goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown, with a large tan head that mostly lasts and laces in sheets. Aroma is fruity (raisin, plum), some yeastiness, sweetness, and a bit of caramel and/or toffee. Flavor is sweet, fruity, vinous, some honey, and some spiciness in the finish. Full bodied, slight hints of alcohol towards the end.
FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My first Trappist/Belgian Strong Ale, in 1 pint 9 oz bottle. Deep brown color, opaque reddish-brown when held up to the light. Massive, slowly-dissapating light tan head with excellent lacing. Soft aroma of citrus and florals. A veritable cornucopia of flavors - some nuttiness, very sweet and citrusy, a little bit of spiciness. Alcohol is noticable, along with a slightly metallic taste. Very carbonated. Pretty easy on the palate. This beer could easily compete with fine wines. One of the best...ever.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first time I had this brew, I was in love. That was before I had other Belgian ales. A very dark color with an almost mettalic taste.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating based on bottled version: Very dark color with small head. Overall this is a fine Trappist.
haddon90 (1435) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this with a friend in Knoxville. Dark color, looks as if it would knock you off your chair. Lovely head, bubbly. Lasting head on the glass. Citrus/floral aroma and very smooth taste. Much better than the Red.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark brown ale has amber highlights and pours with a beautiful head that appears to have two distinct layers. The lower 2/3 of the head has a medium density bubble, while the upper 1/3 has a very fine bubble density and looks very creamy. The head retention on this beer is fantastic, and it leaves an enticing lace. The aroma has a maltiness to it, but also exhibits many earthy tones, as well as a hint of orange peel. The flavor is simply an explosion of taste. Definite citus notes, very heavy on the orange peel, but followed by caramel sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable. There also seems ot be a spiciness to the beer, with pepper and maybe a hint of coriander in the finish. There is so much going on it is hard to isolate the flavors, which blend together into a beautiful kaleidoscope of taste.
JacobJohansen (6) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best beer there is. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.
thehoff (592) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells sweet, yeasty, and full of alcohol. Dark brown Trappist Ale with quarter inch white foam head. Very smooth beer. Great roasted malt flavor. Best of all the Chimays. Awesome beer.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best beer there is. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. None finer.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
i couldn't find my "genuine" chimay glass and so i just used an old half empty catfish bait styrofoam container i found in the dumpster out behind the rendering plant. but truly, this brew is one of the rare ones that's really close in color to true "bottle brown"-- that is, a solid grizzly bear brown with burnt-orange and ochre edges. some excitement in the way of a head just at first, but overall it's a minimalist and about as lacy as a combat boot. aroma is likewise restrained, at least to my tired old honker--perhaps i should have gotten the big bottle, which might have contained more yeast. (still, this little 12 ounce bottle cost me five fat american buckeroos-- so, at that price i oughta get huge aroma, free HBO for a month and a couple discount coupons toward my next purchase). i sniffed up some golden raisin, light alcohol, cocoa, toffee, and cork-like woody shades. a stronger and better impact occurs upon the tongue: a marverlous beer with micro-bubbled spritz that rolls out a red carpet for caramel apple sweetness, dark malts and fruity bakery-fresh yeast, apple butter on brown bread. bitterness bites deeply and will not quickly yield, but echos deliciously like a sweet song in a deep canyon-- with an accent that leans to orange zest. alcohol component certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, and walks with power and dignity among the more popular malt-hop textural aspects. in terms of entertainment, i'd put it on a level nearly with aventinus. it's price is it's most conspicuous defect-- hopefully the benevolent monks are feeding children in africa with the two dollars that they've overcharged for this bottle.