DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I detect a baked apple taste, with some yeast thrown in to boot. Also, there was a certain mustiness about it that I felt detracted from the beer. There wasnít much of an aroma, and its appearance was hurt by its weak head and murky body.
Note - I had the beer in its 11.2Oz íTripleí incarnation.
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found the flavour of this beer quite tangy from the smaller bottle but from the Cinq Cents bottle it came across quite alot smoother. It has a nice hit of alcohol in itís aftertaste
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My least favourite of the three Chimays, but great nonetheless. Probably the most consistent of the bunch, which has its own merits I suppose, and a really strong finish. ... On another tasting four months later - this time from the larger cinq cents bottle - I got a lot more from it. Very smooth with tons of great flavour - a touch of pleasing alcohol leading into a fruity, hoppy swig, like liqueured cherries or something.
document (36) - USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 This is good stuff! My favorite Chimay. Huge musty, yeasty flavor/aroma, backed up by a great hoppiness. Smooth in the mouth, followed up by a satisfying bitterness. Addendum -- I had this beer on tap. I do not recall it being quite as nice from the bottle, but ymmv.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very special. One of the best beers Iíve had. Hoppy, yeasty, and earthy. Everything is balanced. The aroma is refreshing and uplifting. The taste is refined, and more complex than that in the rouge. Perfect head. The only negative is that it isnít ultracomplex like some stronger Belgians. My favorite Chimay.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy, golden color with a tall head that disipates to a 1/4 inch of thick foam. Aroma of a sour cream raisin pie. the smooth mellifuous liquid crosses the lips and the flavors bounce about merrily. Yeasty, with flavors of cherries and spiced apples. Less assertive than the aroma and initial sips. Warming alcohol with a fairly strong bitterness in the finish. To me this a is a cross between a triple and a strong, and smewhat missing both.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a cloudy orange color and hoppy smell. Taste is of hops with a accompanied bitterness and finishes with crisp bitterness. Overall this is the third Chimay beer that I have had and I am not impressed. I just am not into their flavor. At least I got a cool glass with the three-pack...
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2008 Thin slightly creamy head with an old honey color. Gardenia, dough, straw, and coriander nose. Lush medium firm mouthfeel with flowery bitterness, honey, spices, ginger, and caramel. Light bready finish with a firm grassy bitterness. Very round and nice.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big fruity nose, citrusy and grapefruit-like. Hazy orange color and a huge spongy head. Yeasty, lemony and spicey. Astringent finish. Medium body. Complex and sophisticated.
aracauna (2935) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dull, cloudy orange-tan with a large fluffy, creamy, goiní nowhere head. There are orange peel and coriander notes making this reminiscent of a wit (but probably coming from the yeast). In the flavor there is subdued spiciness and a small, thin bitter aftertaste. Light and airy feel and a bit creamy.