00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMMMMM now this is nice. Pours a deep amber color with a small head. Flavor is wonderful with hints of malt and yeast. Aroma is yeasty and very nice indeed.
HogTownHarry (6267) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Bottle (330ml) (my last one!) in a Chimay goblet. Poured cloudy (some dark sediment at bottom), a lively dark reddiish-brown - full off-white creamy head, initially fizzy, settled to an acceptable cover. Sweet-sharp malty to my nose, quite yeasty and noticeable alcohol - clove, spices, coriander, sour apple and fresh-cut pine resin come in after. Mouthfeel very even - oily, a bit carbonated. Flavour very delicate - spices, mild malt, touch of bitterness, quite a bit of forest-after-the-rain there (’shrooms, mulch, leaves) - very easy on the go-down, alcohol very restrained for 9%. Hope the LCBO brings this one back in fall ’05 - I will buy a case! *update: they did bring it back, I bought 2 cases!
zawacki (2) - Carol Stream, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
light brown smooth head and a woodsy, malty, bourbon, slight cherry/rose taste, with all the earthiness of a strong beer but very easy to the palate. Exceptional.
dwyerpg (4895) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and smooth, just like the other two Chimays. Brown in appearance. Not the least bit challenging, but if you want something unparalled in smoothness and the ability to mess you up, this is your beer.
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark coppery color with a fading creamy colored head. Smells of spices and pepper with a hint of dark fruit. Taste can be described as a blend of complex fruit and spices. Can detect hints of banana,cinnamon,apricot,ginger,and dark fruit. Overall a very nice belgium beer and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.
Trev (2012) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Dated 2004-From the bottle: Poured Deep semi-opaque auburn brown with a thick creamy off-white head that sticks around.
Subdued aroma of spice and alcohol and black currant. Taste starts smooth then fills out the cheeks and spikes the back of the tongue with something sharp! This sensations mellows as you progress. Persistent carbonation but not too much. Never overpoweringly alcoholic taste like some Belgian Strongs. Taste is well balanced with a slightly spicy and a mellow yeasty taste to it that blends well with the malty tones.
Checked some of the other ratings, and contrary to someones experience, I found there to be a dense lacing that doesn’t coat the glass but is readily apparent should you tip the glass sideways. Foam is too dense and heavy to leave higher lacing.
JK (5025) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A top notch Belgian strong ale. There is the expected malt and light sweetness as well as the alcohol, but the alcohol level is low enough; as opposed to the common 11.5% beers, that it does not dominate the flavor or aroma. Heavy, with a fairly fruity, and floral-yeast aroma. Great beer.
fordest (2063) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice bown color with a very long lasting foamy head. Didn’t leave as much lacing as I would have thought so much head should have left. Aromas were very vinous with currant and other dark fruits. Flavors were hot alcohol, followed by dark fruits and corriander/clove. Pretty good stuff.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The cork is labeled 07/04. Pours to a deep red brown color with a medium fizzy beige head. The head all but disapates but doesn’t because of a constant and rapid stream of bubbles. The lacing is so-so. The aroma is huge. Yeasty, roses, flowers, buttered dark fruits, cloves. The flavor is quite nice. Dark fruits, minerals, pepper, spices, cloves. The palate is too carbonated. Very burning on the tongue. Medium bodied. Not the best BSA I’ve had, but still quite good.
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant leathery brown color, little head. Foamy palate. Tastes a bit stale and metallic. Yeasty aftertaste.