piscator34 (2198) - 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 (1055) - 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 (14909) - 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!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - nice yeasty, fruity aroma. Dark gold to light brown in color with a finely bubbled white head. Tons of floaties! Amazingly creamy mouthfeel. Malt and yeast fade into a hint of mild bitterness. A beautiful beer.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours light caramel, small fizzly white head, with tons of little yeasty bits floating about.   Aroma is typical belgian yeastiness.   Light fig/date on the flavor, more belgian yeast, finishes tart.   While not overly carbonated, it seems to generate the largest burps.   Tiz alright, but seems as if it could use more flavor & spices.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 (Bottled, BBE 2007) Reddish brown, slightly orange color with a medium, tanned head. Crisp, "Chimay-yeasty", slightly sweet and sour aroma with a slight smokiness. Fruity and surprisingly refreshing, wineous flavor with lots of yeast and berries. Sweetish, and a bit sour. Full-bodied, oily, refreshing, sticky, lightly wineous and quite carbonated - although very tolerable - palate. An excellent, complex and refreshing trappist. These guys do know how to brew!