Tripel (White)
Bières de Chimay

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #10
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,138
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
1,710
Ratings:
4,566
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Bières de Chimay
 
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Year-round
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Tripel (White)Tripel (White)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of spdemon91
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second favorite beer next to Chimay Grand Reserve. This Chimay is a little toned down compared to Chimay Grand Reserve and sports 8% alcohol versus 9%.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a tulip.

L: Lightly hazy yellow-amber body under a voluminous head of white meringue that towers effortlessly above the rim and settles slowly, leaving behind chunky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Really rich, complex aroma of pilsner malt, ripe fruit (apple, pear, kiwi), and pink peppercorn. Pure, clean, bright. I'm a fan.

T: Fruit and spice are the main players up front, with some stone fruit juiciness joining the pear from the aroma. Some malt sweetness fills out the mid-palate, and then the finish sweeps in with significant booze and warmth. Medium-length, bitter/boozy aftertaste. There's a lot to love, but the harsh finish takes away from it somewhat.

F: Medium-full body with ample, soft, roiling carbonation. Luscious.

O: Slightly flawed, but also full of vivacious flavor. Lovely beer.

Beers of Fame tick 188/250. Cheers!

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Photo of cardfan212
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Cloudy orange burnt amber, like a light leather color. The head reminds me of sand colored cool whip. Like other Chimay offerings, the head sticks around forever and laces like crazy.

Smell - Bananas, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper. A slight funk on the edges of the nose.

Taste - A little spicy, a little hoppy, a little dirty and earthy. Not as funky as the aroma led me to believe. Fairly subtle overall.

Feel - Medium body and prickly carbonation. Smooth but not buttery.

Overall - A very fine tripel, but doesn't quite edge out Tripel Karmeliet for my favorite.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hefty 750ml bottle, where the lable prominently adds the name 'Cinq Cents' [Five Cents]. Note it's 'fermented in the bottle'.
L- Deep amber, clear, pours with 2Cm pillowy white head. [Late ps. Holds well].
S- Notes of timber and apple.
T- It's not as rich/heavy as expected. Initially it's dry and bright, then a meaty heft begins to build, with a quite subtle for 8%, ABV% zing right in the tail.
F- Beatiful balance between dry/bright together with a substantial meaty body. Overall I reckon it's 'medium-dry'.
O- It is very good. It'd be ideal to drink in place of a medium-dry white wine, and would happily accompany a roast dinner, beef pie, Xmas meal or even a curry!
750ml bottle bought from Beerhawk/UK. BB: Dec-2021.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/5/12: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a nice 3 finger, white, foamy, short-lived head that leaves no lace behind as it recedes. Aroma is fruity esters of apricot, banana and melon with bread and sugar. Taste is similar with a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of KooVee
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, bb in 19m.

Light golden, somewhat hazy. Fluffy foam that recedes to a thin but persistent bright white layer, leaving impressive lacing.

Aroma is distinctly Belgian even at drive-by stage. Closer dive reveals spicy phenols mixing with spicy hop aromas from the Styrian and Saaz. Esters of honey, very slight banana, candied apricot, floating on burnt sugar flavoured alcohol.

Taste is a slightly toned down version of the aroma, with a bitterness enveloping the tongue and palate in a pleasant harmonizing contrast to the dessert-like aromatic sweetness. The aftertaste is very long. Mouthfeel is suitably oily with the right touch of carbonation.

A justified classic I have been sampling for 30+ years. I think it was drier in the past, but it might have been that the center of gravity was sweeter before the hop revolution. Still holds up, and easily the most drinkable tripel I know of. The style has the problem of tiring sweetness and emphasis on esters / too obvious alcohol, but here it all blends seamlessly, due to the phenols of the yeast and the spiciness of the hopping.

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Photo of Lanas
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very unique and a different "Tripel" from the others of the style.. This beer remind you little the "Red" and the "Blue" from the same "Brewery" but at 80% is a completely different beer.
First of all is a very strong and punchy beer with high rate carbonation but that can't distract you to get the flavors.. All here playing a role and made this beer amazing.. The alcohol is very well hide and the fruity taste of the beer cover it very good...For sure very balance beer and one of the best of the style and in general.. It's rich, punchy, refreshing with amazing taste and great aftertaste..
Overall i believe is the most balance from the "Chimay" series.. You can drink it any season you want dispate the weather outside.. Is rich and warming very well your mouth and also is very refreshing.. Combined two differents things and that is the fact for me..

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Photo of jkblr
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded L17-068 (about 2.5 years old) poured into a Chimay chalice at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with a lot of particulate on a gentle pour. The head is cream colored and recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is a combination of floral & grassy hops, candi sugar, pale malt and spicy yeast. The taste is semisweet malt with some faded floral & grassy hops and mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky (it was purchased cold, but 2.5 years is a while for a tripel) medium bodied with well above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good, but suffering from poor handling & age. Still enjoyable, but offering glimpses of an excellent beer. Rated to the average until I can find a more recent bottle.

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Photo of octortus
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8%.
Appearance: Orange/Gold, One finger of fluffy white head, Good retention, Nice lacing.
Aroma: Apricot, Banana, Yeast, Herbal, Pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, Slight warmth.
Flavour: Banana, Pear, Apricot.
Overall: Nicely balanced tripel, not too sweet. (Draught pour had a pretty intense floral perfume).

Review: 43

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap ona Chimay chalice. Clear yellow it’s a nice head and great lacing. Pleasant bready, slightly earthy smell and taste. Flavors of sweet apples and pears and a bit of pepper. Another Belgian beer to enjoy!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into Chalice
Pours a light brown similar to iced tea, with a big creamy cream colored head
Grainy, golden raisins, yeast, fruity notes
Fruity creamy, golden wheat notes, slight bitterness on the finish
As mentioned creamy feel, medium bodied
Overall this is a solid beer, a little like liquid cereal, with a good hoppy finish

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Photo of IronLover
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange in color after an aggressive pour. Poured with a thick, creamy, sticky white foam with excellent retention. Sweet malt, candy sugar, banana and bubble gum aromas with a hint of pepper. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation and pleasant warmth near the finish. Mellow, spicy, peppery flavors up front transition to sweet malt and banana flavors. Medium light spicy bitterness combined with boozy bite through the middle. Spicy bitterness with light fruity notes on the back end. Finished with fruity flavors and light lingering spicy notes. A plethora of Belgian esters, none of which dominate the flavor profile. Sweet, spicy, fruity, malty, boozy, everything a triple should be.

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Photo of shambeano
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with a best before of 12/2021. Poured into a Tulip.
Look: Pours a Golden orangy amber with about 2 inches of very fluffy off white head. The head hangs around for some time. Sticky lacing.
Smell: yeasty, a little spicy, raisin/dried fruit. Little bit of honey sweetness comes through.
Taste: A bit fruity up front, bitter orange, touch of sweetness, honey and candi sugar. A little spicy and a hint of clove underneath. Finish was a little bitter than I was expecting.
Feel: quite mouth filling. Mid to heavy bodied, heavier than I was expecting. Finishes bitter at the back of the palate, Decent depth.
Overall: Excellent beer. Rich and flavoursome. One of those beers I will always go back to every now and again.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; amber in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a long lasting skim coat; nice lacing;

S: raisins, prunes, and caramel - similar to fruit cake; a bit of apple as well;

T: rich and slightly sweet; raisins, prunes, and caramel; a bit of bitterness on the finish that is balanced by the sweetness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: really nice to sip at; complex aromas and flavors; very smooth for 8%;

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 26C Belgian Tripel.
Pours a large rocky white bubbly head that fades slowly, Nice lacing, very hazy sediment deep gold to tan-orange color, effervescent

Fair amount of spicy phenols, moderate fruity esters with apple/pear like and some orange, quite a bit of citrus as it warms, some sweet Belgian candi sugar and complex grainy malts with a little honey, as well as some possible wheat, vanilla spice as well adding to the orange, hint of spicy hop adding to the spicy alcohol, malts really come through as it warms as well

Taste is also a melange of characters, dried fruits out front, dried apples/pears and some citrus orange again, spicy phenols, little peppery and almost potpourri like floral spice and perfumey spicy alcohol, more mild Belgian candi sugar adding dense sweetness with the grainy-sweet malt, and mild honey note, and touch of vanilla, a bit of a spicy hop character with medium bitterness getting a bit higher on the finish as it attempts to dry, pretty dry with more yeast additions lingering

Mouth is medium to a bit heavier bodied, bright effervescent high carb, some warming but smooth alcohol

Overall a lot going on, complex and tasty

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Photo of 1947
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't drink Belgian all that often, but I like them, and often get this one when I'm in the mood. Nice, crisp flavor, and plenty of it. Hoppier than most Belgians, less of whatever you call that spiciness they have. A solidly refreshing beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, translucent golden copper with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.
Smells of honey, orange, ginger, cardamom, and hay.
Tastes like orange, ginger, cardamom, hay, honey, toast, dried apricot, hay and clove.
Medium mouthfeel, fizzy and rolling carbonation.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry and musky, like dust motes dancing in the pale light of a forgotten window. Prevailing floral hints of old fashioned perfume. The slightly tangy, piquant smell of old furniture and cooks stacked in clumsy piles, bringing back the timeless feeling of an unrestricted afternoon. And throughout it all, hints of the spiced and drunken fruitcake as is baking in the kitchen below... there’s always something new to discover in Grandma’s attic.

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Photo of Nass
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Yes, I agree with it being quite hoppy, yeasty, mild caramel note, slight citrus note, mild spice note. This is my least favorite of the Chimay beers. Cheers! C

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Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some-transparent amber appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet fruity. Taste is a very smooth slightly sweet fruity.

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

뭐 하나 빠지는것 없이 뛰어나서 전부 4.5로 적었다. 지금껏 먹었던 트라피스트 트리펠 중에서 가장 인상깊은 맥주다. 쿼드라펠로 넘어가면 또 이야기가 달라지기는 하지만.. 인상깊은 맥주다.

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Photo of Johnpaulzay1981
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Chimay cinq cents Ale is among one of my favorite Belgian Ales the look to the beer is somewhat hazy Brown yellowish a little cloudy poured into a chalice type glass the beer forms a strong four/ Five Finger head must pour very slow. The ale pours with a very nice lacing on the glass. The Taste is slightly hoppy, citrusy, a little bitter a little Floral slight alcohol and carbonation is on point. The the smell of this ale isn't overwhelming but Pleasant. Top Notch beer by those Belgian monks

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Photo of Helluvaz
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark golden color, amber. Foamy top.
N: Grassy hoppy scent with more complexity. Pine, hop, yeast.
T: Not too bitter, quite grassy. Tastes like pale ale.
F: Smooth finish, balanced feel with a slightly hoppy scent.
Overall: great Abbey Bier. More on the hoppy side of the trappist bier spectrum.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; bottled in 2016 -- code L16-330.
A: Pours a cloudy, brown color with orange highlights and a two inch, foamy orange chiffon head, very good retention of more than a rim, and beautiful sculpted lacing.
S: Slightly tangy. Aromas of banana, cloves, and tutti-fruity with caramel malts becoming increasingly evident, as it warms.
T: Semisweet and minimally tart. Flavors more caramel, raisin, and macadamia with banana and clove notes. Bitterness a little more outsize than I expected. Leaves a bitter, white pepper aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with excellent levels of effervescence.
O: A light, crisp, and lightly enjoyable Tripel. Backend bitterness a surprise.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2017 (L17-730)

Pours an effervescent and clear dark golden orange with a massive pillow of white foam; retention is world-tier, and the lacing left behind is relentless, thick, and soapy to the highest degree.

Aroma is airy, crisp, and floral, with slight caramel malts, stewed fruit, and a hoppy crispness adding an herbal edge; a fruity, yeasty, fluffy bouquet that’s very easy on the nose.

Taste brings more stewed fruits, light fig, faint caramel malts, and with a herbal clove backbone; very light, but weighty through its yeasty presence with supportive fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is an excellent medium body with high levels of balanced carbonation; stays relatively crisp and dries out excellently toward the finish, giving it that bit of ‘snap’ going down; about as easy-going as you could want from an 8% tripel, with none of that booze coming through at all, as well.

This is a very pleasant, well-made Belgian tripel. Fruity, yeasty, slightly hoppy, and incredibly light in nearly every aspect. Maybe not the most assertive or bombastic of tripel profiles, but this one really does succeed mostly through its accessibility and easy-drinking qualities, which I’m entirely fine with.

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