Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

This blonde ale is dry and floral with a slight hop bitterness. The hoppiest Chimay ale, Cinq Cents was created by famed brewmaster Father Theodore in 1966.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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Photo of matthieu_xyz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bières de Chimay Chimay Tripel (White), 8% ABV. Pours murky orange with a nice 2+ finger off-white head, left some lacing. Nose is yeast and grain. Taste is slightly yeasty, some grain, a little sweet, a slight alcohol taste, and a slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color. Around a medium body with plenty of almost champagne like carbonation
Aroma is grain,clove, spice, yeast, mild amount of fruit
Taste is similar, a bit dry and far from being sweet. Has a stronger than usual hop bitterness than others I have tried in this style .
Overall an excellent beer that I would seek out again

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Photo of brantleysmith
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmsiii
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of V1per41
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMH73
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a huge, fluffy, well retained white head that left lots of lacing. Smell is rather mild with some cloves, hops, yeast and wheat. Tastes of classic Belgian yeast, cloves, wheat, mild spices, a hint of hops, apples, bananas, a bit of good funk and a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry mouth feel.

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Photo of wac9
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just amazing

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Type: 33-cl bottle (11.20-oz.)
Glass: Westvleteren 12 trappist glass
From: Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 10, 2018
Reviewed as: Tripel
Misc.: No bottled on date

Picked this up on a whim on a trip to my normal Grocery Outlet spot in Allied Gardens. Was looking for some deals and saw this for $2.99 (down from $6.99 I think). Thought I had this before, but Untappd and Beer Advocate said no. Had only one of the Chimay’s, giving Dorée a 3.95 on April 2, 2016 (actually reviewed on March 8, 2016). Online description read, “This blonde ale is dry and floral with a slight hop bitterness. The hoppiest Chimay ale, Cinq Cents was created by famed brewmaster Father Theodore in 1966.” Was looking forward to it.

Poured a gold-to-light amber semi-hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at a pretty fast speed. Almost perfect foamy spiderweb lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 5.00)

Smelled pear, apple juice, pineapple, white grape, Bengay, floral, Belgian yeast, black pepper, banana chips, Coriander peel and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was not as good as the nose. Got caramel, apple juice, lemon, candi sugar, pineapple, pear, banana chips, white grape, black pepper, light clove and honey. Could hardly taste the alcohol. Grew on me as it went down, actually surpassing the smell. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 5.00)

This was very interesting. Just a fantastic looking and well-made beer. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

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Photo of benbowski
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mtn
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Catalinmunteanu
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't do formal reviews because our tastes are different. I have never been a big fan of the Tripel style but really enjoyed this beer. Our palates undoubtedly evolve on our beer tasting journey so I am now excited to try a few more, including some I have tried before, to see whether my enjoyment of the style is becoming more general or whether this is just one I more specifically enjoy.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmaggot
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marcgrams
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giangio
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Age - could be old since the place I got the bottle has notoriously old beers on their shelves. But that's the beauty of the Belgian styles - they often get better with time.

Spectacular appearance. I would personally prefer it to be a little more golden in color but that is literally the only knock. The head on it is frothy and perfect. Never ending.

So so smell. I am not even picking up much really, some mild clove-y spice and a little funk.

Very tasty. Dry, slightly funky, good bittering hops with a bready malt base. As the finish kicks in there's some banana and bubblegum with a bitter balance. Not super complex but very enjoyable as a sipper.

Solid mouthfeel, about the right body - not too heavy and very well balanced.

Top notch Tripel. I love the easy availability.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Perfect gold with a foamy white head that starts coming up even in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy yeast, fruit, and hops.

Taste: Quite bitter, almost like an IPA. Very heavy on the hops, with a bit of malt and banana in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation and relatively thin, like a soft drink.

Overall: I'm a bit disappointed in how hoppy and bitter this was. It doesn't taste like a usual tripel.

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elohim
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Chimay brew. I've drank an entire case in the past year just to give you an idea of how much of this stuff I go through. While I'm usually not a huge fan of tripels I find the spice profile on this delicious although rather mild and the 8% ABV is completely hidden. While this is a great beer if you like a stronger spiced tripel you might want to look for something else.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Im not really a tripel fan, they are too light for me. This one however is very good, has some flavor to it.

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