thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a nice head with a golden dark brown appearance. A full bodied carmel taste. A smooth finish to a well balanced beer.
MattShizzle (587) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good Belgian. Doesn’t taste strong at all. Only real defect is overcarbonation.
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle this beer appears a dark copper with a nice creamy head. Aroma is fruity with that distinct belgian yeast tone. Flavor is spicy on the tongue with plenty of banana bread maltiness rounded out by a slight bitter in the finish. Fizzy on the palate with medium body and a smooth coating of fruit tones left behind. Well balanced and well crafted...god bless the monks.
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice cola colored brown. Aromas of dark malts, fruit, and a touch of spice. Has flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood.
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small bottle. What a surprise. Even with my limited experience…..I found this beer to be near perfection in a glass This beer was served in a local pub in the proper Chimay goblet glass and at the proper temperature. You don’t see that too often. (Other members in my group complained that their beer was not cold enough !! ) A perfect balance of spices, malts and creaminess. Simply an very enjoyable drinking experience. You just sip this beer very slowly as oppose to gulping it. Makes a good accompaniment with your dinner.
NNCRed (17) - Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice red color with cream colored head. Musty and fruity aroma. Bitter and fruity flavor with hint of alcohol. Smooth and creamy finish.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large bottle. Dark reddish-brown. No shortage of yeast, but it is not offensive. Fruity aroma and taste that somewhat belies the alcohol content. My favorite of the Chimays. This is the one that showed me many years ago that the U.S. really didn’t know how (at that time) to brew a great beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small bottle. Pours a deep amber color, clear, except for the few yeasties that made it in the glass. Nice sized off-white head that lingers indefinitely and leaves suprisingly little lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet with hints of cola. Plenty of yeast in the nose. Lighter bodied with a high level of carbonation that never seems to fade. Ample bitterness balances the sweet sugar and fruit flavors nicely. Decently done.
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first whiff, dry and woody, but subsequent pulls reveal more sweetness and hints of considerable alcohol. Very dark reddish brown body with plenty of large, floating sediment. Color is very similar to the "red" color of the label, so close in fact that it must have been made that way purposefully. Average-sized to large, off-white head that is slow to dissipate. Not much lace. Initial mouthfeel tastes identically to the aroma. After a couple of sips I detected a delecatable buttery component. Wonderfully pleasant and balanced; my initial impression that this brew was pedestrian proved wrong; it is really nice. Not as carbonated a mouthfeel as a lot of Belgians. Nectar. This would be a great beer to replace the customary bottle of wine as a gift when attending a party.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
High level of carbonation with a golden brown color. Really needed to be enjoyed in a Trappist glass with a wide mouth. A good amount of malts are present with a very delicate aftertast.