Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bit of overkill here to me. Its not as good as everyone raves about. Its far too overpowering and chemical/steel vat smells are over the top. Its flavour however were quite intense and interesting, don't know what to make of the flower bouquets...made me wanna sing "ring a ringa up ya ringa roses"
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this at the Oregon Spring Brew Fest, or whatever it was called, with my wife in tow. She doesn't like beer, usually, but since we rarely see each other she went with me to the event and actually tasted many of the beers I sampled. This one she actually liked. So I bought a bottle knowing she was coming down for the weekend and thought she might want to have some. Well, she had a sip but still didn't want to drink a beer. < sigh > Oh well, I tried.
I really don't have a ton of experience with Belgians, in full disclosure, but *damn* this is good. It's very close to the Trois Pistole (sp?) from Unibrou, but I prefer this one.
Oh, I'm not using the "correct" glass for the beer yet again.
Pours a rather dark brown with a suprisingly white head and very little lacing. The first pour I was cautious because of the many overflows I've had with Belgians, and that left very little head. The second pour I was more vigerous, but still not too much head or any lacing.
Smells very fruity, as in raisins, apples. The scent is inviting.
Taste surely doesn't let you down. The fruits I mentioned are there as well as a few others like banana. It's spicy as well; cloves are present.
Mouthfeel is full and spicy. Drinkability suffers only from the high alcohol content, but I'll definately have more of these.
This is complex. I want to grab a few more of these while they're still on sale and put them away for awhile, so maybe I'll be able to revisit it in a year or so. However, you definately owe it to yourself to try this beer.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Re-rate. Vintage 1999. Bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. I picked this bottle out myself, in Plan B's astonishing beer cellar. This dusty bottle screamed at me, Pour me! Drink me! Enjoy me! Feel me! And then i bought it. The beer was so happy to be let out, that it gushed out in the goblet. This hazy dark brown fluid is so beautiful with its creamy beige head. The aroma hit my nose as i poured it, lots of unmalted barley, malt, some sourness and a quite phenomenal touch of hops. The flavor is just as good, tastes like a old port, dry, alcoholic, dark fruits, raisins plums. Very good. Only complaint is that i found it a bit watery, but it ok i think. Very nice and very expensive beer, 16$ for 33cl!!!!
But it was worth it!
Timmy (15) - San Pedro, California, USA - FEB 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice subtle sweet aroma, dark brown color and thick dense head. Nice rich dark taste, smooth light malt taste with a nice sweet finish. Absolutely delicious!
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Roasted malts, fruity raisen soaked alchohol smell. Head is off white and lasts. Very full bodied. A great beer.
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This has to be the greatest find I've had this year. For an ale with such a high alcohol content, it was surprisingly smooth and subtle. I'm not experienced enough to identify all of the vaious flavors but it was excellent.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love the beer! It's aroma and taste both remind me fruit and spice. I could make a night of drinking just this one!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cobwebby and musty smell with lots of caramelly malt notes, some nuts. Alcohol extremely well-masked, but it has a helluva kick. I was expecting something incredible, instead it's just a very drinkable and perfected version of the Belgian strong style; none of that nauseating aftertaste I've come to expect.
Goblincat (387) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Pours dark brown with a slow dissipating off-white foamy head. Nice smells of raisin, fruit, spice. Lots of flavor here, nut, citrus, spice. This ale is always a treat.
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 The main problem with this beer is its excessive sweetness. A bit too costly, and given the 4+ ratings on this site, a bit disappointing... one is much better off with the smaller Trappist breweries. Chimay is perhaps a victim of its success.