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

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Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy orangy colour.
Aromas of malts, mild hops, lemon, fresh cake.
Tastes of mild hops, malt, lemon, black tea and a hint of bubble gum.
Smooth mouth feel. Champagne like carbonation.
I always drink the red, but this is a step above!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright golden honey in color. Moderate cloudiness suggests a bigger body, but the white head, while tall, is light and soapy.

Smell: Sugary caramel is sharpened by orange marmalade and a sprinkling of cloves. Some tropical fruit and even a bit of bubblegum ups the sweetness ante as the drinking commences, but remains bridled by an undercurrent of basics: bready malt and earthy hops. It is a well-balanced, yet multilayered concoction which smells artistically delicious.

Taste: Toffee melanoidins are soft, yet immediate, and are joined by toasted nuts sprinkled with brown sugar, and a whisper of milk chocolate. A bit of bubblegum and banana bread pay homage to the Hefeweizen, but a mild bitterness from a rustic, yet refined mixture of noble hops keeps the taste true to the Tripel style, as does the taste of ripe oranges and apricots. The overall sweetness is further tempered by grainy malt, which does an excellent job blending the beer's potentially discordant elements.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet a bit viscous, with moderate carbonation helping to create a delicately dry finish. The alcohol warming is but a whisper, which seems appropriate for the beer's sweet and bright flavor profile.

Overall: Perhaps more of a masterpiece than its stronger sisters in that its balance couldn't be better and that its full flavor is neither dried out by hops and/or carbonation, nor drowned out by alcohol. This beer is soft, sweet, spicy, and hearty, and because no one element outshines the rest, its many qualities can be easily appreciated.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour in tulip at Bo-Beau, La Mesa. So after 1500 reviews it may be best to simply say that compared to other Tripels, this one is a bit muted, more subtle, more easy drinking. Each of the expected profiles that we see from the likes of Westmalle or St. Bernardus are indeed present, just in a less intense manner. Could be a nice "intro" Tripel.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 5 - Pours a deep, rich honey gold color. Forms a big, thick and soapy 2 fingers of light tan head. Amazing head potential and head retention. Leaves thick, solid walls of lacing on the glass.
S - 3 - Lots of yeast, malt, light hops. Peaches, walnut nuttiness and a light touch of caramel.
T - 4 - Simple and solid. Lightly sweet yeast and peach upfront, finishes on a lightly nutty, bitter note. Not complex, but very good.
F - 4.50 - Has that luxuriously bubbly, champagne bubbly mouthfeel you'd expect.
O - 4.25 - Really good stuff, and I'm not normally a fan of the tripel style!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp, refreshing, delicious, and drinkable...especially nice that I found it on tap. I will seek this and other beers from this brewer out again for sure.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift from a fellow beer aficionado who knows what I like. Cinq Cents 1 PT bottle poured into a tulip glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellow-gold bubbling with a beautiful one finger white head. Moderate lacing coats the glass. Very nice.

Aroma: Floral accents and a gentle breath of citrus. Subtle tones.

Taste: I am generally not a fan of Tripels, and I expected a strong bite of aftershave/cough syrup. Not so. Like the aroma, the taste is actually fairly mild, with a touch of alcohol on the back end, but mostly that light floral taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a fairly light body blend to tickle the tongue in a nice, inviting way.

Overall: Much more subtle than I expected. I did not consider myself a fan of Tripels, but Chimay is changing my mind. I'll have to explore a little more to see if I can appreciate the style in the future. Definitely a winner here!

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Translucent golden color with a sticky long lasting creamy head.
Smell: Apricots, peaches, floral notes.
Taste: Dry, sweet, nutty. Reminds me very much of a peach pit.
Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, light bodied.
Overall: Delicious. Would drink again.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a light gold with copious head. Fluffy white multi finger pour with vigorous carbonation. Light haze.

S: Has a spicy white peppery note with gentle floral undertones. Light breadiness in warming.

T: light peppery and herbal notes with gentle dough. A classic triple profile, well rounded.

M: Creamy when cold, mildly smooth and velvety. Slick finish on warm.

O: Hell ya. Would seek when craving a triple but do not want overwhelmed.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a 3 finer head that dissipates but remains about half a finger throughout. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Color of quality clover honey, hazy and unfiltered.

S - Spices (clove and pepper) and light fruits (banana) up front. Belgian yeast is also dominant. Balancing lightly citrus hops notes.

T - Banana and clove flavors come through well. I also pick up the peppery notes, that give a nice bite. Yeast flavors are very pleasing. Nice fruit flavors with a well balanced hops presence.

F - full upfront with a dry finish, works very well.

Excellent beers from chimay. The Trappist have been making beer for a long time and really know how to make some tasty stuff. I prefer to pour mine and include the yeast from the bottom of the glass. I think it adds to the beer, which is excellent either way. I really enjoy the clean finish that these beers have, as well as the depth of flavor that the yeast gives.

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Photo of MrDell
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Chimay Tripel (White) – bottling date unknown - Best Before 2017

Aroma: Classic spicy Belgian yeast. Floral and slightly musky.

Appearance: Large amount of smoke upon opening the bottle. Pours golden brown with a big white fluffy head. Nice head retention and lacing on glass.

Taste: First malt then hops in the middle yeast comes in towards the end and then a lovely bitter/dry finish courtesy of the hops right at the finish.This beer changes throughout the range, yet everything taste wise is in exactly the right quantity.

Mouth feel: Soapy but in a nice way, leaves a resinous feeling even though the hops are present. Its also slightly drying on the sides of the palate. Very enjoyable and leaves the mouth feeling quite fresh after swallowing.

Overall: A fantastic tripel. Not as extreme with the alcohol and spiciness as the Westmalle tripel but more balanced and stable. I’m having a birthday party next week, which a wide range of people will attend, some beer lovers, some not. Some unenlightened mass-produced lager drinkers will be there and I have been looking for a beer that may appeal to everyone rather than messing around trying to cater for everyone etc and I think this will be the one. Everything from the stubby bottle emblazoned with the abbey’s name and classy gold and white label to the appearance of the beer screams quality - before you even get to the fantastic taste and aroma. Its not an outrageous or overly exciting beer in anyway, what it is, is a solid, top quality almost understated beer of outstanding quality. Its also fairly widely available and very reasonably priced here in Switzerland. Another 10/10 for the monks from Belgium!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Red and Blue Chimay's but for some reason never tasted the White.
Pours a hazy light brown.
Very nice pillowy head that never completely gores away; lacing on the sides.
Aroma is of yeast and banana.
This beer is delicious.
This is what I love above Chimay - they don't make a lot of different beers but what they make is spectacular.

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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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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.