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Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labeled Chimay Cinq Cents in 750ml bottle.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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4.09
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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 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 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 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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Photo of Jraiona
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden orange with a thick creamy head with a fair amount of retention. Nice level of carbonation visible in the glass and very lively on the tongue. For me there was a nice level a bitterness but it was nicely balanced with a distinct sweetness I perceived particularly as I got to the bottom of the glass and it had warmed slightly. This is the second to the Chimay beers I have had and I am defintely a fan.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting. Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and is on the "!001" list and deserves it.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden orange, very hazy, big white frothy, pillowy head, good amount of carbonation streaming up the sides.

A: Belgian yeast, musty peach/apricot smell, caramel, subtle spice/clove, candy, sugar, smells really complex and deep, no alcohol at all on the nose.

T: Belgian yeast up front, touch of fruit like peach, apricot, moderate amount of spiciness in the middle, finish is more yeast and spice, slight banana, very complex and deep, very impressed.

M: Nice medium/light bodied mouthfeel, creamy, good touch of carbonation, dry finish.

O: First time with Chimay and I am impressed, lots of depth and complexity with big drinkability, nice balance of Belgian yeast, fruits, clove. Definitely going to pick up more Chimay.

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Photo of Shanex
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz chalice (don't own the Chimay glass), again I like triple and this one too. Complex, well balanced with many different flavors. Not my triple of choice but this is still an outstanding beer. CHEERS!

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a hazy golden body with a thick white foamy head. Moderate retention with little lacing.
Smell: Sweet caramel, lightly toasted malts.
Taste: Sweet and tastes of light roasted malt and has a fruity and fresh feeling.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: A very good and sweet triple!

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Photo of adodds
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy straw color. Reminds me of the unfiltered wheat beers, which I find to be the most aesthetically pleasing. Big white head.
S - Light malty scents, with just a touch of heavy nut as to be expected by a tripel.
T - Delicious cream with a hint of hop. Even though I am not a fan of a lot of hops, this hint touches your palate lightly then recedes pleasantly.
F - Smooth, little carbonation attack, just a slight bit of density. Nothing offensive!
O - Although I tend to like dubbels better than tripels, this example is great!

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Photo of Hanga1986
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First review :)
This is one of the better wheat beers that I've had, which is not always to my liking. It's quite smooth and a fresh tasting beer. I am usually a fan of trappist beer so I'm not surprised that it was an overall pleasant experience.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Managed to avoid the current and recent reviews :)

Personally, I love the smoothness and balance of Chimay beers, they are some of the best.

I hope this is good, before I have had only blue and red :)

Beautiful orange amber colour, shines in the light, good froth level, that stays.

Deep, fruit and spice aroma. Apricot prominent.

Very citrussy. Really overpowering, though also enjoyably intense. Better than Delirium Tremens as it has much more levels of flavour. Also, better than Duvel for the same reason. The balance of elements is mastered at a much higher level, this is a truly complex flavour on the tongue. The fizziness lasts for about a minute, and constantly changes taste. This is more than just a beer..! It is a creation of pure elegance and complexity.

Is there a bit too much bitterness and orange peel flavour..? For some people, yes. It really depends on one's tastebuds.

It does have elements of Duvel. Though it takes to a new level. However Duvel limited edition tripel that I had a few weeks ago is as good as this, though more apricotty.

Interestingly, I had a English bitter beer in Surrey yesterday that is very similar, called Shere Drop, though also with less apricottyness.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chimay White.

This was birthday gift number two a ling side La Fringante and a few four packs of La Fin Du Mond. Only ever had Ken Chimay beer before and I wasn't overly impressed. Let's see how this one does.

Look - From the sevens hundred and fifty mil bottle directly into a chalice. This brew pours a murky copper mixed with Orange that is beyond your wildest comprehension. I poured it a bit rough so the head had some overflow but it eventually settles down to a thick cap amongst the top of the swill that leaves some light and immediate lace as it slowly dies down.

Smell - The usual tripel fruit Bill is all here as you would expect. Belgians yeasts with a bit of the horse blanket along like some fresh plum, apricot, green apples and pomegranate. Alcohol is ever present knowledge this one on the nose but I don't expect much in the flavor...hopefully...

Taste - Take your time with this one. The flavors match what the nose had promised and the alcohol is quite prevalent. Large Belgians yeasts up front followed by the whore house I had expected at this point. Apples, plums and the other players are noticeable as well. The fruits are all very clean if not doused in mid shelf vodka. Not hard to drink by any means given that description, just slow and easy going as it should be. Fruits get a touch darker and heavier as the beer warms up.

Feel - This bottle will works it's magic, like Julian (sp?) Working his magic on Lahey. Sits nice and comfortable without becoming so much so long as you drop it low in the mouth. Bitterness is low but the alcohol is present though not overly so. Swallows with a noticeable touch of alcohol and all the flavors well retained.

Overall -As you'd expect out of a Belgian brewer. A group of guys and perhaps gals that can simply do it right. Not the best tripel but a damn solid tripel without any argument. As always stated try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like it but I just don't think it is the best Chimay. Not crazy about wheat beers either so keep that in mind. When I first tried this I didn't smell much. It looks good and has a nice lingering head. I am not opposed to drinking this beer.

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a Chimay chalice. A nice light, golden brown with an inch of tan head. Smell is subtle -- spicy clove and slight alcohol. Crisp, carbonated, spicy, slight apple and pear mid-palate. Is this as good as La Fin Du Monde? In my opinion, no. But its a damn good Tripel. Very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goldish look, very nice. Fine foam with a lot of bubbles.
Nice cítricos Smell with hints of alcohol.
A nice mouthfeel and a lasting taste of it. It reminds me of a stable but crean.
Bucólic taste.
Overall an awesome beer.

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Photo of matuto
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (exp. "2016", drinking in 12/06/2015), in a Leffe tulip. Light brown liquid, with black particles that slowly accumulated at the bottom. Thin white foam, very persistent. Aroma of bread at first, then it gets some fruitiness too. Taste of fruits, banana. And bread shows up strongly as aftertaste. No sweetness neither sourness. Medium body, a bit crispy, with a round finish. The last sip gave a rough (and interesting, for me) bitterness from the sediments. Good drinkability.

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Photo of JSigsbach
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High quality offering. For me, best as a summer complement to sweet BBQ.

Served: Direct pour Chimay goblet: Temp: approx 50 deg.
Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy, effervescent, some sediment.
Aroma: Pleasant, aromatic fruitiness. Not a distinct fruit.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied snd crisp. Effervescence almost soda-like.
Aftertaste: Very clean with slightly sweet/ fruity finish.
Overall: Very drinkable and best as complement to food with sweeter qualities. Worked well with BBQ chicken.

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