skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Poured from 330ml bottle. Strong aroma of cherries and currants. Head was creamy, with no lacing in my Chimay glass. taste of raisins and malt. Wet and smooth finish. The warming effect comes gradually, with no alcohol bite. This dubbel is nearly a perfect winter beer.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very creamy head. Nice fruity aroma. Soft, thick, creamy on the tongue. Well balanced.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red color with big head and high carb. Fruitty smelling. Prune and raisin taste with a yeast notes. This is a great beer to introduce drinkers to Belgium Beers.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Tawny brown colour. Dense head. Malt in the aroma, but more muted than I expected. Sweetish malt flavour with a somewhat coarse yeasty sourness. Quite sharp finish which subsides leaving a residual sweetness. Fine, but nothing exceptional here, in my view.
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another fine brew just like belgium know how to make them. Little head, sweet and fruity aroma, excellent mixture of sweetness and spiciness witch make it a really enjoyable and easy to drink brew. You can't really taster the alcohol. Bitter finish.
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.