Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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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

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4.09
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Photo of The_Bujon
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another cracking tripel, a real looker of a brew in my opinion. A light amber body topped by a decent confident head. That head does stay all the way through quaffing if served in the correct vestibule.

Aroma is a good combination of spice and floral notes, and is unusual to have such equal measures of both bitter and sweet character. This certainly invites you to dive right in and start supping.

Taste follows suit with the aroma, a deep malty initial hit, finishing with a sweet caramel aftertaste, and not too overbearing on either scale.

Goes down a treat, and the alcohol content is bang on the money.

Overall a very good brew, and certainly one to sample if you haven't already.

This beverage has a high quaff-ability factor, and therefore gains several boofs of praise from me!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip. Golden colored ale with a finger of foam, dissolves to nothing and leaves no lacing. Complex and lovely, woth mingling aromas /flavors of white bread, clove, spices, orange blossom honey, white grapes. And booze.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with huge foaming thick white head that stays
Aroma of candy foam banana
Clove and sherry flavour

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 75cl bottle into Stone Brewing Goblet. Cork date of 2015.

L: Hazy orange, sticky finger width white head, incredible lacing.

S: Grainy malt, fruity bouquet, some yeastiness, some spices.

T: Sweet and tart up front, alcohol is very present, lots of fruitiness, oranges, apples and grapes. Bits of honey and yeast. Some phenols.

F: Medium body, smooth, creamy, crisp, quite dry.

O: The third brew from Abbaye de Scourmont and probably my least favorite so far, however this is still and exceedingly good beer. Really a must for any beer geek.

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Photo of Steers182
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Every time I see a bottle I will pick one up. Sure to be a little different bottle to bottle, mostly due to shipping and storage concerns but I've yet to have one I didn't absolutely love. Would highly recommend to anyone who truly loves beer.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: hazy brownish gold like Apple cider with a creamy foamy head
A: bananas and clove
F: thin and fizzy carbonation, mildly hoppy.
T: bananas, clove, and malt.
O: if I didn't have a bornem triple the night before I may have appreciated this beer a bit more but it seems to be a flat Bornem triple, and yeah i love blue chimay but white just doesn't do it for me. This beer is just okay. It also should be noted that I picked the cork up the next day and cork said 2012, so if it was bottled in 2012 it would explain my rating as I have often heard this beer is best fresh, I guess I'll have to try a fresh one if ever given the opportunity.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Colour is a hazy, rusty golden colour. The head is beautiful. Plentiful lacing.

The flavor is tart apples and yeasty breads and some hop tartness. Overall very unified and delicious.

Quite wonderful and very recommended!

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Photo of AleSan
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a stunning opaque pale peach colour, and sported a small head with great retention and some lace. Sharp, spice hops and fruit aromas. A wonderful immersive taste - sweet pale malts overcome by intense hopping with great fruit notes. Refreshing and drinkable and complex all at once

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a beautiful, billowing, satin white head of foam that laces the glass exquisitely.

Smell: Yeasty. I'm getting bananas, white pepper, bubblegum, rosemary, clove, and notions of lemon rind and orange.

Taste: Follows the nose. Floral upfront with notes of corriander. Very clean and crisp, even at 8% abv. Mildly bitter. Lots of banana, lemon, clove, white pepper and bubblegum. Notes of sweet bread and honey. Dry on the finish.

Feel: Mid-Heavy body, somewhat creamy. Highly carbonated.

Overall: I could drink this all day. It also pairs really well with food, a nice palate cleanser. Quite refreshing to boot.

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Photo of matcris
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very cloudy amber/burnt orange with 2+ fingers of white soapy head that lasts forever. Lots of white and black yeast flecks and spotty lacing. Aroma is big green apples, white grapes, and a little of that farmyard funk. Pear and apricot, as well, and all of the above in the above in the flavor. The feel is overall quite dry, medium body, and full carbonation, almost Alka-Seltzer like. A little Orval like. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay's Tripel is a refreshing beverage. It pours golden with an average head and some lacing. The star here is the yeast and spices, as the malts take a major backseat here... And in fact, it finishes with a distinct bitterness that is pleasurable. No bubble gum flavors or bananas here; this one is more in the Duvel neck-of-the-woods than La Fin Du Monde, or other more fruity or malty Tripels. While there is some sweetness here, this one relies on the yeast, hops, light malts and spices to make a statement. The nice sizzle from the carbonation makes for wonderful dry finish.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on tap at The Social House, Addison, TX.
It's brownish, surprisingly. I thought that it was a tripel, so it would be more like yellow. Tasted more like a BSDA too, with dark fruit taste and little hoppiness.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

**
03/14/12
On tap at Witherspoon Grill, Princeton, NJ.

AROMA: Crisp Fruity nose, hints of Lemon
LOOK: Pale appearance, small creamy head, but lasting.
TASTE: A small belgian "Wang" in the aftertaste, but so much as I remember from previous samplings.

Good with my meal (salad).

**

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Photo of EMV
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet

L: Pours a cloudy medium golden color. Three fingers of foamy white head... fantastic retention and sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Citrus and lemon... spice and yeast.

T/F: Lots of flavor.. citrus and fruit... white grape and yeast. Lots of spice character, with a dash of allspice and thyme. A bit of fruity sweetness mid-swig. Very well carbonated... effervescent mouthfeel. Finish is crisp and dry.

O: An outstanding beer, not surprising given the brewer. If you enjoy Tripel's then you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cinq Cents made a statement from the moment I took the cap off. That surprise came in the form of a seemingly endless supply of bubbles surging out of the freshly opened bottle. Fortunately, I was able to clean it up and poor it into a Chimay chalice which was at the ready. Upon pouring, it formed two fingers of hearty, foamy, white head in the wide mouth Belgian beer chalice. Head retention is incredible, with 1/2 a finger of white head sticking around throughout sips and the glass warming up. Lacing is foamy, encompassing the glass everywhere the beer used to be. The liquid is a bronzed-copper, with light barely filtering through the murky liquid. A sniff provides notes of Belgian spice, yeast, clove, with slight banana, and fruity easters. Very quintessential Belgian. No wonder it's a classic. Sipping Cinq Cents offers notes of clove, yeast spice,and rolled malts. The flavor profile is much more simplistic compared with the aroma. Mouth feel is smooth, and easy drinking. It is almost a bit watery. Overall, Cinq Cents is a great Belgian beer that remains much more on the thin, easy to drink side of the spectrum.

Served in a Chimay Chalice.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic example of the style and a true and solid Belgian tripel. Not quite as crisp as I prefer but still fantastic in every way. This beer is has no flaws.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, cork marked 2015. Pours a pale orange with lots of white fluffy head. Floral and spicy smell. Smooth feel, plenty of carbonation but not too much. Taste starts with bready malts and finishes with hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Classic tripel, and usually pretty easy to find.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy light amber colour. Big soapy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Nose is subdued. I'm picking up some spicy yeast esters.

The flavour is slightly musty and fruity, with lots of ripe pear, dried apricot, and lemon peel. Bready malt is present as well. The sweetness isn't too cloying and the boozy warmth is subtler than it is with most tripels.

Mouthfeel is typical of a boozy Belgian ale.

This is a solid and enjoyable but not terribly memorable tripel. There's just nothing all that distinctive about it. I enjoy drinking it now and again, but I probably couldn't pick it out of a line-up, so to speak.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice pop of the cork, a lovely golden orange body & an exceptionally large & long lasting white head. Has a pretty aroma of yeast & grain. Tastes like bread & spices with a slightly bitter citrus afterfinish. Very pleasant mouthfeel. A very good tripel.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The body is orange to amber coloured with a one finger thick head that has some good retention and nice lacing.
S: The aroma is very yeasty and I think I can smell oranges in this.
T: The taste is very sweet, like syrupy to toffee sweet with some orange background. It ends a bit of hoppiness, very soft hoppiness.
M: The mouthfeel is really good having a mid carbonation that is truly velvety. Very good.
O: Probably the best Chimay there is. This is awesome!

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Photo of PhillyB
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep amber, quite hazy. Head starts out huge and bubbly, hold on fairly well.

Smell: Slightly funky hop, with a generous portion of yeast/malt.

Taste: Malted grain, fresh fruit, slight bitterness.

Feel: Medium mouth feel, some carbonation, smooth on the finish.

Overall: Those monks really know what they're doing. A tasty beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a lightly
cloudy amber tinged golden color with a nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, nice layer, and sports nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of white wine and grapes, pears, subtle bubble gum, and subtle
hop notes. Flavors follow the nose but exceed by prominence of the
flavors. Crisp pear and white grapes hit on the sides with a touch of
bubblegum on the middle and front with honey and candy sugars
bringing in the mix. The rear of the taste hits the right bitterness notes
of floral hop notes that hit perfectly and fade into a light crisp note.
Excellent mouth feel, crisp, refreshing, and with warmth a touch of white
zin wine. Medium high carbonation---very lively yet perfect for the style
with warmth on the rear. Overall excellence from Belgium.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pours a very hazy light brown color. Not the orange and yellow hues I'm used to seeing in a tripel. The head on this beer is huge, even with a normal conservative side pour. Big cream colored off-white head. You can see solid specks at the bottom.

S - Smells sweet and boozy, with spicy hops and some dates.

T - Very sweet. Alcohol definitely takes center stage, along with syrupy sweetness, followed by hop bitterness. Quite more hops than I was expecting. The flavor transitions are interesting.

F - No doubt this is a big beer with high abv and is pretty full-bodied. Makes you feel nice, warm and cozy. Especially if you have more than one.

O - Yeah, yeah, it's the Chimay tripel. It's an impressive beer and those monks know their stuff, I enjoyed it very much, but there are other tripels that are just as enjoyable depending on your preferences. Just as enjoyable, but not more enjoyable. Hard to beat this.

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Photo of teromous
2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is a stamped or etched marking on the label that says "L15-694."

Appearance: First off the head is very large and it sustains itself nicely in a fluffy white cloud well over the surface of the beer. It is a bit rocky which is nice. The color of the body is medium tea color with light browns and dark autumn browns. The beer is hazy and there are a few small black specks. It leaves some small spotty bubbles as lacing giving the beer a sort-of camouflage pattern on the glass.

Aroma: There is a faint spicy hop aroma and a very light sweet grain character. I emphasize that the aroma is very faint. Not much to go off of here.

Taste: Alcohol rears its head pretty strong. There is a bit of cedar and a light flowery character but this is all. Lacking flavor and character.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. The mouthfeel is fizzy but just above light bodied. The finish is off-dry.

Overall: I know I might be committing some sort of beer sacrilege here but the beer tastes more like a mass produced characterless Tripel than it does an artfully crafted beer. I have had countless better Tripels. If you are looking to try all of the Abbey Ales then it is obvious you will want to try this, as I was, but sadly this will likely disappoint. Is this the beer Michael Jackson tasted? I hope it was not.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours beige-yellow, opaque, little head with no lacing.
S: Bready, hint of grapes; alcohol is present, but not overpowering.
T: Bready too, with some malt sweetness; a touch of spice, bitter aftertaste.
F: Medium carbonation, but the beer soon becomes completely flat -- maybe I had a bad bottle?
O: Like La Trappe Quadrupel, I'm a bit confused as to why this is such a revered beer; it's not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have one.

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