IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Country Club Liquors. Nose is coriander, bits of candisugar and yeast, and hints of bananas and bubblegum. Clear yellow gold with a big off white head. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, with gobs of spiciness and light fruits.
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color with white sheen. Big berry fruit, coriander, phenolic spice aromas. Light to mwdium body. Candi sugar, earthy pale malt flavors with coriander, peppercorn, cloves--good
heavy (2075) - Split, CROATIA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
27/11 0.75 bottle from central El Corte Ingles, Bilbao. The only interesting thing I could take, as my "fridge" was air temperature of 12°C. It poured hazy body with small head. Excellent cloying aroma, coriander, citrus, Belgian yeast. Flavor was sweet, vanilla, biscuit, spicy, even with note of caramel and hint of cocoa. Quite a lot of carbonation in my opinion, but then, it probably helps in hiding alcohol which was never noticed. Creamy, full bodied with long, sweetish and slightly acidic finish that reflected the flavor. Very nice beer, although, yes, I expected even better for a special Chimay, leaving impression that this is inferior compared to their regulars.
TheRatKing (84) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh yes... I have been wanting to try this for a long time now. Trappist ales are my favourite bar none, and a special offering from a top-three brewery? I am poor as hell, but I needed to celebrate my finals. 750ml corked bottle, into a Trappist glass. Pours a lovely honey-gold colour with a slight but very noisy head. Fills the air with that wonderful scent that only Belgian ale can produce. Aroma is sweet, nice mingling of spices, very faint alcohol. Flavour comes out with sweet fruits, not at all overpowering, spices and Belgian yeast, a bit of heat from the alcohol on the close, medium finish. Excellent balance and much what I expect from Chimay. This is a beautiful Trappist ale to spend an evening with near a warm fire with a large book.
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is belgian yeast, spice, flowers, and fruit, especially banana. Flavor starts sweet and pleasant, but finishes with a sharp and not especially pleasant ginger/cardamom spiciness. To me this is a little on the gimmicky side. It’s good, but I expected better from Chimay.
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Black Door, Helsinki. Colour is hazy orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours are banana, citrus, fruits, malts and some Belgian yeast.
mjs (4277) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Black Door, 20121214) The beer poured golden and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had banana, fruitiness, Belgian style yeast and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, banana, malts, Belgian style yeast, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was yeasty, hoppy and bitter. The wheat beer banana was a bit surprising as was the hoppiness. The beer was very good, different and balanced.
Sten (596) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden coloured beer with a small white head. Moderate malty and slightly yeasty perfect balanced aroma. Very good and special flavour. In the beginning very soft and smooth, then a bit acidic due to the carbonation and then very fresh, malty and medium sweet. Very nice brew, alcohol is perfectly hidden. Never noticed it. (Corked Bottle 75cl)
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of coriander, citus, cardomom, bread and yeasst. Palatye was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, white pepper, coriander, cardomom, lemon zest and light clove with a crisp dry lingering spiced finish.
MichaelAwesome (2970) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. I mean, what a beautiful bottle celebrating the 150 years. But in the end this one ist just a nice stronger belgian blonde with some yeast in the nose, high carbo und delicious aromas of vanilla and caramel. Good beer but a Chimay rouge for example beats this one easily. Nice, very nice - but not outstanding.