dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with floating speckles and a small tan head. Aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast. Flavor of fruit and very smooth. There is a slight warmth due to the alcohol, but you can’t taste the alcohol at all. This goes down very easy and leaves a wonderful taste in the mouth. Strength of flavor was slightly disappointing, a little to mild for my liking.
BierMeHoos (391) - Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: Large bottle.
Appearance: Pours a rich, impenetrable brown with a big beige head.
Aroma: Dark bread, spices, berries, and cinnamon.
Taste: Dark fruits, dough, woody and sort of peppery.
Palate: Richand medium bodied.
Overall: Very good and classic for the style.
DerGantzel (56) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle from 2014. Great fruity, herbal, caramel, sweet malt aroma. Dark liquid, white head. Powerful well balanced high sweetness, that last for a long time. Light bitterness, too. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. A very good Belgian strong Ale!
Malin_aiisa (363) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Birthday gift from finol.
Dark brown, redish, off-white head.
Aroma of brown sugar, caramel.
Taste, sweet, nice bitterness, round texture!
borre_m (783) - NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nut brown, with tan head. Aroma has some alcohol, toffee, caramel. Taste is complex, balanced, toffee, malty sweet, caramel.
Rubin77 (250) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
F: huge lasting beige to pale brown.
C: dark brown to dark, non-transparent.
A: roasted malt, floral, yeast, earthy tones, hint of raisins, dark fruit.
T: complex malty taste, roasted malt, raisins, dry plums, earthy/dusty tones, liquorice, hint of milk chocolate, espresso, caramel, candy sugar, banana, and so on, full body, average carbonation, masterpiece of this style.
Bornyensis (132) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Een typische Belgische trappist. Een donkere kleur en een goede neus. Ook een goede schuimkraag.
Nijstrom (228) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Malts, dark fruits (plums), spices, caramel, toffee and yeast. Moderate to high sweetness and mild bitterness. Complex. Smooth mouthfeel.
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maker: Chimay, Baileux, Belgium ***
Beer: Chimay Trappist Grande Réserve Limited Edition 2014 (bottled, unfiltered, 750ml) ***
Style: Belgian Strong Ale ***
ALC.VOL.: 9.0% ***
This is not the regular "Grande Reserve" Blue or Red beer from Chimay, but a special limited edition for 2014 (Best before: 2019!) ***
Colour: Hazy dark copper, with a medium-sized, creamy light beige head. ***
Nose: Preserved plums, cane sugar, a whiff of orange peel, toffee. ***
Texture: Medium body, still a bit watery(!). Medium carbonation. ***
Taste: Prunes, cane sugar, yeast, mild spices (licorice) and oranges at the start, but not cloyingly sweet. More licorice to come towards the middle, but with a hint of lemon and yeast to liven things up. Finish, too, has licorice, and toffee, cane sugar. Very mild, yeasty aftertaste. ***
Impressions: Medium-heavy Belgian strong ale with a nice mix of flavours, but not too much body considering he 9% ABV. Will stick with you after a while - before it REALLY sticks with you.
Jimbo2 (67) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A stepping stone into the great, Belgian trappist brewing world, esters and complexity.
pitch992 (4) - SLOVENIA - SEP 30, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma: banana, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, creamy,caramel, roasty.
appearance: dark brown, hazy, brown foam, head forms relatively quickly, good retention.
flavor: strong alcohol taste, raisins, caramel, slight fruity taste, slight astringency, long finish, no bitterness from hops. light sweetness.
palate:medium body, slick feel, lively, slightly astringent.
overall: a good beer, although alcoholic taste is a little too far forward. greatly enjoyed the raisins and banana which were not overbearing. much better than the brun version