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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4,421
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4.1
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Photo of slitherySOB
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the look of this beer. Huge, dense head. Orange cloudy colour. Little bits of sediment yeast floating around. So peaceful to look at. Sweet smell of malts, oranges, cloves, pepper, and cider. Taste starts sort of sweet and sour. Plenty of malts mingling with green apple skins and citrus fruits, with a bit of a spicy kick on the tip of the tongue. Leaves mildly bitter, with a floral taste. Very thick, very smooth mouthfeel. I like it.

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Photo of redsoxjim
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclone
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marty
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll be completely honest here. The only other tripel I've tried was Victory's Golden Monkey, and I was not extremely impressed. I enjoyed this beer much more. Hard to believe there's that much alcohol in it! Golden color. Nice lacey head, but it didn't stick around too long. I had it served in a fancy-schmancy Chimay glass, which added to the experience. This was also the first Chimay I've ever had, and from what I've read so far it only gets better than the white label.

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Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy orangy colour.
Aromas of malts, mild hops, lemon, fresh cake.
Tastes of mild hops, malt, lemon, black tea and a hint of bubble gum.
Smooth mouth feel. Champagne like carbonation.
I always drink the red, but this is a step above!

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Photo of 0x4a64
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WildTurkey
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

A: Light orange color. Hazy with some yeast sediment floating around. It eventually settled. Thick which head. Pretty wispy and light.

S: Very distinct bread and yeast smell. Some light fruit.

T: Very malty. Bready. Plenty of sweetness. Fruit taste reminds me of apple and banana. Little bit of alcohol is coming through - wamth. Not too much hops. This is more about the malt.

M: Light to medium body, but it still seems to coat the mouth. Some suddsy carbonation. Very smooth. Despite the sweetness, there is some dryness.

D: Very nice. Big mallty flavors, and very smooth. Not too boozy.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into a snifter, it was dark gold/light amber color semi-hazy with lots of carbonation. It had a nice thick fluffy head, about two fingers thick with some mild lacing, but it does thinn out fairly quickly. It has a sweet and spicy aroma mixed in with some malt. It has a clean crisp feel with a medium body. It has a really spicy flavor to it with a slight bitter taste as it reaches the back of your mouth and there are some sweet undertones throughout and finishes with a semi dry aftertaste. It really warms up your mouth; this is a great beer...

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance - golden-orange color, nearly clear at the bottom, but increasingly dark and cloudy towards the head.

Smell - sweet, flowery, fruity. Similar to Duvel in many ways, though noticeably different.

Taste - Incredibly sweet, fading quickly to quite bitter, nice but surprising the first time. After taste is malty, then yeasty, then bitter and very dry, leaving the palette cleansed, but thirsting for more.

Mouthfeel - crisp, and very light. Not unsatisfying or underwhelming, but not oppressive, heavy, or burdening. Very refreshing texture.

Drinkability - very tasty, very enjoyable. The dryness and subtle-but-deep complexity mean this wouldn't be well suited to several in one evening, but a single bottle is very enjoyable.

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Photo of bmwats
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled lightly and poured from 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A: Golden amber. Low carbonation pours into a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, but leaves a significant layer of foam on the surface of the brew. Beer ring lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it does settle. Because of the thickness, a little lacing remains as you drink as well. The head continues to renew, as re-pour/top-off (I love perserverance).

S: Light roasted malt. Toasted buttery-nut aroma. A pungent hop as well.

T: Hearty roasted syrupy malt. Sharp pungent hops, a little butterscotch. Strong alcohol taste.

M: Full and heavy. Strong alcohol taste. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. Really sharp on the palette.

D: Exceptional sipping beer.

Very solid atmosphere. Pretty good appearance, great full nose. Great full, balanced flavor. . . no chinks in the armor here. Strong alcohol taste, but not too overpowering. This is a really great quaff to sit down and savor.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed @ 48° in Red Wine Glass

A - light/medium amber, some haze, head of very fine bubbles that dissipates quickly into islands of foam

S - faint malt, pronounced hop spiciness

T - Spicy, light malt, very dry

M - light with nice, high carbonation

D - Complex spiciness with a slight malt note... keep 'em coming. You get to explore this beer with each sip.

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Photo of risenz
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Monk's who, as you probably already know, where the first to get this on tap outside of Belgium. I am not well versed in the Tripel style, but I have had all of the Chimay's and found this one to be the most bland. My first thought was that it tasted much like a less hoppy, even less yeasty all in all more mellowed and less flavorful version of Ommegang's Hennepin (though Hennepin claims a different style).

Head retention was poor. Color was a wonderful golden hue, held in the light is glowed. But this beer was mostly show. The glassware making look like it might be the best beer I'd ever had. Very yeasty, with the usual hints of Belgium spice thrown in there but nothing too overwhelming, clove, correander, the usual. Slight hops but just at the finish, nothing major.

A very solid brew, but for my money, I would skip it and buy some Hennepin. Not worth the import price.

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Photo of infi
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a dark straw yellow-orange color with a sort of brown tint throughout the glass. A generous pour creates a nice white and fine bubbly head that lingers for a decent amount of time and appears to be nice and thick, around one to two fingers in depth. Sheets of fine bubbled lacing lines the glass, but only grips for a couple of seconds. Some carbonation is visible, along with dots of remaining yeast floating towards the bottom of the glass. The aromas that resonate from the glass are incredible. It's like passing a bakery - fresh bread and yeast being the most prominent of smells. There's a lot of fruity esters akin to bananas as well. After letting warm for around 10 minutes, I can smell some slight lemon sourness and green apple skin tartness. Not much of an alcoholic presence known to the nose. Very aromatically delicious.

Taste is full of baked banana bread. Bready malts are very heavy on the tongue initially and subsequently, the fruity esters appear. The aftertaste has a slight spicy hop bitterness with an apple tartness. The 8% ABV is masked very - not detectable at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a good amount of bubbling activity on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing. Drinkabilty is very high - first glass was gone in a matter of minutes. The smell and taste are very enticing. Great example of the Tripel style from Chimay.

*Originally reviewed on October 3, 2009.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A near-iconic beer that I've waited too long to try: the quintessential "tripel".

Pours a good-looking hazy honey colour with a respectable white head that lingers and laces. Aroma of pure "Belgian yeast", nicely rounded with caramelized tones and subtle cider spices. The taste is delightfully dry, with the bitter finish nicely complimenting the 8.3% ABV alcohol warmth. It is well balanced and transitions to and from a sweetness with depth. Elements of ripened stone fruit support the fundamental yeast flavours.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded clementine that provides a great deal of glow but allows absolutely no transparency. The body is shaded in which is surprising given that its befogged orange-ish tone turns near neon when held against the light. It's head has sort of raised up like boiling milk although it looks exceptionally feeble for the style. Its lacing sinks at half-speed but inevitably ends up being dunked back into the tank.

Those who love tripels will love Chimay White. Consequently, those who love fragrant, zesty, perfumy beers will also love Chimay White. Its bouquet is a sampling tray of spices - white pepper, coriander, clove - that fills the nose with savory, pleasant smelling scents. But wait - the aromatics don't end there! There's more! Hibiscus, rose petal, citrus and plenty of vanilla contribute to the ambrosia that is this beer's smell.

Most of the aforementioned, at one time or another, show face in the taste as well. The floral components - orange blossom, rose petal, lavender - are subtle but suggestive where as the citrus zest, banana and vanilla extracted from the yeast are much more forward. I'm extremely surprised by the amount of vanilla, it seems a stupendous amount to find in a tripel. Altogether, this tastes mighty good.

Tripels are deceiving in the sense that the best of them will seem low in alcohol, light-bodied and are generally effervescent and delectably flavoured. This (like the best) is all the above, especially seeming low in alcohol but of course it isn't. The carbonation is high enough to quantify as refreshing, the maltiness thick enough to add a filling, satisfying body (with an almost nourishing sensation) and the flavour is, quite simply, delightful.

Personally, Chimay White is not my favourite tripel and the Chimay monastery doesn't make my favourite Trappist beers. That said, I like the White, as I do all of this brewery's offerings, a whole heck of a lot. Like the Blue and Red, this is a permanent stay in my cellar and a welcome addition to many dinners. You can't go wrong with a Trappist and it's awfully hard to find a bad Belgian tripel; you must try this beer.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, $4.50.

Matched up in a blind test against Achel 8 Blond in the first round of my triple bracket.

A: Opaque dark-honey color with a bright white head. Mocha-colored sediment drops in the head, which gradually settle to the bottom. Bubbles rising furiously. It's a good looker.

S: Not a big nose. Faint whiff of booze becomes more prominent as it warms. Some citrus fruit and a touch of banana and honey.

T: Tripels can be cloying, but Chimay White is not. It's a slowly-developing flavor with hardly any individually definable characteristics. More bitterness on the back end than the usual triple.

M: Perfect carbonation, creamy feel, both features that can sink a tripel when executed poorly.

O: Perplexing and refined. I entered this blind test thinking I wasn't wild about Chimay White, so that era is over. Mopped the floor with Achel 8 Blond.

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a cloudy apricot orange color with a single finger of creamy off white head. moderate lacings with good retension (four minutes).

aroma is sweet and fruity, with a tart character and fruit notes of apple and grape, along with some raisen and a bit of caramel. nicely balanced with good concentration.

taste is more of the same, somewhat mellow on the palate, with fruit notes of the same apple and grape, with a bit of mixed in. the malts are not strong, but do impart a nice nutty character to the background, subtle in weight. a bit of caramel shows up after a bit of warming.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a mild bite from CO2 and alcohol. finishes smooth with soft CO2 and a warming alcoholic note after the brew warms a bit.

drinkability is good. this is a very pleasant tripel, with a notable malt profile, not too common for the style. cheers!

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnthonySkatz
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzik
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My personal favorite from Chimay,what an awesome pour a huge billowing fluffy head with a rich golden color.The aroma is of honey and and yeast with some alcohol notes.The taste is also honeeish and yeasty with a nize zesty finish atruely complex and delightful Triple.I think it should be considered one of the top beers of the world,but hey its just me.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,421 ratings.
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