jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge head out of the bottle, although I think that was a function of the stem ware I poured it into. Deep golden color with a nice spicey nose. Lots of clove/coriander spice flavor with apple and orange tastes to balance it out. Bitter orange peel in the finish. I remember liking this beer more, but still a great beer.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Cloudy goldeness with nice aroma. Citrus flavors and slight bitter after taste. Strong beer, worth looking into.
bierkoning (9835) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a firm, creamy, long-lasting head. Strong aroma of hops and citrus. Also hops and citrus in the dry taste, combined with a slight tartness. Long hopbitter finish. A real, complex, trappist ale, maltier and easier to drink than Orval and Westmalle tripel.
Re-rate from tap, Cafť de Nieuwe Roos Ootmarsum: Iíve boosted the rating from 3.8 to 4.3. Sweeter than the bottled version, almost honeyish, but with the raw hoppiness and the long lingering hoppy finish. Maybe the bottled version is a bit more complex, but the tap version has a much more appealing taste.
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Had this on draught - new here. What a complete delight. I was drinking free rounds and so had the pleasure of really tasting this. (the next morning was another story) Would love to do a comparison with small bottle, 750ml and draught. Found this to have maintained all the fine qualities of the bottle with all the subtle characteristics there - raisins, slight bitterness and alcohol warmth there ever so lightly. Delicious!
PorterPounder (5202) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much preferred the Red to this but still an excellent ale - the Blue is next. Clean, slighlty fruity aroma, nice cloudy nectar-like appearance. Gets better as it warms - more subtle flavors such as raisins come through. Strong to the finish. Good way to wind up the weekend with a steak dinner.
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2003 This is a very good triple. Fruity aroma. And no doubt: This is Chimay with the characteristic yeast-flavour. I love it!
Draught at The Danish Beerfestival 2003: Even better than bottled!
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This time I got a much more complex aroma including; fresh (apple and grapefruit) and dried fruit (raisins), grainy malty spice, and a weird soapy charcoal as well as the barnyard yeast. Flavours mirrored aromas closely. Alcohol becomes more evident as it warms. Nice hint of grapefruit in the finish and aftertaste. Points are exactIy the same as the previous rating, and I still prefer both the red and the blue over this one.
First rated 4/11/2002: 3.8 Hazey gold colour, fine off white head. Complex lotsa-character aroma, more of barn yard, wet hay and malt, lighter on hops, fruit and yeast. I found it less complex in flavour than either the Blue, Orval or the Westmalles. Full reasonably balanced bitter-sweet start, malty body with excellent finish.
JFGrind (1811) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a couple of goblets from draft. Definitely a strong ale, that did not have as much aroma as I expected. I do agree this beer "melts in your mouth" and also began to "melt my senses".
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
RE-RATE Itís hard for me to get excited about this beer anymore; the other Chimays are so much more complex while this one tastes more like an average tripple. Hazy-light golden color. Spicy beginning that fades but still retains some of its character toward the finish. Strong mouthfeel, but still my least favorite of the Chimays. Original rating 1/1/2002 9-5-9-4-17 An excellent brew. I canít really decide if I like this or Chimay Blue better. Well-balanced hoppiness, fruity flavors are evident.
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer, smooth and complex flavor with a subtle hoppyness.