Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lighter in color and lower in alcohol than Chimay Bleu. The aroma is like that of a fine bakery. you will be able to taste 7% alcohol, but that will not interfere with your enjoyment. Although still a sweet ale, the taste is surprisingly dry given the high gravity and fruity aroma.
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very yeasty citrus and wheat aroma. Yeast and malt flavor with a bit of tangyness.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tastes like Chimay Blue if blue was not filtered. Again, I have to state that trappist beers are not my thing, and red did not change my mind. Strong nose of malt, yeast, and alcohol. Taste hangs out with you for a few minutes after drinking. There was something wrong with this beer that I can't seem to put my finger on. I think that if people tasted this blind and did not see that it was a Chimay coming out of an attractive bottle, they would give it much lower ratings. IMO, a very overated beer.
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in colour with sweet fruit and yeasty aromas. Flavor wise, it begins quite sweet, but dries quickly and becomes bitter with some earthy/oaky qualities. The alcohol is also very upfront. An interesting contrast to Chimay blue, which (in my mind) is a far more subtle and delicate product. Thanks presario.
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I've had this before and this isn't the best bottle I've had. Marks are adjusted accordingly. Cloudy brown with a gigantic white frothing head. Moderate lacing. Some sediment. I remember all the bottles at the LCBO this time looked a little weak, and the yeast looked a little mucus-y. Regardless I don't think the bottle had spoiled. Aromatic spicey, chocolate, fruity, soapy with notes of cherry scents. Prickley spiced flavours. Body is medium, relatively rich and bread crustiness is prevalent. Carries some yeasty sourness. There is a dominant flavour in the first palate (can't figure it out) which doesn't work for me. Not as complex as the white or the blue. Good none the less.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all time favorite beers. Pours a beautiful copper color. Nice light white head. Smells of faint fruit, some alcohol and spice. Drinks smooth and clean, works extremely well with creamy goats cheeses.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
slightly cloudy, dark copper/brown, thin white head, very fruity and yeasty, maybe a hint of alcohol, lightly hopped, grass, very distinct fruitiness – some cherries, prunes, citrus; flavor is sweet and fruity, some bitterness and alcohol, definite yeast presence, earthy and lightly sugary – malty as well, not overly complex but well done
TBone (14263) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper brown hazy color. Pours excellent long lasting off-white head. Aroma is excellent: malts, prunes + citron-like alcoholic touch. Easy to drink despite being quite full-bodied malty. Palate is not extremely complex. Gives alcoholic kick in the finish.
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
What oh what has happened at Chimay? I first tried these beers in the Brugse Beertje in 1991 and liked them a lot. The red, in particular, was strong and complex and I decided there and then that if this was Trappist beer I liked it. However, recent tastings have left a bad taste in the mouth in more ways than one. The colour is the same, but the aroma is wheaty and vegetal. The body has vanished almost completely, with only a thin wheat, cardboard and chemically taste present, fading out quickly. They say the recipe hasn’t changed in years. I don’t believe them. This beer is now unpleasant to drink. Go and buy some Westvleteren instead. (bottle in Trappiste, Altrincham)
anickell (14) - Aberdeen, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding. Without question, one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Creamy head, reddish coloring. Extraordinarily fruity/flowery taste with hints of berries and slight bitterness...complex flavors without being too "heavy." Excellent finish and aftertaste...reminiscent of cloves. Temperature variations seem to have negligable effect on qualities of drink. Unbelieveable!