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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Blanche is poured from a 750 mL magnum. The beer is quite hazy, almost dirty. A robust, expansive cap of foam floats above. The Duvel tulip, in which it sits, handsomely showcases the beer. The aroma is an inviting mixture of hops and yeast. The fresh hops clear the passages and allow the imbiber a full experience. This tripel has a deceptively light body as it washes the mouth. Yeast and fruit on the palate give way to bitter, spicy hops. Raisins and apples mix wonderfully with the grains. Every sip reveals a slight different take on its complexity. Fruit, sweet malt, yeast, spice and bitterness are all in harmony. At the end the palate is left dry and bitter, but I for one, wouldn't have it any other way.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL stubby bottle from the LCBO; best before 2014. Lots of yeasty sediment visible inside the bottle. It has been months since my last tripel, and with winter almost upon us in Canada, I figured this one was overdue. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a pale, foggy golden-orange colour. Streams of bubbles are easily visible in the cloudy liquid, as are specks of yeasty sediment. Very generous off-white coloured head that manages to be creamy, but still dense and stable enough to retain its lumpy, uneven shape well into the session. Foamy lacing practically coats the sides of the glass as it gradually leaks away. Pleasing aroma with notes of coriander, cloves, Belgian yeast, and banana. Some lemon or orange citrus as well; very fruity, floral and herbal profile.

Doughy, bready malts and tons of yeast are the first things I pick up, but there is plenty of complexity underneath. Various fruity notes are detectable, ranging from tropical fruits, banana and pear, to lemony-orange citrus. Herbal, peppery notes of coriander and clove are more apparent toward the finish. Has a fairly earthy feel on the palate, with good balance between fruity sweetness, yeast and the earthy, herbal bitterness, of which the latter two linger into the aftertaste. Medium, not-quite-full bodied, with a slightly sticky feel in the mouth. Carbonation level is a little more than mild, giving it a good crisp feel. The alcohol is only noticeable if you're looking for it, and feels more like 6% than 8%. This is one I'd like to try aged at some point.

[Updated Mar 7 2016]

This beer is oddly difficult to find in my area, so I haven't been a regular consumer of it over the last 5 years, but I definitely buy a few bottles every time I see a flat in stock. Chimay White can be considered a a yardstick to which all other tripels can be compared: while it probably isn't the best of the Trappist tripels, it's still a really damn good one. Deceptively easy to drink given the abv, yet still a fairly complex and inarguably delicious brew - a fine sipper for any time of year, although you may wonder where it all went when there's an empty, lacing-coated glass sitting in front of you. Highly recommended as an entry point to the style.

Final Grade: 4.36, an A grade.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gradient that turns from yellow at the bottom of the glass to orange near the top, with some yeasty sediment floating around in the glass. Substantial, creamy milk-colored head.

S: A more subtle smell than I expected, but yeast and citrus peel are still prevalent.

T: Spicy and yeasty notes up front, giving way to some citric bitterness on the finish. While both elements are good alone, I feel that the overall flavor is subdued and fades away very quickly.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy and tingly mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

D: A good introduction to tripels that I think everyone should try due to its wide availability.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Pours out a cloudy golden wheat color with a massive foamy white head that settles down to a nice cover and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

S – Very nice yeasty Belgian smell with just a bit of funk and some sweetness.

T – Very subtle sweet flavors to start with what tastes like pear, green grapes and apple. Moves quickly to a bready malt with just a touch of bitterness. Spicy and peppery. Finishes a bit dry with a nice warming presence of alcohol that you feel run down your throat.

M – Medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation. Slightly drying.

O – Very nice tripel here as expected. Pretty drinkable even at the ABV. It may not be the best out there but its better then most. Enjoy.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at a bar in Manhattan that's name escaped me; served in a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a frosty pale with a fading head of white foam.

S: Smells delicious! funky, Belgian yeast and and cloves with hints of citrus, fresh fruits and sweetness.

T: Crisp balance of funk, citrus hops and flan sweetness. It lays heavy on the tongue and finishes dank and fruity.

D: Alcohol is hidden and boldness and complexity of flavours makes this something that I look forward to every time I reach for the glass.

Overall: A great beer! This is such a treat and a delicious experience. Its among the best Tripels and is refreshing and complex.

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

Served on tap into a snifter at Bier Markt

A- Poured a hazy orange color with a frothy ring of head that left lots of lace.

S- Huge bubblegum aroma, clove, belgian yeast, and citrus

T- Lots of bubblegum, belgian yeast, citrus, clove, spices, and light pear taste.

M- Champagne like, finishes very dry, some nice warming on the finish, high carbonation

O- A really good tripel. Highly drinkable with a complex taste and aroma.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color that is on the dark side with hints of amber hues. It has a massive white head with a decent amount of retention, but it does fade to a thin film over time. There appears to be tons of carbonation with waves of bubble streams rising to the top.

S: Belgian yeast and spicy peppery aromas are the backbone aromas. Through this base, mild sweet fruitiness and a slight sting of alcohol make themselves noticeable.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with spicy pepper and the Belgian yeast up front. Pale malts and a mild alcoholic end provide a slight bitter finish.

M: The body is on the lighter side. Similar to other senses, the alcohol makes its presence known with a slight stinging sensation. Surprisingly, I didn't notice much carbonation in spite of its appearance.

O: You can't really go wrong with any Chimay. They provide wonderful examples for the styles they produce and this one is no exception.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle. Brew date: Jan. 1,2011; best by Jan. 1, 2014. 8% ABV, 16.9 degrees Plato.

Allowed to warm up 20 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

Appearance: Dark yellow with orange tinge, cloudy. Slow pour still yielded 3+ fingers of yellow-shade white dense head. Retention goes on forever. Left fluffy rings of lacing.

Smell: Spicy fruity aromas. Bready, banana, cloves, grass, peppery, very nice.

Taste: Banana, orange, cloves, biscuit, nice bitterness mixed in. The alcohol is detectable but is not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with tons of carbonation. Left a dry lingering bitterness, a good bitterness.

Overall: Excellent beer. I may prefer the blue label Chimay, but this one is very nice. Full of flavor, and the aromas are multidimensional. Recommended highly.

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Photo of Luigi
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a thick white head that never goes away. Sticks all over the glass. Some yeast sediments are present and light carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is full of bread, yeast, and fruit. Even the bitter hops pull through.

The taste is full of balancing malts. yeast, and hops. Some ripe fruit hits the tongue, but the bread like malts and yeast the pulls through the most. A bit of alcoholic sweetness and a bitter hop finish. Carbonation make this Abbey ale easy to drink.

Over all just an easy thumbs up. A great abbey tripel!

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Photo of barleyroad
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a gold with some cloud to it, nice for this type of brew. The smell is good with that hoppy pils aroma. The mouthfeel is exceptional and leaves nicely. Taste, good to great. We are now big fans of this beer. Overall we think this is a must have beer. This is an instant classic.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass

A: hazy golden color with a fluffy white head, tons of head, receding to about two fingers. Sticky lacing.

S: sugary yeast, boozy, lemon zest, licorice.

T: subtle fruits, boozy, but not overpowering or too warm. Very mild hops.

M: slightly sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.

O: an absolute favorite of mine.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a three pack with Chimay Chalice from Costco.

Sweet fruity smelling,hazy golden color with good head , retains to bottom of chalice. Nice lacing of glass.I did not drain this to the sediment. Not alcoholic in taste despite 8% ABV..
Slightly bitting but nice aftertaste.Flavor improves as it warms!

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

This Chimay is called a tripel. But where there are blonds that feel like a tripel, this is a tripel feeling like a blond. After long thinking: the smell reminds of (Dutch) Chrismas bread with raisins and almond spice.

L: good; whitebeer looking gold;
S: malt, liquorice, treacle, honey and a touch of orange at the background, Chrismas bread;
T: orange, malty; I'm missing hops to finish the taste;
M: good, good, good. But not more. Alcohol is hidden.
O: just a good, nice, round beer, with some interesting aspect; but a little bit to smooth.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Matchbox in DC

Pours a medium golden color w/ an off white head. Good carbonation and lacing in the Chimay goblet. Fairly light nose for what I was expecting from this tripel. The nose is yeast, spices, malt, clove. Fairly light (again) for a tripel. Taste is the same profile, on the light side for the style, but good nonetheless. Feel is very carbonated, and very dry. This beer is good, but there two other Chimays that ar better. The Grande Reserve is a world class beer, and the Dubbel is really excellent as well. This beer is good, but not what I expect from Chimay. Cheers.

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Photo of zimm421
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a tulip. Appears a nice golden color with a thick white head. The head leaves beautiful lacing and has great staying power.

Nose is sweet with nice spices, and wonderful Belgian yeast. Smells great and very refreshing. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose, but it's not overly powerful. Taste is fruity, sweet and spicy. Tastes just like a tripel should. This is extremely refreshing and everything just works together in great ways.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high in carbonation. Finishes dry with a little bitterness there. Overall, a great beer. If it wasn't so expensive it could be my go-to. Just love the way everything goes together and the refreshing qualities it has.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opaque burnished gold with ecru foamy 1-plus finger head that settles to a cap. Sediments settle out. Initial mild aroma increases with warming : earthy browned apple and peach skin plus some kind of herb (thyme) and spice (cardamom? allspice?). The taste is fleeting fruitiness then oak woodiness. Warming alcohol and dryness follow. Not really good but not bad either.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BBF 2011. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a monstrous 3 finger frothy white head with annoyingly good retention. Beer is a clear, deep goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Reall attractive. Even for the style.

Nose is surprisingly subtle. Some tropical citrus fruit and cane sugar. Belgian yeast round out a very pedestrian aroma.

Opens sweet. Pineapple, yeast, citrus, and lemon. Brown sugar and cane sugar sweeten the backbone. Belgian yeast spiciness. Some coriander and flower petals at the end. Powdery finish that is sweet pineapple. Aftertaste is a sweet and bitter yeastiness. Pretty typical for the style.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and warm and slightly dry going down. Finish is messy with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Not amply carbonated as appropriate for the style but still really drinkable and the smoothness ties the flavors together nicely.

A very representative tripel. Great tropical fruit flavor and really solid feel. Worth aging to see if the slightly aggressive flavors mellow out a bit. Cellar this one!

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Photo of bobhits
2.59/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


A lovely yellow orange golden color, with a thin white head with a moderate amount of carbonation shooting up form the bottom. No effort to decant this beer leaves a nice density to the body without any issues.

Citrus and a touch of sour notes with virtually no malt aromas are all I can get from the start. The next smell brings out light sugar which turns the citrus notes to a citrus fruity aroma.

This beer takes on a summer beer’s citrus and fruity flavors with hops that give off a touch of sour but finishes dry and clean. The best triple flavor I’ve had. Just a wonderful citrus flavor.

Now the flaw of other Chimay beers only x10. This beer is virtually undrinkable with all the carbonation.

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Photo of Jerone
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy gold color with some little bubbles and a creamy offwhite head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is of yeast, hops and some spice.

The taste is quite yeasty with a bit of floral hops and some spice notes coming through, some wheat in the middle too. A pretty dry finish. No sweetness to this beer or much detectable malt. The mouthfeel is very nice, coats your mouth and the bubbles feel really good.

A solid beer, but not my favorite type of beer. Definately something a beer fan should try.

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

Chimay White (Cinq Cents) has a thick, off-white head and a hazy amber appearance with little lacing but lots of tiny suspended particles throughout. The aroma is of citrus (oranges?), bread, cinnamon, and some bread. Taste is of some citrus, wheat bread, cinamon, and a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Chimay White finishes semi-dry and smooth. The aftertaste is spicy. Overall, this is excellent, and I highly recommend it.


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Photo of Idodgepucks
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on the menu at Yardhouse and gave it a try after seeing such high reviews. Poured into a goblet.

A - Really nice pour. Perfect amount of foam, about 1 finger. The color was a really nice orange and cloudy, so you couldn't see through the beer.

N - Pleasant and easy, with some hints of fruit. I rated a 4 because I didn't think it was an unpleasant smell but definitely didn't think it was anything special.

T - Compared to other Tripel's, this one was my favorite. From start to finish this beer leaves you satisfied and with a real nice taste. I'm writing up the review a day after, so I'm going to limit what I put here, but definitely loved the fruit notes on this one. They didn't overpower that malt taste, and instead brought a real nice balance.

O - Excellent beer. I definitely can't wait to drink again, but I'm not sure how it would be coming out of a bottle. There is a lot to enjoy from this beer, so I definitely suggest a goblet.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chimay... will it be the one to topple the mighty Duvel that is currently my highest rated beer? Well it certainly looks up to task in it's stunted brown glass bottle advising me on the side that it is a Trappist beer; beer made by monks. "Who is better suited to making beer than monks?" I ask, take away sex, drugs, rock n' roll, and beer is pretty much one of the only vices left for us to enjoy.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice glass.

A: This beauty presents with a deep orange (bordering on brown) cloudy body and a cappuccino froth white head that compacts itself down to 0.5 cm. The carbonation bubbles look big so I'll be expecting some champagne frizzante.

S: Wheat beer characteristics define this brew; cloves, banana phenols and bread yeast aromas abound and promise a fine drop.

T: Beware: This is one strong drop (in alcohol and flavour). The taste is dense alcoholic sugars up front with sour bread and cloves ending with some of the most aggressive hops I've ever encountered (the bitterness is through the roof). Definitely not as much finesse in this as Duvel, for example Duvel has a more balanced flavour profile and a higher ABV (8.5% compared to White's 8%). Note: I did shake the bottle a little to excite the yeast at the bottom. Maybe I souldn't have done that (?).

M: Better than expected. Very smooth, quite sticky also.

D: Verdict? Buy Duvel. It's still the best Belgian beer I've had. Otherwise I still want to try Chimay Blue and Red, but this beer was a minor disappointment (the hype surrounding it didn't help). The next question is: Leffe Blonde or Chimay White? Fairly similar flavours, but it's 6.60% ABV versus 8% ABV and considering this fact Chimay White trumps Blonde.

Food match: I would match this with a dessert because the sugars in this are quite strong. Which dessert? Your choice, however my personal favourites are Tiramisu or a lemon curt tart... Cannoli as well now that I think about it.

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Photo of jimiboi
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: cloudy golden liquid. I poured a 4 finger head that wanted to stick around forever with massive chunks left behind on the glass.

S: bready, yeasty, Yum!

T: bready, plenty of yummy yeastiness.

M: creamy, with spicy tongue, with a lax alcoholic kick in the back of the throat.

O: The beer to induct an unconvinced macro serf to ultimate craft beerdom.

I want to swim naked in this beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into matching Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy dark iced-tea colored with a huge light tan head that slowly faded into a very thick film that left a complex network of lacing down the glass.
S: Rich and sweet fruits, apple juice, cardamom, and light bread. Spicier than the flavor.
T: Spicy and sweet flavors of Belgian yeast, golden fruits, peach, orange, lemon and dark bread crust. The finish is lightly sour and the aftertaste is sweet and yeasty. Rather bready overall.
M: Frothy carbonation bubbles up in my mouth over a thick mouthfeel and medium-thick body.
O: One of my old time favorites although I might like it better on tap. A very solid tripel but not the best. A trademark of the style though, and everyone should try this.

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Photo of obywan59
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather viscous-looking golden orange color into my over-sized wine glas. A two fingered thick white head tops it off. Very carbonated and very elegant.

Smell of richly sweet, toasted malt with a bit of fruity, grassy hops and some light earthy yeast. Sometimes I get a whiff that's almost sweet hazelnut coffee.

Sweet apple with more toasted malt, clearer than the scent. Spicy, earthy yeast

Illusoroy thick feel due to the heavy carbonation. Very peppery with a nice alcohol burn in the throat.

Definately a sipper. Very crisp at the start, but much more smooth in the end.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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