Aurelius (3731) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Top marks for appearance & palate. Dry, earthy, tawny Belgian ale. Somewhat tart in the finish. I like Ommegang somewhat better, but well-done. One could certainly drink a lot of this with no problems.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Earthy and mellow.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good beer. Not quite what I expected after having read about it for the last 6 months in the forum and finally tasting it. Fruitier than expected. A very pronouned fruity scent with a hint of orange? Very nice after taste feeling on the tongue. Haven’t had many beers of this style but I can definently see myself becoming a fan.
duke33 (66) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
outlaw99 (14) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, but have to agree with the previous rater, a little too much of everything here. Maybe this one is an acquired taste?
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2001
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A minor dissapointment every time I’ve tasted it. Maybe my expectations have been too high? It’s better than most brews, of course, but there’s a bit too little of everything in it.
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Chimay Première in corked 75 cl. bottle)
Herby-malty nose with depth.
White head of foam, fading but with medium consistancy, some cloudiness (yeast in suspension, bottle had been laid down), dark amber color, little fizz.
Herby-malty taste, with volume, good foam in the mouth, some licorice, very good medium-intense herbaceous finish without bitterness nor stickyness.
This is very good, tastes like ’artisanal’ (as against industrail). The lower third of the bottle was full of floating yeast cells, turned it into a creamy rich tasting ..food.. brew, very good indeed. My score is no doubt conservative.
achtungpv (190) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminds quite a bit of wine. Very fruity.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 27, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2003 Call me silly, but this is my preferred Chimay. I find it the most complex on the palate and the most varied as it warms. It also offers one of these 'plus fours' ala Shulgin more often than any other beer for me. Unbeatable creamy mousse over an amber-brown chalice. A unique well-blended harmony of malt and hops -- perfume, tobacco, tart, alcohol pepper, creamy feel and very easy mild bitter finish.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - NOV 20, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s not as intense as the blue, but smoother