Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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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

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Ratings:
4,451
pDev:
11.14%
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4.26
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My overall feelings for the bottle and design are pretty much the same as for the Grande Reserve, and will probably be the same again for the Red. Nice heraldry–like design and medieval-feel. Good minimalism. Love the chalice they gave me, very sexy… Nice simple bottles.

The beer pours like peach juice and piss or ice tea, a very dark brownish orange, but it has an almost ruby pink tinge to it with a nice creamy white head that dissipates at an average pace and leaves a thick sloppy lacing that forms mountain peaks and clouds on the sides of the glass... It smells banana-like with nice bready undertones from the yeast, and an almost lemon-like smell can be found there too. If you take a quick whiff you might also detect a slight trace of wet dog, which is not the most appealing thing to smell in a beer, but that is not overly present in the smell. The smell is actually quite weak for what I was hoping for, nothing is really prominent, but I suppose I’ll let it pass since this isn’t really a floral beer… It tastes like tart bananas. There’s also some nice slight spicing that gives it a little zest. There is almost a hops bitterness to the mouthfeel, though the beer is very crisp and thicker. It seems very cool and refreshing for a summer’s day, but sits a little heavy in the stomach (as most Belgians seem to for me…). In the second gulp I could almost swear I detected hints of peach in the flavor, but that may be because I said it looked like peach juice at the beginning of this review... The fruitiness of the beer is definitely present however, and leaves a nice sweet feeling on the sides of the tongue, with plenty of saliva frothing on the tongues top. Overall, this seems like a decent tripel, I haven’t really had enough beer in the style to pass actual judgment on it, but I found it palatable and tasty. I’m not a huge fan of the Belgians, but I would drink this again if I was offered it.

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Golden pour, thin white head, fine lacing. Typical Trippel smell, though nothing too prominent. Taste is underwhelming compared to all I've heard about this being an excellent brew. Notes of banana, clove, wheat, and a touch of spice. Tastes like a slightly weaker and more bitter St. Bernardus Tripel. Head was not as creamy or large as St. bernardus either. I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt though and blame it on an old keg or dirty lines, but overall I was disappointed compared to all I've heard about this Trappist brew.

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Pours hazy orange, with a white head. Smells citrusy, of bread and of Belgian yeast. The taste is bitter and refreshing, with high carbonation and a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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pours a cloudy dull gold hue; bit of an aggressive pour yields a big, billowing 3" head. excellent retention and lacing. for a beer with this stature the nose doesn't blow me away like i thought it might (too high expectations, i suppose) but it is nice: notes of lemon, banana, maybe peach, belgian yeast, and some spice.

flavor just excels, as though the nose was merely a facade. extremely flavorful with a lot of complexity. the fruitiness of it (lemon, banana, peach, and apple notes) pair well with coriander and clove, yeast and malt. very tasty. medium-bodied mouthfeel with some lively carbonation.

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A: single finger head on a hazy golden body.

S: aroma is very light. Corriander, Belgian yeast and tropical fruit, mostly pineapple.

T: lots of corriander, mild yeast, with fruitiness from apple and pineapple. Mild herbal and earthy notes. Fairly simple. Sweetness to the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body and high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,451 ratings
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