johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my favourite beer until my recent trip to Belgium touring the trappist monasteries (Trappist ales are notoriously difficult to find in Australia). Although it has now been supplanted by Westvleteren and Rochefort in my book, still a fantastic beer. Never bad, always interesting. Funky little bottle.
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Don’t know if it’s because Chimay’s famed variability or what but the bottle I had wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered. The fizz overwhelmed everything else after a few seconds in the mouth, which is really tragic. Taste was good but didn’t get anything special out of it.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light tan head (not as compact as other trapiste beers), dark dark brow color, careful with the sediment. Very fresh, sweet and spirited taste, not at all like the almost violent Rochefort Trappistes 10! I love it!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rerate 8/31/02: Had this with some Chimay cheese. The superb synergy of the pairing drove me to bump my rating a bit for this marvelous beer.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rerate On tap. This one still doesn’t do it for me quite like the other trappistes but I still can’t quite put my finger on it. Sure it looks nice and has a lasting beige head. The aroma is delicate but it’s still a bit faint, and this time I made sure I let it warm up. The typical spices, hop, fruit and yeast aromas and flavours of the typical Belgian Strong Ale style are also all there. There’s just no WOW! factor like you get when you take that first mouthfull of the top Belgians. Maybe because this beer is so well known or maybe its just my mouth and nose are different.
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dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big dark, fruity belgian ale. Darker then Première and more complex.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had several years and agings and have enjoyed all. Very malty and great flavor. I am still aging a ’97 and a ’99.
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown in color. Tan head with good carbonation. Wonderful aroma with a fruity nose. Complex with a good balance of malt and hopps. One to buy for special occasions.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 8/25/2002 : Dark brown like strong tea. Champagne like fizz. Complex spicy flavor (cinnamon, clove?). Alcohol warms the belly. 8/4/8/4/16
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer and a cigar will put you on cloud nine and make you want to listen to Pink Floyd. This is probably the first "rare premium beer" that I tasted, maybe5 years ago. Yeast is overwhelming from the aroma to the finish. Alcohol comes through quite nicely. This is a highly carbonated beer that sort of foams when you sip it. Malty, little hops. I will re-rate in a few months as there is more going here than my primitive taste buds can discern. There is no question, this is a quality beer.