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

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 315
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 85 | 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: 68 | Hads: 315
Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The cork exploded out of the bottle after a light twist and I thought I was going to deal with a gusher - fortunately not, but it creates a billowy head that settles atop the clear amber liquid; nice retention and quite a smattering of lace

Smell: Banana bread, spice cake, clove, candi sugar, apple and pear

Taste: The candi sugar impact lays down the foundation, with a boozy spice cake aspect building; bananas, clove, allspice and white pepper build, with the apple and pear tones adding another element in the finish; still somewhat boozy after three years

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: For the 150th, they have amped up their tripel and, after three years, the complexity and balance here is quite impressive; I would love to see them do a similar treatment with Chimay Blue

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little spurt from the neck after wrestling the cork out with a loud pop. A snowstorm of fine froth when poured in the St. Bernardus chalice. Rich mouthful of flavor with massively sudsy carbonatio. Prickly and a little tart on the tongue.

Spicy in a refined way. Yeasty tang. Nose of cut apples. Dry yeasty finish. This has the classic Belgian taste. Reminds me of one of the better Unibroue styles. [from notes on Dec. 31, 2012 tasting]

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Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Special edition from Chimay. Well worth the effort! Nicely crafted. Picked from an outlet in Belgium.. Nice tart aroma of hay and licorice. Taste of summer meadow with some alcohol dryness. This is a treasure!

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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour, big white head that does not hold for too loong, but leaves a good lace and a ring on the surface. Lots of sediments clearly visible through the bottle. Spicy aroma, with cloves, bay leaf, candy, banana, apricot. Medium to full body, sticky, creamy. Taste is similar to aroma: Cloves, spices, candy,malt, fruits. Special indeed.

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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%

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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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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter. Pours a straw-gold with a quarter inch, bright white head that dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses banana phenols and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost crisp, carbonation. Overall, a decent example of the style but not on par with the price point.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold body with massive fluffy head that left lace patches down glass (and took forever to die). The aroma has that Belgian yeast/orange citric twang but it has a good amount of tropical fruit aromas as well. These fruit aromas are sweet and there is also a touch of candi sugar so it's a really sweet smelling beer as the spices are minimal. Beer is smooth and light, a little fuller "fluffy" body from the yeast, goes down easy although the backend is a little dry/boozy at times. That is my only complaint of this beer as I find a great balance between minimal spices and citric hops (orange) with a tropical fruit flavors that add sweetness like pineapple, banana, mango(?). Touches of tart fruits like sour apple are poking around as well.

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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.

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Photo of snu164
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has strong carbonation, the cork almost shot a hole in the ceiling, but it still pours easily. I was greeted by a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The beer has a clear yellow/straw appearance. Semi-sweet smell (peppermint?), however no specific fruit aromas noted, but there was an almost juicy fruit aroma. Very fizzy mouth-feel and has a tart taste at the end. Malt is the dominant flavor with fermented grapes. Nice dry finish.

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Photo of pants678
3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Held on to this one a year when I heard it was pretty bright, pretty sharp.

Hazy yellow, white Belgian head.

Spicy and yeasty, little citric.

Coriander's prevalent. Bread with notes of banana but not necessarily fruity, little clove. There's some edge on the end from the alcohol and candi sugar. Hops are muted as expected. The year I put on this one may well have subdued it.

Oddly creamy, soft beer for a tripel. More of a blonde.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been looking for this anniversary tripel. Finally found it in a store in Wichita. Shipped it back home in my luggage.

Poured into a tulip.

They say tripels are notorious for hiding their ABV – not this one. You will not be caught by surprise. Well balanced malt flavors with hoppiness. Not bitter. Every once and awhile the alcohol breaks through in a negative way. Too old or too young?

A – Poured cloudy pale orange but crystal clear when it was warm on the shelf. Definitely fridge haze. Big fluffy white two-finger head, slightly rocky. Fantastic Belgian Lace.

S – Yeasty, some citrus and spice. Minor alcohol with a bit of solventy heat (-).

T – Peppery, medium maltiness, slight citrus, too much alcohol (-)

MF – Crisp, well carbonated, medium-light body, dry finish.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Shared with Jason and Chris. Served in a snifter of some sort.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a massive, pillowy cap, leaving behind tons of lacing. Hazed peach body.

S - Massive banana and bubblegum esters from the Belgian yeast, with only mild pepper and spice flavors in the background. Some pale malt and stone fruit sweetness supports the yeast, and there's not much in the way of hopping. Unfortunately the alcohol is obvious and a tad distracting.

T - Taste is also heavy on banana and bubblegum, with a bit more in the way of stone fruit and perhaps a touch of candi sugar. Some spicy Belgian yeast and bready flavors round things out, but on the whole quite sweet. Alcohol is significantly better hidden here.

M - Medium body, with a very dry and somewhat toasty texture to it. Perhaps a bit light and watery for the listed 10%. Carbonation is soft and moderate, and there's some definite alcohol warmth after a few sips.

D - I liked this better than a lot of Belgian tripels, as the sweetness comes more from the yeast esters rather than the candi sugar; as a result it's not overly cloying. Definitely a slow sipper at this point though as there's plenty of booze present, but should age gracefully for a number of years. Quite a bit different from Chimay White and more in line with my taste preferences.

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Photo of roblowther
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oooh! Special and Chimay! Two of my favorite words. :) Lots of carbonation, it pours a pale straw color with a very active white head. The smell has more pronounced citrus than any Chimay I've had before. Oranges and sugar and lemons. I think that's what someone is made of but I've drank since then. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! Oranges, biscuits, a little pepper, a little caramel, a hint of wood. It's like a rustic grocery store in a bottle. Mouthfeel is tingly and slick. Like me after I've finished this. Wow. Truly stupendous, the best Chimay I've had.

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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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, a nice candy sugar dryness. In the taste, a nice candy sugar dryness and a nice yeasty presence. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. A dry candy sugar and almost fruity like aftertaste. Dry yeast, small fruitiness, and somewhat basic, but quite nice.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 12993 cork code, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful looking brew. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, candi sugar, honey, light bubblegum, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malt balance; and moderate spices. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, coriander, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate spicing that isn’t overdone; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Tripel! Great balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt and spice balance; and very smooth to sip on for a 10% brew. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of falloutsnow
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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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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color forming a big, creamy and compact white head. Long retention and tons of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Very bready in the nose. Authentic belgian. Delicious bready and earthy yeasts. Sweet grains, a bit fruity, wheat and honey

T: Sweet upfont. Sweet malts, honey, wheat, belgian yeasts. Quite bready and fruity, peaches mainly. Light hoppy bitter end

M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Chimay quality

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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.

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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 !

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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.

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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.