HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy gold color. Large white head that quickly diminishes. Fruity nose as the other Chimay beers. The alcohol lingers a little too long. The taste is musky.
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 On tap ... massive head. Golden orange. Yeasty aroma. Cloves? Wheaty grist. Smooth and nice. For a non-fan of Belgian beers, I liked this!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong Ale Fest '03. Light orange color with smallish head (sample sized). Light hops are preceeded by fruity taste you come to expect from Chimay.
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with a large fluffy white head. Spicy hops and yeast in the aroma. Fruity taste, followed by spice and vanilla. Just a small amount of carbonation.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber body is topped by a gorgeous white creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass in huge thick sheets. Fruity peppery aroma. The flavor packs a surprising astringent wallop. The fruity and peppery flavors are there but the astringency and alcohol flavors are a tad overwhelming. Body is very lively. Overall this beer looks awesome, smells great, but the flavor is a slight letdown but still not bad at all.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (330ml). Colour is attractive deep gold underscored by a suggestion of orange. It has a moderate fluffy head, which quickly subsides. The aroma is dominated by yeast and Demerara sugar, with an undercurrent of wheat and malt. Spritzy on the tongue, but relatively light bodied. The flavour is dominated by lemons with some underlying sweetness, but the two aspects are not especially well integrated – imagine adding sugar to neat lemon juice. Well hopped, but the hops announce their presence a tad aggressively and without subtlety. There is sharpness on the finish that lingers and tends towards astringency. I certainly would say that the “after-bitterness melts in the mouth” as claimed. This beer is crisp and quaffable for a Trappist, but somewhat straightforward and uncomplicated. None of this is to say that I actively dislike the beer; I just can’t really see what everyone raves about. As Tim Webb comments in his book, perhaps the monks are getting too commercial for the good of the product.
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow...what a beer. received this beer in a smaller special glass right from the tap. fine bubbly head not too cloudy. first thing i noticed when drinking was the strength along with softer beer taste. i did notice the raisiny, malty flavoring....very pleasing and i highly recommend this one.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge fluffy white head: Bread-like texture. Hazy golden. Looks beautiful in matching Chimay trappist glass. Smooth flavour, alcohol pushes through a little bit. Strong yeast presence, malty, and spicey.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep gold with mildly pungent herbal hop aromas with some citrus and cinnamon in there as well. Starts off with fruity notes, but the dominant theme is lavish floral hops. This is somewhat heavily hopped, but without excessive bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter and lightly fruity. A rounded, very pleasant beer, drinkable in greater quantity than many trappist beers.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Pours cloudy orange/gold with a large head and moderate lace. A very hoppy aroma. Also some spice and banana. Flavor is heavy and a little sweet. The finish is very hoppy and a little astringent. The alcohol is aparent. Strong carbonation. A very good beer.