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

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#1,720
Reviews:
1,673
Ratings:
4,457
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330cc bottle poured into a Chimay goblet
A: Hazy amber color with a 1/2 finger head.
S: Bread and a hint of honey.
T: Clove and green banana up front, with a more subtle lemon/sour kick on the finish.
M: Light but extremely crisp and a bit sour- complex in that it hits from many directions at once.
O: I expected to like this more than I did- it's good, but the aroma/flavors don't stand out.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with orange tints, a huge foamy head that fades slowly and leaves thick rings of lace.

The aroma is fruity with lemon zest, tropical fruits, apples, bananas, and spices; clove and black pepper.

The flavors are in complex layers with banana running throughout. Other fruits such as apple, pear, and tropical flavors. Lemon zest, coriander, black pepper and cloves.

Very smooth, light bodied and fizzy

Very complex and interesting. Over the top and a definite sipper.

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Photo of match1112
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange. half a finger of head quickly disappears and leaves only a thin white ring around the glass.smell and taste are of fruit, spice and yeast. mostly banannas, apples, clove and some bread. mouthfeel is sharp up front with a medium body lively carbonation and a long dry finish. overall too much bananna and clove for me in another beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mountainous crater of white foam tops this sparkling, orange-gold beer. Lots of sweet malt and yeast/hop spice in the nose. I should probably let this warm a bit to better appreciate the aroma, but I can't wait that long!

This is an incredibly drinkable beer at 8% abv--sweet pale malts, some subtle fruity notes, yeast spice, and just enough hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is incredibly light, bubbly, and creamy.

Chimay White was probably the first tripel I ever tasted, though I knew little about Belgian beer, let alone the style, at that time. Revisiting it now that I'm without my North American go-to tripels from Unibroue and Allagash in Tokyo makes me glad that I can get this at the local supermarket.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This tripel from Chimay pours a bit darker then most tripels having an almost amber hue. During the pour not much of a foamy cap was produced and was loose almost soapy tightness. Somewhat hazy in clarity. Aroma was of sweet and spicy malts and lemon juice from the yeast.
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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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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3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%
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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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,457 ratings