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

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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BA SCORE
92
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3,198 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3198
Reviews: 1512
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%


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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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops in New York a few weeks back. It took me a long while to get around to giving this a go and after having the Red and Blue, I thought this would be just as strong and dark. Amazingly, this wasn't quite like those and stood on on its own as something separate for the most part, but still just as complex and nuanced as their other popular offerings.

The pour to this was a dark apricot hue with a lot of dark sediment that never fully settled to the bottom of my pint glass. Not a lot to the head but what was present held its own for a while before finally settling down. Nice carbonation too as it was visible but not detracting from the taste of this beer and what a mouthfeel it had. Lots of apple up front that faded into a more subtle pear with a good amount of banana in the back. Not as sour as I thought but it has the complexity of a Belgian beer and that undeniable taste that reminded me of where this was from. One of the smoothest beers I've had in a while as well, as there wasn't a cloying, sticky, or burning sensation here at all - just smoothness of a a well-balanced brew with a surprising lack of a warming aspect to it.

Same for the alcohol - I couldn't believe that this was 8.00% ABV as I finished it off and could only taste the mild fruit and subtle sourness of this. This wasn't like any Tripel I've ever had and it reminded me a bit of mead since there's an undercurrent of fermented honey to the taste and mouthfeel. Easily my favorite Chimay and something I could enjoy all night long. Certainly not to be missed!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 08:34:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
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dar482

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy red orange (almost like a Double IPA) with a foamy head. Wonderful beautiful color.

The aroma is a medium breadiness with a tart citric hint. And some warm juicy cherries. With spiced fruits like clove, maybe some cinnamon.

This beer has a nice bite with almost a metallic bitterness in the finish. A mild breadiness. It lacks of bit of character. There isn’t too much bright big fruit like as expected from other tripels. It does however have a wonderful round and mouthfeel. It’s silky almost. There’s a bitterness at the end. I rarely get this outside of hoppy IPAs, but I would describe it as a strong hop bitterness for this beer. However, this does make the beer more drinkable because it’s well balanced. It’s very drinkable and extremely solid.

I had this blind taste tested with Westmalle and La Fin Du Monde. This came in last, with La Fin first. It still does not take away from this being a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:06:23 | More by dar482
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Blindpigbiz

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Styl/abv (alcohol by volume): triple/ 8%

Smell: slight butter notes with a floral hue; it's pretty delicate on the nose, hence the flower reference

Taste: what the olfactory senses lack, the taste comes back in a big way. With sweet vanilla, bitter hops, spices, and herbs this beer is a really great gateway triple

Pairs very well with ceviche and Mexican Caesar salads; it's even killer with mozzarella paninis from Starbucks

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:55:35 | More by Blindpigbiz
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lancecenter

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful hazy orange, nice white head with good retention.

S - Spices, phenol, some apple, and some alcohol at the end.

T/M - Lots of spice and pepper, followed by alcohol. Finish is a bit on the dry side.

O - This is an excellent brew. Should I factor price in to my rating? I'm not sure. If so, you have to dock this a little bit because $14/bottle is a bit steep when you can get La Fin de Monde for 2 or 3 dollars cheeper!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:55:55 | More by lancecenter
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thomasausud

France

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If I was this beer's advocate, I would strongly advise it to plead guilty to being delicious.

I thought the blue one was supposed to be the best but I prefer this, completely different styles of beer mind you.

Pours a nice orangey gold colour. It tastes of beer and caramel, with some fruity and spicy notes. There's a slight taste of banana which I don't usually like but it's subtle and suits the beer in this case.

The mouth feel is just right, not too heavy not too light. The alcohol comes in at the end just before you open your mouth to say 'ahhh', right on time.

Delicious beyond a reasonable doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:02:34 | More by thomasausud
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark orange yellow, with a thick white two fingers head that resists for a good time.

S: Sweet citric smell, some grape can be found too. A smooth and delicious smell.

T: A pretty bitter beer, with the predominance of the hops, the alcohol is well hidden and don't interfere with the flavour. The sweetness is very thin as the fruit notes that are less present in the taste than in the smell.

M: A refreshing beer with good carbonatation and bitter hops. The felling isn't complex like Westmalle Tripel, but is far from mediocre.

O: A real good Tripel, with fruits and hops where they must be, not so complex, but still a great experience, all the trappist elegance is present in this ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 02:56:29 | More by RaphaelSC
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky gold/orange with a bunch of floaties hanging around in the beer. The off-white head on this brew is massive and it takes forever for it to settles along the sides of the glass. There is only a touch of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is jam packed with yeast and a generous helping of spices. It's difficult to pull out exactly which spices seem to be here, so I'll just leave is ambiguous.

T: Upon first sip I am met with good ol' mister spice. Clove is a must, but I also get a bit of banana and fruit in there as well. As the beer moves on, I get a big helping of yeast and some of that 8% abv alcohol.

M: Medium bodied beer. It hits the palate prickly with a big amount of carbonation. The flavors mingle well between spice and sweet. In the back end the beer is boozy and drying.

O: Decent beer. Again, this is not exactly my favorite but it it's bad. There are many other tripels that I would rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 16:13:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger muffin top that reduced to a smaller layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: yeasty, bready, spicy, apples, pears, vanilla, Belgian candy, and a little booze too.

Taste: Same as above, but with lingering bitterness. Very strange, but so good. Took another sip and realized it's just me and this stuff is the bomb.

Mouthfeel: warm boozy alcohol, smooth, low carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty nice tripel. The flavors could have been more noticeable, but everything was balanced out easily making it hard to pick up on anything. More please.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 06:02:25 | More by Flounder57
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, "L12-601 018783" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Chimay's standard production tripel is a classic to the style, with strong Belgian yeast characters, including spicy phenols and fruity esters, along with pale malt sweetness and balancing, bittering hops. Well-suited to any time of the year due to its both bright and heavy flavors, the beer is excellen and something for the monks to be proud of. It's also quite expensive ($5.29 for a 11.2oz bottle), and similar enough to Boulevard's or Allagash's that there is not much reason to pay over twice the price of those beers if available. One to revisit occasionally, though I'd probably choose a sour instead.

Pours a 2cm head of white foam composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above one minute, but shorter than the many minutes it takes for many other tripels' foam to subside. After two or so minutes, the head has reduced to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, with moderate lacing clinging to the sides; a modest collection of foam patterns and dots adorn the walls of the glass. The body is a fairly dark golden orange color, about 50-60% opaque, with light bringing out brighter orange hues with hints of yellow. Carbonation is visible, quite active and numerous.

Aroma of Belgian yeast with slightly spicy phenols, lemon zest and banana-like esters, burnt dust, diluted honey with vanilla, and mild pale malt sweetness. Very good, in line with traditional tripels, not as bright and unique as their anniversary tripel.

Major flavors in the beer are mild pale malt sweetness, Belgian yeast phenols and esters, pleasant bittering hops, and notes of light vanilla and honey. Front of palate picks up Belgian yeast with spicy phenols, vanilla, banana-like esters, and sweet malts underlying it all. Mid-palate tastes increased Belgian yeast characters (spicy phenols, pear and banana-like esters) with more subdued vanilla, honey, and sweet malts, with modest hop bitterness asserting itself as well. Back of palate picks up pale malt sweetness, moderate ethanol, an unexpected but pleasant coconut-like flavor, Belgian yeast phenols, dust, muted banana-like esters. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast with some phenols, modest ethanol, and baked pear and banana-like esters. Pleasant, fairly low continental hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, just strong enough to be slightly fizzy without prickly or painful. The resulting mouthfeel is ably foamy and smooth, flowing across the palate quite well. Closes quite dry, with only slight stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:06:01 | More by falloutsnow
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet

A- Pours very hazy golden and yellow. A deep color that turns into a brown in the glass. A very hazy and thick looking brew. A one finger of a slightly off white foamy head.

S- Very grassy, herbal, floral, a touck of a citrus zest. A lot of wheat and hay.

T- A lot of carbonation and feel at first. The beer sweeps over with a massive and intense herbal note. A huge wheat and barnyard flavor. A Sharp lemongrass and a zesty onion note. A Surprisingly sharp and pungent flavor. A slight bit of banana peel and a sharp clove. Kind of sweet like candy and very floral.

M- High carbonation and a ton of feel. More bitter then I had expected. Drinks like a champ.

O- This is a delightful tripel. Definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 00:20:06 | More by TwelveOunces
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, $4.50.

Matched up in a blind test against Achel 8 Blond in the first round of my triple bracket.

A: Opaque dark-honey color with a bright white head. Mocha-colored sediment drops in the head, which gradually settle to the bottom. Bubbles rising furiously. It's a good looker.

S: Not a big nose. Faint whiff of booze becomes more prominent as it warms. Some citrus fruit and a touch of banana and honey.

T: Tripels can be cloying, but Chimay White is not. It's a slowly-developing flavor with hardly any individually definable characteristics. More bitterness on the back end than the usual triple.

M: Perfect carbonation, creamy feel, both features that can sink a tripel when executed poorly.

O: Perplexing and refined. I entered this blind test thinking I wasn't wild about Chimay White, so that era is over. Mopped the floor with Achel 8 Blond.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 15:55:03 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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patre_tim

China

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright yellow body with a slight cloudiness which is hard to distinguish, well carbonated. 2 fingers of head that is white with a slight yellow tinge. Good head retention. Great lacing.

S: Floral, alcohol, slight cloves and coriander seed. Malty, bready smell like a Helles Lager. Pineapple, some tropical fruit. Toasted bread. Malt similar to Tripel Karmeliet's.

T: Very smooth. At first its hard to find a specific flavour as they are many but slight and well rounded. Tastes similar to other triples but much smoother. Can taste the malt and hops, also a light sweetness, and the slight taste of cloves and coriander. I also get fruit like pineapple, the Karmeliet similarity, and a dull bitter linger. Bandaid. Candy, like yellow hard candy, and touch of fresh linen.

M: Medium somewhat syrupy body, medium high carbonation.

O: As the beer warmed, a bitter white grapefruit flavour took over the final taste, so its best drunk at the right temperature. I have had this beer twice, and have learned so much since my first review. Really well crafted beer. Great sipper by itself, it would go well with sharp aged cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 13:48:45 | More by patre_tim
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Hoppy01

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever tried. For me it has the perfect balance between hoppiness, texture, aroma, bitterness and flavor. From the hundreds of beers I have tried this one stands out. To optimize the characteristics of this beer, we poured it on an approved Chimay glass that came with this beer. The head levels were perfect, lasted a few minutes which is the way I like it, not too long or short. Color was perfect, not too murky not to clear. I will give it 98 out of 100. I would love to know how this would taste on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 20:48:20 | More by Hoppy01
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy golden amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-yeasty malt, slight sweetness, pepper, cloves

T-bready malt, light caramel, cloves, pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation,slight astringency

O-lacked well-rounded and vibrant flavor profile of other top triples, decent but not among my favorites of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:28:07 | More by MDDMD
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Impulse bought this guy from Meijer's when it was three dollars off. This would be my third Chimay beer and I've been impressed each time so I expect the same this time around. Served in a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a inch tall soapy white head with good amounts of lacing. Head dissipated within a few minutes, shrinking down to a thing white layer over the top.

S: Has a very crisp aroma, yeast, wheat, barley, malts, citrus, fruits

T: Has a light and airy feel to it, mellow flavors, grapes, citrus peels, spices, Belgian yeast, barley, malt sugars, has a bitter bite from hops at the finish.

M: Has a somewhat light and airy texture to it, medium levels of carbonation with a medium body, fairly balanced.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot but a bit less than I did with the blue or red, I'm not too big of a fan for tripels, more for dubbels or quads. Still, this beer holds true for Chimay's excellency in beer production, great balance but has a slightly steep price, but it's somewhat justified, it is pretty damn good. Recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 21:28:59 | More by Mavigo
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay chalice at Firkin.

It's been a while since I've had a nice Chimay white, so let's see how it goes tonight. It pours a lightly-cloudy amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bread, Belgian yeast, light clove, and a hint of orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with more clove and black pepper and a bit of banana peel for good measure. The breadiness is also toned down a bit here, helping the spices shine through. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice tripel, but not quite the paragon of the style I used to consider it being. The yeast comes across too bready and dominant to allow for much nuance to surface, but at least it's a tasty yeast effect...

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 19:45:07 | More by TMoney2591
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retry4z

California

2.44/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served cold, shortly after retrieving from the store freezer, in an elongated Belgian tulip glass. A 750ml bottle costs $13 - too pricey as comparable drinks go for under $12.

The cap popped loudly and autonomously after I removed the security seal, making me jump. Pours a foggy-copper with a high head of medium retention.

Smells like a cheap witbeer - Samuel Adams or Blue Moon: yeast with caramel hints.

I love Tripel's, but this tastes bland, some maltiness with bitter overtones that linger, with the 8% alcohol barely perceivable. Too bitter for my taste as I prefer sweeter and more complex Belgium Tripel's, like Maredsous 10.

High carbonation, medium consistency that's a little too light for my taste.

Overall, this is a bland-tasting, poorly balanced brew, not worthy of a Belgium beer aficionado. I'd choose this at a sports bar if there was nothing else available to get me buzzed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 07:21:48 | More by retry4z
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A near-iconic beer that I've waited too long to try: the quintessential "tripel".

Pours a good-looking hazy honey colour with a respectable white head that lingers and laces. Aroma of pure "Belgian yeast", nicely rounded with caramelized tones and subtle cider spices. The taste is delightfully dry, with the bitter finish nicely complimenting the 8.3% ABV alcohol warmth. It is well balanced and transitions to and from a sweetness with depth. Elements of ripened stone fruit support the fundamental yeast flavours.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:15:18 | More by hopsolutely
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dertyd

California

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:poures a fogy golden color with dark redish hues that shine through.the head is about I finger and laste only a min or two then fades to a thin lace

S:tropical fruits bannanas stand out the moast with some belium sugers and malts comeing through

T:what a damn good tasting beer bannanas come through but not to sweet with a good balance of the belgium yeast and malts

M:wet mouth watering every sip my mouth waters for more

O:chimay never does me rong all there beers are out of this world. this might be there best beer right up there with the blue labe. wasent the biggest fan of triples till I had this one now I can't wait to try more

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 07:53:39 | More by dertyd
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Greywulfken

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: into a chalice, hazy medium amber with orange highlighting; off-white head a finger+, slimmed into a thin film with arms of lace down the glass

S: fresh, pale malts, not too fruity on the nose - more citrusy and floral hops

T: nicely hopped floral and herbal tastes mix with flavors reminiscent of pale fruits - but this beer doe4sn't get too sweet - it retains a dry, bitter elegance throughout and warms well

M: crisp, medium-to-light body, ample carbonation, smack-dab between sticky and dry, nice bittering finish

O: one of the big three Belgian tripels (IMO) - of the same spirit as the Westmalle or Kermeliet. All three being tripels any BA should try.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 15:54:32 | More by Greywulfken
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Chrysostom

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time having this beer out of a 750mL bottle (which Chimay states alters the flavour), and only maybe the third or fifth time I've had it at all. My review is subject to change as I finish the bottle, as the beer warms, as I have more of it, etc., as this is banged out live from largely "first impressions" from my first glass as it would be at a competition.

As always, I review to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste (the so-called "hedonic scale" of some beer review sites). Otherwise, a few styles would get from me consistently high marks, and other styles never have a chance.

As always, this beer review is not from notes, but is written live while imbibing the libation in question.

With that being said, without further ado, a review.

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle - "Cinq Cents" - poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet at around 40ºF (a bit cold), warming as I review the beer. The cork popped off with more force than a Champagne cork. I got lucky that no injuries were inflicted: this indicates carbonation.

A: A strong golden-orange or burnt gold colour (similar to "red gold", 10-14k gold alloyed mostly with copper) with moderate haze (not as much as many others), which remains translucent (on the transparent side of translucent) instead of becoming opaque. On a gentle-to-moderate pour, two inches of thick and fluffy head are left, which recedes very slowly to a thick cap upon the beer (which endureth even unto the last sip) and leaves moderate lacing upon the glass - bolstered by an active carbonation - indicating more hop presence in this than the lower-ABV (yet no-lace-present) Chimay Red. It looks damn near perfect.

S: Citrus and malts, a little bit of hops (surprising for a Trappist: as the beer warms, the nose comes to be dominated by hops), and the tiniest bit of typical Belgian funk. No spices are in evidence, although a "spicy" smell is, reminiscent of a toned-down Duvel (which has a strong peppery or horseradish nose to it), again, a somewhat typical characteristic of the extraordinary Belgian yeasts. There's very little alcohol in the nose.

T: Smooth, powdery, earthy yeast, malt, and a big kiss of hops up front (along with some vinous tartness) which diminishes in mid-palate but reasserts itself upon the finish, leaving a lingering hoppy finish with strong notes of tart fruit. Very crisp, with noticeable esters and a kiss of diacetyl. Fruits come through, not the typical dark fruit, but a lighter, almost tropical or citrus fruit that I can't quite name, similar, but much attenuated when compared, to certain fruity examples of English IPA and pale ale. Some orange, maybe, and a bit of sweetness which holds up nicely to the (for a Belgian) strong hopping. A very clean taste for a Belgian, although not as complex as the darker Trappists. Alcohol is virtually absent from the palate as well.

M: Incredibly soft and smooth. The carbonation is not spritzy or bubbly or Champagne-like on the palate at all, but holds together tightly, almost like the nitrogenation of some stouts. Creamy up front, with a little bubble in the middle. The smoothness fades to a crisp and refreshing finish.

D: Extremely high, higher than BMC on a hot summer's day.

O: A beer that's roughly equal to the sum of it's parts, yet damaged somewhat by what, to my palate, is a lack of balance between the taste and the mouthfeel (which seems like it could benefit from a little more "spritz"), however excellent both are in their own right. That being said, the "damage" puts it down to 4.4-4.5 instead of 4.75: yet another home run for Chimay - every beer they make is outstanding. One of the best examples of the "Tripel" I've yet had, along with Westmalle's (the original Tripel, which is about the same in score as this, though quite a different beer), and the slightly-weird Steenbrugge Tripel, which is a bit behind both Westmalle and Chimay, but an excellent beer in its own right.

94/100 for the style. 82-87 based on personal taste (which tends towards heavier, maltier beverages). Truly "overall", comparing and combining and collating my style-referenced judgment with personal taste, a solid 88 out of 100.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 06:59:56 | More by Chrysostom
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy orangish color with about one and a half fingers of frothy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- At first whiff I got a lot of banana. Also picked up on sweet malty notes, spices, and citrus.

T- Sweet taste with a good amount of clove and citrus. I was pleased that banana is not the dominating flavor. Finishes with a warm alcohol flavor.

M- Medium bodied, smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- A really nice tripel. I was a little worried when I first smelled it because of the banana aroma, but was pleasantly surprised that it had a depth of other complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:35:50 | More by MickeyBeer
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy bright yellow, orange, not much carbonation

S-Light, spies, wheat, grass, coriander and clove.

T-Wheat, grass, lemon, orange, spices. Nicely balanced.

M-Very light and highly carbonated.

O-One of the few beers that approached the level of Damnation for me. One of the best Tripels I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 23:53:46 | More by rlee1390
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spoony

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver into a chalice.

A-The brew is orange-tinted straw in color. My pour did not have much head, maybe 3/4 of a finger of dense white foam. The foam dropped to a fat ring around the glass and the head left a little bit of lacing.

S-The smell is quite sweet with huge banana flavor. There is a mild hit of spice in the back of the nostrils (pepper and clove), but this brew tends toward sweet and estery. Also, some powdery yeast.

T-Taste is slightly less sweet and estery than the smell, but not much. You still get a big hit of banana-flavored yeast, but the taste provides a bit more grassy, herbal balance. Spices are noticeable, but not prominent. I detect mostly clove and pepper.

M-This brew feels right. Carbonation is noticeable, but very fine and mild, which leads to a creamy sensation that new-world brewers have yet to truly figure out. Medium bodied.

O-This is an enjoyable tripel. I happen to like the sweetness of the yeast here, but others may want a more herbal variety. Fabulous mouthfeel makes for a drinkable, but not chugable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 04:28:43 | More by spoony
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Hawksfan79

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glass:Chimay chalice
Dark cloudy orange with a thick soapy white two fingers worth of head.
Fruity and ginger aromas, a little yeasty as well.
Sweet fruity ester flavor that melds into a mellow spiciness, slight citrus notes.
Thick creamy texture with a slight warming that finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 08:59:16 | More by Hawksfan79
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