FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Very light aroma, but fruity without the citrus. Apples, with a bit of flowers as well. Taste is difficult to put a finger on. Sweet, like cinnamon apples but wonderfully malty as well. Finishes pretty dry, but with a little bit of alcohol, hop, and malt. Mouth feel is nice and thick. Carbonation was perhaps a bit more active than I prefer in a beer that is this rich. Very subtitle and wonderful.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer makes me weep! Perfectly blanced and easily drinkable even with the higher ABV. Sweet and slightly hoppy, totally refreshing...what a good beer should be.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When I popped this one open it was light, sweet and fruity. It poured hazy brown with a thick head. It was hoppy and very carbonated, but was nice and sweet and refreshing.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose, some brown sugar. Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Smooth mouthfeel. The best of the style that is widely available, IMHO.
edaquino (1) - sao paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 15, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still brings awe as the best >4 do but the dearth of a stronger body and persistence is evident in the 2004 vintage. This used to be the best beer I’d ever tasted and although I still drink it, I do hope future samples to improve.
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy and fruity
Very good beer, with lots of taste.
My no.1 CHIMAY
artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice beer in this trilogy. nice dark color and fruity smells. leaves a nice taste of spice and alcahol in your mouth. not my fave chimay, but still pleasent. don’t shoot the cat with the cork!
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well balanced, crisp tight flavors, and a decent medium body. This is good, but I nothing experimental or daring. It hits all the nails on the head, but this is just a better-executed version of a typical belgian strong.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy brown with healthy tan half inch head that lasts. Aroma is sweet with an alcohol bite. Taste is full with hints of cinnamon, malt, and heavy yeast. Creamy head makes the swallow smooth, but there is definitely an alcoholic taste underneath it all. This is not bad, but is not my favorite Chimay.
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My hundredth beer. Dark reddish brown beer, nice brown head, nearly no lacing. Malty aroma, dark fruits, alcohol, a slight hint of coriander, sugar, yeast. Bitter initial taste, more malty finish. Spicy tones. By far the best of the 3 commercial Chimay beers.