Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Re-rate. Vintage 1999. Bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. I picked this bottle out myself, in Plan B's astonishing beer cellar. This dusty bottle screamed at me, Pour me! Drink me! Enjoy me! Feel me! And then i bought it. The beer was so happy to be let out, that it gushed out in the goblet. This hazy dark brown fluid is so beautiful with its creamy beige head. The aroma hit my nose as i poured it, lots of unmalted barley, malt, some sourness and a quite phenomenal touch of hops. The flavor is just as good, tastes like a old port, dry, alcoholic, dark fruits, raisins plums. Very good. Only complaint is that i found it a bit watery, but it ok i think. Very nice and very expensive beer, 16$ for 33cl!!!!
But it was worth it!
Timmy (15) - San Pedro, California, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice subtle sweet aroma, dark brown color and thick dense head. Nice rich dark taste, smooth light malt taste with a nice sweet finish. Absolutely delicious!
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted malts, fruity raisen soaked alchohol smell. Head is off white and lasts. Very full bodied. A great beer.
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This has to be the greatest find I've had this year. For an ale with such a high alcohol content, it was surprisingly smooth and subtle. I'm not experienced enough to identify all of the vaious flavors but it was excellent.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love the beer! It's aroma and taste both remind me fruit and spice. I could make a night of drinking just this one!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cobwebby and musty smell with lots of caramelly malt notes, some nuts. Alcohol extremely well-masked, but it has a helluva kick. I was expecting something incredible, instead it's just a very drinkable and perfected version of the Belgian strong style; none of that nauseating aftertaste I've come to expect.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Pours dark brown with a slow dissipating off-white foamy head. Nice smells of raisin, fruit, spice. Lots of flavor here, nut, citrus, spice. This ale is always a treat.
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 The main problem with this beer is its excessive sweetness. A bit too costly, and given the 4+ ratings on this site, a bit disappointing... one is much better off with the smaller Trappist breweries. Chimay is perhaps a victim of its success.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Exceptional flavor with a very robust palate. Smooth and carbonated and very fruity. Alcohol was a little more evident than I expected, but not overly apparant.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Smells like roasted nuts, prunes, bananas, some leather, and chocolate. Taste was complex and chewy. Sweet ripe fruit and alcohol are all over the tongue in the finish. This is my "go to" Belgian because it's so easy to find.