SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 ml bottle. Pours deep, slightly cloudy copper with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy - cloves, nutmeg, watermelon, dried peach and yeast. Flavor is rich, sweet and spicy, though I detected a slight metallic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice copper color with nice head. A fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet taste with nice fruit compliments. Very nice dubbel.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bronze appearance with generous head that only lingered for awhile. Fruit and spice in the aroma. Lots of carbonation. Sweet and fruity taste, balanced with a little bitterness.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark orange-red liquid light penetrates easily with a generous amount of near virgin-white head that collapses quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of decomposing straw, grass, vegetal, citrus lemon peel, and wet sandstone. Flavor is a spicy citrus that gives way to a very smooth and very clean palate, not dry, leaving the mouth moist. Feels good in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Burnt orange in color...sweet, flowery, malty, dry. Many tastes blend in this fine trappist beer.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red ale with plenty of floating bodies. Light shines through slightly. The head is very white but diminishing. The smell is slightly citrusy. The taste is very smooth and slightly fruity. Not as bitter as some belgians and doesn't have a long aftertaste. Heavy carbonation tickles the throat, takes away from the flavor. Very enjoyable.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 Yeasty taste on my tongue; after tasting.. Clove? Need to try this again.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Semi-murky red with rocky, diappearing head. Apparent carbonation, smells of cherries, plums, alcohol and pepper. Taste of largely the same. Round-bodied, dryish finish. Too fizzy. But quite acceptable.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark copper color with a decent head. The taste is sweet and spicy. It finishes with a fruity taste of plums or grapes?
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was with great anticipation that I opened my bottle of Chimay Red. The first time I had tasted this ale, it was during a night of drinking. I was pretty much pissed at the time and I didn't expect the brick that slammed into my face when I drank my glass. I called it a slow burn then, but hey, I was drunk, so what did I know?
I was ready to taste it properly this time, and so I did.
The Chmay Red poured a deep amber with lively rising columns of carbonation. The thick, creamy head rose like a cloud above my Chimay chalice. The beer looks wonderful.
A vague fruitiness layered with a more harsh smell that, although not exact, reminded me of nutmeg. The aroma was as powerful as I expected.
This was a different time and a different day so I was ready to be objective. No slow burn this time and no grimace. The flavor is spicy. the carbonatio heightens the bite of this beer and there's no hiding the alcoholic content, it packs a punch but with great flavor.
This is a very good beer although I put it last among the three Chmays. However, that's definitely not a bad thing because all three are great.