awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opened this one on Super Bowl sunday, thinking try a great beer for a great day. Well opening the bottle and pouring into my glass, and low and behold super head!!!!
Couldn't get the head not to establish itself. Left me really dissapointed because the little fluid I did have was tasty. The cork was labeled 09/01 so maybe that was the problem. I will have to buy another bottle some time and re-rate.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a bubbly off white head that left trace lace. It had an aroma of malt, currents/plums and citrus. The flavor was of malt, caramel and cirtrus. The body has a nice slightly creamy aspect to it and the finish just hints at the alcohol and a slight carbonation feel to it. This by far the best of the Chimays and worthy of it's title Grand Reserve. Thanks again to the state to letting us Ohioians finally try this Belgium find.
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 (Bottle) Pours a thin white head and a beautiful dark red body. Floral aroma with spice, raisins and heightened alcohol. Flavours of roasted coffee and spice. Very dry finish with slight alcohol burn. Excellent!
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
ark in color with a mid sized, but long lasting cream colored head. the taste is slightly sweet but evidences spices. The palate is very full.
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Magnificant sweet smell of yeast and spice. Very full and smooth in my mouth. Tastes of roasted coffee and slight hops. Taste is almost too sweet and mouth is left syrupy, two bad things, but the smoothness makes this a very nice beer. Rich enough that I can’t drink more than one.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep rich brown body. Fairly cloudy. Dark spices with hints of ripe fruits. great roasted nuttiness. Hints of yeast in there as well. Holy moly man! this is something of everything that is beer. great stuff.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aventinus? High quality brew but not quite my style. Tastes like Aventinus but a tiny less sweet. Spicy. Needs just a bit more fruitiness. Nice head retention
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/brown, fine head and lacing. Dark fruits in the malt along with some subtle spice. Palate was a bit overcarbonated and thinner than it looked. It thickend a bit as it warmed, but not enough. The most complex of the Chimays.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Complex and tasty. The alcohol content doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Sublime.
edit: Just cracked open a 4 year old bottle...and it’s a great beer with some age on it. Give it a few years, and it deserves the rating I gave it originally. (I’m pretty sure it was one of my first 10 ratings.)