Dredd (701) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
well this is a great beer, nice aroma, great golden colour & head. The flavour is a bit simpler and perhaps a bit sweeter than other chimay offerings, but at the same time, it goes down fantastically smooth. Nice, but i still give the nod to chimay bleu.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 ml. bottle. Pours cloudy and peachy amber in color with a large white head that dissipated rather rapidly. Aroma is citrus, spice, breadiness, malts and piney hops. Flavor is sweet and yeasty with lots of spice - coriander and pepper - with a strong hop finish. Nice round mouthfeel. Nice, but I like the other Chimay offerings better.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Being a huge fan of this Abbey Igave tthis one a shot. It was a pale colour, very cloudy. Creamy\ spicy taste that was very satisfying. I'll agree with the previous raters comment on its apparent lack of complexity but still definitely a nice trippel
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A local cigar bar just got this on tap served in the Chimay glass, so I had to try it even though the $12 was way steep for Chimay.
One of my favorite Tripels, it had a spicy aroma and a beautiful pale orange with a fluffy head. Yeasty flavor of fresh bread and figs, not as complex as the Blue but darn good.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottled, stored for one year.
Orange, hazy with delicate white head.
Fruity aroma with notes of apricots, apple, rubber and spices.
Spicy flavor with notes of almonds and alcohol.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden colour, cloudy. Beige head that is thick and lasting. Hoppy aroma, dry hop bitter to it. Carbonated smooth palate. Sweet malts.Spicy and peppery Musty aroma. Slight must in flavour as well. Slight wheatiness. Slight alcohol. Everything is quite well balanced.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber color. Thick frothy head. Hoppy and yeast aroma. Complex flavor, with soem malt, spice, and fruit possibly? I enjoyed having this with some friends at the Beer Sellar in Nashville, TN.
BroueNeault (158) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 An hazy amber ale that waits for your lips under an appealing thick white head. The aroma is dominated by fruity and yeasty whiffs. Taste is very hoppy as well as spicy. A touch of bitterness shows up. Very enjoyable.
rlgk (11489) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Draught at The Rover, Gothenburg. Golden, with a white creamy head. Aroma is fruity, rather amild and with some yeast. Has a sweet, herbal flavor. Better than the blue Chimay.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Creamy, bright beige head over a deep bright amber liquid. Quite nice really!
Wintery, fruity aroma that had me thinking about vanilla icecream with almonds! Maybe Iím losing it...
First impression is somewhat overpowering. Noticable alcohol and the beer feels big in the mouth at first and complex. A hint of sweetness can be found, but mostly itís a pretty dry, spicy beer that leaves a nice bitter finish. A nice one!
Revisited 12th of August, 2007: Interesting how I still think some of my description is spot on but other things make me wonder. I thought this was a complex beer? Obviously I wasnít completely weened of Stella.
The aroma doesnít strike me as wintery, but I notice sweet and spicy orange. Perhaps thatís coriander Iím picking up?
In fact I think itís more the flavour thatís wintery. Thereís a certain flatness in there that reminds me of a lot of Hefeweisses. Citrusy sting, perhaps grapefruit, along with alcohol and there might be a bit of pepper to the aftertaste along with... some greens that linger?
Anyway, it laces nicely, has strings of carbonation and is quite enjoyable. Iím going to shave OA down from 15 to 14. Itís nice but Iím not quite as easily impressed four years on.