crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very mild and fruity aroma with a nice golden color that finished off cloudy.
Fruity and malty at first, but finished with an astringent, but pleasent after taste.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 Sept 2007. Bottle. Lightly hazy yellow body with a huge long lasting fluffy white head. Sweet doughy aroma, lightly malty, mild yeast. Simple flavour is yeasty, lightly alcoholic and fairly sweet up front with a dry finish. Sweet doughy-bready malt is quickly dried out by a finish that is lightly alcoholic, and mildly bitter and creates a pleasant balance. Not the most complex tripel you can find, but has sufficient richness to make it a pleasantly drinkable example. Smooth medium palate (3+). Nice. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7
<P>Jan 2001 - Disappointing. Nice tripel, very smooth mouthfeel, but I enjoyed similar offerings from Unbroue more. Don De Dieu comes to mind... 6/4/6/5/15 - 3.6
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow color with a nice thick white head. Smooth taste with a nice mild bitter finish. Gets better when more than 12 degress celsius.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light amber with a thick white head. Yeasty and malty aroma; almost wheaty. Also, alcoholic on the aroma. Very carbonated, light bodied, malty finishing with a mild bitterness. Surprisingly smooth.
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright golden with a thick creamy head. Big sheets of lace. Mild aroma. Slightly stinky in such a way that stinky is not necessarily bad. Definite clove notes. Lots of carbonation but it's very soft and not at all sharp or biting. Full bodied. Finish is moderately bitter with some earthy hop notes and a sticky bit of lingering sweetness. In my opinion, the best Chimay. The others taste like sweet alcohol-water to me. This has real complexity and substance.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I expected more from Chimay. Good carbonation quite fizzy, generous head dies quickly. I agree that this beer finishes with a metallic bitterness.
Christian (11209) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 Cloudy golden orange with a fluffy, disappearing head. Fruity aroma with some hops. Quite sweet, very fruity (banana) and some alcohol.
- Re-rated since it was one of my first ratings and excitement over good beer took over back then
guzzler67 (1509) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Generous head with attractive lacing. Unfiltered golden appearance. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Nicely carbonated. Fruits and spices in the taste, with a good bitter bite. Very satisfying.
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is overrated. Beers like Allagash and New Belgium Trippel flat our put this metallic tasting import on its ass. Where are the raisins, yeast ala New Belgium. This brew defintely suffers by comparison. I profer that it is rather ironic that the top rated Belgian Trippels are all U.S. brews. I concur completely.
As for the rating: Brew pours massive floating head. Appearance is golden amber. So far so good. Flavor is somewhat complex. Metallic finish is a deal breaker. Bring on the New Belgium.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
there is only one chimay. cloudly golden beer with a wonderful noise. one of the few abbeys that i could sit and drink all day long.