Zlotta (1912) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle, best before end of 2015. Minimally hazy, golden yellow with a huge, foamy, stable, white head. Beautiful, spicy aroma of banana, coriander, citrus and vanilla. Very close to a witbier. Taste is a bit weaker: sourish-sweet with banana, citrus and vanilla. Short, just slightly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy and sparkling mouthfeel, just slightly watery in the end, lively carbonation. Really good beer. Has lots of aroma and leaves a very good impression in your mouth. Keeping in mind that it has just 4.8 % abv, it is so satisfying. That’s what I love about trappist beers: they are crafted so well. By the way, I can’t understand why this beer has such a low score compared to the Westvleteren Blond.
Alengrin (4458) - BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chimay’s ’refter’ beer, so originally intended for daily use by the monks only and sold only very limitedly; recently, they are attempting to commercialize it a bit more so more widely available now. Peach blonde beer with stable, off-white, creamy head and malt sweet basis character, a bit caramelly, nutty accents, wheaty touch, fruity onset, crisp with retronasal yeasty spicy notes and a soft herbal hoppiness. Not bad at all, for a session ale, but obviously less ambitious than its bigger brethren.
Icedwarf (1230) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Helder lichtgeel bier met veel schuim. Smaak is verrassend goed en complex, hoppig bitter en fruitig. Smaak blijft helaas niet lang hangen.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is usually reserved for the use of the Chimay Trappists. A beautiful beer - delicate, dry, hoppy. Practically perfect.
MMR (682) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a texture which reminds of very well balanced Pilsener’s but it’s aroma is far more complicated. Rather unique in the little hints of vanilla. I loved it.
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chimay Dorée is the “patersbier” of Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont – a Belgian pale ale or “single” if you will. I first reviewed this beer back in 2011 when a friend in Belgium sent me a bottle. Drinking it again nearly four years later, it’s almost nothing like I remember. The first time around it was quite dry and tasted of white grape; this time it’s remarkably fruity, citrusy and spicy – almost like a witbier. It seems like a completely different beer to me (it’s possible they changed the recipe for export). Whatever the case may be, it’s a really good Trappist brew.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into the official Chimay chalice. It was bottled in November of 2014 and cost $7.99 ($0.71 per ounce).
Appearance: Clear golden/amber hue with plenty of effervescence visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head that retains and laces well.
Smell: Strong citrusy notes with a clean floral bouquet. Light esters also present.
Taste: Like any good classic Belgian ale, the first thing I notice about this beer is how lively it is. An immediate sensation of carbonation, quickly followed by light fruity flavors, especially orange and lemon. There’s an almost American hop presence of flowers and citrus, though not nearly as bitter. The Trappist yeast esters create for some banana character as well, and maybe even a hint of vanilla. On the backend I get a firm spicy character from the coriander, plus more orange zest from the orangepeel. Not much in the way of white grape or any kind of wine-like character. This is essentially a witbier but without the wheat. It’s not the kind of beer I would normally associate with a Trappist monastery, which is probably what makes it all the more appreciable.
Drinkability: Since this beer is bottle-conditioned, it’s no wonder it’s so vigorous across the tongue. Frotunately, there’s no carbonation bitterness. The body is fairly light, and it’s remarkably refreshing while in the mouth. It finishes mostly clean with a slightly dry, starchy aftertaste. At only 4.8% ABV, Chimay Dorée would be easy to session the beer in warmer settings if only the price tag weren’t so high.
KoNrRiI (1182) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33 bottle. Hazy, light amber color and a medium, thick, white head leaving a nice lacing. Aroma of yeasts, spices, some light malts, and a bit of apples. Taste is sweet and sour with malty, caramel flavors contributing to the former and fruity, juicy ones to the latter. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is shortish, sweeter, introduces some bubblegum. Overall a very mediocre brew especially considering the brewery’s record. Quite a disappointment.
allmyvinyl (9336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from cornelius. Pours clear gold, thick white head. Spiced apple aroma, almost cakey. Taste is more of the same, apple, cinnamon. Bready yeast on the finish. Decent.
alobar (3502) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden yellow pour with aroma of yeast, bread, apples, and spice. Bread flavor with spice and apple finish. Dry finish with quality lacing. Very nice beer.
billiejoece (12) - BRAZIL - JAN 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveja dourada turva, creme de formação bem abundante, claro, persistência excelente. Boa carbonatação. Deixou a desejar no aroma em relação a outras Chimay, talvez pelo estilo dela. No aroma, pronunciado o aspecto de cereal, lembrando pão saindo do forno. Um pouco de caramelo também perceptível. No sabor me sobressai o caráter maltado, caramelo, toffe e um toque de especiarias. Um pouco de cravo ou pimenta. Corpo médio, sem amargor pronunciado, bastante refrescante e alta drinkability.