Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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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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Photo of Josiah2729
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, poured into goblet

A-Orange-Golden hazy, with 2 finger head, some nice lacing.

S-Fruity spice, smells like sweet oranges and yeast.

T-Amazing! Alcohol taste is there, but is just right. Fruity, yeasty, with just the right amount of hops. I didn't want it to end.

M-Light carbonation, smooth, easy slow drinker

O-Excellent. Great Belgian, can't wait to get more and share some with friends.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Chimay gift pack. Best before 2013.

A - Cloudy with chunks suspended. Golden in colour. Nice thick two finger, white head. Minimal to medium carbonation. Nice lacing all the way down.

S - Tons of nice zesty notes reminding me alot of oranges. Tons of yeast notes there too.

T - Nice stuff. A little booze, some orange and other fruity notes with a nice yeast kick and a dry finish. Nice finish with a little kick of something interesting I can't pinpoint.

M - Good carbonation. Full body and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I could do a few of these and would never turn one away.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked the Chimay Red, so I am very eager to review this one.

A- Wow! This pours a fantastic, picturesque apricot colour with a foamy, white and surprisingly large head that retains exceptionally well. This looks strikingly similar to an IPA and is very cloudy.

S- Nose is basically citrus, coriander, yeast and malt. This smells quite complex- without even a hint of alcohol.

T- On the palate, there is a subdued level of sweetness upfront which seems to toy with your tastebuds as to understand the full scope of the flavour. A grainy malt is coming through, which adds to that overall sweetness as it warms up. This almost tastes like a more robust Hefeweisen. On the back, I get a distinct and very welcome hop bitterness. Subtle and complex at the same time, this is truly excellent. I should also mention that the alcohol is completely and utterly unnoticeable at 8% ABV.

M- This beer feels perfect on the tongue. The carbonation is at a very pleasant level- less than the red but giving enough character. The body is deceptive: not thin but very manageable.

O- This is superb. Chimay white is an amazing beer. I can see now, from having the red and the white, how this beer has earned its great reputation. What a real treat this one was.

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

Received as a gift in December 2010. At least 8 months of age in the bottle. This is the smaller bottle from the gift set poured into my Chimay glass, also from said gift set.

A: Poured a darker straw color into the glass with a thick, white head. The head lingers in the glass for quite a while, but the lacing does not stick to the side of the glass much.

S: Smells yeasty with citrus or orange notes. Has a slightly bitter smell.

T: Yeasty, lots of citrus flavor, and a sweetness.

M: Well carbonated! Almost like a champagne/sparkling wine feeling. Very light.

O: This a great beer from Chimay, second only to the blue.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am finishing up with a very pleasant interlude with Chimay Red, so perhaps a little Carly Simon is in order - "Anticipation, it's making me wait."

From the bottle: "The registered trademark 'Trappist' certifies that this ale was brewed within the walls of an existing trappist monastery under the control of the trappist community. A major part of the sales revenue is used by the monks to support charitable works. The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey's walls, gives Chimay its unique richness. Since 1862, Chimay's secondary fermented ales have neither been pasteurized nor filtered and only natural ingredients are used. To fully appreciate the agreeable combination of fresh hops and yeast of the Chimay Triple, serve chilled, in a wide-mouthed glass."

I am ready and so is the beer! I got two fingers of thick, eggshell-white head with excellent retention off of my pour. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity thanks to my careful decanting of the beer off of the lees. Nose had a pronounced grassy hoppiness, along with a slight tartness and a yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was very full with an initial heat followed by a wild combination of flavors, including white grapes, grassy hops, a slight cheesiness, must and persimmon. Oh, yes, this was tart and hot and I was loving it! Finish was layered with the heat leaving me initially breathless, followed by a a white grape vinousness and lingering with a cheddar cheesiness in the back of the throat. Holy mother ... ! I am not sure that I ever really took note of this beer. I have had Rouge et Bleu repeatedly, especially when B. United was doing their east coast sales, but Blanc seems like a new experience.

On that note, let's come full circle and cue up some more music, this time courtesy of Madonna Louise Ciccone, "Like a Virgin". Tasted for the very first time! That or the convo in "Reservoir Dogs" when they dissected the song. That might be more appropriate for yours truly. I have had so much beer that for something to capture my attention this way, it must be spectacular.

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Photo of dsprainman
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well this is my second Chimay after having the Blue multiple times. This one is much more lively right from the pour. An explosive head of bright white bubbles reached between 2 and 3 fingers. Lively bubble reach for the surface of this light golden colored body. Unfortunately I'm just slightly congested, but on the nose hints of white grape are coming through along with citrus flavors. The taste comes off as a complex mix of light fruits. pears, citrus, grapes. Mouth feel is lively, like champagne. All in all, an outstanding beer.

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

This beer was dispensed from the tap into a Chimay chalice. The color is a golden light orange and has a nice fine, lacey head that is about a finger thick. 

It smells like a sweet white grape juice mixed with an aroma of Champagne and earthy musk. You can clearly smell the aromas of the hops. 

Nicely hopped and dry.  There is hoppy bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of the malt and fine yeast flavor.  I taste hints of grapes, raisins, and apple. The bitterness of the hops has a slight orange rind taste. 

The mouthfeel is amazing. This is medium bodied, finely carbonated, has a dry finish. Easy to drink and goes well with crab cakes!

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Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- This beer explodes with bubbles like the initial water poured onto dishsoap that blooms into foamy cleanness. The head leaves thick but short lived lacing on the glass. The liquid is cloudy and colored orange with a grey tint.

S- Smells spicy, a bit of bitter orange or deep lemon. Some yeastiness in a very light musk kind of way. Maybe some caramel

T- The taste is sweeter with a nice spiciness which seems to come from both the hops and the yeast. Earthy bitterness along the sides of my mouth, but not enough to reach the back.

M- Much less sweet and noticeably hot/alcoholic than I normally taste in tripels. That really improves it for me.

O- Good, I guess this is a classic example of the style and I can see why- all the flavors are present and noticeable, but nothing is overdone or forced. A very sippable beer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a Chimay brand chalice style glass.

A - Hazy golden orange is the way I'd describe it. A snow white head that held very nicely in the Chimay brand glass. Citrus aroma was all over this brew.
S - Smells of different spices that are very nice. This was the best part of the experience for me. It's a lovely smelling brew as are all Chimay Trappists brews. Somewhat of an apple smells here that is very citrusy. There were other ci
T - Loads of fine hops. It was a sweet brew, but honestly I expected it to be sweeter than it was. Fresh Belgian yeast was amazing as always. The somewhat bitterness to it reminded me of an earthy like taste. Some sort of grape notes and even a touch of raisin that all go together very well.
M - A medium bodied brew that's somewhat high on ALC% but still fairly easy to drink. Very nicely carbinated and sits well in a Chimay chalice.
O - You can't go wrong with any Trappists I've ever had. They are all great for the most part. This one is no exception. It was a lovely experience and I picked it up at my local Kroger's grocery which is nice. I prefer the Chimay Premiere Red over this, but this is worth to try. I find myself buying the Red cap when I buy Chimay. However the Cinq Cents is still another fine brew from Chimay. A lovely Tripel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy golden color with a lacing white head. The smell is full of spices. The taste is very bold lots of spices a bit of corrinder. Good strong flavor very nice carbonation. Overall of course this is a fantastic beer; complex flavoors strong bold flavors.

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Photo of fields336
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SN Snifter,

A: Wonderful looking golden beer, with 1.5 finger fluffy carbonated white head. Bubbles form all throughout the head, and the both they and the head stick around for a while. some lacing and some alcohol legs stick to the sides of the glass.

S: white Grapes, light fruits, huge huge notes of Belgian yeast. Bready, biscuity malts are the stars, some light sugars. Really light and flavorful smelling.

T: Lots of Belgian yeast, the sweetness is really not in the forefront as i thought it would be. Decent hop presence, which I was not expecting. Forefront of the tongue is a sweet and bready and yeasty taste, which transitions to the hop bitterness at the back of the tongue. There is definitely a funk at the back of the tongue, from the yeast.

M: Creamy, medium bodied beer, really light and easy to drink, the alcohol is not coming through except for maybe a hint at the end. Carbonation is really nice too. clears the palate for the next sip. Just excellent.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amber straw color. Nice two-finger offwhite bubbly head. So-so on the retention and lacing.

S- Mmmmm. Smells great. Banana and bubblegum. Nice spicy yeast notes. Some light fruits in the mix.

T- Dominant in the banana taste, but not overpowering at all. Nice bit of a cloves and pepper through out. Green apples, apricots, and pears. A slight bitterness is present in the finish.

M- A bit heavy for the style, but with the med-high carbonation, makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Interesting that its creamy and crisp at same time.

O- Perfect example of a tripel. Excellent summer brew. Balanced very nicely. Would drink over and over again.

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

330 mL bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: It pours hazy orange with a half-finger of dirty white head and bits of sediment floating around.

S: Citrus, apple, and peppery yeast.

T: Lots of citrus, red apples, apricot, peach, yeasty spice, and candy sugar.

M: This has average thickness with stronger-than-average carbonation.

O: It's very good and is the easiest Trappist brand to find.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A rich, hazy peach hued brew that pours to a two finger white head and settles to a thick froth.

S -- Fruity and spicy yeast notes, a mild graininess, faintly medicinal earthy notes.

T -- Rich malt and grain quickly balanced by acerbic bittering qualities. Earth and herb, lightly boozy but still sweet and very nicely in balance.

M -- Smooth and effervescent, slightly resinous but refreshing. Full bodied and well carbonated.

D -- I could see drinking this to excess as it is very well balanced and not overpowering in any capacity. Solid brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at a little place called Stephanie's in Doylestown PA. It was the first time I had ever heard of Chimay and I felt like trying it. This beer poured out as an orangey opaque color with a thin white fizzy head on top. The lacing was minimal. The smell of the beer was soft and floral, had a light citrus aroma coming off of it too. The taste was soft and had a citrus flavor that faded into a nice refeshing wheat flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and bubbly. Overall it's a good brew overall, just my not my favorite from Chimay.

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Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy honey ale with three fingers of yellow head which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Lemons, grain, coriander, candy sugar, some bits of yeast. Nice nose, less intense than anticipated.

T: Spicy, yeasty, bready and sweet.

M: Heavy for the style with lively carbonation. A little thick for the style IMO.

O: Good stuff. I prefer Westmalle, however, for the win.

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Photo of kenito799
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pale golden brew with rocky white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yast, not too much bubble gum

Very dry and bitter on the palate, which is a good thing, balances the yeast flavors well. Either the bottle shows much better than my previous taste of this beer on tap, or my taste has changed. This is a lovely tripel.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay Goblet (yeast and all).

Pours a yeast hazy deep straw color with a large foamy white head which quickly dissipates down to a thin film. The smell is of sweet yeast esters, banana, bready malts, earthy, good. The feel is medium with plenty of carbonation. The initial taste is of spice, some banana and bready malts, with a little dryness on the end. Overall a good and tasty brew from Chimay.

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Photo of bogus564
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounces, poured into a Chimay chalice.

And away we go...

A: Color is what I'd expect from a tripel - in other words, a slightly burnt amber color, opaque in its nature. Produced a 4cm head which quickly dissolved into clouds rather than lace.

S: Not surprisingly, it smells like a tripel - orange, raisins, banana, some wheat. Well-balanced, not confusing.

T: Good balance of hops and malt and yeast; I get banana, raisin and grapefruit up front, with a light pine note later on. Oddly enough, it's not as sweet as I would expect a tripel to be, and that was a pleasant surprise. I'm burping a nice grassiness; this is a delightful little beer I'm working with here.

M: Nice; light- to medium-bodied, not killing me with the carbonation, rolls over the palate rather nicely, with a light piny, grassy finish.

O: Overall, a good beer for a relaxing day. If you have no plans other than hanging out and enjoying some good beer, this is a good one to try. And break out some nice cheese and crackers with some pepperoni. Yum.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) This one pours a light gold or deep straw. Clarity is pretty opaque. Head is very good. Two to three fingers rise on the pour. Stand was good, leaving good lacing, and eventually falling to a large cap.

SMELL (4/5) The aroma is so strong and really good! Starts with some nice bisuit malt, that has maybe a bit of peach and apricot. The yeast and the hops combine well into a complex fugue. Some very light banana and bugglegum come from the yeast as well as a good helping of spices (clove, pepper, and a bit of nutmeg). Hops were of the spicier and citrus sort.

TASTE (4.5/5) Really similar to the nose, though hops and hop aroma. Again, some nice biscuit malt up front and that gets followed by the same yeast/hop fugue (but the citrus has a bit more of a floral/orange flavor). The bitterness is a bit higher, but the finish is very smooth.

FEEL (4/5) The body is on the medium side of light with some really nice, strong carbonation. This gives a very effervescent feel. This really compliments the spices and dries out he finish nicely.

DRINK (4/5) Highly drinkable. This is a great brew, but perhaps not the best example of the style.

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

A - Slightly hazy golden copper colored with a big, long lasting, fluffy whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet bready and candy-like pilnser malt aroma. Lots of fruity esters, citrusy, pears and apples. Nice floral, earthy hop aroma.

F/M - Sweet pilsner malts, dry and crisp. Fruity pear-like esters and a firm bitterness helps the finish to be quick an clean. Very nice and balanced. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lingering candy like malt flavors and apple esters.

O - This is a great beer. Fruity, dry, hoppy and crisp, this beer could go from summer time evenings to elegant dinner pairings. Absolutely world class.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Remarkable shade of a hazy orange-yellow huge with a huge live frothy head. These beers look immaculate being poured into the chalice.

S: Earthy, malty-sweet, and some banana on the nose, but the scent isn't overwhelming.

T: Smooth, lively, earthy/malt sweetness and just the right amount of bitter on the back to keep things in balance. Banana sweetness also comes through in the middle, and sticks around all the way to the finish line. The beer is delightfully balanced. It isn't at all overwhelming or overpowering. It's artfully balanced. Well played, Chimay.

M: Light and lively in the mouth, with a bitter-sweet finish that leaves a nice flavor behind as it goes.

D: High. Would have had another one right after this if I'd had it.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There are certain Belgian beers that I love ... this is definitely not one of them. It pours with a rich, beautiful head and has an inviting, flowery aroma but I find it too sour and bitter. The taste isn't too different from letting a vitamin C tablet melt in your mouth. Throw in some yeast flavors and you get the picture.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellowish color with a nice white head. the smell is a little spicey and slightly bready. the taste seems muted, it is definitely a tripel, just not a particularly good one. allagash and unibrou make far better beers than chimays tripel. mouthfeel is light and well carbed. overall a good beer just not a great one. I was undewhelmed by this one.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its humbling to critic such a great beer,however,I have to say the appearance matches the smell...not so good. A little dirty odor,and alcohol more than malt. The taste is a pleasant suprise compared to color and odor. The alcohol does deprive my tastebuds of the other ingredients,but its still good. Some fruity,malty,and sweetness squirts out during my consumption,it still leaves me to want another sip. Overall good,but it makes me want to experiment with other triple labels....not a homey

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