Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
BA SCORE
4.13/5
4,433 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,624
Reviews:
1,668
Ratings:
4,433
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
836
Trade:
4
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

is this not.... one of the most... beautiful beers in the world...?
i love the honey-orange color. i love the thick, but loose foam. i love the way the foam retains itself as i tilt the glass....
the smell is of some fruit, but not hoppy; there's a balance to it that i simply cannot understand why/how other breweries cannot duplicate this and make it their standard also. along with duvel. is their water just that much more superior?
comparing to the 'other' wonder of the world, duvel, there is more fruit here in the taste, with a little bitterness that is not unpleasant.... i could go on, but my taste buds are stricken with orgasm.
there is a perfect creaminess and carbonation that excites the taste buds and asks if this is all i'll be having tonight or is there more of this in the refrigerator...?
overall... i'll tone it down. i just love this stuff and i'm not sure why i keep 'trying' all those other beers when i know the chimay and duvel line up is all i really need to be happy. they can get a little rich after repeated uses, but that's what germany was made for. i'm trying to calm myself down. but i gotta give this a 4.9. i dont believe in 5's either (just as their is no 10 in women), but i truly believe, that with as high an abv as this (and duvel) has, this has got to be (one of) the best beers in the world, across all categories. and i'm hardly buzzed yet. well, maybe a little.

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A - dark orangish gold with a huge, soft, dense, foamy, white head that has great retention

S - straw, faint spices, alcohol, faint fruit

T - straw, faint grapes, faint banana, alcohol

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330ml bottle into a chimay goblet. Stamped with a "L09-284". I believe this is at least a few years old.

A - Clear and dark yellow/amber body. Sudsy two finger white head settles into a patchy cap with nice edging. Decent lacing and retention.

S - Lemon, apples, light banana, bready malts and a lingering spicy Belgian yeast. Smooth and well balanced with a nice little alcohol tinge.

T - Follows the nose with lemons, apple, hay, bready malts, and a nice banana/yeast ester finish. Light on the spice with loads of fruits and dark bready flavors. This is some tasty stuff! My only gripe is that it has an almost oxidized aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with loads of carbonation. A swish in the mouth creates a great deal of foam. Alcohol is really well hidden.

O - Maybe its the slight bit of age, but this beer is much more impressive than the first time I tried it a few years ago. Delicious fruity tripel that doesn't go over kill on the spice. Well done Chimay, well done.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,433 ratings
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