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
mauropd (37) - ITALY - JUN 17, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a classic for Belgian beers ... and of course if you go for drinking tons of bottle you get bored immediately. Better not in hottest summer ...
Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Impressive light, bubbly head tops a very dark reddish-brown body. Smells of fruit... almost sickening to me. Complex taste. Fruity, earthy, malty. Can’t figure the other properties out. Almost no bitterness to speak of. Enough carbonation. I couldn’t finish my glass, as the sweetness of smell and taste was beginning to trouble my stomach. Alcohol is hidden well. Can’t say I liked it, but it was my first Belgian Strong Ale. May have to try again with less alcohol already in the system and a little more experience with beer tasting.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 750mL bottle (2003). Ive had this beer from the bottle a few times. I maintain that it is somewhat overrated, as there are better belgians Ive had. Red, brown gold tones in the color with a range of peachy citrus to nutty/alcohol in the aroma. VERY full bodied, meaty beer though. Its almost like drinking a beer off the filter. Certainly complex, and provides a variety of flavors when drunk at different temperatures. Too much head for my liking, but was to be expected off such a yeasty beer.
1983 bottle sampled in August 2005. Has aged magnificently.
11/05 vintage dated 750mL bottle drunk on 7/7/07
Raisins, pears, figs, apples and other mostly clean Belgian yeast esters, with caramel sweetness in the background. It’s a pleasant aroma, though even after only 3 months, my memory recalls little to distinguish this beer. Or perhaps, more accurately, my memory recalls that there really is little to distinguish in this beer.
Similar flavor profile, your typical well-made Quad, with soft malty sweetness (caramels, raisins, prunes, figs) and lighter, minimally tart apple/cherry esters towards the end. Yeast seems more clean and less "rustic" or "charming" or what have you, than in past samples. Musty, corky, earthy and woody are flavors I associated with this beer, for the better, but now it’s just a rather plain Belgian Dark Strong. Nothing wrong with it, but hardly anything I’ll go out of my way to drink again. Alcohol well concealed, no flaws. Score is for this bottle.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Dark red, huge off white head. Sweet aroma of caramelized sugar, fruit, touch of cloves, orange blossom, bit of bell pepper spice, and smoke on the finish. Sweet flavor with a touch of alcohol and herbelness. A little over carbed for my liking, but a lot of malty goodness.
crazyvin (1799) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I finally managed to get this beer. It had great colour and a deep fruity aroma. It's taste however seemed very bland. It certainly had a good malty presance, but its hoppy taste was light and the beer lacked that fruity taste i find common in the style. Maybe i got a bad bottle.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11oz. bottle. Big offwhite head, rocky, a buch of sticky lacing. Fairly clear, pretty chestnut color. Medium body. Malty, somewhat roasty and fruity. Carbonation is a little much. Dry, ho hum finish.
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured like a dream, with a beautiful head. I was really excited to taste it, but upon first taste I was baffled by the fruity wine taste. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the style or perhaps I'm too young and inexperienced, but I did not like the Chimay. The abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru was better. I am however, looking forward to trying a Rochforte 10 and the coveteed Westy Abt. 12. I hope I see waht the rest of the ratebeerians see in these beers someday.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Just cracked a bottle with "3/99" on cork. I beleive that Chimay is good, but Trappist Ales are not my bag. The nose was great, but the overall feel was a little too fruity, "chewy", if you know what I mean. Even though it is not my favorite kind of beer, this is my favorite of all the Trappist ales.
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Es una cerveza fuerte (9%) Es una buena cerveza de abadia. Bastante carbonacion