Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Belgian 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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange fizzy pour. Carbinotation made it interesting and classic Chimay.Tasty but worth sharing the bottle if without food. Bit of spice and pepper and (sour) yeast in taste. Bit bitter and alcohol feel. AFtertaste was dry. A classic Belgium but Chimay Blue is the best.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: aroma is very light. Corriander, Belgian yeast and tropical fruit, mostly pineapple.

T: lots of corriander, mild yeast, with fruitiness from apple and pineapple. Mild herbal and earthy notes. Fairly simple. Sweetness to the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Chimay beers are both good and drinkable but I will always feel they are overhyped.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

surprised it took me so long to review this one, its been awhile, and so glad to finally have it on tap again yesterday. i think the chimay chalice is one of the best glasses in beer, and its just a fancy regal thing to get to drink the beer out of the proper glass. looks sexy as they come, clear golden beer with a ton of accumulating amassing over an inch of fluffy head, like a cloud resting on the beer, and it doesnt fall back at all. the nose is different than almost any other tripel i know of, less of the high tone yeast esters, and a whole lot less sweet and thick than many. not sure about the grain composition, but i love how dry it is, and thats what i think makes this my favorite tripel from the old world. it has all the flavor and texture i am used to in the style, but instead of a long candy sugar finish, its dry as they come, and there is a soft white peppery flavor left on the palate. awesome. some fruitiness in the middle with banana and bubblegum coming in a little bit, but it seems intentional and calculated, no messy and invasive. fuller body on a beer this color is always appreciated, and the carbonation is cheerful, classically belgian. this is famous for a reason, and deserves its high ratings here. i think far better from the tap than the bottle too. nothing bad to say about this one at all. its a beer i love in a style i could take or leave, thats rare for me.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky apple cider color with a nice off-white 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. No lacing on the drink down. Smells of yeast, spices, banana, orange peel, caramel. Taste is very yeasty all around. Sweet malt, dried fruits, and spices on the finish. There is a herbal-like bitterness on the tongue after each sip. Carbonation level is good. Very crisp drinking. Easy to drink and enjoy sip by sip.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at a little place called Stephanie's in Doylestown PA. It was the first time I had ever heard of Chimay and I felt like trying it. This beer poured out as an orangey opaque color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer was soft and floral, had a light citrus aroma coming off of it too. The taste was soft and had a citrus flavor that faded into a nice refeshing wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and bubbly. Overall it's a good brew overall, just my not my favorite from Chimay.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden orange in color into a goblet with a finger-high white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that continually keeps a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of cloves, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: A noticeable amount of bitterness is present in the taste, along with flavors of bananas, cloves and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of lingering dryness in the finish.
D: It's quite different compared to other tripels given the bitterness but it's still a wonderful beer to sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, white cap and all - so this is the good guy, then?

This beer pours a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a rising column of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a fairly solid pattern of soap suds lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, a touch of doughy, yeasty breadiness, a hint of cloves, and further spicy, but subdued earthy, musty hops. The taste is grainy, bready pale malt, a more acrid yeastiness, cracked cardamom, faint banana peel, a bit of white pepper, tame earthy noble hops, and a subtle warming alcohol.

The carbonation is moderate, a wee zinginess here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the native Tripel alcohol taking a minor cut. It finishes off-dry - warm, a tad spicy, fruity, and yeasty.

A pretty intense strong pale ale, with the yeast and monastery turn rendering this the standard-bearing Tripel it is. An easy, slow sipper, as the alcohol seems to gain strength over time, with a concurrent up-tick in general flavour complexity. Good and verily holy stuff.

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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a slight golden hue. There is a two finger off white head that fades quickly to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some herbal notes from the yeast. Fairly light with some fruity notes. There is a very slight caramel note.

Taste: Malt forward but there is no real sweetness in this one. Mild fruity notes with an herbal component as well. Light given the abv with a bitter boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a very slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a real solid offering, but my least favorite of the Chimay offerings I've had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Chimay stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Paired with barbecue.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of lovely cream, excellent thickness, and great retention. Colour is a pale yellow-gold.

Sm: Caramel, orange citrus fruit ester hops, and pleasant cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: A simple blend of the notes from the nose. The esters in particular are nice, especially on the finish. Light cream undertones are pleasant throughout. Not too complex, but refreshing and balanced. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, slightly creamy, refreshing, and wet. Complementary of the flavours. Not too thick or thin.

Dr: Very pleasant and drinkable. I dig it on draught. Hides its ABV well. Well done for the style. Give her a spin, lads.

I don't recommend cellaring/aging this. It doesn't have a suitable flavour profile. Enjoy fresh. Pairs well with food.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In comparison to the red and blue, the white falls a bit short. While still a quality beer, the alcohols get a little out of balance. The look is still a nearly perfect sight, the aromas pick up on a tart, spicy, alcohol that begins to dominate the delicate malt flavors. The fuitcake flavors and malts take a back seat to a rum-like flavor. A bitter flavor and feel hits the back of the throat and becomes a little husky. The muskiness and boldness of the beer still contributes to complexity and variety. I just prefer the red and blue.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/24/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the dense head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, light banana, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Large amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly dry finish that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel! All around outstanding complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a foamy, soft, off-white head that left trails of lace.

S - It smelled of resiny hops. Also, floral notes and hints of caramel.

T - This was sweet with a spicy hop kick. It also had light caramel malt flavor. Overall a bitter sweet taste.

M - It was sharp and dry. A fairly easy drinking beer with a medium body.

D - This is a great tripel. I enjoy all Chimay brews and this one hits the mark, too.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,488 ratings