kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Guys you described it well. I will just add that there is quite a difference if you drink it cold or around 12°C. Do not rush, wait few minutes so beer can worm up a bit and you will enjoy every sip of it. Such a nice creamy mouthful! One of my favorites. Very good trappist.
Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.33 l bottle, 2006. Mahagony color with creamy head. Malt, banana, nuts, raisins, almonds, rum and alcohol in the aroma. Very pleasant aroma. The flavor is sweetish with raisins, alcohol, clove and pepper. Clove, pepper and caramel in the finish. A great beer with cheese.
anders37 (25779) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2006. Pours a dark hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Some hints of drak fruits. Smooth malty yeasty spicy flavor. With dark fruits. Long fruity and spicy finish.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BBE 2011) Yeasty, slightly caramel malty and slightly alcohol aroma. Red brown colour, hazy and large, light brown, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Yeasty, fruity, anise, caramel, bitter and slightly acidic flavour. Fizzy carbonated, full-bodied and slightly alcoholic palate. Excellent brew! 04/11/06 (original rating was 8/4/7/5/16)
Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Color is dark mahogany caramel...chocolate hop nose...."herbaceous chocolate soda"-Banks....almost metallic mid-palate with a superb balance...leaves me wanting another sip...
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 330 ml 2005. Deep brown almost opaque body with a tinge of red. Frothy tan head. Very aromatic, dominated by fruit, caramel and yeast. A variety of malt flavors along with dark fruits like raisins and prunes, spices like black pepper and clove… makes this a powerful and complex beer. Full body. Alcohol is present, but not offensive at all. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice dry and delicate hoppy finish.
Some will claim that this beer is overrated and past its prime. Well, I’ve enjoyed it for two decades now and I still love it.
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle from LCBO in a sampler pack. This is a truly wonderful beer. A similar taste to the Chimay Rouge, but much stronger, and more of an alcohol finish. The light floral quality from the Rouge is much more obvious with the Bleue. I’d agree with others that this beer could benefit from a few years of aging. As it gets warmer, it gets a little bit too sharp. It’s certainly not an everyday drinker like the Rouge could be, but it’s much more complex, and much more of a treat, like a dark chocolate would compare to a chocolate bar. Either way, I strongly suggest this as a must try!
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beautiful pour: dark, with a white head that lingers in the glass while drinking. A very nice smooth beer with a BOOMING big finish. I drank mine icey cold which I believe excentuated the contrast between the taste and finish. Those who like the after-taste, would adore this beer. But those like me, who were somewhat indifferent to the finish, think this beer is over-rated. Definately worth drinking, but don’t drive to Belgium for it.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark mahogany with abit of a vicious head. Took me a few pours to NOT fill up my whole glass with head. The head was white with a faint tan undertones. Somewhat woody smell. Of course allergies keep me from properly smelling it, but it still smells good. Very robust taste with a bit of a bitter streak. Makes me think I should find a bottle to age. I love it seriously. It feels like good beer and you can feel it hit your stomach too. Odd that the head is so thick but it doesnt seem so carbonated. Wonderfull beer. It feels more like it’s a shame to let it go without food.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma fruity, with floral yeasty and clove notes. Palate smooth and the carbonation is balanced. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with a bitter/sour finish that seems aggressive at first, but once the beer warms, it complements the other tastes.