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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

290 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 62
Gots: 69 | 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 BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NOLANDMAN
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of TLieu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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 peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Marc_V
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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 larrynevins
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of rdickey
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sammy806
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of spdyfire83
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.

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nico_freespirit
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bilharziose
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

Photo of mattstrat
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw this at Berman's and realized it's the 150th anniversary beer for Chimay, a world-renowned Trappist brewery, I knew I had to have it. You're literally drinking history with this beer.

Poured out of the bottle and into Chimay chalice glass (glad I had this on hand). The cork popped out quickly and almost immediately I could smell the fruity Belgian aromas that came from so far away. Golden in color with perfect amount of head and excellent lacing. Looks like liquid gold.

The aroma is fruity and estery as you'd expect from Chimay, and the alcohol sits right behind the Belgian funkiness. Definitely picking up some banana and clove aromas and a nice peppery spice. The alcohol aroma is definitely dominating a bit but in a good way.

Upon tasting this beer, I am amazed and enlightened by Chimay's ability to consistently deliver on quality. There is a slight bittnerness up front, and then my taste buds are awakened! An instant burst of pear, banana, and even orange, followed by a flavorful rush of alcohol and a residing bitterness that is very pleasant. This beer goes down very smooth for a 10% abv. Mouthfeel is perfect for this style, and balances the alcohol with a very up-front champagne-like glow. Carbonation fades a bit as the minutes tick by, but it's sitting perfectly in the mix.

I could go on and on about this beer, and it's definitely the best beer I've had in some time. I'm brewing a Saison in the middle of reviewing this beer and it was definitely inspiring. I've never been to Belgium, but I'm living vicariously through this beer, as it has transported me somewhere else in time. There's something about this beer and the fact that Chimay does not release many variations that's really special. The intense fruity aromas, and the balance with hop bitterness and alcohol, combine with a special sort of intensity that must be due to the yeast. This beer is a signature Chimay, but there's something different than the Cinq Cents. It is truly Special and it's probably the best representation of Chimay I've had to date...a Trappist brewery that is alive and well in 2012, at its 150th anniversary, and has many tales to tell through the delivery of this beer.

Photo of Aethien
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Westmalle chalice, it starts off with a formidable clear white head that gradually sinks down to a nice thick film on the beer that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

The first thing I smell is cloves, then bready yeast, honey and more cloves as well as a little fruitiness. Some pepper and booziness in the back.

Still a lot of cloves in the taste but not as strong as the nose, plenty of bread, vanilla and banana to keep the cloves company as well as a well pronounced yeast flavour and some pepper, a little liquorice root and flowery tastes in there as well. I'd try naming more but frankly I'm a little overwhelmed by the complexity of the beer, there's just so much going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with very noticeable alcohol but without getting syrupy.

Overall this is Chimay white++, stronger, bigger, bolder and more complex. Absolutely amazing and it's reigniting my interest in Belgian style beers.

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.

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.