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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Ratings:
4,426
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3,887
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
11.14%
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4.26
 
 
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Photo of Tartarus
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Poured into a tulip glass. Pour opaque golden amber, very little light coming through, with about a finger plus worth of head that dissipates very slowly. Smell is yeasty and fruity.

T&M: Taste is very crisp with a very good mix of malt and hops, both are present but neither is overpowering. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a healthy amount of carbonation.

O: A delightfully well balanced beer. A nice middle ground between light hoppy beers and heavier beers with emphasis on the malts. I'm a fan.

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

On-tap at World of Beer in WPB. Poured into a Chimay goblet. How authentic.

Appearance - Golden straw colored with a big fluffy white head that never really goes away.

Smell - Very yeasty smell that gives it a light fruity aroma. A slight funk, but otherwise bready, a little hoppy, and slightly sweet.

Taste - A blast of yeastiness, but much more dominated by the fruit notes. Honey sweetness midrange and a bready finish. Delicious, but lacks the complexity of other tripels.

Mouthfeel - Some tripels have an intense dryness that makes me feel thirsty even while drinking it. This one isn't so dry, but it's still present. Light bodied, but that's what I expect from a tripel. My wife called it very drinkable.

Overall - As stated, tasty but not complex enough to earn the highest marks. Still a nice beer to find on tap.

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Photo of peensteen
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy orange, thick white head, fluffy, nice lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, lemon, slightly hoppy, fresh bread, spicy notes, banana and candy. Taste is dry and yeasty, lemon, nice bitterness is present, leafy hops, light alcohol, bread. Very complex but balanced. Medium weight, high carbonation that is nice but not too much, nice dry finish. Outstanding stuff here, world class and glad I finally got around to reviewing this.

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Photo of billab914
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my Westvleteren chalice. it poured a somewhat murky, light amber color with a moderate, bright white head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute and left just a trace of lacing.

The aroma shows a good mix of bready, sweet, citrusy, fruity and spicy. I get some crisp and tart apple like flavors to it that mix pretty well with the Belgian yeast spice. The bready, sweet malts come through nicely as well.

The taste shows a lot of the Belgian yeast flavors throughout the beer. I get a good amount of those tart, crisp fruity flavors coming out midway and towards the finish. The sweetness gives it some nice balance. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it's a very good beer and a very good version of the style. Very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Pundarquartis
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey and fruits in the aroma, together with a bit of alcohol. Looks really beautiful in the glass but lacks a bit in taste and palate. The taste is dominated by honey, but it lacks the fullness and thickness of it’s big brother Chimay Bleu.

Altogether it is a nice and pleasant brew for a hot summer day or together with a piece of meat at supper, but it isn't a brew I'm especially impressed by.

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

poured into a trpel karmeliet tulip glass

appearance
golden amber color. great three finger head. great retention. some sediment (i think yeast actually)

smell
i smell light honey, wheat, pale stone fruits aromas. smells very clean

taste
its well balanced, well rounded, no one flavor component sticks out. i taste honey, maple syrup, caramel, little hops, great malt and yeast flavors.

mouthfeel
very light. the alcohol has a decent punch. finish is 11 - 12 seconds long, but the aromas are not overwhelming.

overall
fantastic as a summer ale. one of my favorite tripels and wouldnt hesitate to buy or recommend. damn. really like this one.

comments
i'd say if anything the flavors are a little underwhelming, but i think light is a more appropriate word

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very nice and white head that diminishes and lasts. Hazy orange with with yellow tinge at the bottom and a brownish tinge at the top.

Smell: Heavily yeasty with slight citrus hops and a tinge of alcohol. I get some fruits and spices; banana, clove. I also get some grains.

Taste: Bready with a tinge of hops to add some variety. Hops are extremely subtle while the grains and yeast dominate. Spicy with light cinnamon and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Medium and prickly carbonation with a smooth feel.

Overall: I have to say that this is a perfect alternative to the Tripel Karmeliet given the price and the similarity (although the Tripel is a bit more citrusy and less yeasty.) Recommend without reservations. What I love the most is the fact that it's unfiltered with nice little bits of yeast and god knows what. Next year, I'm fasting and drinking nothing but Chimay for lent.

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Photo of Roke87
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle slightly chilled and poured into my Chimay chalice.
Best before 2013.

Appearance- Pours a very hazy straw colour with a massive 3 fingers of fluffy white head that does not go away for a very long time and just does not go away, maximum big soapy lacing and amazing head retention.

Smell- Lots of cloves and spice, bready malts with a slight citrusy fruity smell.

Taste- You get the cloves and spice right off the bat with a well-balanced and nice bready malt taste. Some citrusy fruit tastes come through and you can definitely taste the yeast in this bottom fermented ale.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with a great carbonation. Smooth and crisp that goes does almost to easy for higher ABV.

Overall- A more than great trappistes ale that deserves to be in the world class of beers. A very nice taste that reminds me of offerings from unibroue. I would definitely pick this one up again in the future!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft

Appearance - Hazy yellow/gold colour with a large size frothy white head. I can see a fair amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing all over the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - wheat, cloves, bananas, breads/grains, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer feels highly carbonated on the tongue, lots of small bubbles. I can taste wheat, and a peppery spice mix that almost comes across with a medicine like taste. There is also a banana taste mixed with yeast and a graininess.

Overall - The alcohol on this beer was extremely well hidden and it was going down fast. It's not my favourite tripel, but it's a great beer.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Golden Straw color, alittle hazyness to it. HAs a nice 1 finger head and good lacing

S-Smells of bannana,citrus,honey and yeast

T- Has a Very honey/lemony zest flavor with a nice alchol and yeast finish to it.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D- Overall I thought this was a good beer.Alot of honey flavor to me but still very balanced. Enjoyed the other 2 chimays better but for a triple this is a great beer. and would enjoy tryin this on draft someday!

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Photo of Jinholic
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.20 ounce bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance - Hazy golden straw little orange in the middle. One finger of white head thats dies down low but stays till the very end.

Smell - Lots of fruit grapes, apple and some orange peel with a good bready yeast.

Taste - Get that mix of all the fruit with yeast at once with a nice alcohol flavor that isn't too strong. After taste of grapes/apple.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, smooth and crisp though not refreshing as it does have a dryness to it but not enough that I need water afterwards.

Overall - Got to say I liked this more than I though I would the abv is very well hidden its full of flavor and isn't all that dry. A well balanced beer living up too the hype that it comes with. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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

This beer has to fulfill a lot of expectations.
It pours a soft, cloudy medium gold. Very pretty tone in color. The head builds white, about 1 1/2 inch high and dissipates rather fast, leaving nice lacing on top.
The smell announces a fruity palate, with orange, peach even some grape flavor. Malt and caramel are present.
The taste is quite remarkable. A very fresh, soft combination of tastes will make you scream for more.up front you will be greeted by a remarkable hop selection which will be immediately influenced by a fruit ensemble of orange, peach, little banana and citrus I. The middle.
The end rounds everything up with a malty bittersweet end. Caramel and very little brown sugar taste build the finish.
Everything is very complimentary to each other and the softness of the beer is incredible. They must really have some special water at that monastery.
Great must taste beer!

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

Bottle in Duvel glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Honey golden body with 1 inch foamy, dense head. Mild-moderate head retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: 3.5
Sweet, bready yeast smell with hints of Beligan spiciness and apple/ white grapes

Taste: 4
Bready malt base with pine/grassy hop notes and classic "spciy", fruity yeast. Finishes with mildest of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: 4
Smooth and creamy with hint of dryness from hops. Moderate viscosity. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: 4
Very nice balanced beer. One of the more enjoyable triples I've had. Pairs well with a range of lighter food. Recommend.

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

Poured a cloudy light golden color with a good amount of tight white head on it. Fruity malt aroma. The taste is sweet and malty with a bit of a bitter slightly alcohol-like taste on the finish. This is a light bodied beer that goes down pretty smooth. Overall a very good beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: An absolutely huge foamy, densely packed head. Nearly perfect orange-gold. Cloudy.

S: A light banana/malt aroma. Hops evident and a little spicey. A little bit of sweet pastry.

T: Big clovey-banana up front (yeast). Finishes with a very distinct bitter. A little citrus on the malty backbone.

M: Very rich and viscous. Very dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: Very good (obviously). Probably my favorite of the Chimay offerings. High ABV takes this category down a bit but altogether a great beer!

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

My second journey into the land of Trappist beers, and my first Tripel. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Label code reads L10-606.

A: Pours a murky orange bordering on brown, with tons of soapy, meringue-like off white head. Good head retention and great carbonation.

S: Fruity esters; banana, pear, a little sour green apple, with some spices and a light breadiness. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: Classic Belgian yeast characters, spices and fruit. Spiced orange, banana cream, clove, allspice, and a little alcohol heat on the way out.

MF: Medium bodied and coats your mouth well. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty good, don't have many Tripels to compare it to but its classically Belgian, sweet, spicy, a tad funky, and overall very pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of LoadedSchells
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in a 750ml in a goblet. Pours a hazy gold, somewhere between honey and maple syrup for shade. A bubbly white fluffy head a little more than a thumbnail resides but doesn't stick around for the party. Smells of floral alcohol and fruit. The taste is spicy, with a nice burst of white flesh fruit, and classic Belgian character. A hint of alcohol melds well with everything and brings out more apple as I delve further towards the bottom of the bottle. Very drinkable, the 8% is nearly invisible. The mouth feel is like having my tongue wrapped in billowing silk, think malls cabbage if you've ever had it, it has that soft characteristic to it. This is dangerous. All in all this continues to prove that anything brewed by a monk truly is heavenly.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, almost light amber hue, with a thick two fingers of very solid looking white head.

Smell is good. Banana, peach and floral scents. Lots of light fruit, and a hint of spice.

The fruit is more muted in the taste than in the smell, but still noticeable. The beer is bitterer than the smell would lead you to believe, but is very nicely balanced. Spice are more pronounced than in the smell. Overall, I find it very hard to pick out particular flavours in the taste- everything melds together very very nicely, making for a great beer. Alcohol is certainly present, but not overpowering.

The consistency and feel of the beer are great, nicely medium bodied. It is, however, quite carbonated- too much so for me.

Overall- a great beer. Not my favourite tripel, but a great example of the style without a doubt.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A good amount of head upon the pour. Three fingers worth. Hazy tan color and a bit cloudy. Tight beady head remains throughout the session and lacing clings to the glass as I drink.

S- Musty, over ripe fruit. Smell is very sharp. Pungent sour notes as well.

T- Sweet and sour fruit notes. Leading more towards the sour though. Alcohol is evident but not harsh or distracting and it blends nicely with the hop bitterness.

M.F.- Creamy and smooth. Velvety texture from the perfect carbonation.

Drink- Interesting enough to keep you coming back for more and not too heavy. A world class tripel.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33L bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A - Chimay White pours a a hazy orange with a nice and foamy white head. A bit of sediment is floating around in the glass as well. Not a whole lot of lacing present.

S - Belgian yeast and spicy aromas present in the nose. Some notes of light fruit in there as well.

T - Peppery yeast along with some notes of honey. A bit of fruit in there too. Some pale malt as well in there make for a very refreshing beer. Nothing extremely complex but something that can you can work through and appreciate.

M - Medium body with a pretty high amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

O - A wonderful Tripel that is everything you would expect from the style. I would recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of Arinthos
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden with a 1 finger head that leaves great lacing.

S - spicy , earthy and malty

T - very well balanced malty with undertones of tappioca vannilla and yeast the hops ploay a background role with this maybe a noble variety ( saaz or tetanang ).

M- medium carbonation and body

D- Great drink I wouldn't waste this everyday this is for special times only.

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Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely hazy and cloudy. Pours kind of a dirty yellow or gold in color. Resembles grapefruit juice. Head is decent but lacks retention.

The smell is pleasant, with citrus and spices filling the nose. I picked up note of grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste is slightly lacking as I got none of the citrus; spices, mostly pepper dominating.

This beer packs a punch. The flavor is hardhitting from beginning til well into the finish. There is an instant of sweetness but immediately the harsh carbonation kicks in and you taste little after that. It's very acidic, creating a dry finish that seems to scrape your palate clean.

Despite high ABV, there is little hint of it. It's a good beer, but only slightly drinkable due to it's high acidity and cleansing bite.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy golden color. A finger of white head with a touch of lacing. Looks good in my Chimay chalice.

S: The nose was a let down. Not much going on. A touch of fruity esters but there was just not much there.

T: The malt really shines more than anything else. It is

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

D: Maybe just a bad bottle but this really was meh. I have had it a few times and enjoyed it this was not that great. I have a lot of respect for this brewery so I will re review this again.

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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
8% ABV, L09-235 on the label, 04/09 on the cork.

Thanks to bnieman for sharing this one with me!

A - Lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a billowing white head. Very good retention and thick collars of lace left on the glass.

S - Big yeasty nose imparts a hose of nuances through. Lemon citrus, fresh cut grass, earthy clay, a bit of wheat and a malt backing. Very good tripel aroma.

T - Citrusy lemon notes with a bit of hop flavor blending in. Earthy dirt, clay, and white pepper notes bring the yeast esters forward further. Mild pale malt and wheat. Flavorful and great!

M - Smooth and soft, the supple entry follows through to a crisp and bright finish. Great carbonation and slightly dry to the finish.

O - This is a very good tripel loaded with flavor and none of the alcohol level present. A brilliant trappist!

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap, poured into the Chimay glass goblet.

A - This beer pours a bright orange, hazy, body. Generated a nice 1.5 finger white, soapy head. Moderate carbonation, that regenerates head quite well. Leaves slight lacing on the glass. Some sediment on the bottom, even from tap. Very pretty beer to look at for sure.

S - The smell; oh my!! Noticable hops, wheat, coriander/spices, and citrus. Hops dominate most, but a very very nice smell indeed!!

T - Probably THE most well balanced beer i've ever had. It tastes like an IPA fell into a Belgian White. No alcohol taste AT ALL. Very sweet, bitter, wheaty, and citrusy, just like the smell, but sooo well balanced in the mouth. Hops don't really linger, but the taste is so good you just want to keep slugging this down.

M - The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but is not that difficult to drink. The carbonation creates a nice crisp finish, and makes the flavors dance on the toungue. Very creamy mouthfeel overall.

D - The drinkabity is very high on this considering what it is. I was lucky enough to have 3 of these on tap in a row, and just wanted more. This beer gives you a wicked buzz, but you just want to keep drinking. Sessioning this beer is doable, and very delicious, but may not be recommended.

O - Overall, this is probably the best beer i've ever had up until this point. It encapsulates everything that I love about a beer, and does not dissapoint. If I could drink this for the rest of my life I would. Its just that good. 2 thumbs WAAAYYYY UPPP!!!! :)

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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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