ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in a Chimay glass. Aroma of floral hops and yeast. Very cloudy orange with thick, frothy off-white head and lots of bubbles coming up though bottom of glass. Light lacing. Flavor a mix of biterness, yeast, spicy hops and alcohol with a definite "Belgian" character in the background. Effervescent mouthfeel. Fairly light body. Dry finish but had a slightly sweet, bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol. A very nice tripel.
shrubber85 (9617) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 Bottle. Sweet aroma - apple, peach. Orange tan color with small head. Light peach/apple flavor with moderate acidic/astringent finish. Subdued but sublime - a great beer.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glowing golden orange pour with a huge, explosive, pillowy white head. Typical Chimay style. Some lace. Vibrant nose...there is a subtle fruitiness.. cloves, raisins, yeast and hops. Flavor is clovey, yeasty, lemon rind, and a dry, bitter finish. This brew has a good malt and hop balance to it and a fresh and lively feel..very refreshing. Carbonation is high... it has a good medium body and a simple, but attractive, flavor palate.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good tripel, but nothing noteworthy over and above La Fin Du Monde, which is a lot more reasonably priced, in my humble opinion.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a popular triple for a reason. Pours a great golden color in the glass. Tastes of banana, raisins, cloves. Zesty lemon and orange. Very yeasty, which plays along with the hop for a refreshing bitterness and spice. Surprisingly warm finish.
GuidoMerkens (5) - USA - APR 29, 2005 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maybe I got an old bottle, but this stuff reminded me of a slightly stronger Old Milwaukee. I was very disappointed
Tmoney99 (12729) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as Cing Cents. Poured a hazy golden hue with medium creamy white head. Aroma was complex with malt and citrus. Flavor was a moderate sweet with the same complex long finish. Creamy full body. Good brew.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 750 ml, correct temp. trappists glasses, and certainlly leaving the yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Definantly a world classic beer. A fine example of what yeast can do. Absolutley spectacular color in the goblet, thick frothy head that will not budge unless the sweet nectar below it is sipped. A complex plateau of what must be sterling hops and exotic citrus and asian spices. Very clean malt balance and crisp refreshing finish that pleads with the drinker to have another sip. It is the devil, such a rare and special beer that goes down so easily and quickly. You would never guess this beer to be 8%. I can’t tell you where they hide it, but those monks make a fine beer. There really aren’t too many beers around that a novice and an expert can both enjoy and love.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
smell is awesome, flower, oranges. tastes like fruit, a pinch of alcohol and cumin. a really well done tripel with good thick mouthfeel and a lingering bitter and fruity finish, yummy!
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rated this after a bottle of Chimay Blue (bad idea). Looks absolutely beautiful, slightly cloudy luminous light gold in colour with a huge rocky white head the sticks around and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma is medicinal and flowery. Taste starts with sweet malt, with a medicinal middle and a dry and slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is exquisite; they have done a great job of balancing the viscosity from the high levels of alcohol with fine carbination. I should have tasted this before the Blue. Think I will re-rate the Blue now, I need to give it more credit for subtly and balance.