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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To celebrate the 150 years spent at the Abbey Of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer brewed specially for the occasion. Note: available only in bottles! Recipe contains coriander and cardemom.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyrenaica (981) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
BeerPal Review #1000
750ml caged and corked bottle
10.0% ABV
Summerhill LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
May 15, 2013
The beer poured a lightly hazed, red-tinged golden colour with a long lasting rocky head. Aroma is Chimay yeast, orange and apple notes, spices and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with good carbonation. Flavour is light fruits, the yeast and alcohol are certainly noticeable, and a bitter finish. Very similar to the Chimay White, with the alcohol definitely more noticeable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopRedHead (360) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours golden straw with creamy head. Big coriander and spicy/herbaceous nose. Taste has banana and a white wine-esque acidity with a thick body. Really herbaceous and spicy flavours. Not really my cup of tea, but I could appreciate it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3112) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours cloudy but vibrant orange with an extremely thick white head - like marshmallow. Sits there for the entirety and leaves amazing layers of lacing. Nose shows coriander straight away. Quite spice driven with some heavy dried apricot behind, a touch of sourness coming through - maybe grapefruit-like. Also has some lemon rind as it opens up and banana. Taste showcases the herbal-esque spices. Loads of coriander. Lemon comes through. As it warms up, banana takes over from the lemon - fills up the palate. Apircot takes a back seat. There is a small dose of ethanol with a fair bit of warming in the aftertaste which is a little off putting but it’s probably my only qualm. Very solid stuff as you’d expect

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of coriander, soap, yeast, some alcohol and cardemon. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some sugar, alcohol , coriander and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1079) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear gold with a white foamy head. Light aroma of warm spices. Taste is full of spices (clove, nutmeg, etc), with some alcohol hints. Frothy mouthfeel. Quite good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4403) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours hazy gold into a trappist glass. White micro head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Cracker, biscuit and hay aromas. Medium bodied with sweet caramel and dusty yeast upfront turning to summer flowers, herbs and hay in the lasting earthy bitter finish. Yummy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Forgive me, I’ve been living nearly dry up in the arctic and did not even notice the anniversary of the mighty Chimay trappists and their brewers on this fine planet. Somehow I found myself amidst the lakes of Ontario and there be a few bottles of this celebratory Chimay brew! I pulled off the wire top and the cork popped soon after, a huge scream to escape from its bottled confines. Has a relatively clear body for a Chimay, only slight fog, and a gold-orange colour. Head is decent but not excessive. Lots of sweet orange on the nose, sugars, fruitiness. Flavour is a strong fruity mix with a hint of barnyard, caramel, orange peel. Palate is sadly cloying in a way I don’t remember the other Chimays, very chewy, makes me want a shot of water after a few sips. This is a good Belgian brew but I find it slightly out of balance compared to the tried and true trio of the trappists; however I’m immensely glad I found a bottle while it was around.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
prettyham (27) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Love this one. Bottled shared in S.F. flavor of black pepper, malt, grapes, spices like clove and cinnamon

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 30, 2013
Bottle from Yamaya. Very nice flowery, spicy aroma, with some fumes and noticeable hopping. Hazy apple juice, honeyish color, thin head. Initial gives sharp fruitiness and some hits of booziness / mid goes in grapes, honey, pears / final balances out and adds light spice, something minty or perhaps anise. Medium body and sharp carb burn. Very nice. Tastes rather like Chimay blue, but the hops and spice give it an extra dimension.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2254) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle killed at the Blind Monk. Hazy golden colour with a big frothy white head. Banana, spices, and sour aromas. The flavor is banana, fruits, spices, hops, and barrel notes. Huge hops and alcohol notes for a Chimay. Slightly disappointing.


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