Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

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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.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,471 ratings