walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle. Dark brown with offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and yeast. Full bodied with flavors of raisins, plums, brown sugar, burnt toast, and yeast. Dry finish, and slight alcohol warmth; excellent. Shared with Quintana.
oldrtybastrd (3376) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Re-rate. 6/2006.
2006 vintage 33cl bottle brought direct from Belgium
Oh my goodness. This was an absolutely superb beer. Poured deep dark drown with the classic ample Chimay head. Aroma was flowery with lots of yeast. The flavor was pure heaven. Didn’t seem to have as much sediment in the bottle as the Red does. My new favorite Chimay.
Just had the 2007 vintage. This is what beer is supposed be.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just about everything has been said about this beer. But for someone like me who is fairly new to craft beer and learning I must say that this is a wonderful discovery. I like just about everything about this beer: the aroma, the appearance, the taste and the finish. Simply gorgeous.
faintheart (2) - USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definately one of the best beers I have tasted. Its deep aroma and flavor gives it an edge over other beers of its kind. The blue is also the best Chimay that you can buy.
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. This stuff is a dark, cloudy mahogany with varying shades and a firm, bubbly white head. There’s a nice sweet vinous nose with cloves and a dab of alcohol. The dry flavor is assertive of raisins, smoked leaves, cloves, and a sharp bitterness which is immediately balanced by a honey sweetness. This is rich and complex in an impeccable harmony.
[Nov 30, 2007]------- The nose reveals a rewarding complexity after the Chimay white fiasco. Adequate spiced notes and fruity aromas come out. The flavor is a bit sugary, but estery, complex, fruity hints are known. This is a good beer: solid and distinguished. However, it is not a legendary beer.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is only one word that describes this beer. TASTY! I have just started enjoying Belgium Ales and this is one of the Best. A nice deep auburn color with a deep tan head. No one else in my beer club enjoyed it, so I had the entire bottle (750ml) all to my self. It has a complex flavor with a little sweetness and some deep earth flavors. This beer s to be enjoyed not drank.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle 750ml, fresh, chilled, classic SAQ selection]
The last time I took notes on this beer was few weeks ago with Daniel Bilodeau but I just found my notes.
This is probably the best imported beer we find here, in Quebec, but unfortunately, it’s the most expensive too.. 8.50USD / 750ml ...it does worth every cent of its price.
Cloudy brown/yellowish color. Thick tan head that eventually diminish to a thin film. Ginger/brown sugar, roasted to the nose. Full bodied, complex. Medium to strong flavors. Round texture. Some bitterness from roasted malt as a finish.
Try this with a pepper steak or stroganoff beef. Get a rich flavored stout with a crème-brulée for desert ...you will touch paradise.
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Mahogony coloured beer with a deep complex array of flavours including raisins,roast malts, spices and a distinctive yeast flavour. Such an easy drinking beer for a 9%er. It shouldnt be hazey, its bottle conditioned, the yeast is supposed to be left behind in the bottle. Its all in the pooring technique.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with off white head. Particles floating towards the bottom. Spicy aroma with wheaty qualities. Interesting. Flavor is banana, clove cocoa, very good. Has some Hefeweizen qualities to it. Not quite to the level of Rochefort Trappistes 10 but one of my more favorite in the belgian style. Also got the White, so we’ll see how that one stacks up next.