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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
 
 
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Photo of falloutsnow
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

A: pours a clear light gold with obviously vigorous carbonation from a gentle pour into a snifter. A dense and long lasting two finger white head tops the beer
S: bready, spicy, and fruity. slight banana as well. it smells the part and is sweet on the nose
T: spicy yeast, bready malt, and fruity esters along with a bit of clean hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. swallow brings a lot more fruitiness with some banana, plenty of spicy yeast, and a bit of alcohol. long lasting aftertaste.
M: fairly full in the mouth with good effervescence without being over the top. finish is slightly drying
O: A very good and very smooth Tripel. flavors are good and the balance is very nice.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of HopLuva
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy bright orange with a large head of fluff that slowly fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, vanilla, grains of paradise, grass, earthiness, and freshly baked bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a spicy bitterness, and citrus note standing out with pils malt, and sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodies, yeasty, chewy, bittersweet, and spices lingering in the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at t Brugs Beertje with my beer buddy Sam 18/09/2012

A - Pour a clear light straw colour with nice white head that retains well and laces

S - plenaty of citrus, spice and yeast, very spritzy

T - Up front some very nice lemon citrus notes with bread and yeast as well as some nice spice. The finish is an exellent bitterness, perfectly balanced with sweetness. The 10 % is well hidden.

M - Light to medium body with a spritzy carbonation. Great.

O - I really like this beer and its balance, Its very delicate and complex for a Tripel. It tastes rather like a well refined Duvel with a bit of kick. I bought two and will retry in 10 years time !

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, suspended particles present. Tall creamy white head on the pour with good retention, and settles eventually to a thick cap.

Bright citrus and orchard fruit on the nose, dry neutral phenols in the background, and some mild yeasty twang.

Phenols take a more prominent role within the flavour, greeting the palate right from the start. Dry peppery character, followed by very mild sweet orchard fruit esters, then drying out quickly again for the finish. Dry peppery finish, which seems to be the overall motif of the flavour.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, full creamy texture, with some effervescent carbonation that gives everything a lift.

Enjoyable, although you need to be in the high phenol camp when it comes to Tripels to fully get the most out of it. I'm not fully in that camp but can enjoy this for what it is and what it pulls off. A solid offering regardless, and the quality and ability is apparent.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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