asheft (2761) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark yellow with foamy islands from the effervescent foci. The aroma is farmhousey with banana and dried apricots but not raisins; medium sweetness. Nice dry bitterness in the flavour that is woody-grape, though the flavour does contain a significant amount of noble hops, especially in the finish, which compliments a pleasant malt sweetness. Quite a bit of carbonation, with a light to medium body and perfect driness.
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very disappointing pour from a 750ml bottle renders a head of coarse, soapy bubbles resting on top of a rust tinted and slightly clouded beer. Head frankly looks like some of the more uninspired pilsners I’ve had. Aroma is weak and lacks the bread and fruit complexities expected in a Tripel of this supposed caliber. It even has a hint of a chemical odour that is at least mildly off-putting. Thought the taste and mouthfeel might redeem aforementioned wrongs... nope. Hints at fruits but gives way almost instantly to persistant bitterness. The drink is coarse. Overall, a big let down in the world of Trappists. I’ll hold out for Rochefort or Westmalle next time.
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde pâle voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col mousseux avec une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes, d’épices et d’houblons. La durée de l’arrière goût est moyenne. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. L’effervescence en bouche est forte. Présence d’amertume en arrière goût. (Rating #319)
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 The great thing about this is the metamorphosis. Pour it ice cold. Let it quench your thirst as you question its mojo. The head is thick and white, but maybe just a tad too bubbly for you? Give it time. It will turn into a creamy lace. Color of a tan-orange hue. Little too dry? Give it time, let it tease the palette as it warms. Let the peachy vanilla manifest. More then a hint of citrus. Let the perfect carbonation manifest. Let the excellence manifest. Yes it’s a little shy compared to the other Chimay cousins. Maybe not as complex. But easy as Sunday morning. I’ve heard rumors of a Chimay decline. Its all Greek to me, for I am new to quality such as this. One of the best beers of all time. Worth the cash. Trust me.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy fine head. Smells like fruit (ripe peaches or apricots), malts, yeast, and citrus. Tastes hoppy, tart, citrusy, and yeasty. Dry finish with a slighty sour endnote. Medium bodied with very fine carbonation. Definately a keeper!
malty (12) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As this is CHIMAY i must give this beer its proper resept...aces pours like golden nector from the gods.. peachy sweet hoppy7 too all together..tasteof dates pehaps.. slight hoppy after taste but suttle drinkability,,b..2or3...enjoy malty.out
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold, slightly darker than most other Tripels I’ve had. There’s a huge white head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Spicy, yeasty, citrusy, fruity (pear and peach) aroma. Very good Belgian yeast and spice flavor, with a slight hop bite and a long, dry, very unique finish. Slight alcohol warming.
reedcd2 (47) - USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick creamy head, with a nice unfiltered gold body. Subtle bitterness in the hops - A unique smokey aftertaste that reminds me of vodka.
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been looking forward to trying this for some time, finally got around to it. Poured a good sized creamy head. Dusty amber in colour. An aroma of citrus and spice. Quite a spicy, bitter flavour with subtle malty characteristics. Finishes nicely bitter. A very good beer in my humble opinion.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75 cl, Gold-blond colour, normal head. Lots of spices in the aroma, some citrus also. Astringent, spicy taste, Bitter finish.