thedm (6311) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of of unnoted size mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained no visible carbonation, was opaque and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malt fruit hop . Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering tingly palate and a malty aftertaste. Its flavor contained malt hop smooth mild dark malt mild roastiness notes. Not a Belgian IMHO or like even one. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Draught: cloudy plum with a very thin off white cream, that diminishes just as it is served...malty aromatics lift sugary toffee, plum skins, Baker’s chocolate, freshly sliced apples, and raisins to the nose. A light bitterness strings its way, all the through the long, flavourful body: toasty malts, black currants, dark cane sugar, soft apples and caramel coated raisins...A strongly flavoured and worth take a Belgian ale... hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Draft at Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. Small tan head that was mostly lasting, good lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Malty, caramel, some chocolate notes and fruity. Malty, sweet, and some hops in the flavor. Smooth palate. Medium body. Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Dark, hazy purple with almost no head. Big, malty nose full of sweet, fruity goodness. Dark cherries, caramel, raisins, tobacco, light chocolate, bread pudding, brown sugar, over-ripe apples and plums, and lightly toasted malt. The body is full and easily encompasses the tongue. The flavors are nice, though quite sweet. The malt is easily th big player here with the subtle, earthy bitterness from the hops and the warmth of the alcohol playing a rather minor, supporting role. The finish is long and this is where the alcohol really shines. All told, this isn’t a bad rendition of a Belgian classic. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2005
From Growler bought the day before: Well I was interested in the fact that this is styled after the Chimay abbey beers, so wanted to take it home a fully compare the two. Poured into my chalice and it appears walnut brown with a small but mosty lasting off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee, candi sugars, plum, currant, pipe tobacco, and moderate phenols. The taste starts sweet and quite fruity as expected with a dry woody taste on the backend. Light bitterness, bready and earthy spices as well. The alcohol is noticeable but does not dominate, works well within the framework of the brew. The lingering aftertaste is very much that of a fruitcake. The feel is sharp and medium-bodied, dry upon the finish, feels fresher than the botted master"piece". Overall, this is not near the quality of the Chimay Rouge...BUT it is a fine beer unto itself. As a big fan of the Chimay beers, I feel very critical of abbey styled brews and this one makes the grade. Enjoy one for yourself!