IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a tan foamy head. Malty nose similar to Aventinus wiezenbock. Spice & fruit flavors.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 This is the best belgian beer I have had. Lot of head, the taste grows in your mouth. A winner! Added 120802: Remember to go for an old one, just compared a '2000' with a '2002', the oldest is the best, the '2002' seemed a bit sharp/alcoholic.
Rerate 191004: This had definately changed. Still a good beer, but it has lost some "personality"
Brewsoc99 (29) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly one of the world’s greatest beers. Spicy with deep rich flavours this beer is simply magnificent
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has the characteristic wheaty aftertaste of Chimay, which I typically do not like. However, in this one, that is countered by a strong sweetness and heavyness, not of alcohol, but flavor. Indeed, so sweet I had a hard time finishing the bottle. However, very interesting and very good.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a lot going for it, but one thing that really sets it back in my book. It’s too carbonated... I actually shook a bit of the carbonation ouit and it did tastew better. I recently had Ommegang and actually liked it better. I am saddened because I was quite excited to try this beer. It was fine, but had a strong alcohol nose and flavor that seemed to overwhelm the complex flavor at times. This is certainly good, but I couldn’t rate it the best in it’s class.
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful ale. It seems to lack a little of the warmth of the red Chimay, but it nearly makes up for it with a stronger, darker flavor.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Very nice. The color is a hazy dark brown with a massive sponge-like beige head. The aroma was very sweet...like bubblegum actually...lots of clove, banana, and some peppery spice. The flavor was sugary sweet, lots of clove, bubblegum and banana with a peppery finish. The high alcohol content did not disturb the taste at all.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown colour, huge head. Very fruity aroma. The flavour is very pleasant, but seems less complex than other excellent Belgian trappist ales. I love the mouthfeel! The finish is medium bitter.
radiomgb (2392) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one for me that was hard to track down. Everyplace that I went to that had this on the menu where out of it. I happened to find it at a SAQ in Hull. I am glad that I did because this is one hell of a beer.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 (1998 version, 1.5 liters) Dark brown, creamy head which left nice laces on the glass. There was so much in this port-like beer, I couldn't name it all. Toffe, alcohol, flambéed bing cherries, macerated fruits (berries, plums), a bit piny. The ageing really did it some good! (Tasted on august 2nd 2002)