faintheart (2) - USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definately one of the best beers I have tasted. Its deep aroma and flavor gives it an edge over other beers of its kind. The blue is also the best Chimay that you can buy.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. This stuff is a dark, cloudy mahogany with varying shades and a firm, bubbly white head. There’s a nice sweet vinous nose with cloves and a dab of alcohol. The dry flavor is assertive of raisins, smoked leaves, cloves, and a sharp bitterness which is immediately balanced by a honey sweetness. This is rich and complex in an impeccable harmony.
[Nov 30, 2007]------- The nose reveals a rewarding complexity after the Chimay white fiasco. Adequate spiced notes and fruity aromas come out. The flavor is a bit sugary, but estery, complex, fruity hints are known. This is a good beer: solid and distinguished. However, it is not a legendary beer.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is only one word that describes this beer. TASTY! I have just started enjoying Belgium Ales and this is one of the Best. A nice deep auburn color with a deep tan head. No one else in my beer club enjoyed it, so I had the entire bottle (750ml) all to my self. It has a complex flavor with a little sweetness and some deep earth flavors. This beer s to be enjoyed not drank.
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle 750ml, fresh, chilled, classic SAQ selection]
The last time I took notes on this beer was few weeks ago with Daniel Bilodeau but I just found my notes.
This is probably the best imported beer we find here, in Quebec, but unfortunately, it’s the most expensive too.. 8.50USD / 750ml ...it does worth every cent of its price.
Cloudy brown/yellowish color. Thick tan head that eventually diminish to a thin film. Ginger/brown sugar, roasted to the nose. Full bodied, complex. Medium to strong flavors. Round texture. Some bitterness from roasted malt as a finish.
Try this with a pepper steak or stroganoff beef. Get a rich flavored stout with a crème-brulée for desert ...you will touch paradise.
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Mahogony coloured beer with a deep complex array of flavours including raisins,roast malts, spices and a distinctive yeast flavour. Such an easy drinking beer for a 9%er. It shouldnt be hazey, its bottle conditioned, the yeast is supposed to be left behind in the bottle. Its all in the pooring technique.
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown with off white head. Particles floating towards the bottom. Spicy aroma with wheaty qualities. Interesting. Flavor is banana, clove cocoa, very good. Has some Hefeweizen qualities to it. Not quite to the level of Rochefort Trappistes 10 but one of my more favorite in the belgian style. Also got the White, so we’ll see how that one stacks up next.
cybersen (3) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
simply my favorite beer. Dark, big taste but at the same time not strong. Goes great with more or less everything - and also just to drink. Just don’t take to many...
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours darky murky brown with a little orange coming through in the light. Thick, rocky, beige head that shrinks to a thin layer. Good lacing. Really mild aroma. Sweet and a little spicy. Dark fruits, banana. Taste is surprisingly mild as well. Gets sweeter and the roasted malts are more prevalent as it warms. A pleasant beer to drink, a little dry. I like.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and opaque brown with a thin small layering of head. Aroma is pleasant with malt and spice from a true Belgian yeast. Flavor is both sweet and bitter with flavors ranging from lightly toasted malt, sugar cane, brown sugar, figs, and a slight hint of vanilla. In the finish a perfect display of spices and hearty yeast
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent and cherry lacquered brown in color with a creamy, cohesive tan layer as the head, and brilliant, blanketing lacing. Nutmeg, prunes and plums begin the wafts up the nose, complimented by cinnamon, brown sugared raisins, cloves, pepper and subtle cocoa powder. Commanding palate spanning presence at the onset. Cocoa beans, nutmeg and chocolate donut powder form a sweetly spiced array. Tobacco, cinnamon and prunes formulate the most pervasive flavoring traits. Dried, fallen autumn leaves give an earthen dimension while plum pudding interjects one final dark skinned fruity-sugary suggestion. Sweet and encapsulating mouth feel. Glowing resonance at the throat’s tip at the outset, followed by chocolate covered figs in the finish. Tasty stuff.