Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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#8 ranked Belgian Tripel | 8.00% ABV

Bières de Chimay
Belgium
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Notes: Year-round availibility. 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 octortus
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 8%.
Appearance: Orange/Gold, One finger of fluffy white head, Good retention, Nice lacing.
Aroma: Apricot, Banana, Yeast, Herbal, Pear.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body
Flavour: Banana, Pear, Apricot.
Overall: Pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap ona Chimay chalice. Clear yellow it’s a nice head and great lacing. Pleasant bready, slightly earthy smell and taste. Flavors of sweet apples and pears and a bit of pepper. Another Belgian beer to enjoy!

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Photo of Samlover55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into Chalice
Pours a light brown similar to iced tea, with a big creamy cream colored head
Grainy, golden raisins, yeast, fruity notes
Fruity creamy, golden wheat notes, slight bitterness on the finish
As mentioned creamy feel, medium bodied
Overall this is a solid beer, a little like liquid cereal, with a good hoppy finish

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Photo of IronLover
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange in color after an aggressive pour. Poured with a thick, creamy, sticky white foam with excellent retention. Sweet malt, candy sugar, banana and bubble gum aromas with a hint of pepper. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation and pleasant warmth near the finish. Mellow, spicy, peppery flavors up front transition to sweet malt and banana flavors. Medium light spicy bitterness combined with boozy bite through the middle. Spicy bitterness with light fruity notes on the back end. Finished with fruity flavors and light lingering spicy notes. A plethora of Belgian esters, none of which dominate the flavor profile. Sweet, spicy, fruity, malty, boozy, everything a triple should be.

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Photo of shambeano
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with a best before of 12/2021. Poured into a Tulip.
Look: Pours a Golden orangy amber with about 2 inches of very fluffy off white head. The head hangs around for some time. Sticky lacing.
Smell: yeasty, a little spicy, raisin/dried fruit. Little bit of honey sweetness comes through.
Taste: A bit fruity up front, bitter orange, touch of sweetness, honey and candi sugar. A little spicy and a hint of clove underneath. Finish was a little bitter than I was expecting.
Feel: quite mouth filling. Mid to heavy bodied, heavier than I was expecting. Finishes bitter at the back of the palate, Decent depth.
Overall: Excellent beer. Rich and flavoursome. One of those beers I will always go back to every now and again.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; amber in color; 1+ finger off white head that receded to a long lasting skim coat; nice lacing;

S: raisins, prunes, and caramel - similar to fruit cake; a bit of apple as well;

T: rich and slightly sweet; raisins, prunes, and caramel; a bit of bitterness on the finish that is balanced by the sweetness;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate to high carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: really nice to sip at; complex aromas and flavors; very smooth for 8%;

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 26C Belgian Tripel.
Pours a large rocky white bubbly head that fades slowly, Nice lacing, very hazy sediment deep gold to tan-orange color, effervescent

Fair amount of spicy phenols, moderate fruity esters with apple/pear like and some orange, quite a bit of citrus as it warms, some sweet Belgian candi sugar and complex grainy malts with a little honey, as well as some possible wheat, vanilla spice as well adding to the orange, hint of spicy hop adding to the spicy alcohol, malts really come through as it warms as well

Taste is also a melange of characters, dried fruits out front, dried apples/pears and some citrus orange again, spicy phenols, little peppery and almost potpourri like floral spice and perfumey spicy alcohol, more mild Belgian candi sugar adding dense sweetness with the grainy-sweet malt, and mild honey note, and touch of vanilla, a bit of a spicy hop character with medium bitterness getting a bit higher on the finish as it attempts to dry, pretty dry with more yeast additions lingering

Mouth is medium to a bit heavier bodied, bright effervescent high carb, some warming but smooth alcohol

Overall a lot going on, complex and tasty

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Photo of 1947
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't drink Belgian all that often, but I like them, and often get this one when I'm in the mood. Nice, crisp flavor, and plenty of it. Hoppier than most Belgians, less of whatever you call that spiciness they have. A solidly refreshing beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, translucent golden copper with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.
Smells of honey, orange, ginger, cardamom, and hay.
Tastes like orange, ginger, cardamom, hay, honey, toast, dried apricot, hay and clove.
Medium mouthfeel, fizzy and rolling carbonation.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry and musky, like dust motes dancing in the pale light of a forgotten window. Prevailing floral hints of old fashioned perfume. The slightly tangy, piquant smell of old furniture and cooks stacked in clumsy piles, bringing back the timeless feeling of an unrestricted afternoon. And throughout it all, hints of the spiced and drunken fruitcake as is baking in the kitchen below... there’s always something new to discover in Grandma’s attic.

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Photo of Nass
2.8/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Yes, I agree with it being quite hoppy, yeasty, mild caramel note, slight citrus note, mild spice note. This is my least favorite of the Chimay beers. Cheers! C

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Photo of Radcpa
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some-transparent amber appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slightly sweet fruity. Taste is a very smooth slightly sweet fruity.

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Photo of Hanhwaeaglesv2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

뭐 하나 빠지는것 없이 뛰어나서 전부 4.5로 적었다. 지금껏 먹었던 트라피스트 트리펠 중에서 가장 인상깊은 맥주다. 쿼드라펠로 넘어가면 또 이야기가 달라지기는 하지만.. 인상깊은 맥주다.

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Photo of Johnpaulzay1981
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The Chimay cinq cents Ale is among one of my favorite Belgian Ales the look to the beer is somewhat hazy Brown yellowish a little cloudy poured into a chalice type glass the beer forms a strong four/ Five Finger head must pour very slow. The ale pours with a very nice lacing on the glass. The Taste is slightly hoppy, citrusy, a little bitter a little Floral slight alcohol and carbonation is on point. The the smell of this ale isn't overwhelming but Pleasant. Top Notch beer by those Belgian monks

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Photo of Helluvaz
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: dark golden color, amber. Foamy top.
N: Grassy hoppy scent with more complexity. Pine, hop, yeast.
T: Not too bitter, quite grassy. Tastes like pale ale.
F: Smooth finish, balanced feel with a slightly hoppy scent.
Overall: great Abbey Bier. More on the hoppy side of the trappist bier spectrum.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a snifter glass; bottled in 2016 -- code L16-330.
A: Pours a cloudy, brown color with orange highlights and a two inch, foamy orange chiffon head, very good retention of more than a rim, and beautiful sculpted lacing.
S: Slightly tangy. Aromas of banana, cloves, and tutti-fruity with caramel malts becoming increasingly evident, as it warms.
T: Semisweet and minimally tart. Flavors more caramel, raisin, and macadamia with banana and clove notes. Bitterness a little more outsize than I expected. Leaves a bitter, white pepper aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with excellent levels of effervescence.
O: A light, crisp, and lightly enjoyable Tripel. Backend bitterness a surprise.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2017 (L17-730)

Pours an effervescent and clear dark golden orange with a massive pillow of white foam; retention is world-tier, and the lacing left behind is relentless, thick, and soapy to the highest degree.

Aroma is airy, crisp, and floral, with slight caramel malts, stewed fruit, and a hoppy crispness adding an herbal edge; a fruity, yeasty, fluffy bouquet that’s very easy on the nose.

Taste brings more stewed fruits, light fig, faint caramel malts, and with a herbal clove backbone; very light, but weighty through its yeasty presence with supportive fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is an excellent medium body with high levels of balanced carbonation; stays relatively crisp and dries out excellently toward the finish, giving it that bit of ‘snap’ going down; about as easy-going as you could want from an 8% tripel, with none of that booze coming through at all, as well.

This is a very pleasant, well-made Belgian tripel. Fruity, yeasty, slightly hoppy, and incredibly light in nearly every aspect. Maybe not the most assertive or bombastic of tripel profiles, but this one really does succeed mostly through its accessibility and easy-drinking qualities, which I’m entirely fine with.

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Photo of UpAGumTree
4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From the big bottle with the cork. Contra other Belgium beers, this one is best when young, so check the date as there is a lot of old bottles running around. Poured into a Chimay chalise.

L: Whoa! Deep amber not dissimilar to an IPA (doesn't taste like one) with a huge white head that doesn't move until you drink it.
S: Yeasty and some fruit and a little lemon.
T: Amazing. Dry with the perfect amount of hop bitterness. Hidden alcohol.
F: Bubbly like champagne. Dry with a medium body.

This could be my favorite beer. A stunning example of the Beligian blonde tripel.

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Photo of bbtkd
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bières de Chimay Chimay Tripel (White), 8% ABV. Pours murky orange with a nice 2+ finger off-white head, left some lacing. Nose is yeast and grain. Taste is slightly yeasty, some grain, a little sweet, a slight alcohol taste, and a slight bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden color. Around a medium body with plenty of almost champagne like carbonation
Aroma is grain,clove, spice, yeast, mild amount of fruit
Taste is similar, a bit dry and far from being sweet. Has a stronger than usual hop bitterness than others I have tried in this style .
Overall an excellent beer that I would seek out again

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Photo of EMH73
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy golden color with a huge, fluffy, well retained white head that left lots of lacing. Smell is rather mild with some cloves, hops, yeast and wheat. Tastes of classic Belgian yeast, cloves, wheat, mild spices, a hint of hops, apples, bananas, a bit of good funk and a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, well carbonated, dry mouth feel.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Type: 33-cl bottle (11.20-oz.)
Glass: Westvleteren 12 trappist glass
From: Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2018
Consumed: Aug. 10, 2018
Reviewed as: Tripel
Misc.: No bottled on date

Picked this up on a whim on a trip to my normal Grocery Outlet spot in Allied Gardens. Was looking for some deals and saw this for $2.99 (down from $6.99 I think). Thought I had this before, but Untappd and Beer Advocate said no. Had only one of the Chimay’s, giving Dorée a 3.95 on April 2, 2016 (actually reviewed on March 8, 2016). Online description read, “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.” Was looking forward to it.

Poured a gold-to-light amber semi-hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at a pretty fast speed. Almost perfect foamy spiderweb lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 5.00)

Smelled pear, apple juice, pineapple, white grape, Bengay, floral, Belgian yeast, black pepper, banana chips, Coriander peel and caramel. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was not as good as the nose. Got caramel, apple juice, lemon, candi sugar, pineapple, pear, banana chips, white grape, black pepper, light clove and honey. Could hardly taste the alcohol. Grew on me as it went down, actually surpassing the smell. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 5.00)

This was very interesting. Just a fantastic looking and well-made beer. (Overall - 4.00)

4.10 | 92 | A-

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Photo of RMW66
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't do formal reviews because our tastes are different. I have never been a big fan of the Tripel style but really enjoyed this beer. Our palates undoubtedly evolve on our beer tasting journey so I am now excited to try a few more, including some I have tried before, to see whether my enjoyment of the style is becoming more general or whether this is just one I more specifically enjoy.

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Photo of Chizoad
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Age - could be old since the place I got the bottle has notoriously old beers on their shelves. But that's the beauty of the Belgian styles - they often get better with time.

Spectacular appearance. I would personally prefer it to be a little more golden in color but that is literally the only knock. The head on it is frothy and perfect. Never ending.

So so smell. I am not even picking up much really, some mild clove-y spice and a little funk.

Very tasty. Dry, slightly funky, good bittering hops with a bready malt base. As the finish kicks in there's some banana and bubblegum with a bitter balance. Not super complex but very enjoyable as a sipper.

Solid mouthfeel, about the right body - not too heavy and very well balanced.

Top notch Tripel. I love the easy availability.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Perfect gold with a foamy white head that starts coming up even in the bottle.

Smell: Spicy yeast, fruit, and hops.

Taste: Quite bitter, almost like an IPA. Very heavy on the hops, with a bit of malt and banana in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation and relatively thin, like a soft drink.

Overall: I'm a bit disappointed in how hoppy and bitter this was. It doesn't taste like a usual tripel.

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