mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 The beer pours a hazy reddish brown with flashes of a garnet-red. Pour produced a massive, fluffy, creamy off-white head. Nose of malt with a sweet and a strong spicy note, yeasty with hints of plums and raisins and just a hint of herbaceous hops. Silky mouth-feel with a crisp champagne-like carbonation and a medium body. Flavors reflect aroma with a heavy clove flavor initially which persists throughout the drinking session. Malts and caramel along with chocolate and dark toffee. Dried fruit notes call to mind figs and plums. Finish is fairly dry with a balanced bitterness. Excellent! opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
750ml cork top bottle from the LCBO. This is an absolutely incredible beer, period. I had read some bad things about the "mass market" style that Chimay has taken, but as far as I’m concerned it’s just a story, and the beer speaks for itself! It pours a wonderful dark auburn brown, with golden molasses tones when held to light. The head is thick, and lasts the whole glass through, leaving a very nice fine lacing. The smell is sweet and crisp, with strong bread dough notes, yeast, and some fruit that is hard to place. The taste is exquisite, and so balanced that it’s remarkable. It’s bold in all aspects, like a trappist should be, but no heavy alcohol taste or smell. The aftertaste is exactly as it should be; a subdued version of the initial taste. The balanced nature of the beer lets you pick out little subtleties in the aftertaste that make every sip another adventure, even after you’ve had it several times. This beer is so solid, and so balanced, that it should be used as a benchmark to judge other trappist beers. I know there are better trappist beers out there, but this is the best baseline I’ve run across. If you haven’t tried this beer yet, make it your next one! Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
I had my doubts. In the back of my bald head i refused an once of credit to chimay...until i downed a pint of this!
Pure heaven my sons...... Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2006
Ruby with medium lasting cream white head. Fruity malt and yeast aroma. Sweet malty flavour with all the yeast notes and the slightest hint of bitterness. missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Beautiful Copper color with thick white head. Extensive lacing and wonderful aroma (strong enough to taste). Smooth palate belies higher alcohol content. All in all a great beer.
LeoN (26) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 2, 2006
Slighty fruitty, quite yeasty. Simply one of the nicest with nice smell. Sweet ending. Just try it ... Stefano (2005) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Copper color with a full head. Aroma is a little fruity, some berries, but mostly bready malt aroma. Flavor is pretty yeasty, slightly hoppy, and "old" tasting. Delicious...
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 Murky chesnut specimen in requisite goblet. Dirtily creamy marbled suds. Sourly yeasty nose after the pour, softening into prunes and boozy caramel. Milkily creamy palate without a trace of alcohol. If anything, this beer is just too neutral and smooth, and slips inoffensively down without developing any really distinct flavours. Where’s the finish? Where’s the hops? It’s all watery malt and milky caramel. Smells fantastic, but not as tasty or balanced as the last beer I sampled (Bitburger Pils). (Re-rate, 01/02/08) Some hops, earthy yeast and Trappist character, which is surprising. But too much stale cardboard. Gentle liquorice bitterness to finish. Thin and papery/ashy like Leffe. Even smells of cardboard. Different to last time, but still mediocre, even for a bog standard dubbel. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
the first trappist i ever had, deep brown color, light wispy head, great lacing. i drank it too cold which muted too many of the flavors, spice and dried fruits, cherries. really opened my eyes to the world of belgian beers. benpickens (505) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Dark brown, creamy ample head with lots of carb. Smells of caramel, yeast and bananas. Rough and creamy with a pronounced malt aftertaste.