Hazed golden straw with a very active carbonation that holds the firm white lace together. Ripe apple skin and medicinal aroma with some pale grainy malt and earthy yeast. Richly textured with the ultra smooth and highly crisp mouth feel, carbonation is high though it is the perfect fixture and helps a bit in drinkability. Hop bitterness is quick but somewhat potent which is followed by an earthy yeast that has a soft powdery quality to it. Big fruitiness, with bold yet suitable alcoholic esters that don’t get too flamboyant. Alcohol is a bit illusory, you know its there but not at the 8.0% level. Grainy maltiness with hints of raw orange blossom honey and a good dose of medicinal phenols. Touch of sweetness upfront but eternally dry in the finish. This bottle has peaked and I am glad I had it now and not later down the road.
95 points, BeerAdvocate (Apr 2002)
Most people that enjoy beer have only experienced one Trappist brewery in their life, if they have experienced any at all: Chimay. The most well-known Trappist brewery (at least in the States) is the producer of three different beers. It is up for debate which of these is the best, but we would like to make an argument for their tripel, which is also known as Cinq Cents in the 25.4 fluid oz bottle. The aroma of this beer starts with spicy notes and the fragrance of dried peaches. The taste is akin to the aroma with the malt coming off clean and dominant. The smoothness of this beer gives way to a clean and surprisingly dry finish. This may be the lightest color beer in Chimay's repertoire, but it is certainly not lacking in flavor.
95 points, Draft Magazine