Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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

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

BEER STATS
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#1,694
Reviews:
1,671
Ratings:
4,451
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
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330ml bottle into a chimay goblet. Stamped with a "L09-284". I believe this is at least a few years old.

A - Clear and dark yellow/amber body. Sudsy two finger white head settles into a patchy cap with nice edging. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Lemon, apples, light banana, bready malts and a lingering spicy Belgian yeast. Smooth and well balanced with a nice little alcohol tinge.

T - Follows the nose with lemons, apple, hay, bready malts, and a nice banana/yeast ester finish. Light on the spice with loads of fruits and dark bready flavors. This is some tasty stuff! My only gripe is that it has an almost oxidized aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. A swish in the mouth creates a great deal of foam. Alcohol is really well hidden.

O - Maybe its the slight bit of age, but this beer is much more impressive than the first time I tried it a few years ago. Delicious fruity tripel that doesn't go over kill on the spice. Well done Chimay, well done.

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A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a huge, ridiculously HUGE foamy white head. 90% of the glass is foam. Fades oh-so-slowly with great head retention, but only leaves spotty bits of foam on the glass.

S: Strong yeasty aroma, like bread dough. Bunch of grassy hops with a little citrus - lemon and orange it seems. Maybe some apple?

T: Light fruits up front, apple for sure now with some mild citrus. Super yeasty. Tastes like powdered yeast and grainy bread. Turns a bit bitter with some spices and maybe some grassy hops? A little sweet banana in the finish. Mild drying yeastiness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and slick. A touch drying.

O: First time I've had this in years and wow has my palette changed. I seem to remember this being very fruity, but now I think it's mildly fruity with loads of grainy yeast. Nice unique and complex tripel - great journey of balanced flavors I think. Very drinkable to boot.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,451 ratings
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