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Chimay Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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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.

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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 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 josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hipercor San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing KB Dark Side, in La Trappe chalice. Its a great beer but not my favourite chimay. Alcohol y a bit more noticiable here than desiderable.

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into teku glass
Served: 26 May 2015

Appearance: Much darker than I was anticipating for a tripel- it looks like a light, gooey caramel rather than the blonde I am accustomed to with the style. Opaque with big streams of carbonation streaming up the sides. Pours with an off white 2.5 finger head that collapses to a sheen of bubbles under the high ABV.

Smell: Bright and sweet, notes of sweet pear and white grape. Noticeable alcohol.

Taste: Again, quite sweet. Pleasant yeast notes give the beer expected notes of soft, ripe banana. Like the nose, some nice notes of white fruit- sweet Riesling wine, ripe pear, golden raisins and the like. Really complex. However, there were really noticeable alcohol notes which detracted from the beer overall.

Mouthfeel: Thick body and smooth carbonation, exactly what one would expect.

Overall: A good beer, but not the best tripel I've had. I enjoyed the yeast phenols and the flavor, but the assertive alcohol notes really detracted from this beer. I'd gladly drink this again, but I'd much sooner reach for a La Fin du Monde.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

surprised it took me so long to review this one, its been awhile, and so glad to finally have it on tap again yesterday. i think the chimay chalice is one of the best glasses in beer, and its just a fancy regal thing to get to drink the beer out of the proper glass. looks sexy as they come, clear golden beer with a ton of accumulating amassing over an inch of fluffy head, like a cloud resting on the beer, and it doesnt fall back at all. the nose is different than almost any other tripel i know of, less of the high tone yeast esters, and a whole lot less sweet and thick than many. not sure about the grain composition, but i love how dry it is, and thats what i think makes this my favorite tripel from the old world. it has all the flavor and texture i am used to in the style, but instead of a long candy sugar finish, its dry as they come, and there is a soft white peppery flavor left on the palate. awesome. some fruitiness in the middle with banana and bubblegum coming in a little bit, but it seems intentional and calculated, no messy and invasive. fuller body on a beer this color is always appreciated, and the carbonation is cheerful, classically belgian. this is famous for a reason, and deserves its high ratings here. i think far better from the tap than the bottle too. nothing bad to say about this one at all. its a beer i love in a style i could take or leave, thats rare for me.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an absolutely solid Belgian tripel. Lots of white wine and green grapes. The grapes dominate the backend so it's less dry than others I've had. I'm getting just a hint of honeydew mellon on the smell, and the taste is perfectly balanced with just the right amount of yeast. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of JasW
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A golden pour into a Chimay goblet. This is a yeast bomb for both the nose and tongue. Full bodied with a lightly toasted malt and subtly spicy undertone. Signature Chimay (aka Mouthpuffery, Inc.)( full on carbonation. Slightly dry finish. This should be in anyone's top 10 tripel list, if not top five.

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Photo of kitch
3.27/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle dated best before end of 2017 and poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: It poured a hazy copper colour with a two finger cream head that has good retention leaving a thick curtain lacing.
S: Initial aromas of apple, pear and bready malts followed by a sweet banana and honey finish.
T: Surprisingly strong alcohol taste, but also sweet candied sugar, banana, bread malts and some light apple and pear flavours.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy feel.
O: I’m a big fan of Chimay, but this was not one of the better tripel beers. Ultimately I thought that it was too boozy and everything just kind of got lost behind that.

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Photo of drmeto
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-Follows the nose plus a grapefruit note
-medium,long-lasting bitterniss
-One of the best Tripels in the world

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 30, 2015

750 ml bottle, tulip

A – Three inches plus of thick white foam, slightly craggy, sits on top of a light amber to deep gold, somewhat hazy, liquid.

S – Golden crackers, light toast, white bread crust. Mild spicy, peppery yeast notes. Some fig and apple notes, along with nectarine and some exotic fruit, perhaps plantain. Hops are very herbal and earthy.

T – Malty-sweet with some graham cracker flavor, and orange, fig, and golden raisins. Hops much lighter here, again herbal. Very mild bitterness provides some balance.

M – High carbonation, very sudsy and rich, moderate sweetness and moderate-low bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O – This is a well-constructed tripel, from one of the Belgian masters, and I really want to love it. There is something in the flavor profile that throws me off, and may just be my own senses. It is not bad, just not my favorite. An excellent beer, just not quite right for my palate.

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

Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice...
A: Murky glowing golden with a foamy white 2" head.
S: Noble hops up front with a breast yeast character following.
T: Pale malt with an excellent hop balance. Both malt & hop shine, but in a way that expresses both & therefore balances the beer without obscuring either...superb!
M: Drier & cleaner then most tripels I've had.
O: A very interesting & complex tripel, worth a try for any lover of Belgiums or any good beer lover for that matter!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a chalice to a hazy deep gold topped by a dense and fluffy white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of fruity esters, spicy yeast and alcohol with some nice sweetness on the nose
T: taste is slightly tart and spicy with a slight fruity alcohol flavor. slight sweetness but not excessive. swallow is dry cracker malt, spicy yeast and alcohol, fruity esters and some lingering sweetness. a little grape like flavor at times as well.
M: medium in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: this is a very good tripel with great complexity and flavors. The flavors are very smooth and clean as well so it drinks very easily. It's pretty approachable and a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a Chimay chalice, it pours very cloudy/filthy dirty looking dark orange-brown color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded on the quicker side, leaving minimal foamy lacing.

Smells spicy up front with some fruit like apple skin and pear, toasted grains, slightly funky yeast and then the spices again including pepper, cinnamon and some mint and/or tea leaf. Some honey and musty grapes creep through at the end, this does not have the classic strong Belgian funk I expected.

Taste is sweet and fruity, like candied sugar and fruit candy like a sour patch kid mixes with toffee, wheat bread, yeast, toasted grains, tart green apple or grapes, floral hops, pepper, coriander and dry leafy citrus hops. Very well balanced with only a mild funk in the aftertaste, it was easy to drink and almost completely hid the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body and a finish on the dry side that is clean and sweet at the same time with a bready aftertaste. This bottle was aged at least 2 years and so perhaps it was not as fresh as it should be enjoyed, so my assessment is a slight disappointment as I recall this being better the last few times I drank it. Will try it again for sure with a newer bottle and give this classic it’s due which may drive up the overall score.

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Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy orangy colour.
Aromas of malts, mild hops, lemon, fresh cake.
Tastes of mild hops, malt, lemon, black tea and a hint of bubble gum.
Smooth mouth feel. Champagne like carbonation.
I always drink the red, but this is a step above!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright golden honey in color. Moderate cloudiness suggests a bigger body, but the white head, while tall, is light and soapy.

Smell: Sugary caramel is sharpened by orange marmalade and a sprinkling of cloves. Some tropical fruit and even a bit of bubblegum ups the sweetness ante as the drinking commences, but remains bridled by an undercurrent of basics: bready malt and earthy hops. It is a well-balanced, yet multilayered concoction which smells artistically delicious.

Taste: Toffee melanoidins are soft, yet immediate, and are joined by toasted nuts sprinkled with brown sugar, and a whisper of milk chocolate. A bit of bubblegum and banana bread pay homage to the Hefeweizen, but a mild bitterness from a rustic, yet refined mixture of noble hops keeps the taste true to the Tripel style, as does the taste of ripe oranges and apricots. The overall sweetness is further tempered by grainy malt, which does an excellent job blending the beer's potentially discordant elements.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet a bit viscous, with moderate carbonation helping to create a delicately dry finish. The alcohol warming is but a whisper, which seems appropriate for the beer's sweet and bright flavor profile.

Overall: Perhaps more of a masterpiece than its stronger sisters in that its balance couldn't be better and that its full flavor is neither dried out by hops and/or carbonation, nor drowned out by alcohol. This beer is soft, sweet, spicy, and hearty, and because no one element outshines the rest, its many qualities can be easily appreciated.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour in tulip at Bo-Beau, La Mesa. So after 1500 reviews it may be best to simply say that compared to other Tripels, this one is a bit muted, more subtle, more easy drinking. Each of the expected profiles that we see from the likes of Westmalle or St. Bernardus are indeed present, just in a less intense manner. Could be a nice "intro" Tripel.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 5 - Pours a deep, rich honey gold color. Forms a big, thick and soapy 2 fingers of light tan head. Amazing head potential and head retention. Leaves thick, solid walls of lacing on the glass.
S - 3 - Lots of yeast, malt, light hops. Peaches, walnut nuttiness and a light touch of caramel.
T - 4 - Simple and solid. Lightly sweet yeast and peach upfront, finishes on a lightly nutty, bitter note. Not complex, but very good.
F - 4.50 - Has that luxuriously bubbly, champagne bubbly mouthfeel you'd expect.
O - 4.25 - Really good stuff, and I'm not normally a fan of the tripel style!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very crisp, refreshing, delicious, and drinkable...especially nice that I found it on tap. I will seek this and other beers from this brewer out again for sure.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a Christmas gift from a fellow beer aficionado who knows what I like. Cinq Cents 1 PT bottle poured into a tulip glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellow-gold bubbling with a beautiful one finger white head. Moderate lacing coats the glass. Very nice.

Aroma: Floral accents and a gentle breath of citrus. Subtle tones.

Taste: I am generally not a fan of Tripels, and I expected a strong bite of aftershave/cough syrup. Not so. Like the aroma, the taste is actually fairly mild, with a touch of alcohol on the back end, but mostly that light floral taste up front.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a fairly light body blend to tickle the tongue in a nice, inviting way.

Overall: Much more subtle than I expected. I did not consider myself a fan of Tripels, but Chimay is changing my mind. I'll have to explore a little more to see if I can appreciate the style in the future. Definitely a winner here!

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Translucent golden color with a sticky long lasting creamy head.
Smell: Apricots, peaches, floral notes.
Taste: Dry, sweet, nutty. Reminds me very much of a peach pit.
Mouthfeel: dry, crisp, light bodied.
Overall: Delicious. Would drink again.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a light gold with copious head. Fluffy white multi finger pour with vigorous carbonation. Light haze.

S: Has a spicy white peppery note with gentle floral undertones. Light breadiness in warming.

T: light peppery and herbal notes with gentle dough. A classic triple profile, well rounded.

M: Creamy when cold, mildly smooth and velvety. Slick finish on warm.

O: Hell ya. Would seek when craving a triple but do not want overwhelmed.

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

A - Pours a 3 finer head that dissipates but remains about half a finger throughout. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Color of quality clover honey, hazy and unfiltered.

S - Spices (clove and pepper) and light fruits (banana) up front. Belgian yeast is also dominant. Balancing lightly citrus hops notes.

T - Banana and clove flavors come through well. I also pick up the peppery notes, that give a nice bite. Yeast flavors are very pleasing. Nice fruit flavors with a well balanced hops presence.

F - full upfront with a dry finish, works very well.

Excellent beers from chimay. The Trappist have been making beer for a long time and really know how to make some tasty stuff. I prefer to pour mine and include the yeast from the bottom of the glass. I think it adds to the beer, which is excellent either way. I really enjoy the clean finish that these beers have, as well as the depth of flavor that the yeast gives.

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Photo of MrDell
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Chimay Tripel (White) – bottling date unknown - Best Before 2017

Aroma: Classic spicy Belgian yeast. Floral and slightly musky.

Appearance: Large amount of smoke upon opening the bottle. Pours golden brown with a big white fluffy head. Nice head retention and lacing on glass.

Taste: First malt then hops in the middle yeast comes in towards the end and then a lovely bitter/dry finish courtesy of the hops right at the finish.This beer changes throughout the range, yet everything taste wise is in exactly the right quantity.

Mouth feel: Soapy but in a nice way, leaves a resinous feeling even though the hops are present. Its also slightly drying on the sides of the palate. Very enjoyable and leaves the mouth feeling quite fresh after swallowing.

Overall: A fantastic tripel. Not as extreme with the alcohol and spiciness as the Westmalle tripel but more balanced and stable. I’m having a birthday party next week, which a wide range of people will attend, some beer lovers, some not. Some unenlightened mass-produced lager drinkers will be there and I have been looking for a beer that may appeal to everyone rather than messing around trying to cater for everyone etc and I think this will be the one. Everything from the stubby bottle emblazoned with the abbey’s name and classy gold and white label to the appearance of the beer screams quality - before you even get to the fantastic taste and aroma. Its not an outrageous or overly exciting beer in anyway, what it is, is a solid, top quality almost understated beer of outstanding quality. Its also fairly widely available and very reasonably priced here in Switzerland. Another 10/10 for the monks from Belgium!

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Chimay Tripel (White) from Bières de Chimay
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