Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

4,420 Ratings
Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)

Brewed by:
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.

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable beer. The look is yellow with a murky hue and a lot of grain. Pours with a lot of head, but has a great smell of fruit to it. The taste is very sweet with little after taste. A very simple but great tasting beer. I would suggest this beer as an after dinner drink. Cheers.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy copper orange with a two finger white head

smell: sour, bananas, malts

taste: sour, spicey, dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, well balanced

drinkability: not my favorite representative from this style but it was drinkably and easily attainable.


the CPJ

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from a trade with liamt07 during autumn 2010.

Golden color beer with a nice foamy white head (massive) and it sticks like crazy to the glass. Wow, good looking beer. Aroma is so good. Exotic fruits with some bananas (yeast presence). Awesome aroma. Taste is fruity. It taste lightly of apples and citrus. Very good. Warms due to the high alcohol level. Drinkability is high for this beer even though it is 8% ABV. A nice tripel.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a cloudy amber-brown with a large (2-3 fingers) off white foamy head that had great retention and produced some really good lacing that lasted throughout.

The aroma had a gentle scent of bread malts, a very mild resin hops and a nice dose of a leathery yeast with a hints of raisins, caramel, banana and a touch of vanilla.

It had a bitter-sweet taste with a hint of dried fruit and vanilla at first and finished with a slight emphasis on the hops yet remaining quite malty with notes of banana and some spice at the end. The flavor was left to linger for an average amount of time leaving a nice warming sensation behind.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body with a very creamy yet dry texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall an absolutely tasty Trappist Ale that lets the fruit and malts blend together ever so perfectly. It is as I would call it, “a very nice relaxing sipper".

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Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange in color. Thick and creamy, white head sticks around forever.

Citrus and estery yeast aromas. Plenty of spicy hops as well.

Hops are pretty assertive in this brew with a lemon tartness that carries into the aftertaste. Lots of fresh yeast flavors also. Green bananas. Bright and crisp finish.

Silky, medium body. Rich and smooth feel. Just a tad over-carbonated.

Excellent example of a tripel. Tasty and refreshing. Alcohol is well disguised.

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Photo of marty21
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a big off white head. Settles to a thick creamy cap but doesn't leave much for lacing.

S: Sweet fruits with some spices and of course the yeasty aroma.

T: Much like the aroma you get some fruit and spices and the yeast tastes. You don't notice any alcohol at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: I don't usually drink this style but Chimay was good. It was very easy to drink. The 8% Abv is completely hidden.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous pour with enormous rocky white head, hazy peach colored body, and just overall very enticing. Nose has a rusty bready quality, with some peach pit, and clove notes with a pleasant mustiness. Dry on the palate with some soft wheat like maltiness, bready qualities, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in chimay goblet

A-pours a hazed golden yellow color with a 2 finger white head that recedes to nice fresh collar

S- is bananas,clove,spice and fruit.with hops

T- is sweet candy bread,with banana's and clove i get some hops/malts and citrus

M- crisp and pure well carbonated

D- drinkable and delicious lots of flavor it drinks like hefe to me is pricey so i dont buy it to often

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Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Resembles Iced Tea, but a little cloudy, with a decent white head, which lasts a decent amount of time and leaves some lacing

Smell: Malt, hops, hints of apple and yeast

Taste: Malt, hops, fruit, yeast, spice, hints of semi-bitter oranges, decent bitterness, a little bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation, dry bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but it doesn't go down like water, abv is well hidden

Overall, my least favorite of the three easily available Chimay brews, but I still love it.

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Photo of Aiptasia
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle (I think it's 12 oz). Honestly, i'm not as impressed with Chimay's offerings as other Trappists, Abbeys and big Belgian style beers.

A: Color of weak iced tea on the pour. Good head with fair retention (dissipates quickly) and little to no lacing on my beer stein. A lot flaky/chunky from the final bottle carbonation.

S: Smells of caramelly hops with a hint of granny smith apple peels.

T: Hops hit you on the tongue a lot more than other big Belgians. Leaning heavy towards hops in the balance with some burnt sugary notes of caramel, raisins and plum. Long lingering wet hops aftertaste with sting from the heavy carbonation and alcohol.

M: Full bodied. Hops are bitter and lasting. Carbonation is overwhelming almost to coors level (not my thing).

D: A sipper from the strength. This is a beer for those that like the lingering taste of bitterness in their beer. It's just not my favorite.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Perfect white one-finger head that laces with great regularity. Light copper foggy body.

Smell - Bananas. Sweet candy character. Reminds me of a Paulander.

Taste - Very upfront IPA-like spice which receeds quickly into a smooth hefeweisen-type body. Hops feel like they're more double than triple.

Mouthfeel - Very dry with slight creaminess.

Drinkability - I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pick up another one of these, and I think they're overpriced and overrated. However, I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big golden color, about what you would expect given the style with a light haziness to it that sat very well I have to say. Nice puffy white broken up head again just about right with a nice retention to it and a smooth look.

Aroma of breadiness at first gives way to light apricots, hints of grain. A touch of light grapes and a candy like brown sugar note that seems to come up stronger as it gets warmer, again, very nicely done. Very smooth, lighter on the palate then I thought it would have been, but very nice. Light banana notes, hints of light grains. A touch of grapes and light fruit as well. Very satisfying. Smooth light bitter finish capped it off rather well. Very nice again, just about right, smooth even carbonation light to medium feel and not too cloying. ABV hidden very well and the light hoppiness in the finish kicked in enough dryness to really make this one quite interesting.

Very solid offering here that I would have no issues with enjoying again. I would love to get another bottle as it really seems to have some legs.

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Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden color with nice white lacing. Smells of hop and belgian yeast with some malt backbone. Ample carbonation. Tastes of hop yeast malt and orange. Drinkability is high and the mouthfeel high as well very nice would definitly revisit. Solid example of a triple.

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Photo of Kc12349
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Yeasty with a slight sweatness
Appearance: Hazy, light beach brown
Head: a couple fingers, creamy and thick
Taste: yeasty bite, malty finish
Mouth feel: smooth, tastes of yeast with hints of fruit beneath and with a malty but clean finish
Drinkability: very pleasant, worth savoring

I am a big fan of Chimay across the board. I much more often drink the red and blue, but that is mostly because the white is less available and not due to any strong preference. A bit pricier than some other options in the style, but when I want a sure bet for a well and consistently crafted Abbey ale, this would be my choice.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; pale yellow, mostly clear, some light haze and sediment(that's my fault)Off white head that dissipates at a moderate speed. Some foam remains throughout the drink, leaving subtle lacing.

smell; strong lemon rind hops, quite zesty with some alcohol spice. Grape fruit and white sugar scents blend with some sweet bready aromas.

taste; a strong blast of lemony hops, fizzle out to a dry bitter finish. Some unripe pear flavors from start to finish. Overall, the hop bitterness stands out most, some hidden sour notes as well. Yeasty flavor appear in the aftertaste more and more as the drink warms.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with grating carbonation, very sharp but at the same time creamy and slick. Nice balance to say the least and finish quite warm and soothing, a good drink for a mild sore throat.

drinkability; pretty nice, the alcohol is present but in a therapeutic way, indulge.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, golden, body with a bubbly white foamy two finger head. Very little lacing.

The aroma is understated compared to the quad, but still gives the pungent aromatic, spicy signature of belgian yeast. The background aroma is a loaf of bread. Seriously.

The flavor impresses a little more than the aroma with nice balance between the spiciness from the yeast, and the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of tanginess on the end of the tongue, but more like a peach than a grapefruit.

The alcohol is a little present, but this pour is still very drinkable. Another great belgian.

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Photo of uustal
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a two-finger cloudy white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of pears, apples and Belgian yeast. A bit of bitter hops to start the flavor profile, followed by the Belgian spices, before tailing off to a sweeter pear/apple finish. Highly carbonated. Crisp, tingling mouthfeel.

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with half a finger of white head.

Smells of fruity Belgian yeast, apple, banana, and pear.

Taste is similar to the scent, banana and apple at first, followed by some yeasty breadyness. Some bittering but leaves you with a nice tarty pear flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with higher carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability is high. Overall this is delicious and it is very enjoyable to drink. An excellent Tripel.

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Photo of chefelf
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I don't enjoy this one quite as much as their red label it's still Chimay and therefore I love it.

Many people with far more refined palates than mine may think this one is superior to the red label. However, I'm just a simple man. And as a simple man I prefer the simpler tastes of the red label Chimay.

And what's up with this being called "white" label? Mine is clearly yellowish.

Oh, those crazy Belgian monks.

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Photo of beyah
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- Hazy straw color with a lot of carbonation long lasting white lacing.

S- The smell of Malt and Yeast, no hops aroma at all.

T- Malty and smooth as it gets, a very subtle hops bitterness, this is a well balanced beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. There is a sweet subtle fruitiness and phenols detected.

M- Mouthfeel is perfect and the carbonation only helps the drinkability.

F- Finish is dry and pleasant.

A classic to be enjoyed those who want to experience as close to a perfect bottle of beer as humanly possible. I am starting to think the Monks had some Devine inspiration with the recipe.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this dozens of times, but somehow only now am getting around to formally reviewing it.

A - Poured from a c&c bottle into a Chimay goblet (BRANDING). Pours goldenrod, the color of a wheat field at sunset. A good sized foamy ecru head accumulates quickly and fades slightly more slowly.

S - Very noticeable clove and banana, very sweet, think Belgian candi sugar. Slight hops aroma in the mix as well.

T - There is a warm alcohol flavor throughout that is sort of intensified as it sticks around into the aftertaste. Starts off like a hefeweizen; cloves and banana, lots of yeast, but then gets a bit sweeter, warmer, more alcoholic.

M - Bubbly, tickles the mouth, lots of carbonation.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a thick extremely cloudy dark orange into a Chimay chalice. A finger and a half of white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: subtly banana and medium roasted malt.

T: medium roasted malts, caramel and a little anise is present. Some spicy citrus notes show up then hang on the back.

MF: medium body and very effervescent. Sweet overall and a tad astringent.

D: I would probably try a new triple over this but would buy this again if there were no other triples or if the set with the glassware were available.

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Photo of salvo
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a pace-setter and, for me and others, defines the style. On-tap, the coriander and rich bready yeasts are more pronounced in the smell and taste. The head retains fluff long after others have gone flat. Color is champaign yellow. Finish is long, dry, and nuanced.

If you don't know this lovely belgian tripel, you have to try it, and if you enjoy it: you like belgian beer. It's really quite that simple. Consistent, textbook definitions of the style, and surprisingly complex for a widely available import.

This beer inspired and continues to inspire so may to think how much better beer can be than the mass produced tasteless watery crap we put up with for far too long. "I can make better," or at least "I will find better." Thanks, Chimay, for keeping up your high standards and consistently yummy beers so that we might be woken from our zombie palates in the new world. First we imitated, they we innovated, and now you are brewing a number of hoppy "American style" ales. Now that's a compliment to American brewers! (See Hopus, esp.)

Enjoyed on-tap at Black Dog in Urbana, IL.

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Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chimay white is a beer drinkers beer. Great feeling when that glass hits my hand. The taste is full yet not to filling. Glad to see such a classy beer in so many bars. I feel that not enough people treat themselves to a nice beer. If Chimay is the only one next to a Miller Light or Coors Light, I will gladly choose Chimay.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into chalice

Pours a hazy, straw/golden, with bits of yeast residue visible; a beautiful, off-white head billows to 2 fingers width, remains at 1/4 finger throughout the drink; lacing is sticking to the glass

Banana and clove dominate the aroma; very sticky sweet and heavy smells; a touch of alcohol and spice also are there, as is a touch of hops

The tastes mirror the aromas, with banana and clove dominating; the sweetness is less than I expected, with a touch of hop bite and spice balancing the flavor well; alcohol is masked at first by the chilled character; as the brew warms, the alcohol becomes more noticeable

Mouthfeel is interesting; expected to be really heavy, but the sweet/stickiness is surprisingly balanced with a crisp, fresh element; the tongue is warmed by the alcohol

Drinkability is solid. I could sip on this all day

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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