DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Nice caramel color with tan head and great lacing. Great aroma of yeast and fruit, taste the same. The alcohol becomes more pronounced by the end of the glass. Great beer. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
dark brown, aromas of yeast and spice. similiar to the red, but all its own. got much tastier as it warmed, fruits and sweet toasty malts. very very good. boredatwerk (21) - Chester, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
A dark brown beer with a good head. It has an aroma of fruit and yeast. The flavor is sweet and that of fruits. It tickles the tongue with the high alcohol content, and leaves a mild alcohol almost acidic aftertaste. It has almost no bitterness. I will have to revisit this beer as it is a style that I enjoy, but yet feel li ke I under rated. Grovlam (4224) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 On of the great Trappist beer of the world. Full bodied, some burned caramel. Dark strong and wounderful beer. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Seems that my Chimay reviews have dissappeared for the second time! I don’t know what’s going on in the database. Regardless, I like the blue second best of all of the Chimay Ales. Good body and great tangy sour wheat flavor. Hides the alcohol well.
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle at home. This is a strong (wonderful) beer with a big kick in it. My bottle had no head (but I always pour sideways.) Very dark, with coffee and chocolate ale flavours. A truly fine beer. A real pleasure to drink. highkin (1) - USA - SEP 21, 2006 does not count
I find the complexity of this fine beer increases dramatically with time. I age mine for a minimum of 2 years before I imbibe. You will find the flavor will match the extraordinary smell at just below cellar temp. As the Grand Reserve warms, so does the intensity.
One of my favorite in all the world.
Bajahobo (30) - USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 Bottle. Let me preface by saying I’m not the biggest fan of the style. Pours ruby-dark brownish, with a big tan head that dissipates swiftly. BIG - no HUGE fruity aroma that yields to a slight malt ending. You would think such a powerful and vibrant whiff of fruit would be overbearing, but it lingers only momentarily and is balanced perfectly by the malt ending. A feast for your nostrils! I know that’s a lot of words to waste on a simple smell - but this beer really smells great. On to the taste: Almost no bitterness, with mostly fruit and malty overtones. Very sweet and sugary. Thicker then your average beer, but the body isn’t quite full enough for me. Although because of this perhaps, its definitely easy to drink despite its high alcohol content (9%) A good example of a style I’m not particularly keen on (but what a smell!). Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Re-rating this. I think I was a little gushing with my original rating, I’ve tasted equally nice and nicer beers since. Still though, fantastic beer. Looks nice and dark. Cracking smell, great mouthfeel and the flavours are complex. Spice, sugar and fruits. Pretty widely availble too, which is nice. Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2006
330 ml bottle, 2006 vintage. Dark brown colour. Throws a tall off-white, perhaps even somewhat brownish, head that clings to the glass. High carbonation level. Soapy aromas with a clean hop finish. This is by aroma a clear indication of the beer has fermented very low. Little aroma to be found other than those mentioned. Crisp flavours with a sweetish mouthfeel. Finishes dry in the mouth from hop bitterness. This is not a bitter beer, but the finish is still surprisingly dry. Obvious Chimay yeast character that I recognize from my own homebrewed beers using the same yeast. I find the beer to be disappointing, and not very interesting. I find that the Chimay beers have lost much of their character over the last few years, something that is very unfortunate indeed as I remember then as very characterful beers.