MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Of the three Chimays (rouge, blanche, bleu), this ale has the most malt. It pours a dark brown with a fair amount of head that quickly dissipates (actually, a lot of the head moved to the center of the glass giving it an appearance of a giant nipple). Light flavors of spice and fruit (raison flavors in all the Chimay ales) that are mostly masked by the roasted malt. But for a high 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable ale.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep mahoghany color. Decent head with plenty of lace. Malty aroma. Excellent tastes. Im glad I tried the Bleu version.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet and yeasty. Dark brown in color. Not my favorite Belguim, but an excellent beer never the less.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Rerate of 33cl bottle after aging for about 3 years sampled on 7/26/07: Pours a murky copper bronze with a lot of yeast sediment and a frothy, light tan head. Aroma boasts lots of sweet biscuity caramel and dark plummy fruits. Body has nice complexity and balance of sweet dark caramel and raisins with some drying out and warmth toward the finish. A very nice Belgian Trappist beer.
Sweet appetizing caramel malty aroma with hints of berries and Belgian yeast. Nice dark brown color and smooth off-white head. Very sweet initial flavor that finishes a touch alcoholic. Pretty complex with noticable oak and toffee flavors. Slightly smoother and more balanced than Trois Pistoles, but both are great beers.
leaparsons (7495) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again, like so may trappist beers this one expands in the mouth. Smooth, with chocolate and biscuit notes. I drink this quite often.
brewmeistersgb (10) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
about as good as it gets. Beautiful color, wonderful scent and rich flavor.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MUUUCH better than the white or the red, imho. i’m glad i didn’t let my somewhat less-than-stellar notions toward those other two keep me from trying the bleu.
a flowery/yeasty flavor and aroma that was enhanced by the alcohol content. not too vinous which is good. lovely deep rich brown color, slight head.
mine was slightly warm from the bottle, so i think maybe i should stop refrigerating my stronger belgian and belgian style beers or something as it certainly tastes better that way.
BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich opaque maroon with a cream head, this beer had an effervescent, zesffully yeast aroma, not unsimilar to Paulaner Hefeweizen (it shares some qualities in mouthfeel and taste as well). This is a well balanced strong ale with a yeasty piny flavor that falls short of the expectations engendered by the aroma. Alcohol is well masked, yet its presence is felt. The finish is somewhat light, but this is a very nice brew, and one I will shortly try again and rerate.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very obvious alcohol taste that sometimes overpowers the flavor. Very fizzy. Lots of floating crud in the bottom. Very yeasty. I’ve had better Belgian Strong Ales, but this is OK. I will take the advice of some, and let the bottle age longer next time.
notalush (4459) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Because of the wonderful, sweet, yeasty aroma and deep ruby color, I was expecting a lot when tasting this beer. However, after tasting, I was a bit disappointed. I don’t really sense any complexity in the flavor at all, just a slight bitterness on top of minute malt characteristics. And boy, did this beer have a lot of fizz. The finish is very dry, but not entirely unenjoyable. The bottle was only a year and a half old, so I sincerely hope that I didn’t like it because it hadn’t aged enough. I will have to search for an older bottle, or buy another and let it sit around a year or two.