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 chicagobeerguy
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A cloudy hazy yellow, small head, decent lacing
S: Prune, apricot, raisin, Belgium yeast, notes of clove and bubble gum
T: A soft fruity flavor with the apricot really coming out, ends slightly bitter, yeast adds a nice smooth touch
F: A medium to high carbonation that feels soft when first reaches tongue and then kicks it up with a punch of carbonation, crisp and clean
O: A nice tripel that would complement a light fish or chicken dish

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy dull golden yellow with a fluffy head of active foam that dissipates quickly.

Immediate wave of peaches and apricots, honey, herbal/floral hop aroma, and yeasty spice.

Honey, biscuits, and sweet peaches is accompanied by a slightly tart apricot note and finishes dry.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, balanced.

Overall, true to class and needs to be tried!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber-gold with a big head that lasts a long time and leaves a film and lacing. Nose is classic yeast, spice, and light fruit. Taste is mellow...not an in-your-face tripel, but creamy, esters, light spice. Really an all round beer. A touch astringent on the finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a beautifully full head. The aroma offers up lots of tart apricot, as well as banana, raisin, peach, and some crusty french bread for malt character. The tart apricot continues, as well as some clove and nutmeg spice character. The background notes of banana, plum, date, and fig. The mouthfeel is light and exuberant. Overall this a a sensationally good beer - tons of tart fruit flavor, a nice supporting amount of spice.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber pour with almost no head - not inspiring. However, along comes an amazing nose of yeast, caramel, ripe fruits. Taste isn’t as intriguing, but nice yeast and malt come through - though a little watery. Wish this tasted like it smelled.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-hazy blonde copper amber color with a massively thick, creamy head and extremely generous and steady carbonation. Massive sticky head on the sides of the glass.

S - Dry pears, some funk, light yeast, lemon peel with clove.

T - Pears, alcohol effervescence, spice, and ends with some lightly bitter tangy orange and lemon rind, cloves, spice, and very mild alcohol heat. There's a touch of caramel sweetness but buried.

M - Very creamy, velvety, dry.

O - Would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of cmurkar
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy straw orange color with thick white, very foamy head. Smell is spicy cloves and fruit. Peppery flavor, with slight hop and fruity finish. Dry beer, with strong alcohol presence. Leaves smooth feeling in the mouth.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this. Poured yellow gold with a big foamy head. Citrus, banana, bread, spices, and a pleasant yeast flavor/aroma. Great carbonation combines with a medium body feel. Would definitely drink this again.

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

Bought from Tamuras 11.2oz $6.49
Orange amber cloudy color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
High carbonation
Taste of orange, slightly sweet, spices
Overall a really good beer to really sip and taste. As high as the alcohol is I can't taste it, which is a good thing. Shows how well made it is. I would drink again.

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Photo of OlaB
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: gives of a nice golden orange color,clear, a very nice big top of creamy head that disolves halfway and then stays there for a good time, nice lacings on the glass

S: light fruits especially peaches,some citrus, sweet malts, caramel, floral hop notes,some spices

T&F: very much as the aroma, fruits, light malts, yeast,,the aftertaste gives a balanced taste of floral hops and different spices ,, that stays there for a long time, very deep flavour that stays there for a good time. Very easy drinkable, the high alcohol content very good masked

O: A delicious beer, nothing else to say, even if it not so good as chimay blue and red, it sure comes very close.
A classic belgian beer that never disappoint

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dry & slightly bitter ale with pilsner characteristics. Nothing to brag about and I've never been a big fan of tripels, no matter how well they are crafted or their reputation.

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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
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nothing new under the sun with this review. (But, I'm glad this ale and I are still under the sun.)
Looks are a classic tripel. Rocky head with tight bubbles on the periphery, big ones rising from the stem and central pour.
Smells like a well-crafted balance: malty sweetness is biggest, spicing is in the back and alcohol is hidden (but comes later.)
Taste comes through a bit rummy... maybe its the site brewer's sugar, maybe its me. But the alcohol is first ale, then rum.
Feel is full and cleanses the palate. Somewhat hoppy finish and distinctively dry. And I'm ready for another bite of food.
All made better by Brother Theodore's genius at isolating a yeast strain.
I wish some American could do that.

Reviewed in "MJ's Great Beers of Belgium" gives the monks at Chimay four full pages and advises having the white Cinq Cents with delicate appetizers. His "Guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars calling it "firm, dry body. slender for its gravity" and "noble" and, after a long passage, comments that it is not typically Chimay and then, to make his point, reviews the Grand Reserve.
Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Cinq Cents is on the "!001" list and deserves it.... but then, so deserves every brew Chimay makes... IMHO.

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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 Raime
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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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
4.09 out of 5 based on 4,386 ratings.
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