DeanF (1540) - Iqaluit, Nunavut, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
prettyham (27) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this one. Bottled shared in S.F. flavor of black pepper, malt, grapes, spices like clove and cinnamon
maekchu (1093) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
50belair (1335) - Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rosenbergh (4664) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. BBE 2015. From Belgium. Courtesy of brandman. Thanks Hans! HHOK XIV.
Hazy golden colour with a big frothy white head.
Banana, fruit salad, alcohol, yoghurt, mild sourness and some medicine in the aroma. The flavour is fruits, alcohol, hops and quite a lot bitterness. Alcohol is warming a lot. The alcohol is rather evident for a Chimay brew. Slightly disappointing.
sayravai (4655) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy golden with a smallish head. Grainy maltiness in the nose, like the beer was already aged, as well as lots of orange fruitiness and some spices. Tripel-fruity flavor with grainy malt, some lime-citrus notes, light alcohol burn. Quite full body, yet even refreshing and drinkable for the ABV. Clearly related to the Triple, but leaning towards strong blonde ales. Could be better with slightly lower ABV, but I guess they had to go with a full ten percent (for the first time) to make this brew special.
superspak (1480) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into signature chalice; 12993 cork code, 2012 bottling. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful looking brew. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, candi sugar, honey, light bubblegum, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with moderate malt balance; and moderate spices. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, coriander, cardamom, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, coriander, honey, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate spicing that isn’t overdone; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Tripel! Great balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt and spice balance; and very smooth to sip on for a 10% brew. A highly enjoyable offering.
Bygers (279) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,75l. Pours a golden color with a fluffy white huge homebrew. Aroma of banana, yeast and alcohol. Taste of syrup, banana, some melon, apple and apricots. It tastes a bit of alcohol and warmth and some carbonation.
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zvikar (2040) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at our place. Pours yellow with a huge head, aroma of black pepper, allspice, olives malt and fruit, flavor of black pepper, malt, grapes, spices like clove and cinnamon, medium bodied
nick76 (4077) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is yeasty and malty with a bit of fruit and soap. The appearance is hazy gold with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin. Overall not that special. Sad for a $30.