danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy off-white head that holds well, smells moldy/yeasty with complex notes from King Alcohol; nice reddish-brown body with hazy appearance. Up-front lightly sweet with strong sour milk qualities. Banana, cola, prune, vanilla come together with a nice acidic/metal long finish. Carbonation is lively - not what I would consider a session beer, but fun.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: Honest head; rosy-red, hazy hue; intense and inviting nose; strong and yeasty flavor, yet subtly sweet and soothing. Very smooth and drinkable, with small, tightly compacted bubbles. Very mild overall, yet not boring at all. I took it up a notch with some stinky Chimay cheese. It went unbelievably well with the beer. Addtl note: detected some interesting, candy-coated flavors. A sugary flavor that reminded me of those conical, multi-colored suckers of yesteryear. Maybe even a bit of that candy coating on Boston Baked Beans. Good stuff! But I think I like the Blue the best.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Brown in color, with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers, leaving sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly yeasty, fruity (banana and apple). Malty sweet start, middle is fruity with banana and some apple, and an acidic finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium.
boto (1807) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogony in color. Very tasty. Lacks the body of some of the other trappists, including the blue.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer and everything I expect out of a belgian strong ale; actually preferred this beer to Trois Pistoles and Westy 12 although it didn’t stand the test next to its bigger brother, the Chimay Blanche. Great copper color, medium body and head, suprising fruity aroma and palate - perhaps due to the properties of the yeast used in creating this fine beer. Great balance between alcohol,carbonation and flavor. Look out for the chunk of sediment waiting for you at the bottom of the bottle.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good mahogoney color. Light tart aroma. Sits well on the palate. Not as full bodied as the bleu.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like something from a bowl of Halloween candy. Bready, yeasty and very smooth. A rather lean body. More sweetness than others I’ve tasted. The blue is better in my opinion.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2003 (28Feb2003--750ml bottle)
A big letdown compared to the draft version. Heavy acetaldehyde, bitter, tangy, yeasty. Huge rocky head. I give it a 3.2 or so.
(26Dec2002--draft) What a treat to find Chimay on tap in the U.S.
A memorable experience! Deep red color. Thin, bubbly, persistent,
and creamy head with good lace. Incredibly floral hop aroma, balanced
with sweet malt. Perfect mouthfeel. Fruity, floral
flavors. Watermelon, honey, and wildflowers. Alcohol
very well-hidden. I'm having trouble placing this
beer in the context of other Belgians, as my experience is
limited. Aw, shucks, guess I have some tasting to do!
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
excellent Ale, i would consider this the a toss up between blue for the best .
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled(330ml). -very good beer but theres a lot of better belgian beers, amber color, fruty aroma, nice spicy