beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle- cork popped to the ceiling(!), big head and a ton of fizziness, almost soda pop-ish. Color is amber-bronze and very clear. Aroma is yeasty and warm. Flavor has lots of chewy notes, but not as complex as I'd hoped. Seem to taste the cask at times as it warms and opens up. Lots of alcohol on the tongue for a 7%ABV brew... seems higher. Will enjoy this one slowly.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 pleasant aroma, subtle blend of fruit, nut, and fresh bread. fizzy, straw colored pour. lively nearly all white head that twinkles and it is a bit airy, but it doesn't turn me off. murky brick red, orange body. marvelous flavor - same as aroma, but it striking my tongue is much more rewarding. soft, slightly bitter - an excellent brew.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle- Color is a solid caramel brown with a peachy reddish tone, nice inch high head of tight bubbly off-white creamy foam, faded slowly to a skim always present and large drippy lacing.
Smell is one complex mother of a dubble, quite unique, good smokeyness comes through with bacon and smoked dried oranges, sweet smokey malts, other dark but dullish fruit of plum and raisin, candied toffee notes and what I'm guessing is alot of wild yeast and a bit of cherry as well. Hard to get past the smokey sense, but it tames as it sits longer.
Taste is smooth and creamy delight of complexity, let this sit awhile after pouring, it seemed to ripen on the vine as it warmed a bit. Finally as I begin to reward my taste buds it starts with a touch of mint up front leading right into a punch of sweet malts, dulled oranges and dark fruits, mostly plum, a subtle touch of raisin, cherry, and toffee. The smokey sense from the smell is all but null and void. I was hoping it would maybe show up somewhere as it warmed, but nope. Towards the end it pick up some banana esters and good amounts of milding spice, clove, and yeast keeping this very smooth and quite full, a bit of a tingly-fluffy carbonation shows up late towards the finish.
Complexfully wonderful and a great sipper. Excellent yeasty surprise; smooth, creamy, tingly, spicey, fruity, nearly everything a good Belgian needs this has.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as Chimay Bleu, but the Rouge version is also a wonderful abbey ale. Beautiful to smell and taste, the big bottle is great for sharing.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Excellent ale. Beautiful and aromatic. Smooth and silky on the tongue with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Seems to me that you can sense the cask a bit in the aftertaste, which adds something. Absolutely wonderful. A favorite.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After hearing all of the lore and hype concerning Chimay, I tried this one. Yes, it is a very good beer, with good color, flavor, and nose, but it wasn't the best trappist ale I've had (the flavor wasn't "rich" enough for me, and a tad too floral).
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn Good Yeah!
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As I remember it was my first Trappiste. Ruby brown color and brown medium head. Very aromatic: cherries, yeast, raisins. The taste was a bit ordinary, but fruitiness and bitterness interplayed beautifully. A Trappiste for beginners.
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have to stop rating tonite, this beer tastes just like the one I just had. Did I even rinse my glass? Seriously, I think the more yeasty beers don't sit that well with me. Combine that with complex maltiness and it's a difficult quaff.
badgerben (4597) - 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.