Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. My favorite of the Chimay line although the white is a close close 2nd. Creamy smooth velvety palate is my favorite trait of this one. Dark fruit flavor with a slight alcohol bite. Somewhat yeasty too.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber/burgundy color with a nice amount of froathy whitish head. Sweet raisiny and brown sugar flavor, but smooth and not as pronounced as others I’ve had. Aroma is sweet and flowery with a yeast/raisin undertone. Overall, I felt this was a very enjoyable beer, but I think I liked the red a wee bit better.
timdom (19) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1994!!! Grande Reserve 750ml
This beer has been kicking around my folks place for ages, I finally conned them into opening it. I knew that it would be past it’s best but it’s still an impressive drop. No head and totally flat it poured like a glass of port (not dissimmilar in aroma too). The complexity of the nose is amazing. Herbal almost medicinal in character, raisins soaked in brandy. The hue is from watery to caramel. Flavour is malt and alcohol driven. Alcohol bitterness is balanced on the finish by malt sweetness no hop bitterness at all. A nice clean dry finish. I prefer a younger example but none the less imperssive.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with suspended bits of yeast and a nice creamy layer of off-white head. Clean soapy aroma with some peppery spice and a hint of dates. Mmmm. What a wonderful palate. Those crafty monks have done it again. Light, clean, very delicate. My mouth is blissfully unaware of the ABV. Toasty carmel, toffee and plum flavors with a dry clean finish.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 75 & 33 cl) Vintage 1992. Reddish dark, hazy and impure with a tall head. Very full-bodied with a warming but never cloying alcohol - actually, it doesn’t really appear that strong. Chocolatey and spicy - perhaps even a bit peppery? I cannot really taste the difference between the "Bleu" in small bottles and the "Grande Reserve" in the big, but try sampling different vintages at "Kulminator" in Antwerp - it’s a great experience. 201193
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red colour with a thick frothy off-white head. Alcohol, Prunes and spicy aroma with a hint of citrus fruit (The Alcohol is kinda masking the other flavours) . Mouthfeel is quite creamy. Fairly clean finish with a bit of alcohol.
ConfusedDave (2) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark appearnace but lighter than expected flavour, high alcohol content, goes down a treat
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Brown beer with small tan head. Strong presence of alcohol. Complex aroma, some malts and fruits, notably plums. Lively and pretty well carbonated. Roasty, dry finish that lingers on the palate.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummy! Full, rounded flavor. Alcohol i s well hidden. And it lingers on the palate. And to top it off: I’m getting fond of beers served in goblets! Beautiful!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What took me so long to try this one?..Poured dark brown with red high lights. Spice and fruit in the nose and taste. This is an excellent trappist.