Chimay 150 / Spéciale Cent Cinquante

 
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Formerly brewed at Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To celebrate the 150 years spent at the Abbey Of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer brewed specially for the occasion. Note: available only in bottles! Recipe contains coriander and cardemom.

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4.2
DerWeg (1677) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2016 ORIGINAL AUG 2013 RATE - Wow! The gold is hazy with creamy white head. Aroma is deep with fruit and spicy candy. Taste rolls out sweet spice and bubblegum phenolics, ripe banana, sweet juicy apple and pear and a middle and finish of fine bitterness. The concealed alcohol rounds the package rather than adding sharpness, very well done. Bottle from the LCBO. ADDITIONAL NOV 2016 RATE NOTES - Well it’s actually still good 4 years on, has gingerbread, spice, vanilla and the apple-pear fruit is there, milder banana and hops, and there’s dry herb and wild honey notes and hints of lemon. So this will be the last one I see of these I guess! Has a tad less structure, with a mellower palate and less hop since I probably over-aged it (no point revisions for that) but it gains complexity and is still all class with no objectionable flaws.

3.8
ShivanDragon (4027) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2013
donker geel/oranje helder met schuimige witte kraag
aroma: sinaasappel, perzik, abrikoos, citroen, moutig, bloemen, gras
smaken: zwaar zoet, matig bitter, zeer sterk, lichte mouten, sterk kruidig, fruitig, sterk alcoholisch, vanille, abrikoos, graan, gist, floraal, honing, scherp kruidig.
vol van body, glad van textuur, hoog co2, redelijk gistig in de afdronk.

4.4
GlendaleLiquor (1) - Franklin park, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2013 does not count
Aroma: great wheat smell Taste: Beyond an average wheat taste. Palate: Left me with a creamy texture which I loved

3.8
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2013
750ml bottle pours a hazy gold with large white head. Pear apple banana taste.

4.4
gunnfryd (14807) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, spices, coriander, floral. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, spices, coriander, floral, hop. Full body. Easy drinkable very nice beer.

3.8
feseara (17) - Balneário Camboriú, BRAZIL - JUL 11, 2013
Ótima cerveja! O aroma traz notas florais muito boas, e o seu sabor é equilibrado ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
BlackHaddock (7232) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2013
14th Dec 2012: the day before the annual Christmas Beer Festival in Essen. The Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp is where a few regular fest goers have a pre-fest meet-up: this is where my wife and I shared a 0.75 bottle of this fine beer with each other. Mini-haze to our golden/pale amber bodied beer, the head a full foaming covering of white bubbles. The nose was a true mixed bag of goodies: yeast, fresh fruit, candid fruit and spices. The taste was also an eclectic blend of flavours: too many to list, but full of interesting notes to find and enjoy. OK, I’ll list a few things I found: earthy yeast, pepper, biscuity malts, citrus hints, wood and nuts. Loved the whole thing.

3.5
ineedbeer (2147) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Aroma is floral, fruity and phenolic. The floral note is similar to lavender and the phenolics are mostly coriander; these are the two dominant aromas. There are hints of pear, red apple cider, banana, citrus and cloves as well. A light sweet graininess is also present. Pours a fairly cloudy pale gold with a big pillowy white head. Lacing is fairly high and the head has very good retention. The beer has medium sized legs. The flavor starts sweet with a bit of honey and grain. Mid palate is an ester bomb with lots of banana and overripe pear. There is also a light dried fruit note similar to golden raisins or apricots. There is a moderately low bitterness to help balance the sweetness. The alcohol is fairly prevalent in the finish. The phenolics are lighter but there are some coriander and clove notes. The finish has a lingering sweetness with honey and a bit of a bitter note to balance it. As it warms the floral character becomes more noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and the carbonation is high. Astringency is medium low and fairly noticeable and the alcohol warmth is medium high. The beer also seems to have a bit of a carbonic bite to it. Overall I do not think this beer is that great. There is an off astringency and the bitterness does not interact cleanly. There is also not enough malt character to balance all the esters, but I fond myself particularly sensitive to esters. The aroma is definitely more welcoming than the flavor.

3.7
txspartan (1065) - Berchem, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2013
Very sweet nose. Thick and creamy head. Nice balance between sweetness and malts. Somewhat watery.

3.9
kappldav123 (6097) - GERMANY - JUN 28, 2013
Huge thanks to Erzengel for that one! Bottle looks really good, beer in the glass fine golden, huge head. Starts strong, fine malty and fruity with notes of apricot. Sourish-bitter background. Dry aftertaste, warming-malty. Really nice!


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