kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
33 cl bottle: Hazy amber brown color w/a lasting off white head. Yeasty, vinous raisin ester, and a little earthy/musty. Fresh baked bready malt, hints of alcohol, and an every so slight hint of roast with some bakers chocolate & diacetyl. Well balanced, but is lightly to bitter. Some roast comes through a little stronger than I remember it in this one and is almost coffee like. Dry flavor overall in the finish with some herbal hop flavors as well that linger into the aftertaste. Toasted matl comes through after the roastiness up front. Very little fruitiness as I also remember it having more. Highly carbonated, medium body, and lightly astringent. Alcohol is only lightly noticeable in the mouth. Overall, I’m a little disappointed with this beer, or at least this bottle. I seem to remember it being a little more complex. Fruity esters are low in the flavor and it seems to be a little over hopped for my taste.
nick76 (4356) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The strongest and fruitiest of the three Red, Blue, and White beers of Chimay. You can’t go wrong with this beer. Serve it with dinner or by itself.
ddenomme (37) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a great beer. Looks beautiful, rich and full, dark but a hint of orange. Citrus notes, but not fruity. Creamy thick head gives way to a smooth but strong beer that lasts forever on the palate and could change your worldview if left to do so. Try it.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 750ml. Hazy orange-brown in the glass, with a nice creamy tan head and lacing. Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavor is yeasty, fruity, malty, with Chimay’s trademark yeast immediately apparent. Light in the mouth with astringent and dry finish. Not much alcohol presence and a little thin. Nice dubbel, but not as nice as the price and hype would have you believe. A little better than the White or Bleu.
HermanW (1059) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very fine dubbel. On the bottle is it chimay brune.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown pour with some orange tint. Medium frothy head, nice level of carbonation. Yeast, ripe fruit, spice and alcohol on the nose. Flavor echoes the nose, lightly bitter. Dry finish.
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 I find this to be the perfect beer. Just the right combination of fruity.malty and alcohol flavors. The strain of yeast has a very destinctive taste that you can’t find in any other brew. Ver very good ale.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours murky brown with a copper hue. Hugh creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet banana and a bit of skunk. Creamy carbonation with flavor notes of prunes and/or raisins. Just a bit of bitterness at the end with no alcohol warmth.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first taste of the style is still one of my favorites. Nice balance of sweetness and alcohol. One I still like to revisit every once in a while.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, Sampled December 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber copper color that is topped by a pale amber head that is large and frothy. The beer is well carbonated with a steady cascade of bubbles rising form the bottom of my glass. The aroma is typical of the chime yeast with notes of bubblegum, alcohol, fruity notes of plum and raisin, some spicy notes of ginger, all-spice, and clove. The fruity notes are definitely the dominant ones in the nose.
The taste is lightly sweet, with soft fruity notes of plum, raisin, fig and clove up front. The beer then moves to a sharp note that is a mix of carbonation, and yeast derived esters, as well as a bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer is quite light on the palate, almost a bit too thin. There is a certain level of astringency in the finish, which I have always found a bit distracting in beer brewed with the Chimay yeast strain.
Overall this is not a bad brew, certainly nothing to get really excited about, but it is a solid beer. It really could use a boost in the malt intensity / body department though, it just seems a bit thin.