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

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Reviews: 1,600
Hads: 4,181
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 240
Gots: 650 | FT: 2
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Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Tripel | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 12/18/14

Tripel (White) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into my Chimay tulip

Packaging- classic and simple yellow Chimay 3.75

Appearance- unfiltered and golden with a one finger head and good lacing 4.25

Smell- yeasty, faint banana 3.5

Taste- subtly sweet but still well balanced 4.25

Mouth-feel- clean and smooth great mouth-feel 4.25

Drinkability- excellent light body and full flavor with very little aftertaste 4

Overall- Great Belgian Tripel 4

First Tripel I've really thought was excellent. thank you Trappist Monks. ---- J

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Photo of AndersenMarx
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L-A nice blonde/orange/hazy color, with a visible yeast and spice presence
S- Smells of clove, yeast, and a hint of citrus
T- Their is a hint of banana and clove, but their is more of a presence of a yeast flavor
F- The feel is the highest quality of this beer. It goes down like velvet, with a constant level of carbonation. The beer feels best at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but is not bad in the 50's. The feel is smooth and on the tongue.
H- The head is very frothy, depending on the pour, one can get two to three fingers of a light cream looking froth that will dissipate within 3 minutes.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Format: a stumpy little 330mL dark brown bottle with a standard macro-style label.

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth trappist glass. A cloudy amber-orange colour with a one-finger of solid and creamy off-white head. Looks good.

Aroma: a very pleasant aroma of light orchard fruits, some banana, and clove and cardamom spices.

Taste: plenty of bitterness up front with the fruits and spices from the aroma. A good quality Belgian Tripel. Big Belgian yeasts as expected.

Aftertaste: the bitterness drops off a little, to be accompanied by those Belgian yeasts again. Nice.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation. A bit dry on the finish with the bitterness and yeasts.

Overall: a lovely tripel from Chimay - definitely more special than their Première (Red). I'm still not sold on the AU$75 price for a case of 12 x 330mL - there are just as enjoyable tripels for quite a lot less. Still, I'll definitely pick one of these up when I am having a 'tripel-off' night.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

An 11.2 ounce stubby poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - The color of apple juice. Hazy. Thick, monster head. Good lacing.

Smell - Sour!

Taste - Sour! Bananas. Lemon zest. Mildly spicy. Slightly tart. All in perfect balance.

Mouth - Fizzy yet buttery.

Overall - Other worldly! This is what Belgian ale is all about. This is my favorite of the Chimays.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 date. Pours a hazy dark orange, thick foamy head settles in a minute with a few streaks of chunky lace on the glass. Smell: bready, grassy and spicy, muddled fruity sweetness...like a peach flavored juice blend that's really mostly grape and apple. Taste: wheat bread, dried apricot, quite grassy and herbal, booze and pepper in the finish. Hefty carbonation really cuts through and ends the sip too early. Definitely not one of my favorite interpretations of the style.

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Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Appearance: Amber/Yellow
Smell: Yeast and fruit.
Taste: Wheat and honey.
Mouthfeel: Full
Drinkability: A great beer and the makes me think of the classic Belgian Style. My third favorite out of the three Chimays.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/24/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the dense head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry finish that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel! All around outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of titvs
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L14-281. AROMA: complex aromas of floral and orange notes. spicy background. low malt character. APPEARANCE: deep gold color and hazy. average white head with medium-low retention. some lacing is present. TASTE: a combination of citrus fruits (oranges) and some floral notes. soft malt background. low intensity alcohols. medium-high bitterness that lingers beyond a dry aftertaste. PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. efervescente. OVERALL: a good example of a trappist triple with nice aromas and flavours.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the Chimay gift box with the special goblet and one of each of their world renowned offerings.

A - Nice deep yellow/gold color. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Slightly cloudy from the yeast still in suspension.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that is a nice maltiness and some alcohol. No hops but this beer isn't made for it.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness. It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the tripel. It is mostly crisp with a malt character and some alcohol but without any harshness or bitterness.

M - Medium to strong mouth-feel that isn't too cloying. This is definitely the lightest of the Chimay box set in every respect; i.e. mouth-feel, taste, color. Though that attribute lends itself to being very drinkable for an 8% beer.

Overall, a very good beer. Though I said that the flavor impact of the other Chimays made them too much for me to handle more than two in a sitting I feel that this is the exception to the rule since this is light and mostly refreshing but the ABV would catch up with me after just a couple. If you haven't tried this I would strongly recommend it. Even though the Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) is still my Chimay of choice this tripel is pretty solid.

Glass- Chimay branded Goblet

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Photo of kevinlater
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into snifter, best before 2017, consumed on october 4, 2014

a: fully opaque light orange hue, three fingers of off-white head

s: some very nice bready scents made their way to my nose as i was pouring. citrus fruits are quite apparent -- think orange and lemon. there are white grapes, peaches, and apples as well. these aromas are followed by spicy yeast and bready malt notes

t: the aforementioned fruits are in the front, but that quickly leads into yeast flavours (the spice is tame though) and notes of freshly baked bread. has a medium-plus earthy/herbal bitter finish

m: very soft carbonation paired with the medium body gives the beer a creamy feel. dry on the back-end

o: an excellent beer -- it's balanced, tasty, and dangerously drinkable. the belgian tripel is a style i never enjoyed, but i'm really starting to appreciate it now

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, with a light brown cast, hazy, with a white head that persists many minutes after the pour. Lacing is moderate, but present.

S - A full nose of yeast, primarily floral and fruit, applesauce and cut grass, rosewater. If only every tripel were so accomplished.

T - A full range, sweetness of sugars and fruit, plum flesh and pears, apple notes, minerality and malty bread in the middle, and a subtle bitter trail, of over steeped tea, that clears the profusion and settles things into the close.

M - Mild carbonation and slight bitter bite in the close, but given the high ABV, this is very light on the tongue.

O - Nothing really compares with this Belgian. Chimay, even if it lacks the rock star quality of some of the harder to get beers that require deep pockets or a ticket to Belgium to get, is the standard. Others may exceed it, but for its three colors, blue, red, and this white, the brewery dominates, and really defines the nature of each, Dubbel, BSDA, and, this, Tripel. Add to it, Chimay is accessible, on every bottle shop's shelf, and when it comes to Belgians, it is often hard to justified drinking anything else.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow hazy body with a small fluffy white head. Tropical fruit aroma with a hint of yeast smell. Sweet banana yeast taste. Reminds me of a strong tasting American wheat beer. Really good.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Poured chilled into a snifter 10/17/2014

A = Hazy yellow with an awesome 3 finger merengue-like head that stayed around for quite a while. Lots of visible carbonation. No visible sediment but very cloudy.

S = Lemony citrus, sweet dough, a little peppery spice, faint banana, a touch of peach or apricot, yeast and earthy funk

T= Sweet and doughy without being cloying, citrus, low bitterness from herbal/earthy hops, fruity esters, warming alcohol.

M = Well carbonated and medium bodied but creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink for a strong beer.

O = A delicious and well balanced classic Tripel. Truly a benchmark for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

A: Clear golden color, VERY highly carbonated with thick bubbly head (3/3)
S: Lightly fruity nose with a medium boozeyness (8/12)
T: Lightly malty flavor with solid booze aftertaste and a little bit of banana (15/20)
M: Very bubbly up front and dry finish (4/5)
O: Remarkably drinkable but the alcohol flavor is somewhat overpowering (only somewhat). Probably only a beer I’d have for special occasions. (7/10)

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Photo of pat61
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%

This is a four year old bottle and is surprisingly good.
Big caramel peach nose. Pours hazy gold under a 1” finely bubbled foam cap. Very lacy with some legs.
Palate: caramel, very creamy, no big oxidized flavors but big caramel to toffee wrapping around large pitted fruit flavors such as peach. The caramel is bigger after four years than when fresh and some of the fruit flavors such as orange are less. Evokes a fresh peach pie.
Medium body, medium high carbonation. Very creamy.

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Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold colored beer, lightly cloudy, clouds of bubbles billow into a three finger pillow that takes its time relaxing to hefty cap that leaves tears of lace along the glass. 4.5

Lightly tart funk aromas, white grape, white pepper, neutral sweet, a bit of sourdough, a bit of pear cider, I get in the 100 sniffs it takes me to begin describing here. It is a light/medium strenth aroma, but it is perfume. 4.5

Medium strength taste, quite a bit more blended than the aroma suggested. I do get all the aromas now as flavors, but they are balanced and blended wonderfully, deliciously. Nice bit of herbal drying joins spice and sweet to cleanly end the sip. 4.5

Light in the mouth, despite the amount of flavors present, low carb. despite the plume of head, and a finish that is clean as clean gets. If I had to ding this, it would be a bit too thin for style, but for this beer, the mouth is a frame that showcases the flavors wonderfully. 4

Damn, this might turn me into a tripel lover, this is very very good, highest recommendation!!! 4.5

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07/30/12 On tap, just tapped, at that, because of a Chimay promotion (along w/some of the Chimay cheese.) One foot in heaven with his one. Could be the Trappist origins. On the yin side is it's 8% ABV range or I'd drink it all day.

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Photo of Nightwing
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 0,33 L bottle. Mild aroma of citrus. Cloudy golden in appearance, with white head. Light bitter taste. Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Overall an excellent abbey tripel.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Hazy dirty golden color, clean white head with great carbonation and lots of lace. A quick swirl brings a big fluffy head right back up.

Aroma is bready Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dried apricots and peppery spice.

Taste is slightly funky Belgian yeast, spices, light fruit, candi sugar, very subtle white pepper and clove. Just a hint of citrusy lemon zest.

Nice crisp creamy mouthfeel. Super smooth and utterly drinkable. Lively carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall a really nice, smooth, tasty tripel.

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Photo of JLSIV
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from their capped bottle into a chalice, nice two finger head,tight small cream colored bubbles, left significant lacing. Did not hold as long as the Chimay red, but certainly above average. Color is a hazy straw orange.

Smell some nuttiness and slightly more hop notes than what I have come to expect from Chimay, but definitely pleasing. As I often say in my reviews, this is not my best area, so I often miss subtle notes.

First taste had an almost almond bright note, then the citrus, last some spice, very subtle peppery bite, not bad, don't panic, it isn't spicy in the sense that it creates heat. Like all of the Chimay brands, other flavors show up as they warm. The chalice is a must!

Mouthfeel is full and rich all the way. Unlike American attempts at this type, the Belgians know how to hide their ABV!

Overall, I prefer Chimay Red, followed by Blue, then this. That being said, this is an outstanding Belgian Triple, well worth the experience, my guess is it is a great first Triple, because the color and aroma will please many different palates.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear golden with a lingering frothy ivory head. Notes of green apple, lots of peach, coriander, and clove dominate. The flavor is more subtle, with sharp green apple,a touch of pear, and citrus becoming bready mid palate and finishing peppery and spicy. Great beer, with a well appointed dry character that keeps it refreshing. Bitterness is a touch more than I'd prefer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Chimay goblet

L: yellow-amber-brown ... comes out like a reddish gold or orange, very interesting and layered colors; goblet is scored on the bottom so it keeps a constant head of offwhite/beige foam and the collar is THICK ... some lacing

S: musty fruity sweet ... some orange and lemon, some cherries or strawberries (?) ... fruit for days ... almost more dubbel-like than tripel, but it's fantastic either way; there's some definite bready malt notes waiting underneath the sweet

T: fruity sweet ... so candy-like, again it seems so much like a dubbel; some lemon but not overly sour; has a earthy finish

F: loads of carbonation, and even with the scored CO2 nucleation point pushing up a constant flow of bubbles it still holds onto enough carbonation to keep it crisp; very dangerous because it's almost watery while still holding on to a TON of flavor; hard not to call it perfect, so i will

O: love this brew and the fact that I can find it pretty much everywhere; there are better tripels, but not many that I've tried so far and no by so much that this seems like a disappointment. fantastic beer and fantastic style that here seems to mix Belgian strong pales, dubbels and a pinch of hefeweizen.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber orange color with a huge thick head with great retention and leaving lots of laces.
Fruity aroma with notes of grapes, peaches, Belgian yeast, mango, candi sugar and banana.
Flavor of young wine, white pepper, coriander, apple juice, pear, herbal hops, core of pineapple, bread, almonds and lemon. Dry and mildly bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 8% abv is completely well hidden.
Very elegant fruity Tripel with a subtle tartness and superbly well balanced. Complexity comes slowly in small pieces. Huge drinkability for its high abv. Very easy to drink for new lovers and still interesting for experienced.

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Photo of Radome
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draught at Crave Kitchen and Bar in El Paso, TX on 28 Jun 2014.

A - Light gold color. Fairly clear. Thick, persistent, creamy white head with lots of lacing.

S - Aroma of lightly bready malt with a grainy twang that seems like Pilsner to me. Spicy noble hops are also prominent. Light cotton candy and spice notes. There was a moderate depth of aroma, but it may have been improved with appropriate glass ware. Unfortunately, mine was served in a standard US pint glass instead.

T - Strong, spicy hops dominate the flavor. Yeast and other ingredients might also contribute to the spice. Some bready malt. Light sugar and cotton candy flavors. Dry finish with lingering spicy hops.

M - Medium body. Creamy, full carbonation. Strong hops bitterness with some alcohol heat. All is in moderation and balance.

O - Overall balanced and drinkable with a surprisingly high level of spicy hops. Very enjoyable. It's no wonder it's considered a world classic of the style.

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Photo of jjmclell
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with vivacious carbonation, surprisingly clear, surprising head persistence and body. Good aroma of hefeweissen-esque banana and lemon in the smoke upon opening, although aroma was somewhat weaker upon pouring. Crude stab at mouthfeel - medium body? Taste - initially dominated by boozy, peppery bitterness; upon acclimation picked up the aforementioned hefeweissen-esque banana notes as well as the soft sweetness of mango. I liked this beer because it is elegant in its simplicity - like well-sourced meat or vegetables that let subtle natural tastes do the talking.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.