delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle: wonderful cloudy orange -for want of a better adjective- color. fully fluffed bubbley head. sour aroma. sour but spicey flavor.
certainly interesting, but hardly rave worthy, imho. i wasn’t bowled over by the red either, as i recall.....
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 09/21/02. A light spicy, fruity, cider, champagne, dry, yeasty, golden blonde ale that tickles the mouth with its joyfulness. This beer will always hold a special place in my heart. On my last night in Hong Kong and the end of a 40 day tour through Asia I smoked a Cuban cigar and had a bottle of Chimay Blanche on the Kowloon side of the bay during the mid-autumn festival late in the evening watching the lights of city and the festive atmosphere of the crowd. I celebrated the end of a big exam a of couple months earlier with a Chimay Rouge, so it was only fitting to end this trip with a Chimay and a Cuban. Both seemed destined to meet at this place and this time. Thanks to Irvin for sharing in the adventure.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep copper/light amber color with quite a bit of sediment. good creamy head. aroma is dominated by some sourness. reminds me a bit of a lambic. flavor is sweet and slightly metallic.
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 edition, I believe. Very peppery, fruity, spicy dry and hoppy aroma. Fresh, assertively bitter flavor. Deep gold color, nice head retention. Extremely aromatic, it seems coarse though, like it would benefit from aging - mellowing for another year or so. Still very good for fans of strong, dry beers - compare to Corsendonk abbey pale.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice gold/bronze hue with creamy, rocky head--patchy lace...Aroma is dry, yeasty, vaguely fruity in a dry, cidery way...Flavor features a good blend of mild sweetness, hop bitters, and a yeasty spiciness that lingers through the warm finish...Carbonation is lively but well-judged, and body is medium-full, which gives a nice anchorage to its otherwise buoyant character...I always get the 750ml bottles so that the brew has a chance to work on me a little bit...the second glass is invariably better than the first!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Light golden copper color, with a large fluffy white head. Heavy clove and banana aroma. Light clove, banana, spice and sweet malt flavors with a nice hoppy bite. Medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just have to up the numbers on this one a bit, I forgot how much of a ’sour apple’ presence this one has.
8/17/02: This is my favorite Chimay ale. Deep golden. A little spice, citrus and raisin notes. Smooth mouthfeel and balance is superb for this tripel. Excellent Trappist ale!
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light gold color, large head. Medium bodied, malt y and hoppy. Some malt sweetness and fruitiness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Beer is 8% alcohol by volume, no alcohol bite.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong taste of alcohol in this one. No real complexity, but a dry aftertaste. A hint of something bitter stroke my mind (orange-shells maybe?). I like it because of the strength in the brew.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rerate: Not much has changed in my opinion of htis one. However, the last rating was a bit imprecise. The big thing I noticed was ’the bit’ of fruit, or really, what I meant by that. Apples, green, Granny Smith Apples. A bit of white grape, and maybe even pear. Still quite enjoyable. Still refreshing. 7/16/2002: Crisp aroma. Spicy with a bit of fruit. Nice dry finish.