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Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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 THSdrummer
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 GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic example of the style and a true and solid Belgian tripel. Not quite as crisp as I prefer but still fantastic in every way. This beer is has no flaws.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, cork marked 2015. Pours a pale orange with lots of white fluffy head. Floral and spicy smell. Smooth feel, plenty of carbonation but not too much. Taste starts with bready malts and finishes with hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Classic tripel, and usually pretty easy to find.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy light amber colour. Big soapy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Nose is subdued. I'm picking up some spicy yeast esters.

The flavour is slightly musty and fruity, with lots of ripe pear, dried apricot, and lemon peel. Bready malt is present as well. The sweetness isn't too cloying and the boozy warmth is subtler than it is with most tripels.

Mouthfeel is typical of a boozy Belgian ale.

This is a solid and enjoyable but not terribly memorable tripel. There's just nothing all that distinctive about it. I enjoy drinking it now and again, but I probably couldn't pick it out of a line-up, so to speak.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice pop of the cork, a lovely golden orange body & an exceptionally large & long lasting white head. Has a pretty aroma of yeast & grain. Tastes like bread & spices with a slightly bitter citrus afterfinish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. A very good tripel.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is orange to amber coloured with a one finger thick head that has some good retention and nice lacing.
S: The aroma is very yeasty and I think I can smell oranges in this.
T: The taste is very sweet, like syrupy to toffee sweet with some orange background. It ends a bit of hoppiness, very soft hoppiness.
M: The mouthfeel is really good having a mid carbonation that is truly velvety. Very good.
O: Probably the best Chimay there is. This is awesome!

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Photo of PhillyB
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber, quite hazy. Head starts out huge and bubbly, hold on fairly well.

Smell: Slightly funky hop, with a generous portion of yeast/malt.

Taste: Malted grain, fresh fruit, slight bitterness.

Feel: Medium mouth feel, some carbonation, smooth on the finish.

Overall: Those monks really know what they're doing. A tasty beer at a reasonable price.

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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 jmv0009
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a very hazy light brown color. Not the orange and yellow hues I'm used to seeing in a tripel. The head on this beer is huge, even with a normal conservative side pour. Big cream colored off-white head. You can see solid specks at the bottom.

S - Smells sweet and boozy, with spicy hops and some dates.

T - Very sweet. Alcohol definitely takes center stage, along with syrupy sweetness, followed by hop bitterness. Quite more hops than I was expecting. The flavor transitions are interesting.

F - No doubt this is a big beer with high abv and is pretty full-bodied. Makes you feel nice, warm and cozy. Especially if you have more than one.

O - Yeah, yeah, it's the Chimay tripel. It's an impressive beer and those monks know their stuff, I enjoyed it very much, but there are other tripels that are just as enjoyable depending on your preferences. Just as enjoyable, but not more enjoyable. Hard to beat this.

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Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a stamped or etched marking on the label that says "L15-694."

Appearance: First off the head is very large and it sustains itself nicely in a fluffy white cloud well over the surface of the beer. It is a bit rocky which is nice. The color of the body is medium tea color with light browns and dark autumn browns. The beer is hazy and there are a few small black specks. It leaves some small spotty bubbles as lacing giving the beer a sort-of camouflage pattern on the glass.

Aroma: There is a faint spicy hop aroma and a very light sweet grain character. I emphasize that the aroma is very faint. Not much to go off of here.

Taste: Alcohol rears its head pretty strong. There is a bit of cedar and a light flowery character but this is all. Lacking flavor and character.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is fizzy but just above light bodied. The finish is off-dry.

Overall: I know I might be committing some sort of beer sacrilege here but the beer tastes more like a mass produced characterless Tripel than it does an artfully crafted beer. I have had countless better Tripels. If you are looking to try all of the Abbey Ales then it is obvious you will want to try this, as I was, but sadly this will likely disappoint. Is this the beer Michael Jackson tasted? I hope it was not.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours beige-yellow, opaque, little head with no lacing.
S: Bready, hint of grapes; alcohol is present, but not overpowering.
T: Bready too, with some malt sweetness; a touch of spice, bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium carbonation, but the beer soon becomes completely flat -- maybe I had a bad bottle?
O: Like La Trappe Quadrupel, I'm a bit confused as to why this is such a revered beer; it's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have one.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, hazy gold in color with great foam. Smells of divine spirits, no seriously it smells like fresh fruit and little hops. Taste is beyond what I can write, it is a feeling of warm sun hitting you in the face when your cold, just an inviting feeling that takes your taste buds all over, its fruity and clean and just mellow goodness. Finish is as smooth as your girlfriend, yes indeed I love this beer and wish I could get case after case to drink like Jim Morrison into the desert sunset.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the most squatty glass I could find without rousing the yeast.

Overall: Unique and complex. Just excellent. Puts that other Tripel to shame.

Looks murky. A dark apricot color with a creamy head that sticks.
Smells fresh and cool. Like the breeze off of an apple orchard.
The best way to describe the taste is BIG. A big flavor, nothing like the other Tripel I tried. A hard-to-describe fruit-inspired spice. Settles into an earthy, musty, slightly tart taste...like grape skin tannin meets leather saddle.
Feels smooth, but with a bite on the tongue. Expands in the mouth to give it a puffy, smooth feel.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- This pours with an incredible two finger thick white colored head that retains very well! The color of the brew is a chill hazed golden copper, with tinges of brown and yellow lingering in the background. Carbonation is plentiful and looks to be tight upon inspection and as for lacing, well it is most impressive with plenty of protein laced foam clinging to the side of the glass!

S- Aromas of apricots, honeyed melon, barley malt, brown sugars, biscuit, yeasty goodness, slight alcohol, caramel/toffee richness and on the finish, just an ever so slight bitter hop quality.....oh this smells delightful!

T- Ok, this has many of the qualities that the aromas led onto.....yeasty, biscuit/bready qualities, malt sweetness, apricot/peach kernel, floral notes along with spicy hints of clove and mellow peppercorn and last but not least, the summer fruit character comes out.....apricot and/or peach flavors are lacing the overall flavors on my palate....very enjoyable indeed!

M/O- Light to medium bodied and with superb Champagne like carbonation, this is a delectable treat to enjoy....along the lines of the red and blue varieties....right in the middle. The overall drinkability is good and with the alcohol being this smooth, I am most impressed and could enjoy a couple of these in a sitting! Cheers!

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy hazy yellow, small head, decent lacing
S: Prune, apricot, raisin, Belgium yeast, notes of clove and bubble gum
T: A soft fruity flavor with the apricot really coming out, ends slightly bitter, yeast adds a nice smooth touch
F: A medium to high carbonation that feels soft when first reaches tongue and then kicks it up with a punch of carbonation, crisp and clean
O: A nice tripel that would complement a light fish or chicken dish

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy dull golden yellow with a fluffy head of active foam that dissipates quickly.

Immediate wave of peaches and apricots, honey, herbal/floral hop aroma, and yeasty spice.

Honey, biscuits, and sweet peaches is accompanied by a slightly tart apricot note and finishes dry.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, balanced.

Overall, true to class and needs to be tried!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-gold with a big head that lasts a long time and leaves a film and lacing. Nose is classic yeast, spice, and light fruit. Taste is mellow...not an in-your-face tripel, but creamy, esters, light spice. Really an all round beer. A touch astringent on the finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a beautifully full head. The aroma offers up lots of tart apricot, as well as banana, raisin, peach, and some crusty french bread for malt character. The tart apricot continues, as well as some clove and nutmeg spice character. The background notes of banana, plum, date, and fig. The mouthfeel is light and exuberant. Overall this a a sensationally good beer - tons of tart fruit flavor, a nice supporting amount of spice.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour with almost no head - not inspiring. However, along comes an amazing nose of yeast, caramel, ripe fruits. Taste isn’t as intriguing, but nice yeast and malt come through - though a little watery. Wish this tasted like it smelled.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-hazy blonde copper amber color with a massively thick, creamy head and extremely generous and steady carbonation. Massive sticky head on the sides of the glass.

S - Dry pears, some funk, light yeast, lemon peel with clove.

T - Pears, alcohol effervescence, spice, and ends with some lightly bitter tangy orange and lemon rind, cloves, spice, and very mild alcohol heat. There's a touch of caramel sweetness but buried.

M - Very creamy, velvety, dry.

O - Would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw orange color with thick white, very foamy head. Smell is spicy cloves and fruit. Peppery flavor, with slight hop and fruity finish. Dry beer, with strong alcohol presence. Leaves smooth feeling in the mouth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this. Poured yellow gold with a big foamy head. Citrus, banana, bread, spices, and a pleasant yeast flavor/aroma. Great carbonation combines with a medium body feel. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from Tamuras 11.2oz $6.49
Orange amber cloudy color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Taste of orange, slightly sweet, spices
Overall a really good beer to really sip and taste. As high as the alcohol is I can't taste it, which is a good thing. Shows how well made it is. I would drink again.

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Photo of OlaB
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of a nice golden orange color,clear, a very nice big top of creamy head that disolves halfway and then stays there for a good time, nice lacings on the glass

S: light fruits especially peaches,some citrus, sweet malts, caramel, floral hop notes,some spices

T&F: very much as the aroma, fruits, light malts, yeast,,the aftertaste gives a balanced taste of floral hops and different spices ,, that stays there for a long time, very deep flavour that stays there for a good time. Very easy drinkable, the high alcohol content very good masked

O: A delicious beer, nothing else to say, even if it not so good as chimay blue and red, it sure comes very close.
A classic belgian beer that never disappoint

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dry & slightly bitter ale with pilsner characteristics. Nothing to brag about and I've never been a big fan of tripels, no matter how well they are crafted or their reputation.

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