LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my first trappist brew, and whoa what a alcohol kick, great color, bubbly head, and the complex malty taste came through better after it warmed. A must have!
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown, with active carbonation leading to a creamy head. In each catagory, I like to find a beer that exemplifies the style, and for Belgians, it is Chimay Bleu. Pleasant aroma, nice malty flavor, with hints of the fruity yeast flavors.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Anything with a cork in it from Belgium just has to be exceptional, and i was not disappointed with my Chimay Grande Reserve. The aroma was unbelievable (i still have the cork), the color is just a beautiful amber. The taste is great, with a sweet pleasantness as you swish a little around in your mouth. After the beer goes down only happiness remains as this is one of Belgiums greatest creations thus far.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer and my first trappist brew. The head is bubbly at first and then slowly proceeds to a nice creamy taste and look. It is quite alcoholic in flavor. It has a slight hint of sweetness especially at first. A very floral aroma. Not really hoppy or malty. A well balanced B.S.A.
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Damn, this is the best beer Ive had. Great color, awsome head and the flavor is so good. When you drink you get warm, damn this beer went very well with my Rickenbacker bass. I give this world class act brew an: A+
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Phenominal from start to finish. Nice body, not too heavy with a light alcohol nose. Port like flavors develop as the beer warms. A great nite cap.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark beer, remarkable and strong palate, but no particular taste.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got a bottle of this for my friend Jeff’s B-day. Strong beer but hides the ABV very well. Almost a champagne hint to this brew. Overall Outstanding!
Jorufo (5) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is great. A little strong (hence the genre). Still, it is worth a try.
presario (4426) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Better than the red. Dark brown almost black. Thick head but dissipates faster than the Red. Aroma that is wine-like and carries a light yeast scent. Cleaner taste than the Red. Very smooth on the tongue and a little bubbly. A light fruity edge to the taste and malt. Yummy. A testament to re-trying complex beers. My original rating was a 3.2 and now I could drink this forever.