Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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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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4,426
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3,887
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
11.14%
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Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a one to one and half finger white head which gives way to a tight ring. There is also moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet candies along with cloves and bananas. The taste starts out up front with a candy yeast strain along with some fruits. Bananas and clove play out briefly. About half way through you get a big bitter hop bite, it is earthy in tone. The bitterness carries you through the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall the beer was interesting. It was much different from what I expected the malts and sweetness where more subdued than I thought was going to be the case. There is a much bigger hop bitterness than alot of the class. After rereading the style profile though it was very close to being on par.

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Photo of jballeng
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey gold with a small white head which dissipates to a tiny ring quickly. Immediate yeasty Belgian aroma of fruity, piquant sweetness. Huge cloves and banana, followed by distinct pine hops.

Immediately to mind is the relatively strong hop presence for the tripel style. Clove and coriander follow. Citrusy orange hops and pithy grapefruit finish, ending in very faint banana. Seems very dry for a tripel, and I've had IPAs with less hop presence.

Interesting for the style but nowhere near as smooth as a Le Trappe Tripel for example.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and pretty much opaque flat orange colored beer with brown hues. A big white head on top, overflowing my Chimay chalice even after an easy pour. It sticks around for a while and leaves some serious lacing. Medicinal supplies on the nose, maybe some lemon rind and coriander in there as well. Not as strong as I thought it would be, considering how amazing the Red smelled. However, this is pleasant and easy on the nose.

The taste is complex, with swirling flavors of lemon rind, a pleasant blend of somewhat bitter hops, a nice heft from the alcohol, and a unique strand of Belgian yeast that all combine into one big and bold flavor profile. The lemon rind flavor hits first, immediately followed by hops that frame the fruity flavor and an overlying alcohol taste that binds it all together. It finishes dry and gritty from the hops and booze, but the aftertaste keeps on giving. The complexity of this beer is astounding, making every sip a craft beer lover's delight. Definitely one to check out.

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Photo of Sneevel
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl. bottle. Best before 2014. Pours a rich golden copper, slightly cloudy. Persistent fine white foam. Lovely colour. Fine aromas of dried fruits, citrus and herbs. Nice clean malt aromas also. Sublime mouthfeel with very fine Champagne-like bubbles. Fruity flavours, citrus, pine, a bit metallic, with some unnecessary sweetness. Overall, very nice. I've bought this one several times and will continue to do so. Very elegant Trappist beer.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -75.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The beer smells clean… fresh… and wet. I have heard nothing but good things about this beer. Chimay is known for making good brews. Last week we did another Chimay. I hear this one is dry… and boy, I like dry beers. The beer has a pretty complex nose, so let’s see what this tastes like.

The beer has a ton of carbonation. You are smacked with carbonation on the front of the palate. Then you sit there and wait. You want something to happen; you want there to be some sort of flavor. And there isn’t. Nothing… No, I am serious. This beer is known for their intense flavors. But it lacks in every sense of the word. I feel really bad rating a beer this expensive so low, but I have to be honest… the only thing that this beer brings to the surface is a subtle sweetness.

I am glad that the red isn’t on the list. Hold on though. Let me go back to the sweetness I am experiencing here. Yeah, that’s it. The beer just lacks on so many levels. It’s better than a domestic… but that’s about as far as I would go. I just heard Sheryl say, “This is what a domestic beer tastes like in a foreign country.” I would have to agree. Even though I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t! Just not for me.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A - Hazy peach coloration with a huge head. Took a while to pour. Lacing is extremely attractive.

S - Fresh plums and bread. Yeasty and sweet.

T - Slightly peppery, but the majority of the body is comprised of fruit and yeast. Finish is reminiscent of grapes.

M - Warming full body, dry finish that leaves an aftertaste of apricots.

D - Probably the best Tripel I've had. An all around fantastic brew. I can see this becoming a staple brew.

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Photo of jifigz
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a goblet. (drank room temperature)

A: A hazy amber orange color with a huge uncontrollable head that lingers for quite a while and leaves wonderful lacing.

S: The aroma is very yeasty and sweet smelling. Spoiled fruit tones are quite prevalent in the nose.

T: The taste on this one is very subdued compared to other Belgians I have had. It is bready in flavor and the fruit flavors are most definitely noticeable. There is a tiny amount of hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malt. It leaves the mouth rather sweet as opposed to dry.

M: This beer is extremely creamy on the palate. A wonderful texture is present and it is absolutely divine.

O: A wonderful Belgian beer and I always enjoy drinking the beer from the Trappist monasteries. It is no wonder this is a world famous brew.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced a great fluffy white head with great retention. Lots of lacing too. Some sediment.

(S)- A dry, earthy apple juice, biscuit, and banana aromas.

(T)- Very earthy. . . Tons of clay, banana, lemon, and biscuit. So very dry and earthy; almost musty.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. An alright balance. Bitter, dry, and tons of earthy clay. Too bitter for my liking.

(D)- Kinda disappointed in this one; very bitter and so much earthy clay, there is not much else to it.

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Photo of Francepants06
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty good tripel. It smells pretty fruity with a little chestnut. I taste a little bit of smoke with just a slight fruitiness. The beer has a pretty color which ranges from light yellow to light orange. when I poured it, the head was medium size but quickly dissipated. It goes down very smooth with no bite. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of dyoung3
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift-set of all three Chimay's each in 11.2 oz bottles purchased at Whole Foods, Washington DC. Came with Chimay glass too of which I am using to enjoy it with.

Appearance: Great looking beer. Nice, topographical head appearance that is dense, uniform, and leaves a good bit of lacing on my clean glass (hear that?!?! CLEAN GLASS...) Anyway, beer itself is hazy orange. Interesting phenomenon: when I drank about half of the beer a VERY dense formation of creamy head formed in the center of the beer forming an almost perfect circle.

Smell: Excellent, smell although nothing too complex. Almost a limencello type aroma with some Belgian yeast notes.

Taste: Pretty damn good; a bit carbonated which I have found to be the consensus on BA. Citrus peel dominates with a touch of coriander.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, despite the high level of carbonation.

Overall I give this beer a pretty good grade. It's a great summer Belgian option due to it's relative refreshing qualities. It seems to be slightly more hoppy than the Red & Blue but I will be rating them very soon so my memory will be refreshed.

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Waterloo, Iowa's Lava Lounge where this is, remarkably, one of the least alcoholic selections on the menu.

Oddly enough, I'd never had this before. How's that possible, in all these years of ticking I never managed to drink one of the easiest-to-find Belgians there is? I dunno. But for some reason the white tap handle, color, and consistency of this beer made me think this was a Belgian golden--a thick and creamy pale malt mixed with aroma spice that can be understandably mistaken for a wheat beer. This is supposed to be a Tripel? I don't get the Belgians.

Anyhow--huh, not really sure how to review this, now. It was very well brewed, at any rate, regardless of style. It started off with nodes of honey and caramel, which become spicier in the middle before finally getting washed away by a pleasantly aggressive Belgian yeast that was a combination of sour and spice nodes.

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Photo of jgagne
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Thick dark golden hue with robust white head

S-Hints of caramelized bananas and spices.

T-very smooth easy to drink triple. Good balance of fruits and spices.

M-First comes at you with wave of spiciness. And then finishes with a great sweet flavor

O-Well balanced well made beer. Not the best triple i have had, i would probably put it behind the St. Bernardus and the La Fin Due Monde. But a very worth while beer.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy dark orange in color. Two fingers of white head that sticks around nicely and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very tangy and fruity aroma, mainly lemon. Slightly spicy and yeasty.

Taste: Sweet malty front end with a touch of honey. Gives way into a yeasty and fruity middle consisting of some banana and lemon. Finishes up with a delicate hop bitterness and a strong spice note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very highly carbonated. Still maintains a certain creaminess and smoothness despite the carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: This is good stuff. Very smooth drinking beer with lots of good flavors going on. I can feel the calories and alcohol piling up though, definitely not a session beer!

Final Notes: A solid Tripel with good flavor, just a bit on the pricey side, and I can think of a few Tripels that are less expensive but better than this one. Nonetheless, good stuff.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a massive cream colored head which dissipated to lacing. Light caramel or gold in color with a slight haze. I can smell malt but not much else. Later after it warmed I could smell a hint of spice too but not the banana some have claimed but maybe that's just how my sample turned out. Taste has malt, and salt. There's a medium richness indicating a tripel but I've had richer. Finish is a moderate length. So all in all a good tripel from a world class place but not the king of tripels.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This has an interesting change in color to it. At the bottom of a Duvel glass it starts out a very pale yellow, almost clear. Rising up it changes quickly and becomes increasingly hazy. from that pale yellow to an orange ochre and then finally to a reddish copper. Topped with a very full white fluffy head. Not much lacing for all of that foam.

S: Cooked sweet peaches and caramelized banana meet some bready biscuity notes. Medicinal notes fill in as this warms.

T: Cinnamon rolls sort of come to mind, though only in flavor not sweetness. Earthy spice follows in the midpalate along with some grassy notes and some citric suggestion. The finish is sort of a fleeting sweet apricot. ... subtle penicillin flavor develops as this warms.

M: Very prickly. This is very highly carbonated, all most to a fault.

O: Good stuff and unique un to its own right. However I feel this is over priced and generally overrated.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/09 on the cork. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance
Pretty hazy, this beer holds a firm, white head that goes the distance. Lacing here and there.

Aroma
This aroma has a sharp fruitiness. It nearly has a tartness to it. At this point I'm getting some early signs of oxidation in the form of lots of cork aromas with some dustiness thrown in. This dusty aroma is propelled by a chalky, dry yeast element. Some apple pie, honey and flowers are sub-dominate.

Taste
Things certainly fall together once this beer opens up and warms slightly. What was at first a restrained flavor profile has become a pretty sturdy set of complexities. Lots of soft, sweet breadiness, drizzled with honey. Sweet, golden apple flavors ride over top. Golden raisin and lots of spicy yeast finish things out.

Mouthfeel
Lots of carbonation, but it seems that a lot of these abbey ales are that way. The carbonation isn't sharp. Its airy and fluffy. It helps push the semi dry, heavy medium body along.

Overall
This beer opens up nicely. A really good tripel. Its quite a bit different than many of the American versions I've had recently.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark golden color with orange highlights. Has a 2 finger fluffy white foamy head which dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing. Aroma of malt and yeast dominate with floral and hoppy notes and very light hints of fruit. Malt flavor up front with a hints of baked bread in the middle. Finishes with a bit of bitter lemon zest. Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation up front. Dry finish. Fairly high drinkability for a beer with an ABV of 8%. Overall, it’s not something I’d seek out, but wouldn’t object to trying again in the future.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden yellow with a thick frothy white head.

Smells of bready yeast with some notes of apple/pear, some spiciness and a bit of alcohol.

The taste has some strong spicy notes up front like coriander and white pepper. Behind that there are some mild fruity notes, along with some bready malts. I also get a certain honey sweetness in the malt characteristic of this beer. This beer finishes fairly dry.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and is medium bodied.

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Well I have enjoyed both Chimay's Red and Blue, I enjoyed this far more. Highly recommended especially for those looking for a spicier, tripel.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle poured out a deep hazy apricot into a proper Chimay goblet. The nose was yeasty and fruity. The flavor I got was an immediate strong honey-like sweetness, then some nice tart fruity flavors borne along by the high carbonation. Right around mid-palate, just when it was getting interesting, the pleasant flavors gave way to an unfortunate graininess that I didn't much care for. The finish was slightly dry and unimpressive.

As I have had the ``red'' Chimay before, I was quite disappointed in this beer. I am willing to try it again sometime under the assumption that this bottle may not have been at its peak.

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Photo of lennerja
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with some copper tones. Has a large off white head that sticks around for a long time.

S- Aromas of yeast and spiciness for the most part with some slight hop notes.

T- Slight sweetness up front that leads to a nice spiciness as well as some yeast and citrus notes. There is also a slight hop presence that is balanced well.

M- It has a medium body with a huge amount of carbonation.

O- This beer has a nice spicy, yeasty flavor with some citrus and hop notes and is balanced very well.

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Photo of BeerMarshall
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: slightest hint of cloudiness, excellent exuberant head and carbonation apparent as soon as uncapped.

S: yeasty, citrus, and hint of fruitiness

T: Bready with fruity notes of banana and slight citrus hint. Hops play a vital but peripheral role.

M: Someone else had described this as almost chewable, I completely agree.

O: Excellent Tripel. Very well balanced.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew poured a hazy blonde. Looking a little unfiltered. At 8% I really did not seem 8%. I could taste a furity/ earthy mix sweet but dry finish. All in all another great trappiste. Not diappointed at all and would like to try another at anytime. Oh yeah that reminds me I bought a 4-pack so I have 3 left. Wow I guess the 8% really was there. Cheers and enjoy everyone

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Photo of t420o
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay Tripel (white) 25.4 oz bottle corked and caged. Cork makes one of the loudest "popping" noise I've ever heard from a beer.

A- Poured very gently produces a 2-1/2 finger white foam head. Bubbles are nice and tight and some nice lacing. Beer looks like an unfiltered pale ale. Golden-light brown and hazy. Very nice and appealing

S- Smells like a normal tripel. There is some banana, tropical fruit, faint hops, and beautiful yeast smell.

T- Initially this is an excellent tasting beer. The yeast is front stage and is spectacular. One of the best tasting yeasts I have had the pleasure of trying. There are banana and tropical fruit undertones as well. Not a hint of alcohol. The finish is too dry and leaves you wishing it wasnt because it wipes away the initial taste too quick. Had to subtract from the score because of this.

M- A little too dry and a little too light as well. maybe a tad too much carbonation also

O- Why so dry Chimay? I was really digging the taste upfront but then you hit me with a dryness that was like a desert. The initial taste is truly beautiful and a shame to be followed with the over dryness. Wish I could put 3.75 here.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Rudi's, Hania, Crete.

Pours with an amber-tinged gold body and a solid carpet of white foam that leaves big sheets. Wild flowed honey and wax nose.
Pears and honeydew up front with some grain, wheaty smoothness, a phenol hit in the middle with slight banana, and crisp grassy hops to finish. Ginger end and dry herbal linger. Creamy, medium, soft, with some burn at the end.

Incredibly soft and smooth. Solid if not spectacular, as Chimay seems to be across the board.

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Photo of dmbsteve
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

An opaque golden/straw color with a head that took up about half the glass. Smooth sticky lacing that encompassed the wall of the glass and I couldn't make it go away if I tried. Truly a beautiful sight to behold!

Smell is predominantly candi sugar sweetness and with just enough hop bite to balance it out.

Taste is perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bite, with an alcohol warmth. Tastes higher than 8% abv.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is high. Quite a rare combination.

Overall an outstanding brew. But one of these at a time is enough.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 4,426 ratings
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