TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle by the barman at Galbraiths (and a great pour it was too). Amber colour with a big full head. Sweet malty aroma, also wheaty. Taste a winey sourness I often find with these types of beers (maybe tart is a better description). Quite spicy as well. Enjoyable, though I found I enjoyed these beers better from the tap when I was in Belgium.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 21/02/2005. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Batch LAK-565, BB 12/2006.
Pours a bright orange gold. Appears effervescent with a huge ballooning off-white head that shrinks to a pillowy, pocketed, creamy appearance. Appearance becomes murky as the yeast dregs roll in. Lacing is thick and long lasting.
Nose is spicey and spritzy - you can feel the carbonation in your nostrils! Some hints of breadiness.
Flavour is peppery sweet, slightly winey and definitely yeasty; and is delivered in a light but soft mouthfeel that carries millions of tight tiny bubbles.
Palate, which is left warm from high alcohol, has hints of bitter orange, spices and wine. Very different from my last abbey tripel, Tripel Karmeliet, this one is a lot harsher.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally get around to rating this one. In the past I was unimpressed with drafts served at Monks. This rating is for the small bottle (with dinner at Azure). Benchmark tripel: richer and fuller body than Golden Monkey and Fin du Monde; lighter on the spice; and malt, yeast, hop and spice flavors are all much mellower and blended than GM and FdM.
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden ale with discrete floaties and a thcik luscious white head. Nose of coriander and yeas, with a touch of alcohol. Sweet yet in a restrained fashion, with hops domineering quite well over malt, lingering coriander, bitter oranges, creamy in outh and complex. A classic. Santé aux voyageurs des papilles!
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Pale golden with large white head. Vanilla, banana aroma. Quite carbonated. Bitter, orange flavours. Excellent, complex beer.
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pale gold color with excellent aroma. The taste is full of fruit sweetness at first and then balances quickly into a great yeast/hop aftertaste. The feel of the hops lasts awhile but is pleasant. Excellent head retention that does not dissapear.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Cloudy amber/brown colour, big frothy head. Spicy, nutty, coriander and some cardboard aroma. Malty, nutty, slightly citric, yeasty and pretty bitter taste. Ends in a nut-bitter finish. This reminded me of Westmalle Tripel. Medium- to fullbodied, good mouthfeel, nice texture. This is quite a nice and interesting brew, but the weird spicy flavours, somehow prevenetd it from being completely enjoyable to me.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - FEB 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice and i think, underrated triple. i also like this more than chimay red & blue. (but i also love those two) a great beer.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The sweet spicy aromas accompany the thick head and cloudy ale. Another of the superb brews fom the Trappistes. I sampled the small genade shaped 330ml bottle.
cmalc (1) - ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love the general aroma of Chimay beers. This one has more character and complexity than the sweet and straightforward Rouge and is better balanced than the rather over the top Blue. It is leaner cleaner and more interstingly complex than either and has a fabulous refreshing mouthful of hops! This is the first beer I have rated here. I’ve given it the maximum rating in every department because over many years of trying and comparing hundreds of beers, this is my absolute favourite and has been so for a long time...Duvel is similar in some ways and is second in my personal ratings, but does not have the almost miraculous WOW factor of the white-cap Chimay.