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
Ratings:
4,407
Reviews:
1,661
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of BobMessina
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overly carbonated and extremely bitter

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Photo of Kulrak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orangish gold color with white creamy head that laces the glass all the way down. Smells very fruity/estery and a little yeasty. Tastes very hoppy and a tiny bit sweet and yeasty. Finishes sort of sour. Mouthfeel is very heavy with some fizz to it. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, but I think I prefer Chimay's other brews.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Chimay. Pours a hazy orange with a giant white sticky head that quickly fades. Does leave good lacing. Smell is unique for me, funky,
yeasty, earthy smell. Has a great unique spicy,clove taste. Similiar to the smell yet different. Date on the cork was 10/08. I wonder how the taste changes with more age. Its a great drinkible beer. Goes down smooth and dry with a yeast note left in the mouth. I am getting more of a citrus taste as it warms up a little. I will definately try some more of these.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay glass. Thick, sticky 2 finger head that splits the Chimay decal perfectly. Cloudy, as per style due to yeast and a coppery blonde color.

Nice fruity aroma with hint of banana and Belgian yeast. Mouth is watering waiting for first sip.

Banana and some lemon in the flavor, bitter late. A little spiciness and alcohol warmth, but well hidden by the complex flavors.

Creamy mouth feel with good carbonation support. A great beer that was my introduction to Belgian Ales years ago.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; pale yellow, mostly clear, some light haze and sediment(that's my fault)Off white head that dissipates at a moderate speed. Some foam remains throughout the drink, leaving subtle lacing.

smell; strong lemon rind hops, quite zesty with some alcohol spice. Grape fruit and white sugar scents blend with some sweet bready aromas.

taste; a strong blast of lemony hops, fizzle out to a dry bitter finish. Some unripe pear flavors from start to finish. Overall, the hop bitterness stands out most, some hidden sour notes as well. Yeasty flavor appear in the aftertaste more and more as the drink warms.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with grating carbonation, very sharp but at the same time creamy and slick. Nice balance to say the least and finish quite warm and soothing, a good drink for a mild sore throat.

drinkability; pretty nice, the alcohol is present but in a therapeutic way, indulge.

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Photo of biernack
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought I had reviewed all the Chimay mainstays but alas I had not reviwed any. Poured from a bottle, procured at the Camp Hansen Shoppete, Okinawa.

A - Hazy orange pour with three fat fingers of white head.

S - The nose offers sweet citus notes and distinct belgian yeast.

T - Dry orange peels, banana and spicy booze dominate the front, a little bitter hop in the rear; it sweetens slightly as it warms.

M - Very active carbonation fills the mouth, medium bodied, and warming.

Overall a great beer like it has always been. Surprisingly dry hop bitterness was refreshing.

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Photo of thetomG
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice slightly murky golden color with lots of fluffy white foam on the head. Virtually no lacing on the glass as you drink.

Aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty - I think I'm getting some light caramel and nutty scents as well.

The flavor is remarkably well balanced. This doesn't have any of the overwhelming yeasty funk that I often pick up from other Belgian beers. There is a bit of fruitiness to it with some slightly tart notes, but overall it is incredibly balanced, well carbonated, and drinkable.

Excellent beer and one that I would not hesitate to drink again.

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Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Iaido
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of 123321123321
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of miffsudd
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of TLove
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, to me, is usually what I judge all other tripels against. Not to say that this tripel is either mediocre or ideal, but it, in my opinion, exemplifies the style in its best form.

Poured cloudy, yeasty yellow with a thin, bubbly structure. After a few minutes of letting the beer sit, the carbonation wore down and the lacing sheet became evident. There is a banana and bread scent with a touch of lemon and orange. The taste is a bit more grainy and wheat-oriented, with the subtle flavors of yeast residue and red pear.

Creamy body and bold alcohol contrast with fruit and yeast flavors nicely. Finishes extraordinarily well. Smooth and buttery, but has a touch of rough graininess to it.

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Photo of Maseitz
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GratefulEdd
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of AaronRed
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My least favorite of the three

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Photo of TinusTime
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a huge billowy white head. Aroma is of overripe citrus, spice with a little bit of lite brown sugar. Taste is nice with a malty sweetness giving way to a light spicyness. A touch of sweeness, but it finishes fairly dry. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation that refreshes. The alcohol is a touch noticable as it warms. Drinkability is good as well. Say what you will about Chimay, but they are a steady if not spectacular beer. Nothing that will wow you, but consistant

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Photo of endincolorado
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy gold with yeasty sediments, thick white head with small and large bubbles.

Smell- Inviting floral esters with citrus and hops, yeasty spiciness

Taste- wonderfully balanced, spicy yeast in background, crisp clean and fruity; tingly. clean sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- medium body, good carbonation

Drinkability- If it weren't for the price tag, this is one I'd have a lot more often.

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Photo of infi
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a dark straw yellow-orange color with a sort of brown tint throughout the glass. A generous pour creates a nice white and fine bubbly head that lingers for a decent amount of time and appears to be nice and thick, around one to two fingers in depth. Sheets of fine bubbled lacing lines the glass, but only grips for a couple of seconds. Some carbonation is visible, along with dots of remaining yeast floating towards the bottom of the glass. The aromas that resonate from the glass are incredible. It's like passing a bakery - fresh bread and yeast being the most prominent of smells. There's a lot of fruity esters akin to bananas as well. After letting warm for around 10 minutes, I can smell some slight lemon sourness and green apple skin tartness. Not much of an alcoholic presence known to the nose. Very aromatically delicious.

Taste is full of baked banana bread. Bready malts are very heavy on the tongue initially and subsequently, the fruity esters appear. The aftertaste has a slight spicy hop bitterness with an apple tartness. The 8% ABV is masked very - not detectable at all. Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied with a good amount of bubbling activity on the tongue. Very crisp and refreshing. Drinkabilty is very high - first glass was gone in a matter of minutes. The smell and taste are very enticing. Great example of the Tripel style from Chimay.

*Originally reviewed on October 3, 2009.

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Photo of wpreynolds
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Spaz7
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hunter
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I saved the best of Chimay for the last. As I've said previously, buy the cork-stoppered bottle with these brews, never the smalled capped one - somethings missing in there.

Cinq Cents pours a deep yellow gold, slightly hazy. Thin threads of bubbles cover the bottom of the glass, contributing to a head of white silk that has the best staying power of anything I've seen. Seriously - do not pour this beer straight into the glass, or you'll be waiting a 1/2 hour for a taste. Be just as careful refilling your glass. Agitation will readily bring the head back to life.

Aroma of hops, alcohol, and tart citrus in the nose. As the beer warms the alcohol gives way to floral notes, lemongrass, and honey.

What can I say about the taste...light, refreshing, with the flavor of hops coming through at the start and lingering in a clean tea-like finish. The alcohol makes its presence felt but doesn't bully you. The promise of the aroma comes through in the interplay of flavors, all of them making a showing but none of them dominating. The sharpness of the carbonation takes away some of the silkiness of the brew in the mouth, but that's typical of the style. Cost is a bit much for a daily brew, but like a fine port wine or steak you wouldn't want it all the time anyway. Too decadent, too rich.

I mentioned that the Blue label reminded me of autumn. If so, then this one is a warm spring day in grassy fields. I've never before been so generous with the fives, but each one was earned.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
4.09 out of 5 based on 4,407 ratings.
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