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

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Reviews: 1,573
Hads: 4,060
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 221
Gots: 535 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-18-2001

Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.
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Photo of jjmclell
3.54/5  rDev -13%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.... (416 characters)

Photo of JTuomi
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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. (208 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of itsscience
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of John656
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden dark straw colour with bubbles from the carbonation. Pours into a very dense foamy head.

S - Not an especially strong nose. But there are some yeasty, lemon, and woody notes.

T - Spicy flavour with some hints of honey and banana followed by a bitter bite towards the end. This beer has a very dry flavour profile with a touch of citrus and orange peel after taste.

M - Highly carbonated with a medium texture. Creamy and easy going despite its ABV and moderate bitterness.

O - This is a solid Tripel that is both refreshing and smooth. Makes for a great sipping beer in the summertime. It's moderately complex with a nice balance tilted towards the hops. But Tripel Karmeliet, La Fin Du Monde, Val-Dieu, and Westmalle are still the best in class Tripels in my books. (782 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. This is a malt forward offering, but it is relatively light-bodied considering the ABV. The taste is ever so slightly sweet upfront with a dry, mildly hoppy finish. This is one of the most well-balanced beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling. (329 characters)

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

A - The tripel is a darker caramel gold color, still translucent but on the outermost edges. A half a finger of head, white and dense, doesn't do much in the way of lacing.

S - Yeasty sugars and anise, along with a bit of odd funk (not wild yeast, mind you). As the tripel warms, fuller sugars emerge, a dense semi-sweet ale.

T - The first sip is filling, sweet with a strong current of alcohol. The sugars are present, sweetly fruity, along with a fresh, musty yeast strain. It's funkiness is not wild, rather anisey and spicy. Mild carbonation, perhaps responsible for the underwhelming head, is a push, never providing the sharp crispness that carbonation needs to give. Very dry, especially in the finish, the ale seems to have some age to it. I recall enjoying the bottle much more.

M - The mouthfeel is spice- and yeast-driven, a fruity rich ale that has enough darker flavors (anise and pepper) to balance it out.

D - At 8%, this was a slow-going sipper. I'm not sure that I'd want to bite off much more, very sweet and too bold. (1,041 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, what a head and retention on this, massive bubbles on the outer rim, soft center. Steller retention. Beer is a slightly hazy golden brown, quite light, with active visible carbonation.

S - immediate aromas of belgian yeast, lemony and bready, mixed with a sugary sweetness, noticeably sweet and candi sugar. Some florals emerge, peach notes, cooked pear with brandy, lots of interplay and complexity.

T - lots of carbonation in immediately noticeable, lemon and sugar with a strong character of yeast, dunnage warehouse, and a bit of drying leather and banana. Again lots of pear and some peach, candi sugar is big but the beer itself is balanced really nicely, sweetness fades and the finish becomes dry and estery. Such a complex array of flavour on the finish, with sweetness mixed with yeast, citrus, minerality, and a bit of bitterness. Really solid beer.

M - Once the initial hit of carbonation fades this is a delightful sipper, speaks its strength, with a hefty body, and a nice rolling carbonation, just enough sweetness to balance it smoothly and then dry it out nicely with some yeast and earthy notes on the finish. An easy to drink beer, but one that reminds you of its strength, a bit of alcohol spice and dryness thrown in.

Overall, very strong. Been drinking this beer for some time before getting around to a real review.
Impressed me with its balance, nice interplay of sweetness and belgian yeasty aromas, certainly a strong contender in its field. Very flavourful but could maybe improve by toning down the cloying aspects that are sticky about half way through then dissipate. Still an excellent beer worth trying for sure. (1,675 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow and a full head. Citrus peel, lemon curd, orange candy and grand mariner aromas. Similar palate with a yeasty bread character and some spices such as coriander and allspice. This one feels a bit more geared for the summer, and would probably go great with a light grilled fish or chicken. Definitely the poolside offering from Chimay.
Chimay is awesome, and this one is only slightly behind the red label in my opinion. Just a solid lineup from top to bottom.
Cheers! (488 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a bottle a clear yellow with a healthy white foam head. Has a sweet yeast aroma. Flavor is surprisingly on the sour side. There is a touch of honey and fruit, but the sourness dominates and makes it difficult to enjoy. Has a medium body feel, pretty smooth. This just does not have the qualities I have come to enjoy from trippels. (343 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: February 16, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 125th anniversary chalice... OCCASION: snow/laundry/Olympics and Game of Thrones--a good night! APPEARANCE: semi-opaque orange-brown body; soap-like bubbles create a prolific head atop the glass; solid lacing... AROMA: brilliant banana and allspice; light citric scents of orange and coriander; tart and punchy--promising...PALATE: signature Chimay body--drinkable and quenching; 8% ABV never tasted so agreeable...TASTE: banana, spices--pepper?--with some citric kick--orange?--and pear/apple---a round, fulfilling taste... OVERALL: a joy to revisit an old venerated ale; this beer strikes the quintessential balance of finesse and strength, the holy aspect of brewing that blesses and breaks in equal sips... (762 characters)

Photo of Manzier
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Tulip.

A - Slightly Hazey, dark golden with high carbonation of small bubbles. Thick creamy head about half and inch thick that lingers for a few minutes before collapsing

S - Earthy, Spicey, Slightly funky with hints of banana. A fairly strong hop aroma with the yeast smell also shining through.

T - Honey bready maltiness dominates with a crisp dry finish. Dryer then the Blue. High carbonation. Strong alcoholic present in back of throat and lingering dryness/bitterness.

M - Light to Medium bodied. Quite easy to consume large amount of.

O - A very nice beer. In fact it is probably my favorite triple. The dryness is maybe abit over the top and the taste on the mouth ends abruptly, I feel this is a two edged sword because while it retracts from the flavor, it makes you want to immediately take another swig to get the flavors again. (859 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with my Chimay Chalice of course
Notes from 01/25/14

A: Dense cake of khaki suds layered over a deep caramel amber color with considerable yeast haze. Impeccable hang time eventually dies down to just a floating halo. Lower amount of stick with only a few slippery remnant bubbles.

S: Smells of lightly sweetened pale malts, stale bread, and some Trappist yeast traits. Mostly spiced coriander there with some underlying citrus peel and mild peppercorns. Not particularly fragrant or spiced but definitely yeast forward with some earthy minerals noted.

T: Tastes of golden malted barley with some peppery Belgian yeast character and a healthy dose of earthy hops. Bright fruity esters, crusty bread, and coriander with a light dusting of clove spices. Subtle dried lemon peel there with a moderate amount of bitterness on the front which I like. The alcohol is quite well masked for 8% ABV. Touch of mineral rich water on the finish. Nice balance with some good Belgian flavors.

M: Medium body ale. Light creaminess lends a soft lush feel . Light drying at the finish. Touch watery but mostly fair and clean overall.

D: This is a nice Belgian Tripel with good balance and some really nice flavors. Not quite as hearty as others I have had but still quite enjoyable.
Not a “wow” you type beer but solid none the less with good drinkability. (1,367 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a murky copper color. The head is about two fingers high, and off-white in shade. I'm really impressed with its retention in particular. A decent amount of lacing is left behind.

S: This has a very pleasant creamy aroma compared to other tripels - having said that, it seems to subdue some of the fruity esters some. There are some good banana notes, though. Black pepper and doughy yeast help round out the aroma. I'm a little disappointed over the fact that it doesn't really open up when allowed to sit.

T: The flavor of this tends to lean more toward peppery than fruity. After the initial pepper flavors, it finishes with a nice cream note. I swear there's also something on the back end suggesting noble hops, too. Or maybe it's just clove. Whatever it is, I really enjoy this beer's mellow bitterness and subdued sweetness; my only real complaint here is that the fruit esters tend to be too understated at times.

M: Like most good Belgian ales, the dry finish is really pleasing. The relatively full body helps take the edge off of the intense carbonation, too. This isn't particularly chuggable, but it is very easy to sip. It certainly doesn't taste/feel like 8% by any means.

O: Honestly, this might be my favorite of the three Chimay beers. And to think I expected this one to be my least favorite! It isn't terribly complex, but it is very enjoyable to savor. This is the only one I'd go back to on a regular basis. (1,479 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with foamy white head.

S: Spicy notes, orange, and earthy notes in the nose.

T: Orange, earthy spices, poppy. Typical but tasty tripel.

M: Medium bodied, and smooth enough. Better than average for a tripel (at least to me, because I like smooth beer).

O: Like the blue and the red, this is a great beer that is perhaps overrated. I certainly believe blue to be overrated. This is a nice citric, poppyish, smoothish tripel. (441 characters)

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