BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Nice head which disappeared quickly. Extremely well-balanced with nice fruity/bready malts. The wonderful, fine carbonation contibutes to what I believe is the best palate of any beer I’ve come across yet. Many of the American imitatitions have been over-done; Chimay gets it right; these monks know their stuff.
craven5000 (101) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There were floaters in the middle of the large bottle and noticeable sediment on the bottom. It poured a big off while head with popping bubbles. It was mostly diminishing. At first the color in a full glass reminded me of plum wine, but slightly lighter and with a little orange. Small bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass. Initially, it felt lively on the tongue and released a flavor that is hard for me to describe. After a short bit the liveliness died down allowing it to become smooth all the way through. It had a nice full round mouth feel that was clean after the swallow. The flavors started with what reminded me of warm doughy bread with a hint if nuts. It ended with a pleasurable metallic astringency, which lightly remained in the after taste. If drank quickly it has a sharp harshness that quickly builds up. It is a very good beer that I will have again. The reason for the lower aroma rating is because I have not been very successful in telling the difference between beers for a while.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle: After drinking this for so long, I’m finally getting around to rating it: pops with lively carbonation, and pours with a moderate, creamy head; nutty, caramel aroma; herbal, citrus hop and light dough nose; hints of banana, clove, bubble gum, pear, pepper and toffe flavor; finishes with a long, slightly metallic astringentness.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good, full of flavour, wonderful smell. Good beer to sip and savour
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My comments on the "Blue" follow ( the "Red" is almost there) ... Blue -Just a superb Trappist rendition. I love the yeasty fullish bodied content, the red-copper color, the Belgian lace and overtones of malted caramel among other enticing flavors. The best of the Chimay line.
Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Aroma is very fruity. A little hop aroma too. Pours a very hazy copper with lots of sediment. Nice off-white head with a good amount of retention. Not much lacing. Very malty and fruity tatste. No hops in the taste like the smell indicated. Slight alcohol taste, but for the most part covered up rather well. Virtually no aftertaste. Alcohol taste intensifies as you drink but never becomes overpowering. Excellent beer. Bleu gets the higher average rating, but I think this is much better. (8-4-8-4-17)
Bottle (33cL): Well, it’s finally time for a re-rate. The aroma is moderately fruity with raisins, grapes, faint apples, candi sugar, yeast, and light spiciness. It pours a hazy reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head with decent retention. The flavor starts with moderate fruitiness that’s just like the aroma with a nice mixture of raisins, grapes, and faint apple. There some slight candi sugar in the background. The finish is somewhat spicy with some metallic notes that are somewhat iron-like. Medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. As the beer warmed the iron flavors began to disappear, but never disappeared completely. My score probably wouldn’t be all that much different than before if not for the iron-like flavors in the finish.(9-4-6-4-14)
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
redish, or lighter brown in color. Smelled of fruit and as usual with Chimay, plenty of carbonation. A great beer but not the best of the chimay line.
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown body with a foamy lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet of berries, malt and fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, yeast and some liquorice. A little mild in the flavor but still a nice beer!
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An absolutely beautiful beer - deep cloudy orange/brown with a fluffy natural head. Scent of fruit and hops. Sits nicely in the mouth - nice carbonation and a full flavour leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. A big tasting brew with - believe it or not - a mildly "fishy" taste. Overall, a classic.
Sammy (8953) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour was most interesting, it kept foaming out of the 750 ml. bottle. I only wanted to try a few sips! Medium brown color with large but dissipitating head. Good smell with spice and some fruit, which did not disapoint in the tasting. Semi-dry aftertaste.