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Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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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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#1,661
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1,669
Ratings:
4,444
pDev:
11.14%
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque orange straw with two fingers rocky head. Strong fresh baked bread backbone wit some lemon and slightly spicy yeast aroma. Very bready, like a sugar loaf in taste. Some spiciness and banana, pretty subdued. MF is very creamy, big fan of the feel. Easily drinkable.

While this was easy to drink, it wasn't that interesting. The flavors were subdued and muted. The spiciness could have been kicked up a notch. The banana could have stuck out more, been more in my face. Maybe that's just not their thing, I don't know. But I'll tell you one thing: if this is how it's always going to taste then I'll pass. Hopefully I had a bad batch or one that was handled improperly.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a super-cloudy semi-orange color. Huge, frothy head retains forever. Laces quite thick. Gonna hafta work past this head.

S-Very yeasty. Spicy and pale fleshed fruits. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not bad at all. This is a Tripel all the way.

T-Quite like the nose. Sweet and very spicy. A bunch of pepper lingers. A bit of hop zest. Cloves and of course, a tons of Belgian yeast. Alcohol is masked well but still turns up.

M-Heavier bodied. A lots of sharp bubbles envelop the tongue. Kinda coats the tongue. Alcohol dries me out a tad.

O/D-Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. One of those beers I cannot believe I haven't tried until now. One bottle is good enough for me, but there's plenty to like here especially if you're keen on the Triple.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on-tap at the Winking Lizard, here are the quick notes I made:

The beer was served in a Chimay snifter with a golden body with a nice one inch head.

The aroma was great, yeast/bread, citrus, mellow dried fruits, and some malt. A great smelling beer but not too overpowering.

The taste goes hand in hand with the aroma, a great example of a tripel.

Great medium body that was easy to drink and enjoy.

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This was my first tripel, and apparently it is supposed to be a good one, but I wasn't that impressed...

A: Nice pale gold with a substantial head that lasted the whole way through.
S: Full, hoppy
T: Again, hoppy, but mellowed out with fruits, but biting again with the distinct alcohol taste
M: Full and bitter, but easy to drink
O: It was good, but for the price, there are other really good beers (dare I say better beers).

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Poured into a Chimay goblet. Date on the 330ml bottle indicates April 2011, so its about 10 months old.

A: Gamboge or princeton orange, with a paper white, creamy head, that lingers, but doesnt lace or retain like the Red, probably due to the higher abv.

S: Much more prominent than the red. Big notes of crystal malt, and roasted crushed barley. Slight hints of citrus and coriander. More hops than expected for a Belgian.

T: First notes are coriander, plum, mango, apricot, cherry, and honey. Secondary profile is Munich malt, black pepper, musk, and grapefruit. Fleeting notes of raisin, pine and resin. Much more bitter than expected for a triple. Dry citrus and pepper aftertaste.

M: Light to medium body with mild carbonation. More bitter than sweet. Noticeable Belgian maltodextrin style mouthfeel.

O: I was expecting high and great things for this beer. I was impressed by the mouthfeel, primary taste profile and the aroma. But i think it needs work on the black pepper flavor, raisin musky taste and mouthfeel. Overall a better beer than you'd find most other places, but it doesn't even hold an umbrella for the Chimay red, or other Trappist beers such as Rochefort 6, 10, Westmalle or st Bernardus. A good beer to try once to complete the Chimay trinity. I will revisit this in corked bottle.

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A: This one pours a thick, apple cider brown with tons of yeast flakes. The head, creamy and off-white, sits at a smooth half-finger indefinitely. Velvety, rich lacing surrounds the glass. It’s as yeasty and opaque as an unfiltered Belgian should be.

S: Huge scents of grape juice at the fore – it’s very upfront. Fruity, sugary, and syrupy-sweet. There’s a little bit of other fruit aromas, like apple cider and banana. Other than that, it’s the yeasts, which present themselves with cinnamon bread, spicecake, and some funky ester scents. Quite inviting.

T: Bready, as expected, but with a surprising amount of bitterness – so powerful that it tastes like biting into an unpeeled orange. Light hopping with the fruit presence give it a nice citrus kick that transitions into a lasting grassy astringency. At its core, it’s still a bready powerhouse, rich in pumpernickel spice, crusty French bread, and sourdough. Herbs and funky esters finish it out: clove and coriander, pepper and funk. Aftertaste is apricot and sufficiently creamy malt.

M: A bit dry, but smooth and creamy. Drinkable, though a little more carbonated than usual for this style – it allows the sharper flavors to pop a little more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Pillowy two finger head with nice retention. Body is a slightly hazy golden red. A modest amount of lacing throughout.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,444 ratings
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