Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay

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.

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Photo of pgroove
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazing brew. It was the only trappist on tap at my local belgian beer bar and it was no disappointment.

It is served in a goblet of sorts and the quantity can't be any more than 8 oz (with another 6 oz. of head).

Both the smell and taste and phenomenal. Very, very hoppy yet unbelievably sweet.

I gave it the 5 on drinkability cuz this brew is a powerhouse. After two of them I felt it good.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I had like the best bottle of this batch, (from my buddy Biglove) but this beer was fantastic. Good sticky head, a true golden body, a light complex body, hint of coriander, and a citrus finish.
This beer is the total package, a true feel good beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm another North Carolinian who's buying their first popped beer in the state . . . mainly because it's the only kind bought so far from my local beer store.

This one's a bit disappointing--it's a nice cloudy, orange haze with a great head and lacing, however, the alcohol is not balanced with the hops and malts like some other bigger beers. I may order this one again, but with all these other great ones coming to the Tarheel state, it may be a while.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first observance of the new beer law in North Carolina.
It was served to me in a Chimay goblet.
Color- translucent maize, like a lightly toasted Belgian Waffle.
Smell- lemon, sugar, cardamom, yeast, perhaps a bit of clove

This beer has a nice piquant quality- somewhat dry, somewhat tart, but not astringent. There is a restrained sweetness. It whetted my appetite. It is citrusy, with spicy notes lasting into the finish. Wonderful balance, and a wonderful experience to finally have this beer two blocks from my house.

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

A week after the cap was popped in NC, chimay was flying off the shelves, like it was the actual blood of Christ or something. Chimaaay

appearance: nice golden color, thick bubbly white head that laces all the way through

smell: mild citrus aromas, spiciness present in the nose

taste: citrus, raisin, clove like spiciness. Its pretty tasty, probably not best tripel I've had but definately worth a taste.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, alcohol tingles the tongue

drinkability: pretty drinkable, I usually can kick back quite a few tripel's though

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thus far, my least negative Chimay experience to date... this is a little unfair to Chimay but considering the couple that I had I was all ready prepared to be disappointed with this.
I was not.
Maybe it had to do with the fact that I drank this Chimay out of a Chimay goblet...
will have to experiment...
This had more impact, flavorwise than the other Chimays I've had. Pretty to look at and smelled lovely, with a taste alllmost to match the smell. The flavor still failed to match the first impression but it's still a good tripel.
There are many other tripels I'd choose before choosing this one, but it's a good brew.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 11.2oz into a chalice.

Raw honey with a one finger head of white. Decent retention with some lace left behind.

Malt, yeast and dry hops with a pinch of sugar and a suggestion of spices. The aromas are uninteresting and somewhat muted. I had the same experience with the nose on the blue label.

The flavors are more pronounced than the nose: Dry citrus upfront fades into slightly sweet malt and then it goes tart into a dry finish with some alcoholic pepper thrown in. The mouthfeel is good for the style, but the carbonation cuts in and sets the whole thing off balance.

Not enough going on too keep me interested. If I were drinking in this price range for a night, I would order something else. There are better belgian beers that are also cheaper, Trappist or not.

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

FIRST 6+% BEER I'VE HAD IN NORTH CAROLINA IN A PUB OR BREWERY!!! thanks to pop the cap and their efforts to do jus that.

this was the first big beer to arrive in greensboro, and i was there that evening to partake. m'couls irish pub was supposed to get maredsous 8. it was not shipped, so they received chimay white instead. the seller sent 6 of his personal chimay chalices along, and that's what i drank from, 8 1/2, rimmed in gold.
straight from the tap, a cloudy orange/yellow color, with minimal head, about 1/2 inch of cream that left pretty soon. expected more head, but could have been the bartender trying to give me a full glass.
smells of banana and spicy wheat arise, with a light lemon scent behind them.
the first few sips were not that amazing. possibly because i'm used to ale and bitter at this particular bar, possibly due to the alcohol content. anyway, a sweet prick of alcohol and citrus hits the tongue, with yeast all over the mouth, and a bit more alcohol in the back. this brew leaves a warm feeling in the mouth after it's gone, sweet in the middle and creamy.
nice carbonation, thickens in the mouth. this really smooths out as it warms (it was in a keg room/refridge with all the other beers).
a crisp, shary, dry, and beautiful beer.

i'm extremely glad the great beers are making their way to my state. more to come.


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Photo of jarmby1711
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first Belgian Triple , so on consulting BA beer styles I ask did I get what I should have
yes and no.
The slightly cloudy coppe beer with the persistent bead had a ginger hop aroma.
The taste was tart/sour , but lacked any maltines any sweetness .
Almost unpleasnat but strangely interesting.
Now the bottle was past its use by date so one must be open minded .
This was too tart for me but I will reserve my opiion on an in date bottle

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, yellowish-amber hure with a thick, frothy white head...a nice looking ale. Aroma: hints of corriander, nutmeg and phenols with traces of diacetyl, very spicy to the nose with background of sweet and toasted malt. The taste is very complex and begins with a spiced (again, nutmeg, corriander, and clove) and medicinal character upfront and follows with a fruity, yeasty character with hints of lemon rind and granny smith apples, and then a mild hop-tea like hops to balance out the malt. Very interesting, complex and well constructed but overall not a standout. I think the spice gives way to phenolic flavors too easily and the beer suffers. Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium body. The finish is dry and lightly medicinal. Drinkability is OK. Definately not my favorite tripel but a solid, complex beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good tripel. Poured out to a dark and cloudy brown amber color with a long lived head and some notes of lace around the glass. Good medium-high carbonation. Odors of spice and earth are noted, as are some hints of grain and floral notes. Taste was slightly bitter, with flavors of dry nutmeg, spoiled citrus fruit and some earth. A unique combination, that does well. Finished crisp and clear, with a malty and hop aftertaste. A solid offering in the wake of the over-saturated and poorly developed tripel style. Recommended.

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Photo of scooter231
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been disappointed by Chimay in the past, and expected to be disappointed again. Luckily, this time the let-down wasn't toooo terrible. Pours a dark reddish/brown color with good white head. Smell is extremely pungent- lots of lemon/citrus going on and sourness.Taking a big whifee makes my eyes watery- I believe puckery is the right word.

Taste is not as impressive as the smell and lacking what I want it to be yet again, but it's by no means bad. Sour, bitter, hoppy, some floral notes as well. It's almost like the watered down version of the smell- I HATE when that happens.

Mouthfeel is bubbley and chewy and very well-rounded. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall tasty and drinkable, but I'd rather spend less money and get a whole lot more Hennepin.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-ish gold with a full large bubbled off-white head and decent to good carbonation. Head retention not quite as nice as it could be. Fruity orange citrus aroma and flavor. Light bodied and airy.

Not my favorite Chimay and seems to be more of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale than a Tripel.

Per bottle: "Trappist"

Date on cork: "02/05"
Tasted: 08/16/05

($8.99 / 25.4 oz / 75 cl tall straight brown "Chimay" embossed champagne style bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.79. Surprised to not have reviewed this before now.

Poured an apricot color, with a big, creamy white head that hung around for a while in my Chimay chalice (it's rare I get to pour a beer into a glass from it's brewery). Lots of lace.

Smell is of tart citrus fruit such as as grapefruit. There's also a mild sweetness and a little spiciness to be discerned. Dryness and sweetness co-exist here, but with the dryness a little ahead. It seems a little more tart than other tripels I've had, but it still smells tasty.

Taste is very similar to the smell. The tart, dry flavors meld nicely with the sweetness. The high alcohol content is ably masked by the flavor. This is a nicely balanced beer.

This is somewhere between light and medium in body. Carbonation level falls within what is expected for the style.

This is a very nice tripel. Well balanced and not wearing it's alcohol content on it's sleeve, it goes down pretty easy. I could probably drink several of these in the course of an evening, which would probably mess me up quite well. It's nice that the most available Belgian Tripel is a consistently tasty one as well.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick head that lasted forever. The beer continued to have a substantial head until the last sip. You have to give it style points for that!

Aroma: Initially I get a phenolic impression among a bit of light citrus, but the aroma is really reserved when it is cold. So far it is really clean for a Tripel. As it warms, there are a few subtle spices coming out. This aroma profile is really mild the entire time.

Taste: It starts out with a slight malt impression, and this is quickly overcome by a smooth dry astringency that is showcased by the carbonation. Finally at the end you are left with a bit of a sweet finish that slowly dwindles into an alcoholic burn in the back of the throat.

Opinion: I think that this is a smooth and well-blended beer. I personally prefer the Tripels that are more assertive and citrus like, but this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark ochre golden colour, somewhat cloudy. Huge billowy, frothy head which stays full and sticky to the very bottom. A true delight to watch.

Fresh berries, fruitiness, pineapple. Wow. It all fits together so beautifully. The hint of alcohol warms your senses, but the fragrant bliss of the sweet raspberries makes your mouth water.

Quite rich, and a little strong on the alcohol. It's warming, but the alcohol bitterness at the end really overpowers, and takes the edge off what would be a really pleasant beer otherewise. There are some really nice elements that are pushed into submission by the strength of the alcohol kick.
It's a beer to respect, probably one to come back to and explore again.

I feel I should like it more than I do. It has hidden complexity, that I'd like to explore, but for now, this only stays in the "alright" group.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 17 July 2005 at Library Ale house in Santa Monica. Served in Chimay 12oz gobblet.

Appearance truly inviting, I started the 2 hour gobble session with a chimay tripel and this was an excellent choice. Very smooth, oily, easy to drink and appreciate. I detected some cherry flavor in the background that left a bit of an aftertaste but fairly cleansing. Very Bold flavors. They dont screw around with this puppy. Beautiful then BAM! then fades graciously as you ponder life. hahaaa great beer and definitely one I could go back to back on.

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Photo of palliko
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a foamy head and sticky lace. Aroma is of fruit, creosote, yeast and malt. Body is medium to light with carbonation that goes with the texture. Initial taste is of the bitter hops and soft yeastiness – followed by candied fruitcake, banana esters, malt, phenols and honey. Finish is as dry as it is clean.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle in a tulip glass. Pours an oversized forthy head, in which even the foam has an alcoholic taste, and a pleasant hop note to the smell. A golden hazy body. Once I get past the foam, I find a slight lactic tang among citrus notes and the mouthfeel of a Squirt soda. A delicate, balanced bitterness and the hint of orange peel at the end. It’s just great for relaxing to in the recliner.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually drank this out of a Chimay chalice so I get bonus points. Pours a darkish, cloudy, dirty orange, with copper edges. Medium-sized, creamy, slathering, cream white head. I like dirty orange beer! Nose is yeast like crazy, along with secondary fruity (banana) liquer, some wheat tang, faint peppery spice. Toasty and bitter up front, but quickly gives way to syrupy tropical fruits and berry liquor. Yeast is there too (which I don't mind). Sweetish with traces of bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied and not cloying. Not bad, but definitely not the best Trappist "Tripel."

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Photo of thechaacster
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz stubby bottle. Deep, cloudy, nearly opaque gold, with a huge off-white head that will keep you company through most of the glass. Nose of sweat bready malt and some tart grapes. The taste is sweet and quite spicy up front, with white grapes again detectable. Thick, spicy, pleasant mouthfeel. Finish is bitter with a bit of alcoholic zing. Really nice beer to treat yourself (and your friends - buy the magnum) to.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have consumed this beer several times, but for the purposes of review I bought a 750ml from a beer store in Buffalo for $6.99. First of all, fantastic price.

This beer, a trappist product, a Belgian tripel, is presented wonderfully by Chimay in the perfect color bottle, and it is hard not to expect a wonderful product. I believe that you really have had to try a bunch of Tripels several times before you can make an educated review. Otherwise, you run the risk of disliking a quality of the beer unknowingly there for a purpose.

Chimay CInq Cents, like all trappist products and especially the tripels, masks the alcohol flawlessly. There is a tight quality to the foam on this beer and a bright, clean nose. The carbonation is superfine and does not seperate on the chalice walls, but rather, adds to the crispness. There is a citrus and hoppy quality that permeates this beer, with a yellow golden pale look to it. That is what you will experience. Another strong note is the mid to finish taste of muscat or white wine grapes. That really seperates this tripel from Westmalle and the abbey tripels.

I would pair this with fish and butter dishes, seafood suchas scallops and lobster, asparagus, perhaps thanksgiving turkey if you are adventurous.

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

Poured a dark orange colour with a fluffy white head.

On the onset you could smell a strong citris aroma.

The taste is that of oranges and lemons, with a crisp malt hit.

Very dry beer.

Not as good as blue (Grand Reserve) but a good beer none the less. Now.... On to the red!!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ths brew pours a dirty straw color with a 3 finger head that falls to a healthy coat over the top of the liquid. The nose is light orangey with an almost soapy quality. The flavor is also a little orangey, with the slight soapy quality as well. Not my favorite brew here. The feel is thick with a moderate carbonation. The nose and the flavor just are not doing this for me. I'll have to check this one out again some time and see if its better from a different batch.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from the Cellar 33, Ballymena...

Poured a golden amber colour into a Chimay goblet. White head poured foamy and rocky then faded to nice light layer. Lots of sticky lacing coats the side of the glass..

Aroma - Strong sweet fruits (definite pineapples. grapefruits and some passion fruit), creamy vanilla, very light maltiness, sugary / honey notes, some spiciness / pepperiness, some cloves, yeasty notes, floral hops, some grassiness...

Taste – Spicy fruits (apples, some pears, light pineapples and grapefruits), nice spicy floral hop bitterness, light sugary sweetness (not as sweet as aroma would indicate), vanilla, light pale malts, light biscuity hints, some alcohol coming through...

Mouthfeel – Quite sharp and dry although some smoothness comes through afterwards... Light body... Pretty refreshing and drinkable considering the strength...

Overall – An excellent beer. Probably my favourite Chimay brew…

PS - have also had this on tap at the Mort Subite bar in Brussels. This was slighty creamier, and had a fuller body. Also had slighty more spiciness to it....

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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