ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I sampled the 0.75L corked and caged bottle typical of this variety, the uncorking of which for me is a much loved ritualistic event. The bottle poured brilliantly gold, effervescent, slightly hazy and with a huge snowy white head. But the head disappeared fairly readily, leaving some decent lacing and revealing a rich aroma of ripe banana, raisin and honeysuckle. Initial palate is slightly sweet, fruity and characteristic of white grape raisin, orange rind and spice. The finish is tart with light hop bitterness and hint of alcohol. There is a pleasant and dry, but brief, aftertaste. This beer is near perfect served at about 48-50F; very nice.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden in color with a huge frizzy white head, this is a dandy tripel. One of the more nicely hopped Belgians, this also carries a strong fruity aroma, dried fruits and orange peels. There’s malt in the bottom of this, but this soft-bodied drink tastes of malts, spices, a yeasty fruitiness, some alcohol, and nice hop bitterness. Finishes on a slightly tart, bitter, alcoholic note. Nice.
highlandlad (1433) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Rolls Royce of a tripel. Poured a cloudy golden colour with an appetising thick tan head. Lots of yeast in the light, fruity nose. Some strong orange peel characters. Medium-bodied. Some citrus in the middle, plus some darker, winey notes. It’s surprisingly quenching in the mouth but with a lingering heavy hit of alcohol in the finish. Terrific aperitif I imagine. (Bottle)
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is better than Chimay Blue, for sure, but does not compete with the Rouge. A darker tasting brew, it looks lighter than the Rouge, with a nice caramel colored head. Not as complex as Rouge, but more so than the plain, average-tasting Blue. This is a nice brew, but I wouldn’t drop the bucks on it again.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This tastes of a quality beer, and looks the same. It is cloudy, golden, and free, though expensive (I did not pay). The taste is pleasant and mellow and I prefer it to Chimay Bleu. Woohoo.
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not a Belgian beer expert by any stretch, but if someone asked me to describe a Belgian beer - I’d simply tell them to try one of these. Excellent in all respects. Great foamy white head, excellent floral and fruity aromas, and very good flavor. To me at least - this is "the" Belgian beer!
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head. Has aroma of yeast. Tastes of fruit, yeast, and hops.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a deep golden color with a thick lasting head. constant flow of carbonation bubbles. great floral hoppy aroma!.. good flavor of hops and malts with an addition of yeast flavors. nice alcohol finish.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chimay Glass night at McNellies (buy a chimay keep the goblet)
It was a beautiful site chimay goblets all around full of golden elixir topped with meringue like head. I made feeble attempts to explain its origins but alas it fell upon deaf and drunk ears for these Coors light drinkers had never drank an 8% beer. They tried to understand but they did not know how Belgian monkeys could brew such a fine beer ….I tried to explain monks and the monistic life (abstinence) but they were not listening. I tried explaining the yeast and its importance and how it is responsible for the earthy aromas with hints of raisins and how the hops gives it crispness they were not buying any of it. Belgian monkeys sure can brew good beer they would say I would shake my head
in disgust….beer hell indeed
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy gold, lasting white head with lots of lace. Aroma of fruit and hop flowers. Good dose of hops. Nice malty taste. Raisins. Fruity yeast. Lasting hop bitterness. Small carbonation bubbles that sting the tongue.