Triple (White)
Bières de Chimay

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From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Style:
Tripel
Ranked #16
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,873
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.9%
Ratings:
4,661
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Sep 18, 2001
Wants:
  308
Gots:
  911
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Triple (White)Triple (White)
Notes: Known as Cinq Cents in 0.75l bottles.

The Chimay Triple, which is the brewery’s most recent creation. It is golden in colour, and succeeds remarkably in blending mellowness and bitterness.

Chimay Triple dates back to 1966. But it was launched in 0.75l bottles for the 500th anniversary of the principality of Chimay in 1986. This is why it is also known under the name of "Cinq Cents" (meaning 500) in 0.75l bottles.
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Unknown bottling date as I can't find anything that resembles a date on the bottle. Pours a beautiful orange with fluffy white head. Some murky and definitely opaque. The nose is orange creamsicle, bread, wheat, a floral note, and some grass. Very malty and wonderful.

The taste is amazing. Sweet toffee, maple, bready malts, cereal, lemon, orange, a bit of vanilla, slight hoppy bitterness, an earthy note, and a significant floral note. Great balance between sweet fruit/toffee and bitter hops. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp. A bit on the dry side. Overall, a fantastic tripel!

May 09, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rugene from Canada (QC)

Delicious triple strong ale!

May 08, 2022
 
4.24 by raust from Texas on Apr 26, 2022
 
4.16 by cwm51662 from Indiana on Apr 23, 2022
 
4.21 by clm9 from North Carolina on Apr 20, 2022
Photo of MNAle
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MNAle from Minnesota

2 inch white, billowing, creamy, thick head with very good retention, that leaves sticky lacing around the glass and forms a rocky, uneven surface as it does recede. Hazy golden amber with very active carbonation.

Strong aroma; I can smell it while pouring. Bready, light fruit, and spice. Sweet-ish.

The initial taste carries indistinct fruit - pear, perhaps, bread, floral, and peppery spice. A solid bitterness begins in the middle, along with some citrus, and continues into the finish and aftertaste. This is the most bitter of any tripel so far for me. The finish brings a bit of an earthy character. The level of bittering is in APA territory, which I was not expecting. In fact, the package of flavors, with the citrus, floral, and bitterness, is more APA than any of the other Belgian-style tripel ales I had. It is very tasty, but certainly different from others in the style. While the aroma seemed to promise sweetness, the finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel has a moderate body with the carbonation bubbles active on my tongue.

Overall, a tasty beer, nothing out of balance, but a bit of an outlier in the company of the other Belgian tripels. It definitely brings more from the hops (citrus and bitterness) than do the others.

Mar 30, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ThreeFloyds from Minnesota

Lovely surprise. 33ml bottle purchased at grocery store in Belgium. Poured into IKEA 8 oz. glass. Surprisingly light, spicier and hoppier than I expected, and while you can tell there's a lot of malt involved, crisp, not sweet. Very smooth drinking and no alchohol heat - wouldn't guess it's a tripel. Not a lot of depth, but has the distinctive Belgian yeast banana-y flavors. A fastball right down the middle — nothing fancy, but a very nice example of the style. In the upper range of the 20-odd Belgians sampled this week.

Mar 29, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

330 ml. bottle stamped L20-274, poured into a Belgian chalice.
Copper colored with scant fine white head. No lacing, small surface ring. This seems unusual, and may be the result of age or mishandling.
Smells like bread yeast, citrus, grapes, peppers.
Bitter pear, clove, yeast, pale malt, citrus, wine flavors.
Medium bodied, bitterness recedes and reveals more flavor. No alcohol heat. I will try again as this bottle is likely not representative.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A- A fairly clear golden copper with a two white head.

S- Banana bread, touch of apples/pears, slightly earthy, nice yeast character, some sugary sweetness.

T- Sweet bread, apples/pears, touch of bananas, earthy spice, some yeast.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, dry.

O- A very nice Tripel with good balance. Easy to drink.

Mar 27, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a 330cl bottle at cellar temp poured into my chalice. Picked up at a beer shop two weeks ago and in my cellar since then. L20-540 on the label is closest to a date stamp I can find.
The beer pours a rich copper color with lots of fine suspended sediment floating around. A fluffy dense head of bleached white foam rises up 2 cm and almost overflows the glass. This foam sticks around as a sturdy surface covering and leaves dense lattice on the sides of my glass. this lattice clings on throughout the tasting.
Aroma is some bready malts and fruity pear notes with a bit of general spiciness, never any booze notes.
First sip reveals a medium body with soft and gentle carbonation.
Flavor is some bready malt, green apple and pears and a bit of sweeter spices, maybe coriander. This isnt cloying or a candy sweet beer but Im not getting any sort of bite from hops nor peppery ABV. I just drank Allagash Tripel before this one and found these to be fairly different beers.

Mar 26, 2022
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Perioddicals from Texas

L - Shared half a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. One finger foamy light head. Cloudy dark wheat color. Thin lacing.

S - Light bready / cracker malts. Some heavy spice along with hops.

T - A mix of malt and dry hops. A good mix of light malt and light bitterness. The floral taste hops have a little sourness. The bitterness is more pronounced as you drink.

F - Medium-to-thin mouthfeel. Foamy carbonation.

O - Overall this is a fine beer, but tried it immediately after the Chimay Blue, and this Chimay White was not as well-liked. I’m glad I tried it and would recommend it to people looking for a tasty light hoppy beer, but I’m not going to add it to my rotation.

Mar 25, 2022
 
2.5 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Mar 25, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours a hazy, amber colour. Even with the most careful of pours, a three finger tight and dense head appears, with another finger tall rocky, foamy head. This is my usual glass goblet, but I don’t know what happened, tons of bubbles are running up all over little spots on the glass. As if there were nucleation points on the side, which there isn’t. As I waited to pour the rest of the beer in, I realized… the head is not collapsing. Not after 5 minutes, not after 15, and not even through the whole half hour I drank this beer. Something happened I’ve never seen before which is that the head actually grew in the initial minutes of the pour and the rocky foamy head coalesced into the middle of the glass like an actual mountain. I don’t know if this was just some crazy unique thing, but it’s so gorgeous looking I honestly want to give it my first ever 5.

Sweet, delicious doughy yeast on the nose. Caramel malts, tasty spices such as pepper, coriander, a hint of cinnamon. A bit of banana and cloves here too. Sugared apricot for the fruity notes. It’s a Belgian, and even more it’s an abbey beer, they just always smell so good.

Taste follows the nose and then some. It is not disappointing at all. There is more balancing hop bitterness here than other Tripels, not citrusy, but a little bit grassy, funky and floral. Doughy yeast and moist, chewy bread flavours are unbelievably pleasant. Tripels and Quads can aim for a few different categories, some have those fruity esters like Westmalle, some aim for the sweet malt rum raisin flavours like Abt 12. Chimay White aims for a pleasant balance. There isn’t as much raisin, rum, dark fruit flavour here however, as the floral and mildly funky, wheaty malts balancing the sweetness and bitterness is more this beers thing. Gentle spices dance throughout the sip as well, mostly cloves. Mild funk adds a slightly savouriness to the beer. Toffee, caramel, and dried candy fruit rinds can also be tasted.

Pleasant and subtle finish that is dry in character, this beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bittersweet on the palate as it dries.

Chimay White occupies a unique space in the Tripel category, but definitely deserves to be ranked higher. It stands out from the crowd and has its own little niche of flavours, enough to stand beside other unique tripels like Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, Rochefurt, etc. It’s not quite as malty and sweet as others, but still has pleasant chewy doughiness to it. It doesn’t have the deep molasses, rum, raisin character either, nor does it have tons of fruity esters. It’s very balanced and yet despite that still carries strong notes of its own character.

As for all Belgian Abbey tripels, it’s phenomenal. You really can’t ever go wrong with these brewers in this style!

Mar 17, 2022
 
3.23 by stephenlee93 from England on Mar 12, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a chalice glass, there is no date on the bottle that I could find, price $6.99.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful orange/amber color with two-fingers off-white head that persisted nicely until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, heavy lacing on the glass, there are larger bits of suspended sediment when held us to light, medium carbonation.

SMELL: brown sugar, banana bread, spice and a little Belgian funk.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar, banana bread and spice then a subdued Belgian funk on the finish.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a really nice Tripel, it looks great in the glass and does not disappoint, Chimay is my favorite Belgian brewery (sorry Westvleteren), I would buy this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Feb 26, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Apellonious from North Carolina

Ruby golden orange, fluffy one finger head. Good retention on the side of the glass. Aroma: light banana, candi sugar, yeast,, some faint spices. The taste is right in line, slightly peppery. Feel is magnificent , a touch smooth but lively carbonated for good balance. Overall, I recommend you try it.

Feb 12, 2022
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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

11.2oz stubby bottle

Kinda cloudy yeller, smells light and lemony and wheaty, tastes very bitter and sweet simultaneously, strong and hoppy, mostly clean and not too slick. Gut but not "$30 for 4" gut.

Feb 11, 2022
 
3.7 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Feb 06, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Chimay 'Triple' @ 8.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a hazy dark gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a fine spotty lace ring along the tulip , last pour funky , lots of yeast
S-hops & Belgian yeast
T-smooth & strong , true trappist ale , slight bitter swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good Belgian beer
prost LampertLand

Feb 05, 2022
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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ivanbrew

My top Sunday beer with Cheese plate it goes so well! Strong body, brown in color and always perfect carbonation level! One of my top 10 beers in the world for sure!

Jan 15, 2022
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4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a cloudy, deep amber coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, estery/hoppy fruit with notes of apricot, apple and citrus, as well as hints of estery spice. Taste is a perfect balance of caramel malt, toffee, estery fruit and spice, with notes of red apple, apricot, clove and cardamon, as well as some bitter, citrus hops, with notes of orange rind. Finishes bittersweet, with a light/medium bitterness and some toffee, citrus and estery fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

While I love Tripel Karmeliet, this has got to be my new favorite Tripel. The balance of malt, hops and yeast is just absolutely superb here, with some sweet caramel malt and toffee, bitter and citrussy hops, as well as fruity and spicy notes that complement each other incredibly well. I really like how prominent the hops are here, with some citrus notes and a good bitterness that prevents this from becoming too sweet against the rich caramel malt backdrop, while those fruity esters really stand out as well, with a good spiciness and great body and mouthfeel as well.

Dec 31, 2021
 
3.95 by Danzifer from Ohio on Dec 25, 2021
 
3.84 by emwilke from Nevada on Dec 23, 2021
 
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour into a Chimay chalice- opaque orange/amber with foamy white head leaving significant lacing. Nose is spicy and yeasty. Taste follows with some fruity esters and a long lingering dryish finish.

Dec 12, 2021
 
4.13 by Plonk from Alabama on Dec 04, 2021
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4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Byron28 from Texas

An excellent tripel beer that is one of the best Belgium has to offer. It is smooth, no aftertaste, and is full of malty flavor. A go-to beer for any Euro beer lover.

Dec 03, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Ant777uk from England

Managed to avoid the current and recent reviews :)

Personally, I love the smoothness and balance of Chimay beers, they are some of the best.

I hope this is good, before I have had only blue and red :)

Beautiful orange amber colour, shines in the light, good froth level, that stays.

Deep, fruit and spice aroma. Apricot prominent. Seriously deep and mystical.

Very citrussy. Really overpowering, though also enjoyably intense. Better than Delirium Tremens as it has much more levels of flavour. Also, better than Duvel for the same reason. The balance of elements is mastered at a much higher level, this is a truly complex flavour on the tongue. The fizziness lasts for about a minute, and constantly changes taste. This is more than just a beer..! It is a creation of pure elegance and complexity.

Is there a bit too much bitterness and orange peel flavour..? For some people, yes. It really depends on one's tastebuds.

It does have elements of Duvel. Though it takes to a new level. However Duvel limited edition tripel that I had a few weeks ago is as good as this, though more apricotty.

For me Chimay are the best Belgian Trappiste brewers by far. Blue is still my favourite ; )

Nov 21, 2021
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3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by TheFrustratedBiomed

Maybe not the prettiest triple. it has a great Belgian funk but is a little rough around the edges.

Nov 15, 2021
 
4.34 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Nov 14, 2021
 
4.1 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
 
4.2 by Daneve76 from Australia on Sep 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells funky, fruity and spicy. Like a spiced wine with funky yeast.

It tastes like sparkling wine, cinnamon and other warming spices. It's also fresh and sweet.

It's thin with a ton of bubbly carbonation. The finish is dry, bittersweet and long.

Overall it's a brilliant triple. I give it a 4.8 out of 6.

Sep 15, 2021
 
4.34 by warnerry from Michigan on Aug 25, 2021
 
3.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TheRatCage from Connecticut

L: golden amber in color, hazy. A very large, soft, white head. Head lasts awhile, medium-high amount of lacing.

S: As usual for triples: Forward notes of banana, clove, coriander, yeast. Some notes of hay. Taffy and fruit.

T: Hops spice comes out here. Tangy. Still has that banana and clove. Tiny bit of apple. The hops balances back the sweetness.

F: Not overly heavy, this triple doesn’t have that molasses feeling of heavier beers in this category. Medium bodied, high carbonation.

O: A top triple for sure. It has its own character that I’m having a hard time finding which other triple is closest in profile. Not very sweet, not very spicy, nor is it very syrupy heavy. Balanced and mellow.

Jul 11, 2021
Photo of DanfromVan
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

Look : Into an Averbode Tulip, she sparkled and foams as she pours. Head dissipates evenly and mildly.
Smell: Light when cold, Warms up to hop and fresh hay
Taste: Most North American tasting Trappist I have tried. Big and hoppy, with a slight ABV bite. She is bitter but has complexity of sugar and molasses when warming.
Feel: Rich and soapy texture (in a good bubbly way) that is reflected in a lot of West Coast IPA's. Texture is slight syrupy
Overall : In a blind taste test I would identify this as as west coast hoppy IPA with a high level of richness. But what do I know ,I'm drunk half the time from drinking beer.

May 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pours hazy, golden straw colored with a huge billowing white head that takes forever to dissipate down. Aroma is very spice forward but in a soft and pleatsant way as opposed to harsh. Lots of clove and some cardamom. Bubblegum and some other nice fruity esters. Taste follows in that it’s definitely spice forward, but it’s a unique spiciness even when compared to other tripels. My beef with some of the not so well done tripels is that they can be a bit dense with limited drinkability but that is not the case with this one. It’s hard to explain but the spice, although very prominent, is of the lighter variety meaning less astringent bite. It lacks some of the fruity/estery/yeasty component of some of the style, not necessarily detrimentally so but it does lack the depth and complexity of my favorites.

4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25

May 09, 2021
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