simply wouldn't quit. It finally *did* settle down to a solid layer with lots of pretty lacing.

The smell is yeasty and fruity with some clove. A nice nose indeed.

The taste has a strong malt presence up front that has some sweet to semi sweetness to it. That's followed by a fruitness of apricot and banana with a nice mild clove flavour. There's also flavours of yeast and some citrus sourness near and through the finish. But...the biggest thing I can say about this sample is that it tastes so damn fresh! I've had older, perhaps not handled correctly, samples before that did not impress me at all and made me avoid buying more. Until now. Damn, this is a very good Trippel and so darn drinkable!

Bottom line: This bottle of Chimay Cinq Cents is inspiring. I'm going to buy some more and sock away a few bottles for later enjoyment.(no mishandling of them...guaranteed!) Highly recommended!

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

Pours a golden cidery amber, nice head pure white good retention, leaving minor lacing. Sents of apple, some minor hops and belgian yeast. The taste is nice mild citrus and apple a tiny hint of candy, little bitterness from hops. I must admit I was bios for along time because chimay way my first experience with a tripel, but since I have found several I enjoy a little more . Any how this is still nice, but I'd rather drink others.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
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
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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