rette (6) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
of all trappists, this is the one that lets me down the most
great looks (what colour) and aroma, but somewhat disappointingly weak taste, especially when you consider the thin aftertaste
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 11/22/02: Ah that lovely site of a “Chimay Bleu”, breathing away in my “Chimay Chalice”, deep opalescent garnet to brown in color, the head majestic in its presence, the lace perfectly clinging to glass. What a nose, would make Jimmy Durante proud, large in malt, sweet, hints of caramel and yes, maybe yeast, down right sniffable. Begins malt sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish beautifully hopped, majestically carbonated and the aftertaste as dry as the Arizona Desert. I know many think this beer overrated, well “Bucko”, I like it, and it is my “Most favorite Chimay”! Ranks #66 on my current 1000 beer master list.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 8/8/02: Superb brownish color with a big ass off-white head, aroma was a mix of alcohol, wood, and grapes...super carbinated, grapey/malty flavor with a sweet but alcoholish finish...Re-Rate 11/17/02: some added powdery cocoa in the aroma..strong alcohol presence..chalky mouthfeel with yeasty flavors and dryness in the end..with lingering grapeness..I'm gonna try to age one of these to see what happens because right now, Im not too impressed
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Of the three Chimays (rouge, blanche, bleu), this ale has the most malt. It pours a dark brown with a fair amount of head that quickly dissipates (actually, a lot of the head moved to the center of the glass giving it an appearance of a giant nipple). Light flavors of spice and fruit (raison flavors in all the Chimay ales) that are mostly masked by the roasted malt. But for a high 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable ale.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep mahoghany color. Decent head with plenty of lace. Malty aroma. Excellent tastes. Im glad I tried the Bleu version.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet and yeasty. Dark brown in color. Not my favorite Belguim, but an excellent beer never the less.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Rerate of 33cl bottle after aging for about 3 years sampled on 7/26/07: Pours a murky copper bronze with a lot of yeast sediment and a frothy, light tan head. Aroma boasts lots of sweet biscuity caramel and dark plummy fruits. Body has nice complexity and balance of sweet dark caramel and raisins with some drying out and warmth toward the finish. A very nice Belgian Trappist beer.
Sweet appetizing caramel malty aroma with hints of berries and Belgian yeast. Nice dark brown color and smooth off-white head. Very sweet initial flavor that finishes a touch alcoholic. Pretty complex with noticable oak and toffee flavors. Slightly smoother and more balanced than Trois Pistoles, but both are great beers.
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again, like so may trappist beers this one expands in the mouth. Smooth, with chocolate and biscuit notes. I drink this quite often.
brewmeistersgb (10) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
about as good as it gets. Beautiful color, wonderful scent and rich flavor.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MUUUCH better than the white or the red, imho. i’m glad i didn’t let my somewhat less-than-stellar notions toward those other two keep me from trying the bleu.
a flowery/yeasty flavor and aroma that was enhanced by the alcohol content. not too vinous which is good. lovely deep rich brown color, slight head.
mine was slightly warm from the bottle, so i think maybe i should stop refrigerating my stronger belgian and belgian style beers or something as it certainly tastes better that way.