ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
A heftly bottle of this was my introduction to Beerpagne. This brew pours a dark murky
hazel caramel. The large frothy mostly diminishing head is off-white with virtually no
lacing. The moderate nose is a complex mix of moderate grain, hay, caramel, grass, resin,
citrus, earth, raisin, vanilla, cola, and alcohol. The flavor is balanced with a light start
featuring sweetness acidity, and bitterness. The long finish is also balanced with
everything from the start being moderate with an addition of vanilla, caramel, anise,
pepper, and lemon/lime citrus tones. The palate is the only glaring weak point in my
opinion. The body is light to medium, the texture is dry, and the finish has a strong
astringency combined with a metallic texture. The problem for me here is the excessive
carbonation that I can only compare to cheap champagne. It really ruined the experience
for me. A good brew that would be beyond stellar if the bubbles would be halved.
Andy99 (15) - ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just come back from the pub and have had a few of these - heavy but with a pleasant flavour and appetising taste
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I can’t say that I was overly impressed by this one. The alcohol taste way overpowers its light body, and overall it does not come close to the Blue, or even to the Ommegang that I have been enjoying over the past few days.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just like the rest of the world states...not as good as the Blue. Very similar IMHO though. Less carbonated then the Blue which I am not sure is good or bad. The flavors of the red are toned down a little from the Blue. I liked this Chimay a lot though.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - MAR 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent enough trappist, but not up there with the Chimay Blue. This one is just a little too much on the sweet side for my tastes.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeah, bacially a weaker version of the blue....let’s call it Chimay Blue Light. All in all a very good trappist. Medium bodied, very well balanced with fruits and pleasant hops.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One smooooth trap. A dark caramel color and a wonderful malt flavor. The perfect hop character.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
thick caramel brown color. mine was very carbonated, but not much head at all. nice slightly bitter taste, some fuity sweetness. overall, very good.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 March 2002: I agree for the most part with Oakes on this one; its a solid, ’light’ Trappist, not particularly complex or distinguished and certainly not the best from this fine brewer. Lovely thick brown appearance with just a hint of head that sticks around; nice slightly spicy, malty nose; full strong flavor with a ’medium’ very balanced profile, and a solid warming finish. Not spectacular, but like all the Chimays a pretty good deal (as far as expensive Belgians go, anyway). 7/5/8/4/17 4.1
May 2005: 11.2 oz bottle, probably a fresh one. Fairly clear ruby-orange, moderate frothy-wet head that decays disappointingly fast...malty, lightly vinous nose disfigured a bit by a touch of burnt rubber, some sour spiciness creeping in...wet, malty, slightly citrusy-acidic mouthfeel, vinegary middle, bitter sharp peppery finish...moderate-to-heavy carbonation really helps this out, on the whole I find it pretty average for a dubbel these days.
airen99 (20) - Bellevue, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice Chimay, even though it’s unspectacular. Nice aroma and palate. Not as bubbly as the Bleu, and therefore more easily drunk.