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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,642
Ratings:
4,351
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
18.34%
 
 
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Photo of Jraiona
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden orange with a thick creamy head with a fair amount of retention. Nice level of carbonation visible in the glass and very lively on the tongue. For me there was a nice level a bitterness but it was nicely balanced with a distinct sweetness I perceived particularly as I got to the bottom of the glass and it had warmed slightly. This is the second to the Chimay beers I have had and I am defintely a fan.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting. Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and is on the "!001" list and deserves it.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a golden orange, very hazy, big white frothy, pillowy head, good amount of carbonation streaming up the sides.

A: Belgian yeast, musty peach/apricot smell, caramel, subtle spice/clove, candy, sugar, smells really complex and deep, no alcohol at all on the nose.

T: Belgian yeast up front, touch of fruit like peach, apricot, moderate amount of spiciness in the middle, finish is more yeast and spice, slight banana, very complex and deep, very impressed.

M: Nice medium/light bodied mouthfeel, creamy, good touch of carbonation, dry finish.

O: First time with Chimay and I am impressed, lots of depth and complexity with big drinkability, nice balance of Belgian yeast, fruits, clove. Definitely going to pick up more Chimay.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz chalice (don't own the Chimay glass), again I like triple and this one too. Complex, well balanced with many different flavors. Not my triple of choice but this is still an outstanding beer. CHEERS!

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a a tulip. Has a hazy golden body with a thick white foamy head. Moderate retention with little lacing.
Smell: Sweet caramel, lightly toasted malts.
Taste: Sweet and tastes of light roasted malt and has a fruity and fresh feeling.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: A very good and sweet triple!

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Photo of adodds
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy straw color. Reminds me of the unfiltered wheat beers, which I find to be the most aesthetically pleasing. Big white head.
S - Light malty scents, with just a touch of heavy nut as to be expected by a tripel.
T - Delicious cream with a hint of hop. Even though I am not a fan of a lot of hops, this hint touches your palate lightly then recedes pleasantly.
F - Smooth, little carbonation attack, just a slight bit of density. Nothing offensive!
O - Although I tend to like dubbels better than tripels, this example is great!

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Photo of erk0607
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S: straw, clove and banana, yeastyness.

L: pale clear yellow.

T: sweet straw with aftertaste of banana and clove even though this isn't a hefe, general spiciness

F: watery but it foams up unexpectedly giving a nice body.

O: something I'd serve at a dinner. Not offensive, interesting though

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Photo of Hanga1986
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First review :)
This is one of the better wheat beers that I've had, which is not always to my liking. It's quite smooth and a fresh tasting beer. I am usually a fan of trappist beer so I'm not surprised that it was an overall pleasant experience.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Managed to avoid the current and recent reviews :)

Personally, I love the smoothness and balance of Chimay beers, they are some of the best.

I hope this is good, before I have had only blue and red :)

Beautiful orange amber colour, shines in the light, good froth level, that stays.

Deep, fruit and spice aroma. Apricot prominent.

Very citrussy. Really overpowering, though also enjoyably intense. Better than Delirium Tremens as it has much more levels of flavour. Also, better than Duvel for the same reason. The balance of elements is mastered at a much higher level, this is a truly complex flavour on the tongue. The fizziness lasts for about a minute, and constantly changes taste. This is more than just a beer..! It is a creation of pure elegance and complexity.

Is there a bit too much bitterness and orange peel flavour..? For some people, yes. It really depends on one's tastebuds.

It does have elements of Duvel. Though it takes to a new level. However Duvel limited edition tripel that I had a few weeks ago is as good as this, though more apricotty.

Interestingly, I had a English bitter beer in Surrey yesterday that is very similar, called Shere Drop, though also with less apricottyness.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color with a massive foam head and sudsy lace that retains throughout. A good looking brew! In the nose there is first a hint of orange peel, then, spices, pear and caramel and honey like malt. The taste is aligned with the aroma, along with a surprising hops presence. Fruity and caramel/honey sweetness is evident but also finishes dry. Medium bodied and smooth on the mouth. Very drinkable!
I can't say enough good things about Chimay. Although this one is perhaps does not as reputable as Chimay's other offerings, it is still damn good!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chimay White.

This was birthday gift number two a ling side La Fringante and a few four packs of La Fin Du Mond. Only ever had Ken Chimay beer before and I wasn't overly impressed. Let's see how this one does.

Look - From the sevens hundred and fifty mil bottle directly into a chalice. This brew pours a murky copper mixed with Orange that is beyond your wildest comprehension. I poured it a bit rough so the head had some overflow but it eventually settles down to a thick cap amongst the top of the swill that leaves some light and immediate lace as it slowly dies down.

Smell - The usual tripel fruit Bill is all here as you would expect. Belgians yeasts with a bit of the horse blanket along like some fresh plum, apricot, green apples and pomegranate. Alcohol is ever present knowledge this one on the nose but I don't expect much in the flavor...hopefully...

Taste - Take your time with this one. The flavors match what the nose had promised and the alcohol is quite prevalent. Large Belgians yeasts up front followed by the whore house I had expected at this point. Apples, plums and the other players are noticeable as well. The fruits are all very clean if not doused in mid shelf vodka. Not hard to drink by any means given that description, just slow and easy going as it should be. Fruits get a touch darker and heavier as the beer warms up.

Feel - This bottle will works it's magic, like Julian (sp?) Working his magic on Lahey. Sits nice and comfortable without becoming so much so long as you drop it low in the mouth. Bitterness is low but the alcohol is present though not overly so. Swallows with a noticeable touch of alcohol and all the flavors well retained.

Overall -As you'd expect out of a Belgian brewer. A group of guys and perhaps gals that can simply do it right. Not the best tripel but a damn solid tripel without any argument. As always stated try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like it but I just don't think it is the best Chimay. Not crazy about wheat beers either so keep that in mind. When I first tried this I didn't smell much. It looks good and has a nice lingering head. I am not opposed to drinking this beer.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and delish. Fruit and yeast. Sneaky at 8% abv since you can't really taste too much alcohol. Not the best tripel I've ever had but it was good. The biggest knock on this brew is that it is pretty expensive. I think its pretty cool though that a bunch of Monks make this beer. All the proceeds go to their charitable works. You know this beer is made by people with a good heart. Cheers to good beers (and people).

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a Chimay chalice. A nice light, golden brown with an inch of tan head. Smell is subtle -- spicy clove and slight alcohol. Crisp, carbonated, spicy, slight apple and pear mid-palate. Is this as good as La Fin Du Monde? In my opinion, no. But its a damn good Tripel. Very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Goldish look, very nice. Fine foam with a lot of bubbles.
Nice cítricos Smell with hints of alcohol.
A nice mouthfeel and a lasting taste of it. It reminds me of a stable but crean.
Bucólic taste.
Overall an awesome beer.

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Photo of matuto
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (exp. "2016", drinking in 12/06/2015), in a Leffe tulip. Light brown liquid, with black particles that slowly accumulated at the bottom. Thin white foam, very persistent. Aroma of bread at first, then it gets some fruitiness too. Taste of fruits, banana. And bread shows up strongly as aftertaste. No sweetness neither sourness. Medium body, a bit crispy, with a round finish. The last sip gave a rough (and interesting, for me) bitterness from the sediments. Good drinkability.

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

High quality offering. For me, best as a summer complement to sweet BBQ.

Served: Direct pour Chimay goblet: Temp: approx 50 deg.
Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy, effervescent, some sediment.
Aroma: Pleasant, aromatic fruitiness. Not a distinct fruit.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied snd crisp. Effervescence almost soda-like.
Aftertaste: Very clean with slightly sweet/ fruity finish.
Overall: Very drinkable and best as complement to food with sweeter qualities. Worked well with BBQ chicken.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Description: Golden with a thick white head that quickly dissipated (at least the one I had) and left a bit of white lacing. Aroma is pepper, spice and fruity/banana. Taste is similar with the addition of a bit o f bubble gum type flavor. Additionally, there's a pronounced hoppy, bitterness that you generally don't find in a tripel. The sweet/spicy and the bitterness didn't get confused though as the two were well balanced. For being an 8% beer the alcohol was not very present. Feel had the carbonation you would expect from a tripel without being overly so, like when it burns in your nose.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled lemon-pepper chicken

If you like this beer then you should also try: La Fin Du Monde

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) The most remarkable feature of this beer is its hoppy character, which you don't expect to get in a tripel. The hops certainly don't overwhelm but it's not necessarily all fruit and champagne like some other tripels are. All in all, if you're a fan of tripels then you'd probably like this and the hops would give it a twist on what you're normally accustomed to.

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

Appearance: hazy orange with nice 2 finger head, beautiful carbonation and good lacing.

Smell: fresh, clean, cider alike, white wine, apples.

Taste: malty, some spices, with a bitter apple and oranges aftertaste. Strong.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth despite the fizzy carbonation, fresh and strong with a everlasting malty orange peel aftertaste.

Overall: very nice beer, fresh and highly drinkable despite the 7%. Will drink it again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with storming activity. Extra frothy white 4-5 finger mountain head, lasting around 20 minutes, with strong legs. Fresh floral smell with a yeasty and caramel touch. Flavors of burned grains and bread, caramel and banana, some lemon and apple, a little of pears and coriander, thick herbal and floral spices. Sugary with present bitterness, almost leathery. Smooth slick full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium to strong finish with a long ending of estery tongue coat, slightly dry and vinous, a long malty sugary and spicy yeasty feel. Feels more like a dark belgian with more hops and a thick oily feel and a little syrupy. Overall very good craft and interesting flavors. Not very accessible yet the alcohol is well hidden, and for those who like the overly heavy spices its quite warming and filling.

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

pours a cloudy glowing amber with a massive head that hangs out. nose; belgian yeast, light hop and light fruit syrup. taste; belgian yeast, light peppercorn and hop bitters, with a pear, banana, melon & gum middle. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. decent tripel with some interesting melon notes.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

L Cloudy burnt orange with a nice head

S Liked sweet baked goods and white wine (I'm too new to this reviewing thing)

T Not very hoppy with a mild long bitter finish.

F Lots of foam, thick but still has fizz

O A sweet and delicious beer that I really enjoyed

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

From the bottle, it pours a cloudy amber (a bit of orange/gold) with a moderate off-white head. Bready and yeasty to the nose - maybe some citrusy hops as well. Taste is well rounded and enjoyable with a bit of hops lingering in the finish. Yum!.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy orange with a finger head.

S: Bready and yeasty, with notes of pear and toasty malt.

T: Mirrored the nose, although there was a hint of bitterness at the end.

F: Very foamy and full bodied, with a slight fizz.

O: I thought this was a pretty good Tripel.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Japan and poured from the 750 ml cork and cage into a tulip.

Look: Pours a delectable amber-gold color with lively carbonation and a thick two inch deep head composed of medium sized white bubbles. Thick sticky lacing cakes the sides of the glass as the head very slowly fades back to an island of foam.

Smell: A complex hoppy smell fills the nose lead by pine oil, pineapple, grapefruit, sour apple and green grapes. Beneath the fresh sour fruit scent is a subtle malt aroma reminiscent of pungent wheat husk. Boozy aroma warms it all up and melds it together. Mouthwatering.

Taste: First impression is the bitter-sour hop flavor that hits the mouth with a hint of peppery spice. Mid-taste however, the thick syrup malt character cuts through with stark sweetness. Flavors of pine, eucalyptus, yeast, bread, poached Asian pear and pineapple blend and mingle harmoniously. The finish is somehow hop-bitter and malt-sweet, hanging onto that acidic pineapple flavor, slowly fading away.

Feel: Mouthfeel is very heavy and sweet, giving the impression of drinking something akin to cough syrup. Carbonation is subtle, and doesnt give much contrast to the thick sweet feel. Overall the alcohol is hidden quite well, but is certainly present in the feel, giving a nice warming sensation to accompany to the malt character.

Overall: This is a good triple and a stand out example of the style. Bitter, spicy, sweet, complex and comforting. The syrup character can be a bit heavy, but never becomes overbearing. The beer can stand up to a good many dishes, particularly heavy or rich fare like roast or stew. Excellent.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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