Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose, some brown sugar. Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Smooth mouthfeel. The best of the style that is widely available, IMHO.
edaquino (1) - sao paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 15, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still brings awe as the best >4 do but the dearth of a stronger body and persistence is evident in the 2004 vintage. This used to be the best beer I’d ever tasted and although I still drink it, I do hope future samples to improve.
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy and fruity
Very good beer, with lots of taste.
My no.1 CHIMAY
artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice beer in this trilogy. nice dark color and fruity smells. leaves a nice taste of spice and alcahol in your mouth. not my fave chimay, but still pleasent. don’t shoot the cat with the cork!
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well balanced, crisp tight flavors, and a decent medium body. This is good, but I nothing experimental or daring. It hits all the nails on the head, but this is just a better-executed version of a typical belgian strong.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy brown with healthy tan half inch head that lasts. Aroma is sweet with an alcohol bite. Taste is full with hints of cinnamon, malt, and heavy yeast. Creamy head makes the swallow smooth, but there is definitely an alcoholic taste underneath it all. This is not bad, but is not my favorite Chimay.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My hundredth beer. Dark reddish brown beer, nice brown head, nearly no lacing. Malty aroma, dark fruits, alcohol, a slight hint of coriander, sugar, yeast. Bitter initial taste, more malty finish. Spicy tones. By far the best of the 3 commercial Chimay beers.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
300 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fizzy white head. Flavor is malty with a bit of alcohol (just a tad). Very smooth on the palate for such a high alcohol content. Excellent beer.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 750ml bottle. Tasted like caramel. Strong taste. Foamy head. Nice touch, reminded me the trois-pistoles.
shakespiers (11) - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 Anyone rating this beer highly must be drinking a very old vintage as the malt extract and hop oil used nowadays give it a very different, almost unrecognisable taste compared to an 87 or 88. Maybe they still brew it with proper ingredients for export to the US as that country appears to be where most of the rave reviews come from.