firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head with with little lacing. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma typical of belgian strong ales with a good amount of malt, fruit and a little bit of spice. Good amount of alcohol taste. Slightly sweet but smooth little warming finish. A nice strong ale, but as nice as many others.
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large beige long lasting thin head. Dark brown color. Aroma is fruity with dried fruits, spicy and vinous notes. Flavor is initially balanced, turning in the middle into a sweet and fruity (raisins), slightly caramelly taste. Finish is long and fruity. Full bodied.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small bottle; yeasty and one, okay mabey two dimensional but it doesen't live up to the hype the way Rochefort 10 does. Not bad, just not earth-shatering
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had really high expectations for this being my first tasting of the Bleu. I would say that it underachieved. The aroma was fairly uninspiring. The appearance was a lovely ruby brown. The flavor was a pleasant chocolatey strong ale. Still searching for that killer belgian that I can use at home tastings.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown color. smell of raisins and brown sugar and spices. not much to the taste. it does have an alcohol burn but you can't taste it in the beer.
Dorwart (2375) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head which lasts the length of the drink. Nice hotspot of carbonation that keeps a thin film of bubbles circulating on the surface. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma is typical of a lot of belgian strong ales with copious amount of malt, dark fruits and a littles bit of spices. Flavor is the same. Hides its alcohol well. Finish is slightly sweet but smooth and a little warming. A good quality belgian strong ale but nothing that really sets it apart from others in its group.
Beaver (1296) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Chimay Blue poured a murky, cloudy, caramel brown color. It had a big off-white head that had great retention. It had a rather subtle aroma...yeasty and winey with some oak and a faint fig smell. It had a complex taste that is pretty difficult to describe. A kind of tart, figgy taste up front with some oak and winey tones and a slighty spiced finish. It was a nicely balanced, smooth beer. A great beer for special occasions.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy burgundy. Nice head dissipates quickly; leaves little lace. Funky aroma (spice? yeast?), reminiscent of trois pistoles. Bitter for a belgian - can't tell if it is hops or spice. My favorite chimay - but Trois Pistoles is a a better value
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had the 2001 and 2003 versions. I liked the 2001 version much better. It was a little oxidized, tasted like cardboard, but it was very good. Can't really tell. Some vanilla notes to it. Brown and red in color. Excellent beer. Gentle aroma. Fruity. Excellent brew.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 2 versions: 2003 and 1998: Deep orange brown red with tan head and floaties. Gentle fruity aroma, earth, like a nice summer day. 1998 version had some oxidized notes with a nice vanilla aroma mixed in. The palate was full bodied, gentle and fruity. Earthy with a slight carmel. The 1998 adds some hints of vanilla. Overall an excellent brew and very enjoyable.