lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber beer with good slight ivory coloured foam. Intens aroma of spices, wood and hops. Taste is smooth, has a good carbonation and has a fine nutty taste with hints of malts, spices and hops. very good brew!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04/03 on the cork. 750ml bottle
Pours a pale hazy gold with a creamy 1/4 inch head. Nice lacing. Smell is spicy and sour. Hints of bitter orange peel and just smells dry.
Taste is bitter, far more pronounced bitterness than I would have expected. Hops. Spicy (clove and coriander). Lightly peppery too, especially in the finish. A bit funky and yeasty. Little notes of citrus dancing around as well. Mouth is crisp and dry, dry, dry. If you like dry, this tripell will deliver. nothing offputtin gabout the bitterness though as is has just enought sweetness to add a bit of balance and is extremely drinkable.
This seems to be the Chimay that gets beat on like a red-headed stepchild but I’d put this beer up against the Grand Reserve in my book. Underrated. Great beer!
gilvanblight (820) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber heady pour. Soapy head. Strong spicy scent. Very complex taste, slightly malty with a nut (?) tone. Alcohol taste present but not overpowering. Pleasant aftertaste with a lot of hops and spice that sticks well after done the beer.
MoritzF (9045) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) hazy orange colour with a steady foamy white head. Banana and coriander aroma with a touch of hops. Sweetbitter flavour with a malty start, fruity orange peel mouthfeel with a spicy bitterdry hoppy finish.
jcwattsrugger (11765) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11oz bottle-pours an off white BIG head, cloudy golden/straw color. Aroma is a nice light malty, maybe yeasty too. Flavor has a nice bite, a little dry. Not as much flavor as I expected.
danielhanefelt (25) - brabrand, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great yeasty and wheaty flavour rounded by a hint of malt and suger. the bitternes is beautifully balanced combined with a cold freshnes it really completes this beer.
Great for fish meals.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Different chimay from the other 2.
Aroma is like grassey, stable yard, bready almost.
Taste however is more wheat, corriander, carbonated and alcohol, while there is a good kick of hops at the end.
In the general scale of things this is a good beer, but the other 2 from chimay are more to my style and taste.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) A nice beer. Not nearly as sweet as other tripels I’ve have. I got a subtle undertone that reminded me of smoke. There was very little head, though this may have been caused by the filthy glass. I liked it a lot, but there are a zillion better Belgians out there.
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Amber coloured, frothy head, lots of sediment. A dry, very dry almost medicinal or herbal beer, and as such an unusual trappist. Comes in the neighborhood of Orval but far from that beers complexity. A bit too bitter for my liking. 180893
(Bottle 75 cl) As "Chimay Cinq Cents". 6/3/6/3/12=12 140201
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCA. V. loose yeast sediment in bottle. Pleasant light malty aroma and a touch of fruitiness without the peppery spice and yeast I associate with a Tripel. Quite well balanced but alcohol overly present in the finish. Not too bad but nothing for me to get excited about.