Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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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4.09
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Photo of patobandito
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For the trifecta!

Pours a nice apricot color, with a two finger white head disipates quickly, with some lacing. Smells of straw and some fruitiness. Tastes just like a tripel should: grassy, with some fruity sweetness. A bit of a bitter or sour finish, but I expect that is normal of a true belgian tripel. Goes down exptremely smoothly, if you can handle the bitter finish. Great beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: rich, opaque golden with a very attractive head.

Smell: malt, a little bit of what seems to be a wheat aroma, a hit of tree fruit. Nice.

Taste: nice malt with subtle fruitiness; again, tree fruit. This is very tasty but I can't really put my finger on it. There's also a tartness which is alright but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with the delicious bottle-conditioned creaminess I have come to expect and love in these beers.

Drinkability: highly drinkable but parts of the flavor profile hold this guy back a little bit. I acknowledge that this is totally subjective, and I look forward to revisiting this beer in future.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy golden color with a beautiful smooth head. Smell is of apple with a nice spicy note. The taste is the same as the smell. Apple and other fruits come through with a spice backbone. A little cinnamon flavor comes through nicely in the finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, even at 8%. Great mouthfeel, crisp on the tongue with high carbonation. Very refreshing. This is an extremely drinkable beer. I could probably drink many of these in one session.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice amberish pale color

smell: slight fruit, slight banana notes

taste: loaded alcohol but well hidden and sweet flavor. This is a full flavored tripel and well balanced malt to sweetness belgian

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied and blanaced

drinkability: overall aan excellent tripel but there are better out there.

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Photo of Casey10
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Lion's Pride last night was very imepressed as this was the first time I had had this beer.

A - poured into a appropriate glass, yellowish hue thin head.

S - smells of clover, belgian yeast (banana) and spice

T - Taste a very nice belgian white very smooth.

M - Banana, tangy nice fresh feel

D - Would definately drink more had the price been lower.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Tripel pours a mysterious cloudy yellow-gold in a sniffer glass. Lots of cloudy off-white head; super yeasty and bready with sweetness and some citrus. Sugary finish and dry mouthfeel with good carbonation!

For the novice: Chimay tripel is a very powerful and complex beer; remember the candy sugars!!

Personally: I got into a very bad car accident about three years ago. For my "thank god I am alive" party, I requested Chimay tripel, nuff said.

A beer to celebrate life with.

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

The beer pours a nice golden amber color. Its pretty hazy with a nice fluffy and billowing head that stays for a while and leaves lots of lacing - very pretty beer.

The smell is sweet and grainy with pleasant spice overtones. There are other aromas present, but they are hard to place, perhaps a hint of hops?

Taste is sweet and grainy with a touch of bitterness. The alcohol is present but balanced in that it doesn't overshadow the other elements. Sweet and grainy up front and dry in the finish.

As expected, another good beer from Chimay.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my new Chimay chalice a hazy deep gold color with tons of tiny particles and a huge tight head of suds. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Outstanding head retention.

Bready, yeasty, biscuit, some floral hops and a touch of fruit.

Highly complex. Much like the nose. More fruit comes through at the end. Almost a cotton candy like finish.

Very active and lively carbonation constantly releasing flavor. Almost medium bodied. Super dry finish.

Good drinkability for the ABV. I'm really starting to come around on this belgian thing. This is a nice solid one and I would have this again.

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Photo of JRhode
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 ml. spilt w/ jessethehutt:

Awesome glowing orange/yellow with some sediment floating around. Huge head from aggressive pour in Duvel Tulip.

Smell of sweet Belgian yeast, citrusy fruit, a little spice, and some alcohol.

Taste begins with a sweet almost citrusy impression followed by some peppery bite that counters the sweetness nicely. Dries out (in a good way) on the finish. A little warming alcohol too.

Great carbonation keeps this concoction lively and refreshing.

High level of drinkablility despite 8% abv. I would have no problem downing a 750 on my own. Again, refreshing as the sweetness is balanced out by other peppery, spicy complexities and carbonation.

One of my favorite tripels along with Fin Du Monde, St. Bernardus, Westmalle and Stone's Sawyer's.

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Photo of tronester
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, with a big white head. Smells of Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet, fuller body than most Tripels. Peppery spicyness in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. There is also a touch of bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, drinkability is very good. A very good example of a Tripel, a must try.

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

Deceivingly strong (I am not good at sipping beers) and left me feeling quite happy after two bottles. The head was so big and creamy and the taste was yeasty and fresh. Beautiful cloudy golden color with a head that lasted all the way down and stuck to the sides of my glass.

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

Pours with much carbonation and a peach color.

Belgian yeast esters on the nose. Those tastes dominate on the taste as well, but they are followed by nice fruit flavor. Not from real fruit, so the best I can come up with is something like peaches. Just not a berry or dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cafeeke in Madrid, Spain.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured full malts, superior yeast esters and a fruity sweetness.

The taste consisted of a touch of sweet caramel, musty hops and fruity esters.

The mouthfeel was smooth, full and excellent.

Overall a very complex and relatively user friendly tripel.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a brown amber color. Decent head that dies down to a thin layer

S - strong, sweet malty smell and dried fruit notes. Alcohol scent is very strong.

T - bitter grapefruit taste with brown sugar, raisin and prune details. The more you sip the stronger the brown sugar taste becomes. The finish is also bitter and somewhat metallic (copper).

M - lively carbonation, chewy and a chalky finish

D - great complicated flavors, but bitter and with very noticeable alcohol

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Photo of berley31
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Garrison Ale House in Fredericton.

A: The bottle was brought to me, and then poured into a tulip glass by my server... noooo!! It was all poured into the glass, at an angle the whole time, in one pour, resulting in barely any head, and no opportunity for swirling the last of the beer. Crap. So, obviously the appearance has been affected. However, the beer was still a nice, dark orange color, and very hazy.

S: Great aroma of yeast and fruitiness... some citrus and maybe banana as well? Very enjoyable.

T: Very nice taste... starts off with the yeastiness, then the citrus notes come creeping in. Very slight presence of alcohol at the end, with the warming sensation, but it's all good.

M: Nice and smooth on the palate, slightly creamy. Good carbonation, not overwhelming at all.

D: Another fantastic tripel... I'd love to try it again, if only so I could get a proper pour, but I have no doubt I would enjoy it at least as much. A great sipping beer.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay chalice...

A: Dense, creamy white head that has nice lacing around the glass. Color is deep, hazy, dark orange. Leaves a nice layer of head on top...

S: Spices, apples, bananas, malt sweetness...

T: Tart apples, mildly bitter hops, mildly sweet and very dry in the end. The alcohol is there, but in such a way that it is superbly balanced and integrated with the overall taste.

M: Amazingly smooth, light and creamy...

D: What an amazing brew. I could easily enjoy many of these, the abv is incredibly well hidden. This is truly a great tripel...

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Photo of strangemusic
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a little storm of flecks in it, easily 2 or more fingers white, frothy head (really nice!)

Smell is: apple, cloves, yeast, hint of orange, and caramel/honey. Really characteristic Belgian elements done well.

The taste is a little bit harsh, with an initial sourness. Strong yeastiness, clove and spice, and a bit of orange all converge on the tongue. A little too strong for my taste in a tripel, but nice.

The mouthfeel is really something! I thought I had experienced soft mouthfeel before, but the Chimay White is really voluptuous and smooth, full-bodied to the point of creaminess. I would prefer it to be a little bit lighter based on personal tastes.

I don't think this is a beer that I'd want to consume several of over the course of a night... It's got a pretty "big" air about it and you certainly want to savour it. Can't fault it for being involving and inviting sip after sip, though...

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Photo of Soozy
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours golden with a big head. I was backpacking when I had this and couldn't pour it in the proper glass and had to pour it in a Jameson glass.

Strong scents of clove, some berry fruits. A creamy taste, a good amount of clove and spice with a light alcohol finish. The only thing I'd say is the carbonation was a bit too high, otherwise, fantastic.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for about six months from purchase.

Appearance - Poured into my Chimay chalice. It sports a nice two finger head, thus a Very active beer. Cloudy Orange/Amber color. Great appearance. A little dark for a triple, but still inviting.

Smell - Fruit, yeast, spice. Fresh baked bread. Orange, fresh clean scent.

Taste - Crisp. Lively. Fruit and spice is balanced by yeast and bread. Pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Fresh bread. Subtle Hops, Minor medicinal notes. lovely. complex. intriguing.

Mouthfeel - Mod-full to full bodied. Very lively carbonation. Crisp. Confident. Solid.

Drinkability - A great triple and a staple in the style. This is a full flavored beer that is big yet refreshing. Visually appealing, great brew. I do recommend tasting some others within the style to see where others take it. It dose lack some fruity presence, but the pepper and bready yeast flavor is a nice change up.

I'll have another...

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I got as an Xmas gift that's been in the fridge for a while. Served in my Westvleteren chalice. Best before 2011.

A - Two fingers of soapy white foam with solid retention that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. Semi-opaque golden apricot color with lots of obvious sediment and bubbles racing around. One of the best looking tripels I've had - a little more lace and it'd be perfect.

S - This one is yeast central, with a good amount of black pepper, cloves & spices, and a touch of citrus zest. There are also some floral and earthy notes as well. This brew is very low on the fruitiness that I tend to like from this style.

T - The taste is earth and pepper-heavy, without much of the light fruit sweetness to balance it out. If fact, the flavor is somewhat understated in general - even after I let it warm up a bit. Nothing offensive here, but nothing mind-blowing either. Aftertaste is kind of yeasty and not-so pleasant. Well hidden ABV though!

M - A good thicker medium body with light carbonation tingle. The finish is neutral, with some residual stickiness. It's a little heaver than I expect from a tripel, but it's sufficiently weighty for the alcohol content.

D - The ABV is well hidden, and the carbonation is pleasantly mild. Still the lackluster taste and off-putting aftertaste make me uncertain whether I want to bother finishing this brew. There's nothing wrong with it - I can just think of more pleasant ways to use my liver and daily caloric intake.

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Photo of wd40
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very solid tripel. Had on tap in a Chimay chalice at a Burmese restaurant (kind of surprised to see it there). Had a golden/copper hazy appearance. Has a good balanced taste with the yeasty/fruity taste I expect from a tripel. A good beer especially as an introduction to Belgian beers I suppose. Everyone should try it at least once, if only to get an idea what a solid tripel tastes like. There's nothing bad about the beer, or unbalanced, or anything, I guess I just don't find it as interesting and complex as some of the other tripels I've encountered.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my lovely Chimay chalice, beer is a slightly hazy, peach-copper color with a frothy, dense two finger head. Nose is a mixture of spicy phenols, cloves, a bit peppery and some fruitiness. The taste is very similar to the nose but more potent and the alcohol is readily obvious in a solventy way. Decent flavor on the front end, but I've had much better disguised alcohol on the back end. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with a velvety, thick carbonation and dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer but I was a little dissapointed. I've had Belgians better than this that were brewed here in the good ol' USA.

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Photo of Macca
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy orange golden colour. Great head and wonderful retention. The Belgian lace is as perfect as you would hope.

Mild aromas that weave around each other. Spices and fruitiness in there.

An ethereal quality to the flavours. They all seem to pop in for a moment and then get replaced - alcohol, fruits, the spices.

High carbonation.

Normally not a fan of tripels but I really like this one.

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Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded clementine that provides a great deal of glow but allows absolutely no transparency. The body is shaded in which is surprising given that its befogged orange-ish tone turns near neon when held against the light. It's head has sort of raised up like boiling milk although it looks exceptionally feeble for the style. Its lacing sinks at half-speed but inevitably ends up being dunked back into the tank.

Those who love tripels will love Chimay White. Consequently, those who love fragrant, zesty, perfumy beers will also love Chimay White. Its bouquet is a sampling tray of spices - white pepper, coriander, clove - that fills the nose with savory, pleasant smelling scents. But wait - the aromatics don't end there! There's more! Hibiscus, rose petal, citrus and plenty of vanilla contribute to the ambrosia that is this beer's smell.

Most of the aforementioned, at one time or another, show face in the taste as well. The floral components - orange blossom, rose petal, lavender - are subtle but suggestive where as the citrus zest, banana and vanilla extracted from the yeast are much more forward. I'm extremely surprised by the amount of vanilla, it seems a stupendous amount to find in a tripel. Altogether, this tastes mighty good.

Tripels are deceiving in the sense that the best of them will seem low in alcohol, light-bodied and are generally effervescent and delectably flavoured. This (like the best) is all the above, especially seeming low in alcohol but of course it isn't. The carbonation is high enough to quantify as refreshing, the maltiness thick enough to add a filling, satisfying body (with an almost nourishing sensation) and the flavour is, quite simply, delightful.

Personally, Chimay White is not my favourite tripel and the Chimay monastery doesn't make my favourite Trappist beers. That said, I like the White, as I do all of this brewery's offerings, a whole heck of a lot. Like the Blue and Red, this is a permanent stay in my cellar and a welcome addition to many dinners. You can't go wrong with a Trappist and it's awfully hard to find a bad Belgian tripel; you must try this beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottled 04-08 poured into Chimay chalice on 070909.

Hazy orange body under one finger creamy head, slow dissipation, nice lacing. Curacao orange in the nose with a complex spice aroma (juniper, coriander, ginger), minimal hop aromatic presence. Sweetish taste (not as sweet as Westmalle), but not so much candi sugar, more citrusy orange, lemony and esters, and one of the most complex spice flavor profiles I've ever encountered, with clove and coriander predominant. Very dry finish. Pretty drinkable for the ABV. Not an everyday beer, but certain one every BA should experience at least once.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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