DrnkMcDermott (2873) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl. Bottle. Yeasty, sugary smell upon opening, almost like an adjunct, though I know it’s a finishing sugar. Deep brown color. Hmm, yeah, complex, all right. Dry at first, then a bit of currant. Very heady alcohol after awhile, and always with that extra zest of finishing yeast.
And now I join the dozens, if not hundreds of RBians who had red, white and blue for 75% of all of Chimay’s brews.
markkao (2) - TAIWAN - SEP 6, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick and heavy pour out of the bottle, dark brown, with a good lasting head of foam. Complex taste from start to finish, fruity with alcohol presence and a little bitter at the end. An inviting beer to be savored
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes Rate:
Good chunky head that eventually settles to a thin film and lasts very well. It has some of the heaviest lace you will see. As you tip the glass to sip it leaves behind a solid covering of tan foam with no breaks in it at all. Lovely! Sweet alcoholic nose with some rice pudding. Metailc (but in a good way), vanilla and strong caramel and cream is the order of the day flavour wise. Then it is all rounded off with and very long and amazing caramel and marzipan finish with some gradual alcohol warming. Glorious stuff. Make sure it is not over chilled, it will totally kill it and be careful with the sediment if it’s not your thing then I would suggest a gentle pour and pay attention. Grande Reserve variant is even better.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
chimay is great!!!!!!! smooth, complex, high alcohol content -- perfect. I can’t wait to try everything they have to offer!
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Outstanding. I’ve had the red on several occasions and always enjoyed it, but the blue is far superior. Complex with nutty, roasted malt up front followed by hints of raisin, currant and spices. Everry sip from this ale brings you a little something new as it warms in your galss.
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
muddy brown with moderate-high carbonation. off white-light tan slowly diminishing head. good lacing. brandy, red wine, some earthy, yeasty, malty, and fruity smells as well. good balance and a nice sort of earthy flavor. taste was not as good as the smell belied. I can’t find much in here. There’s some sweet malt and alchohol presence, but not a very significant flavor. body is just a tad thin, but the carbonation is done well. Drinkability was easy. 9% keeps you from drinking too many though. Now I know why a lot of people say Chimay is overrated. I must say I agree. It lacked the complexity and flavor that I was expecting. Not a bad beer by any means, but certainly not as good as advertised.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is probably the finest Belgian beer in the world out of many beautiful examples. Phenolic/malty/alcohol aroma, simultaneously formidable, delicious, and frighteningly drinkable. Truly amazing ale even compared to other Trappist offerings. For Nel(69) to prefer a flabby, overdone "Arrogant Bastard" is sad and should be grounds for revocation of his undeserved login privileges.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best Chimay Ale. It’s a darker brown color than both Rouge and Blanche. Excellent spice aroma. And perhaps the nicest alcohol finish I’ve had in a beer.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 wonderful ale, a so subtile taste and flavor. Sweet and srong, it’s definitely a must.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my first Trappiste ale. I didn’t know what to expect being unwise in the way of Belgian ales. Oh, but it didn’t take me long to grasp the concept of finely concocted brews. Deep copper color with an off-white head that foams up nicely then bubbles down to linger. Smells nutty and raisiny. Fairly acidic on the tongue with a lasting peppery finish. Maybe not the best Trappiste but very accessible. I wonder how many others began their appreciation of the monks with a goblet of Chimay.