3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with major frothy head. Cinnamon raisin spice aroma. Malted brown sugar and spice flavor with full mouthfeel due to ample carbonation and finishes quick and dry. A beer to be savored.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330cl bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with thick head that sticks around. Chunks of yeast followed as the bottle emptied. Nice aroma of malt and typical Belgian flowers. Taste was also nice, with alcoholic warming throughout. High carbonation. I’m new to Belgians so I’m learning what to expect. I think I like the Chimay White better.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle in brussels. Pours a medium dark borwn with lots of tan heady. Nutty roasted aroma mixed with a slightly sweet fruity flavor. So smooth you can’t bleive is 9%. An all-around great beer.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color dark brown, decided, strongly. It seems want to say of being a noble beer, and it is.
Drink always in the glass of abbey, if you want exalt the fantastic qualities.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty much smells like a belgian when you open it up. Most of it’s points comes from the rich smoky vapor that pours out of the bottle when you pop the cap. I really love that. The beer itself isn’t as good as people rate it. There is some complexity. I taste the malt, I detect the "flowery aroma", but you know....it really isn’t in the same ballpark as the westy 8 or any rochefort stuff. It is FAR from a bad beer, but it doesn’t deserve to be in the 99 percentile. Keep in mind that such beers as aventinus,stone IPA, and many other excellent beers are in the 99 percentile or less category. Perhaps I just don’t "get" why this beer is so great.The only reason to get this beer instead of an arrogant bastard is....well....honestly....I wouldn’t know why you would...
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured medium dark brown with substancial head that stuck around for a while. Flowery nose with roasted accents. Somewhat hoppy, the alch. is well hidden on the finish. Superb brew.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bar in the Renaissance Hotel, Brussels. Dark brown colour and thick, long-lasting beige head. That typical yeasty Belgian aroma always seems to precede a delicious taste, and this is no exception. It was pure luxury: strong, sweet and alcoholic. There was a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but it wasn’t a particularly large element in the experience of this beer. Superb.
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Great beer. Good aroma. Complex taste. A good beer for a special occasion. Must take the time to enjoy this one.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly excellent! Gorgeous in the glass, rich, spicy, smooth. Alcohol is hidden and this beer is very drinkable. One of the better Belgians I’ve had-it seems to have less distinctly Belgian character (the super sugary, yeasty flavors), which is nice.
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 My favorite beer until recently - my experience is that Chimay quality is very inconsistent. Which is a real shame, because when you get a good bottle it’s great - too bad my last two bottles had a really unpleasant alchohol taste - stick with something with better quality control. Or e-mail the monks and tell them to make the beer before they get f’ed up!