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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,408
Reviews:
1,661
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a clear chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color, with a one finger white foam head that retains well. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty with phenols of light fruits. Some subtle hops in the mix and a little whiff of alcohol.

Taste: More hops than the usual Belgian Tripel, and I like that. It's a good mix with the yeasty phenols and light wheat-like flavors. A really well balanced and smooth drinking Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy soft carbonation and finishes slightly dry.

Overall: Great session Tripel and a really excellent example ot a Trappist Tripel. Not as sweet as other Belgian Tripels, which is what makes this a unique one in the style. The extra hops and dry profile make it interesting, and I rank it highly on my list of Belgian Tripels.

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Photo of Nyskizy
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of AaronKashtan
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of splendidsplinter
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet grapes and grass dominate the nose, backed up by caramel. Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head. The Muscat grapes are also the forward most flavor followed by grass, lemon, pepper, and dry, peppery, and sticky finish.

Chimay's newest beer also features apples and more hops than the others. You also won't notice that this is 8% ABV until you're almost done with it.

Another world-class beer from Chimay. Outstanding!

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of unfiltered dark honey, and a hint of orange. A huge light tan head develops after it took 3 pours from the 33cl bottle to get this into my Chimay goblet.

Smell is of light citrus, lemony, spice and Belgian yeast. A touch of malt is there underneath.

Taste is not as complex as the smell. A touch of non citrus hops opens the taste, some spice joins in the middle and the malt on the end.

Taste is smooth, great carbonation makes this an easy 8% to drink, yet there is an after taste/feeling I can't place, which is the reason for a slightly lower rating.

Another classic. I tried all the Chimays long ago, but reviewing them here makes me appreciate them more. Thanks again Sam for the Chimay goblet.

DOA

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a little sit down with the Red, Blue and White Chimay's after many previous individual samplings...

Pours a clear orange gold color, full cap of prickly white bubbles, decent retention, little lacing. Scent leads with whiffs of light fruit and sourdough bread, minimal sweetness and light spices. Taste has notes of apricot, pear and grape, sourdough bread brings some grain and tangyness to the mix, yeast brings some light spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly bubbly and dry finish. Lighter and bubblier than many in the style, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a Chimay wide-mouthed glass. Pours a hazy yellowish-caramel with 2 fingers of white head peppered with yeast sediment from the bottle. Also some sediment floating in the beer. Thick, pillowy head that clings to the class with nice lacing.

Smell reveals some light fruit with pepper/spicy notes. Some orange or lemon peel perhaps. A nice belgian yeast quality comes through as well. Also some grassy and fruity hop notes. Fruit best described as lighter fruit--pear/apple/concord grape. Let this warm some and a sweetness comes through -- a sugary goodness.

Taste is lightly spiced with some fruit as noted in the nose. Concord grape taste is definitely there. Produces a very dry finish with a little tartness. Think dry biscuit flavor combined with some fruit (concord grape, apple, pear), pepper, and the unique Chimay strain of Belgian yeast. As the beer warms slightly, there is some sugary sweetness that also appears towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a dry finish. This tripel does have a richness in the feel as it rolls across the mouth.

Overall, a classic tripel. Any aficionado of the style should have this one on hand or in stock.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
4.09 out of 5 based on 4,408 ratings.
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