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

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Chimay Spéciale Cent CinquanteChimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 314
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 69
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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Reviews by rdickey:
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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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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%

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

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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: Best before 2015 marked on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante is an excellent tripel with some very nice springtime aromas of cherry blossoms and flavors of bright, sweet malts with counterbalancing Belgian yeastiness and Continental hop spiciness. The flowery nature of the beer makes it seem appropriate for a spring seasonal, as the budding flowers outdoors truly complement this beer's bouquet and flavor. I truly enjoyed this beer, though the mouthfeel was a bit harsh, and would still happily drink another again if it weren't import only and fairly expensive at that.

Pours a very tall (4cm) head of white foam, quite classic for the style, though composed of fairly irregular large to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above one minute, but shorter than the ages-long time it takes for many other tripels' foam to subside. After a few minutes, the head has reduced to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, with moderate lacing clinging to the sides; a modest collection of foam patterns and dots adorn the walls of the glass. The body is a fairly bright golden orange color, about 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out brighter yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible, quite active and very numerous.

Bright, light, fruity, and flowery aroma, rather like fresh cherry tree blossoms with light citrus zest as from orange and lemon. Faintly present Belgian yeast contributes slightly musty and phenolic characters, while pale malts add to and play up the blossom-like sweetness.

Similar to the aroma, the major flavors I'm picking up are spring tree flower blossoms (primarily in the genus Prunus), citrusy zest, Belgian yeast with associated phenols, and pale malt sweetness. Front of palate is primarily of pale malt sweetness, citrus zest (orange and bit of lemon), and slightly spicy and woodsy Continental hops. Mid-palate is very much like sweet and bright cherry tree blossoms with Belgian yeast phenols and mustiness, overripe bananas, diluted honey, pale malt sweetness, spice and woodsiness from Continental hops, and slight ethanol. Back of palate features sweet pale malts with spicy Continental hops, spicy/peppery ethanol, and flowery cherry blossom-like flavors. Aftertaste is of pale malts, Belgian yeast and mustiness, flowery and slightly spicy Continental hops, very mild lemon zest, and light ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of fairly high intensity. The resulting feel is rather fizzy, slightly uncomfortable, although with a bit of time the carbonation has run through the beer and it feels much softer on the palate, resulting in a smooth and foamy caress. For a fairly bright 10% ABV beer, this hides it very well, though the ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of throat, with increasing ease as the beer warms. Closes quite dry, with only slight stickiness lingering on the palate.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kaneel
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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.

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4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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