cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 7/27/04. Pours a muddy dark brown with dark red-brown outline. Very fluffy head that comes out the top of the bottle within a minute. Tan-gray head lingers, pretty dense but uneven. Outstanding lacing. Aroma ain’t no thang. Good but not amazing. Flavor has bright yeast, candi sugar with some faint plum, overripe fruit, strong alcohol, dusty cupboards (?!), and some cake. Medium body, feels like it’s breaking apart under the carbonation. Nice activity, but there’s also a weird divide. Finish is smooth and growing with an impressive boost at first, darkly fruity, bready, and sugary with candi and brown sugar. A slight hint of dark roast malt. Good beer, but the aging potential on this is where it’s at. I’d much prefer it with a few years under its belt.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice strong Belgian beer, just like how they like to do it. This beer has a dark, brownish color, with a light head. Aroma consists of malts and yeast while flavor is sweet and malty. Good beer.
JonMoore (1861) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 One of the World’s great beers. A very good example of its type. Pours a dark, murky brown colour, with a large off-white head. Yeast, dark fruit, spices and malt dominate the aroma. The taste is malty, spicey, caramel, yeasty and dark fruit. Great body and mouthfeel, warming on the way down.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red/brown in color with a large tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malt.
Slightly sweet malt flavor at first, then gives way to a dry somewhat bitter finish. Classic.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge tannish-white head. Yeast and malt dominate the nose. The body and mouthfeel are both excellent, with malt, yeast, caramel, and fruit following through on the pallate. Finishes crisply, with a hint of spice on the lips and palate. Very, very tasty.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best of the red, white, and blue...this beer is slightly high on carbonation, which helps balance the plethora of fllavors that emerge..some cloves..a bit floral,,slight caramel...some alcohol..this beer has alot,,but still is easy drinking to me. Classic.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big pop of the cork coming off. Yeast smell hit right away. Poured as careful as I could to keep the floaties out, but several still made it into my glass. Brownish red color, little head, probably because I poured it so slowly. Spicy with a terrific malt. Alcohol burn on my lips, not in the taste. I liked the Red better, and I look forward to the White.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours brown with reddish hues, large off-white fluffy head, small yeasties floating about, with fairly sticking lacing but no carbonation.   Aroma is of spices and apple/pear, maybe a light plum and raisin tinge as it warms.   Flavor is earthy, slightly nutty, maybe some of that light plum or raisin flavor.   Good body and mouthfeel, and that 9% ABV isn’t even noticable.   Finishes with the typical belgian yeasty flavor, along with the spices.   This is one easy drinking, readily available, knock your socks off Belgian Strong Ale!
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How are so many new raters getting their hands on this one? This is my favorite of the Red, white, and blue trio of Chimay’s. Nice fruit, spice, clove aroma, with a taste of fruit, yeast, malt, and a slightly dry, fruity, champagny finish. Well hidden alcohol, and a great beer, but at 80 bucks a case (or 12 bucks a bottle for us unlucky Pennsylvanians) I’ll stick to the higher rated, cheaper brews in my portfolio.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Bottle. Hazy brown color, Sweet spicy fruity aroma and taste, Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.