Alengrin (1750) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The big blue Chimay, their most notorious product. Yellowish beige, sticky head, medium thick, decreasing and opening but leaving ’islands’ of foam and a steady rim around the glass with pretty lacing; colour deep mahogany with wine-red hue, notably darker than Chimay Rouge but still transparent, clear but hazy after adding the deposit. Rich aroma - though less strong and more restrained than in its Rochefort or Westvleteren counterparts - consisting of fondant chocolate, candied dates, pears, port wine, brown candi sugar, some faint but nice wheaty sourishness, orange peel, marzipan, gingerbread, dry spices such as coriander, cinnamon, cloves or aniseed, brown bread, banana, aromatic brown rhum especially as the beer warms up, red wine. Taste of candied fruits (figs and dates), some dried banana, smooth and rich, deep dark caramel and chocolate maltiness, medium but somewhat sourish carbonation, something wheaty, ’clean’ yeastiness with lively spicy notes dancing on the tongue, dryish, bit starch-like and powdery, finish with drying carbonation, some elegant floral and herbal hops and booze, in the form of brandy-like, warming, long and dry alcohol, managing to stay just subtle enough to avoid becoming wry. Though often considered less ’authentic’ and too ’industrial’ compared with the smaller Belgian trappist brands, this is still a very big beer, which becomes all the more clear in the Grande Réserve version on 75 cl: this is one of Belgium’s best provisional beers, with an amazing ageing capacity. I have bottles from different vintages in the cellar and am patiently waiting to open the first one reaching five years of age; earlier tastings of old Grande Reserves will stick with me forever, as they undergo a ’maderisation’ leading to an immensely complex ale, almost like old port wine. I have taken this into account while rating this - since there is no separate entry for Chimay Grande Réserve (as it is indeed simply the blue on 75 cl bottles). The true great trappist beers are a joy forever and a beacon of good taste in the Belgian beer landscape.
Ottofanten (1) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great tast with good aroma. Easy to drink and great tast. No jast tast or so.
Bring in chock tast from the cigar i have to this beer. Little sweet that is good when smoking cigar
sjoerdbosman (5) - - SEP 5, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Een heerlijk biertje die ik iedereen kan aanraden lekker mondgevoel ziet er goed en smaakt lekker goed
Serapac (110) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown reddish, beige head. Aroma yeast, bananas, taste likewise, leaves pleasant bitter-sweet palate. A good Trappist.
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raphagalendi (3) - - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Não gosto de ficar flando sobre a cerveja, isso deveria ser desabilitado, seria mto melhor
purpleoctogod (6) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark but still slightly transparent. Nice floral in taste and smell with just the right roasty malt flavor at the end. Very good beer.
chromeotaphor (33) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Donker fruitig fris aroma, mooie wolk-achtige schuimkraag. Prachtig smaak palet dat zich in de afdronk mooi langzaam maar fel ontwikkeld. Donker fruitig karakter met hinten van chocolade en port. Pracht bier.
Xavalias (154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, year 2014. Pours hazy dark amber to reddish brown with a big brown head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles. Not much lacing here.
Nose of yeasty fruits, taste likewise, ripe, dried fruits, banana, watermelon, candy sugar, malts, some alcohol but it is rather well hidden. Taste is not as sweet as the red version, well balanced with a light to medium hoppy bitterness. Smooth, vinous, oily palate. Long bittersweet finish. Lovely.
Hrc_Cro (60) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.33l bottle. Dark brown to black color with big browny foam that disappeared faster than I expected. Aroma of chestnut, wood and cooked caramel. Some alcohol can be tasted and very little bitterness. Little overrated, but maybe it just is not my cup of tea(glass of beer).
maltman53 (330) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle in a huge tulip glass. Pours dark copper with the creamiest head I have ever seen in a Belgian style ale. The creamy head coats the side of the glass like ocean foam on the beach. Very well balanced. Deep, dark chestnut flavor throughout the palate. There’s cooked caramel and spice in there. Overall, a classic.