Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
4,432 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.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2001

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber. Moss rich and fruity. Also fruity flavors including orange Curacao and some spices. Taste a little acid but generally fruity, firm body and post-bitter taste and dry, spurred by a touch of pleasant liquor. This beer is reminiscent of Orval but less complex and refreshing. However, it has a convincing bitterness, a hopping well proportioned and well balanced.

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

The color of this beer makes me think of cantalope melon on liquid wheat grains. Nice, flat white head that retains until the third sip or so. Energetic bubbling lasts throughout the whole drink.

The aroma is a sweet grain and bubbly dry Spring aroma. Yeasty fruits like peaches, semi-sweet melons, and ripe strawberries. Te tste mirrors the aroma a lot, but gives more depth in the palate of the beer itself. The yeasty fruits add some sweetness with the sweet, yet powdery grains. You get sweet, yeasty and grainy flavors coming together nicely. hepalate starts powdery and finishes bubbley. This is a classic example of a Tripel. Even the alcohol content is high, the beer feels light and airey on the tongue, almost like a wheat beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For review #500, I decided to visit an old friend. Served in Chimay chalice. Poured a golden straw yellow color with a a fluffy white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was based on a solid malt foundation and featured those great spicy and yeasty scents. The flavors follows along as expected, just amplified. That great blend of spice, hops yeast and malt coats the tongue with flavor, gliding over the tastebuds, then kicking them with the spice and finally, soothing them with that smooth malt flavor.

The body is wonderful, full and complex without being heavy or sticky. Drinkabilty is excellent, you can have several of these beauties in a row and not be bored, and I have.

Overall, a world standard for this style, this beer should be in your regular rotation.

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

Appearance: A finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly. A very hazy darker golden color.

Smell: This has some banana and clove to it, with other spices and a certain apple like fruit characteristic rounding it out. Rather light aroma. There is also a bit of malt in the nose. It didn't have a hint of the alcohol aroma I associate with this style.

Taste: The initial flavor is that of sweet malt, with a kick of spices and a underlying alcohol presence. A good amount of fruit in this flavor. The finish is not as crisp as I would expect for the high carbonation, but the dry finish does help the finish not last forever. It ends with a mix of slightly alcoholic spicyness. Everything that was lacking in the nose was made up for in the taste..

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is rather high, actually too high for me. Medium to full body and

Drinkability: This beer does not showcase the alcohol leading to a beer that is more drinkable than its abv would suggest. The high carbonation is unfortunately a tiny bit too much for me and I wish the aroma was a bit stronger, but overall I really liked this beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite chalice from a 750ml bottle.

A: Deep peach, with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. A luxurious eggshell cap forms a nice pillow as the beer descends the glass. Leaves just a smattering of lace.

S: Fairly light, given the style. Pears, green grapes, pepper and coriander interplay nicely and have almost perfect balance. Rather simple, yet well constructed.

T: Crisp pear and green grape flavors start things out. Bitterness comes on quickly with a coriander and pepper bite that provides nice balance. Gets a little metallic in the middle. Finishes very dry and slightly tart. A nice alcohol warmth rounds out the picture.

M: Like many Belgians, the body is light for this much alcohol. The vigorous is carbonation is very soft in the mouth.

D: This is a beer that begs to be had with food to me. I wasn't super impressed until I started eating a nice cut of beef with it. Something about that really brought the flavors alive.

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Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange colour with a big, frothy white head. A bit hazy but it looks good.

Lovely aroma with notes of orange, clove and banana. Some alcohol and a touch of herbal hops.

Big flavours with a rich yet soft maltiness. The yeast provides some great spice and a touch of fruitiness. The whole is good but I get a touch of mustiness which doesn't sit quite right. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering.

Medium bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. It's suitable and fine.

A fine brew with plenty of flavour and lots going for it. The crisp, dry finish adds to this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is slightly hazy in appearance and it had a tons of thick foam.

It has a bready, sweet scent and I get no citrus. Even though the alcohol content is fairly high, it doesn't come across in the smell.

The taste is very bready and sweeter than expected. This may seem like a bad thing, but it is not offensive and, in fact, highly enjoyable! The sweetness covers the taste of alcohol, but you do get some in the aftertaste.

This is very drinkable, and isn't nearly as heavy as I expected. The only problem is you can't drink several because the abv, unfortunately.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a golden cloudy color to it with a good head that lasts a short time.
Smells of esters and alcohol. Kinda nice and reminds me of a tripel.
Tastes like alcohol and Belgian yeasts which I expected but has a distinct taste that i find rough but tasty.

I like this beer as well and will try it again, ive had it on tap and in bottle. Maybe another style?

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

Poured bottle into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep gold color that is quite cloudy. Has a really impressive 1-inch head that lingers for a while.

Smell: It seems that it almost had a mild apple aroma that is somewhat masked by malt. Little hop presence.

Taste: Has a very sweet flavor overall with some fruit flavor that is present, but subdued. It almost seemed to have a mild citrus kick at the end instead of a bitter kick. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Fair body, mostly from the yeast and carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. The alcohol brings it down a bit, but the flavor is fantastic and it is definitely something I could have again.

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Photo of number1bum
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, somewhat musty looking golden color with an inch of creamy off-white head. Retention is excellent; it keeps a full lace all the way to the bottom of the glass and leaves a splash of stick or two on the sides as well.

Smell is bold and very pleasing, with big fruity, spicy, sweet and yeasty elements. Spiciness is very peppery and earthy, with pear, apple and a bit of citrus. Yeast is musty and spicy.

Taste doesn't have quite as much fruit as the smell, with the spicy and musty qualities dominating instead. Big black pepperiness to this beer that lasts all the way into the finish. There is some fruit before the pepper takes over, and it's not as sweet as the nose nor as some other tripels.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, although it dries out in the finish with the black pepper dominating into the aftertaste. Pretty smooth and the alcohol is not noticeable.

This is a very good tripel although it is not my favorite, nor my favorite Chimay beer. I think it's better on tap, as well. Something I'm always pleased to have in my glass.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been in my fridge since around Christmas. The second of my Chimay three pack. Into my Chimay chalice we go.

Appearance: A light copper body with a yellow tinge that is loaded with minute particles of yeast. The head, while creamy is barely a half fingers worth, but it thankfully does sustain quite well, even if it doesn't lace.

Smell: A very fruity smell, with an bit of yeasty backing. I'm catching sweet pears, apricots and even a light pineapple scent with a peppery yeast background. However, it took quite a bit of warming to come out and could stand to be a bit strong.

Taste: It starts with a sweet, fruity malt that turns towards a yeast and light grain and citrus experience that end with a light peppery dose of hops. Full of flavor, but really needs to be left to warm to wholly come out. In a word graceful, but I find it isn't sweet enough or bitter enough at points.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation on this beer is exceptional, as its like drinking liquid silk. Possesses a fruity aftertaste that lingers for the right amount of time and transitions beautifully. Nothing bad to say here.

Drinkability: Refreshing, but more so satisfying as it's the kind of beer that makes your lips smack. Light on the stomach, and frankly dangerous given the nearly undetectable alcohol content. The only downside I can find, is the reason this beer sat in my fridge for so long, was you really need to be in the mood for something high class when you drink this.

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

served in a large wine glass.

Bad light but apparently golden, slightly hazy with a fluffy one finger head leaving tight lacing.

Smalls of pineapple, anise and grain.

Hoppy bit with sweetness, tangyness and biscuits.

good carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Great beer, comes out of a bottle almost as nicely as the tap.

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

A- Dense pillowy, melted marshmallowy head, hazy burnt orange appearance.

S- A lot going on here, sweet, spicy oranges and other citrus, light floral hops, lightly vinous, dried light colored fruits (apricots and figs), alcohol shows slowly as it warms.

T- Honey, spicy/peppery, background is of green raisins.

M- Creamy, medium-heavy body, good carbonation.

D- Great flavor, a bit sweet and heavy for multiple rounds, but it's not out of the question.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden yellow color. A frothy 1 finger head which disappated slowly. A flowery aroma. The taste is crisp with an almost chalk-like flavor. The bitterness is apparent in the aftertaste. From the taste you would not guess that their is 8% alcohol. You get none of the alcohol burn from some of the big beers. The mouthfeel is very dry, slighlty overcarbonated. Each sip seems to turn to foam as it hits the palate. While this bottle may be overcarbonated, the flavors will keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy pale orange colour. The head is light tan, medium sized and moussy with good retention and lots of lacing.
Aroma: clean aroma of citrus, yeast and fresh herbal hops.
Taste: fruits (mainly citrus), bitter hops and alcohol notes.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry. Medium carbonation, high alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.
Overall: very good and satisfying Chimay. Nevertheless I missed a stronger malt presence, as I would expect from a Tripel ale.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Old Engine Oil chalice.

Very careful pour still brings out a gorgeous, super-dense off-white one-finger head that jiggles almost like a meringue, sitting on top of a murky, light copper colored body. As the head settles in just a bit a few minutes after the pour, you see it clinging tenaciously to the glass with admirable stickage, and very nice lacing.

Nose is slightly peppery and dry, with a beautiful candied apricot coming out - more nuanced than complex, if that makes sense; there aren't that many things going on, but what's there is subtle and intricate. Lovely nose.

Taste follows suit - dry, peppery, yeasty are the primary flavor characteristics, with a light apricot sweetness and pleasant vanilla notes underneath that. Candy sugar lends a bit of a spicy quality, or perhaps the alcohol. Finish is dry again, lightly bitter, with the vanilla and candy sugar as secondary players.

Mouthfeel is dry, smooth and creamy, light and full at the same time. Very nice drinkability, with the flavor begging you to drink more and the mouthfeel only adding to the desire. Superb beer from top to bottom.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Looks like an ipa as far as color. Light golden orange. Hazy and lots of bubbles. A thick eggwhite head of about 2 fingers. Sticks to the glass nicely.

A little candied apple and pear on the nose. A touch of clove and some peppery yeast notes as well.

On the taste i'm getting A little citrus from the hops. I also get a spicey pear flavor and some warm vanilla nutmeg flavors. Theres like a candied sweetness in the middle before a light bitterness takes over and finishes the flavors.

Mouthfeel is soft and light. But also tingly from the amount of carbonation. Lot's of bubbles on the swallow. No trace of alcohol at all.

Drinkability is good. I like this better then the Chimay red. I probably wouldn't drink this too much. It's a tasty beer and well made but the flavor profile is not something i like on a regular basis. It is a good beer though and i would recommend it.

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Photo of Hopfist
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some beers that carry the Trappist hexagon make you wonder if just any group of silly men in robes can start making beer. This is not one of them. One of the six oldest Trappist monasteries still producing today, the Abbaye Nore Dame de Scourmont is one of the reasons that hexagon on the side of the bottle is associated with greatness. A fantastically unfettered tripel. Best enjoyed from a 750ml and company. Enjoy.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured in a snifter glass in two parts.

Appearance - Dull brown orange and cloudy. Three finger pillowy white head that receded into an almost nothing lacing rather quickly.

Aroma - Apple, pear, and bananna notes from the yeast are what really shine through. Some slight warming booze on the nose is present as well. Not overpowering though.

Taste - The apple and pear notes are far less obvious here than in the aroma. A citric hop presence becomes rather noticable and almost is more powerful than the yeast notes. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied with a nice crispness to it overall. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability - Although the ABV is high, the light and balanced flavors, along with a clean finish make this dnagerously drinkable.

Overall, a good Tripel with a strong hop presence. Nicely balanced, but perhaps a bit too light and drinkable overall. The flavors never hit the high notes as well as they should.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into the large Chimay chalice glass...

A - Cloudy orange body, with a rich, frothy off-white head. A fair amount of visible carbonation. The head retention is pretty good.

S - Very fruity, with hints of apple, pear, white grape, and banana. Some strong malty tones, with hints of caramel. Some pronounced Belgian-style spicy hoppiness, and a fair amount of yeast smell. Smells like an excellent tripel to me!

T - There's so much going on! Starts out a bit peppery and fairly sweet, with loads of fruit notes (same ones as in the aroma). Then the hop taste starts coming through, together with a slight boozy taste, leaving a pleasant bitterness lingering in the after-taste. There is a fair amount of spice notes, notably coriander, nutmeg, and allspice. The sweetness and the peppery hoppiness definitely work very well together.

M - Crisp because of the fairly high carbonation, with a slightly peppery feel on the tongue. After a while it becomes quite smooth, even a little creamy. Medium body to it. A little boozy.

D - Drinks very easily, provided you're into Belgian beers. I'm not certain I'd down a 750ml bottle at ease, but one or two small bottles are definitely not a problem to drink, for such a complex and full-flavoured beer!

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

This formally closes the reviews of the Chimay Trilogy - Blue, Red and finally White. Pour from the bottle into a wine glass. I am careful with the pour this time knowing the reputation of the White to flare up. The body is a gorgeous cloudy amber to peach, with a lot of minute yeast sediments noticeable dancing towards the base of the glass, first looking like micro bubbles. In spite of a delicate pour, the head is big at 2" and just doesn't seem to go away. Beneath the great white foam are trapped an assortment of volatiles. Candi sugar and sour apples make headway in the whiff, creating some room for earthy and herbal notes in the background. There is the usual Belgian yeast, but only so - the nose is dominated by the spicy fruits.

I prepare myself to take a sip through the unrelenting head. Very fruity and raisiny upfront with a dominant peppery aftertaste as the remnants dry up on your palate. As the beer warms, I pick up further notes of anise and coriander seeds. As the beer level recedes in the glass, it leaves thick rings of lacing on the sides. There is a faint bitterness that is noticeable between sips on the back of your palate. One word for Chimay White - complex.

The beer is well carbonated, but never does it appear to be too spritzy, only well supporting the panorama of flavours and a little syrupy body. A faint warmth of booze reaches every nook and corner of your mouth. I tell you, the head is still at it as I wait for the beer to wade through it into my mouth.

I would like to have Chimay White selectively - as I would a prized White Wine or the like. I would recommend this as an excellent aperitif or as a great accompaniment to fish.

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Photo of malty
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. stubby bottle that I think is no more than a year and a half old.

Hazy peach color with visible suspended yeast particles. Lots of visible fine uprising carbonation also. Bright white head settles at 1" partly due to my careful decanting whilst pouring into it's proprietary handsome stemmed goblet.

Apricot, pineapple, banana, vanilla, white pepper, animal crackers - like the ones in the zoo themed red box with the white stringy handle, a tiny hint of cantilope rind/zest and a touch of freshly baked walnut bread all tantilize the nostrils while each making a clear and apparent showing, but mix and mingle altogether in a olafactory symphony.

The white pepper and vanilla maltiness greet the tongue with a firm handshake, but not white-knuckled. The fruitiness of the tropical variety is in the backseat while the hops tickle and prick without giving out any flavor. The soft and sweet maltiness gives the brew an elegance all to itself, but not at all overly sweet or cloying. White pepper grants the palate farewell, (until you tilt the chalice again).

Mouthfeel is stunning. Medium bodied with a ton of micro carbonation that gives it an angelic airiness/softness. Semi-sweet and somewhat dry long and flavorful finish.

Drinkability if through the sky. Top-notch and very tempting to session vigorously.

Overall a world classic example of a fantastic style. A bit on the sweeter side, (let's say, campared to a Westmalle) but delectable and dangerous. What else would you expect from a bunch of lucky monks? I've tried this ale many a years, but this is my first formal review. Tastes just a good as it did 10+ years ago.

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

Enjoyed draft @ Mellow Mushroom Jax Beach, FL... A wee bit pricey at $7.50 for a 10oz pour, oh well it's vacation so no worries...

A- 4.5 Cloudy pale golden color, a good solid head that lasts and lasts.
S-4.0 Subtle pale malt with an evident Belgian yeast spice and clove aroma.

T-4.5 Taste as it smells with a solid pale malt backbone on palate, but still crisp and light.

M-4.0 Smooth creamy feel, but a bit crisp almost tart from the high carbo and yeast character.

D-4.5 Just think - all the money you spend on it goes to a good cause, it doesn't get any better than that my brother....

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Photo of thecarster1
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle poured into my chimay glass, little bit more than a fingers worth of creamy head - nice retention, the head falls to an overall coating rich deep honey coloring, fine particles. really attractive looking beer.

s- huge nose, banana and clove dominate, the ubiquitous belgian yeast, sharp pepper.

t- more delicate than the nose, very refreshing though - and more tart then i was expecting. ripe banana, clove, yeast, green apple, pepper. the finish is dry and tart - i'm liking the tartness, it's adding another facet here. the alcohol is evident but not overpowering - it becomes more pronouned as it warms.

m- highly carbonated, full bodied beer, it's got some coating as well.

d- i'm not nuts over belgians, but this beer is enjoyable - i'd drink it again for sure - i've got a corked and caged bottle in the cellar to see how this does with some age on it. tripels aren't my favorite style, but changing it up with one every once in awhile is nice.

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

Pours an opaque amber colour with a solid covering of white head. Good retention, not much lacing.

Yeast, floral hops, grapefruit, sweet malt, a hint of pine. Smells really tasty.

The taste is a bit lighter than I was expecting. Nice light floral hops with some bitterness on the finish. Some light spices. Everything is very smooth and balanced, this tastes like an incredibly well made beer. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

The feel is so good. Creamy, frothy medium body with a distinct carbonation. I don't think I've ever tried a beer with a better feel than Chimay. This is literally perfect.

This is incredibly drinkable. I'm drinking a 330ml right now but will definitely be seeking out the big corked bottle of this one. This would be such a great summer beer. Lots of flavour and smooth as hell.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,432 ratings
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