BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Ruby red with a brown haze, large off-white head. Quite carbonated at first, make sure to allow this one to breathe. Spicey nose has yeast, fruits, wheat, and is very malty. Taste has tons of malt, spicey yeast, dark fruit, and some acidic notes to it. Decent beer, but there’s better from Chimay out there.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear crimson coloration, with busy fizzing above in the beigish head, which dies quickly..nose is spicy, sweet, caramel, and cola, dark fruits and more, but, really, not enough...these days, I expect more from a dubbel.
In the mouth, tasty enough, but not much more than average...nutty, slightly chocolatey, very light, very lean, leaves the palate quickly, though...and a dull fuzz remains on the tongue, and dies...pretty average, really.
Boy, this used to be a good beer, I mean, a really good beer, but, this is just kind of dull. Medium bodied, dull, soporific finish...fizzy cola-ish taste...very dull, compared to other Belgian, hey, even, no, especially American offerings!!!
I am damned disappointed in the dullness of this rather dreary, lackluster, coasting- on -the- coattails- of- it’s- past-kind of brew.
It’s been several years since I’ve had a bottle of this, and it may be many more, now that I’ve had it again. It’s like you get a glimmer of the taste, but it dies too quick, and does nothing...this should never be thought of as an exemplar of this style, if you really want to try the real stuff...even Maredsous is better than this!
A better beer than, say Milwaukee’s Best, but not a match for St. Bernardus or even Allagash!
BeerandBlues2 (10540) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber to nut brown with a huge off-white head, good lacing. Huge wheat aroma with a sweet and malty nose. Wheat flavor with caramel notes. A little dry to metallic finish. Medium palate, dry and warm.
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a red coppery body, with creamy head. Aromas of fruit, and hints of vanilla. Tastes of fruit, and somewhat sour. slightly feel the alochol on the finish. I enjoyed this one!
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminds me of a shallower chimay bleu. Malty and nice, but I’d never buy it next to the blue.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
i love all the chimay’s!what can i say?!copper in color with a huge head.notes of hops and yeast.excelent!
pintbypint (2807) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml brown bottle w/cork. Reddish brown, compact off white head. Fruity aroma. Notes of spice, pepper, faint vanilla. Rich malts, some woodiness and more spice in the mouth. A bit of dry finish, some alcohol notes.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vary hazy, reddish-copper color with a fizzed up head, much of which remained for the duration of my drink. Spiced-up, fruity aroma. Sour alcohol flavor... that’s what I tasted right off. Some dark, dried fruitness to it. A touch of bitterness. I’ll have it again, but not often.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good solid offering from Chimay. Spicy, yeasty, with just enough richness to satisfy but not overwhelm the palate.
Beaver (1411) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Chimay Red poured a cloudy copper-gold. It had a fizzy fine-bubbled white head that had decent retention.
The aroma was very vinous (red wine / champagne) with some sour notes.
The flavor was strong pear and champagne with smaller notes of alcohol and a little sourness. Some yeastiness and bitterness came out as it warmed. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth, but a little fizzy.
Overall, I personally didn’t care for the flavor at all (pear and champagne). I really don’t like champagne and this was way too similar for me. It was pretty well made and did get a little better as it warmed, but I was already tuned into the flavors I didn’t care for.