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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.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden-orange color with a couple fingers of tight white head. Retention is very nice, and the remaining lacing is tight and abundant.

Smell: A good deal of citrus, esters, cloves, a bit of banana, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: This is probably the most citrus-y tripel I have tried. Quite a bit of citrus (grapefruit and even pineapple) up front, with cloves, esters on the back end. A bit of dry bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Very nice overall with slightly peppery carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature 33 cl bottle into a Chimay goblet. The beer has a tarnished gold color and a pure white head. The head is made up of tiny white bubbles and was about two fingers in height, although it has slowly settled. Some lacing is left behind. A noticeable amount of carbonation is rinsing from the bottom of the glass.

This triple has a very nice aroma. There is a lot of orange peel. A hint of spice mixes with the Belgian yeast to provide a crisp scent. Crystal sugar provides a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is characterized by a subtle sweetness and a mild peppery kick. A little bit of alcohol is present; it is more noticeable after I swallow. Flavors of lemongrass are also apparent.

This beer has a full body and a lot of carbonation. There are so many bubbles that if I hold onto a mouthful before swallowing, it foams up without me swishing it around. It isn't a sticky beer, and the coating is slight--both impressive aspects. The foaming is kind of off-putting though, hence a lower score.

Despite this foaminess, I will easily finish my glass. The spices aren't overpowering and are easily consumed. This isn't my go to triple, simply because there are local Belgian style versions that I prefer, but for an authentic Trappist version, this is a great example.

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Photo of Lucklys
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark, almost burnt honey golden orange and there was a medium head when immediately poured into the glass. While sipping, the foam laced along the inside of the glass can be described as determined, or slightly slow to dissolve.

While I would still categorize it as a pale ale, it has a different flavor than I am used to, and I had to look up the fruits that went into the making. While any seasoned beer taster might be able to pull out the scent of dried grapes from a few whiffs, I did not recognize anything that resembled raisins and discovered that what I was smelling was fermented Muscat grapes, which are primarily used in sparkling, dessert, and table wines. And maybe raisins. But fermented grapes have more of a bitter, sour smell to them than when they are dried, and this Chimay definitely had a moist sweetness to it.

The last thing I noticed while I was drinking it was that it left a slightly bitter after-taste on the back of my tongue, which complimented the thickness of the liquid rather nicely. Not to mention, when I sipped it after munching on some salty popcorn, it was like the sweetness was holding hands with the salt and dancing in my mouth. I promise, I've only had two bottles, I'm not drunk off my ass like it probably sounds.

I would definitely stick this beer into the 'end of fall' category, as it almost tastes like autumn. I would drink it sitting around a bon fire, maybe cooking some fresh caught, well-buttered white bass or walleye; the smell of burning leaves and the sound of crackling wood mingling with the hazy bitter hops and yeast on the back of my tongue, bursting just as I finish the gulp.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubbie bottle into an oversived wine glass.

A-Cloudy straw color with a fluffy shite head. Minimal lacing (which is probably th efault of the glass)

S-Slight smell of florals and alcohol.

T-Wow. I have been trying many differnt tripels in the past few months, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites. There is a spicy note to it, but it is subtle where others seem to be almost overwhelming.

MF-he carbonatoin is high and as such it tickles the tongue a little. Thinner than I was expecting orm looking at it, but it felt very nice.

D-The second most drinkable tripel I've ever had. I enjoyed myself very much.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I'm not done looking for different tripels to try, but I can see me coming back ot this one often.

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

330mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Very appealing. The colour is a deep and hazy orange. When poured it produced 3 fingers of white, soapy-looking head with retention that is quite decent. Good lacing.

S - Sweet malts and yeast are most noticeable. Some subtle hops are also present, along with some faint citrus notes.

T - Not nearly as sweet as I had thought it would be. The sweetness of the malts are in the foreground, while distinct hops and yeast are also strong flavours. The citrus is pretty hidden but you can tell that it's there.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, the medium body isn't overly smooth but still feels good and has a little bit of a harsh edge to it that is nice. Drinkability is great for the style. It is a beer that has a great flavour and feel to it without sacrificing the desire to consume a few of them.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic beer here.
Pours a apple juice color with a white head and really nice lacing. Smells of apples and malty goodness. Tastes spicy, peppery, bubblegum flavored, with apple notes. Mouthfeel is quite nice and smooth. Drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - first impression is beer pours with a tremendous amount of head and lingers for a prolonged period of time. The colour is a golden haze, unable to see through the glass.

Smell - I am going to have to say a very strong smell of hops, even a little hint of vanilla. Very natural smelling beer.

Taste - a bitter taste with a strong sense of alcohol, i guess that is why its 8%. The taste if full bodied and last throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and the carbonation is weaker than expected, almost a non carbonated taste in my mouth.

Drinkability - Overall this is a very deep tasting and rich in flavour beer, it offers a lot to the mouth as it goes down. Overall, i would not lean to this for a "night out" but a good starter or finishing beer.

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Photo of richmof
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time no have. Poured into Chimay chalice (at Maison du Peuple) a ruby orange colour with a nice creamy head that laced all the way down.

Yeasty, phenolic fruitiness comes through on the nose and that certainly predominates on the palate as well (apple, pear, as well as the usuals?). There is also a slightly pine-like quality that yields to the hops, giving way to a nice dry finish. The alcohol and yeast make it slightly heavy but you can certainly a couple in a session. Very unlike other triples, much easier to drink and the alcohol is much more balanced (although it also has much lower ABV than others).

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Photo of Reaper16
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a Chimay chalice

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Orange highlights dance about the body. The very white head sits at 1.5 fingers, notching long spindles of lace. Pretty good for the style, I'd say. Not as impressive as I would have thought.

Lots of stonefruit (apricot mostly, but peach too) mixes with a heavy hop aroma. Lots of bitter plant smells and some orange lupulin smells too. Biscuits and honey from the malt, of course. Belgian candi sugar makes for a bit of a sugared cereal aroma. This is textbook Tripel, only hoppier. Very nice.

The taste follows the nose to a 'T.' A nice, sugary blend of pear juice and peach Kool-Ade make up the majority of the flavor, with a grain taste that reminds me of glazed doughnuts. There are a considerable number of hops here, too. This is easily the hoppiest Tripel I've had that wasn't from America. The green bitterness of the hops is not unwelcome. Everything pretty much works together.

The mouthfeel on this glass was a disappointment. I don't want to say that it was "flat," but it was certainly not up to the optimal level of carbonation. The body of the beer was rather listless without the active bubbles. Still, the flavors were good enough that you could drink a few of these happily (not counting price, of course).

This is a damn solid Tripel. Its heavy use of hops for the style makes it stand out. I think this beer is better and more complex out of the bottle, but any sort of Chimay on-tap is nothing to scoff at.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:
Look: Hazy peach gold, small head, no lace.
Smell: Grapes and biscuits.
Taste: Smooth, light fruit up front, but very dry. There's some light bready yeast and a real nice herbal/citrus hop kick in the finish.
Mouth: The mouth is a little harsh, especially near the end.
Drink: Chimay, in my opinion is a little over-hyped. The beer is good, but simple. The tripel is no different, a little bland for my taste.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a chimay chalice.

Pours a deep yellow orange color with a big frothy head that recedes quickly. Carbonation streams from the bottom of the glass. Huge vanilla, wafer, and lemon custard aroma. Has a spicy after note as well. The flavor is very astrigent with a bitter acidity. Malted flavors with vanilla undertones. Really not good. This might be infected or just not be my favorite triple. The mouthfeel is over carbonated but true to style with it's crispness. The Drinkability is just above average for me because it's just not tasty at all. Worth a try, but not worth hunting down.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky and dark golden hue with a foamy white head that disappears rather quickly.

S: A sweet aroma of pears, apples, grains, bread, malts, & Belgian yeast. Hints of clove and citrus hops can be detected, but are very faint.

T: A crisp and light flavor of caramel malts, citrus hops, clove, apple, and a little booze. A little bitter aftertaste with a little funk.

M: Smooth & juicy texture with lively carbonation and medium body.

D: Chimay is always delicious and this is a perfect example why. Not like your typical Tripels, but easy to drink and wonderful flavor none the less.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11oz. bottle, Netherlands.

Pours a hazy amber with a decent head, good retention and lacing. It was difficult not to integrate the yeast sediment, even when leaving beer in the bottle.

Smells of apples, pears, yeast and spice. Some nice earthiness and hop notes as well.

The flavor is rich and malty, but surprisingly bitter. This is a well-hopped tripel, perhaps too much so. The bitterness is sturdy, which I find to be problematic as the drink wears on. The finish is dry, quite bitter, and nearly astringent. Behind the bitterness and earthy hop flavors is a decent amount of sweet, caramel malt and fruity esters, but overall, I am not impressed with the flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is full, but the carbonation is raw, the bubbles large and bloating. Drinks very average for the style.

I would like to re-review this beer at some point, because I was quite disappointed with it this time. Not a good Tripel.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chimay white has an excellent head that lasts and a cloudy amber colour. It has a yeasty smell to it. This beer tastes very matly to me and reminds me of Leffe Blonde. It's malty from start to finish. This beer feels great in the mouth and is well carbonated. Chimay always make a high quality beer and this is no exception.

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Photo of newk340
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a dark orange color that gives a thick, quickly receding head.

S: a sweet malt aroma leads the charge ahead of some yeasts, citrus, and hops.

T: malts are evident while dark fruits are a pleasant surprise with each sip.

MF/D: a faint fizzle of carbonation leads a medium bodied brew, though one is more than enough to drink at any one time.

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Photo of BBP
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark pumpkin color. Thick and medium carbonation. Had a great head, but it disappeared fast.

S- Sweet malts, spices, citrus, the faintest alcohol scent, and a a light hops and yeast smell.

T- Leads with sweet citrus and the hop bitterness takes it's place, evening things out. and the spicing becomes evident shortly after. Light aftertaste which was disappointing.

M- Smooth and medium to high body. A tad light for the carbonation level.

D- A very good Belgian drink. Easy to down and considerably light for my expectations for my first Tripel style beer.

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Photo of godless1one
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - gold with reddish hue, slight head when poured gently from bottle

smell - spiced fruit is the first smell followed by yeast

taste - the fruit and spice implied by the smell, a pleasant musk flavor (not overpoweringly skunky though)

mouthfeel - carbonated and slightly heavy (like a lot was packed into the brew rather than thick)

drinkability - enjoyable but a bit pricey for regular enjoyment

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this brew it is a solid. However, I find the blue and red label Chimay's to be much more enjoyable. I really have no complaints but found the overall character of the brew to be lacking something I couldn't place my finger on.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly sweet, honey-like flowery scent greets the nose on pouring this brew. A cream colored, frothy head fills the snifter to the rim and is slow to disperse.

The reddish golden-brown color of the ale is densely packed with nutrient-rich yeast and unfiltered remnants of the perfectly roasted grain from which it was brewed. Almost like liquid cereal, this well made, malty concoction is readily digested and could easily become a daily staple if available at an affordable rate.

Caramel sweetness with bright, citrus fruity hop offsets give this ale a celebratory quality that one would think appropriate for a wedding -- white dress, white cap and all.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into the Chimay goblet. Whole bottle poured into the glass brings it perfectly to the top on one pour, love when that happens.

Pours a hazy, rusty orange/brown, tons of sediment as usual with Chimay beers. Nice creamy white head turns to a swirly cap, leaves some lacing.

Smell is mainly yeast, clove and banana, a little plain.

Taste is better than the scent. Flavors are mostly the same as above with some nice citrus and apple in the middle along with a warming alcohol kick. Grassy/earthy hop notes as well. It gets tastiest towards the end, not sure if it's from the warming or the floaties at the bottom.

High carbonation gives way to a malty finish. Booze taste doesn't deter but is present in every sip.

Liked this alot better this time than when I had it on-tap. Good stuff.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red and brown with good foam and lacing and great carbonation.

Smell: Spiced apples with a great hop bite to it. Definitely some other fruity alcohols as well. Definitely an outstanding smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong spiced apple with good initial hops. Fairly malty, but not really high. Also a thick yeasty feel throughout.

Drinkability: Good pub session brew despite high alcohol content. A bit of a sipper.

Overall: Another point for Belgian beers. Not the best one, but definitely better than most beers.

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

On tap at Eli Cannons, poured into a 12oz tumber. Not exactly proper glassware but whatever.

A-Less than an inch of bone white head. Body is dark golden. Quite the nice looking beer.

S-Sweet and yeasty and a bit funky.. Hints of banana and dark fruit. Pretty faint smell overall.

T-As expected with Chimay, follows the nose pretty closely, but a bit more malts.

M-Not as sharp as other tripels. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. Carb is average for the style...which is heavy overall. Body is medium. Leaves a good, funky lingering aftertaste on the tip of my tongue.

D-As mentioned, not as sharp as other tripels, or as dry for that matter. Makes the beer go down a tad easier. This tripel is quite delicious.

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Photo of kjyost
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip stiffly. Nice inch+ head, that descends slowly(ish) leaving little lacing atop the somewhat cloudy orange-brown beer. The aroma begins with a touch of banana atop apple juice, but then the head descends releaseing a strong level of belgian aromas... Smells delectable and bang on to style (duh.) The taste is a little lighter than I had expected, finishes fairly dry without much malt. I was hoping for a beer that was just a tiny bit thicker... Overall though a great beer to drink and one I am glad I found.

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Photo of rdub
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my favorite large flute (I didn't have a chalice). Awesome cloudy golden liquid with long lasting inch and a half fluffy white head. Beautiful. Spicy, peppery Belgian aromas hit hard out the top of the glass. Smells delicious. Taste is equally impressive. Fruity and spicy with a great balance between hops and malt. Mouthfeel was medium and luxurious. Drinkability was a bit harsh due to the 8% but who's complaining? Certainly not me!

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

Pours a reddish blonde hue with a thick head with fair lasting power. Smells rich and sweet...fruit, cloves, peppery spices, banana. Very inviting.

It is very heavy in the mouth. Carbonation is decent. Taste is of many fruity esters (banana), mixed with some cloves and yeast ....orange rind bitterness (which is heavy for style) begins on the finish and stays on the back of the tongue for a while. Alcohol is well covered for the ABV.

Impressive beer, and a delight. Not too sweet, well balanced, and very drinkable.

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

Remember the Chimay Premier? That wonderful fruity Belgium Trappist beer with loads of luscious body and rich potent aromatics? Did you know Chimay makes another beer? Actually, the genious Monks at the Chimay Monastery actually make two additional beers; the White, and Blue. A couple days ago with my roommate we enjoyed the White, their Triple.

Chimay White is named Cinq Cents in its 750ml corked bottles, but also comes in 330ml capped bottles, which are available at the LCBO. This Chimay White is significantly spicier and more bitter than either of the other Chimay beers, and is uniquely delicious with cheese. It it bottle conditioned at 8% abv and remains unpasteurized. Depending on your tastes, you will want to pour this beer and reserve the last centimeter of liquid in the bottle; because it is bottle conditioned that last little bit is all yeast, which is massively funky and earthy. MMmmm.

If you have a Chimay Chalice, it is of course the best receptacle for this beer. If not, any wide mouth chalice will do. Bring it out of your fridge and let it relax a bit to a cool temperature around 10C (50F). Pour gently into the chalice, and reserve the last bit, or if you enjoy the rich funkiness then pour it all in. In either case, about half way through the pour raise the bottle a distance to build a large fluffy head.

And it is fluffy. A one and a half inch fluffy off-white creamy head builds up on this complex opaque orange beer. It is streaming with carbonation, and yes, lots of yeast floating through it. It has a light bronze tinge to it with hues of amber brown and gold, but is primarily a dirty orange. The head has great staying power and will last at least partially for much of the drink.

The nose right away is massively spicy with complex, earthy funk aromas. It is not hugely pungent, but the flavors you do pick up are very prominent. Light pale malt trickles a sweetness over your nose, but the yeast controls this story. Mostly funk, but light bread, banana and pear also show themselves.

Open up for a nice smooth wave of this beer and be rewarded by smooth flowing caramel malts with the immediate balance of peppery spice, field like earthy aromatics, cheesy funk and fresh hops. The pale malt sweetness is obvious on your tongue, but your cheeks will pick up ripe spices mixed with mulled fruits. The flavor here is intensely complex and never ending.

As it warms, more caramel and pale malts come in and reach your cheeks; a nice soothing quality after the tart and erratic spices before. This Tripel has much depth and complexity. Even the mouthfeel shows loads of precise carbonation that almost attack your palate awakening all its scenes. But somehow the Chimay is smooth and soft. Those Monks know their stuff.

The finish is dry and quenching with some hops coming in to help out. Fresh and lively is the feeling I get at the end of a sip - perfect for food and many cheeses. The corked bottles especially make a nice treat with dinner, but try either bottle with pastas, wild game, chicken, even pizza and pub fare. Also, you could easily set one away in the cellar for several years, most likely smoothing out some of the raw edges and uniting to become ultimately soothing.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,444 ratings
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