VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a thick head. Dark brown in color. Yeasty, malty nose. Very complex flavor. Lightly malty, somewhat creamy, with a warm alcoholic finish. Maybe a little too alcoholic.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Displays dark brown or deep ruby in the glass. Scents of spice, malt and alcohol. The flavour has a bitter finish, slightly sweet malt taste with a hint of spice and plum.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2003 Dark brown, almost ruby in color with a large white head. Light yeasty aroma. Flavors of butter and dried fruits came through, with a slight alcohol warming touch.
biff (3) - colorado springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best. I have been a life long American beer guzzler, until I discovered tasty beer. the local newspaper says American forces in Iraq discovered a warehouse, owned by one of Saddam's boys, full of Chimay, Why, I thought, better try it. Its great I found out. Since then My quest for great beer has begun. Nothing surpasses the taste of Chimay Bleu. Pure nectar.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Oh boy. What a complement to blue cheese. A rich caramel aroma with toffee richness in mouthfeel. Great creamy texture with a lively carbonation at first that settles down to imitate a vintage port or tokay. Roll on winter! RE-RATE: Only to increase this rating as it really is a sensational beer after tasting a number of different vintages. I tried a ’00 and decided that some of the different and potentially competing flavours now blend and give a smooth rich and very rewarding beer. Bless you fathers. RE-RATE again: I know this is like a yo-yo but the quality and character of this beer has really dropped away. Slight down grade as a result.
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
They just kept getting better and better. First red, then white, and now blue. Dark brown color and a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma was complex, as was the taste. Spices, carmel, just a bit of alchol as it warmed. Simply outstanding.
Christian (10754) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 2008 re-rate. The dark brown colour and firm white head makes it look very attractive.
Aroma of dried fruit, some banana and a hint of metal. Dry with a fruity sweetness, a touch of licorice and spicy complexity. Big and creamy mouthfeel.
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark amber brown color with a solid head. Aroma of yeast and spice was excellent. Flavor was very complex, but never alcoholic. Toffee/roast malt flavors were subtle with yeast flavors playing the primary role. My favorite chimay.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Burnt amber colour. Sweet, spicy roasted malt aromas. Roasted malt, with nutty spice flavours. Smooth palate with strong but disguised alcohol. A very complete beer. This rating was from a small bottle but I did age one of the larger bottles (purchased on location in Brugge) for about 18 months. It was slightly musty and didn’t appear to stand up to the aging well at all.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 330ml bottle: Lovely aroma! Sweet & fruity, yeasty, spicey, theres everything in there. It might just be me but I get a berry aroma too (raspberries??). Great long lasted sudsy beige head. Dark red-brown colour, clear when held to a light. Light carbonation visible. Initial taste of sweet and slightly sour fruits (berrys? raisins?), followed by a lovely spicey yeasty taste. Slight biterness to it, not sure if its due to burnt grains or heavy(ish) hopping, cant really tell. Alcohol *very* well disguised, though beer is served at around 15 degrees. Slightly flowery hop aftertaste present too. So many subtle flavours. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, fairly full, but thinner than you expect. A real winner IMO.