SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Smells like those raisins you get in rum and raisin chocolate. Deep colour. Creamy head.
I love this beer. The only beers that I can think of that stand in its way for top rating is Tripel Karmeliet and Rocheforte, and this is quite a bit cheaper. (St Ives Vintage Cellars $6.5/330ml)
It's thick, rich and smooth, you can understand why monks may go without food for a while if this is the alternative.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 14, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Only my second "perfect" beer. 750 ml. brown, corked and caged bottle. Bottled in August 2001. I've been aging it since then. Purchased fresh in September 2001 from Total Beverage for $10.99 each. Poured out a deep dark clear brown color. The cork shot out of the bottle when opened. Very effervescent carbonation, champagne like in every way. Subdued cream colored head that left more than a decent lacing in my Chimay chalice. Aromas are of fresh grape wine, slight malts, and rum soaked dried fruits. Figs, plums, and dates come to mind. Very aromatic, and very delicious.
Tastes are of dried, dark, rum soaked fruits, vinous, and oaky as well. Hops make a brief appearance in the middle, only to be overtaken by the rich, creamy malts. Very rich mouthfeel, thick, but not chewy. Rich, flavorful, and complex flavors and aromas describe this beer best. Finishes rich, creamy, and very filling.
The good monks certainly did their homework on this beer.
Absolutely fantastic. The best Belgian beer I've ever had, hands down. Aging only improves this nectar. I'm glad I waited to try this one. I'll be laying down more of this soon.
grefwen (7) - Jämjö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first "strong" beer I liked. Dark brown, served in it's own special glass. Classy. I nice fruity taste and a wonderful aroma.
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 (490) - 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.