MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with this! Appearance is dark brown with a light brown head. Aromas are spicy, floral, and fruity. Very complex. Taste is bitter with some fruit and sour notes. Aftertaste is sour with a nice bitterness on the palate. An amazing trappist. Thanks Doug!
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small layer of head. No lacing while consuming this beverage. The smell of alcohol tugged on the nose hairs followed by a hefty malt presence. This is exactly what the beer tasted like also... alcohol with lots of malt.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a superb Trappist rendition. I love the yeasty fullish bodied content, the red-copper color, the Belgian lace and overtones of malted caramel among other enticing flavors. The best of the Chimay line.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours redish brown with an evergrowing tan head that eventually settles to a very creamy looking head. There is an aroma of sweet malt and a faint hint of alcohol. It’s a bit spicy or herbed and has a full sweet taste. Full bodied feel rounds out a very nice beer.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good and beautiful trappist beer, but a little too bitter and sparkly for my taste. You can taste the alc in the afterburn, but the taste itself is great with malt, caramel and sweet herbes. Overall a good Belgian ale.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
While its difficult to rate low one of the beers that introduced me to the true beer community, I have to say it does not hold up to other similar in style.
I used to enjoy this immensely years ago, but the last several I tasted were not near the quality experienced in the past. One bad one I can blame on poor handling by the liquor store, 3 in a row means I dont buy it again.
beersnob73 (14) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite possibly one of the finest ales ever produced. No aftertaste, very smooth with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.
Lunkie (1405) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral aroma with dark brown colour and good head. Bitter flavour with fizzy smooth palate.
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
All we can really do is thank the monks that brew this one. Great, lasting head, wonderful, fruity aroma. Warm, slightly banana-like and alcoholic aftertaste. Enjoy.
MamaTux (1) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s a really good beer - my favorite! It’s a joy to taste the fruity beer that still taste like a beer should!