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

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BA SCORE
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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 59
Gots: 67 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

duceswild, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of DouglasChasse
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

DouglasChasse, Oct 27, 2012
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

MDbiere, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

YobroitsJoe, Oct 24, 2012
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.

tdm168, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Vylo, Oct 19, 2012
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!

COBeerBuff, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -4.1%

jacewg, Oct 16, 2012
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!

smakawhat, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Myst
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Myst, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

aztraz, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

HopBrain, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 01, 2012
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.

axeman9182, Sep 28, 2012
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!

jwc215, Sep 26, 2012
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.

metter98, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -4.1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 25, 2012
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

smithj4, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of felixljr
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

felixljr, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Elfastball7, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a couple of snifters with some Chimay cheese along for the ride. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a frothy white cap sitting atop. Spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is hearty with clove spice mixed with some suggestions of pale fruit like pear and apple. Quite fruity and sweet smelling with each additional whiff. There is a significant amount of pink bubblegum character that emerges as the brew warms up that accents the bit of sugary belgian candy aspect that is also present.

The taste mimics the aromatics fairly closely. Clove is noticed immediately with hints of ripe pear and earthy apple skins. There is a bit of herbal hop biterness also present which presents a pleasant contrast to the yeasty spice, fruit hints and mild candy sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Fans of Chimay will want to get there hands on this. To me, this anniversary edition was like a souped up version of the tripel. It carries with it a lot of familiarity with a greater punch of clove, fruit, sweetness and alcohol inclusion. Id drink it again...especially if there is some accompanying chimay cheese.

stakem, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of emsroth
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle for $25 at joe canals

App: deep gold almost amber. The color of ancient sap. Fluffy was that falls quickly to lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol rules the aroma. Notes of orange and and the sweetness of blossom honey. A touch of tropical flower. Fruity/floral yeast.

Taste: All I can say is the sweetness of marshmallows dipped in honey with a touch of bitterness. Middle to end is the citrus found in the nose-must be the hops. Occasional dose of sweet alcohol. Honey graham cracker aftertaste. Almost perfect. Could use a bit more bitterness and it's plagued by an overly sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that comes from the malt and carbonation. The bubbles add body then quickly fight to be free, bursting on the tongue to add a refreshing dryness. A bit sticky, but I'll have to try some other tripels and compare.

emsroth, Sep 20, 2012
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.