jdarr (1) - San Jose, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s a nice beer, a little too much head as seems to be custom with these Belgain 750ml bottles(Maybe it is just me). but I far perfer the White. Can’t wait to try the Blue.
fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
All of the Vhimary products are very good. Apricot is present in both the smell and the taste. Very creamy, and smooth. Full of flavor like its siblings.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty fruity nose with hints of dried apricot. Pours a transluscent copper with an off white head. The taste is subtle and sweet and has a bitterness to it that gives a little bubbly sensation in your mouth. It is very soft and smooth and was quite nice.
harrisoni (17477) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Browny red beer with thin beige/grey head. Seem to remember this being a dark malt beer, but not so. Yeast and red berry nose. Yeasty in mouth, not a temendous depth then more strawbery/raspberry/kiwi fruit fruit and zingy hop dry finish. Drinkable and nice red berry juice, but not a lot of depth
MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2015 Oh! this is a good beer!! I had it in the 750 ml bottle. It’s a strong beer, but it doesn’t feel too much like it. It drinks well.
Stew41 (1947) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2012 (2011 BB, 2007 bottling tasted 9/12): looking good and confirms my confidence in the ability of this beer to age. Settled soft chocolate and mild funky aged notes. High fizz levels for the age but not to the detriment. Will look to cellar age.
Re-Rate (2003 bottlling tasted 8/07): Certainly not inferior to younger samples I have tasted over the years. Really attractive to look at with a perfectly formed creamy head and murky brown body, not unlike the Rochefort 6 consumed just hours prior. Nose shows aromas of settled malts and hints of sweet milk chocolate, as well as a definate pongy edge that might be more commonly found in a Flemish sour ale. Palate is also settled, very balanced and very friendly. Nice milky chocolate notes pop up again, together with a midly spicy but quite long finish. Easily the best Rouge I’ve had from Chimay.
(9/05): Big fizzy headupon pouring but disappears almost immediately. Light brown with a red hue. Some cloudiness, quite appealing. Classic Belgium nose of cloves, heavy malts, some spice, although quite subtle. Palate IMHO disappoints and is not worthy of the Chimay monicker. Very subdued flavours, almost to the point of being dilutive, the only telling character being some enthusiastic carbonation. Bad bottle? (2.5)
pivnizub (10253) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Amber coloured with rouge sparks, cloudy, thin, but firm head; some fruitiness(bananas, vanilla) in the aroma, also yeast; slight fruity taste (bananas again) with shy tart bitter finish; quite light bodied (7% ABV !), a bit warming; well done, but all in all a bit disappointing: rather "thin" or let’s say "not very complex" !
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 (rerate - 12-24-05) Very nice classic dubbel appearance. Yeasty, spicey aroma. Bubblegum. Flavor mirrors the aroma with yeast, bubblegum, spice. Fruit sneaks in at the end. Plenty of carbonation. (7,4,8,3,16)
(original rating I gave it a 7,4,8,4,17)
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with small frothy tan head. Very fizzy. Aroma is brown bread, fruit and a bit of yeast. Flavor is tart, spicy with a slightly dry finish, with some honey sweetness in there & a tiny bit metallic as well. Gives a pleasant alcoholic tingle after finishing.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Morrisons (!) Attractive red brown colour. The head retreated into a thin covering quite quickly. Aroma of plummy fruit, bicuity malt, hint of cardboard. Rounded mouthfeel, spicy peppery finish. Not the beer it once was, but tasty nonetheless.