badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Copper color with a medium head. Light aroma of malt and yeast. Very weak spice notes in the taste. Moderate alcohol presence. The malt flavor is almost hidden.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 On draught at Belgian Beer Café "Belle Vue", Kiev, Ukraine. Hazy mahogany color. Unbelieavably ozon-like nostrils-filling aroma. Malty toffeish flavor. Fizzy, bubbly palate. Medium bitterness.
larsniclas (5783) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, nutbrown body.
Fresh aroma, ozon-ish.
Wellbalanced, but a bit thin with too little flavour.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was slightly disappointed in this. The head poured nicely, but not much in the way of "complexity" in aroma. Slightly fruity aroma with some hoppiness pepper in the nose. Bubbly and fizzy on the tongue, but taste was somewhat average. Malty, carmel with some heffe-like spices mixed in, but very faint. I was expexting to be "wowed" with all the hype, but it's just "very good". I drove 22 miles to find it, but I won't go to that trouble again.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Monstrous foamy Chimay head that diminished well but left behind a thick cottony lacing. Sweet floral and yeasty fragrance. Also aromas of stone fruit, bubble gum, and cotton candy. Flavors of citrus and candy-sugar. Alcohol is noticeable. Lively champagne-like mouthfeel but medium-bodied and silky smooth. Very nice.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark in the coloring, like a barleywine, in the look and aroma. Smells of fruit, raisins, bananas, pears and cloves. Very complex and slightly acidic, bittersweet with a roasted nutty malty caramel like aftertaste. Very full and satisfying.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Brown and ruby colour with some haze. Big creamy head. Sweet aroma of honey with some pepper and alcohol. Tatse: very fruity and yeasty; dried apricot, tropical fruit and lemon. Herbs and peppery alcohol keeps it balanced. Also some chocolate in background.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany color, average head and lacing. Citrus aroma with a background of floral hops, licorice, banana, clove, bubble gum. Very complex flavor, very active carbonation but a smooth caramel finish. Bitterness in the end is present and a creamy mouthfeel. A very complex and satisfying belgian beer.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 I’m really not sure how I feel about rating it for I will tie Emily (ChimayBabe) in overall ratings and do it while drinking Chimay Red. I know she would understand. Now the day I equal Aaron, Jeff, or Eric will be cause for celebration. This is one of the beers that created the beergeek I am today, 15 years later and it is still one of my first loves and something I drink 3 or 4 times a year. Anyway, on to the rate: Copper hue with lasting head and excellent lacing. Fruity aroma with hints of cassis, apples, straw, oak, and nutty malt. Nice crisp fruity taste with equal balance of bitterness and sweetness, finish somewhat dry and clean. Very lively yet full-bodied mouthfeel. Wonderful! It’s complex yet smooth, this is a world-class dubbel and my favorite of the Chimay line. Very highly recommended.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Coppery color, with a large head. It had a subtle light fruity taste that flowed like silk while being quaffed.