jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alcohol evident. Essence at first is of a red wine. Very bready and yeasty. Estery aftertaste with a dry mouthfeel to finish.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogoney in color. Diminishing head. Molasses-brown sugar aroma. Delicate on the tongue. A dough-y kind of taste. The yeast comes through in the flavor as well.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Not quite as impressed as I"d hoped to be. Dark brown color, decent but thin head, aroma not strong either. Nice spicy flavor, but a little on the bitter side.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown,lightly spiced fruit yeasty nose.
Malt and fruity with a faint sour tinge. Yeasty.A very good beer, just not my style
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
They’re saying this is similiar to this Westvleren12 beer that seems to be so popular around here. I haven’t been able to obtain any of that to rate but I have had ChimayBleu many times and I respect and admire it .
Initially I observe dark amber/red color and thickish consistency/mouthfeel.
Nutty ethanol effervescence come second .
IT’s expensive stuff but it should be required drinking to learn about the Belgians.
I haven’t had any in awhile, as this is a re-rate, I need to go get some !
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice burgundy amber color interspersed with floating yeast. Effervescent khaki head. Rosy and smoky at the same time. Buttery, fruity, and malty. Caramel and cherry flavors blend effortlessly. Bought cold at the liquor store; this only gets better as it warms. The tangy carbonation spreads the smooth flavors across your tongue. There is certainly a lot going on here; I’ll be sure to try this again when I can afford it. Where do I apply to be a monk?
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 11.2 oz bottle, approx 3 years old: Modest, but quickly diminishing light brown head with very small bubbles. Lightly cloudy dark mahogany body with transparent edges. Almond butter aroma with malted raisins, hints of fruity alcohol, dusty caramel and cherry wood effervescence. Sharp pepper is quickly carried across the well developed and vigorous palate and it takes a little time for the flavours to overcome this sharpness, but with a little time anise, bitter caramel, raspberries, and toasted honeycomb. I like the creaminess of the fresh sample better, but the flavours here are deeper and more interesting. 7/4/8/4/15
11.2 oz bottle, fairly fresh: Deep ruby brown. Creamy taupe head constant till the bottom of the Chimay glass. Full aroma of berries, nuts (almonds) and vanilla. Light creamy mouth feel, more nuts, something sugary mixing with subtle malt. Finish is creamy and leaves the mouth watering for a bit more. . .8/5/7/4/16
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 One of the greatest disappointments in my beer drinking career. Cloudy brown color. Head is initially very thick and attractive but mostly diminishing leaving little lace. Yeasty aroma with overly-sweet malty flavor. Hints of smoke maybe a little fruit. Alcohol is apparent in both flavor and aroma. Slight alcohol burn in the throat but nicely carbonated. Don't get me wrong, this beer is good but aside from champagne corks and a 4.2+ score on ratebeer it really didn't impress me.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am not sure if I can add any more superlatives that haven’t already been said other than to say this beer may be the definition of "world class".
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like the rouge, only stronger. More alcohol. Similar flavor. Berries, nuts, mild yeast and cocoa. Dry and doughy with hints of rum. Not as strong as Rochefort Trappistes 10, but has some unique and nice flavor.