BelgianBeerGal (3950) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottled and draft. My favorite Chimay of the 4 varieties available at the abbey. Very dark beer, very smooth and easy to drink with zero aftertaste. Above average Trappist beer well worth purchasing. Probably the easiest Trappist bier to buy. Good beer to have with dinner.
Sneaky ad campaign for 150th birthday: thought it was the new beer but just blue with a different screenprint label. The new beer has green accents.
Braudog (6518) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep rich chocolate brown with a nice airy head with outstanding lacing. Light brown sugary aroma. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink for a 9% elixir. This is easily malty, with just a teaser of fruit. Classic.
OlMalteserHead (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle, this beer smells of cherries and perhaps caramel, with the cherries lasting into the taste along with some serious malt. Not bad.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a rich dark amber with a nice white to off-white head. The aroma is sweet fruit, light hints of brown sugar, some roasted malt and faint alcohol. Flavor was more sweet and delicate than the red. Almost something floral or grassy to the middle of it. Finished with a nice combination of hops and alcohol. Lively carbonation, above average mouthfeel.
bigcat03 (298) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 1pt 9.4oz corked bottle (11/05 vintage) from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into trappist glass - Pours very deep burgundy with a 1 finger tan head; Fruit (grapes, and blackberry most notably), malt, and a little alcohol to the nose; Not the most complex, but very pleasing; Same fruits from the aroma, malt, yeast, some type of spice, and a hint of the alcohol and floral hops (only if you chew on it a little) on the initial taste; A slight floral hop presence along with a roasted malt note and raisin on the backtaste; A good medium palate; A little high on the carbonation; Felt fizzy at times, but died down after a while; Very nice effort by the monks from Chimay. Now I’m interested in how this would cellar. The initial blast of carbonation kept the palate score from being 5, but maybe it was just this bottle. I’m sure I’ll find out sometime!
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is delicate with dried fruits, yeast, and malty sweetness. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the fruit flavors and a caramel sweetness being the most prominent flavors. This all wraps up with a nice dry finish that is refreshing since the body is relatively thin for such a flavorful beer. Overall, it deserves the reputation that is has as one of the best Belgians that you can find most anywhere with a decent beer selection.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2009 Great aroma and a great pour. Pours a deep brown with a nice white head. The taste is nicely fruity while packing a surprisingly 9%abv. A great buy.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer. Pours with a NICE thick head (barring almost stripping all the skin off my fingers trying to take the cork out) and a dark "cola" red brown liquid. Odd scent, fruits of aged cider and grape. The scent also contains some smell of old musty wood.Some reasonable lacing on the glass. Not as fizzy as other Chimay’s on the tongue. Some definite sweet malts as well as it works around the tongue. Just ever so slight bitterness, but well-balanced. I don’t quite pick up the direct raisin (not as a doppelbock) but there is some grape origin hints. Generally quite plesant (having this with a HUGE cheese plate) and pairs well with food. (Bottle Pour 12/9/2006 - aged from my March birthday party)
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fairly dark color and medium head, Full bodied but a little too much bite. Flavor is quite good with a little malty edge. I prefer the Chimay red but this is a good beer, just not my favorite
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a thick beige head. Wonderful aroma of fruit, caramel, yeast, raisins. Mouthfeel is nice, although I’d prefer a bit less carbonation. A very nice beer, but I have to rate it a bit below the average.