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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 Jlk819
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of Agent1
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before going any further, this is a bottle I was anticipating for quite some time. It was rumored that this was coming out, so I was quite excited. Given Chimay's history, it is bound to impress. I have been anticipating this "150th Anniversary" Tripel!

Appearance - Incredible head. Glistening and piercing white. A rich, gold color with a subtle orange hue. The head retention is good, but normalizes rather quickly. When first poured out slowly, it layers thick and quickly. Once it settles, it holds for a long period of time but does not keep the 2 1/4 fingers it originally poured, and then settles into a one inch bed of creamy foam. Very active carbonation, too. Letting this warm, it has sat for over 25 minutes and has barely budged. Very impressive!

Smell - Fresh bread. Immediately, the smell of yeast and bread take the forefront. Vanilla, cloves, coriander, orange peel, fresh hops (northern hops, mostly), complex spices and fruits. Very potent and anything but simple.

Taste - Bread -- lots of bread. A strong vanilla aftertaste is noticeable. Sugar coated mango strips, fresh yeast (again the bread), subtle lemon, peach (most likely created by the yeast and sugars), elderberry, jasmine tea, white sugar, flowers and coriander. Wow. Also, it is important to note here that the grain seem to stand out more than usual. This might be in part to a more efficient or concentrated mash, creating more initial sugars and a more concentrated grain flavor off the bat. Definitely more grains in the taste compared to that of the regular Cinq Cents.

Mouthfeel - The 10% definitely cuts compared to any other brew by Chimay. Definitely less disguised. The alcohol is not nearly as hidden as it is in Chimay White or Blue, yet still somehow manages to sneak by...but barely. You can feel this all over the palate. Very syrupy and chewy or thick, but the sugars are still balanced by all the bittering hops. Very nice.

Overall - More than anything, this is an attempt as showcasing Chimay's classic yeast strain that they strategically developed. It is more bready than anything they have ever done in the past and for that, I feel it is pure genius. Also, this is Chimay White Cap on steroids. The alcohol hits hard. For what it is intended to be, I might favor this more than most people. Again, this showcases the grains, the yeast created by Father Theodore in the 40s and the natural sugars. It is a celebration and therefore, I am scoring it higher than others. I will need to pick up a few more bottles for aging before this is gone. I highly recommend this incredible 150th anniversary beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a hint of orange. Large frothy head that goes down slowly. Scent is somewhat funky. Light, tart, citrus aromas with some floral hops and Belgian yeast. Sweet clove and banana...very mellow though. Lovely spices with some pepper and a slight boozy aroma. Taste is sweet at first. Sweet candied green apple flavor. Immediately followed by mellow bubblegum and banana with clove. Spicy pepper and Belgian yeast flavors. Finishes with floral hops and sweet booze. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Tingly spiciness. Drinkability is very high for 10% ABV. Overall, this is a great beer...what more would you expect from Chimay?

Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Chimay glass

A- A clear golden color with a fluffy two finger white head.

S- Bananas, green apples, peppercorn, floral hops, very nice.

T- Like the nose, but ever better. Bananas, green apples, some peppercorns, floral, some alcohol that works well with the flavors, touch of citrus. Great balance of flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Very good beer and worthy trying for the price. If you enjoy other Chimay beers you will enjoy this. Probably will pick up another for a special occasion.

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of speak72
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden-amber pour. Huge, ridiculously huge white head. Fades very slowly, excellent retention. Decent tufts of fluffy lacework left behind.

S: Very strong grassy hops with a ton of banana. Some mild citrus. Yeasty, sourdough-like bread.

T: Sharp and strong grassiness and banana up front. Even get some apple as it warms. Sort of a sweet, yeasty bread. Lots of banana, lemon and black pepper in the finish. Black pepper lingers for a long time between sips.

M: Heavy but smooth. Syrupy mouth-coating effect.

O: An excellent beer but honestly not much better than their normal tripel. It's very similar, just a slightly bigger and bolder version. Still tasty and worth trying, but definitely no need for the huge premium.

Photo of jklecko2
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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 duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of DouglasChasse
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MDbiere
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Golden with an impressive white head

S: The nose on this beer is incredible, I mean one of the best for the style. Sweet malt, banana, light peppercorn, citrus, floral.

T: The taste follows the nose, with the sweet malt and spicy peppercorns balancing out nicely. Bananas, herbs, and some nice hop character.

M: Pretty damn smooth, well carbonated, full-bodied.

O: What else could you expect from a brewery like this celebrating their anniversary. Superb

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - dark orange with a soft, white, thin lacing of head

S - banana, grapes, apple, straw

T - apple, banana, straw, faint coriander, bitter hops, a little herbal

M - smooth, well carbonated, warming alcohol in the finish

This is a nice, simple tripel. I like this better than their usual tripel. It has a more fruit forward yeastiness and rather bitter hop finish. The alcohol is intense as the beer warms, but it doesn't really detract from the flavor. This is a tripel worth looking into.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blam! As soon as the cage came off, this bottle exploded. Almost a fifth of the bottle came out as foam and made the kitchen smell wonderful! The nose on this beer is sublime. Sweet citrus, lemongrass, fresh herbs, sweet bread, and a bit of peppery spice. Very effervescent on the tongue with a palate very similar to the nose and a nice warming finish. Very Chimay and very, very good!

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at the Smoke & Barrel as part of DC bottle share into a tulip glass. From notes.

A small pour produces quite a super creamy head, white and shocking, rich and full. Fantastic lacing and rivlets on the glass, with a simple golden amber body. Lots of staying power for tha head always leaving a solid puck while drinking.

Great nose on this brew. Light airy malts, with some tripel like density. Sweet bakery bread, and butter, a faint hint of mild cinnamon. Real nice, it's like going to the bakery.

A real nice spicy sweetness when hitting the palate. Wonderful balance of malt and a great sweetness that comes with a buttery feel. White chocolate, a hint of actuall hot pepper and candy on the finish, almost menthol like in action. Flavors are quite powerful somewhat overwhelming, but they are harmoniously balanced nicely. No heat at all for a large 10% abv either.

Overall it's Chimay, what more can you expect? Kripes I want to steal this bottle and take it home for myself!

Photo of Myst
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of axeman9182
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Chimay's Speciale Cent Cinquante pours a crystal clear goldenrod. Almost three fingers of fluffy white foam crown the beer. Neither head retention nor lacing are quite up to the standards of the best tripels. The nose is wonderfully complex. Pale fruits, spicy phenols, a warming alcohol note, and a floral presence all intermingle beautifully. I just wish the aroma was a little bit more potent. The flavor is similarly complex. Waves of pear and apple open things up, before a sharp phenol character that's more pepper than clove comes into play. The finish is a beautiful synthesis of this floral note that I don't usually find in tripels (maybe from the hops?) and a very pleasantly warming alcohol sensation that's almost a little bit fruity. I couldn't ask for anything more from the mouthfeel. The beer is superbly dried out for being 10% ABV, and it's paired with a lively carbonation that absolutely sparkles on my palate. Speciale Cent Cinquante is a beer worthy of honoring Chimay's 150th anniversary, and it's one of the very best tripels I've had. That said, I don't know if I can say it would be worth the ~$25 per bottle price tag on a regular basis, as there are other very good tripels out there for half the price. Still, I'm glad I tried a bottle.

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