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

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | 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:
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.

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

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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 zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, opens with a loud "pop".
Poured into a Chimay glass:

Pours golden with a frothy head that stays. Some fizz sound at first. The head settles and stays as trailing lace slides down the glass.

What a wonderful aroma this has! Bubblegum and cotton candy mix with the classic "Chimay" yeast scent. Lemony and herbal hops come through.
The taste is sweet but with some tart. Bubblegum and cotton candy with a slightly bready yeast show at first, but then a hoppy bitter bite comes in at the finish. Alcohol gives a peppery spicing without becoming overbearing or just alcoholic tasting.

The feel is very nice: creamy with a classic "Belgian-esque" effervescence. Somehow, it doesn't quite reach "perfect", but close enough to keep this drinker quite happy!

A very nice beer to celebrate a special occassion! This brewery was probably the first to show me the greatness of Belgium years ago. This beer seems hoppier than the other Chimays, from what I remember. Pretty complex, and well-balanced, this is a great night-time sipper! Is it worth the $20+ I spent for the bottle? Well, being that it is well-made and limited, I suppose so. Hey, compare this to a bottle of wine. And, I can't really compare this to the marks I gave the Chimays I had early on. This is good stuff!

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-

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some lighter notes of golden yellow. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with significant amounts of lemon citrus and banana. As it warms there are notes of clove and light fruits (pear and apple).

T: More sweetness in the taste of this beer than I normal associate with the style with moderate amounts of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear), lemon citrus, and banana. Lighter amounts of pale malts and hints of yeast. More spiciness than I would normally expect.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Nice celebration/anniversary beer - feels like a more agressive version of the normal Chimay tripel. I like the spicier and more lemony version. Definitely an enjoyable beer but significantly more expensive than the regular version - worth trying once but nothing something I would buy many bottles.

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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