Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. We’re twisting our brain trying to remember what this smell is. Something from the garden, anyways. This is an excellent tripel and I really, really like it. It fills up my mouth and my senses and makes me wish the bottle was larger.
ALLOVATE (2652) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Quite surprised by this one, wouldn’t go out of my way to call it a Tripel, it seemed too unique for any classification. Held one in the cellar for a year or so, and poured it (12-14 degrees) into a stumpy tulip glass. A big dense two layered whitish head formed from the pour, atop a hazy peach body, with a lot of fine yeast that remained captured in suspension. Sweet toffee, lemon and orange peel nose with a balance of vanilla and drying herbal and floral hops. Aroma followed each mouthful well. Smooth, yet high in carbonation (not biting), very fruity and yeasty. Lightly spiced, husky and mellowing; light fruity smooth swallow, long and a little warming. Beautifully balanced and well rounded in its sweetish flavours throughout, smooth and very dry in the mouth (driest of the chimay’s) it, honestly, deserves another sip, more complex than my notes, this was a lovely beer that shouldn’t be labelled a tripel. Absolutely lovely and unique!!! (75cL Cinq cents, BBE 2005)
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Insane carbonation. Bananas like their others thx to yeast I’m guessing with pepper and spices. Solid Tripel, but I’ll take R or B over this in a second.
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2009 Very nice beer slightly inferior to the Blue label but a great beer as well.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy orange. Thick white head. Flowery nose with hints of cork. Dry flavour with hints of almond and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel, slight alcoholic.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
maybe i am new to the style, so dont hoold it against me, but dear lord this shit smelled like budweiser or budlight. the flavor was (thankfuklly) better but not by a ton. it was aight. there was a lot of rubber and a lot of burnt oranges. very creamy head and flavor. hints of oak and some spice on the end... meh
MiP (14481) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Bottle. Very fruity, slightly yeasty aroma. Golden colour, slightly hazy. Semi-stable, white head. Peppery flavour, slightly sweet with a good hoppiness, dry and grassy. The aftertaste does not seem as dry as other Chimays, but quite bitter.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a oaky, strawish murky color. Smells of prunes, grapes, and oak. Tastes like fruit, wheat malt, cloves, and spice. A very good beer.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber pour with orange highlites supporting a tall rocky white head which looked great surrounded by the gold rim of the Chimay chalice. Bright hoppy aroma with yeast, hay, malt, pepper and orange peel. Flavors matched the aroma with the malt up front and the hops firmly keeping the sweetness in check. Mouthfeel was silky and finish was sweet but still crisp with a rounded bitterness. Easy to see why this is a world classic.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Volo, served in a Chimay Goblet (or whatever you want to call it). Golden brown pour. Big bubbly white head, frothy, but it did dissipate quickly. Looks like Orval! Strong spice aroma, some alcohol present as well. Strong sharp citrus taste. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Strong alcohol in taste, especially as it warms. It doesn’t look it, but this feels very carbonated - almost too much, detracts from the flavour. Flavour is certainly more one dimensional than the Blue. There is a roof of your mouth spiciness to this that I didn’t quite care for. Nice to sip, as I did reading a book on the patio, but just not as well rounded or flavourful as the Blue or to a lesser extend, the Red.