Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cloudy brown, large foamy decaying head, not much lacing. Alcohol not so well hidden. Excellent malt balance and no Unibroue aftertaste. Fine palate; hints of spice, finish of orange and black liquorice.
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the most impressive beer I have ever poured. Pours a nice amber-brown with a very thick foamy head that will not go away. Looks like a latte head. The taste is well rounded, but a little sweet for my tastes. This is what all beer should LOOK like. Still a little too nutty & malty. Hops do just enough to overcome the mentioned shortcomings and cut it to become a decent tasting beer
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown beer with ferm beige foam. Complex nose of caramel, chocolate, dark cakes and malts. Full taste with some sweetness and with a great bitter finish.
DerWeg (1524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 33cl. Tumbler. Subtlety is the triumph of this dark Belgian ale. Murky brown reflecting hints of orange and gold. Lots of softness in the aroma, palate and head, and a flavor profile which while it doesn’t rip off my taste buds is pleasant, lingering and complex. Not good at flavor descriptions but possible dried fruits, malt is sweet. Aroma persists like decent wine. Soft fluffy head like an angel’s pillow. Fine carbonation adds to impression of softness. No grandstanding, just all simple class. Quite comforting and more-ish, highly drinkable. Would like to age some.<P> Slight overall re-rate (Impression .2pts, and .1 for appearance, 3 was too low) - This one is ageing well at 18 months or so, the spicy fruit flavors open up a bit! .3 more awarded.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another brew I was let down by. This is my 200th rating, though, so I figured one of my more expensive brews would be a good one to rate. I drank this whole bottle by myself, so it is very drinkable. You don’t taste the alcohol, but you will feel it. It looks perfect with a creamy head. The aroma is good, but not strong enough to justify higher than a seven. Really, this brew was complex, but I was unimpressed. It had a nuttiness to it, with some caramel tones, but overall, this is definitely not as good as other Belgian ales likes Duvel.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 Dark and rich in color, sweet and nutty in taste, a masterful beer from a masterful brewery. One of my all time favorites.
Tessic (906) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This Belgian pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. Very fruity to the nose with scents of ripe grapes and figs? Peppery to the nose, maybe a little cider vinegar. First sip was sharp with carbonation. Flavours of wine and slight vinegar with lots of ripe fruit. Some roasty flavours. The finish is yeasty and a little bitter/sour with flavours of citrus coming through. The finish ends with a small bitterness and of coarse the yeast flavours of a Belgian Ale. Belgian ales aren’t my favourite but this ones not too bad.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy mahogany pour supporting a medium light tan but rapidly dissipating head and .good lacing. a little alcohol and dark fruit sweetness in the aroma along with just a hint of roasted malt - very earthy. Malty, sweet flavor that was consistent with the earthy aroma. Lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Drinking it from a Chimay goblet as I type and, thankfully, I had the foresight to buy the big bottle so I can refill the goblet a few times.
macdeffe (52) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good vintage ale. Try to hide some of these in the back of your cupboard for 2-3 years.. You will experience a new beer, quite different from new chimay bleu. The sharp "edges" will dissapear end the ale will get a more port-like feeling with heavy notes of dried fruit like raisins or plum. A direct tasting between old and new is always exciting.
PS be careful with storing corked version too long as the cork can ruin the beer
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong ale that delivers on taste and aroma. A craft beer that lives up to all the hype.