Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Made by monks to make you pray for forgivness after too much of a rich and heady delicious thing.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Beautiful copper colour and candy sugar aroma. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are both very pleasant with gargly candy sugar notes. Obviously not a session type drink but one I would pleasurably return to time after time. Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.6, 3.8 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.8
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty aroma emerges from a very cloudy chocolate brown beer topped with a light tan head. Sweet with bits of spice thrown in: sweet turning very slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice.
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 30, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml. big 'ole brown corked & caged Belgian bottle. Bottling date of 1/02/03. January 2, 2003 was a good day for bottling Chimay, because mine is wonderful. Poured out a hazy, rusty orange color.
The cork shot out of the bottle first. Very effervescent, highly carbonated. Huge head at first, mocha cream in color. Slowly slid back to a thick matting, and even more lacing down my Chimay chalice. Huge island of yeast floated in the middle of the beer.
Aromas are of caramel malts, lactic wheat tang, fresh cut hay, slight earthy & slightly musty aromas as well. I could go on describing this beer all day, because it is so complex, and so well made. Only 1 point off for cloudiness. Other than that, it was perfect. Tastes the same as it smells. Slight lactic wheat tang, enormous malty backbone supports the hops very well. Noble hops make an all too brief appearance towards the end. Bready, yeasty bite, and smooth mouthfeel make for a great beer.
I wish I lived down the road from this Abbey.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2004 750ml bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large, lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is mildly malty with some yeasty notes, but uninspiring. Thin body yields simplistic flavours that disappoint. The typical full, sweet, and fruity flavours that one expects in a Dubbel are only vaguely apparent, with more off-putting cardboard flavours in the background. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Chimay over the last few years concerning ingredients, recipes, and cost-cutting, but who knows where the truth lies? Having enjoyed this many times in the past, I can only say that this is not the same beer that built Chimay’s worldwide reputation, nor the beer that will sustain it.
Update (7/19/2004): 750ml bottle, aged 18 months. The aroma and flavour have a much more pronounced dark fruit—almost vinous—character. Slightly fuller mouthfeel. Less of the cardboard taste. Probably gains a few points here and there, but still very disappointing.
skaughty (652) - 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 (7482) - 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.