dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2006
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
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
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 (221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
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
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.
Diogène (1208) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with a huge white head. Aroma is raisins, yeast, alcohol, roasted malts and candy. Tasteis is sweet and roasted malts, raisins, yeast and wood. A very good beer. DavidYoung (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2006
[bottle frompeckhams] redy oak colour, medium head,smells of liquorice and raisins. Medium body with a bitter finish. nijuro (63) - USA - DEC 3, 2006
candied nuts, raisins and malt on the nose. long clean palate with a nice bitter hoppiness to the end. A lot more here than the red, but the alcohol is well concealed. Very nice, especially as it’s pretty easy to come by. peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Intens dark brown beer with a creamy off white to beige head. Aroma is rich, generous and has hints of roasted malts, nuts, sweet bread, cookies, some spices and candy sugar. Taste is malty, sweet (candy sugar and dry fruits), nutty and it ends with a complex bitterness of hops. A great Belgian Trappist.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
330ml Bottle: Pours dark brown with hints of red, absolutely no head to speak of this time around. The aroma is so complex compared to the first two! Lighter in plum, sweet malting, some woodiness, and lots of yeast. The promises of sweet malt and fruit come through in the taste, some very well hidden floral hopping that’s definitely there but taking a back seat to the front palate. Tremendous caramel aftertaste, and so silky smooth going down. Wow, praise the Lord, what a beer!