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

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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 drmeto
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-Follows the nose plus a grapefruit note
-medium,long-lasting bitterniss
-One of the best Tripels in the world

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

March 30, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Three inches plus of thick white foam, slightly craggy, sits on top of a light amber to deep gold, somewhat hazy, liquid.

S – Golden crackers, light toast, white bread crust. Mild spicy, peppery yeast notes. Some fig and apple notes, along with nectarine and some exotic fruit, perhaps plantain. Hops are very herbal and earthy.

T – Malty-sweet with some graham cracker flavor, and orange, fig, and golden raisins. Hops much lighter here, again herbal. Very mild bitterness provides some balance.

M – High carbonation, very sudsy and rich, moderate sweetness and moderate-low bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O – This is a well-constructed tripel, from one of the Belgian masters, and I really want to love it. There is something in the flavor profile that throws me off, and may just be my own senses. It is not bad, just not my favorite. An excellent beer, just not quite right for my palate.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice...
A: Murky glowing golden with a foamy white 2" head.
S: Noble hops up front with a breast yeast character following.
T: Pale malt with an excellent hop balance. Both malt & hop shine, but in a way that expresses both & therefore balances the beer without obscuring either...superb!
M: Drier & cleaner then most tripels I've had.
O: A very interesting & complex tripel, worth a try for any lover of Belgiums or any good beer lover for that matter!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a chalice to a hazy deep gold topped by a dense and fluffy white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and alcohol with some nice sweetness on the nose
T: taste is slightly tart and spicy with a slight fruity alcohol flavor. slight sweetness but not excessive. swallow is dry cracker malt, spicy yeast and alcohol, fruity esters and some lingering sweetness. a little grape like flavor at times as well.
M: medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: this is a very good tripel with great complexity and flavors. The flavors are very smooth and clean as well so it drinks very easily. It's pretty approachable and a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a Chimay chalice, it pours very cloudy/filthy dirty looking dark orange-brown color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quicker side, leaving minimal foamy lacing.

Smells spicy up front with some fruit like apple skin and pear, toasted grains, slightly funky yeast and then the spices again including pepper, cinnamon and some mint and/or tea leaf. Some honey and musty grapes creep through at the end, this does not have the classic strong Belgian funk I expected.

Taste is sweet and fruity, like candied sugar and fruit candy like a sour patch kid mixes with toffee, wheat bread, yeast, toasted grains, tart green apple or grapes, floral hops, pepper, coriander and dry leafy citrus hops. Very well balanced with only a mild funk in the aftertaste, it was easy to drink and almost completely hid the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a finish on the dry side that is clean and sweet at the same time with a bready aftertaste. This bottle was aged at least 2 years and so perhaps it was not as fresh as it should be enjoyed, so my assessment is a slight disappointment as I recall this being better the last few times I drank it. Will try it again for sure with a newer bottle and give this classic it’s due which may drive up the overall score.

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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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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.