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.

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Photo of asabreed
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl. shorty bottle into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance: I wonder if the scoring really helps the carbonation or if it's just a myth. Either way, maybe I got lucky with the pour, because the head is insane and comes up just above the silver lining without spilling over. Lacing is also pretty craz as I drink, sitting in big clumps around the glass. Body is a dirty, hazy yellow and orange. Lots of bubbles floating everywhere, and there's some sediment that got in there, which I like.

Smell: Mild medicinal phenols at first, backed by subdued malt and earthy characteristics, banana, dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of brown sugar. Pretty nice in itself, but it doesn't compare to some I've had. The phenols seem to be almost getting in the way of the fruity complexity.

Taste: The earthiness and phenolic characteristics are there in the forefront, and immediately after you get some yeast, banana, dark fruit, a bit of hops that work very well, and a lingering fruity dryness rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy without being cloying. Also feels a bit oily but in a positive way, as in the way it coats very well.

Drinkability: Certainly a pretty good example of the style in my opinion. This is becoming a style that many folks are messing around with, but Chimay (obviously) knows what they're doing. Not my favorite example of the style, but I'd certainly go back to this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a lightly
cloudy amber tinged golden color with a nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, nice layer, and sports nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of white wine and grapes, pears, subtle bubble gum, and subtle
hop notes. Flavors follow the nose but exceed by prominence of the
flavors. Crisp pear and white grapes hit on the sides with a touch of
bubblegum on the middle and front with honey and candy sugars
bringing in the mix. The rear of the taste hits the right bitterness notes
of floral hop notes that hit perfectly and fade into a light crisp note.
Excellent mouth feel, crisp, refreshing, and with warmth a touch of white
zin wine. Medium high carbonation---very lively yet perfect for the style
with warmth on the rear. Overall excellence from Belgium.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another cracking tripel, a real looker of a brew in my opinion. A light amber body topped by a decent confident head. That head does stay all the way through quaffing if served in the correct vestibule.

Aroma is a good combination of spice and floral notes, and is unusual to have such equal measures of both bitter and sweet character. This certainly invites you to dive right in and start supping.

Taste follows suit with the aroma, a deep malty initial hit, finishing with a sweet caramel aftertaste, and not too overbearing on either scale.

Goes down a treat, and the alcohol content is bang on the money.

Overall a very good brew, and certainly one to sample if you haven't already.

This beverage has a high quaff-ability factor, and therefore gains several boofs of praise from me!

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Photo of bshefftz
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cinq Cents made a statement from the moment I took the cap off. That surprise came in the form of a seemingly endless supply of bubbles surging out of the freshly opened bottle. Fortunately, I was able to clean it up and poor it into a Chimay chalice which was at the ready. Upon pouring, it formed two fingers of hearty, foamy, white head in the wide mouth Belgian beer chalice. Head retention is incredible, with 1/2 a finger of white head sticking around throughout sips and the glass warming up. Lacing is foamy, encompassing the glass everywhere the beer used to be. The liquid is a bronzed-copper, with light barely filtering through the murky liquid. A sniff provides notes of Belgian spice, yeast, clove, with slight banana, and fruity easters. Very quintessential Belgian. No wonder it's a classic. Sipping Cinq Cents offers notes of clove, yeast spice,and rolled malts. The flavor profile is much more simplistic compared with the aroma. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy drinking. It is almost a bit watery. Overall, Cinq Cents is a great Belgian beer that remains much more on the thin, easy to drink side of the spectrum.

Served in a Chimay Chalice.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


750ml bottle kept refrigerated for 14 months.

Poured out hazy dark golden color with four fingers of craggy rocky head that lasts for over four minutes and leaves tremendous amounts of intricate lacing on the glass (and on my face.) Medium-light body and medium-heavy carbonation, unusually creamy texture for a tripel.

Smells and tastes of pears, powdery yeast, peaches, light pineapple, minimal amounts of banana, clove, and appleskins. The refrigerated aging seems to have converted a great deal of the candi sugars into extra yeastiness and removed the alcohol burn from both the nose and the flavor (compared to how it drinks fresh.)

However, I really wish it had retained a greater measure of the usual banana and clove spicing. Aging beer is truly a double-edged sword. The next time I try aging this particular beer I will be aiming for either roughly 10 months refrigerated or for about 4-6 months at ambient basement temperature to see if I can get even closer to my personal palate preferences.

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into teku glass
Served: 26 May 2015

Appearance: Much darker than I was anticipating for a tripel- it looks like a light, gooey caramel rather than the blonde I am accustomed to with the style. Opaque with big streams of carbonation streaming up the sides. Pours with an off white 2.5 finger head that collapses to a sheen of bubbles under the high ABV.

Smell: Bright and sweet, notes of sweet pear and white grape. Noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, quite sweet. Pleasant yeast notes give the beer expected notes of soft, ripe banana. Like the nose, some nice notes of white fruit- sweet Riesling wine, ripe pear, golden raisins and the like. Really complex. However, there were really noticeable alcohol notes which detracted from the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and smooth carbonation, exactly what one would expect.

Overall: A good beer, but not the best tripel I've had. I enjoyed the yeast phenols and the flavor, but the assertive alcohol notes really detracted from this beer. I'd gladly drink this again, but I'd much sooner reach for a La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of madelf66
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of weatherdog
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Chalice

It pours a hazy orange gold color with a fluffy white head. Once the head dies down it leaves a moderate size cap on top.

The aroma is light with some yeast spiciness and a notable orange fruitiness.

Flavor-wise some malt flavors get in there with less orange than the aroma but still present. The finish is a little sweet with a nice light spice Belgian yeast character.

Mouthfeel is medium in the beginning but finishes dry which helps cut down on perceived sweetness. Drinkability is pretty high as I'm really enjoying this beer. A classic solid example of a tripel.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, white cap and all - so this is the good guy, then?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a rising column of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a fairly solid pattern of soap suds lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, a touch of doughy, yeasty breadiness, a hint of cloves, and further spicy, but subdued earthy, musty hops. The taste is grainy, bready pale malt, a more acrid yeastiness, cracked cardamom, faint banana peel, a bit of white pepper, tame earthy noble hops, and a subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, a wee zinginess here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the native Tripel alcohol taking a minor cut. It finishes off-dry - warm, a tad spicy, fruity, and yeasty.

A pretty intense strong pale ale, with the yeast and monastery turn rendering this the standard-bearing Tripel it is. An easy, slow sipper, as the alcohol seems to gain strength over time, with a concurrent up-tick in general flavour complexity. Good and verily holy stuff.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 1/16/04 at our little Extravaganza Belgique.

After a brief break with a Kriek, we moved onto the second Chimay of the evening, Cinq Cents.

It poured a burnt yellow with a thin, creamy head. A whiff reveals wheat and fruit. The taste is very light and dry, with a nice, somewhat sour finish (not unlike Orval or even a Gueuze). Very easy drinking, but the alcohol becomes a touch too present in the finish.

White is good, but not quite as good as Red. Still, solid.

Spoils of the 10/11/03 Knoxville Raid.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is floral, a little earthy and cereal.
The taste has mild sweetness, a bite of bitter, good balance.
The texture is airy and fizzy, wonderful.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden-honey amber and forms a nice 2-finger head with decent retention, and leaving mild lacing. Some sediment is visible in suspension.

S-Malt, spice, mild raisin, mild hops, semi-ripe plum, white grape notes, & pear. Sweet and creamy.

T-Nice malt, spice. Attack is sweet and w/spicy yeast, palate is rife w/fruit-same as aromas in the nose, finish is slightly bitter hops w/spice aftertaste, very faint tart citrus, and biscuity earthy fallow. Very good.

M-Good body and weight, carbonation is stronger than what I'd expect, but it works well.

D-All in all, this is a good drink. It is delicious, and goes down smooth.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orangish gold color with white creamy head that laces the glass all the way down. Smells very fruity/estery and a little yeasty. Tastes very hoppy and a tiny bit sweet and yeasty. Finishes sort of sour. Mouthfeel is very heavy with some fizz to it. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but I think I prefer Chimay's other brews.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rec
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another extremely well rounded Tripel, but unfortunately doesn't have much on the Westmalle I tried just days ago.

A bronze pour leaves a foamy head that continues to lace the glass as you drink. Its smell and taste are dominated by spice predominantly, which definately isn't a bad thing in this case. It's smooth and creamy with a yeasty aftertaste and a hint of hop bittnerness.

It's actually really very refreshing and drinkable - a perfect way for someone to get into Belgian beer if they're not familiar with the strikingly bold flavour most brews present.

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Photo of LouAleHead
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This turned out to be my favorite of the Chimay ales. It pours an orange-amber with the traditional cloudiness. Impressive head dies quickly that provides a very light lace.

This is the spiciest of the Chimay entries. The aroma has some orange rind, clove and alcohol warmth.

I find myself liking this one more than other trappist ales because of the noticable hop. The aftertaste is a continuation of the hop bite. This is the driest of the Trappist Ales (so far). I like the body and carbonation is very high.

Here's a Belgian ale that's closest to the style I like. So, I imagine if you're a hop head this will be a closest Belgian to your preferences.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at JT Schmid's in Tustin

A: The pour is a hazed golden-orange color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: Spices really shine through on this beer. Lots of coriander, and nutmeg. There's a lot of malt character, especially bread, with a little bit of biscuit. Some nice fruit notes of banana and orange.

T: Much the same story on the palate. There is a more pronounced citrus (orange) flavor and perhaps a bit more banana. Nicely sweet with plenty of bread and yeast. Good spiciness all the way around as well.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: You can't really go wrong with a Chimay beer. Just great stuff.

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Photo of KurtisAyr
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
4.09 out of 5 based on 4,410 ratings.
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