tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a Duvel glass. A dark ruby and brown beer with a big cream colored head. Lots of lace. Low levels of the typicla rumminess, and some yeasty esters. The flavor is much more appealing. Chocolate, rum raisin, caramelized sugars. Very nice. The high alcohol of Chimay Blue do not cause this beer to come off as thing. Matter of fact, it has a quite silky mouthfeel. I shoul get a couple for the cellar. Gotta love the monks.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich chocolate brown, hazy, with a thin tan head. Aromas of raisin bread, clay, cocoa, and something vaguely banana. Richly complex palate incorporating all of these elements, sweet, with a moderately heavy alcohol presence. Worthwhile as a treat, but I’m not a diehard fan of the belgian strong ales as a regular beverage-of-choice. It would be like having a huge piece of chocolate ganache for desert every single night-- waaayyy too rich and heavy, and as such, in danger of losing its appeal. Still, I admire the craftsmanship, and do enjoy them as a change of pace.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My bottle said 11% abv. This one is dark brown and would be clear except for all the yeasties. There was no head or lacing to speak of. Nice aroma of alcohol. Crisp carbonation and alcohol flavor with warmth in the aftertaste. Medium body. Some flavor of raisins, figs, plums. Based on my scores, I guess you could say I was disappointed by this one.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 This and the Abbaye des Rocs Gran Cru are my favorite in this style. Pours dark brown, almost black. Aroma of cherries and dark fruit. Also lots of roasted malt. It just smells rich. Taste is incredibly well balanced. I look forward to every taste as I enjoy this baby. Chimay is not as sexy as other, harder to find Belgians, but it’s hard to do better than this one.
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and hops. Flavor is alcohol, sweet and bitter.
IndiaDaleAle (35) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm. Chimay Blue has such a nice floral taste with the perfect combo of strong yeast. One of the best in the world.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy dark brown with light tan head that lasts. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast and malt. Flavor is bold with strong yeast and sugar tones. Slightly bitter alcohol finish.
missmorenita (4) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love the stregnth of the beer but the fresh yeasty taste and light floral finish are the best. Very pleasant to drink
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank as a celebration to the completion of a first homebrew it poured to a tanish brown with a slight head. Had a pleasant aroma of flowers and a dash of alcohol. my newest chapter in great beers produced from belgium. First taste was alcohol but soon followed by smooth and tinglely bitter.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle. great color and aroma. Tasted a little similiar to other belgians with the spices but i prefer the rochefort and bernardus. Also, had a slightly strong alcohol taste towards the end. This is still a great beer though.