hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged bottle. Cork marked 11/04. Mostly lasting large sized ivory head with many different sized bubbles, decent lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, and alcohol nose. Flavor was absolutely delectable - sweet, malty, caramel, light roastiness, and vinuous. My kind of brew!! Mostly smooth palate. Medium body. A very drinkable BSA and definitely worthy of a try especially if one enjoys a good BSA.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rock solid belgian, one of three from Chimay. Pours a cloudy light brown, with a well retained creamy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, slight alcohol, malt and yeast. Flavor is similiar, but the alcohol seems to stand out more on the tongue than it did in the aroma, and the malt also becomes more apparent. Well made Belgian brew, too common to get excited about.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cL bottle. Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a well-retained creamy beige head. Nose picked up boatloads of deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins), musty Belgian yeast, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor was able to take all that is great with the aroma, and really make it dance... dark fruit provided a sweet and salivating base, yeast gave the brew some spicy and musty character, and the alcohol was nicely warming at the top of the throat. Balance was superb. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Finish was peppery, warm, and long-lasting. This brew was excellent on all fronts!
GarrettB (1223) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Focus, focus, focus. All these Eastern religion crazes and astrological ombudsmen always blather on about focus, finding one’s center and maintaining spiritual energy at the nexus and vertex. Everything from urban development to cake decorating is centered around…well, the center. Proper balance has become a higher art, put into form in everything, including beer making. And that paragon of centered flavor and palate is the Chimay Blue. What a beautiful beer; beautiful in its precarious balance. The color is like a light baby bear’s fur, and the foam a casual light tan color. The whole appearance is gentle and soft, picturesque to anybody with a disposition to tactile experience. The smell is extraordinarily complex, fuming with copious yeast and some teriyaki sauce. I must say, the aroma is quite mild, not unlike the taste. The flavor is just light enough to match perfectly with the palate. The whole flavor compound lingers on the tongue for a long time, allowing the drinker to take his time and really immerse himself in the Chimay Blue experience. It lets one center themselves, finding the same coveted balance that the brewers at Chimay instill in their signature beer.
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This exceptional beer poured an enticing almost opaque burnt amber in colour, with a small foamy head that was retained thoughout. The aroma is yeasty and slightly floral. Quite fizzy in the mouth. Flavours of sweet caramel and burnt malt. Definate alcohol and spicy ginger in the finish. One of my favorite beers to date.
ghawener (1522) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Cloudy brown orange, pours a heavy head that quickly fades. Burnt coffee in the taste, smoky creamy; finish is sweet.
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with a two finger tan head that disipated quickly, but had good lacing. There was a sustained complex taste to this beer with the taste of fruit present. The alcohol content is well masked.
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is absolutely delightful monk beer. An excellent BSA. The best from chimay. You won’t notice its close to big-beer status and you will enjoy the malt taste. The aroma is strong and... flowery. Enjoy with care.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Fantastic brew... as most of the Monk beers are. Pours with lots of carbonation, It This beer pours an active, murky brown color with red hues. The head is tan and bubbly. The aroma is yeast and raisins. It hides the 9% alcohol very well.... It has a varity of fruit notes that pop up throughout the glass... and finishes a roasted malt
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Very good, althoug a little foam after a short period of time. I like its smoked flavor. The aroma is great.