kiwinhants (6) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber. Complex palate which is satisfying. A nice beer to savour - alcohol content is not overpowering. Not the best Chimay of the 3 in my humble opinion.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Simply put, Chimay is classy. Even non craft beer Savants will appreciate a Chimay whether it is the Red White or Blue. Personally, I prefer the Blue and I would not call this beer (the Red) one of my favorites, there are so many other classy beers for celebratory occasions; but this one does have its time and place.
Appearance: Served in my goblet the appearance is party translucent (but not transparent) amber / brown, with a decent head and nice lacing.
Smell: The smell is sweet & malty with suggestions of caramel and plums. It also has some fruity characteristics and hints of yeast.
Taste & Mouthfeel: This beer is very carbonated. It is sweet and bubbly in the mouth. The taste seems a bit straightforward and simple for a Dubbel. It is pleasant but not extremely exciting. Sweet malts and flavors of dark fruits and caramel sugars dominate the mouth. The hop notes are very subtle but present. It is very crisp. Maybe the high carbonation is partly responsible for the thinness in the taste. As it sits and warms the over carbonation fades and its best aspect seems to be the sweet aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for a very long time. Nice.
Drinkability: For a simple bubbly beer this is a great choice for graduation parties and anniversaries with a wide variety of drinkers. It is simple enough on the palate that few people will find it objectionable. It will successfully accompany a wide variety of food selections and it goes down very easily. So, like I said before, Chimay Première (Red) does have its time and place.
Hope this is helpful.
ghostmonkey (204) - budd lake, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle . . pours deep cloudy brown with a sodelike head that disapates . . arouma is caramel, spice and tobacco . . taste is dried fruit, sweet, yeast and finishes a bit bitter with alcohol flavor . . satisfying . .
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amberish-red with a thin, foamy, mostly receding tan head. Aroma of clove, light toffee, mildly fruity yeast. Taste is yeasty, fruity, toffee, clove, and bubble gum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and foamy with lush carbonation. Quite enjoyable, but not stellar.
TcTango (48) - Tyler, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Bottle. Very aromatic with longlasting thick head. The froth contained a vanilla-like taste-which remained constant in the beer until the end. A beer you know will always be great.
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a nice reddish amber with a fairly decent head that dissapated quickly. This is similar in style to the Bleu however this one has more of a fruity and nutty character to it. The alcohol content doesn’t become noticeable at first take. A good beer but I like the Bleu a lot more.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz. bottle poured smooth with fast dissipating head. Very smooth with noticeable yeast. Medium to lighter bodied and easy to drink. Exceptionally well put together. Highly Recommended.
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33cl. Murky brown with long lasting head. Fruity malt nose, typical dubbel. Enjoyed this very much.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany color with a huge frothy head and a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is spicey with tones of fruit and maltieness. Begins lightly malty with tones of lightly sweet carmel, gives way to a citrusy fruit flavor with a fair amount of yeasty spice. Finishes dry and spicy with a lasting yeast presence.
drfabulous (7663) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chimay is the perfect default beer. You’re in a store, you want something good, you don’t know what to buy (if you’re a novice), get the Chimay. It’s just the right Belgian taste, but safe. In San Francisco, you get it on tap. I’d love to go to Chimay, though, and have it in the place where it began.