Tripel (White) | Bières de Chimay

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Reviews: 1,702 | Ratings: 4,538

#8 ranked Belgian Tripel | 8% ABV

Bières de Chimay

Notes: Year-round availibility. 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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Reviews: 1,702 | Ratings: 4,538
Photo of elohim
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Chimay brew. I've drank an entire case in the past year just to give you an idea of how much of this stuff I go through. While I'm usually not a huge fan of tripels I find the spice profile on this delicious although rather mild and the 8% ABV is completely hidden. While this is a great beer if you like a stronger spiced tripel you might want to look for something else.

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 10/19/17.

Pours golden, a bit cloudy, with a two inch foamy head with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, cloves, other spices, some wheat and bread. The taste is similar- Belgian yeast, more candi sugar than most for the style, malt, spices, wheat, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a solid but lighter body for the style, highly carbonated on the edge of too much.

A very good, very traditional Tripel. But it’s certainly not as strong as the leaders in the field, which kind of surprised me.

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Photo of gudthing
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick lasting white head. Bronze in colour, very beautiful.

Smell mostly hops - its nice, has that typical Belgian ale smell.

Initial is fruity and hops with a little bit of bitterness coming through, balanced with some sweetness. Perfectly balanced, very smooth. Delicious!

Its medium carbonation, nice thickness. Overall, its an excellent Belgian ale! Shame it's a small bottle!

hb 1.5

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Photo of hopsputin
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: clear orange/yellow color with some darker amber notes in the middle of the glass. A beautiful fluffy white head

S: lemongrass, pear, banana, grass, bready malts, green apples and crackers

T: fresh pears and green apple upfront. Earthy lemongrass and a big biscuity crackery malt sweetness behind that. There is a slight funk behind that as well which is nice. Some clove spice towards the end. Finish is another punch of bread and pear

M: heavy mouth with high carbonation. The bready malts give it a bigger mouthfeel as well

O: real nice triple. Light fruits and that little funk and Belgian spice is nice

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Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice easy beer to drink. A nice white foamy head. A little bite at the end, but goes away quickly. You can't tell that it is a 8.0% ABV beer. A very good drinking beer.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Date code on label of 'L 17-068'.
Body is orange/copper color and hazy. Long lasting pillowy white head, settles to thick head, with extensive lacing rings.
Less expressive aroma of bread, peach fruit, and spices.
More expressive taste of sweet bread, sweet fruit (peach, apricot), coriander, cloves. Very slight alcohol intrusion toward the end, and then sweet again.
Medium mouth feel, but coating. Pleasant.
An accomplished Belgian tripel, a little subtle but balanced and expressive throughout.

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Photo of eberesford
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper with a thick head that settles to 1.5cm of thick creamy off white head. Aroma: boozy, bready, spicey, fruity (peach). Flavour: bready malts some esthery fruitiness (stone fruit), some peppery bitterness, boozy. Body, medium light.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good example of a Tripel. Then again I expect Chimay to come in above par. They don't disappoint.

It's got more than a thin sliver of head which is appreciated. The color and clarity are spot one. It's hazy and golden. The beer is very light bodied. If it wasn't so expensive (Korean import taxes) I would drink a lot more of it. At least until the high abv did me in.

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Photo of jonb5
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml one year old bottle poured into Stone snifter.

A: Hazy amber, very foamy head, very good retention, left lots of lacing.

S: Phenols, peaches and hints of booze.

T: Phenols, starch and slightly bitter peaches.

M: Not much carbonation, medium body, slight burn from the booze.

O: A classic Tripel, the year of aging took some of the bitterness off it.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orangey-bronze. (Like cider, but more orange.) Long-lasting white head, with some lacing.
Smells of fresh cut apples and a faint bit of pepper/spice. As it warms, a bit of white grape juice and fresh-out-of-the-oven/just sliced bread comes in.

Flavor is light bready malt, a fruit+honey-glaze (i.e. fruit in not quite identifiable), and a slight (apricot?) brandy booziness. That said, it seems less than its actual 8%. Finishes with a light, pleasant, bitterness.

Feel is light, and slightly oily, with very fine carbonation, that adds a little prickle to the biter finish.

Overall, very enjoyable and easy-drinking. I would very much like to have this again.

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Photo of briandschorr
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another home run from Bieres de Chimay. The color is a lovely golden straw that almost blends into copper. The nose is a great example of complexity that works. You will get Belgian spices, clove, banana, and fruit. You will notice a white head that dissipates slowly. The taste is another complex experience. Flowers, corriander, banana, lemon, and clove.Notes of sweet bread and honey. The feel is overall dry with a medium body and high carbonation. Overall, this is a must try!

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Photo of Zet
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light orange head and a crispy head of foam. Not fluffy, but steady enough to keep the surface covered during the session. Full nose of orange, tangerine, apple, yeast, grass, pine, malt and some booze. These flavours are in the taste as well, though the hops are a bit more prominent here, especially in the aftertaste. In the mouth there's still room for fruity notes however. Mouth feel is full bodied, smooth and creamy. A nice tripel, a bit more hoppy than most other belgians in this category.

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Photo of vinicole
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Hazy. Very light amber. Dense frothy head.
A gentle aroma of spice, yeast and bread. Some mustiness.
Sweeter than expected but finishing with a balancing dryness. Allspice present. Hints of fruit.
Nicely complex and quite easy to drink.
Style has not always been to my liking. This is the best so far.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a Chimay chalice at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a cloudy with a fairly dark amber color and a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of fruit and spices. The taste is a well balanced blend of fruit and pepper and mild hops.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a decent hazy golden orange color and leaves the same colored body with a finger and a half’s worth of foamy head that rises just a bit and falls leaving some sporadic foamy lacing in its wake. The aroma is bready and fruity - more so with that normal "iced apples" thing I always get in most Tripels. Light spices round her out a bit. The taste is spicy and sweet all the way through the entire beer with an "iced apple" aftertaste and a dry spicy finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, comes across somewhat sessionable. The ABV seems to hide itself pretty well. The carbonation is there but still has a nice smooth quality to it but not so much as the harshness is there but not overly done. Overall, I’m always glad I always give Chimay the chance every now and again. Great stuff!

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Photo of -steve-
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Looks enticing with a large amount of pillowy white foam over a hazy pale orange brew.
Smell: Gentle floral and orange peel bouquet greet the nose.
Taste: As with the smell there is orange, almost an anise quality.
Feel: Tart and full of carbonation that coats the tongue. Dry finish.
Overall: A well put together tripel from Chimay.

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Photo of Tdewhurst
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Very thick, persistent head. Golden color. Definitely more hoppy than most Belgians. Typical Belgian aftertaste, not as sweet as many. For me, too hoppy for what I am looking for in a Belgian, but purely a personal opinion.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another cracking tripel, a real looker of a brew in my opinion. A light amber body topped by a decent confident head. That head does stay all the way through quaffing if served in the correct vestibule.

Aroma is a good combination of spice and floral notes, and is unusual to have such equal measures of both bitter and sweet character. This certainly invites you to dive right in and start supping.

Taste follows suit with the aroma, a deep malty initial hit, finishing with a sweet caramel aftertaste, and not too overbearing on either scale.

Goes down a treat, and the alcohol content is bang on the money.

Overall a very good brew, and certainly one to sample if you haven't already.

This beverage has a high quaff-ability factor, and therefore gains several boofs of praise from me!

Updated on second appraisal.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip. Golden colored ale with a finger of foam, dissolves to nothing and leaves no lacing. Complex and lovely, woth mingling aromas /flavors of white bread, clove, spices, orange blossom honey, white grapes. And booze.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with huge foaming thick white head that stays
Aroma of candy foam banana
Clove and sherry flavour

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 75cl bottle into Stone Brewing Goblet. Cork date of 2015.

L: Hazy orange, sticky finger width white head, incredible lacing.

S: Grainy malt, fruity bouquet, some yeastiness, some spices.

T: Sweet and tart up front, alcohol is very present, lots of fruitiness, oranges, apples and grapes. Bits of honey and yeast. Some phenols.

F: Medium body, smooth, creamy, crisp, quite dry.

O: The third brew from Abbaye de Scourmont and probably my least favorite so far, however this is still and exceedingly good beer. Really a must for any beer geek.

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Photo of Steers182
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Every time I see a bottle I will pick one up. Sure to be a little different bottle to bottle, mostly due to shipping and storage concerns but I've yet to have one I didn't absolutely love. Would highly recommend to anyone who truly loves beer.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: hazy brownish gold like Apple cider with a creamy foamy head
A: bananas and clove
F: thin and fizzy carbonation, mildly hoppy.
T: bananas, clove, and malt.
O: if I didn't have a bornem triple the night before I may have appreciated this beer a bit more but it seems to be a flat Bornem triple, and yeah i love blue chimay but white just doesn't do it for me. This beer is just okay. It also should be noted that I picked the cork up the next day and cork said 2012, so if it was bottled in 2012 it would explain my rating as I have often heard this beer is best fresh, I guess I'll have to try a fresh one if ever given the opportunity.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Colour is a hazy, rusty golden colour. The head is beautiful. Plentiful lacing.

The flavor is tart apples and yeasty breads and some hop tartness. Overall very unified and delicious.

Quite wonderful and very recommended!

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Photo of AleSan
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a stunning opaque pale peach colour, and sported a small head with great retention and some lace. Sharp, spice hops and fruit aromas. A wonderful immersive taste - sweet pale malts overcome by intense hopping with great fruit notes. Refreshing and drinkable and complex all at once

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