Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

310 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 69
Gots: 82 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

From the brewery: This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive strong beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of the brewery. Produced with 100% natural ingredients,its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of foam. The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops. At 10% alcohol, the flavour is full bodied and complex with a slight but refreshing tang note and a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate.
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Ratings: 310 | Reviews: 67
Reviews by joemcgrath27:
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden with immense carbonation causing the head to actually grow long after the pour ended
S - crisp aromas of leafy greens, metallics, minerals, and just a touch of yeasty spiciness
T - leafy green and herb hops, followed by grains and metallic notes, light pepper with a fairly sound alcohol kick
M - very light with big carbonation, crisp and slightly spicy with alcohol warmth through the finish
O - a very crisp clean and easy drinking tripel, so fresh and refined worthy of a celebration, a must if you can get your hand on it

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Bold, you could say a bit brash as well with the boozy character but that could be expected from a 10.0%abv Tripel. The yeast sure had one hell of a party, complexities are off the charts. Any true beer geek will want to grab more than just on bottle, we have a feeling it could age quite well. One can only wish that this was not a limited brew.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Slightly hazy golden straw, amazing display of lace

SMELL: Lemon custard, quince paste, minty, bready, nutty yeast, faint rose water, granola, alcohol, wild herbs

TASTE: Deep smoothness, moderate sized body, boozy kick, fresh herbs, hoppy throughout, balanced bitterness, pineapple skin, dragon fruit, pink peppercorn, grapenuts, yeast, medicinal phenols, gummy, spicy, dry yeasty finish

Photo of jondeelee
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spéciale Cent Cinquante opens to a fruity, spice nose immediately marked by banana and clove Belgian notes. The fruits in here are full and rounded, with bananas, pineapples, mandarin oranges, pears, apples, cherries, and even touches of melon mingling together, made spicier by white pepper and clove. The sugars also bring a lovely thread of homemade caramel, as well as vanilla, brown sugar, and light cream, making the bottle rim sticky. Some hints of kola nut linger in the background, along with toast crust and rising wheat dough. Hops add a tinge of citrusy grapefruit and bitter pine. As a whole, the nose is delicious, coming across like a vanilla bean ice cream sundae drizzled with caramel and fresh fruit, with just a touch of Bailey’s Irish Cream, and makes me want to reach for a spoon.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly bitter note, the bananas and cloves joined by pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, and an almost Flemish-sour note reminiscent of fermented apple cider. The spices are immediately noticeable as well, white pepper and clove biting at the tongue. A good arrangement of alcoholic fruit esters, including mandarin orange, pineapple, banana, pear, and apple add layers of sweetness to help combat the sourness. Toast crust and biscuit float in the background, providing some small level of earthiness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the sour banana and clove notes, joined by a sudden alcoholic waft that floods the nasal cavities, the flavors lingering on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-heavy, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this is very good beer, and certainly worthy of a 150th anniversary celebration. Chimay has taken what is already a time-tested recipe and has tweaked it to bring out massive levels of flavor and spice. It says much of the potency of these flavors that not only are they consistent over the course of several mouthfuls, but they do a nice job of masking the 10% ABV, which mainly comes out in the aftertaste, but does add a trifle-like dessert quality to the main flavors. Well worth trying.

Photo of frankiepop
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian ale. A bit on the darker side than suggested but just a little brown and hazy. I enjoyed it quite a bit. A little on the sweeter side. Bubbly. Refreshing. A good Belgian ale, though not so overwhelming but I can't imagine hardly any Belgian beer fan being disappointed. A good neutral beer. Not to pale, too dark, too bitter, too sweet. Very good balance. A nice post summer sipper into the winter should roll out well with some good Django Reinhardt records especially his solo, duos and trios. Django is the greatest guitar player ever recorded.

Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. It sure ain't every day that you get to try a new Trappist offering. Best before end of 2015 - who can wait that long?!!!

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, loosely foamy eggshell white head, which settles at due pace, eventually leaving some blotchy patches of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet pale malt, soft caramelized dark sugar, zesty white pepper, citrus pith, Poire Williams, mineral water, pineapple, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is lightly caramelized pale/caramel malt, a complex melange of usual suspect banana chip and edgy cloves, citrus, leafy forest floor droppings, pleasantly muddled citrus, further drupe fruit, complementary spice, hovering house (yeah, that house) yeast, an almost prominent mineral character, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops.

The bubbles in this beast, they be present, but well understated, and deftly subtle in the end, the body a decent medium weight, one toying with fullness, and smooth, for the most part, with the alcohol, spice, and hops taking a pass-over to make their individual mark on the game. It finishes on the off-dry side, as the lingering pale malt and fruit work to shed the yeast and hops, with limited success.

A stellar Tripel indeed, with the attendant complexity, and proper decency of heart to totally obfuscate the well elevated ABV for this slowly coming around non-believer. How nice. Anyhoo, a solid, full-on experience of the style, I would put forth, as the recurring theme to me here is the sleight of hand, unseen essence that gently dulls the edges, and my senses at the same time. Entirely worthy of acquiring if you like either the brewer or the style, or maybe need a reminder of why these guys are so well regarded.

Photo of emsroth
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle for $25 at joe canals

App: deep gold almost amber. The color of ancient sap. Fluffy was that falls quickly to lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol rules the aroma. Notes of orange and and the sweetness of blossom honey. A touch of tropical flower. Fruity/floral yeast.

Taste: All I can say is the sweetness of marshmallows dipped in honey with a touch of bitterness. Middle to end is the citrus found in the nose-must be the hops. Occasional dose of sweet alcohol. Honey graham cracker aftertaste. Almost perfect. Could use a bit more bitterness and it's plagued by an overly sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that comes from the malt and carbonation. The bubbles add body then quickly fight to be free, bursting on the tongue to add a refreshing dryness. A bit sticky, but I'll have to try some other tripels and compare.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Chimay unlike any other. A Trappist yeast, very fresh smelling. A big head and lace. Bubble gum and fruity tasting, a little dry in the finish.Above average mouthfeel. A quality Belgian ale through and through. Thanks Peenstein (through his friend visiting Europe).
I had this ago from the LCBO, good through 2015, and it was good but very boozy.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - dark orange with a soft, white, thin lacing of head

S - banana, grapes, apple, straw

T - apple, banana, straw, faint coriander, bitter hops, a little herbal

M - smooth, well carbonated, warming alcohol in the finish

This is a nice, simple tripel. I like this better than their usual tripel. It has a more fruit forward yeastiness and rather bitter hop finish. The alcohol is intense as the beer warms, but it doesn't really detract from the flavor. This is a tripel worth looking into.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Huge white head. Hazy orange. Head settles to a pillow of foam and clings inside the glass. Chunky and uneven foam around the edges.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Banana and yeasty esters. Pale malt, pushing into a little bit of fruitiness.

Taste - Bananas dominate. Lots of banana esters. A little bit of citrus, but not enough to be the centerpiece. Fair bit of alcohol in the flavor as well. Sweet in the middle, but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a tripel. Malty with medium carbonation makes it seem creamy instead of crisp.

Overall - Definitely not worth the price. I expected something remarkable from Chimay, so my expectations were high.

Edit, 1 year later: This is now fantastic. Fruity, light coconut, bready. Delicious. Changing my rating to reflect the dramatic difference. Previous rating was a 3.66.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for acquiring and sharing an early look at this Chimay anniversary release.

Pours a hazed golden peach color in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of strong spicy clove, softer fruit notes of pear, grape and apple and a touch of bubblegum. Some backing sugars and a gentle underpinning of alcohol round out the nose.

That spice really pops here in the taste, evened out a little by soft fruit notes of apple and grape skin and backing doughy sugars that offer up a bit a candied feel to this. Dry and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is is fuller bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances around in the mouth. Some alcohol is present from that 10% ABV but it mostly pops that spiciness here and is overall pretty accessible on the palate.

This was good. It comes off maybe a little too assertive with the spice and alcohol in spots but that smooth blend of fruits and sugars as this warms helps win the day. This reminded me of a slightly beefier take on the Chimay White at times. Thanks for the share Adam!

Photo of BOCKTAGON
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing! One of the best!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Lemon peel pour shows a every so slight haze and a healthy dose of effervesce. Even with a gentle pour the sea-shell white head shoots up almost instanteously filling the greater of the vessel volume mushrooming above the rim with a timely holding retention. Soapy sparse spotty lacing.

S: Nose is fresh grains and lemon bread. Gentle, small musky tones.

T: Spicy flavor of dry lemon grains, banana with a dry finish. Dry pear, spicy,with some dough, a touch of sweet grains and some spicy hops.

M: Bready and spritzy mouthful, tart and musky, dry with a lingering yeastiness left behind.

O: Overall yeasty, but honestly not as outstanding or heads above as thier blue and red per style. A bit pricey per bottle, was expecting a bit more for a anniversary.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a super large off-white head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is a great mix between some dry hoppy notes with some really nice fruity ester with light apricot notes with some light residual candi sugar notes and a solid malt backbone. Body is full with great carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Chimay is not my favourite Trappist brewery but this beer was well brewed and something I could envision having on a regular basis.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at the Smoke & Barrel as part of DC bottle share into a tulip glass. From notes.

A small pour produces quite a super creamy head, white and shocking, rich and full. Fantastic lacing and rivlets on the glass, with a simple golden amber body. Lots of staying power for tha head always leaving a solid puck while drinking.

Great nose on this brew. Light airy malts, with some tripel like density. Sweet bakery bread, and butter, a faint hint of mild cinnamon. Real nice, it's like going to the bakery.

A real nice spicy sweetness when hitting the palate. Wonderful balance of malt and a great sweetness that comes with a buttery feel. White chocolate, a hint of actuall hot pepper and candy on the finish, almost menthol like in action. Flavors are quite powerful somewhat overwhelming, but they are harmoniously balanced nicely. No heat at all for a large 10% abv either.

Overall it's Chimay, what more can you expect? Kripes I want to steal this bottle and take it home for myself!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and tons of lacing, looked nice. Aroma of bready malt, apple family and light stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing; really made me want to taste it. Flavor also very nice, light fruit, candi malt, light breadiness, clove and Belgian spices, Belgian yeast. Nice spicy finish. Medium bodied with very active carbonation. I have been cellaring this bottle for a few years and broke it out to see my sister off on a long trip. She's a Chimay Blue fan and I had a little trepidation about this bottle, not knowing the exact style or condition. No need for fear there, it's not Chimay Blue, but still a top tier, flavorful Belgian strong ale. I tasted (and looked) more like a Belgian strong pale than a tripel to me, but that could be due to the cellaring. Very tasty and an appropriate ale for a celebration of travel as well as Chimay's anniversary. A great beer from a great brewery. I'm likely to never see one again, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Photo of MDbiere
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden with an impressive white head

S: The nose on this beer is incredible, I mean one of the best for the style. Sweet malt, banana, light peppercorn, citrus, floral.

T: The taste follows the nose, with the sweet malt and spicy peppercorns balancing out nicely. Bananas, herbs, and some nice hop character.

M: Pretty damn smooth, well carbonated, full-bodied.

O: What else could you expect from a brewery like this celebrating their anniversary. Superb

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon in the nose. Bananas become noticeable as the beer warms up and eventually dominate the overall smell.
T: Like the smell after the beer warms up, the taste has flavors of bananas along with some hints of candi sugar and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice tripel that hides its alcohol very well from the taste considering its strength.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, suspended particles present. Tall creamy white head on the pour with good retention, and settles eventually to a thick cap.

Bright citrus and orchard fruit on the nose, dry neutral phenols in the background, and some mild yeasty twang.

Phenols take a more prominent role within the flavour, greeting the palate right from the start. Dry peppery character, followed by very mild sweet orchard fruit esters, then drying out quickly again for the finish. Dry peppery finish, which seems to be the overall motif of the flavour.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, full creamy texture, with some effervescent carbonation that gives everything a lift.

Enjoyable, although you need to be in the high phenol camp when it comes to Tripels to fully get the most out of it. I'm not fully in that camp but can enjoy this for what it is and what it pulls off. A solid offering regardless, and the quality and ability is apparent.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear light gold with obviously vigorous carbonation from a gentle pour into a snifter. A dense and long lasting two finger white head tops the beer
S: bready, spicy, and fruity. slight banana as well. it smells the part and is sweet on the nose
T: spicy yeast, bready malt, and fruity esters along with a bit of clean hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. swallow brings a lot more fruitiness with some banana, plenty of spicy yeast, and a bit of alcohol. long lasting aftertaste.
M: fairly full in the mouth with good effervescence without being over the top. finish is slightly drying
O: A very good and very smooth Tripel. flavors are good and the balance is very nice.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14th Dec 2012: the day before the annual Christmas Beer Festival in Essen.

The Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp is where a few regular fest goers have a pre-fest meet-up: this is where my wife and I shared a 0.75 bottle of this fine beer with each other.

Mini-haze to our golden/pale amber bodied beer, the head a full foaming covering of white bubbles.

The nose was a true mixed bag of goodies: yeast, fresh fruit, candid fruit and spices.

The taste was also an eclectic blend of flavours: too many to list, but full of interesting notes to find and enjoy. OK, I'll list a few things I found: earthy yeast, pepper, biscuity malts, citrus hints, wood and nuts.

Loved the whole thing.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at t Brugs Beertje with my beer buddy Sam 18/09/2012

A - Pour a clear light straw colour with nice white head that retains well and laces

S - plenaty of citrus, spice and yeast, very spritzy

T - Up front some very nice lemon citrus notes with bread and yeast as well as some nice spice. The finish is an exellent bitterness, perfectly balanced with sweetness. The 10 % is well hidden.

M - Light to medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Great.

O - I really like this beer and its balance, Its very delicate and complex for a Tripel. It tastes rather like a well refined Duvel with a bit of kick. I bought two and will retry in 10 years time !

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a very strong and vigorous white and creamy head. the beer itself is a slightly hazy and slightly clear gold.

Smell:
A bready/grainy smell with banana and a touch of the alcohol as well.

Taste:
The beer tastes as it smells and it is delicious! The tastes are complex and varied. Chinay's yeast strain (banana) combines very well with the bitter hops and a bit of alcohol mixes as well. The other flavors include honey, a bit of sugar, and a hint of clove.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation in a medium bodied beer. The beer itself feels pretty smooth.

Overall:
A very good triple and definitely complex. I'll probably pick another bottle of this when I can. This triple is very different from their usual and recommend drinking at least once as long as it lasts.

Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy bright orange with a large head of fluff that slowly fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, vanilla, grains of paradise, grass, earthiness, and freshly baked bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a spicy bitterness, and citrus note standing out with pils malt, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies, yeasty, chewy, bittersweet, and spices lingering in the finish.

Photo of spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10.00 (value!)

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden/amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 6-7 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some banana, honey, clove and yeast. There are also some peppery notes and some herbal tea flavours. It ends with a spicy/peppery dry aftertaste.

Overall - Obviously a very good beer, but I would have liked some more refreshing flavours.. perhaps some citrus notes. It strikes me as a good cold weather type beer. Well worth the 10$ I paid, but not worth the 30$ price tag I saw in the states.

Photo of rdickey
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear but somewhat dark gold into a Chimay goblet. A beautiful fine white head sits on top. And sits. And sits. As it finally dissipates it leaves uniform sheets of lacing.

Smell: Bready malts come across first, followed by cloves, black pepper and about a dozen other things I can’t even hope to identify. The booze is very obvious. Obviously this is going to be a complex one.

Taste: The bread from the nose continues right into the mouth, but there’s a lot more as well: candied sugar, coriander, a dash of black pepper, a little lemon, the classic Chimay yeast and a dash of bubble gum. Extraordinarily complex, and it’s amazing that they were able to get this all to work together. In the hands of anything other than a true master brewer, this could be a train wreck, but instead it’s a thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel: Huge and almost chewy, and the alcohol is not at all hidden. Nevertheless, it manages to finish crisply.

Drinkability: This is obviously not one you toss back on the lawnmower, and the ridiculous ABV it wears on its sleeve counsel caution, but it’s quite drinkable. Just… slowly.

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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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