Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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

Small bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Batch number is L08-684.

Appearance: Very hazy amber-orange with a nicely dense and persistent white head. Lots of bubbles coming up through the beer if I hold it up to the light and look closely. Some thick strands of lacing noted, but it did have a tendency to slide down the glass back into the top foam. Despite a careful pour, I know some of the yeast sediment came along for the ride and I suspect that is coloring the beer and making it very hazy.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet, fruity (plums), just a hint of orange and phenol. Quite complex, but appealing.

Taste: Complex. Definitely some hop bitterness, with a tiny bit of orange citrus, along with some earthy and spicy notes. Really hard for me to pull apart the flavors here - everything blends together with this beer. The malt is muted with this one; the sweetness in the aroma is mostly missing in the taste but it is just barely there as something yeasty and plum-like. At first I thought the beer needed to warm up more, but even once it warms up a lot, the sweetness is still muted and the flavor profile is still pretty much the same, just warmer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that cleans the palate, but does leave some spicy sensation on the tongue. Nice thickness - quite smooth, but I cannot call it creamy.

Overall / Drinkability: Really a complex beer. Good, but difficult to figure out what all I'm drinking here. For all I have heard about this beer, I can say it is good, but I've had better Tripels. Maybe the sediment that came along has muddied the flavors. So in the end - good, just not great. Maybe again with a more careful pour I'll get a different beer.

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

This one's been sitting around for some time. Looking forward to seeing how it compares to the rest of Chimay's offerings.

A - Pours a cloudy murky golden colour, a tad on the chunky side, 3 fingers of ever expanding head with solid retention and mountainous chunky lacing.

S - ABV is detectable on the nose, sweet yeast esters, wheat, cloves, bubble gum, musty cardboard and a hint of cotton candy.

T - Bitter citrus leafy hops, yeast esters and sweet cloves, the bready malt lingers on the palette with a wheat flavoured aftertaste. ABV comes off more tart than sweet, packing a punch, though not to be interpreted as offensive.

M - Medium bodied, touch of ABV heat, though pretty smooth going down and a touch of dryness of the finish.

O - Tasty tripel and certainly worth picking up. ABV is noticeable, but this is a nice sipper and would be enjoyed by any fan of the style.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,471 ratings