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

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Reviews: 1,586
Hads: 4,115
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 233
Gots: 579 | FT: 2
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their 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 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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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Alright, before I get teary eyed, let's do the review. Poured from a brown 25.4 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast. Taste is somewhat fruity, pepper, malts, alcohol is present at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while a quality beer, didn't really live up to my expectations.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured golden with significant sustaining head, but with particles floating in the pour.
S: surprisingly a bit of dark fruit, with a touch of tart yeast
T: like the nose, but with a lighter feel and perhaps a little candied-lemon citrus. I also get a hint of what I consider a Belgian-banana taste.
M: some depth of flavor and a definite carbonation that plays throughout
O: a very enjoyable balanced beer. Surprised that of the 3 Chomays I tried together, I might have liked this the best.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pale gold with a fair head and lacing that kept reminding me of the elvish language. The taste is straight up yeast and banana, with a huge wheat profile. Finishes with a mellow sweetness that Is beautifully balanced for a triple. Great beer for a wheat beer lover.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic by most standards. The appearance is a golden color with a very sticky white head. The smell is mostly bread with some sweet scents like banana. The taste had a lot of banana and pear in with the malt they used. Also a bit of sweetness on the end from the alcohol. The only thing I thought was odd was the amount of carbonation for a triple, still very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head leaves some sticky lacing.

S - Lots of yeast, sweet malts, and spices.

T - Starts off sweet with lots of malt. The malts lead into flavors of banana, clove, and pear. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - A very smooth drinking Tripel with a solid balance of flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: yellow. Thin foamy head with clumpy/foamy gathering of foam.

S: sweet. Clove. Banana.

T: banana esthers. Spicy. Pepper. Clove. Alcohol is balanced with the malt.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. In between sweet and dry.

O: good Belgian. Stands up to the style.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into Chimay glass

A-Pours a golden color with a white head and thick lacing.

S-Wonderful aromas of yeast, sweet malt, spice, fruit, sugar and light hop aroma.

T-Improving flavors of yeast, clove, pear, apple, malt, wheat, spice and sugar flavors.

M-I really enjoyed this medium light body and lively carbonation. Wheat, fruit and spice finish.

O-Overall a fantastic triple, my go to, so far....

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

33cl bottle (bb 2016) into a tulip.

Clear golden color, big white foamy head, good lacing and retention. Leaves a thin foam.

Faint floral smell of sweet malt and yeast.

Crisp taste with sweet malts and a hint of honey, dry yeasty aftertaste with notes of pepper and hops. A hint of alcohol can be tasted.

Medium body and nice carbonation that make a slightly creamy mouthfeel, quite drinkable. Overall a good, fresh tripel that suits a warm evening well. Not spectacular but worth tasting.

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Photo of Vixie
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly copper color with a large off white head. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my Duvel glass.

Smell starts out with a strong malt character, as well as hints of fruit and pepper.

Starts out fairly fruity, mainly orange and citrus. There is a considerable amount of pepper at the back end, which leaves a bit of a spicy aftertaste.

Has a bit of a burn from the carbonation, but also has a nice smoothness.

A nice solid triple, but I would like to see more fruit flavors in it. There is no doubt that this is a Belgian made beer, it does have the classic flavors of a triple. What keeps it from being a truly outstanding beer is a lack of complexity and a bit too much spice. Still a nice beer, worth giving a try.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a deep golden color. Creamy white head retains well and leaves a blanket of lacing on the glass.

S: Treacle and sweet malt aromas. Almond. Doughy. Yeast. Tropical esters of mango and tangerine.

T: Yeasty and phenolic up front. Bitter. Boozy hit of alcohol. White grape skin. Much drier than the nose suggested. Grassy hops. Almond and dough. Dry finish allows the phenols and alcohol to linger.

M: Medium thick body is instantaneously scrubbed away by super aggressive carbonation. Boozy and warming.

O: It's a bit much. Very boozy and phenolic. The better abbey style tripels hide their strength far better than this.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Rich crisp head. Crisp, yet smooth mouthfeel. Quite active carbonation. Bitter, tart, just a hint of sweetness. The alcohol makes it's presence known throughout, but less so than one might expect from 8% ABV.

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

Pours a nice clean golden amber with a thick head. Smells good and tastes really good. Has some funky finish at the end with sweetness. Lot's of things going on yet very harmonious. Fresh, clean, slightly champagney, bitter, sweet. A really good beer.

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Photo of itsscience
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy orange color with a two-finger off-white head that retains well and leaves thick frothy lacing. The nose is yeast-forward with pepper, clove, banana, melon, orange, and a light honey sweetness. Even though it's subdued, quite a lot of character comes out as you get your nose in close. Tasting it, I get more of that light honey sweetness, some earthy hops, black pepper, banana, and a slight hop bitterness on the end. The body is medium with medium carbonation, and it finishes dry.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.