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 GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, with a nice screen-printed neck label.

Served cool into a St. Bernardus glass. I hope no one minds.

Chimay 'Cinq Cents' is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick head that lasts seemingly forever. Lacing is left behind as it slowly settles.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a bit of sour and funk. There's a little bit of white wine quality but it doesn't seem oxidized. A little like an oakey chardonnay.

Taste is really nice but surprisingly strong. It starts off sweet but there is some intense bitterness in the middle with more of the funk coming through at the end. Finishes dry and the alcohol contributes to that sensation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style. The alcohol is more evident than I would expect for something that is 8 percent ABV but that could be enhanced by the carbonation.

Overall a really tasty tripel but probably not one of my favorites. St. Bernardus or Westmalle get the nod.

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Photo of Trapiste389
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours wonderfully, forming a gorgeous white whipped cream head full of belgian lace. I love the herbal/medicinal smeel of the phenols. The taste is hoppy but not overpowering, with just a little bit of malt sweetness. The body is very nicely balanced and not too full. This is one of my favorite all time beers and my favotier Scourmont beer.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this great brew on draft in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Creamy orange color with an abundant foamy head. Strong spice scents and mild amounts of yeast bread-like scents. Good spicey dry flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy. Pretty easy to finish and very refreshing.

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Photo of rarbring
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark golden, slightly hazy beer, an off-white rather small head that leaves some lacing.

The fruitiness is mostly old pears, some earthy, stable, leather aromas.

Brown sugar sweetness, sour milk and a quite offensive bitterness.

Low carbonation, rather flat.

Not balanced and a bit flat, could it have been old?

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

750 ml bottle corked and caged, poured into my Chimay goblet (which I use for all Belgian beers). Good looking beer. First couple of pours were clear, orange, dense (could see the outline of my finger at the other side of the glass). Later pours were more hazy reddish brown (more sediment action). Not much lacing. Nice bubbly white head.

Smell was not great, some hint of yeasts, grapes and peaches/apples. Not as pronounced as some other Belgians.

Tasted very good. Belgian yeasts, grapes, apples and peaches. Not too sweet. Some spices on the tongue. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, no annoying alcohol presence, with spices and initial tingling on the tongue.

Drinkability is very good for this octane level. Very enjoyable beer. I drank the whole bottle and could have had more!!!

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Photo of drtth
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed rich apricot color with a 1/8" white head that soon recedes to a ring and an irregular patch of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass and widely scattered speckles of lacing on the other. Almost all of it slides back down the glass and into the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and floral with hints of orchard fruits (apple and pear) and light caramel. There are also hints of spice and pepper.

Taste: The flavor here is complex and becomes more so as the beer warms over time. There is a semi-sweet balance between the honey sweetness of malt and the bitterness of the hops. There are also some spice and pepper notes. None of the flavors dominates and each compliments the other. As expected from the nose the fruity elements are mostly green orchard fruits with their sweetness and a trace of tartness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish is moderate to long in duration as the sweetness slowly fades into gentle dryness that easily leads from one sip to another.

Drinkability: This is a smooth well-balanced beer that is well worth drinking and then revisiting. If it is one of your first triples you may not fully appreciate its for its good qualities but as you have more and then return to this beer its quality and balance become more apparent. While I don't think this is my favorite tripel I certainly do like it and would not have any problems with having it again. (And I probably will.)

A note on drinking the yeast: The first pour left most of the yeast behind. And this review was written on that beer. I deliberately saved the last bit and the yeast, swirled well and then poured it into the glass at the end for drinking. What I now have in the bottom of the glass is a very cloudy half inch of beer well permeated with yeast. Not surprisingly, this has changed the flavors in that much of the complexity is now hidden by the yeast. The bitterness is now forward on the palate, the fruit aroma and flavors are concealed and the beer seems simpler.

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Photo of CaptYellow
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A: Unfiltered; orange. Whispy lacing which holds to the end.

S: Wheaty.

T: "Juicy fruit." That funky yeast taste. Only a slight malt and a slight hop taste. All yeast.

M: Medium. Slightly creamy.

D: Delicious. Slight bitterness. Very drinkable.

O: A bit expensive, but for the style and alcohol, perhaps it's reasonable. We'll break out a bottle of Chimay every once in a while over cards instead of wine.

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

A big thanks to my Brother-in-Law for this great beer. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into my SA Perfect Pint with about two fingers of white fluffy head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving decent lacing.

Smell - Cloves, spices, yeast, sweet caramel, and slight funk (from the yeast no doubt).

Taste - Similar to the nose. Honey and cloves dominate the initial flavor along with banana, flowers, yeast, and sweet caramel. There is also some hidden darker fruits such as raisins and plums.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. The alcohol is hidden quite well and is a great sipper. Really glad I was able to try this beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC on tap. It's a clear golden amber color with a modest white cover and minimal signs of lace. The aroma brings on a malt and bready grass hop blend. Pretty typical Belgian tripel with a tasteful clove overtone, but good. The flavor is a very mellow blend of syrupy yeast malt and citrus hop. I get some bayberry and oats, wheat germ and vague peach. More complex than I picked up with my nose and very nice overall. It's medium bodied with modest carbonation that makes for a pleasant feel and a very drinkable Belgian despite the ABV.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with tons of sediment particles suspended in the liquid. Huge head even with a careful pour. Aroma is fruity and full of yeast along with some spice. Taste is fruity with a slight sourness in the background. A nice amount of spiciness. Finish is dry. Not my favorite Tripel, but its not bad.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL "Cinq Cents" bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Beautiful! A rich, hazy copper just light enough to see shadows through. A layer of creamy head obscures the view into the beer from the top.

S: Yeasty with citrus topnotes and an undercurrent of milder spices which I can't quite place.

T: Outstanding! Alcoholic sweetness followed quickly by light malt and hops, balancing out nicely. This fades into a gentler complexity as the beer lingers. This aftertaste makes me smile, and rewards each sip. One of the best aspects of the taste.

M: Crisp, tingly, and exceedingly pleasant. Any alcohol which might have been obtrusive is neatly concealed.

D: One of my favourites. A beer perfect for special occasions, or just the rare night when you really want to treat yourself. I can polish off a 750mL bottle by myself without any regrets.

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

Poured from the champgne style bottle into my Duvel glass. And again.

Light amber look with thick creamy white foam that somehow burns off to a very thin layer. Expected this to take all day, but it did not.

Bready, yeasty smell.

Taste is all over the place in terms of complexity. Licorice. Candy sugar sweetness. Boozy. Belgian bittering.

Just a damn good beer, not much more value I can add here.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my ale goblet with a rush of carbonation and a sweet, fruity aroma. Very appealing and attractive! The cloudy, golden appearance shows plenty of yeasty sediment, too, and the first taste is a rich and spicy flavor, followed by a slight alcohol presence. Coriander, clove, and candy sugar also come through in this complex and perfectly-done Belgian abbey ale. The hoppy "rolling" finish is just icing on the cake. Absolutely a beautiful and delicious beer!

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Photo of Elimination
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into chimay goblet

look: a pale brownish yellow, glows a bit, little white head.

smell: fruity, grape like, boozy sweet, smells more like a wine smells good

taste: clove, spicy, sweet, has a lemon/orange zest to it, this is bliss.

mouthfeel this is a lot more bubbly than most triples ive had, has a certain burn with the suds it feels good.

drinkability: Great, but its a little to spendy to drink all the time

Overall, its great this is a defining style beer that every one tries to copy but most cant

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Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.20 fl oz to chimay glass datecode L09-498

pours a golden tinged red, creamy white head lasts forever, great lacing, looks exceptional in the glass

smells of delicious yeast phenols (banana clove) sweet malt, smells dry

taste is crisp, malt sweetness and hop bitterness are balanced very well, nice heavy hopping, bready, dry, citrus peel, banana clove yeast, tropical fruit, alchohol on the back, yum

mouthfeel is creamy, the head never dies, sweet balanced by bitter, very easy to drink overall - a great tripel!

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Photo of appenzeller
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a standard trippel, a very hazy and thick golden white with a substantial head.

Smell is sweet, apple and bread, some hops hints.

Tastes well-balanced, malty but the malts are lighter, bready and fruity. As a counter, this has a nice bite from the mouth that continues through the taste. The alcohol is prominent but in a warming, non-offensive way--like in a good brandy, for example. This is a classic and I find the Chimay White to be underrated compared to its brothers.

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Photo of korguy123
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy amber. Gigantic 3+ finger head, almost meringue looking. Awesome lacing.

S- Earthy, yeasty, bready, oranges, cloves.

T- Oranges, yeasty, buttery, spices 8% is hidden very well

M- Dry and chewy

D- Very enjoyable very drinkable but definitely a sipping beer to enjoy the complexity of the senses

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







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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured hazy golden orange in color into a goblet with a finger-high white head. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that continually keeps a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of cloves, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: A noticeable amount of bitterness is present in the taste, along with flavors of bananas, cloves and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of lingering dryness in the finish.
D: It's quite different compared to other tripels given the bitterness but it's still a wonderful beer to sip.

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Photo of thetomG
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice slightly murky golden color with lots of fluffy white foam on the head. Virtually no lacing on the glass as you drink.

Aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty - I think I'm getting some light caramel and nutty scents as well.

The flavor is remarkably well balanced. This doesn't have any of the overwhelming yeasty funk that I often pick up from other Belgian beers. There is a bit of fruitiness to it with some slightly tart notes, but overall it is incredibly balanced, well carbonated, and drinkable.

Excellent beer and one that I would not hesitate to drink again.

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

On-tap in a Chimay goblet at the Brass Rail.

A: The tripel is a darker caramel gold color, still translucent but on the outermost edges. A half a finger of head, white and dense, doesn't do much in the way of lacing.

S: Yeasty sugars and anise, along with a bit of odd funk (not wild yeast, mind you). As the tripel warms, fuller sugars emerge, a dense semi-sweet ale.

T: The first sip is filling, sweet with a strong current of alcohol. The sugars are present, sweetly fruity, along with a fresh, musty yeast strain. It's funkiness is not wild, rather anisey and spicy. Mild carbonation, perhaps responsible for the underwhelming head, is a push, never providing the sharp crispness that carbonation needs to give. Very dry, especially in the finish, the ale seems to have some age to it. I recall enjoying the bottle much more.

M: The mouthfeel is spice- and yeast-driven, a fruity rich ale that has enough darker flavors (anise and pepper) to balance it out.

D: At 8%, this was a slow-going sipper. I'm not sure that I'd want to bite off much more, very sweet and too bold.

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Photo of MBPChead
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a 75cl bottle of this tripel with a good friend and family member a few hours ago and poured it into two separate chimay chalices.

Appearance: gorgeous opaque golden orange in color with a foamy eggshell white head.

Aroma: Not all that fragrant in my personal opinion, but what I was able to smell was orange, honey, and cloves, daffodils, and very hidden yeast and wheat scents.

Flavor: WONDERFUL in taste truly an exquisite beverage, right off the bat I'm greeted by the sensation of orange, honey, cloves, yeast, and wheat gluten with a very slight after taste of hoppy bitterness that works perfectly with the overall combination. After a few more drinks I'm also able to taste Banana, lemon, cinnamon, and slight hints of rose. Throughout the experience it provides a very subtle hint of alcohol but just enough to tickle the taste buds. As it warms up it has a pungent ginger bite to it. Truly marvelous flavor.

Feel: Smooth texture with medium carbonation that easily subsides into a relaxed foam and leisurely slips over the tongue and down the throat. Slight detraction comes from the hoppy bitterness but all in all it feels lovely .

Drinkability: With a taste and mouthfeel like the the one this beer offers I could have easily swallowed the entire bottle's worth. However the amount of alcohol per bottle is the one preventative. All in all a truly wonderful brew that I'm sure will be another purchase of mine in the near future.

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Photo of GregoryVII
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured slightly cloudly, with a golden hue to it. Lively carbonation and a light mouthfeel. The beer has a fresh hop aroma and flavor, like a field of flower and spice. The raisin scent distinct to the yeast is also present and when I close my eyes I can get a taste for it as well. At 8% the alcohol is beautifully playful, present but so subtle you can underestimate it. It finishes sharply smooth. Beautiful beer.

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

330ml bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

An opaque orange-yellow brew, looks like dark honey. About an inch of frothy head, slowly recedes into a ring. A little bit of lacing. White sediment crowds the bottom of the glass.

Nose is apricot, peach, yeast, a touch of alcohol, malts.

Taste is drier than I'd remembered. While the peach-apricot and apple notes remain, they are kept in check by a hoppy, peppery bitterness that gives a lingering finish. Alcohol is less present to taste. More complex as the brew warms up, allowing bread and yeast to make an appearance.

Strong carbonation up front, but eventually it subsides somewhat. Medium body, about right for the style.

It didn't knock me away, but it certainly is a brilliant brew, well worth keeping on hand. Highly enjoyable.

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

Bottle, 8.0% abv.

Poured a beautiful hazy honey, with TONS of long-lasting frothy head. Not a lot of carbonation but the head alone invites you in.

Aroma is very similar to fresh baked challah bread, with loads of yeast and malt. Head still around after five minutes.

First sip, pleasing toasty bread, with a touch (just a tinge) of apple and coriander. Hard not to chug the first glass down. On second view, carbonation is indeed there. Lots of lacing after first gulp.

Perfect accompaniment to roast pork tenderloin, this beer is spicy enough to handle heavy meats and especially cheeses. But the drinkability is high too that you could drink this with just about any meal. Would LOVE to try this with some Szechaun or even maybe some Palak Paneer/Vindaloo.

One of my favorites. Will always go back to when my favorite beer store has nothing new to offer.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,451 ratings
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