Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, hazy blond with a frothy cap of foam. Incredible head retention; it lasted for the entire hour I was sipping on this beer.

Smell: Citrus and spicy hops. Subtle but nice.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lemon rind and grapefruit, ample hops, slightly peppery. Smooth and velvety on the tongue. The finish is extremely dry. This is the hoppiest of Chimay's 3 beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot with a beaten egg white head that coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Assorted fruit (banana, lemon, green apple, pear, kumquat), spice (clove, pepper and cardamom) and yeast must

Taste: Opens with a spicy fruit salad flavor that becomes increasingly peppery by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a flash of bitter hops but the finish is herbacious and peppery with some residual impact from the fruit; alcohol kept pretty much in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; creamy, with some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice tripel, that avoids the sweetness of some of the other versions of the style; but I am not crazy about the herbacious quality

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light brown ale with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma is mix between Belgian spices and strong malts and floral hops. Taste is quite delicious with again some spices showing up (some peppers?), strong malt with excellent body and all of this covered with floral hops. Less sweet then other tripel such as Westmalle but still very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from just a bot above the glass giving it a big off white head above a quite carbonated opaque honey colored beer that retained a nice lacing through out drinking a glass or three of these.

Aroma is banana pudding with a little bread and yeast assisting.

Light banana and clove taste, maybe some yeasts and light grains sneaking to make this more interesting.

A light dry lasting aftertaste with some of the banananess and cloveishness giving it some highlight.

A solid medium bodied beer that seems to get better as it warms as I drink this Cinq Cents alone while watching Rory McIlroy wins his second major, only 7 more holes, Rory, you can do it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750mL bottle into a tulip with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.

Pours a dark peach color with a two-finger white head that doesn't have the best static power and doesn't leave around as much lacing as would be expected. The nose has some sligt booze with some banana, caramel, stone fruits, and general yeasty esters.

The taste is slightly sweet with a bit of malt, banana, light fruits, and a bit of spice. There is some alcohol there as well. Medium bodied with somewhat low levels of carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but is probably my least favorite of the Chimay trio.

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky orangish gold with a generous amount of swirling yeast that remains in suspension throughout. The crown is eggshell white in color and is voluminous despite a slow, gentle pour. It appears as if a great deal of lace will end up coating the sides of the glass, but strangely enough, very little actually does.

The aroma is average in intensity and is spicy and yeasty in character. The flavor is fruity, grassy and cardamom-clove spicy. There's also an underlying tanginess. Alcohol isn't front and center, but it is noticeable.

The beer is highly carbonated, just as the appearance suggested it would be. I'm amazed at how dry this triple is. Each mouthfeel leaves my tongue as clean as a whistle.

Keeping in mind the fact that I've only had a few Belgians so far... I'm not that impressed. Maybe that means my palate isn't sophisticated, maybe it means that they're an acquired taste that I haven't yet acquired, or maybe I'll never like them as much as a good hoppy IPA or creamy stout. In any case, Chimay White, according to many, is a good to great Abbey Tripel. At this early stage of my journey, it isn't really my cup of tea.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy but w/out the large sediment normally found in the bottled version. Peachy in color w/ a fine creamy head that slowly dies to a 1/16", but leaves an excellent lace throughout the goblet. The aroma is somewhat chameleon-like in it's changing nature. In many ways, this defines the entire beer.The aroma is loaded w/ yeast, spice, sugary hints, light fruit and fresh hop. Coming & going are light aromas of raisin, orange, apricot, peach, honey, wild flowers, citrus, coriander, and pepper. The body is medium & the mouthfeel is creamy soft -almost cottony- due to the fine (but high level) of carbonation. Very lively but not sharp. The flavor wanders much like the aroma, varying it's intensity between sweetness, yeastiness, spiciness, acidity and bitter qualities. The flavors starts gently spicy and zesty w/ some hop bite, and an occasional flash of lightly sour acidity, eventually softening as it warms and loses carbonation, allowing more alcohol, sweetness and yeastiness to dominate. As you go through the glass these characteristics interact in different ways, giving it complexity. The finish is generally spicy and hoppy, w/ a quenching acidity and lingering yeastiness - although some more sweetness and fruit appears to linger towards the end of the serving. Firm, dry & hoppy w/ complexity. Not challenging, but interesting. The draft version clearly appears fresher, almost w/ a brighter taste, and is missing some of the mustiness of the bottles.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, orangey body with a large, pillowy, white head. Nice layering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly toasted malts with a heavy addition of honey as well as caramel candy and notes of dried fruits and yeast.

Taste: Light caramel, orange blossom honey, and candi sugar envelop gently toasted malts. Dash of apricot juice. Pinch of spice. Mild hop character and accompanying bitterness. Subtle sour yeastiness. Warming alcohol presence and small bready hints on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Far better than even I had remembered. An enjoyable tripel -- quite drinkable, interesting, and readily available.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.

Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done. Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well. Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying. ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.

Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: some suspended yeast (?) in a hazy amber ale, covered by a near-perfect, creamy head.

Aroma: tart citrus, yeast, and some bready malt.
Taste: Spicy, fruity, bready: the taste is well below that of the best Belgium tripels. Rather bitter (for style) finish.
Medium body with excellent, soft carbonation, but also with a bit of a bite.

O: Not bad, but this is a Chimay! ... the only non-stellar Chimay in my experience.

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/28/07 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast and spice, but overall it’s a little faint.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, and spice along with a little bit of banana and apricot. Despite having a lot of sweetness, the malt character is pretty light and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a great beer to stick with and drink for a long time and drink slowly. It’s one of the better Tripels that I’ve had.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from ThePeskyDingo

Poured into Chimay Goblet. Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention. Good lace rings as well, more like a wall of lace. Stunning. Color is very hazy dull sunset gold. Appearance is enticing.

Aroma is of fruit and cloves. Dried bananas. Very zesty. Some citrus notes (orange). Also has a yeast aroma.

Taste is of cloves and bananas. A slight bit of alcohol sneaks through. Citrus notes. Very zesty. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little boozy. Smooths out a tad. Leaves a dry alcohol aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a great representation of the style. I am glad I got to drink this beer and I really recommend it. Even at 8% abv, I think I could easily drink another.

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