TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now I have to say right up front that I am extemely biased when I say that thi sis my favorite beer ever ( so far). My 10th Class Reunin was this past wekend and after a long evening of dancing and drinking we ended up at a friends house for, what else, more drinking. Guests were handed bottles of Sam Addams and Pete's somethin'-or-other and then this wonderful man who I hadn't sen in 7 years brings out a bottle of Chimay!!!!!!
Glorio day! Of course noone else in the place could appreciate the earthy and subtle complexities of JUST the aroma of this beer. "Hey, man. That's Skunked!" Fools. DE-licious. Dark and sweet, earthy and fruity. A fine balance between the hops and malt. Truly a fine end to a wonderful night. I would reccomend this over champagne at almost any occasion, if you have the kind of friends that will appreciate it.
garrison (749) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I just opened a 750 ml bottle (2-2002 vintage) and I'm sampling it from a tulip glass. It pours a thick, tan head, and has a definite yeast aroma, with the beer itself being an opaque dark orange-brown. There's a complex grain flavor to the beer, with a bunch of yeast and other overtones. All in all, a very sophisticated and enjoyable Trappist ale, one I find superior to the Chimay Red by far.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 (Bottled, 0.33l, Nov.20, 2005, BBE 2010 and Sept.6, 2006, BBE 2011) Some anise, especially in the flavor. Raisins, too. Something similar to the Gouden Caroluses, but more balanced and less anise-pronounced. Reasonably full body, sweetish, rye-puddingy. Vinous, even slightly alcoholic when young. Quite strongly hoppy finish. Smooth and sticky, but not too sugary. Very well-balanced, although somewhat foamy-carbonated. A very nice trappist, still worth every point. A true classic, but still accessible enough for a beginner.
(Re-rate Oct. 2nd, 2004, Bottled, 0.33l, BBE 2008) Muddy, dark reddish brown color with smallish, but lasting, off-white head. Quite strong, very malty, slightly caramely-sweet, spicy aroma with very slight alcohol feel. Very strong, sweetish-malty, spicy, chimay-yeasty, rye-pudding flavor. Full-bodied, syrupy, medium-carbonated palate with a sugary finish. A delicious, sweetish,full-bodied trappist.
(1992 vintage, sampled 2006@Kulminator) 8-4-9-4-17=4.2 Fruity, vinous, sweet aroma, very nice. Surprisingly sweet with figs and syrup. Still balanced with very nice sweet toffee!
(1981 vintage, sampled 2006@Kulminator, 25 years!) 9-4-9-5-18=4.5 Not vinous, but more like liquour/brandy/barley wine. Excellently preserved and very nice! Very foamy for its age (head fades quickly, though). Wonderful, smooth rye pudding with yeast!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think this ale is very overrated. Although better than the white or red (I tried them all vertically), this one would be the best. I love malty ales and the sweetness was great. Makes an excellent presentation.
temporrari (380) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 This is what you expect from a dark Belgian Strong Ale. Well it’s what I personally expect. It’s spicy, the alcohol is not very noticeable, it’s really nice to look at. It’s got one of the best, tightest heads I’ve seen on a brew. Aroma is somewhat lacking, but it’s got a really good flavor. It’s not too yeasty, and it’s not too sweet. Really, I may be underrating this one. I’ll have to check back because I drank this the other night and I’m just going from memory here. I really enjoyed it though.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 Very nice dark amber colour, lively bubbles, little head. Yeasty aroma, very enticing. Strong Belgian taste, nice kick to it. Really quite complex. Tiny bubbles feels great trickling down your throat. An absolute pleasure. Think I'll buy some more tommorrow... 33cl Bottle. ReRate Febuary 10, 2004: This didn't impress me as much as last time, the flavour was a little sour and flat, though when it got to room temperature, it grew better. Down .2 from 4.2. Maybe a bad batch. 2 75cl bottles, marked 10/03.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Nice brown color. Aroma is a bit spicy and yeasty. The taste does a nice job of complimenting the yeast aroma (just like the description says). It has a light malty taste with a bit of bitterness. It's very smooth for the strength of the beer. Excellent.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
brownish color, very slight vinegar taste (that's the only way i could think of describing it. VERY smooth going down.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Dark ruby brown, huge head. I love it. Aroma of spice and fruit. Flavor is a sweet malty yeast with a slight bitterness, balanced with fruit on the finish. Did I mention I love it.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark, ruby red ale with a large off-white head, superb carbonation and excellent lacing. I sampled the 33CL bottle. This ale essentially is dry from start to finish, with a nicely balanced alcohol taste. I enjoyed it immensely. There’s a hint of sweetness up front, and its complex aroma hints of bready yeast, clove and, perhaps, anise. It is complex, well-balanced—even delicate. The initial palate is lemon, clove, anise and roasted malt. This is a high ABV ale, but it is smooth and it does overwhelm the senses. Truly, a classic by any standard.