Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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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 donniecuffs
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a goblet, poured a hazy yellow/gold, with two fingers of bright white head, and very good lacing. The smell was a bouquet of clove, coriander, banana, lemon zest, orange peel, hay, and yeastiness. The taste was a tiny bit more subdued than the nose, with the fruit hitting hard first, then dissolving to yeast and herbs, and then finishing on a spicy/bitter note. Very good, but I've had some better tripels. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and moderately spritzy. It could've benefitted from more carbonation, but in retrospect I was surprised that the flavor wasn't more intense given the low level of carbonation. Definitely light enough to session, but I'd look for a tripel with more intense flavor.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass...sorry, no Chimay chalice available! No dating noted on bottle.

A - an aggressive pour yielded a thick, white three finger head that was slow to recede to about a finger's depth with adequate lacing. poured a very hazy golden amber.

S - lots of bread, some clove and additional spices. a hint of chocolate.

T - clove and pepper out front, dark chocolate follows. some faint citrus of some type.

M - medium to heavy bodied, couldn't detect much carbonation. finishes with a bang but the aftertaste is smooth, not harsh at all.

D - a fine quaff indeed. chimay is one of those things in life that are everything they are made out to be. i prefer the white and the blue over the red, though. another one to sit back and enjoy with friends.

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Photo of notdan
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet to see a slightly hazy, medium gold brew topped with a thick bubbly head that seems to stick around forever, giving me lots of time to sniff at it. I'm picking up some clove-like spice, a bit of fruit, and the classic Belgian yeast. The first thing I notice after sipping on this is the smooth, creamy mouthfeel, though the carbonation is still there to tickle your tongue as the flavour gets ready to overwhelm it. Let's see here... apple, clove, yeast, banana, maybe some orange, and probably some other stuff I can't figure out. Unfortunately the 8% ABV comes through just a bit too much for me, though a year or two in the cellar would likely round that out.

Overall a tasty beer but I'm still gonna stick with my Fin du Monde.

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Photo of mirish72
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet, while watching "In Bruges", Belgian culture night at my house.

Poured a beautiful orange/copper with a great two finger head that dissipated quickly. Great looking beer.

Smells of cloves, bananna, yeast and spices. Classic tripel, great balance in the aroma.

Massive taste, everything about the aroma carries over to the taste. The alcohol taste becomes stronger as the beer warmed up, but overall it was nicely balanced.

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Photo of zoso493
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beauty from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into its natural habitat - a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a murky orangey-coppery color with a slight, one finger head that doesn't stick around too long.

Smell: Very cirtusy and spicy with some whiffs of yeast and banana.

Taste: The citrus hits you up front and finishes with a bit of malty bitterness. Not as complex as other offerings from Chimay, in my opinion, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and fairly carbonated.

Drinkability: For a beer that's 8%, it does well to hide it's alcohol. This 750 mL bottle went down pretty smoothly for me.

Overall, this is another tasty offering from Chimay and I will definitely seek this out again. Recommend

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

Presentation: 12oz pour from the tap into a straight-sided pint glass...c'mon, where's the glassware? At least serve it in a wine glass.

Appearance: Hazy, quite dark golden beer, lazy but steady carbonation. This is capped by a creamy white head which soon fades to a thick, lasting film.

Smell: BRIGHT citrus and spice aromas, with just a hint of banana in the background

Taste: Dead on with the aromas, a nice mixture of citrus fruits and a big dose of banana. There's a bit of warming alcohol that becomes quite a bit more noticeable as this beer warms. There's a medium malty presence through the middle with some spicy (Styrian?) hops on the finish. Bitterness is more than I'm used to in a tripel, but it's kind of nice here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Never gotten to try Chimay on tap; this was a treat. It's a little different than out of the bottle and I'd think a bit fresher than I can usually get bottled around here. The hops come through much stronger, and it's not quite as yeasty/phenolic as the bottled version. Classic, and tasty.

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Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a golden yellow with a hint of orange, head was 3/4 inch and soapy, did not dissapate for quite some time, left lots of lacing which was suprising for a beer of this style

Smell was full of sugar and many different fruits, I could definitely smell the Belgian yeast that was in it too, I thought this one was going to be way sweeter than it actually was

Taste was pretty mellow and had a light malty feel, different tastes included burned sugar, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, grapes, raisins, and cherries, this one also had a lot of Hops which is not common of most Belgians I have tasted, sweet all the way through until the dry finish

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Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that settles to a ring.

S- A touch of alcohol with some raisins, malted wheat, grain, rum, and spice.

T- Spices and alcohol give a strong showing at first but flavors of fruit (banana, raisins, pear) and tobacco take over. Big Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of grain and rum.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is apparent but not overbearing. Carbonation leaves a prickling mouthfeel.

D- Really nice brew. I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Local Taphouse (Thanks guys!)

Pours a cloudy apricot colour with a translucent appearance. Dense white head, sinks slowly, leaving some pleasant white lace behind. Looks great, thick and sweet.

Smell has lots of coriander and citrus, very wit-esque actually. Peppery Belgian yeast notes, a bit of malt but not much complexity, just a lot of that strong Belgian yeast.

Strong and complex palate with a lot of alcohol being detectable, peppery and phenolic with a mediciney character coming through midway. Coriander and lots of candied orange peel. Very Belgian, very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is foamy, quite textured, full enough for what it is.

Drinks well. Spicy and Belgian with lots of character.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A- A nice burnt orange that poured a finger and a half head with tiny bubbles coming up the side of the glass.
S- A very yeast smell, almost bread like with what seems to be a little brown sugar with some spice to it.
T- The taste is of spice, maybe a little bit of coriander and some yeast. This beer only gets better when it warms up.
M- This a nice medium body beer with fair carbonation that evens this beer out. A little warmth on the tongue from the alcohol but that isn't really noticeable.
D- This one goes down nice and easy. Great flavor to go along with the right amount of carbonation. The ABV is a little too high for this to be a session beer but this would be good with certain meals.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up as a potentially good option at an OK beer store in St. Pete's Beach while down here for work. Quick review, then the beach before home!

OK, looks like spun honey with a frothy head that interferes with me actually seeing the beer in a paper cup (yeah, ideal, I know). Smell isn't real impressive: alcohol, yeast, maybe a spattering a light fruits.

Chimay Tripel is a melange of little spices, more yeast than I like, lemon zest & zing, maybe a ghost of hops past cleaning up afterwards. A bit too much bite in this tripel for me, & the carbonation runs wild with even the mildest pour, & ultimately interferes & distracts from my trying to enjoy the brew & ferret out the various dribs & drabs.

Good brew, & I'll certainly seek out the others.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: pours golden with a three finger head that fell slowly to at one finger head, with great lacing.
S: sweet malt, light hop
T: again sweet malt very light hop bitterness, with a slight fruityness. great aftertaste
M: lightly carbonated, coating
D: one per sitting, will buy more

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Photo of wknight167
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very long lasting one finger head.

Nose- Lemon, green apple, yeast spiciness, pepper seems to stand out.

Palate- Banana, bready, citrus, apple, spices. A lot going on, but hard to pick out specifics. alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel- High level of carbonation, which only adds to the enjoyment of this beer.

Drinkability- I would have another if I had another.

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

Poured from 2009 vintage Chimay Cinq Cents 750 ml bottle.

A: A nice radiant gold. Turbid pour stirs up the yeast and causes the body to be cloudy with a nice, thick white head.

S: Belgian yeasts are the most prominent aroma, followed by some citrus fruits, fresh cut flowers, and a peppery spiciness.

T: Wow, where to begin? It's quite complex. A sharp phenolic bite upfront leads to tons of floral and fruit tastes: apricots, nectarines, tangerines, (slight) tropical fruits, tulips, and a fresh herb and spice blend. I can't point out any individual spice (maybe a bit of saffron), but it's suffice to say that it works well. It ends on a sweet honey malt note.

M: Juicy upfront; finishes dry with its large amount of carbonation.

D: Wonderful Belgian ale; a shining example of the style and another Tripel that the Belgians can proudly show off.

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Photo of slk22
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, appears a golden-honey color, cloudy and turbid, with a huge off-white head having little retention. Aroma was huge. Yeast and bready malt were most apparent, then caramel malt and fruit notes including banana. Very sweet with a hint of alcohol. Each swirl of the glass provided another aromatic thrill. Very inviting. Taste was very sweet and bready up front and the sweetness lingered into the finish ultimately giving way to a hint of bitterness and noticeable warming. It was almost like drinking hawaiian bread. Mouthfeel was light, but smooth and became even smoother as it warmed. High carbonation tickles the tongue. Overall, a very tasty and warming triple. Would definitely have again, but not more than one at a time as this seems to pack more of a punch than even the 8% ABV would suggest.

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Photo of TLove
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, to me, is usually what I judge all other tripels against. Not to say that this tripel is either mediocre or ideal, but it, in my opinion, exemplifies the style in its best form.

Poured cloudy, yeasty yellow with a thin, bubbly structure. After a few minutes of letting the beer sit, the carbonation wore down and the lacing sheet became evident. There is a banana and bread scent with a touch of lemon and orange. The taste is a bit more grainy and wheat-oriented, with the subtle flavors of yeast residue and red pear.

Creamy body and bold alcohol contrast with fruit and yeast flavors nicely. Finishes extraordinarily well. Smooth and buttery, but has a touch of rough graininess to it.

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

Overall a great brew, though nothing short of what I expect from chimay. Poured a wonderful golden orange color with a nice head slightly cloudy from a 330ml bottle.. Balanced with a wonderful citrus nose with bready undertones and a bit of belgian funk makes for a truly unique and wonderful smell. Taste is balanced as well with more of the same but with a green apple almost celery/fennel undertone. Absolutely a wonderful mouthfeel perfectly carbonated hiding its abv very well. Also this is highly drinkable minus the price which isnt as bad a the blue but also not as worth it as the blue is.

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

Pours a murky light brown color with a white head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smell is of citrus and lemon peel with hints of yeast.

Taste starts out kind of smooth with a bread like flavor then changes to a peppery lemon, citrus like taste. Finish is smooth lemon peel aftertaste that sticks to your tongue.

Very good beer with a bite but not to much.

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Photo of charlesw
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange/amber in color. Decent head that actually lasts. Smells awesome - earthy, malty, dry, hints of orange, wet clay, dry mushrooms, and more. Crazy complex. Crazy malty. Tastes, sigh, tastes like it's all astringency. Bleh. Tastes astringently bitter. Mouth puckering. It seems to me that they should both mash out and have shorter sparges. But, hey, this terrible off-taste is typical in many Belgians. A shame, really.

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Photo of CarlP2
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330cl bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A- Dark, cloudy and golden. Plenty of fluffy white head that recedes to cover the top of the beer. Lots of lacing going on too.

S- sweet and sour yeasty smell. Reminds me of Delirium Tremens. This may be my favorite beer smell next to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

T- I'm not sure where to start. It follows the smell, but I can't name any specific tastes. Tangy, sweet, fruity, and a little spicy and sour. Maybe some white grapes in there. A little less sweet and a little more spice as it warms.

M- Lots of soft, fine texture from the carbonation. Light body, smooth and easy drinking.

D- I could go back for another. I might go back for another if I had one, so I could try and figure out the taste a little better. I like this about the same as Chimay red, but not near as much as I love the blue. I'll have to try a few more tripels and revisit this one and try and decipher its flavors.

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

I poured this from a 33cL bottle into a tulip glass.

The appearance is an impressive hazy orange with thick white foam.

The smell and taste are pretty good. There is not a lot of hop presence, but a nice hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is very good, typical of the chimay line. Although, I do much prefer the red and blue.

It is very drinkable for the alchohol content. It is a overall good beer. I just had a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde a couple of days before this. It was quite similar, but I was surprised that I preferred the Unibroue offering, just slightly though.

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

A - Poured almost two fingers of white head into my Chimay Goblet. Cloudy but no floaties. Carbonation a'flowin.
S - Yeast character with some banana fruitiness. Also some wheat smell.
T/M - A nice non-offensive Tripel with a good amount of dryness and carbonation that brought about the fruitiness and small amounts of hops. The grainy tastes are almost like a pilsner malt.
D - I'll revise if needed but this is my favorite Chimay, better than red or blue. I'd like a 750 ml of this.

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy and off-white head into my Chimay chalice that left thick sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a straw gold color and was cloudy due to the yeast not settling and was also very active due to the carbonation.
s - fruity. apples with a hint of citrus. wheat, grass with a bready dryness.
t - grains, clove, bananas, apples.
m - bubbly at first that turns very creamy in the finish.
d - stupendous. my favorite chimay offering.

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

330mL bottle poured into a branded goblet.

Amber-orange body with 2-3 fingers of compact white head. Great retention and spotty lace. She's pretty.

The scent of mild apple and pear wafts up from from my glass. These are complemented nicely by spicy yeast, marmalade, bread, and flowers. Mild sweet caramel. Slightly boozy.

Fruit and spice taste so good together in this. Caramel malt. It's sweet, but balanced nicely by an earthy, herbal bitterness that lasts long into the finish. Pleasant warmth from the alcohol.

Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. It's got some substance to it, but it's not filling. It's incredibly easy to drink, but the alcohol is deadly. Be careful.

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

A 33cl bottle poured into my Chimay goblet. The tripel appears a hazed rich copper color with about two fingers of fluffy, lingering bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of spicy, peppery yeast, tart green apples, under ripe banana, sweet caramel malt, mild hints of citrus. Medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. A world class ale certainly worth seeking out.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 4,426 ratings
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