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Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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4.13/5
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4,445 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,662
Reviews:
1,670
Ratings:
4,445
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into Chimay goblets in honor of my wife's birthday.

Appearance: semi-opaque; amber/peach in color with a 2 finger head that lingers down to a half finger. Frothy, eggshell white head. Excellent lacing

Smell: floral, citrus, fresh oranges and coriander

Taste: Belgian yeast really pops. Slight taste of coriander. Alcohol and light hops drift in. Dry, black pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: medium; great carbonation. Love to let this one sit on the tongue.

Overall: very elegant, smooth Belgian trippel. Let it warm a bit; flavors and smoothness come in even stronger. My wife says, "Yum!" Happy birthday.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Handsome bottle that blew smoke out the top upon the open like a simmering volcano wanting to explode. Quite clear golden liquid for a tripel. Good clarity. Creamy white head with good lacing.

Smell - Nice odor that is yeasty with light fruit hints.

Drinkability or smoothness or lack of smoothness -

Taste ...WORLD CLASS...Nice hoppy taste. Smooth. I usually prefer something sweeter or maybe maltier, but this has proper balance. One note concerning Chimays is that there is always a noticeably stronger alcohol flavor apparent, and Chimay white melds this bitterness almost perfectly with a bit of sweet. There is more peel than fruit taste but spices and fruit flavorings are so very subtle. There is something unique and clean about this beer.

Overall - Overall this is a champion product. Every serious beer lover would probably be recommended to try this baby.

This beer goes well with Dvorak or Debussey piano music. Depends on your taste. God Save the Queen. I prefer listening to Satie.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Agent1
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorite breweries. Very excited for this...

Appearance - A rich gold with mild orange coloration. Very creamy white head. These Trappist beers are always highly compressed in the bottle, so the moment you open this, it springs to life. Slightly cloudy, yet the color remains quite vivid.

Smell - This beer gives off a rich scent of yeast and citrus. Subtle hints of orange peel and even lemon bring the nose to attention. Although this is not a wheat beer, the bouquet gives off a very subtle smell of said characteristic. This could be due to the use of wheat starch.

Taste - This is definitely the driest of hops used by Chimay. The combination of sugars and dry-hops bring out a strong bitter orange peel. Tasting light traces of lemon again -- not much, but they are there. As bitter as this beer is, it is still incredibly balanced. Light hints of vanilla as well. The thick malts and the generous amounts of sugar help distract the tongue and make for a very smooth experience.

Mouthfeel - Little carbonation helps this beer stand out in its complexity. It is quite syrupy (in a good way) and it stimulates almost all parts of the mouth, predominantly the roof. Quite a hearty Triple to take in.

Overall - It's no wonder that the Belgian monastic aficionados would consider this wondrous beer a meal on its own! There are so many complex flavors to this brew without being overly obvious. This is a beer that took me a while to decipher given its subtle characteristics and surreptitious craftsmanship. Lots going on here, but almost to the point where it becomes hard to pin-point. This is a good thing. And it seems every ingredient added deserves its place. Once again, I am left amazed by another astounding beer licensed under the 'Authentic Trappist Product' legacy. A true classic.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,445 ratings
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