Spéciale Cent Cinquante
Bières de Chimay

Spéciale Cent CinquanteSpéciale Cent Cinquante
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Style:
Belgian Tripel
ABV:
10%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
332
From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  66
Gots
  90
SCORE
92
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Spéciale Cent CinquanteSpéciale Cent Cinquante
Notes: From the brewery: This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive strong beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of the brewery. Produced with 100% natural ingredients,its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of foam. The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops. At 10% alcohol, the flavour is full bodied and complex with a slight but refreshing tang note and a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate.
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Reviews by brentk56:
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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

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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

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Belgian Beer Shop dot com
Date: Best before 2015 marked on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Chimay's Spéciale Cent Cinquante is an excellent tripel with some very nice springtime aromas of cherry blossoms and flavors of bright, sweet malts with counterbalancing Belgian yeastiness and Continental hop spiciness. The flowery nature of the beer makes it seem appropriate for a spring seasonal, as the budding flowers outdoors truly complement this beer's bouquet and flavor. I truly enjoyed this beer, though the mouthfeel was a bit harsh, and would still happily drink another again if it weren't import only and fairly expensive at that.

Pours a very tall (4cm) head of white foam, quite classic for the style, though composed of fairly irregular large to medium-sized bubbles. Retention is above one minute, but shorter than the ages-long time it takes for many other tripels' foam to subside. After a few minutes, the head has reduced to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, with moderate lacing clinging to the sides; a modest collection of foam patterns and dots adorn the walls of the glass. The body is a fairly bright golden orange color, about 40-50% opaque, with light bringing out brighter yellow-orange hues. Carbonation is visible, quite active and very numerous.

Bright, light, fruity, and flowery aroma, rather like fresh cherry tree blossoms with light citrus zest as from orange and lemon. Faintly present Belgian yeast contributes slightly musty and phenolic characters, while pale malts add to and play up the blossom-like sweetness.

Similar to the aroma, the major flavors I'm picking up are spring tree flower blossoms (primarily in the genus Prunus), citrusy zest, Belgian yeast with associated phenols, and pale malt sweetness. Front of palate is primarily of pale malt sweetness, citrus zest (orange and bit of lemon), and slightly spicy and woodsy Continental hops. Mid-palate is very much like sweet and bright cherry tree blossoms with Belgian yeast phenols and mustiness, overripe bananas, diluted honey, pale malt sweetness, spice and woodsiness from Continental hops, and slight ethanol. Back of palate features sweet pale malts with spicy Continental hops, spicy/peppery ethanol, and flowery cherry blossom-like flavors. Aftertaste is of pale malts, Belgian yeast and mustiness, flowery and slightly spicy Continental hops, very mild lemon zest, and light ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of fairly high intensity. The resulting feel is rather fizzy, slightly uncomfortable, although with a bit of time the carbonation has run through the beer and it feels much softer on the palate, resulting in a smooth and foamy caress. For a fairly bright 10% ABV beer, this hides it very well, though the ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of throat, with increasing ease as the beer warms. Closes quite dry, with only slight stickiness lingering on the palate.

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

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by my best-of-friend Atremains. Almost picked this up myself but the price tag threw me off.

A- Poured with a slightly hazy golden body and a nice white head. The cap is creamy and foamy with about two fingers in size and good retention. Huge ring and cloud leaves nice patches of lace.

S- The aroma is heavily of Belgian yeast strains with a lot of coriander and spices. Definitely lemon grass, dark raisins, brown sugars/molasses, apples and herbs as well. Really hits the spice/herbal side of things.

T- Again, spices and herbs really lead things off. Thyme, coriander, pink peppercorns, raisins, brown sugar, grass and dark fruits are very strong and combine for a complex flavor. Lemon citrus, apples, pears and hint of alcohol add to the complexity but don't overpower the main tastes. Grapes and champagne yeast after some time.

MF- Highly carbonated like most of the big Belgian staples but it goes down smoothly. Silky overall with a fairly creamy feel. Bitterness is pronounced but doesn't feel like a clean hop bitterness, spicy and a bit of alcohol warming.

A very complex flavor overall and a good one. Tons of great things going on and I really like the clash of herbal and citrus, which I did not expect going into this.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of emsroth
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle for $25 at joe canals

App: deep gold almost amber. The color of ancient sap. Fluffy was that falls quickly to lace.

Smell: Sweet alcohol rules the aroma. Notes of orange and and the sweetness of blossom honey. A touch of tropical flower. Fruity/floral yeast.

Taste: All I can say is the sweetness of marshmallows dipped in honey with a touch of bitterness. Middle to end is the citrus found in the nose-must be the hops. Occasional dose of sweet alcohol. Honey graham cracker aftertaste. Almost perfect. Could use a bit more bitterness and it's plagued by an overly sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that comes from the malt and carbonation. The bubbles add body then quickly fight to be free, bursting on the tongue to add a refreshing dryness. A bit sticky, but I'll have to try some other tripels and compare.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blam! As soon as the cage came off, this bottle exploded. Almost a fifth of the bottle came out as foam and made the kitchen smell wonderful! The nose on this beer is sublime. Sweet citrus, lemongrass, fresh herbs, sweet bread, and a bit of peppery spice. Very effervescent on the tongue with a palate very similar to the nose and a nice warming finish. Very Chimay and very, very good!

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color forming a big, creamy and compact white head. Long retention and tons of lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Very bready in the nose. Authentic belgian. Delicious bready and earthy yeasts. Sweet grains, a bit fruity, wheat and honey

T: Sweet upfont. Sweet malts, honey, wheat, belgian yeasts. Quite bready and fruity, peaches mainly. Light hoppy bitter end

M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Chimay quality

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.64/5  rDev +10.7%

Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 332 ratings