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Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante | Bières de Chimay

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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
 
 
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Ratings: 329 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Chimay unlike any other. A Trappist yeast, very fresh smelling. A big head and lace. Bubble gum and fruity tasting, a little dry in the finish.Above average mouthfeel. A quality Belgian ale through and through. Thanks Peenstein (through his friend visiting Europe).
I had this ago from the LCBO, good through 2015, and it was good but very boozy.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon in the nose. Bananas become noticeable as the beer warms up and eventually dominate the overall smell.
T: Like the smell after the beer warms up, the taste has flavors of bananas along with some hints of candi sugar and spices.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice tripel that hides its alcohol very well from the taste considering its strength.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. It sure ain't every day that you get to try a new Trappist offering. Best before end of 2015 - who can wait that long?!!!

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, loosely foamy eggshell white head, which settles at due pace, eventually leaving some blotchy patches of sudsy lace around the glass.

It smells of semi-sweet pale malt, soft caramelized dark sugar, zesty white pepper, citrus pith, Poire Williams, mineral water, pineapple, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is lightly caramelized pale/caramel malt, a complex melange of usual suspect banana chip and edgy cloves, citrus, leafy forest floor droppings, pleasantly muddled citrus, further drupe fruit, complementary spice, hovering house (yeah, that house) yeast, an almost prominent mineral character, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops.

The bubbles in this beast, they be present, but well understated, and deftly subtle in the end, the body a decent medium weight, one toying with fullness, and smooth, for the most part, with the alcohol, spice, and hops taking a pass-over to make their individual mark on the game. It finishes on the off-dry side, as the lingering pale malt and fruit work to shed the yeast and hops, with limited success.

A stellar Tripel indeed, with the attendant complexity, and proper decency of heart to totally obfuscate the well elevated ABV for this slowly coming around non-believer. How nice. Anyhoo, a solid, full-on experience of the style, I would put forth, as the recurring theme to me here is the sleight of hand, unseen essence that gently dulls the edges, and my senses at the same time. Entirely worthy of acquiring if you like either the brewer or the style, or maybe need a reminder of why these guys are so well regarded.

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3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
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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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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a super large off-white head with perfect retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is a great mix between some dry hoppy notes with some really nice fruity ester with light apricot notes with some light residual candi sugar notes and a solid malt backbone. Body is full with great carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Chimay is not my favourite Trappist brewery but this beer was well brewed and something I could envision having on a regular basis.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 12993 cork code, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful looking brew. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, candi sugar, honey, light bubblegum, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malt balance; and moderate spices. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, coriander, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate spicing that isn’t overdone; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Tripel! Great balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt and spice balance; and very smooth to sip on for a 10% brew. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium straw yellow in color with some lighter notes of golden yellow. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with significant amounts of lemon citrus and banana. As it warms there are notes of clove and light fruits (pear and apple).

T: More sweetness in the taste of this beer than I normal associate with the style with moderate amounts of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear), lemon citrus, and banana. Lighter amounts of pale malts and hints of yeast. More spiciness than I would normally expect.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Nice celebration/anniversary beer - feels like a more agressive version of the normal Chimay tripel. I like the spicier and more lemony version. Definitely an enjoyable beer but significantly more expensive than the regular version - worth trying once but nothing something I would buy many bottles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for acquiring and sharing an early look at this Chimay anniversary release.

Pours a hazed golden peach color in the glass, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back a sudsy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of strong spicy clove, softer fruit notes of pear, grape and apple and a touch of bubblegum. Some backing sugars and a gentle underpinning of alcohol round out the nose.

That spice really pops here in the taste, evened out a little by soft fruit notes of apple and grape skin and backing doughy sugars that offer up a bit a candied feel to this. Dry and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is is fuller bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances around in the mouth. Some alcohol is present from that 10% ABV but it mostly pops that spiciness here and is overall pretty accessible on the palate.

This was good. It comes off maybe a little too assertive with the spice and alcohol in spots but that smooth blend of fruits and sugars as this warms helps win the day. This reminded me of a slightly beefier take on the Chimay White at times. Thanks for the share Adam!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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