OlDirtyBrewer (11) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received a 750ml bottle as an award and had the little capped bottle. 11oz did not hold up at all for a year and the 750ml aged nicely. Malty with a suirt of yeast. Well balanced.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 Dark brown body with thick frothy tan head, long lasting. Fruity aroma and a sweet, tingly, slightly musky flavor. -------- Are the big bottles and the little bottles different? Was told they were. Probably not. My 5/25/04 tasting of the big bottle Grand Reserve yeilded the same ratings as my previous taste of the little blue bottle. Not bad but not great.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hey Hey its Chimay.I have had this before and seems to be better everytime I drink it.Fruit, Spices some nuts and alcohol is what i get from this.This is a wonderful brew that finishes clean.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head with with little lacing. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma typical of belgian strong ales with a good amount of malt, fruit and a little bit of spice. Good amount of alcohol taste. Slightly sweet but smooth little warming finish. A nice strong ale, but as nice as many others.
The Etruscan (480) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large beige long lasting thin head. Dark brown color. Aroma is fruity with dried fruits, spicy and vinous notes. Flavor is initially balanced, turning in the middle into a sweet and fruity (raisins), slightly caramelly taste. Finish is long and fruity. Full bodied.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small bottle; yeasty and one, okay mabey two dimensional but it doesen't live up to the hype the way Rochefort 10 does. Not bad, just not earth-shatering
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had really high expectations for this being my first tasting of the Bleu. I would say that it underachieved. The aroma was fairly uninspiring. The appearance was a lovely ruby brown. The flavor was a pleasant chocolatey strong ale. Still searching for that killer belgian that I can use at home tastings.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown color. smell of raisins and brown sugar and spices. not much to the taste. it does have an alcohol burn but you can't taste it in the beer.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head which lasts the length of the drink. Nice hotspot of carbonation that keeps a thin film of bubbles circulating on the surface. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma is typical of a lot of belgian strong ales with copious amount of malt, dark fruits and a littles bit of spices. Flavor is the same. Hides its alcohol well. Finish is slightly sweet but smooth and a little warming. A good quality belgian strong ale but nothing that really sets it apart from others in its group.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Chimay Blue poured a murky, cloudy, caramel brown color. It had a big off-white head that had great retention. It had a rather subtle aroma...yeasty and winey with some oak and a faint fig smell. It had a complex taste that is pretty difficult to describe. A kind of tart, figgy taste up front with some oak and winey tones and a slighty spiced finish. It was a nicely balanced, smooth beer. A great beer for special occasions.