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

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BA SCORE
93
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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 54
Gots: 66 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2012)
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Piddmeista

California

2.5/5  rDev -40%

08-18-2013 23:07:34 | More by Piddmeista
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

01-16-2013 15:42:29 | More by Thorpe429
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Jlk819


3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-12-2012 00:51:07 | More by Jlk819
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-14-2013 05:19:05 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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DarthKostrizer

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-28-2013 00:44:40 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Bellonc

Spain

3/5  rDev -28.1%

07-26-2013 15:46:57 | More by Bellonc
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s4s

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-12-2013 02:59:42 | More by s4s
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pants678

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:55:03 | More by pants678
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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:00:59 | More by chakadrum
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Ralphs66

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

01-03-2013 02:13:55 | More by Ralphs66
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

04-14-2014 12:55:12 | More by pisano
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

01-16-2013 15:45:15 | More by yourefragile
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kojevergas

Texas

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-

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 09:49:30 | More by kojevergas
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kaneel

France

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

07-05-2013 08:09:45 | More by kaneel
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

06-24-2014 14:54:44 | More by user785335
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

03-30-2013 13:10:27 | More by Irish12
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patra7

Greece

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

05-10-2014 16:01:30 | More by patra7
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Dufraine

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

12-17-2012 02:27:14 | More by Dufraine
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-16-2013 02:42:58 | More by hockeyfighter19
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T-RO

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

04-05-2013 13:16:34 | More by T-RO
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

11-16-2013 23:51:47 | More by brandonld23
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OscarO67

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

06-29-2013 05:03:16 | More by OscarO67
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spdyfire83

Ireland

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 13:57:49 | More by spdyfire83
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 23:05:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:17:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.