highkin (1) - USA - SEP 21, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I find the complexity of this fine beer increases dramatically with time. I age mine for a minimum of 2 years before I imbibe. You will find the flavor will match the extraordinary smell at just below cellar temp. As the Grand Reserve warms, so does the intensity.
One of my favorite in all the world.
Bajahobo (30) - USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Bottle. Let me preface by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the style. Pours ruby-dark brownish, with a big tan head that dissipates swiftly. BIG - no HUGE fruity aroma that yields to a slight malt ending. You would think such a powerful and vibrant whiff of fruit would be overbearing, but it lingers only momentarily and is balanced perfectly by the malt ending. A feast for your nostrils! I know that’s a lot of words to waste on a simple smell - but this beer really smells great. On to the taste: Almost no bitterness, with mostly fruit and malty overtones. Very sweet and sugary. Thicker then your average beer, but the body isn’t quite full enough for me. Although because of this perhaps, its definitely easy to drink despite its high alcohol content (9%) A good example of a style I’m not particularly keen on (but what a smell!).
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Re-rating this. I think I was a little gushing with my original rating, I’ve tasted equally nice and nicer beers since. Still though, fantastic beer. Looks nice and dark. Cracking smell, great mouthfeel and the flavours are complex. Spice, sugar and fruits. Pretty widely availble too, which is nice.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle, 2006 vintage. Dark brown colour. Throws a tall off-white, perhaps even somewhat brownish, head that clings to the glass. High carbonation level. Soapy aromas with a clean hop finish. This is by aroma a clear indication of the beer has fermented very low. Little aroma to be found other than those mentioned. Crisp flavours with a sweetish mouthfeel. Finishes dry in the mouth from hop bitterness. This is not a bitter beer, but the finish is still surprisingly dry. Obvious Chimay yeast character that I recognize from my own homebrewed beers using the same yeast. I find the beer to be disappointing, and not very interesting. I find that the Chimay beers have lost much of their character over the last few years, something that is very unfortunate indeed as I remember then as very characterful beers.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Poured a deep, cloudy mahogany into a goblet with a huge, frothy tan head. Very pleasant nose, though subtler than expected. Molasses/dark fruit sweetness with a little roastiness, some vanilla, and some yeasty hints way in the back. The flavor is unexpectedly enormous considering the understated aroma. Glorious. Roasty and alcoholic (though not offensively so) and very vinous at first, full of prunes and dates with a hint of tartness and some oak. The finish is almost songworthy, reminiscent of good scotch--short but with an impressive progression of flavors and sensations from sweet/vinous/sumptuous with a whisp of vanilla in the middle to dry/tingly/woody. Unfortunately there is a bit of a nasty vodka flash at the end of the finish toward the bottom of the glass. The palate is huge and creamy, though the beer remains extremely drinkable--I killed a whole 750 in short order!
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red-caramel with off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, and caramel. Flavor is fruit, caramel, and malt. Very smooth.
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy brown colour with a soft tan film head. Soft but very nice yeast aroma. Many flavours and nice lasting palate. Great beer.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a dark honey brown in the middle, a lighter candy apple red towards the edges and a light gold and cherry around the very edges of my glass. The head is a soft tan film that is instantly revitalized with a swirl.
Smells of honey and pastry dough with a slight walnut and a light carbon dioxide sour sting. There’s also a little bit of alcohol that drifts through, especially when it warms.
Tastes of gooey pastry dough, honey and again, the light CO2 like sting. In the finish a dry mossy oak makes its self known. After a few seconds, a dry and nutty honey flavor is left lingering on my tongue.
The mouth feel is extremely light and it tends to sting just a little.
Very tasty. I wouldn’t mind having a case of this lying around.
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 750 ml; eye: brown with reddish reflections, beige head, light effervescence; nose : malt, basement, plum, date, caramel; mouth : caramel enveloppe embed the mouth, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa, quite carboanted, creamy texture, full body, lightly sweet, mildly bitter
Bouteille, 750 ml; oeil : brune avec reflets rougeâtres, petite mousse beige, légère effervescence; nez : malt, « cave », prune, datte, caramel; bouche : enveloppe de caramel enrobe la bouche, alcool, chocolat, cacao, très carbonatée, texture crémeuse, corsé, légèrement sucré, moyennement amère
Frost26 (3) - USA - SEP 15, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorites. Sweet and fruity. Banana, pear tangy, smooth, thick. Floral nose. Not boozy despite the high alcohol.