caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nearly opaque, brown with a light head. Aroma is of hops and yeast, flowery soap?. Alcohol doesn’t really come through in the fairly well balanced flavor, could be mistaken for 5-6% easily, but starts to kick-in afterwards. Decent, but nothing special.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 (on bottle, grand reserve 2004 edit.) At last got my..stuff.. togehter and rated this classic. It´s a cheastnut-brown brew, with a lasting, beige head. Mouth is creamy; with toffee, prunes, rotten fruits and alcohol. The yeast is there, but in the back. Tickling, perfect carbonation. Relativly hard alcoholtaste in the finish, along withthe easters, nothing more in the end actually.
Had my mother-in-law doing doing the santa shuffle a x-mas eve, a few years back, after a botlle of this stuff.
(on bottle at RBESG 2005 1990 edit.)
has gone over the top at this stage. Sent of cardboard and raisins.Finish is flat.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an amber color with a frothy small head. Aroma is strong yeast with a little hops. this one is a smooth drink!! has the yeast flavor with a malty taste to begin with but has a nice bitter hops and alcohol finish. I would have to say this is my favorite of the chimay drinks. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a great taste. Once again.. Those monks know how to make a great brew.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle, best before 2009, so I gather this one is very fresh (bottled in 2004). Dark reddish brown beer with a very thick, sticky, and lasting tan-coloured head. Sweet and spicy aroma with loads of plummy fruit, dark molasses, and faint cherry fruitiness in the nose. The flavour is quite spicy, reminding me of a subdued version of the Unibroue yeast. Yeasty notes mingle nicely with brown sugar, toast, molasses and dried plums and cherries. Full-bodied beer as well. There is quite a bit more bitterness in this bottle than I expected, although I suspect that as it ages this will diminish. I’d like to try it when it’s been aged out for 3-4 years.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red chestnut color, small head with lace. Smells caramelly, nutty, sweet. Taste is burnt caramel, candy sugars, yeast, hops, dried dark fruits. Feels great in the mouth -- bubbles burst on the roof of the mouth & tongue when held in the mouth. Coating. Good but I expected better.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought it in a supermarket in my hometown. They often have very nice beers! Dark brown, large off-white lasting and dense head. Nice! Fruity aroma, some spices are present. Taste: subtle sweetness, dark fruits. Maybe even a bit of dark chocolat. Alcoholburn in the aftertaste. Very respectable brew!
raymow (978) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is what a Belgian beer tastes like. Pretty standard in all respects. What more can be said?
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought a gift pack tonight with the red,white and blue Chimay along with the big chimay glass for $10.99.
The blue poured almost black with a nice thick off white colored head.
Aroma if a bit fruity, a bit of malt, crisp.
Flavor is yeasty, roast nuts and has a strong bite at the finish that stays on the palate long after drinking.
Not bad at all..not great, but not bad.
Habanero (3079) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Belgian yeast aroma, candied sugar, wisps of dark fruits. Bubbly, airy body. Light but loaded with dark fruits, rum like alcohol, cottony malts and sharp yeast. Hints of flaked maize or toasted malts. Light body beneath the airy nature. Flavors are sublime, but not melded well and there is no distinctive flavor that makes me swoon. Mellows a bit as it sits and warms. Yeast pour, thankfully not tremendous, adds depth of body and a light sourness. Amplifies the cottony malt quality. Fruitiness increases as well. Mid ground on the sweet-dry front.
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 From A 3yr Old Bottle.Dark brown with a hint of blood in colour,small head,lot’s of dark fruit,sweet malt ,spice and pepper,coconut and ear warming alcohol.