neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
750 mL special release anniversary bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a branded chalice. Pours hazy orange-golden with a tall, fluffy off-white head that remains and laces well. The nose has big notes of clove, coriander, honey and banana, along with pale malts, Belgian yeast, grain and a touch of cardamom. The flavour is rich and quite sweet, with notes of honey, pale malts, candi sugar and apricot pairing nicely with spicy notes carried over from the aroma. Towards the end, it acquires a subtle pepperiness that leads into a nice spicy, malty finish. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, an exceptional Belgian strong ale that takes peppery-spicy notes reminiscent of a tripel and pairs them with the rich malty, fruity sweetness of a quadrupel. Quite a delicious combination! 2014-11-20 jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Etched glass bottle. Pours amber white head. Nose/taste of lemon, caramel, gingerbread, cinnamon, spice and light alcohol bread. Medium body. __Rb81 (789) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle at home (75 cl). Pours a clear to light hazy golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is grassy floral, with hay, malts, yeast, some cardamon. Taste is sweet malty, fruity, spices, some yeast, floral, hay. Bit of a bitter aftertaste with warming alcohol. Nice, but not really my style. DuffMan (10612) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, JJ. Cloudy yellow with a creamy white head that laces thickly. Lovely floral aroma. Flavours center around sweet, bready pale malts, more floral than spicy, incredibly drinkable for 10%! SVD (2072) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2014
75CL bottle, Cellar find since i forgot i still had it, light golden beer with a small head, aroma sweetness, grain, yeast, fruit. Taste is bittersweet, fruit, yeast, , quite fizzy, quite some alcohol, dont know how much % was added in these 3 years....
eduardovl (1470) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 750ml bottle served in its own chalice.
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color forming a big, creamy and compact white head. Long retention and tons of lingering lacings left in the glass
S: Very bready in the nose. Authentic belgian. Delicious bready and earthy yeasts. Sweet grains, a bit fruity, wheat and honey
T: Sweet upfont. Sweet malts, honey, wheat, belgian yeasts. Quite bready and fruity, peaches mainly. Light hoppy bitter end
M: Heavy molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Chimay quality
[ BA Review @ 4/14/2013 ] melush (4486) - SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Botella de 75 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color dorado. Sabor a malta, levadura, ligeramente afrutado, dulce. Idiosynkrasie (7858) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2014
750ml bottle. Hazy, bright orangey, golden colour with average, thick, frothy, faily lasting and lacing, white head. Fruity aroma, notes of apricot, a touch of mirabelle, peach, some yeasty and herbal spiciness. Taste is quite similar, smooth palate, well hidden alcohol. UXO (1896) - CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Pours a clear gold (some lees in the bottle) with a fat finger of fluffy white head, great retention, and chunky head. Nose is muted, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, faint floral hops and dark fruit. Taste follows suit, sweet and complex. Medium to light body, with a somewhat fluffy texture aided by the sustained moderate carbonation, and a lingering, sticky, boozy finish.
I’m a little torn here - it’s a decent enough tripel, albeit a touch on the sticky side, and missing the dry, floral aspect I tend to prefer in a tripel - but I feel like it would cellar really well. There’s a hint of dark fruit that I think would integrate very well with the booziness to make something partway between a tripel and a quad. As it stands, it’s a little exuberant and naïve. At the end of the day, though, it’s a Chimay, and if they do anything wrong, I haven’t seen it. Janleye (2) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014 does not count
Speciaalbier ter ere van 150 jaat van de trappistenbrouwerij, een aanrader, blond met veel smaak.