K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally tried the white. Could it be my favorite of the Chimays? Fun interpretation of the Tripel style, with that pleasant musty monastic essence. Drier than the others, but would go equally well with a hunk o’bleu as an aperitif. Splendid.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible apearence! Nice golden yellow colour with a beatiful, creamy, tall, white head with plenty of lacing. Quite good banana/fruit aroma and a nice well balanced flavour to match. The flavour is not quite as fruity or malty as I expected, yet still damn good.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 My favorite from Chimay, It does not have the overbearing malty sweetness that some Belgian Abby/Trappists have. Some have called it a ’pale ale on steriods’, or maybe a Belgian interpretation of an IPA?
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beautiful beer! the clean, white head compliments the golden/orange color perfectly and the crisp hoppy taste makes this beer that much more enjoyable.
Indra (2476) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma very orangey, fruity and spicy, also laden with malt. Beer is sort of a medium golden amber color, a little darker than I was expecting, actually. Very generous head. Flavor starts off with some sweet malt tripel-type flavors, but quickly some spicy flavors and even a bit of hops are thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side, body is medium. Finish has a touch of sweetness, but overall is very citrusy, peppery and spicy. Quite a different Tripel than my mind had formed a gastric picture of, but certainly tasty. Nice lacing, too. Pretty good! Lacking a certain degree of complexity that I was sort of hoping for, however, likely bred by the excellence of the ubiquitous Blue and Red.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled after an Orval. Nose is similar to Orval, but inferior. Tastes much sweeter, with far more prevalent alcohol flavor, as might be expected. It has just a tiny hint of the spicy zing that makes the Blue so distinctive. I don’t find it all that peppery - more fruity - but maybe the beer I had before it had something to do with that.
vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last of the Chimays. I feel so accomplished having gotten a hold of all of these. This triumvirate has been hyped up to me for quite some time. Truly they are great beers, but really not my style. The white reminds me of something else that I have had before, but I am not quite sure what it is. The head was extremely large, frothy and white, and it went down smooth. Although, I still feel that the red beats this one hands down.
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Chimay was a bit bitter for me...pretty harsh. Need to try another bottle. May have gotten a bad one.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really don’t think chimay could make a bad beer if they tried. Slightly sweet citrus flavor which hides the alcohol. Another winner.
nigos (623) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Re-rate. Another truely great Chimay beer. Served in a Chimay glass. Fantastic appearance, orange in colour with a big creamy white head, simply stunning. Orange and yeasty malt aroma. Lightly malted taste with orange and perfumy, junipery dryness. All Chimay beers are just superb. However this is not their finest work, Blue is.