Bières de Chimay

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4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Bières de Chimay
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.
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Golden brown and super hazy. Lots of fluffy head. I suspect it's bottle conditioned. Pour cold and gently to reduce the foaminess, and let it settle to mellow the flavor.

S: Banana bread--Clove--Probably from the yeast.

T: I've never had a tripel this nice. Tangy fermentation on barley and wheat. Low, but noticeable, hop bitterness. Well balanced and excellently crafted.

F: Smooth and creamy. It's an advanced beer, mildly complex.

O: Excellent. Even though it's expensive, I recommend having at least one--It sets the standard for what other trippels should be.

Jan 28, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: nice golden color pours with a thick head that dissipates quickly

Smell: banana, malt, yeast, smell is not as strong as La Fin Du Mond

Taste: malt, a hint of citrus and banana, some funky bitterness that’s not great

Feel: smooth and carbonated

Not even close to as good as La Fin Du Mond, and far more expensive in North America. Honestly disappointed by my first Chimay

Jan 15, 2021
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange marmalade, plenty of lees, a cap of white foam with microscopic bubbles. Good retention on that head there.
Smell: Like a farm right after a thunderstorm. Damp hay bales, minerals, wet grass, wood pile, old barn.
Taste: Doughy and phenolic. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Mixed nuts, spicy yeast, oaky, mellow sweetness and some light bitterness.
Feel: Good. Creamy but somehow refreshing carbonation. Hardly any alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly dry.
Overall: Spicier and more complex than Westmalle. Try it.

Dec 15, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Lightly cloudy deep gold, dense, thick white head, awesome retention and lace
Fruity esters along the lines green banana and apricot, earthy, herbal hops
Tastes like it smells along with a bit of spicy phenols on the finish, and a soft malt background.
Light bodied and effervescent. Clean and very drinkable
Hadn't had one in years due to so much new stuff out there. Man, this is awesome.

Nov 09, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

De color naranja, con mas de dos dedos de espuma de buena retención. Aroma afrutado y a cereal. En boca tiene gusto afrutado con algo de caramelo y malta.

Oct 21, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful golden honey colour with a 2 finger white head. Head has great retention, 5 minutes in it's still 1/4 finger across the whole top.
Smell: Malty, with traditional Belgium yeast smells, oats, and floral spices
Taste: Peppery and spicy. Crisp finish with cloves. Slightly boozy.
Feel: Big ane warming. Sharp on the tongue and palate the longer you let it linger.
The silver winner in the race between the Chimay big 3. This beer earns an A-

Oct 16, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Restrained pour into a Chimay Chalice producing a gold-straw color brew with moderate to high carbonation and a small snow white head. Cloudy, opaque.

S - Floral, citrus, hops.

T - Hoppy bite with IPA elements. Slightly floral. There are fruit notes that make an appearance; apple and pear are the most prevalent. Citrus notes are present.

M - Lingers on the palate in the best way possible. It leaves a residual tartness. Some bitterness.

D - While this brew is my least favorite of the Chimay offerings, I will say that it does stand on its own. It's a fantastic brew; my reservations are simply a matter of preference. Either way, it's a top notch beer that must be sampled given any and every opportunity.

Oct 11, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK - - - hazy orange - super frothy soap-like head foam - great retention - great meringue-like foam
SMELL - - - heavy spice and citrus - powerful Belgian yeast - some caramel and mango
TASTE - - - huge bite of bitterness upfront - tons of spices and herbs come spilling in - some sweetness pokes its head in before moving towards mango and grapefruit
FEEL - - - medium bodied and very active - nice carbonation all of the way through
OVERALL - - - very good beer here (of course) - really heavy on the spices and yeast flavor / maybe too much on the spice as it gets a bit metallic tasting - very good though / very enjoyable

Oct 05, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally getting around to trying this one after years of meaning to. Bottle was not particularly fresh, probably around a year to a year and a half old. Not my favorite interpretation of the style, this one looks nice in the glass but loses it somewhat in the aromas and flavors, which trend a little saaz-y and husky


Oct 01, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I never thought a Belgian beer could be this good!
I’ve come a long way to finally be able to appreciate Belgian beers, and more importantly, to finally find my way to this beer.
I remember the strong admiration I started to feel for Farmhouse Ales, Sours and Saisons made with Brett. Although it wasn’t exactly a straight line to get from there to here, when I tried out Trappist beers from Belgium, I knew that this was something that I’ve been looking for and everything else must have originated from this style.
The presence of Brett is very obvious when you look at the beer, all that lively carbonation tells you that it isn’t artifical and that it is something special. And the aroma is just stunning! The Brett, the hops, the malts... just sniffing into it I knew I was home. I knew that this is an amazing beer.
And it sure is. It is so very overwhelming, even at the first sip. Brett, hops, sweet malty body with tickling, champagne-esque carbonation, mingled together in such a unique way you just simply can’t get enough of. Topped with that 8% ABV, kind of plush booziness, wraps up the whole thing in perfection, makes it something outstanding and peerless out of this beer.
This might very easily be a go-to beer for me from now. An outstanding beer, so glad that I found it. A real gamechanger.

Aug 14, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion the best tripel and trappist in the world. It's so unique. Fresh yeast and hints of citrus greets the nose, the amazing golden color is a wonderfull thing to look at. The white, well bodied head is smooth. The beer is exceptionel well balanced, refined and delicate. A truly fantastic trappist, a truly amazing tripel. Chapeau, Chimay.

Aug 13, 2020
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No way around the fact that everything these monks come up with is awesome. No exceptions here. Tastes like you're traveling Europe, having just left Luxembourg the day before, stopping in Brussels for a bite, beer and a show at Poechenellekelder. Yep. It's on the menu. Get it. Definitely a top beer anywhere.

Jul 19, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

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

Fizzy opening large three finger head that lingers quickly, orange/brown body. Taste is quite bitter yet sweet, fruity, getting apricot flavours and a lot of spiciness. Warming alcohol presence is welcome as it's nicely balanced out by the flavours, slightly sweet and slightly bitter on the palate. ABV about right for this style. Possibly my favourite of the Belgian tripels.

Jul 05, 2020
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pants678 from California

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Rather murky brownish yellow. Plenty of foam.

Tea. Smells exactly like generic tea.

Bright and sweet's there but behind bitter and floral hops. Too much on the latter two. Not what I want as it's closer to Westmalle than Tripel Karmeliet.

Very soft.

Jul 05, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

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

Ivory head with fine texture and good persistence. Gold colored body with splendid orange reflections. Very delicate bouquet, white bread, white flowers, honey, citrus fruits and spices. On the palate it is soft and sweet as it is angular and bitter. Malt, crackers, yellow fruit, citrus fruits, coriander and generous hopping. Dry finish and herbaceous bitterness. Tripel textbook.

Jun 22, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: wonderful darker golden hue with solid head and lace
S: darker fruit like smoked cherry
T: follows taste only richer and fuller
F: rich full smooth and crisp
O: really good blonde ale

Jun 06, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoy all of the Chimary beers and it is a close run between this one and Blue as to my favorite. I think the slightly lower ABV of the White gives it the edge (for me). Great taste and feel!

Apr 10, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Handsome clear amber brew with an impressive pile of foam in the tall Blanche de Chambly goblet. Hugely aromatic with the yeasty, fruity nose. Lush carbonation that melts on the tongue as you sip. While this is officially Chimay Blanche this label just says Cinq Cents below the shield logo. Tastes of dried pear and grain, with a bitterish aftertaste of dark herbs.

Smooth and the intriguing estery taste is endless. This is really a splendid beer in the grandest Belgian tradition. I forget how good some of these long-lived beers from the oldest brewers are. From the 11.2 oz stubby purchased as part of a good deal box with a lovely glass and more beers.

Mar 24, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I recently had this in a Chimay snifter at a local restaurant. It was the first time I was having it. I was surprised that it tasted so much like a Pale Ale. There were typical Belgian Tripel flavors but also Pale Ale.

Look: Yellow/amber with an inch thick white head

Aroma: banana, citrus, and floral/pine aroma

Taste: dough, yeast, banana, but it was subdued while grapefruit and floral/piney hops stood out giving it a bitter and tart aftertaste.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Mar 06, 2020
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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%.

Jan 17, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

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!

Jan 02, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

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.

Jan 01, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Dec 07, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Nov 19, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

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.

Nov 09, 2019
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