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

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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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Beermister

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-03-2013 01:41:00 | More by Beermister
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Michigan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-22-2013 06:22:44 | More by Michigan
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:53:46 | More by biboergosum
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atr2605

New York

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head with excellent retention
S-citrus, pineapple, spicy, lemon
T-more orange and tropical fruit that is spicy and a bit yeasty. Leaves a very pleasant fruit flavor on the palate
M-extremely delicate and highly carbonated.
O-Same exceptional quality of the other chimay beers with more fruit flavors. Well worth a try, just wish it wasn't so damn expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:32:11 | More by atr2605
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:11:46 | More by beerthulhu
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Kalev13

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

02-14-2013 15:20:43 | More by Kalev13
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-07-2013 18:28:22 | More by goates
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dwagner003

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

02-05-2013 05:09:01 | More by dwagner003
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 17:54:30 | More by jondeelee
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-31-2013 01:44:26 | More by bluesplit63
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-30-2013 18:28:39 | More by MrVonzipper
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Humpy's Anchorage airport.

A - Served a hazy medium orange with an active off white head that meet fully fades.

S - Very floral and sweet. Some orange an citrus zest as well.

T - Very Belgian. Lots o yeast and orange zest. A touch of lemon and wheat in the finish as well as a small taste of alcohol.

D - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Tastes like a floral and orange dominated Chimay. Good and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 00:13:41 | More by HuskyinPDX
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-29-2013 21:52:21 | More by alamode
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DarthKostrizer

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-28-2013 00:44:40 | More by DarthKostrizer
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drewburning25

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-26-2013 13:39:51 | More by drewburning25
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at cellar temp.

The beer is golden hued and transparent with bubbles in rapid ascension emanating from the bottom. The head is an inch thick and displays lasting retention. The aroma offers Belgian yeast, spice, citrus, coriander. The flavor brings abundant spice wrapped in a blanket of Trappist yeast. Brown bread, slightly sweet. Really tasty. Medium bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Moderate carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Overall, this was vey tasty. Is it worth $21? Is it better than the regular Chimay lineup? The answer to both questions is no.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:03:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 06:49:09 | More by frankiepop
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-14-2013 02:00:38 | More by theminutemen
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jaltland

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-10-2013 00:50:49 | More by jaltland
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-darker shade of gold. quite bubbly. very nice stable white head.

S-very aromatic from the time the cork is popped. you'll know this is being served if you're in the area. really strong scent of pale belgian spices, grains, and hops. smells like a super strong (not ABV-wise) and super raw tripel. smells awesome.

T-comes in with an amazing taste of pale belgian malts. good amount of hops, warm salty caramel, spices, and banana...and best of all...rawness. the after-taste is matching with a bit more warmth and bitterness.

M-high carbonation with a creamy finish

O-Surprisingly my new favorite Chimay. it's awesome. it's got to be one of the best Belgians I've ever tasted. It's your stereotypical pale Belgian except with increased boldness and a great amount of rawness. hits quickly. might be difficult not to go and buy another bottle, even though it's quite pricey.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:50:40 | More by AdamBear
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Willytee3

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-05-2013 05:41:00 | More by Willytee3
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.