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.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay branded chalice.

Appearance: My pour out of the bottle has a murky faded golden color with a tangerine tint. An ever-rising taupe head that exhibits a typically Trappist bubbly carbonation. Sheets of lace coat the glass on the way down.

Smell: The aroma has a full bready aroma. Full cereal grains, honey, Belgian spicy yeast, and some cloves.

Taste: The flavor starts with the grains coming on pretty strong. Somewhere between biscuity and bready, some honey and light caramel sweetness comes in next. The estery yeast adds a nice spiciness, but the flavor loses steam toward the end. There is an annoying metallic taste that comes in toward the end, and the malt sweetness seems to have run out of steam. I noticed the same metallic taste on tap, but I figured I would give a bottle a chance in case it was a one time problem. It is not.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation here follows the typical lively Belgian style. Very full and bubbly, it almost seems to scrub the tongue and remain somewhat creamy at the same time. There is a rugged graininess that is a clear result of the brewing style. Overall the body is on the fuller side of medium, but it is smooth enough to drink fairly easy.

Overall: Chimay had such a cache for me when I first started into the craft beer scene. But after having quite a few great Belgians and trying some of the more creative American styles, this tripel just leaves a bit to be desired. The carbonation is a bit out of control, and the slight metallic flavor towards the end is a turn off as well. At this point there are a few readily available tripels I would rather have.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/05/11 notes. Got a bottle of this at St. Arnolds on Jefferson Place in Washington, DC last night. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

a - Pours a pale straw yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evidnent. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Looks awesome.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, light citrus, spices, and bready malts. No alcohol, which is nice. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, cloves, light bananas, and bready malts. Lots of pepper here which brings it a down a tiny bit for me, as I liked the more fruit and citrus in the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good tripel, especially for the price and availability. Little too much pepper in the taste for me, but something I'd certainly drink or buy again if I'm looking for a tripel.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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