Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a drak brown with a large off white head that diminished to thin but staying. Very strong raisin and clove aroma with some alcohol. Strong flavour of cloves and dark fruits with some herbal notes. Lost a coupkle of points due to often overpowering alcohol. Big, beautiful beer.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my buddy Crazy E for leavin this beer around my house. Pours a darker brown color with a nice off-white head. Strong spice smell. Excellent trappist beer, with a great spiced and fruit flavor. Nice and carbonated with a nice spice aftertaste.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice dark brown in color, good head on top as most belgians. Spicy smell, fruity with a touch of banana, rich and dark tasting, kind of heavy.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 Pours dark brown with a good sized tan head. Flavor is spicy with hardly any alcohol taste in it. This stuff makes your tongue tingle in a good way. I love it.
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 chimay is a classic to me.very good belgian strong for sure.this was the beer that intrduced me to the beglian style.murky ruby red in color.sweet aroma and a nice even white head.excellent taste overall.very well balanced for a belgian.for the pirce and availability,you cant really beat it.
wesley (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like I can think of anything new to say about this beer there must be a thousand ratings of this classic. Heck this is just a classic strong abbey ale and I like it a lot despite the price having gone up on me
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 In the bomber bottle. Dark brown in color. No alcohol to nose. Smells like raisins. Nice slow burn to the sip. Tastes like raisins. Big mouth flavor. A very fine big beer. I drank this with a center-cut filet mignon at Charlie’s Steakhouse in Orlando. Big beer, big meat.
UPDATE 6/5/6: In the 750 mL bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. Larger bubbled head than the Red Chimay. A bit fizzier. Dark purple red brown in color. Light brown head with less retention than the Red. Not a strong aroma at all. Raisins and possibly a bit of mustard. The flavor has an esophageal burn. The body is fairly thick. Sweet finish. Serious carbonation to the mouthfeel. Not as good to me as I once thought, and thus, I’ll knock down my earlier score of a generous 4.4!
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was good. nice hoppy sweet flavor that didnt have too many characteristics of a strong 9% beer. had a nice sweet smell to it. poured dark brown with a massive tan colored head. this was better than rochefort 8, however i think rochefort 8 may be an acquired taste- something that i am not up to as far as belgian strongs go yet. this is a great beer though.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful beer. Man, there’s a lot going on in this brew! Can’t tell if I like it or not, but man is it full of different flavors! Worth a try.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with this! Appearance is dark brown with a light brown head. Aromas are spicy, floral, and fruity. Very complex. Taste is bitter with some fruit and sour notes. Aftertaste is sour with a nice bitterness on the palate. An amazing trappist. Thanks Doug!