Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante | Bières de Chimay

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92
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328 Ratings
Chimay Spéciale Cent CinquanteChimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante
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
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
72
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
87
For Trade:
3
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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3.24/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long story short, this beer was a bit underwhelming. Irrespective of it being from Chimay, who you would expect to knock Belgian beer out of the park, this was a hot mess for lack of a better phrase. The alcohol was very forward and this was much more bitter than I expected. This really threw me off and makes me feel like this beer is quite unbalanced. Maybe it needs some time on the shelf to age?

I must admit, it smelled really great with a yeasty and almost banana-ish thing going on.

Compared to something like Westmalle tripel, there is no way I could consider this to be in the same class.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -21.4%
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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3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up here in SoCal, but I can't remember the price. Real excited to try it; I like all of Chimay's beers. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 10.00% ABV confirmed. No bottled on or best before date.

Paired with popcorn. The buttery fattening shit.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger fluffy beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent glowing yellow-orange-gold. No yeast particles are visible. Non-opaque. No bubble show.

Sm: Pear, green apple, biscuity brilliant yeast, tart apple, some spice, biscuit malt, pale malts, and crystal malt. Quite patersbier-esque. Green apple is dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Tart green apple. Crisp and clean. Pale malt and light biscuit malt foundation. Light spice. Pear. Pleasant and well balanced, albeit somewhat simplistic. I like it. Clove. Little alcohol comes through, but there is a bit of heat to it. Crisp bright fruit. Some esters. Candi sugar. Very light and bright for the hefty ABV. Nicely balanced. I like it. A bit more acidic than expected.

Mf: Tingly and lightly coarse from crystal malt. Too thick, unfortunately. Nicely wet, but I'd stop far short of refreshing. A bit overcarbonated, but I suppose it's meant for aging. Slightly too heavy on the palate. Suits the flavours nicely. Crisp.

Dr: Drinkable but a sipper. The alcohol does come through on this one. It's something of a beast. Still, its quality is what you'd expect from Chimay. It'll knock you on your ass if consumed alone. A tasty Tripel, but in fairness I did expect better. Far from Chimay's best beer. I do like it, but I wouldn't pay the price to get it again.

Might age well.

Low B-

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

298th Review
75cl bottle to Westy XII chalice
Cork No. 12995
BB: 2015

A: Bright golden yellow. 2+ (frothy white) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast, white pepper, unripe white grape, banana, and slightly floral. Also, notes of earthy hops and citrus. Inviting.

T: Mix of earthy hops, citrus, and loads of Belgian yeast. Actually, too much yeast for my liking. Unbalanced with regards to the sharp fruit sweetness and pepper spice. Rounded finish, but the ABV is slightly harsh - could stand to mellow a bit, I think.

M: Light bodied with loads carbonation. As said, ABV is distinct (and almost distracting for the style).

O: I can appreciate the idea of a special beer for the 150th anniversary, but the price point here (€16/bottle) is a bit high for the quality of the product (or lack thereof). Disappointing at best and I'm thankful to have only purchased a single bottle. One could easily enjoy several bottles of the regular line-up (Red, White, or Blue) for this price - plus those are more enjoyable in my opinion.

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3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante from Bières de Chimay
4.16 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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