JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium-dark, brown body with some red hues. Head is eggnog colored and thick, packed heavily with bubbles. Smel is typical abbey: lots of malt, clove, sweet corn, vegetable hops an some dustiness. Looks perect in glass. Tate is just strong enough with dark fruits, currants and spices. Delicious malt blankets the taste buds wrapping a warm alcohol flavor. After taste is good: rich malt, grapes and warming from the alcohol
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown hued but lacking depth of color, very cloudy, perhaps I let the bottle expire, some spiciness upfront, decent fresh baked bread taste, I'll have to try again, not up to par with corsendonk or allagash double
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark oarnge/light brown. Nice,creamy,long lasting head. Nice yeasty,malty aroma. Very creamy,fizzy,mouth feel. Feel great in the mouth. Starts musty and bready,rich. Chewy yeast follows,with fruity malt flavors. Finish is has the slightest bitterness,and is mainly malty. I've always enjoyed this one.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A sparkling clear copper body is topped by a frothy tan head. The aroma is yeasty and quite malty. The flavor has a certain spiciness about it that is quite nice, also sweet malt and yeast come into play. Body is medium and the carbonation, while quite lively in the glass, is not overly so on the tongue. Pre-RateBeer this and the Ommegang brews were about the only Belgian-style beers I ever drank. I quite surprised at how well this beer stands up to the many other Belgians I have had since joining RateBeer. It is not in the Westvleteren class of Trappist brews but it is still quite a beer. The gift pack that includes all three standard Chimay beers as well as a Chimay chalice is a steal.
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POP! Cork almost slipped from my hand, could have almost hit the ceiling, and the bottle rocked. (As in, it wobbled on the desk, but it rocked in that it's a cool bottle, too). Sweet aroma, smooth and balanced smelling. Banana and berries and spice and something lightly musty but nice. Hazy orange-red color with a good head that stays a bit. A bit of lacing. Slightly sharp on the tongue, some alcohol taste, but not overpowering. Light sweetness and a bit of maltiness and spice. Good bitter finish. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Fairly smooth in the mouth, a tiny sting going down, but no point loss for that! Good.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed pouring this beer into my newly acquired Chimay Glass. JUst felt right...Not much to add about this fantastic dubbel...Nearly perfect for the style..Nicely played
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great brew from Belgium.Do these guys ever take a break?A nice rustic autmn copper color with a foamy head that dissapates to a creamy texture.Very malty and hints of fruits and the alcohol was slightly hidden.The finish was clean with a little bit spiciness
Garrat (1262) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 From a small bottle came a huge fruity,red faced warming experience.Good malty fun.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color that is best described as rusted pumpkin. Head retention is unbelievable. Taste is barely sweet, and not too bitter- gives a mild overall feel. Mouthfeel could be more malty, but this beer comes off very smooth and drinkable. Good bitter aftertaste, decent malty aroma. Quite mild, but still a success.
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer 31 Belgium trip. An old favorite, and my introduction to Belgian beers all those years back. Medium brown, bit hazy, light notes of port and raisin. Flavors matched, with a bit of piquancy, light malts. Good, and will always hold a soft spot for this one.