Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay

Style: 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 cdizinno
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st review was a 330ml bottle. 2nd review - 750ml bottle. Superb in the larger version and I would recommend it highly !!

Appearance: Hazy copper with a nice white head that fades over time, but never quite disappears.

Smell: Mild spice in the background of a slightly hoppy aroma. 2nd review-more complex aromas of spice, herbs and fruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: crisp mouth feel, carbonation is high though it is the perfect fixture and helps a bit in drinkability. Hop bitterness is quick but fades to a fruity and slightly alcoholic taste. Medium bodied and crisp. Dry finish.

A fabulously unique and complex beer from Abbaye de Scourmont. My favorite of the Chimays.

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Photo of drperm
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am in love with this beer.
I love Tripel. And La Blanche is a Tripel among Tripels, for sure.
Try as I might, I could find no fault with this brew -- much like Mary Poppins, it is Practically Perfect in Every Way. My current favorite aspect is the nose/aroma -- I would be content to sit and smell the glass for an afternoon. It's that hint of springtime rhododendron/azalea blooms that sends me over the edge.
And the palate/mouthfeel -- c'est orgasmique.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. On tap via Sharp Edge. Very very very impressive. Dark golden in hue with a head that recedes to just around the edges. One of the most amazing lacing shows I have ever seen.

S. Mysterious light fruits, belgian yeast, malt and a twang of some unknown source. Intriguing.

T. Immediate delight. Sweet and malty, distant fruits, ample hops, just really good stuff.

M. Light body that clung to the palate and enveloped my mouth.

D. While I only had one, I wish I had more. The 8% is somewhat managable given others in the same style. Excellent to be the pinnicle of a session, or a great place to start!

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Photo of jimiboi
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: cloudy golden liquid. I poured a 4 finger head that wanted to stick around forever with massive chunks left behind on the glass.

S: bready, yeasty, Yum!

T: bready, plenty of yummy yeastiness.

M: creamy, with spicy tongue, with a lax alcoholic kick in the back of the throat.

O: The beer to induct an unconvinced macro serf to ultimate craft beerdom.

I want to swim naked in this beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cinq Cents pours a cloudy orange with an off white head of very fine, very soft foamy bubbles. The nose is floral hops and bright citrus. Grapefruit. Superb retention and lacing . The taste is smooth. creamy and not a hint of alcohol until it warms you in the long dry finish. Crisp. It’s perfectly balanced so that the citrus is not at all sour. It’s perfect and elegant.

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Photo of putnam
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ashy orange color. Eggy, white head. Like Yorshire pudding when it stiffly falls. Aromas remind me of white wine, one made from Gros Manseng, Albarino or, especially, like great, over ripe, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Dageneau (Silex.) This is dry and a touch herbal, compared to the other two Chimay beers. Packed with dried mint, white pepper and ash flavors, it has a body and bead exactly like the others. Mouthfilling, broad honey cream flavors are light as a feather while the surf-like foam quickly evaporates all signs of sweetness. Perfect with plates of steaming, bright green local organic produce. (Don't be afraid to blanch that lettuce! Toss it in hot lemon garlic butter and serve with this beer)
A miraculous string of perfect beers from Chimay.


Consumed again and again; and again on 9.18.04. Terrific beer.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Judging by the cork, this beer was either brewed or bottled in 4/07.

Color: Golden blond with very thick, whitish head (poured into a pint glass..all I have for now). Well carbonated.

Aroma: Malty and spicy with a hint of raisin in the nose. Seems right for the style.

Taste: Waded through the thick white head until I got to the beer itself. Smooth, spicy and warm. Lots of raisin underneath with some sourness. Warm, bold and definitely a good example for the style.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat dry/sour but nothing overpowering.

Verdict: A strong tripel that is truer to style than other tripels I've had. You have to leave it up to the trappist monks to create a beer that is so complex, it's nearly heavenly in stature.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap, poured into the Chimay glass goblet.

A - This beer pours a bright orange, hazy, body. Generated a nice 1.5 finger white, soapy head. Moderate carbonation, that regenerates head quite well. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. Some sediment on the bottom, even from tap. Very pretty beer to look at for sure.

S - The smell; oh my!! Noticable hops, wheat, coriander/spices, and citrus. Hops dominate most, but a very very nice smell indeed!!

T - Probably THE most well balanced beer i've ever had. It tastes like an IPA fell into a Belgian White. No alcohol taste AT ALL. Very sweet, bitter, wheaty, and citrusy, just like the smell, but sooo well balanced in the mouth. Hops don't really linger, but the taste is so good you just want to keep slugging this down.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but is not that difficult to drink. The carbonation creates a nice crisp finish, and makes the flavors dance on the toungue. Very creamy mouthfeel overall.

D - The drinkabity is very high on this considering what it is. I was lucky enough to have 3 of these on tap in a row, and just wanted more. This beer gives you a wicked buzz, but you just want to keep drinking. Sessioning this beer is doable, and very delicious, but may not be recommended.

O - Overall, this is probably the best beer i've ever had up until this point. It encapsulates everything that I love about a beer, and does not dissapoint. If I could drink this for the rest of my life I would. Its just that good. 2 thumbs WAAAYYYY UPPP!!!! :)

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Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Appearance: Amber/Yellow
Smell: Yeast and fruit.
Taste: Wheat and honey.
Mouthfeel: Full
Drinkability: A great beer and the makes me think of the classic Belgian Style. My third favorite out of the three Chimays.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Poppypitbull
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my least favorite of the 3 chimays but calling it the least of the 3 isn't an insult. Being the least of the 3 is the same as being the 3rd most talented in the Beatles, you're still better than everything else out there.

Not sure what to say about this that hasn't been said. I've had the bottle and the glass and prefer the glass on tap. Smooth tasting, lightest tasting of the three but stronger than red overall. It's just a damn good beer!

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Photo of Hunter
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I saved the best of Chimay for the last. As I've said previously, buy the cork-stoppered bottle with these brews, never the smalled capped one - somethings missing in there.

Cinq Cents pours a deep yellow gold, slightly hazy. Thin threads of bubbles cover the bottom of the glass, contributing to a head of white silk that has the best staying power of anything I've seen. Seriously - do not pour this beer straight into the glass, or you'll be waiting a 1/2 hour for a taste. Be just as careful refilling your glass. Agitation will readily bring the head back to life.

Aroma of hops, alcohol, and tart citrus in the nose. As the beer warms the alcohol gives way to floral notes, lemongrass, and honey.

What can I say about the taste...light, refreshing, with the flavor of hops coming through at the start and lingering in a clean tea-like finish. The alcohol makes its presence felt but doesn't bully you. The promise of the aroma comes through in the interplay of flavors, all of them making a showing but none of them dominating. The sharpness of the carbonation takes away some of the silkiness of the brew in the mouth, but that's typical of the style. Cost is a bit much for a daily brew, but like a fine port wine or steak you wouldn't want it all the time anyway. Too decadent, too rich.

I mentioned that the Blue label reminded me of autumn. If so, then this one is a warm spring day in grassy fields. I've never before been so generous with the fives, but each one was earned.

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Photo of lugosi33
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely the best beer ever made. Enough said. If you like champagne, then this is the one. I love beers that are strong, but when I had this I was overwhelmed. I will never over rate Chimay unless someone actually makes a better beer than this. This is this the first beer that you want to drink without getting drunk on.

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Photo of robhunta
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 1pt 9.4 fl oz. bottle.

A - pours a nice golden orange. phenomenal head, fluffy and tall, great retention. a little cloudy, but thats expected so i can't old it against the beer.

S - Delicious fruity, yeasty aroma. I just love the smell o this beer.

T - Taste also is sweet, fruity, yeasty, some great malt flavors as well. Light, with a bit of alcohol flavor.

M - Not much to say her, smooth, perfect.

D - extremely drinkable, if anything I might say the yeast flavors might get tiresome if drinking many, but not even sure if thats the case.

Al together, this is a fantastic beer, I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moving on to part two on this evening of Chimay Trappist-beer (Earlier I had the Chimay Premiere with the grade: A+)

A: This Chimay pours golden with just a hint of red, cloudy with a great white dense head that leaves some lacings on the glass while it sets slowly.

S: It's almost an explosion of smells that hits the nose. There is yeast, fruit, malt, a hint of hops to this roasted spicy complex beer.

T: Utmost complex - The dryness is very present. But if your looking for fruit and bitter hops you won't be disappointed. There is also some maltyness to this one as well as some alcohol in the taste.

M: Rich, dry and very powerful. A mouthful!

D: I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't buy this one - possibly if your allergic to gluten (and therefore can't enjoy malty products). Yes, gluten allergy is the only possible excuse for not buying and enjoying this fantastic beer.

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Photo of spanky167
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite tripel to date. Very complex flavor. I noted orange, some raisin, and maybe even oak(not sure). A little too high in price for me to buy regularly($5.00 for 11 ounce). It must be good to be a monk if this is what they get to have daily! Next I'm going to try Westmalle's tripel.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very thick head about 2.5 inches thick that went down leaving great lacing on the glass. Unfiltered golden color.

S: Raisin, nutmeg, wheat oats with spicy hops blend together and makes the mouth fill up with saliva.

T: Definitely has a strong raisin taste with floral and citrus hops that gives it a spicy orange aftertaste that quickly mellows out into a blend of apple and pear flavors.

M/D: Extremely drinkable, wasn't quite sure what happened to my bottle once I poured my last drop. The mouthfeel was very good was a wee bit grainy but still did not perturb me to drink this bad boy down. I can't wait to have more of this tripel in my stock.

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Photo of WeizenMike
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Purchased from the LCBO for under $3 and poured into a goblet.

I'm not that knowledgeable about different types of scent profiles or specific flavours so I won't go into those details but this beer is fantastic. Incredible smell, good level of carbonation... but the taste, my god. One of the absolute best tasting beers I've ever had, deep rich, complex flavours yet surprisingly soft on the pallet, not harsh at all. Excellent beer, highly highly recommended. I can't believe how cheap and readily available this is at the LCBO, don't miss out on this if you like trappist beers or any kind of strong ales

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle>Chimay Goblet

A clear golden amber with orange hues, very active carbonation makes a bright-white head 2" deep, very bubbly but also light looking and fluffy. Plenty of light but sticky lacing.

Very herbal nose with sour yeatiness and wheat. A slightly zesty, earthy hop scent right at the end. black pepper, cloves, sour apples, spicey hops, very hearty scent.wild and earthy.

The flavor has an absolutley exquisite complexity.Very herbal and spicey yeastie, with dried herbs, sour-fruit yeast, and a rather big hop profile that gives really good, spicey, leafy balance. The malt is very sweet and biscuity ,clean with fresh cream of corn and wheat. The blalance all around is sublime with a warming heat in the finish that blends perfectly with the semi-bitter hops.

This feels light to medium, crispy bite, very champagne-like going down with a grainy, dry after-effect. Lush, zippy feel.

A beautiful beer.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked the Chimay Red, so I am very eager to review this one.

A- Wow! This pours a fantastic, picturesque apricot colour with a foamy, white and surprisingly large head that retains exceptionally well. This looks strikingly similar to an IPA and is very cloudy.

S- Nose is basically citrus, coriander, yeast and malt. This smells quite complex- without even a hint of alcohol.

T- On the palate, there is a subdued level of sweetness upfront which seems to toy with your tastebuds as to understand the full scope of the flavour. A grainy malt is coming through, which adds to that overall sweetness as it warms up. This almost tastes like a more robust Hefeweisen. On the back, I get a distinct and very welcome hop bitterness. Subtle and complex at the same time, this is truly excellent. I should also mention that the alcohol is completely and utterly unnoticeable at 8% ABV.

M- This beer feels perfect on the tongue. The carbonation is at a very pleasant level- less than the red but giving enough character. The body is deceptive: not thin but very manageable.

O- This is superb. Chimay white is an amazing beer. I can see now, from having the red and the white, how this beer has earned its great reputation. What a real treat this one was.

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Photo of jjkatter
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33 cl Bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet

A- beautiful golden orange with thick white head and abundent carbonation

S- typical belgian esters, yeast, citrus. smells delicious

T- extremely well balanced, citrus, and subtle yeast. The taste of clove is present. Finishes a wonderful dry. Leaves you yearning for more.

MF- this is my favorite (thus far) tripel, so I'm a bit biased, but the mouthfeel of this beer is what I guage all other beers by. It is utterly perfect.

O- This beer has been my gold standard for tripel. If you like Belgian beer, you'll love this one. It never fails to satisfy. The alcohol content is masked well, so be warned.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: slightest hint of cloudiness, excellent exuberant head and carbonation apparent as soon as uncapped.

S: yeasty, citrus, and hint of fruitiness

T: Bready with fruity notes of banana and slight citrus hint. Hops play a vital but peripheral role.

M: Someone else had described this as almost chewable, I completely agree.

O: Excellent Tripel. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into branded Chimay glass goblet

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy blonde color with a thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Buttery malts with a bit of hop spiciness and a bit of earthiness.

Taste: Begins sweet and end a little spicy.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium body with a pleasant carbonation bite. Very appetising.

Drinkability: Very good drink. Definitely not something to pound back or have more than two or three ofg, but should be savored. Another world-class beer from Chimay.

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Photo of ahommell
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have always heard good things about Chimay, and a Belgian Tripel is my favorite all day long. I finally am on here to give a review.

A - Amber to orange. Opaque. Thick rich head.

S - Yeast. Citrus. Light fruits. Very distinctive. Strong Yeast Smell. Almost like bakery fresh.

T - WOW. Orange. Bitter to dry orange. Banana peel. Hops fill the pallet as it ends in taste. Alcohol that is warm and mellow on the way down.

M - Filling. Lots of carbonation. Wonderfully warming as a hug from your mother.

Unbelievable. World Class. Definitely grab this for a special treat.

Served from 750ml bottle.

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Photo of Gmann
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. The color was a hazy copper, nice pillowy white head with some real nice lacing. The smell is wonderful, Beligan yeast, light candy. The taste is of sweet malt, some apple, a bit of hop to dry the aftertaste, very nice balance. This ale sits very well on the tongue, nicely carbonated for my taste. This is pretty much what I look for in a beer, a bit sweet, a bit bitter, very drinkable, though this will put you on your ass if you have enough of them.

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Photo of Steers182
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Every time I see a bottle I will pick one up. Sure to be a little different bottle to bottle, mostly due to shipping and storage concerns but I've yet to have one I didn't absolutely love. Would highly recommend to anyone who truly loves beer.

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