chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 This is not a style that I have tried much or like much. Thankfully not as sweet as typical fruity BA and manages some dryness. The soapy banana and acidic fruit peal taste is off putting.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a nice dark orange-brown color. With a quick fading tan head however it did last enough to be a thin cover. Grape aroma. Tastes are of grapes, malt, slight yeast. Incredibly smooth for alcohol content of 9%. The thin tan head is making beautiful lacing around the outside of the glass while consuming. Very enjoyable, an excellent beer!
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle to an orangey brown color, with one finger tan head which quickly faded to a thin tan cap. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was malty and dark fruit, mostly grapes and alcohol. As the glass warmed, the alcohol became much more evident in the smell. Ditto for the taste. At first, the flavor was slight malty sweetness, and pleasant clove spices. At mid-glass, the alcohol became the dominant taste. The finish, whiile pleasant, was warming and again, dominated by alcohol.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this beer, and it is definitely a classic rappist Ale. I might drink another on a cold winter’s night (instead of today’s 90+ dgree weather). But at only 9% abv, the alcohol was a little too noticeable in taste and smell, as I felt more like I was drinking shots of whiskey.
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 pours dark brown. big tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma Flavor is somewha fruity, with clove hints. Mdeium bitterness. Finish is long, but very nice, an excellent brew.
Poobah (367) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First time I’ve had this beer in several years. Sweet aroma. Color is similar to iced tea with some head retention. Warming alcohol flavor with caramel notes. Maltiness evident throughout. Sweet raisiny aftertaste with mild bitterness. Very smooth and well balanced. It hides its strength well.
Ariston (3) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Probably my favorate beer (certainly my favorate of the three commonly availible Chimays). A very powerful ale with strong (but not overwhelming by any means) bitterness; a nice malty and woody taste, with a long, lingering aftertaste. A beer to be savored slowly.
HenrikSoegaard (12841) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 2002 version jan.2007.:
Creamy white too good (exploded out of the bottle) mostly deminishing head. DArk amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma, a bit week. Nice powerfull flavor but not great. Oily palate. I still think this is way overrated!
Special treay from my brother.
1998 bottle. So 8 years old and in blind taste. Fresh bottle will be rated later!!!!
Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Week but delicate rasin/cinneman aroma. Light malty.
High chocolate flavor. Average finish. You cant detect 9 ABV!!!!!
JohnnyJ (5330) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Very good. Pours a dark brown with floaties. Fruity, alcohol aroma. Flavors of many variety of fruit, some bready flavors, kind of sweet. Warming alcohol bite. This was very enjoyable, I’m sure I will have this again.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Bottle. Pours a rich dark brown with a big frothy head. Taste was of a smooth lite fruity flavor with a wisp of alcohol. As I drank it the other parade of flavors developed and brought a smile to my face. What a wonderful beer! Will definately be drinking more of this!
AG420 (16) - USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle/Glass: Aroma is excellent, tastes greats. I had to actually get used to it, it had a flavor I wasnt used to but I did like. Very complex & wonderful taste. Definetly one id try again.