150 (Green)
Bières de Chimay

150 (Green)150 (Green)
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #9
ABV:
10%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,439
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
344
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Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  90
SCORE
93
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150 (Green)150 (Green)
Notes: Chimay 150 is a refreshing beer, strong but refined, with a balanced flavor and floral scent, accompanied by aromas of dried fruits and spices. It has an ABV of 10%. Saaz and Hallertau Mittelfrüh, two hops known for their superior quality and finesse, are blended and a secret spice is added to produce this unique taste.

Chimay 150 is the result of the experience of generations of brewers who have succeeded one another for 150 years in Chimay's brewery. A limited edition (150,000 bottles) of Chimay 150 was brewed for the very first time for the brewery's 150th anniversary in 2021.

Due to the strong demand of the privileged few who had the opportunity to taste it, Chimay decided to add this exceptional

Also known as "Spéciale Cent Cinquante" and "Chimay - Green"
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OlaB from Norway

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge top of white head that dissolves quickly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of apricots, peaches, banana,lemon, corriander, white pepper, cardamom, cloves and some floral notes.
The taste is sweet and dry with fruity and spicy notes. Is slightly to overwhelming with the spices in the flavour. The finish is slightly bitter and leaves a long aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A quite nice example from chimay, but it does not live up to the other offerings from this brewery.

Friday at 06:18 PM
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a new chimay? so heady, didnt know this ever existed and was surprised to get the chance to taste on it today, really impressive offering of course, how could it not be, a strong wit type maybe, spicy and yeast forward, quintessentially belgian but definitely a genre bender, wonderfully executed, old world, rustic heritage sort of vibes, but also expertly refined, wow, what a privilege to drink! to me the yeast smells and tastes like a wit type, banana and clove and white peppercorns, with subtle toasted spice esters, and some nice sweet and nutty malt beneath it, almost granola-esque, hearty and healthy to me, just a little sweet. way less body than it seems like it should have, its so effervescent it just sings, not weighty nor boozy at all. more hops than expected here too, bitter through the whole thing to balance some sweetness that for a moment makes it drink like a tripel, at least in part. hints of clove, coriander, cotton candy, and honey in the aftertaste, lightly soapy in a good way, frothy and full feeling, insanely alive, black pepper, plantain, ice wine, muscat, green pear, and even cardamom, amazing. this is truly exceptional, and i was bummed to only have a little. i will need to source more of this, the alcohol enhances rather than distracts, the flavors are unique but familiar, and this is a wonderful addition to their limited but revered lineup, i hope it sticks around! not to be missed while its available!

Thursday at 03:43 AM
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours up a vivid, cloudy golden,orange, with a creamy, pillowy, smooth two finger white head. Good head retention, nice lacing.
S: immediate phenolic notes of coriander, banana and clove and a strong, wheaty floral character, with some subtle hints of citrus.
T: slightly tart, immensely floral, with a strong spice character and a fairly prominent bitterness in the finish. Phenolic banana and clove notes come through as well. This is a very yeast forward beer. There’s almost a hint of Rosemary here as well, a slightly herbal vibe.
M: crisp and yet fairly full in body.
O: This kind of beer is not exactly my thing, but I have a hard time imagining how this beer could better execute what it is going for than this. I would legitimately describe this beer as the most Belgian Blonde I have ever tasted. In that sense this is an excellent beer, it hits all the notes that a Belgian Blonde should hit and takes some liberties as most Belgian beer does. If you like Belgian Witbiers you will adore this I think. I don’t know that I would seek this out, but I would certainly order it from time to time just to appreciate how well it executes what it is aiming for.

Sep 03, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pours light gold I think, harder to judge as it's notably cloudy. 5mm white head that is going to form major lacing on the way down.
S- Mild, though I do get some spice from this.
T- Boom! Ohhh-K! Heavens well it packs a punch. I get major coriander, then a broader spicy aspect, some fruity+hoppy zing. Some light richness very well balanced with a hoppy aspect that's dancing around all over my palate.
F- It's clearly a punchy/higher ABV% beer but the bright hops and good CO2 are keeping this refreshing.
O- Wow, this has really taken me completely by surprise. It's a say '1 in 50' total surprise bulls-eye. It's big but has lovely balance. 1/2 way down my palate wouldn't tire from this. What a gem.
Review1990/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the lables to see what I missed! ==> Bottle refermented. Contains barley and wheat malt plus spices, amongst other things.
330ml bottle BB: 05/2024 £4 Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Jul 30, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Jugando a Fortnite. Con papas fritas Santa Ana. Soberbia belgian strong ale con notas herbales muy marcadas que resulta muy ligera y fácil de beber a pesar de su elevado abv. No sé si será suerte o que hoy estoy fácil, pero ya van dos 5 seguidos

Jul 30, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

draught (into Chimay 500th anniversary glass)
Medium white head. Clear dark amber with orange hue, in color. Slight clove/allspice and banana aroma. Slight sharp non-hop note on initial taste with faint sweet spice note. Medium full body.

Apr 03, 2020
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured at 54° into a tulip.

Probably the best looking beer in the Chimay series. A sunset-like gradient of amber and orange with a short-lived white head.

Nose is lemon, lavender, white pepper, and yeast.

Taste is floral, citric, and spicy. Orange fruitcake and peppery hops. Very solid for a 10% beer but a little odd. Complex.

Mouthfeel is medium but dry on the backend. Pretty smooth.

Overall, this is a very good beer but falls just short of exceptional for me.

Jan 06, 2017
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benfons from Belgium

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I opened this after its best before date, except for the look i don't really think this was a problem.

Small head, bright copper colour. Lots of spices in the nose, pepper, coriander. Those spices return when you taste it, at the end there is a nice kick from the hops.

This is a classic belgian beer loads of spices but balanced well.

Jun 26, 2016
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green cap.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber beer, thick off-white froth, good retention, some laces.
Smell - cardamon, coriander, very spicy, which overwhelms yeast and malt characters, smell like a spicy cake or pie or christmas pudding.
Taste - too spicy once more, along with yeast spicines, sweet, honey, peppery hues.
Full body, good carbonation, tad cloying, but, nevertheless, interesting.
The beer is actually closer to spiced beer or belgian specialty ale, than to tripel or another belgian strong ale.

Mar 11, 2016
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charlzm from California

3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on January 31st, 2016 form a corked and caged bottle. Kept at 50 degrees F since purchase in 2012.

Lightly hazy amber-gold with a fine white head.

Aroma is subtle and a little musty. Almost none of the signature Belgian tripel aromas in evidence (bananas, cloves and floral esthers).

Flavor is muted and I assume faded. I thought a 10% ABV beer would hold up better than this over nearly four years, but this one was probably better fresh. Indistinct flavors are nearly impossible to pick out, but there are some notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel is still nicely carbonated but otherwise standard for style.

I never had this one fresh, so I have nothing to compare it to. This rating is only for the one bottle drunk the one time.

Feb 01, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The cork exploded out of the bottle after a light twist and I thought I was going to deal with a gusher - fortunately not, but it creates a billowy head that settles atop the clear amber liquid; nice retention and quite a smattering of lace

Smell: Banana bread, spice cake, clove, candi sugar, apple and pear

Taste: The candi sugar impact lays down the foundation, with a boozy spice cake aspect building; bananas, clove, allspice and white pepper build, with the apple and pear tones adding another element in the finish; still somewhat boozy after three years

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: For the 150th, they have amped up their tripel and, after three years, the complexity and balance here is quite impressive; I would love to see them do a similar treatment with Chimay Blue

Sep 24, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little spurt from the neck after wrestling the cork out with a loud pop. A snowstorm of fine froth when poured in the St. Bernardus chalice. Rich mouthful of flavor with massively sudsy carbonatio. Prickly and a little tart on the tongue.

Spicy in a refined way. Yeasty tang. Nose of cut apples. Dry yeasty finish. This has the classic Belgian taste. Reminds me of one of the better Unibroue styles. [from notes on Dec. 31, 2012 tasting]

Jun 19, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Special edition from Chimay. Well worth the effort! Nicely crafted. Picked from an outlet in Belgium.. Nice tart aroma of hay and licorice. Taste of summer meadow with some alcohol dryness. This is a treasure!

May 22, 2015
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janubio from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour, big white head that does not hold for too loong, but leaves a good lace and a ring on the surface. Lots of sediments clearly visible through the bottle. Spicy aroma, with cloves, bay leaf, candy, banana, apricot. Medium to full body, sticky, creamy. Taste is similar to aroma: Cloves, spices, candy,malt, fruits. Special indeed.

May 17, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Bold, you could say a bit brash as well with the boozy character but that could be expected from a 10.0%abv Tripel. The yeast sure had one hell of a party, complexities are off the charts. Any true beer geek will want to grab more than just on bottle, we have a feeling it could age quite well. One can only wish that this was not a limited brew.

STYLE: Tripel
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Limited

LOOK: Slightly hazy golden straw, amazing display of lace

SMELL: Lemon custard, quince paste, minty, bready, nutty yeast, faint rose water, granola, alcohol, wild herbs

TASTE: Deep smoothness, moderate sized body, boozy kick, fresh herbs, hoppy throughout, balanced bitterness, pineapple skin, dragon fruit, pink peppercorn, grapenuts, yeast, medicinal phenols, gummy, spicy, dry yeasty finish

Oct 31, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light golden amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and tons of lacing, looked nice. Aroma of bready malt, apple family and light stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing; really made me want to taste it. Flavor also very nice, light fruit, candi malt, light breadiness, clove and Belgian spices, Belgian yeast. Nice spicy finish. Medium bodied with very active carbonation. I have been cellaring this bottle for a few years and broke it out to see my sister off on a long trip. She's a Chimay Blue fan and I had a little trepidation about this bottle, not knowing the exact style or condition. No need for fear there, it's not Chimay Blue, but still a top tier, flavorful Belgian strong ale. I tasted (and looked) more like a Belgian strong pale than a tripel to me, but that could be due to the cellaring. Very tasty and an appropriate ale for a celebration of travel as well as Chimay's anniversary. A great beer from a great brewery. I'm likely to never see one again, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Oct 29, 2014
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter. Pours a straw-gold with a quarter inch, bright white head that dissipates into a tight band around the shoulders. Nose expresses banana phenols and a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, almost crisp, carbonation. Overall, a decent example of the style but not on par with the price point.

Oct 06, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold body with massive fluffy head that left lace patches down glass (and took forever to die). The aroma has that Belgian yeast/orange citric twang but it has a good amount of tropical fruit aromas as well. These fruit aromas are sweet and there is also a touch of candi sugar so it's a really sweet smelling beer as the spices are minimal. Beer is smooth and light, a little fuller "fluffy" body from the yeast, goes down easy although the backend is a little dry/boozy at times. That is my only complaint of this beer as I find a great balance between minimal spices and citric hops (orange) with a tropical fruit flavors that add sweetness like pineapple, banana, mango(?). Touches of tart fruits like sour apple are poking around as well.

Jun 07, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Huge white head. Hazy orange. Head settles to a pillow of foam and clings inside the glass. Chunky and uneven foam around the edges.

Smell - Lots of phenols. Banana and yeasty esters. Pale malt, pushing into a little bit of fruitiness.

Taste - Bananas dominate. Lots of banana esters. A little bit of citrus, but not enough to be the centerpiece. Fair bit of alcohol in the flavor as well. Sweet in the middle, but finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for a tripel. Malty with medium carbonation makes it seem creamy instead of crisp.

Overall - Definitely not worth the price. I expected something remarkable from Chimay, so my expectations were high.

Edit, 1 year later: This is now fantastic. Fruity, light coconut, bready. Delicious. Changing my rating to reflect the dramatic difference. Previous rating was a 3.66.

May 16, 2014
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snu164 from California

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has strong carbonation, the cork almost shot a hole in the ceiling, but it still pours easily. I was greeted by a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The beer has a clear yellow/straw appearance. Semi-sweet smell (peppermint?), however no specific fruit aromas noted, but there was an almost juicy fruit aroma. Very fizzy mouth-feel and has a tart taste at the end. Malt is the dominant flavor with fermented grapes. Nice dry finish.

Mar 19, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was really excited for this one, but the resulting beer was still very good but not amazing as I would have hoped. Compared to the usual Chimay beers, this one has a strong boozy taste, and the finish is very dry and grainy. Otherwise, the smell is bursting with floral notes, banana, fruit rind spices, and belgian yeast.

Feb 25, 2014
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pants678 from California

3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Held on to this one a year when I heard it was pretty bright, pretty sharp.

Hazy yellow, white Belgian head.

Spicy and yeasty, little citric.

Coriander's prevalent. Bread with notes of banana but not necessarily fruity, little clove. There's some edge on the end from the alcohol and candi sugar. Hops are muted as expected. The year I put on this one may well have subdued it.

Oddly creamy, soft beer for a tripel. More of a blonde.

Nov 10, 2013
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I have been looking for this anniversary tripel. Finally found it in a store in Wichita. Shipped it back home in my luggage.

Poured into a tulip.

They say tripels are notorious for hiding their ABV – not this one. You will not be caught by surprise. Well balanced malt flavors with hoppiness. Not bitter. Every once and awhile the alcohol breaks through in a negative way. Too old or too young?

A – Poured cloudy pale orange but crystal clear when it was warm on the shelf. Definitely fridge haze. Big fluffy white two-finger head, slightly rocky. Fantastic Belgian Lace.

S – Yeasty, some citrus and spice. Minor alcohol with a bit of solventy heat (-).

T – Peppery, medium maltiness, slight citrus, too much alcohol (-)

MF – Crisp, well carbonated, medium-light body, dry finish.

Oct 27, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Shared with Jason and Chris. Served in a snifter of some sort.

A - Voluminous white foam settles to a massive, pillowy cap, leaving behind tons of lacing. Hazed peach body.

S - Massive banana and bubblegum esters from the Belgian yeast, with only mild pepper and spice flavors in the background. Some pale malt and stone fruit sweetness supports the yeast, and there's not much in the way of hopping. Unfortunately the alcohol is obvious and a tad distracting.

T - Taste is also heavy on banana and bubblegum, with a bit more in the way of stone fruit and perhaps a touch of candi sugar. Some spicy Belgian yeast and bready flavors round things out, but on the whole quite sweet. Alcohol is significantly better hidden here.

M - Medium body, with a very dry and somewhat toasty texture to it. Perhaps a bit light and watery for the listed 10%. Carbonation is soft and moderate, and there's some definite alcohol warmth after a few sips.

D - I liked this better than a lot of Belgian tripels, as the sweetness comes more from the yeast esters rather than the candi sugar; as a result it's not overly cloying. Definitely a slow sipper at this point though as there's plenty of booze present, but should age gracefully for a number of years. Quite a bit different from Chimay White and more in line with my taste preferences.

Aug 09, 2013
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roblowther from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oooh! Special and Chimay! Two of my favorite words. :) Lots of carbonation, it pours a pale straw color with a very active white head. The smell has more pronounced citrus than any Chimay I've had before. Oranges and sugar and lemons. I think that's what someone is made of but I've drank since then. The taste is UNBELIEVABLE! Oranges, biscuits, a little pepper, a little caramel, a hint of wood. It's like a rustic grocery store in a bottle. Mouthfeel is tingly and slick. Like me after I've finished this. Wow. Truly stupendous, the best Chimay I've had.

Aug 01, 2013
150 (Green) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 344 ratings