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

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 61
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of speak72
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

speak72, Nov 04, 2012
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.

Dope, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of jklecko2
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of duceswild
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
Photo of aztraz
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
Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.