bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale gold body with a huge white head. Some lacing.
Yeast with a nice bit of floral hops in the aroma. There's some banana too. Slight hint of wheat that previews the bite ahead.
Yeast, banana/clove phenols, malty and a slightly sour grape taste all jump out. Nice bitterness ends the taste before the alcohol burns. Very dominant alcohol finish that warms you up and sticks with you.
Surprisingly I find this beer to have a medium body. Dry finish. Hopefully a year or two in the bottle will meld the flavors together.
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was Valentine’s Day, the day for all lovers to show their true feelings. My wife was having her favorite wine with dinner. I was having dinner with my mistress…a good beer. I chose a bottle of Chimay White for my evening, I had enjoyed the Chimay Red and wanted to try something different but something I was reasonably sure would be good.
After opening the bottle, which is pretty fun actually (uncorking a bottle of beer is something you don’t do everyday in the states), I poured the nectar into my glass. It poured a cloudy light amber, bordering on orange. The head was ample, but descended in a short couple of minutes.
For a beer with an 8% alcohol content, I was surprised that the aroma was so subdued. I was also struck by a subtle citrus smell.
At first taste, I noticed a sweet, fruity flavor that was as subtle as the aroma. The aftertaste was short-lasting. There really is no overpowering flavor here, a combination of fruit, malt and a creamy spiciness that made for a very satisfying mouthfeel.
This is a superb beer. I imagine it would be excellent either at the dinner table or the bar. It is one of the most satisfying ales I have ever had, because of its subtle combination of flavors and its smooth drinkability. A world class beer.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Didn't like this one as much as the Chimay Rouge ... was just as smooth but seemed less distinctive. Less character somehow. A little more of an alcoholic finish, to be expected, I suppose. Smooth, but not as smooth to me as the rouge. Still, a beautiful beer with a pleasant aroma. Great taste, just not as pleasing to me overall as the rouge.
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, gold colour. Delicate, floral nose. Alcoholic heat finish, with caramel notes. I had this particular beer on tap at Monk's in Philadelphia - I'm inclined to believe it would be better in a bottle, given Chimay's reputation. I found it this time to have too much alcoholic heat - the Belgians are usually much better at hiding it.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful Chimay. The taste is sweet and lightly fruity although more herbal. Simple with a defined head. Also packs a punch (a hard pucnh if you arent careful)
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown with a nice white head. Yeasty, spiced aroma. Light dry taste. Moderately spiced flavor, a godd bitter touch in the finish.
JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Amber-clear; white, creamy but small head. Grape-like nose, white-wineish. Sweet taste with herbal qualities. Bitterish "Belgian" type hops. No more fruity flavours, which I seem to remember. Retronasal a harsh metallic, stannum-like tang. If it weren't for the palate ruined by the metallic taste, medium to quite full bodied. Reasonably refreshing. The beer is quite good, not great. The finish is just awful. I'm pretty sure their modern brewing methods have partially ruined a once great classic.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
While the least impressive of this brand (I like red and blue a bit better) this is by no bad. In fact its quite good and gave me a good buzz. It is like Bass ale in its thickness and sweet sour flavor but much more consistent. Obvousliy this is higher in quality than Bass but there are similarites. I would drink this again and you know what I like it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has light Belgian qualities, slight fruit hops and banana/clove. Clear yellow color, awesome lacing and a persistent white creamy head. Sweet and salty color, zesty and tangy. I had this one while fighting a bad hangover, so the strong ABV in this made me sick to my stomach, but was still tasty. Clean finish and bready on the palate. Overall a good Belgian whtat reminded me of Lucifer (the beer, not Satan).
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful sight in the bour, golden and arimatic, with very vibrant carbonation, that is especially entertaining to watch it disperse the yeast throughout. Creamy fizzy head, that lasts and lasts throughout the drink. A faint echo of hops is present, with a floral fruity bouquet that is very refreshing. Very pleasant on the palette, from the flavor and the aroma.