Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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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 chefelf
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +11.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +12.5%
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 -4.6%
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 -8.3%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of afinepilsner
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle
8% abv

Chimay Triple was orange in color and very cloudy. It had a nice creamy white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was yeast aromas, fruit, and peppery spices. The taste was spice, yeast, candi sugar, and a little fruit with some noticeable alcohol. The finish was dry and warming. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and high carbonation that mellows as the beer warms. Drinkability was good as well. This is a well made Tripel and worth trying out.

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Photo of epicness
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color with an off white head. Pours a one finger off white head that disippates to a slight wisp rather quickly. Very good sticky lacing on the glass is present.

S: Tons of yeast is present up front in the scent along with spicy hops. Banana is also present in the scent with helps offset the onslaught of spices and yeast.

T: More banana is present on the taste than the smell. Banana is present up front which gives way to a bready yeasty flavor. The beer has a rather dry and bitter hops finish to it. There's also a little bit of an alcohol induced warming sensation on the back end of the taste. There's hardly any aftertaste present besides the hops. It's got a very well balanced overall taste to it.

M: Medium bodied yet heavy on the carbonation which makes it rather difficult to drink quickly, which is a good thing due to that 8.0% ABV.

D: It's a tasty beer and the 8.0% doesn't jump out at you in the taste at all. It makes it a drinkable beer. Obviously it's not a beer you want to session, but it goes down fairly easy.

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Photo of NWer
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Chimay chalice received in the seasonal gift pack.
Nice cloudy golden appearance, head retains well.
Did someone say bananas? Definitely the most identifiable taste in this one. It was underwhelming though. Good enough but didn't blow me away as other tripels have.
The chalice is pretty cool though.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a great beer. Amber colored with a fingers width of white foam that has long retention, greatly helped by the steady stream of carbonation being released from the bottom edges of the glass. Thick rings of lacing. Really an amazingly good looking beer.

S: Tons of yeast, and also a slightly spicy banana-like sweetness. The yeast dominates, but the sweetness, banana and spiciness come through and compliment it nicely.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely, except more banana and less sweet than i was expecting. Sweet banana hits up front which gives way to a nice bready yeast flavor, and the beer finishes remarkably dry. Well balanced, and quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied, and fairly heavy on the carbonation, which actually makes it a little harder to drink.

D: A really drinkable beer, perhaps my favorite of the Chimays.

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a beautiful beer this is. Streams of bubbles quickly flow up the sides of the chalice to a crown of dense head, the champagne of beers.

After finding your way through the maze of yeast, the nose reveals hints of banana. Thoroughly unexpected, but very enjoyable.

The surprises continue when the bitter hops spring to life on your taste buds, and your suspicions are confirmed when you detect the banana flavour your nose already predicted.

Chimay Tripel´s carbonation really brings it to life and balances the warm, full body.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Unfortunately, it isn´t sitting very well so it suffers on the drinkability scale. Someone with stronger stomach might be able to handle more than one of these. And the 8% ABV really creeps up on you. Definitely worth a taste!

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Photo of mariposafan
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly too cold in a Chimay chalice so I let it warm some before taking notes.

Slightly hazy orange color with one finger of dense, creamy head.

The aroma is wonderful - very bright and fruity as it warms. Some yeastiness with strong notes of apple and pear and a little background tropical sense similar to banana. Very sweet smelling.

The flavor follows the nose fairly closely but it's not as sweet. In fact it's not as intense in general. A little dull bitterness on the backend but nothing that lasts beyond time to take the next sip.

Good mouthfeel, very creamy and smooth. Could have used a little more carbonation.

This one will sneak up on you. The alcohol was very well hidden and it drinks very easily, but the alcohol is definitely there.

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

Having plenty of Chimay in my lifetime it was about time to get around to reviewing it. Poured into an official Chimay glass, Chimay white gives off a gorgeous orange body with brown hues. Very large three finger head with white bubbles and big ice cream cone retention.

Bouquet on a Chimay white is pretty small but very nice. Faint yeast notes and a weak dry grain. There is a dry smell that comes off this which is interesting.

A bit carbonated on taste at first, with a simple solid sourness that is tolerable. A very sharp finish that comes in later after about two seconds on the swallowing. Carbonation does not continue after swallowing though and feels quite good actually which is real nice.

Pretty easy and straightforward for drinkability. Although for drinkability I would prefer something much bolder in taste and bouquet.

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Photo of paxkey
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange tangerine color with nice two finger head.

lots of citrus on the nose. picking up the belgian yeast. cedar chips. smells sharp spicy and sweet all at once. so much stuff going on.

goes down crisp with a dry finish. no alcohol taste at all. nice balance with malt and hops slight bitterness. minerality. a yummy yummy beer.

nothing bad to say about this beer. I have drank it alot before and unfortunately the wow factor is gone by now. but still an amazing beverage.

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Photo of foogerd
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Straight mellow pour produced an asthetically pleasing billowing white head with the thickest lacing Ive ever seen. Pale sickly looking orange/yellowish body thats very cloudy.

S- An avalanche of bready spicy yeast.

T- Im getting some bitter hops that was a bit off putting to me, then the bready malts followed with their sweetness so it balanced it out for me. Some cloves and banana taste totally hefe reminiscent comes in at the finish along with the bitterness I initally experienced.

M- Cant complain in this department the feel was a total drinking pleasure of thickness.

D- It's real tasty and the 8% is nowhere to been seen. A classic delicious brew thats always worth coming back to.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange with creamy head that stays throughout the life of the glass of beer

S: Yeast right off the bat, followed by some herbal grassy notes. Slight malt sweetness.

T:VERY faint hint of banana at the beginning, then shifts into a malty-bready sweetness. The finish then introduces the bitter hops on the palette.

M: Medium, for its style it is one of the higher carbonated tripels I have tried. Of course that does vary from bottle to bottle.

D: The fact that this is not overpowering with its sweetness makes this beer quite quaff-able for its style.

Notes: From notes from 2006.

This is one of the best tripels out there. Everyone likes to focus on the Chimay Blue, and that beer rocks, but this little nugget is a worthy addition to any collection. A must try for anyone into Belgian beer.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2007 bottle purchased about a month ago.

A - Amber color with a finger of White Head which faded to a light film. There is some sediment but to be expected for a 3 year old beer.

S - Smells of Belgian yeast, Farm yard funkiness, Rubbing Alcohol, Pear, Grass, Sour Apple, and Minerals.

T - Tastes of Apple, Citrus, Belgian yeast, Bread, Powdered Sugar, and some other stuff I can't place.

M - Medium/High Carbonation, Slightly Watery, Some Bitterness, and Some Sweetness.

D - This is very drinkable but it would be nice with something to eat.

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Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours muddy amber orange with 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smell - huge belgian yeast notes and some fruit apples pears

taste is very spicy from the yeast and a little off putting - a very earthy tripel

mouthfeel is a mediun body with loads of carbonation

drinkability is so so - i have had this beer many times but this is the first time from a small bottle (11.2oz) maybe i am crazy but this beer tastes better from a 750ml bottle

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Photo of wilkowski
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Served at 46'F per packaging.

A: Autumn wheat color. Tall paper-white foamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Banana bread, pound cake, allspice, bitter hops. Very enjoyable aroma.

T: Not as subtle as the nose. Sweet grapes first and then bitter black tea on the palate. Sharp, lasting finish of spicy cake, cloves, and hops. Very different. This beer has several faces.

M: Smooth, but a little too much carbonation for the style. I did not like the mouthfeel.

D: This is a sipper. I don't even need to drink it: I would be happy to just keep my nose in a glass of this for a while.

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Photo of mikeaji
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle at Total Wine, 1 pt 9.4 Oz bottle.

A: Pours a nice orangy color with real thick head. Couldn't get a great sense of the actual color since I drink out of a Stein.

S: Smells good. You can smell the citrus blend and also you can smell yeast.

T: The taste is much like other belgiums I have tried, but I must vouch that this would be one of the better I have tasted. The taste is on the sweeter side but still enjoyable. The alcohol is there, but its not as noticable as some other beers (only 8% though).

M: Decent carbonation, very smooth and no lingering taste.

D: Big Fan, very smooth, but a little expensive.

Do I see myself buying this beer on a consistent basis? No, only because the price is in range as the St. Bernardus ABT 12 which I feel is a superior beer. Chimay White is definitely worth the try and is better than most beers out there, but it's not an "elite" beer.

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

I found the chimay tripel hard to track down so ordered it online, compared to the red & blue chimays.

Poured into a chalice leffe glass, left a four finger head with tons of carbination & took ages to clear.

Aroma was hoppy & sweet smelling.

Taste was crisp with some citrus & sweentness coming at end of mouthfull.

Being my first tripel beer it was a good choice to start with, & would recommend this beer as a starting place for others, but there are better tripels out there to have.

On the whole a very nice beer & i will be having it again if i can get it!.


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Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this bottle up from the store last month. I have had this before but really can't remember what it was like. Splitting this one with my brother since he likes tripels as much as me. The cork says this bottle is from 05, hope these brews are meant to last. Poured from a 750ml bottle corked and caged into a chalice.

A- This beer poured a hazy golden color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thing ring that left lots of lacing.

S- The yeast sticks out a lot in the aroma, its blended with lots of sour fruits.

T- The taste is pretty bready up front, there is also a good amount of spices from the yeast. There is a faint presence of what used to be hops that has been lost over time. The finish is pretty sour and acidic, similar to apple cider.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, and excellent carbonation.

D- This brew has average drinkablity, I could tackle the whole bottle, but I wouldn't want more then that.

Overall this was an OK Triple, I feel as if the age of this bottle may have held it back and it would be far less sour and acidic if it was fresher. I really love this style and will for sure revisit this beer to see what it's really like.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy hay color. My bottle exploded with foam when I opened it. Probably as a result of poor transportation on my part. Rich head which subsided rapidly. Some lacing but nothing exceptional.

Smell - very boozy smelling, lots of fruit and yeast as well, and a faint spicy medicinal note.

Taste - maybe my taste buds are off but this beer opens fantastically and finishes disappointingly. At first it delivers big dried fruit, bread yeast, sweet pale malt and the faintest kiss of hops. But as it finishes it just seems thin and boozy (not in a good way) almost like the water is too hard or something. Also little of the bananas, cloves, and bubblegum associated with the style.

Mouthfeel - Thin feeling and hard. Well carbonated and medium bodied.

Drinkability - A good tripel but not Chimay's best to offer worth a try but IMO very much inferior to blue and red. Maybe I'm being to harsh but the way this brew finishes just left me wanting.

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

A: Pours an attractive colour with substantial head. Lacing also good. 4.5

S: lees, Belgian yeast, tropical fruits- sourness; pineapple, citrus. Definitely some herbal hops in there also. Fair bit of umami. Sweet baked bread. 4.5

T: Definitely some yeast, mango, dry notes. Not much sweetness but some alcohol. Alcohol is well integrated with the flavour. Some herbal hops. 4

M: Good, quite syrupy. 4

D: Expensive but not bad. I could see myself drinking this on tap at a pub even. 4

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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