pootzboy (1758) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
Corked bottle dated 2004 May:
Pour produced the signature hazed orange ale with the killer cap that stacks out of my new Chimay chalice...Moderate effervescence.
Very pleasing nose...all the spices and fruit and phenols are there...very complex...I will attempt to simplify by simply saying it has the aroma of a poached apricot ( flambeau) in candied-spiced brandy.
The aging went well on this bottle...the fusil and phenol tastes of a young bottle were subdued and the fully blended flavors came forward with a relaxed smoothness and mellow character.
Up front there was a lot of thick sweet malt which was balanced off with the fruit-herbs and spice tones leaving an impression of frozen cinnamon bun dough with tangerine slices, mid palate these flavors evolve into a more complex taste senasation which is more spice pronounced then the long finish where gradual drying takes place and the phenominal hop mixture shows up to complicate the end of this drink by peppering it with metallic-fruity-medicinal-herbal tastes which fight against the near cloying malts and sugars...everything in balance on this drink...very pleasurable to sip on...particualrly on this damp chilly evening...thanks Rob...wonderful birthday gift...thanks.
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
330mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours to a dark yellow with an orange tinge, large off-white head. Aroma of banana, citrus. Almost perfumey. Flavour is light, sweet, pleasant, with more malt noticeable than the Rouge. As it warms, a tinge of alcohol is present in the aftertaste. Quite good. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
(Tap) Pours amber with small beige head. Very potent aroma includes banana and coriander notes. More hops than I expected, but it balanced the fruity notes quite well. Some alcoholic warming was also in there. Overall quite complex, and a very interesting beer. janubio (883) - SPAIN - NOV 7, 2006
Cloudy apricot colour, it pours a big head with big bubbles that lingers for a while. Complex arome of spices (coriander, clove, pepper) and fruits, with some hint of banana. Mouth feel is very nice, spicy, fruity (oranges, a hint of figs), some honey, flowery. Dry and bitter finish. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2006
0.33 l bottle. Golden amber color with very thick creamy head. Orangey and herbal hoppy aroma. The flavor is packed with herbal hops, orange, clove and pepper, slight sweetness and firm bitterness. Finishes bitter, orangey and spicy. Nice smooth palate and good hoppy edge.
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 0,33L bottle from gift pack. Pours orangey-amber with a substantial, tight white head. Good duration. The nose is yeasty and sweet with notes of spice (coriander), and orange. Bright, sparkling carbonation and a med. mouthfeel. Quite sweet but balanced by the bitter finish. Alcohol comes through as well. spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
(Bottle BBE 2009) Fruity, yeasty and spicy aroma. Dark golden colour, muddy and average size, white, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Fruity (grape, banana), malty, spicy and acidic flavour. Lively carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. Alcohol is very well hidden! 22/10/06 daniel0017 (450) - Yukon, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 reminds me of pineapple ham fresh from the oven. Hazy light-amber body with whispy white head that leaves robot shapes in the glass, sometimes they look like grapes but mostly robots. many layers in this beer, none overpower the other: Hint of cloves and nutmeg at first then creamy barley malts, yeast and hops only to finish off on an even, bitter tone. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth yet vibrant as you swallow it down. Funknmilla (746) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Rich yeasty nose....visually , great co2 cloudy golden color...foam explodes on the intake...clean and refreshing...but not a light wheat...give it a swirl, watch the foam unfurl, then lay it in its place...consistantly beautiful.... emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. The worst of the Chimay beers. That’s not to say it still isn’t good, but I absolutely adore the Blue and so this was a bit of a let down. Very little complexity and a pretty thin flavor, considering it’s a trappist.