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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 58
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of chakadrum
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

chakadrum, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance – A semi-translucent golden color; more clear than opaque. An impressive head that lasts a long time. Good lacing.

Smell – An amazing sweet, yet spicy scent with honey, lemon, floral hops, cloves, and yeast.

Taste – Sweet and malty with a clove/pepper spice that really comes out in the taste; maybe too much spice relative to the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, medium carbonation body with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The 10% abv is noticeable and may be a bit too much for this style.

Drinkability – I liked this tripel, although the bitter aftertaste made it slightly less drinkable.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Dufraine
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Dufraine, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Archemedies, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of berlinpa
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

berlinpa, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

ummswimmin, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JSchock7, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a clear light amber color with a nice fluffy white head with really good retention.

The scent is of sweet sugar, bready malt, some notes of spice.

The taste is of sweet candied sugar and bready malt, sweet fruit, yeast, notes of spice.

Medium body, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was an overall tasty beer, lots of flavor and very easy to drink.

BeerCon5, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of NOLANDMAN
5/5  rDev +19.9%

NOLANDMAN, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of TLieu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

TLieu, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%

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-

kojevergas, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Hazy blonde, two fingers dense white head, lots of lace left over as well. Smell is fruity with lots of apple and banana, spicy, very nice yeasty scents, bubble gum and some lightly earthy/grassy hops as well. Taste is full of fruits, more bubble gum witha mild sweetness, banana, apple, yeasty and spicy flavours make this dry mid palate into the finish, faint notes of alcohol, good complexity and mix of flavours. Light-medium carbonation, medium-full body and quite solid overal. This was pretty stellar stuff, one of the better Tripel's I have had in recent memory, solid anniversary beer.

peensteen, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev -4.1%

WDJersey, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Marc_V
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottle from Belgian Beer Shop.com. Colour: first clear golden, at the end of the bottle hazy. The head is slightly off white, soapy, moderately stable with nice lacing. The aroma is pretty amazing and unique, filled with fruits (banana, pineapple, orange, mango) and floral notes. It’s sweet with licorice, spicy and the hops also are clearly present. This is one of the most complex smells I’ve ever experienced. The taste afterwards is a bit of a dissappointment but nevertheless very good: yeasty, fresh, bitter sweet and fruity. It has got a medium dry aftertaste; the finish makes me think of champagne. Alcohol presence is detectable but not too overwhelming. Overal: this is a complex and unique beer that’s very different from the other Chimay beers.

Marc_V, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

muskiesman, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of larrynevins
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

larrynevins, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of rdickey
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear but somewhat dark gold into a Chimay goblet. A beautiful fine white head sits on top. And sits. And sits. As it finally dissipates it leaves uniform sheets of lacing.

Smell: Bready malts come across first, followed by cloves, black pepper and about a dozen other things I can’t even hope to identify. The booze is very obvious. Obviously this is going to be a complex one.

Taste: The bread from the nose continues right into the mouth, but there’s a lot more as well: candied sugar, coriander, a dash of black pepper, a little lemon, the classic Chimay yeast and a dash of bubble gum. Extraordinarily complex, and it’s amazing that they were able to get this all to work together. In the hands of anything other than a true master brewer, this could be a train wreck, but instead it’s a thing of beauty.

Mouthfeel: Huge and almost chewy, and the alcohol is not at all hidden. Nevertheless, it manages to finish crisply.

Drinkability: This is obviously not one you toss back on the lawnmower, and the ridiculous ABV it wears on its sleeve counsel caution, but it’s quite drinkable. Just… slowly.

rdickey, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of sammy806
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

sammy806, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SGToliver, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

spdyfire83, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Chico1985, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of nico_freespirit
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

nico_freespirit, Nov 19, 2012
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.