notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, served in the proper Chimay goblet. An excellent Belgian, up there with the Bleu. The yeasty smell is more subdued than the Bleu, but there is more fruit. Quite refreshing.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a mesandsim rate:
This is one of our old favourites - something we haven’t had for quite a while. Trying it recently reminded us that it’s a great beer. Good hearty trappist nose and flavour. Smooth and full-bodied. Complex and slightly sweet.
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.20 oz. bottle from The Anderson’s, Columbus, OH. Lovely orange-red with tons of tiny sediment at the bottom of the bottle; monstrous, white, fizzy, frothy head that’s easily recreated with some light swirling. Aroma is Belgian yeast, alcohol, and apple/pear. Flavor is more of the Belgian yeast with an excellently balanced and complementing light bitterness; slight pleasant pungency (the deScription says "astringency"); light alcohol warmth and evaporation through the nose. At first I felt this was too thin but as I drank it, it seemed to be come more full; TONS of carbonation, with the beer becoming just a bunch of bubbly froth in the mouth until the beer is allowed to sit and "burn off" some of it; slightly sticky after all. Overall, this is not a knockout beer; what is impressive about it is the sheer craft of the beer; it won’t knock you on your ass, but it’s impressive how subtle and how incredibly well balanced it is, how it all fits how and all aspects of the beer just work together. I am looking forward to some of the "heavier" Trappists.
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great little bottle. Appearance is amberred with a dull head. First sip reveals a heavy aroma of honey and sugar turning refreshingely bitter.
Great for café talks and a sturdy meat meal.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours red with a white head. Smells of rose hips, candy canes, and caramel. Tastes of grapes, raisins, dates, figs and spring flowers with morning dew. Mouthfeel leaves a lingering carbonation that tickles the tongue for several minutes after the finish. Lacing lingers throughout the enjoyment of the beer.
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful palate. Full of all sorts of fruits & flavours. Well malted - nice and malty like a real ale should be. Excellent head and head retention, but surprisingly, lacked lacing. Cloudy, dark, hazy bottle conditioned appearance and character. Very yeasty. Lots of aroma.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Muddy brownish colour with a beautiful rocky head. Extremely dry, more dry than bitter. Some chocolatey notes. Not as full-bodied as most other trappists, but still a very beautiful experience. 040993
As "Chimay Premiere" 050599
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium orange-amber in color. Thick off-white head (not lasting). Cinnamon, belgian yeast bright scent, some kind of fruit too. light bodied. tastes like sugarless fruit, maybe grapefruit (citrus hopps). highly carbonated. Thanks Chuck...
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Re-rating this fellow, (1992, kulminator, dirk didnt look sure about giving this, so thanks). Aroma is a good aged appely/oakiness, that i normally find this aged beer, i think it could have done with another few years however, fruit and light sweetness that i wouldnt normally have expected from this being as old as it is. Taste is similar to taste with the apples blending well with the darker fruits to create a delicious beer. I actually found the gf, pauline, had left half a glass left on the table towards the end of the nite and was like bonus if ever there was one.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chuck! The appearance is a thick, bubbly/creamy off-white head that fully stays. The body is a weird brown color. It bubbles more than champagne. Excellent lacing provides a nice appearance. The aroma is yeasty, cinnamon, bananas, cloves, grain, apricot. The flavor is yeasty, hay, alfalfa, cloves, cinnamon, something weird I can’t pinpoint. The palate is watery with a light/medium mouthfeel. Extremely carbonated.