dingo (37) - USA - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity taste and an incredible cloudy light orange / light caramel color. I think this would be excellent with fruit or a citris poultry dish. Anyway, the head isnít as thick as a Chimay and drops off quickly. Whatís left is a nice thick beer that begs to be sipped.
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light hazy amberish beer with a small off white foam.
Good aroma of malts, nuts and pine needles.
Taste is dry, complex, bitterish and bittermalty.
Wallnut peel is whats comes to my mind right now.
Finish is refreshing bitter.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.9% 330ml bottle: pours the color of honey with a big fluffy head. very spicy, grassy, herbal, dry aroma. slighty tart/acidic/sourness with hints of musty funkyness. i too was expecting a little more tartness from this beer. quite spicy and dry opn the palate. hints of sourness. first sip is pretty boring. straight forward. the more i sip on this beer the more flavors i taste. pine, cinnamon, maybe some clove, floralness, ginger. this is a really good beer, but i dont think its worth 5.49 per bottle. but i am really glad i tried it.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a shaded gold with a big head. Aroma is fruity with some chamomile. Mouthfeel is dry with a flowery tang. Good hop presence too.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome, unique Trappist brew. Quite hoppy for a Belgian, characteristic slight sourness, with a unique spicy, almost cinnamon-like character. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol level. Superb ale from a superb brewing country.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Absolutely lovely, a frank and great head, very nice colour, quite a unique beer. The finish might be a little disappointing but all in all itís close to perfection.
fordest (2373) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had expected more from this popular favorite. But I did not get it. It looked great. A head that rose to the occation and foam that lasted forever. The lacing was unstoppable. But the Aroma killed it for me, while the flavor was drinkable, it wasnít extrodinary. Not a favorite of mine.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. The bottle is awesome and the pour is absolutely perfect (read: super-thick, rocky, lasting, awesome head). The aroma is kinda skunky, lemony, with a dank, floral, piney kinda taste. I really so no complexity at all, and even a little unpleasantness in the taste, though I still managed to find redeeming qualities. This beer really falls just short of greatness.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange color with a lovely white head that lasts as long as the beer does. Intriguing aroma with subtle hints of melon and lots of pumpkin and spice. The flavor is spicy with subtle hints of apple. A nice dry finish caps this beer off nicely. Truly fantastic and perhaps underrated.
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Optimal alternative to the Chimey even if it isnít optimal.
Ottima alternativa alla Chimey anche se non ottima.