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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante | Bières de Chimay

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BA SCORE
4.17/5
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329 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
329
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
3.9
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
87
Trade:
3
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Photo of BenBreeg
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtomlins
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Griphon
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of DBosco
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of benfons
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Korzenoski
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flandoggie
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Belwar
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frosted33
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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]

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

Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Kingfireeater
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kamilgracki
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 329 ratings
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