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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1,625
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4,286
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4.09
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18.34%
 
 
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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 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 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 Bruno74200
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnifique head and colour.
Rum fruit cake both in smell and taste. Maybe a bit boozy. But still good. The hop herbal bitterness is very present for a tripel but the big malt presence don't fool you around

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Photo of Arthuros
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Your classic Belgian tripel, with strong hops giving off citrus-like aromas, hiding malt strength and flavor in the back that comes around after a few seconds. Great nose, giving off strong whiffs of all the aromas. Dark golden color with slightly off-white foam.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid beer in every way. If someone wants a nice intro to the Belgian tripel style, this would be one very nice option to pursue. It's 8% ABV which is acceptable within the style's range but I find that those which are higher ABV (9% and above) tend to find a bit more favor with my palate.

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Photo of jcance
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fucking solid. It is very hoppy for a trappist beer, or for a tripel period. I literally gasped upon my first sip. It is not innovative, it is not out of the ordinary, but the taste is refined and nearly perfect. Even for 2.09 euro/.33L I will definitely be buying this in the future.

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Photo of jonesry09
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's the "hoppiest" of the trappist beers that I have had which is the main reason I enjoy it.

It's a rather simple beer for me, as far as complexity goes but I can't ignore that "big league chew" aftertaste. It's like I am chewing a wad of bubblegum.

I find it very unique and hard to explain. It's a beer you just have to try to understand.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from the stubby 11.2 oz bottle, did a hard pour on accident, anyways it pours a nice burnt orange with a creamy white head, generous amounts of lace to go around

S: Barley, Biscuit, bread, malt, and some slight booze

T: Classic sweet malt on the nose, that fades into a light hop with a bit of spice as well, a slight bitterness resonates at the end

F: Rather light-bodied for a tripel, perhaps too many stouts have distorted my palate, but its nice and smooth with the typical amount of carbonation for Belgians

O: I tend to think of Chimay as a treat beer, limit yourself to every once and awhile, but each beer they produce is enjoyable and world-class. If you have been hesitant to branch out into Belgians, I would recommend the Cinq Cents as a great first step.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (marked "L15-003") poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with an orange glow. Lush frothy white head, recedes to a dense white cap and whispy lace.

Smell: Malt grains, yeasty spice, herbs and hay.

Taste: Full malty body, fruit, spice and big yeast notes. Peppery bitterness culminates in a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, smooth body. Well carbonated to keep a balanced, drinkable feel.

Overall: Flavorful yet mellow; fruit and malt yet bitter and dry - very balanced and harmonious for a bigger beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle purchased at Brussels grocery store.
BB: 12/2018
Served chilled in a Delirium tulip.

Pours cloudy apricot colour. good soapy head that lingers. Smells faintly of yeast.

Taste is very nice and smooth. Great for what its not: not boozy, not sour, not yeasty, not syrupy. Very slightly bitter and resiny, but not overly so. Very nice beer that is far to easy to finish quickly in big gulps.
This is the one...much better than the Red or Blue.

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Photo of sejorules
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it from the keg in a bar. 250ml in the official glass.
A: small head that almost disappears. Cloudy golden. The look is not very impressive.
S: Grassy and hoppy. A little sweetness and bread like.
T: slightly bitter but mostly Grassy. Follows the smell
F: the feeling is very nice. Full, and equilibrated, and not very carbonated. Not a single part overcomes the other ones, but the fresh bitterness has a little more strength, giving more personality to the beer. Very pleasant nevertheless.
O: really nice beer. The smell is amazing, and it doesn't feel like a strong beer. I would definitely love to have it again

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Photo of akdo
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The bottle I bought at the LCBO pours a pale amber liquid with a three-finger head. The latter recedes to a thin layer and maintains that appearance throughout the tasting thanks to the perpetual carbonation if you look very close.

Smell: Not very assertive aromas. The nose yields oak woods.

Taste: In the front-end, the beer tasted like a light IPA because of its notes of woods and also the high ABV. However, it shifts to notes of caramel and honey if you can sense the brief sweetness during the finish. All in all, the palate of this beer is very simple, but enjoyable.

Feel: Once you feel the sweet finish, the hop's bitterness lingers in your windpipe and it can even be felt in the solar plexus.

Overall: Of all the Belgian craft beers I have tasted, this one is at the bottom of the list when it comes to head retention. However, it is a very enjoyable beer I would drink again. Unlike some people, I overlook the high ABV, for it gave this beer a woodsy taste.

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

bottle. Golden orange-amber color with white head. Yeasty aroma, spicy, light hoppy fruity and malty. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous golden honey cloudy with easy three fingers of head that goes down to one finger quickly but lingers there.

tangerine, apples, some baking spices and yeasty musty bit of barn funk - nice hop flavours. malts are there but in the back and light.

light fruity apricot on the tongue right away, quickly forward to a bright sharp hopy bitterness of citrus rind and lemon. yeasty funk comes through the hops as they fade along with dry grains. long dry bitter finish with some minor sweetness.

Mouth is creamy and lush. carbonation bursts around the tongue. feels good!

Overall very fresh and light but of course with very good complexity and balance of many flavours. Not going to blow you away, but its not built that way. Does everything very well, very easy drinking for the ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a small goblet.

A rich cloudy, amber colour with a little sediment. A decent loose head that disappears fairly quickly. No real lacing.

On the nose there is some orange, cloves and light spice. Faint banana and baking aromas developing. Not overly complex. No assertive aromas.

A well rounded maltiness at first with some baked bread coming through. Fading to quite a sharp bitterness on the back of the tongue. Fairly long finish. Not huge but the palate is more complex than the nose.

Good medium-bodied mouth with tight, low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Too boozy for a session but good for one or two. Or three. Finish is slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

Recommended.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

0,33 l. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. It had big and long lasting head with hazy, reddish blonde colour. You can feel flavour of banana, clove and sweety stuff. Although it has a great amount of alcohol (8% vol.), you can't feel it because of its sweet finish. At the end I like this legendary trappist.

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