Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy.
Unpleasantly aromatic with notes of bread, medicines, seawater, salt, green plants and dark fruits.
Dark fruits reside but the entire front and mid-palate is completely non-existant. The finish however is lovely, lingering and full of a malty sweetness. Once again though, my main problem, as with all the Chimay beers is the total lack of body. This beer still sucks but it blows away that awful Grande Reserve that they also produce.
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours beautiful red with a nice ruby head that lasts the whole glass, very nice. Nose is malt, yeast, and alcohol notes, along with spice that is less sweet (cinnamon/allspice/clove) than spicy (oregano/basil/sage). When it hits the tongue I think alcohol, bubbles, cherry and red plums, then caramel apples, and overall a strong yeasty, bready note. To me the alcohol is not well masked in this (as opposed to Tripel Karmeliet or Westmalle, or even Grimbergen).
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Pours a deep reddish brown with a moderate head that leaves a great lacing. The initial aroma is malty and yeasty, but as it warms, the aroma gains a spice. Very smooth and silky. The taste is malty and fruity, and it too gains a spice as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden which leads to a very smooth finish.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely abbey dubbel. Nice murky dark colour with small head. Aroma and flavor is malty with a very delicat fruity note.
madquacker (1069) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of cherry which clears the nostrils. Copper appearance with a thick quickly disappearing head. Flavours of cherry, fizz and apricot. Lingering pleasant finish. Nice as a novelty but wouldn’t want to live on it.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(33cl bottle) The nose is full of yeast and dough that wets the appetite. Upon my pour the beer produced a lovely head, but the head quickly dissipated. The palate is full flavored and refreshingly carbonated. Much of the flavors seem to be either apple or pear. The hops are slightly spice, but restrained. The finish is long sweet and full of rich candi sugar flavors.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very carbonated, fizzed up as I swashed it. Sweet cherries, apricot, alcohol, and malt. I was kinda dissapointed by this. A pretty good dubbel, and seems to be pretty easy drinking.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yeasty with a pronounced banana flavor with other fruit notes. a good brew. i must try more by chimay
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper/amber color, with a large white/tan head. Aroma is yeast and fruit. Flavor is yeast, brown sugar, and fruit, but they are rather subtle. The end is dry.
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice rich red colour. Smooth taste considering the alcohol percent. Head lasted throughout the glass. Little pricey at the LC though $5 per bottle