WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 33cl bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a murky dark amber / brown. (I poured a decent amt. of the dregs, I just couldn’t bear to leave too much beer in the bottle.) ~1cm tan head that dissipated quickly into a nice layer of foam. Great spicy, fruity, distinctly belgian aroma. (I am pretty new to belgians, so I don’t have a better way of describing it yet.) I would assume I’m getting some esters and cloves. Flavor doesn’t necessarily live up to what I expected out of the aroma. Just doesn’’t seem to be all that complex. Just a kind of bitter with a distinct belgian aftertaste, but doesn’t seem to be a ton there. A little yeasty and herby. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light. It’s good, but for the price there has to be much better dubbels out there. I do have to add that the flavor did get a little better and more complex as the beer warmed. The last sip was better than the first. Lesson learned.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
very middle of the road. big quickly dissapating head. brown with red showing in the light. yeasty wheaty almost pasta like aroma. very creamy mouthfeel. lightly sweet lightly bitter.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is definitely not as exciting as the other Trappist offerings I’ve had. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely lacking complexity and texture. Pours a hazy medium red-amber color with a very large, frothy, off-white, quickly diminishing and mostly lasting head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain; hoppy with a light note of herbs and a trace note of lemon zest; yeasty with heavy notes of bread dough and light notes of damp basement; trace notes of orange zest, raw sugar. spicy alcohol. The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet and lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, heavily alcohol, lightly bittersweet finish. Kind of an ichy soap/astringent aftertaste. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured in a Trappist glass. Very cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head. Light yet complex aroma of apricot, banana, and maybe some dark fruit, as well as some caramel malt and some spice. Flavor is caramelly, fruity, and just a little salty. Fairly fizzy mouthfeel and a long finish of malty caramel and some bitterness. I like this about as much as the other Chimays, just in a different way.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a 75cl bottle. Brown colour, with some red touches and an average, off white head. Sweet aroma, light caramal hints and fruity-spicy. Full body with a creamy finish, light bitter. Very good beer, I love it.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I used to drink this once in a while a few years back. However in the meantime I have tried thousands of beers and as such I was prepared to be disappointed. It was pretty good thought. Huge, fluffy head on a chestnut brown hazy body. Aroma is hoppy with notes of alcohol. Quite bitter and dry in the mouth with clear notes of hops and caramel. Slightly unpleasant metallic finish. Pretty good.
bubbleflubber (2194) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head quickly diminishes on this one, but leaves an awesome look in the glass... nice yeasty dark haze, with plenty of yummy yeast particles floating around. Light melon and apricot to the nose, and the flavor is a bit lighter than I would have expected. Does not contain the same round mouthfeel as the Blue Label, a bit more fizzy and "light" in comparison. There are notes of caramel and fruit, sizzling from the front of the pull through the finish. Hops, however insinuated, blend well into the brew. I agree with some others ("alabamajohn" below, for instance), this has a definite champagne mouthfeel - almost exactly the same. It goes down well, without the complexity of its big brother. Still a good offering here... sorry if I made too many references to the Blue Label, as I rated this Red Label right after it..... maybe a mistake in retrospect.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like the champagne mouthfeel of Chimay’s brews. This one is light on flavor, however. Trappist light? Good to give to friend who aren’t serious beer lovers.
Bewildebeeste (6) - Whitley Bay, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Reasonable head that subsides slowly. Certainly an unusual aroma to this beer, somewhere between a malt cellar and a damp dog, though that isnt necessarily a bad thing. As for the taste, quite a deep earthy taste, lacking the bitter, fruity tang of some belgian beers; though again, this isn’t a bad thing. Eminently drinkable with an almost caramelised aftertaste.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hard to not compare this to the blue... so I won’t try. A very great beer. Really the main thing I think this lacks from the Blue is the great mouth feel the blue has, the alcohol tingle, without the alcohol taste.