tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like this beer. Well balanced, bitter without a lingering bitter aftertaste. Feels like a beer that will put hair on your chest. Creamy head, like meringue. Smells yeasty. Palate is full bodied, smooth, slightly astringent.
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Corked Bottle: Poured a nice occluded dark caramel color, lively bubbles, little head. Yeasty aroma, very enticing. Strong Belgian taste with flowery hints, nice kick down the throat. With a velvety finish. An absolute pleasure.
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had heard so many great things about this beer I was really excited to try it. To tell you the honest truth I was disappointed. There was definately a fruity taste to it, but it loses the smoothness that is apparent in the red label. Doesn’t have the sweetness and great flavor of most quality beers this dark. Don’t get me wrong this beer is still fantastic, but not as good of a drink as the red label which I love.
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Very light aroma, but fruity without the citrus. Apples, with a bit of flowers as well. Taste is difficult to put a finger on. Sweet, like cinnamon apples but wonderfully malty as well. Finishes pretty dry, but with a little bit of alcohol, hop, and malt. Mouth feel is nice and thick. Carbonation was perhaps a bit more active than I prefer in a beer that is this rich. Very subtitle and wonderful.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer makes me weep! Perfectly blanced and easily drinkable even with the higher ABV. Sweet and slightly hoppy, totally refreshing...what a good beer should be.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I popped this one open it was light, sweet and fruity. It poured hazy brown with a thick head. It was hoppy and very carbonated, but was nice and sweet and refreshing.
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!