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

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92
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 312
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 68
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2012

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.
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 312
Photo of Agent1
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (2,614 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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? (647 characters)

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. (531 characters)

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. (735 characters)

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. (595 characters)

Photo of MDbiere
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (497 characters)

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. (526 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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! (386 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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! (1,007 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,301 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,139 characters)

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. (1,227 characters)

Photo of emsroth
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (835 characters)

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for acquiring and sharing an early look at this Chimay anniversary release.

Pours a hazed golden peach color in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of strong spicy clove, softer fruit notes of pear, grape and apple and a touch of bubblegum. Some backing sugars and a gentle underpinning of alcohol round out the nose.

That spice really pops here in the taste, evened out a little by soft fruit notes of apple and grape skin and backing doughy sugars that offer up a bit a candied feel to this. Dry and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is is fuller bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances around in the mouth. Some alcohol is present from that 10% ABV but it mostly pops that spiciness here and is overall pretty accessible on the palate.

This was good. It comes off maybe a little too assertive with the spice and alcohol in spots but that smooth blend of fruits and sugars as this warms helps win the day. This reminded me of a slightly beefier take on the Chimay White at times. Thanks for the share Adam! (1,250 characters)

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

This beer was bought @ Dranken Geers in Oostakker, Belgium, about two months ago. This is a celebration beer, made special for the 150 year anniversary. The beer is in a nice 75 cl bottle.

Poured in my Struise Brouwers glass this beer looks wonderfull. Powerfull with lots of carbonation and a three finger big head with some bigger bubbles. After one minute the head is only a centimeter with some lacing in the glass. Fluid is a bit darker yellow.

Smell of banana.

Taste is rich and full, the 10 ABV gives this beer the right strenght. Good beer! (551 characters)

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