Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Tripel (White)Chimay Tripel (White)
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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 TheBierdimpfe
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Veiled amber color with storming activity. Extra frothy white 4-5 finger mountain head, lasting around 20 minutes, with strong legs. Fresh floral smell with a yeasty and caramel touch. Flavors of burned grains and bread, caramel and banana, some lemon and apple, a little of pears and coriander, thick herbal and floral spices. Sugary with present bitterness, almost leathery. Smooth slick full body with champagne like carbonation. Medium to strong finish with a long ending of estery tongue coat, slightly dry and vinous, a long malty sugary and spicy yeasty feel. Feels more like a dark belgian with more hops and a thick oily feel and a little syrupy. Overall very good craft and interesting flavors. Not very accessible yet the alcohol is well hidden, and for those who like the overly heavy spices its quite warming and filling.

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

pours a cloudy glowing amber with a massive head that hangs out. nose; belgian yeast, light hop and light fruit syrup. taste; belgian yeast, light peppercorn and hop bitters, with a pear, banana, melon & gum middle. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. decent tripel with some interesting melon notes.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

L Cloudy burnt orange with a nice head

S Liked sweet baked goods and white wine (I'm too new to this reviewing thing)

T Not very hoppy with a mild long bitter finish.

F Lots of foam, thick but still has fizz

O A sweet and delicious beer that I really enjoyed

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a cloudy amber (a bit of orange/gold) with a moderate off-white head. Bready and yeasty to the nose - maybe some citrusy hops as well. Taste is well rounded and enjoyable with a bit of hops lingering in the finish. Yum!.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Cloudy orange with a finger head.

S: Bready and yeasty, with notes of pear and toasty malt.

T: Mirrored the nose, although there was a hint of bitterness at the end.

F: Very foamy and full bodied, with a slight fizz.

O: I thought this was a pretty good Tripel.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Japan and poured from the 750 ml cork and cage into a tulip.

Look: Pours a delectable amber-gold color with lively carbonation and a thick two inch deep head composed of medium sized white bubbles. Thick sticky lacing cakes the sides of the glass as the head very slowly fades back to an island of foam.

Smell: A complex hoppy smell fills the nose lead by pine oil, pineapple, grapefruit, sour apple and green grapes. Beneath the fresh sour fruit scent is a subtle malt aroma reminiscent of pungent wheat husk. Boozy aroma warms it all up and melds it together. Mouthwatering.

Taste: First impression is the bitter-sour hop flavor that hits the mouth with a hint of peppery spice. Mid-taste however, the thick syrup malt character cuts through with stark sweetness. Flavors of pine, eucalyptus, yeast, bread, poached Asian pear and pineapple blend and mingle harmoniously. The finish is somehow hop-bitter and malt-sweet, hanging onto that acidic pineapple flavor, slowly fading away.

Feel: Mouthfeel is very heavy and sweet, giving the impression of drinking something akin to cough syrup. Carbonation is subtle, and doesnt give much contrast to the thick sweet feel. Overall the alcohol is hidden quite well, but is certainly present in the feel, giving a nice warming sensation to accompany to the malt character.

Overall: This is a good triple and a stand out example of the style. Bitter, spicy, sweet, complex and comforting. The syrup character can be a bit heavy, but never becomes overbearing. The beer can stand up to a good many dishes, particularly heavy or rich fare like roast or stew. Excellent.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnifique head and colour.
Rum fruit cake both in smell and taste. Maybe a bit boozy. But still good. The hop herbal bitterness is very present for a tripel but the big malt presence don't fool you around

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Photo of Arthuros
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Your classic Belgian tripel, with strong hops giving off citrus-like aromas, hiding malt strength and flavor in the back that comes around after a few seconds. Great nose, giving off strong whiffs of all the aromas. Dark golden color with slightly off-white foam.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid beer in every way. If someone wants a nice intro to the Belgian tripel style, this would be one very nice option to pursue. It's 8% ABV which is acceptable within the style's range but I find that those which are higher ABV (9% and above) tend to find a bit more favor with my palate.

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Photo of jcance
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fucking solid. It is very hoppy for a trappist beer, or for a tripel period. I literally gasped upon my first sip. It is not innovative, it is not out of the ordinary, but the taste is refined and nearly perfect. Even for 2.09 euro/.33L I will definitely be buying this in the future.

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Photo of jonesry09
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's the "hoppiest" of the trappist beers that I have had which is the main reason I enjoy it.

It's a rather simple beer for me, as far as complexity goes but I can't ignore that "big league chew" aftertaste. It's like I am chewing a wad of bubblegum.

I find it very unique and hard to explain. It's a beer you just have to try to understand.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from the stubby 11.2 oz bottle, did a hard pour on accident, anyways it pours a nice burnt orange with a creamy white head, generous amounts of lace to go around

S: Barley, Biscuit, bread, malt, and some slight booze

T: Classic sweet malt on the nose, that fades into a light hop with a bit of spice as well, a slight bitterness resonates at the end

F: Rather light-bodied for a tripel, perhaps too many stouts have distorted my palate, but its nice and smooth with the typical amount of carbonation for Belgians

O: I tend to think of Chimay as a treat beer, limit yourself to every once and awhile, but each beer they produce is enjoyable and world-class. If you have been hesitant to branch out into Belgians, I would recommend the Cinq Cents as a great first step.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (marked "L15-003") poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with an orange glow. Lush frothy white head, recedes to a dense white cap and whispy lace.

Smell: Malt grains, yeasty spice, herbs and hay.

Taste: Full malty body, fruit, spice and big yeast notes. Peppery bitterness culminates in a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, smooth body. Well carbonated to keep a balanced, drinkable feel.

Overall: Flavorful yet mellow; fruit and malt yet bitter and dry - very balanced and harmonious for a bigger beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle purchased at Brussels grocery store.
BB: 12/2018
Served chilled in a Delirium tulip.

Pours cloudy apricot colour. good soapy head that lingers. Smells faintly of yeast.

Taste is very nice and smooth. Great for what its not: not boozy, not sour, not yeasty, not syrupy. Very slightly bitter and resiny, but not overly so. Very nice beer that is far to easy to finish quickly in big gulps.
This is the one...much better than the Red or Blue.

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Photo of sejorules
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it from the keg in a bar. 250ml in the official glass.
A: small head that almost disappears. Cloudy golden. The look is not very impressive.
S: Grassy and hoppy. A little sweetness and bread like.
T: slightly bitter but mostly Grassy. Follows the smell
F: the feeling is very nice. Full, and equilibrated, and not very carbonated. Not a single part overcomes the other ones, but the fresh bitterness has a little more strength, giving more personality to the beer. Very pleasant nevertheless.
O: really nice beer. The smell is amazing, and it doesn't feel like a strong beer. I would definitely love to have it again

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Photo of akdo
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: The bottle I bought at the LCBO pours a pale amber liquid with a three-finger head. The latter recedes to a thin layer and maintains that appearance throughout the tasting thanks to the perpetual carbonation if you look very close.

Smell: Not very assertive aromas. The nose yields oak woods.

Taste: In the front-end, the beer tasted like a light IPA because of its notes of woods and also the high ABV. However, it shifts to notes of caramel and honey if you can sense the brief sweetness during the finish. All in all, the palate of this beer is very simple, but enjoyable.

Feel: Once you feel the sweet finish, the hop's bitterness lingers in your windpipe and it can even be felt in the solar plexus.

Overall: Of all the Belgian craft beers I have tasted, this one is at the bottom of the list when it comes to head retention. However, it is a very enjoyable beer I would drink again. Unlike some people, I overlook the high ABV, for it gave this beer a woodsy taste.

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

bottle. Golden orange-amber color with white head. Yeasty aroma, spicy, light hoppy fruity and malty. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous golden honey cloudy with easy three fingers of head that goes down to one finger quickly but lingers there.

tangerine, apples, some baking spices and yeasty musty bit of barn funk - nice hop flavours. malts are there but in the back and light.

light fruity apricot on the tongue right away, quickly forward to a bright sharp hopy bitterness of citrus rind and lemon. yeasty funk comes through the hops as they fade along with dry grains. long dry bitter finish with some minor sweetness.

Mouth is creamy and lush. carbonation bursts around the tongue. feels good!

Overall very fresh and light but of course with very good complexity and balance of many flavours. Not going to blow you away, but its not built that way. Does everything very well, very easy drinking for the ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a small goblet.

A rich cloudy, amber colour with a little sediment. A decent loose head that disappears fairly quickly. No real lacing.

On the nose there is some orange, cloves and light spice. Faint banana and baking aromas developing. Not overly complex. No assertive aromas.

A well rounded maltiness at first with some baked bread coming through. Fading to quite a sharp bitterness on the back of the tongue. Fairly long finish. Not huge but the palate is more complex than the nose.

Good medium-bodied mouth with tight, low carbonation. Nice.

Overall a very enjoyable beer. Too boozy for a session but good for one or two. Or three. Finish is slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

Recommended.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

0,33 l. bottle poured into a Duvel glass. It had big and long lasting head with hazy, reddish blonde colour. You can feel flavour of banana, clove and sweety stuff. Although it has a great amount of alcohol (8% vol.), you can't feel it because of its sweet finish. At the end I like this legendary trappist.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It looks fine and has a nice head but, it's just not one I find appealing. ALL the other Chimay's I've tried (and I've have tried them all) are fine, as a matter of fact they're great! To me, this one just falls short of all the others.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Uniformly hazy honey to amber body, with frothy off-white head of superb retention. Leaves large berm of foam behind. Bread, pale malts, grapes bordering on white wine or even vinegar upon first whiff. After a moment, perhaps a little alcohol, and then a definite curry-like note that I've encountered in other paler Belgian brews. Very first flavor is white wine, stronger under the tongue, almost non-existent everywhere else. Then comes a faint breadiness, bubble gum or Band Aid, and some spice along the lines of curry. A little boozy on the sides of palate. Herbal hops soon noticeable, and a pinch of very light lemon-like quality — not even tartness — in the back and finish. Pleasant bitter aftertaste goes well with level of astringency. On each quaff, beer foams up, disguising how incredibly light the body is for the style. Sudsiest brew I've had to date. Medium, fine prickliness at first though quickly dissipating. A little warming, mainly on the inner cheeks. Nice fairly dry finish.

Updated review from same batch, 10/13/16:

Honey amber with bubbles fizzing up and chunks of various sizes in suspension. Creamy white head, foamy with higher retention, especially as it settles to a milky film. Clear at first, added last inch or so of bottle and it’s opaque. Grass or grain aroma, slight citric quality, touch of sugar. Grains and herbs throughout, semi-harsh, balanced with medicinal and sugary qualities, assuming mostly phenols and booze. Vinous about halfway through, finishing soapy, spicy, peppery, metallic, and yeasty. I’d argue stronger, but ever so slightly less delicious than this same batch (one four-pack) was a year ago, at least going by my description as I wouldn’t trust my memory alone. Medium in body, extremely effervescent, but tame in bottle before pour. But about how it was more than a year fresher. Expected astringency and warmth also remain. Probably won’t wait another year plus for my next one, as is my modus operandi for a number of beers I have more than one of and have more than about 7% alcohol, for aging appears not to be this beer’s strong suit, not that it really ruins it either.

Updated rating: 4.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.25

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce stubby bottle poured into a Russian River “tion” glass. Sipped on while jamming Dimension Hatröss.

Appearance: Pours about two full fingers of bone colored thick rocky head. Very dense and sudsy. Steady stream of carbonation with a dark golden/pale amber body. A bit darker that others I’ve had in the style with that gorgeous triple head.

Aroma: Oxidized fruits with a soft orange sweetness and fleshy lemon tartness. Doughy malted barley and a bit of candi sugar. Canned fruit juice with a nice white pepper backbone.

Taste: Stars off with that nice lavender like perfume character found in other triples (Karmeliet) before leading into fleshy citrus notes and a somewhat bitter/medicinally alcoholic note. Nice honey and candi sugar sweetness with a restrained white pepper phenols. Some oxidized fruit esters hang out towards the finish.

Mf: Soft effervescence with a powdery dry finish and a glowing warmth. Odd astringency/bitterness on the tail end as well that kind of throws me for a loop.

Overall: As expected, a well-built triple that comes so close to being an outstanding example of the style. Nice frothy white head that brings to mind steamed milk and an aroma not unlike canned fruit juice. Juicier than others I’ve had with the nice peppery phenols leading into a cooling clove like sensation that ends in an awkward medicinal note. Bonus points for the juiciness and gentle white pepper. Given that odd finish though I’d say there are better options (Triple Karmeliet/St Bernardus/Gouden Carolus) out there given the high price point of the Chimay Triple ($7.00!). Worth checking out if you’re a big Chimay fan or need to try all the triples (like me) but not worth the extra few bucks.

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Photo of twage04
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bubblegum! The smooth complex yeast dominates with some fruit and spice backing up the bubblegum like taste. A little tartness. Beautiful golden hue, cloudy but glowing. Some booze but blended in with the other flavors well. A great companion to some spiral cut jumbo hot dogs!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Trust me: if this weren't a Chimay, it would have a much lower rating. I was at a table with 5 other people tasting it, and when I mentioned it had a smell of fresh hot boiled spaghetti water right while you're draining it into the sink, each of them said, "Holy crap, he's right! Nailed it!" So yeah, if an expensive Trappist beer with a hot reputation and the unmistakable smell of spaghetti water appeals to you, go for it.

As for flavor, well, I was already thrown of by the smell, but the taste was pretty decent. Could have used and extra 5 minutes of hops or something, as the flavor was pretty heavy on the light malts, but totally drinkable. Just not something I'm inclined to go out of my way for again. And the worst of the Chimay line. If you want the best they have, spring for Grande Reserve. If you want something light and easy to drink, try the newly released Dorée. If you love pasta, try this one.

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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