jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, deep ruby colors with copious fluffy head as served in my new Chimay goblet that I got for Christmas. Huge dark sweet aroma that puts you on notice of the alcohol to come. Very complex flavors of brown sugar, molasses, burnt caramel with sweet fruit notes of dark cherry, plum, and raisin. Very good beer. My new favorite Chimay.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This Chimay is similar to Chimay’s red label Premiere with a more pronounced alcohol taste. It definitely has a nice caramel aftertaste and is outstanding overall.
Archimedes99 (27) - Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chimay Bleu is my favorite beer of all those that I’ve tasted. The smell, the taste, the look--it is the epitome of a great beer. Absolutely delicious. $8.97 for a 750ml bottle over here, but I’d rather have one bottle of this than a thousand of Budweiser.
Sigmund (4506) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Rerate, small bottle.) This is a great beer! Vinous must be the word here. I started drinking this near to room temperature - interesting aroma (leather, oak) but not very refreshing (even a vinous beer should be!) till I had cooled it down in the fridge for half an hour. I think +12-14 degrees C should be right for this beer. Colour is dark brown, alcohol well hidden. Fizzy carbonation that disappeared rapidly. As the beer is bottle conditioned, I suppose this will vary from one bottle to another. Flavour that calls for sipping, aftertaste lasts forever. Expensive in Norway, but worth the price.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hmm. this used to be way up in the high 4s in my ratings for a very long time but now it has to be banged down a bit. hadda ’99 magnum for xmas day by myself and it wasnt nearly as good as the ’99 750 i had last xmas - maybe a bit corked? not much head, or only one that lasts 60 seconds, mahogany with heaps of floaties. woody vanilla + salt choc & tang flavours. very mellow deep malt flavours but thin and unexpectedly light otherwise, and strongly alcoholic (probbly way over 9%). finish had heaps of spearmint and peanut butter and wasabi plus strong alcohol. just not as velvety or mouthfilling as i remember. still a goodun though
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown color and a large, thick head. Aroma was not particularly distinct. Flavor was strong, with red grapes and very little bitterness in the finish. Overall a fantastic strong ale, one of my all time favorites.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alcohol evident. Essence at first is of a red wine. Very bready and yeasty. Estery aftertaste with a dry mouthfeel to finish.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogoney in color. Diminishing head. Molasses-brown sugar aroma. Delicate on the tongue. A dough-y kind of taste. The yeast comes through in the flavor as well.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Not quite as impressed as I"d hoped to be. Dark brown color, decent but thin head, aroma not strong either. Nice spicy flavor, but a little on the bitter side.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown,lightly spiced fruit yeasty nose.
Malt and fruity with a faint sour tinge. Yeasty.A very good beer, just not my style