Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (1313) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Aroma is floral, fruity and phenolic. The floral note is similar to lavender and the phenolics are mostly coriander; these are the two dominant aromas. There are hints of pear, red apple cider, banana, citrus and cloves as well. A light sweet graininess is also present. Pours a fairly cloudy pale gold with a big pillowy white head. Lacing is fairly high and the head has very good retention. The beer has medium sized legs. The flavor starts sweet with a bit of honey and grain. Mid palate is an ester bomb with lots of banana and overripe pear. There is also a light dried fruit note similar to golden raisins or apricots. There is a moderately low bitterness to help balance the sweetness. The alcohol is fairly prevalent in the finish. The phenolics are lighter but there are some coriander and clove notes. The finish has a lingering sweetness with honey and a bit of a bitter note to balance it. As it warms the floral character becomes more noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and the carbonation is high. Astringency is medium low and fairly noticeable and the alcohol warmth is medium high. The beer also seems to have a bit of a carbonic bite to it. Overall I do not think this beer is that great. There is an off astringency and the bitterness does not interact cleanly. There is also not enough malt character to balance all the esters, but I fond myself particularly sensitive to esters. The aroma is definitely more welcoming than the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
txspartan (1000) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2013
Very sweet nose. Thick and creamy head. Nice balance between sweetness and malts. Somewhat watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5542) - GERMANY - JUN 28, 2013
Huge thanks to Erzengel for that one! Bottle looks really good, beer in the glass fine golden, huge head. Starts strong, fine malty and fruity with notes of apricot. Sourish-bitter background. Dry aftertaste, warming-malty. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4134) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2013
75cl bottle thanks to Allmyvinyl. Pours golden with steady carbonation and a generous lacy head. The nose has orange blossom and honey with just a hint of something gently spicy. The taste has orange creamola foam some honey again and something blossomy again. The palate is rich in structure and has a lovely texture with a lovely elegant finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
antonstoop (251) - - JUN 24, 2013
A good strong belgian ale. It has a strong medicinal taste, coming from the added herbes. It gives the beer a special taste, that you like of dislike. It is a nice carbonated beer with a hoppy/herby aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear amber pour with foamy white head, bready aroma, slight citric taste with bready malts, dried fruits and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6709) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma soft yet strong intensity. Slight citrus in hop with sweet malts. Bit dry , Belgian yeast present. Backing of bubblegum. Aromatic end. 8-
Top: large white cap.
Base: hazy golden in colour.
Palate : smooth with delicate carbonation. Long finish. Medium bodied.
Taste: Clean with noticeable easterly approach (as expected. Very Belgian.
Other notes: felt as aromatic dry hop sided Blue. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andy_ (1000) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2013
Hazy yellow color with huge head. Aroma is yeasty like with most blonde Belgians, but also fruity and spicy. Lots of carbonation and a little bit more alcohol in the taste than in Chimay Triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RandomBeerDude (11) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
I got the opportunity to taste this in a beer tasting in Söderbärke in Sweden during the winter. It was a real treat and the citrus aroma shines through with a wonderful balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8489) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle - Lemon, tropical fruit, spices and a little yeast. Clear pale gold with a nice bubbly head. Very effervescent, can feel the bubbles in my nose. Sweet mellow fruits, rounding into a yeasty finish. There is a lite bitterness and some alcohol as well.

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