Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
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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 prototypic
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chimay White pours a copper color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it a distinct orange tint. It's topped with a huge fluffy head that's off-white in color. It's over four fingers deep! It takes its time receding and leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass. It's a nice looking beer, but the head's ever so slightly annoying.

The nose is good and rather straight forward. It kicks off with a very Belgian yeast aroma that permeates throughout. That aspect smells delicious. It's followed by pepper, clove and a few other light spices. Pepper smells the strongest by a long shot. There are light fruit notes of apple and pear. They're subtle. It has a nice, earthy character. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't seem overly strong.

This is good beer. I'm not the biggest fan of Tripels, but this is clearly a good one. Yeast is obviously the focal point. It has a really strong Belgian character (surprise, surprise), and tastes delicious. Strong pepper and clove flavors complement the yeast flavors very well. The pepper aspect seems perhaps a little too strong. It grows a little tiring with each passing sip. It is earthy and a little fruity. Light apple and flavors add just a touch of sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn't quite warming or hot. Finishes with a strong peppery spice flavor mixed with a little sweetness.

Chimay White has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems lighter than anticipated. Given the huge head, I was expecting a certain degree of buzziness, but it's not here. Nonetheless, it never feels creamy or lush. Drinkability is above average. It has a nice flavor, but it is very spicy and grows somewhat tiresome. I'm good with one 11.2 oz. bottle.

Chimay White hasn't really changed my view of Tripels. I can appreciate them, but don't love them. Having said that, this is a good one. The Belgian yeast presence, alone, is enough to carry it very far. The spicy side is a tad overdone. Drinkability and, to a lesser extent, the overall flavor take a hit. Nonetheless, it's a classic Tripel that warrants your attention.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cloudy straw gold color with some floaties in the pour. Head was a big off white color with a lot of sticky lacing and a good 1 finger head once it settled.

S-- Not overly candied sugar sweet. A good amount of yeast in the smell. A little bit of sweet fruit and hops to this but not a lot again. Alcohol smell is well hidden. More about bread in this.

T-- More alcohol in the taste. Still get candied sugar and bread but not as strong as in the smell.

M-- Creamy, decently carbonated and lively. Once it warms up it loses a lot of flavor and flattens out a bit. Becomes basically a beer with a lot of yeast in it.

D-- Alcohol is well hidden but becomes more obvious once it warms up. At the same token it loses a lot of the good things about it once it gets warm. Probably the weakest of the Chimay line of beers and compared to other tripels like La Fin Du Monde or to St. Bernardus it would be easily be 3rd. Would I get again?? Yes but one at a time is enough.

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

330 mL bottle in an oversized wine glass

A - cloudy and golden with 40mm of foamy cream head initially that dropped to a long lasting lacing

S - floral and citrus notes dominate with yeast and alcohol noticable

T - Spices, florals and yeast, alcohol noticable as it lingers

M - definite bite of bitterness and alcohol in a light carbonated style

D - very nice and drinkable, although alcohol would prevent multiples in a sitting. Definately will drink again

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Photo of jbertsch
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Schwing!

Poured into my chimay chalice.

This has a foamy 2-finger head that fades to a film, but that film lasts for the duration. The lacing is wet and not all of it permanent You can see the bubbly carbonation within the bright, opaque, rusty, orange color. Its aroma is what I expect of trappists and from Chimay. Floral, citrus, and clovey.

The floral aroma translates to the tongue well along side coriander, clove, bready malts, and a fruit medly. A sharp taste of booze comes through quick upon tasting it. Flavors become more round as it warms, yet its mouthfeel was still a bit carbonated and crisp on top of the round flavors.

Drinkabilty is fine enough, and I had no problem finishing a bomber by myself in one sitting. To be honest, it was made more enjoyable with a couple nice cheeses I had with it. A cranberry-infused goat cheese was the star pairing with it, as were pieces of fig cake and mixed nuts. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on some items like these to have with it - it only heightens the enjoyment.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay-branded goblet.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light yellow-ish brown color. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates very slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Has a yeasty, slightly sweet smell to it. Hints of hops and alcohol are also present.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter with a spicy bite to it. Finishes sweet and yeasty with the same spiciness present. Very complex. I'm sure that there are tons of subtleties that I am missing here. Surprisingly, there is almost no noticeable alcohol flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a nice carbonation bite to it. About as perfect as can be.

Drinkability: The Chimay line-up keeps getting better for me. This is a great beer and one that I will certainly be having again.

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

Appearance: This beer has a deep copper color and a rich white head of one and one-half fingers. The foam produces lovely lacing. In all, a handsome beer to look at.

Smell: This beer has nice bananna and clove-like esters and fruit aromas. I detect organges and malts behind the esters. This beer also smells like a fine perfume due to the hops.

Taste: Lots of yeast flavors that are punctuated by juniper. i don't detect hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and complex.

Drinability: This beer has a high degree of drinkability. All the flavors and aromas do a fine job of hiding the alcohol.

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

A - A nice pale, semi-opaque orange with good white head and solid lacing. Head recedes pretty quickly but settles at about a quarter finger.

S - Pretty yeasty; mild aroma of molasses and nuts; a little bit citrusy; a scotchy alcohol smell is prevalent.

T - Tastes yeasty, mild caramel/molasses flavor and mildly citrusy. Follows the nose pretty well. Moderately hoppy. Strong alcholic taste near the end, which is kind of nice if you're a fan of scotch.

M - pretty thin and very well balanced; moderately carbonated.

D - This is a good beer. The ABV makes it such that it's only responsible to have 2, but I have to imagine this is as good as Tripels come.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Tripel (White) was served in the proper Chimay branded glass. It appeared golden yellow with a white head. There seems to be quite a bit of clove in the aroma. The flavor also has quite a bit of clove which backs off a bit as it warms with more fruit like flavors becoming apparent. I don't remember the bottled version seeming to have this much clove flavor, I'll have to try one again to see if it does.

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

Poured from a stubby bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pale, murky yellow with an amber hue. One finger of pure white head.

S: Nutty character with a dash of fresh, tangy lemon peel.

T: Peaches, wheat, and a wet finish with a slight alcohol burn.

D: I can't really see having more than one or two in a sitting.

Value: Let's face it, there are better beers out there for the money.

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

The label says best before 2012. Into Chimay calice.
Effervescent ,mostly clear honeyish golden-orange fluid topped with rich white head that retreats until a firm thick lacy coating is left. The scent is a composite of peppery phenolics, aromas of peach /apricot, refined sugar and quite evident spicy alcohol. Somewhat yeasty with peppery phenolics and flavors of peach /apricott incorporated into the malty body balanced by some hops and subdued spicy alcohol. High carbonation is leading into dry finish with prominent bitter aftertaste that seemingly lasts forever. Although the beer seems hoppier in character than most trappist ales, hoppiness is quite shy until the aftertaste phase when reveals itself as an everlasting bitterness. This beer is a shirk which escapes my attempts to evaluate it: aromas and flavors are somehow hard to take hold of. The apparent absence of citrusy esters so typical of a triple and the pronounced dryness remind me more of a golden strong ale than a triple. Sharp-edged,prickly on the palate and rather dry Chimay White is my least favorite of the three brothers.

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

Bottle I got for my birthday, poured into a Chimay Goblet. I initially reserved the sediment for the review, then did a swirl and added it to the glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 2-finger, cream colored head and a hazy, golden-orange body with plenty of carbonation rushing as tiny bubbles from the nucleation sites and larger bubbles from the sides. The head fell to a sustained 1/2-finger and leaves good sticky rings. A bottle swirl murks things up even more, adding a brownish quality to the body.

S- It had a nice, earthy/musty aroma. There was a bit of spice and a touch of fruit. I picked up a sweet/sugary malt in the background. The addition of yeast sediment didn't change things. There was a little alcohol aroma with some warmth, as well as a more definite grainy aroma that was hidden when the beer was colder.

T- Much as the aroma would suggest. It had a bigger spice to fruit aroma than some others (I picked up a good deal of black pepper). I'm attributing the complex, spicy notes to a combination of hops and yeast. The sediment addition didn't change things as much as it seemed to magnify what was already there. I picked up some lemony, citrus later in the drink.

M- Soft, foamy feel with a little bite from the alcohol and spicy characteristics.

D- It's a great example of the style. Nothing is dumbed/watered down. I'm not gonna' drink more than 1 in a sitting, but I'd definitely drink it again. It's hard to knock a beer in this style for being full flavored. Late in the beer I paired it with a slice of gouda, which went quite nicely.

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

Appears a cloudy apricot color with an off white head that falls to a skim.
Yeasty, light fruit and sweet malt on the nose. Taste is malty, yeasty, some caramel and spices. Nice dry finish.
Medium in body. Smooth yet lively. Very nice.
This is a very solid tripel.

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

Chimay- White

A- Golden orange, surprisingly clear, and a huge frothy head. Thick lacing and excellent head retention.
S- Slight funky wet hay/straw with slight sour fruity notes. Grape and citrus come through with a touch of bready malt.
T- Slight sour fruits like grape and apple with a light citrusy orange grapefruit follow-up. Mildly sweet with a solid malty backbone.
M- sweet and lightly sour fruitiness always present. Nice creamy malt touch. Finishes off thick and a tad dry.

Overall- My favorite Chimay beer. Delicious and now 1 of my favorite Tripel's.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Of all the trappist brews, I would say that Westmalle Tripel is probably the Mercedes of Tripels. With that said, Chimay isn't too far behind; probably the Cadillac of tripels. Or BMW. Just slightly below.

A: A rustic gold with a luxurious white head. All the best beers boast an amazing head, good retention, and ample lacing. This one has that in spades.

S: Funky yeast with floral notes and muscat. Hops bitterness is also present, which I find somewhat unusual considering most tripels are not excessively hoppy. While this is not my favorite tripel, it is definitely a change of pace from what a tripel is originally thought to be.

T: Chimay white is probably one of the most complex beers I have ever had. It's remarkably fruity, yet also is quite dry and hopped a bit for this type of brew. Aside from muscat and floral notes, there is a peppery component that is probably due to the relatively high alcohol content and hoppiness.

M: Rich, smooth and creamy and a bit prickly due to both the hops and higher ABV.

D: This is a brew that should be sipped and enjoyed, but can also be enoyed three or four glasses deep. It just depends on the serving type. A local bar served this one up on tap, and it's so much better in that form. I could have three or four in that form without blinking an eye.

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

Enjoyed this cold beer in my chimay goblet. It is not my favorite Chimay, but it is very pleasant. I think it will be a good spring or early summer beer.

A - thick brownish orange with a lasting one finger white head.

S - flowery and distinct

T - sweet malty and oddly not very diverse

M - highly carbonated and silky

D - very drinkable for the ABV of 8%.

I suggest drinking this with a light meal, maybe fish or a salad. Any food that is strong will overpower this beer too quickly.

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

Pours a white fluffy head. It's a golden honey/peach color and very hazy. A little visible sediment floating around.

Very fruity and spicy aroma with some yeasty bread. It's fairly sweet from the malt coming through. Some earthy undertones.

Tastes much like the aroma with fruit and spice. Some subdued orange flavors and a little white grape. Some bready malt. The hop bitterness is very apparent, but only as a counterbalance to the sweetness. The alcohol is barely detectable with some warm pepperiness. Very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter.

It's a very carbonated beer, but smooth. A little prickly sharpness and a slight warming sensation. A dry sticky feel afterwards.

A very flavorful, complex and drinkable beer. An all around great Belgian beer.

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

Poured into a goblet. Formed a nice, thick, 2 finger, white head. Pretty decent retention, leaving a nice amount of lacing. The body is a golden yellow...hazy and thick looking.

The aromas that hit the nose first are fruits (grapefruit, bananas, oranges) and malts. There is a strong yeasty backbone with floral undertones.

The taste is similar to the nose...but balanced very well. Yeasts, malts and fruits dance around the tongue is perfect unison.

The mouth feel is light-medium, creamy and ever so slightly carbonated.

Very drinkable...you can throw back a few of these without any problem!

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

Had on tap in a goblet. Pretty similar to the experience from the bottle - except I found the taste slightly less 'intense' in comparison. Still great, to be sure - but I think I actually like it better from the bottle.

Color is a pleasant hazy golden with bright, fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Head eventually settles into a film across the top. Nose is definitely fruity. Apples/bananas were my first thought. Perhaps a bit of floral.

This is where my experience changed some with tap v. bottle. The same notes show up, but they seem more blended and subdued. Minimal aftertaste and no bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth and creamy. Appropriate carbonation. Medium bodied.

Excellent brew. Drinkability is superb. Although I prefer it from the bottle, it's still one of the best tripels around, regardless of serving type.

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Photo of bob3701
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a gift pack poured into Chimay chalice that was provided. Hazy light amber color with golden highlights and a creamy thich head that hangs around and laced the entire inside of the glass. Great floral and fruit aroma with a hint of spice. I enjoyed the taste even more, great flowery and fruity taste with just the right amount of spice and I think this hides the flavor of alcohol very well. A joy to drink. I usually lean towards a dubble over a triple but in this case I liked this one better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A continuation of my intentional exploration of the Trappist products.

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beer is dark yellow and hazy forms a thick white / yellow head of medium and large bubbles. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass, carbonation is moderate and medium sized bubbles.

Beer is estery and has a strong yeast aroma to it. Aroma is sweet as well, smells great.

Beer is oddly bitter in the front and back of the mouth. Bready and medium bodied, there is a slight aftertaste. Nice sweet fruit flavors in the midpalate. Beer seems a little dry, time for the second sip. I get the bitterness again. Its not a bad taste, in fact I like the taste of the beer. It negatively impacts drinkability and mouthfeel though. Its like an interuption when i'm drinking. Overall a good beer.

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

A presumably older 33cl bottle poured into a Chimay goblet (at a decent Irish pub in Dothan, AL), Chimay Triple is a lazy orangish gold with a white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is yeasty, with light fruity esters.

Taste is also yeasty, with light esters that are more spicy on the palate, with a hint of citrus. Classic triple, if not the best.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is very good. Smooth, tasty, and dangerous.

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Photo of deapokid
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in my Chimay goblet:

Pours a glowing orange, with a white head that faded fast. When held in direct light, this possesses a murky, neon yellow body, much like that of a wheat beer. It looks really refreshing, despite its high alcohol content and strong aromas.

Speaking of aromas, this tripel packs in coriander, a bevy of garden scents and a touch of perfume (not in a bad way). The floral qualities are extremely evident and they are well balanced along a doughy yeast quality. This beer really makes a great aesthetic impression.

Alcohol is extremely evident after the first sip. Tastes are sweet and citrusy, followed by the dry, musky notes that Chimay always sneaks in at the last second. Flowers, spice and grapefruit make up most of the flavor profile, which is quite tasty.

This has never been my favorite of the Chimay brews and some of the floral notes can be overpowering at times. Yet, after what must be 30 tries, I think I finally get what they're going for and all the flavors are well-balanced.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one seems to have a blonde ale quality to it as well as a bit of sweetness. It reminded me of a sweeter Leffe. Poured to a dark golden color, with a head that coats the glass. The sediment kind of sticks to the sides. It is slightly bitter but the sweetness is more powerful. No alcoholic taste which makes this one a keeper.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of my Chimay gift pack from Christmas! Poured into the goblet that came with the set.

A: Pours a dark dark yellow color with several fingers of fluffy head that stuck around for several minutes. About a finger of foamy white head sticks around for a long time. Specks of yeast sediment float around in the quaff. Some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass that dries there rather that sliding into the drink.

S: Sweet Belgian malts and yeasts, warming alcohol, and pleasant smelling flowers. Some citrus and pears as well, a bit reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

T: Tripels always surprise me with their lack of sweetness despite their fairly sweet aromas. This one is no different. Pretty clean taste of mostly malt/grain and biscuits. A little hop bitterness tries to come through on the finish, but is quickly covered up by a boozy flavor.

M: Pretty light body, fair amount of carbonation, and a dry finish, similar to white wine.

D: A pretty good Tripel from a very respectable brewery. Not my favorite Chimay offering, but good nonetheless.

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

I have not had the Chimay white in many years so I ordered one on tap at a local mexican restaurant. Cloudy orange as I remembered with a spicy smell. The flavor was strong bubblegum, hops, really robust with a bit of spice towards the finish. Nice soft mouthfeel and easy to drink. The strength of the flavor was easily the best part about this tripel, nice but I still think the dubbel is their best beer.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 4,471 ratings