EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 I had one years ago and hated it. Oh how my palate has changed. I found myself sucking the dregs out of the bottle to get that one last drop. Really a well balanced beer with loads of complex fruity flavor mixed with some dark malt. Yum.
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Definitely an awesome beer. I had high expectations and this beer actually met them (unlike other beers).
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry roasted malt aroma with hints of smoke. Dry champagne like flavor; heavily carbonated. Initial mouthfeel is one-dimensional (dry roasted malt), but some complexity prevails by mid-bottle. And, the finish is the best as all of the yeast and sediment that was sitting at the bottom of the bottle reaches the glass at final pour, providing some of the sweetness missing from the initial taste. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Make sure to pour the entire contents into the glass at once, or you will miss a substantial part of the beer's flavor. Chimay Bleu can serve as an after-dinner beer. Well made.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Dark brown pour with red tinges on the edges. Creamy, soapy head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol and mustiness. Flavor was complex with a definite apricot and malt flavor. Sharp carbonation as well. Very nice.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Port-like aroma, slight vinegar notes, yeast and fruit, chocolate notes. Seems more robust as it warms up. Pours a very opaque brown, cloudy, head is thin. Pleasantly sweet, chocolate comes in again, alcohol. Maybe some roast/smoked flavours. An interesting beer.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic. Poured a dark caramel color, with a malty yeasty aroma and a light fruit scent. Nice bite after the fact. Smooth. Highly drinkable. Excellent. Although, unlike most posters, I believe the Chimay Rouge edges it out a bit. Perhaps it's the lower alcohol content, but the rouge was more enjoyable to me.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious beer. I experienced it for the first time a few weeks ago as a birthday present. Shared it with my parents. Boy oh boy. Delicious flavor, infinitely drinkable. Hints of fruitiness. A joy to drink. Perhaps I will re-rate with more specifics once I pick myself up an official Chimay bottle for the adventure.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big head, good darkish brown in coulour. Woody nose, kind of alcoholish and slightly bitter. Overall, very good and drinkable. I am typically not a fan of "dark" beers, but this was plesant.
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Poured a reddish amber color with a HUGE off white head. Fruity, malty, slightly sweet aroma. Smooth spicy taste with slight alcohol presence as the brew warms up. I drank a 2000 vintage magnum the other night and just wanted to note how awesome it tasted.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 humungus frothy head that keeps growing for about 3 minutes after it is poured. cloudy brown to black. fruity, malt, smokey and wine like aroma. a tiny bit of chocolate taste, alcohol flavour, quite fruity and a little bit smoked. a bit sour, a little bit bitter. it gets better towards the end. i'm not to fond of these high alcohol ales.