madquacker (1138) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
Yes ... this is good. Rose flavours and a smoothness belying its alcohol content. My favourite Belgian beer to date. Much better than the Red. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
This poured a deep reddish-brown with an enormous sudsy light brown head. The aroma is yeasty and malty with some hot spices. This has a rich roasted malt flavor with a heaping of nutmeg and some heavy peppering. Strong alcohol presence... quite the warming drink. Pleasant, warm & spicy finish. PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Brown ale, off white lasting head. Malty aroma. Yeast. Some sourness. Schwarzbroot. Complex flavour with peaches. Sweet and roasted malts. Pepper. Notes of brown sugar. Yeast. A touch of hops in the finish. The complex aroma is very well balanced by a discrete underlying sourness (fruit). Hides the ABV very well. All time classic abbey ale beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 flowery malty goodness. yeasty flavours, brown murky appearance. fairly enjoyable. GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Hazy mahogany pour supporting a medium light tan but rapidly dissipating head and .good lacing. a little alcohol and dark fruit sweetness in the aroma along with just a hint of roasted malt - very earthy. Malty, sweet flavor that was consistent with the earthy aroma. Lively carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Drinking it from a Chimay goblet as I type and, thankfully, I had the foresight to buy the big bottle so I can refill the goblet a few times.
mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours very dark in color. Aroma is a little sweet. A yeasty, wheat like aroma. Tastes alot like a hefeweizen to me. Just a strong one. Has slight roasty spicy flavor. A little alcohol is present. After about half of the bottle alot of rich dark fruit flavors and spice really seemed to come out. Consumed at room temp. mephisto (1287) - TAIWAN - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2016 bottled. smooth and great taste, ... like miller. just kidding. seriously, this is a great trappist beer. skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
This poured a dark amber, nice thick head, that diminished, but left rocky peaks all the way down, smell was fruity and complex. The taste is more like drinking Champagne due to the carbonation. Not my favorite of the Chimay line, but still a decent beer. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - APR 25, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Sweet aroma with a slightly alcoholic tone. Spicy flavor, malty, with a bitter aftertaste. Very fine carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly on the tongue. timdom (21) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2005
1994!!! Grande Reserve 750ml
This beer has been kicking around my folks place for ages, I finally conned them into opening it. I knew that it would be past it’s best but it’s still an impressive drop. No head and totally flat it poured like a glass of port (not dissimmilar in aroma too). The complexity of the nose is amazing. Herbal almost medicinal in character, raisins soaked in brandy. The hue is from watery to caramel. Flavour is malt and alcohol driven. Alcohol bitterness is balanced on the finish by malt sweetness no hop bitterness at all. A nice clean dry finish. I prefer a younger example but none the less imperssive.