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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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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 chakadrum
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long story short, this beer was a bit underwhelming. Irrespective of it being from Chimay, who you would expect to knock Belgian beer out of the park, this was a hot mess for lack of a better phrase. The alcohol was very forward and this was much more bitter than I expected. This really threw me off and makes me feel like this beer is quite unbalanced. Maybe it needs some time on the shelf to age?

I must admit, it smelled really great with a yeasty and almost banana-ish thing going on.

Compared to something like Westmalle tripel, there is no way I could consider this to be in the same class.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up here in SoCal, but I can't remember the price. Real excited to try it; I like all of Chimay's beers. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 10.00% ABV confirmed. No bottled on or best before date.

Paired with popcorn. The buttery fattening shit.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger fluffy beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent glowing yellow-orange-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Pear, green apple, biscuity brilliant yeast, tart apple, some spice, biscuit malt, pale malts, and crystal malt. Quite patersbier-esque. Green apple is dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Tart green apple. Crisp and clean. Pale malt and light biscuit malt foundation. Light spice. Pear. Pleasant and well balanced, albeit somewhat simplistic. I like it. Clove. Little alcohol comes through, but there is a bit of heat to it. Crisp bright fruit. Some esters. Candi sugar. Very light and bright for the hefty ABV. Nicely balanced. I like it. A bit more acidic than expected.

Mf: Tingly and lightly coarse from crystal malt. Too thick, unfortunately. Nicely wet, but I'd stop far short of refreshing. A bit overcarbonated, but I suppose it's meant for aging. Slightly too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours nicely. Crisp.

Dr: Drinkable but a sipper. The alcohol does come through on this one. It's something of a beast. Still, its quality is what you'd expect from Chimay. It'll knock you on your ass if consumed alone. A tasty Tripel, but in fairness I did expect better. Far from Chimay's best beer. I do like it, but I wouldn't pay the price to get it again.

Might age well.

Low B-

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

298th Review
75cl bottle to Westy XII chalice
Cork No. 12995
BB: 2015

A: Bright golden yellow. 2+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast, white pepper, unripe white grape, banana, and slightly floral. Also, notes of earthy hops and citrus. Inviting.

T: Mix of earthy hops, citrus, and loads of Belgian yeast. Actually, too much yeast for my liking. Unbalanced with regards to the sharp fruit sweetness and pepper spice. Rounded finish, but the ABV is slightly harsh - could stand to mellow a bit, I think.

M: Light bodied with loads carbonation. As said, ABV is distinct (and almost distracting for the style).

O: I can appreciate the idea of a special beer for the 150th anniversary, but the price point here (€16/bottle) is a bit high for the quality of the product (or lack thereof). Disappointing at best and I'm thankful to have only purchased a single bottle. One could easily enjoy several bottles of the regular line-up (Red, White, or Blue) for this price - plus those are more enjoyable in my opinion.

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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 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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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 Bilharziose
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer for sure, but I wonder if they didn't use a Het Anker yeast by mistake...

At the first gulp I thought : "it's a Gouden Carolus !" and after finishing the bottle I still resent that this beer doesn't have any Chimay touch, it tastes too different from the other brews of the abbey. But of course I'd love to it to be my only beer if I lived on a desert island...

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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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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 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.

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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!

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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 stakem
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a couple of snifters with some Chimay cheese along for the ride. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a frothy white cap sitting atop. Spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is hearty with clove spice mixed with some suggestions of pale fruit like pear and apple. Quite fruity and sweet smelling with each additional whiff. There is a significant amount of pink bubblegum character that emerges as the brew warms up that accents the bit of sugary belgian candy aspect that is also present.

The taste mimics the aromatics fairly closely. Clove is noticed immediately with hints of ripe pear and earthy apple skins. There is a bit of herbal hop biterness also present which presents a pleasant contrast to the yeasty spice, fruit hints and mild candy sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fans of Chimay will want to get there hands on this. To me, this anniversary edition was like a souped up version of the tripel. It carries with it a lot of familiarity with a greater punch of clove, fruit, sweetness and alcohol inclusion. Id drink it again...especially if there is some accompanying chimay cheese.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky honey, stark white HUGE head, lots of lace.

S - Subdued Belgian yeast, florals, malt.

T - Creamy thick malt with nice Belgian notes.

M - Creamy, over the top carb, good balance.

D - Very tasty. Would have again. I don't know how special it is, as I prefer the Blue, but it was nice.

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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 ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I jumped on this bottle when I saw it at my local store. I was excited to run across something new from this very good standby of Trappist monks.

I poured this beer into a snifter to enjoy the bouquet coming off this beer, and it smells pretty good. I get that simple, clean smell from the yeast. There is a light fruitiness at the top as well.

The flavor/feel has a decent amount of alcohol flavor and heat to it. This beer has good presence for the Tripel flavor to it.

Overall a pretty good experience to it. I recommend grabbing a bottle to celebrate the history of those great monks in Belgium.

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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 ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #500
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange with an inch of fluffy white head that sits atop the beer throughout drinking. The beer smells amazing for a tripel with notes of artificial banana, white grapes, and pez candy. The taste is even funkier and flavors reminiscent of banana runts, bubble gum, spicy hops, and yeast on the back end. This beer is very unique and interesting, but a bit over the top. The mouthfeel is off as the beer hits hard initially with these whack flavors and keeps hitting until banana runts take over for a solid minute. The noble hops break through the buggle gum and provide a touch of indistinct bitterness. It's a tasty beer, but a 25 cent twist on a candy machine may provide the same fulfillment as a $25 special release...

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Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by my best-of-friend Atremains. Almost picked this up myself but the price tag threw me off.

A- Poured with a slightly hazy golden body and a nice white head. The cap is creamy and foamy with about two fingers in size and good retention. Huge ring and cloud leaves nice patches of lace.

S- The aroma is heavily of Belgian yeast strains with a lot of coriander and spices. Definitely lemon grass, dark raisins, brown sugars/molasses, apples and herbs as well. Really hits the spice/herbal side of things.

T- Again, spices and herbs really lead things off. Thyme, coriander, pink peppercorns, raisins, brown sugar, grass and dark fruits are very strong and combine for a complex flavor. Lemon citrus, apples, pears and hint of alcohol add to the complexity but don't overpower the main tastes. Grapes and champagne yeast after some time.

MF- Highly carbonated like most of the big Belgian staples but it goes down smoothly. Silky overall with a fairly creamy feel. Bitterness is pronounced but doesn't feel like a clean hop bitterness, spicy and a bit of alcohol warming.

A very complex flavor overall and a good one. Tons of great things going on and I really like the clash of herbal and citrus, which I did not expect going into this.

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