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 (2197) - 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.
xjaja (14) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tätä olutta pystyy juomaan sujuvasti. Maku on paljon miedompi kuin sinisessä Chimayssä.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Good carbonation. Fruity / malty aroma. Cloudy. Smooth taste, easy to drink. Great beer
gallaghermurph (50) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy, nutty, iced tea brown. Tan, two finger frothy head diminishes to a tan film with pronounced center as carbonation comes up from the center in the Trappist glass. A medium palate with a slightly oily texture with lively small carbonation. Leaves a very full, even lacing that lingers for a moment before descending the walls of the glass. Aroma is a slightly sweet spice with a nutty background – not terribly strong. Initial banana sweetness was a surprise, then goes into a profound choco-nut, autumn spices and clove linger to the finish. Maybe cassis as well? Has a very pleasant mild spicy bite to it. Barely a trace of bitterness to add balance. A truly great beer. Loved every second of it.