Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2003. Aroma of alcohol, malts, sugar, and very light rubbery hops. Dark copper-red brown clear with diminishing off-white, slightly lacing head. Medium heavy carb in a heavy watery, just short of syrupy, body. SWEET. Sweet up front, sweet in finish, and sweet remains long after the swallow. Alcohol is obvious, sweet malts - sugary. Did I mention it's sweet? Hard to tell much else about the flavor. Any subtleties are masked by a level of sugar strong enough to cause polyps on my tongue. Pretty bad. May be good with dessert, or as a cooking ingredient. Hard to drink whole thing.
rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is OK - nice, but not overpowering
Its appearance is good, but the white head dissipated quickly from this bottle. The flavor and lacing both in the glass and in my mouth make up for the aroma and appearance. I taste fruity, milk chocolately caramel, with a strong smooth aftertaste, that begs me to drink more. I really like the smooth complex taste. I have had this beer before, never rated it, but my good friend has had this in Belgium, and I envy him for enjoying it in Brugge. This beer is highly recommended and I concur.....this is the money shot of a belgian strong!
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a slight greyish head. The taste is sweet with notes of caramel and alcohol.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Pours brown, the VERY sweet taste however doesn't mask the high alcohol. Chocolate and very light prune/raisen taste. Drink this one last.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
if i'd have done my ratebeer homework and read the reviews, i'd have been prepared for the dominating sweetness of this one and chosen perhaps another time to sample this one-- like maybe when i had a small flock of hummingbirds over to brunch. this big bottle of beer is to share with folks over a late breakfast fruit salad; it's a dark plum-brown, clear, with feminine lacing. great aroma, solid malts, heavy dripping raisins and roses, some dark earth, and brown sugar sizzling on baked beans. carbonation is a team player and works quietly -- doesn't try to exaggerate or 'soda pop' the texture. some scotch ale flavors, over ripe fruits, a slight smoky aspect. marsala wine sweetness is it's undoing-- soon it feels like sucking chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. i'd try it again with waffles, but somebody else will have to buy.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red hazy beer.
Tones of rubber, alcohol, spices and strawberries in the aroma.
Extremely sweet fruity flavour with tones of raisins and cholocate.
A bit sweet and unbalanced for me but still rocks the socks of most things.
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, near black color, nice beige head, nice lace. Bit alcohol-like, sweet malty nose. Pretty full body, sweet, smooth, bit dry. Hint of alcohol, moderate bittered, sweet, notes of sugar. Strong and warm, long finish.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper brown w/a dissipating beige head, but it laces very well. Toasty malt w/ raisin & plum; alcohol sweetness. Very vinous and malt flavor, sweetly fruity, lightly chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Sweet alcohol makes itself apparent, but does not overpower other flavors. Stays sweet from start to finish, but just the well balanced side of cloying with a very light hop flavor in the aftertaste. If you like malty beers, this one's for you. Elevated carbonation level lightens the medium body and has a nice warming alcohol, and very smooth m/f. I quite enjoy this one, and it's not that expensive. Seems more of a digestif since it remains sweet, but it's a good fire place sipper.
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: This was probably my favorite beer of the tasting and a pleasant surprise. This is the beer Chimay Bleu wants to be. Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium thick beige head. Lots going on in the aroma - fruit, malt, port wine and caramel. Nicely rich body with a complex blend of malt, grain, chocolate, raisins and spicy alcohol. The finish is sweet toffee and malt. Outstanding.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean dark amber color (filtered beer, no longer bottle conditioned). Some malt aroma; light chocolate. Peculiar mouthfeel, difficult to evaluate; malty and very sweet; caramel and light liquorice later. Pleasant to drink, but quite poor work, many things can be improved.