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Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve

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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4130   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned - 150 cl, 75 cl, and 33 cl bottles. Named Grande Réserve in 75 cl bottles, and Magnum Grande Réserve in 150 cl bottles.
Chimay Blue is principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HIGHB4LL (603) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: 2 finger light brown head, good lacing, amber-red color, clear. Aroma: prune, notes of bread, light alcohol. Palate: medium body, alcohol thinness and light heat, oily texture, average carbonation. Taste: sweet fruity prune with touches of bready malt into moderate alcohol taste, with sweet fruity malt finish. Overall, amazing beer, great balance, awesome balance. Lovely and lives up to hype.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
YorkshireG73 (29) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Brewed by monks. Beer monks. Wake up 4am. Do monk stuff etc (silent cold porridge eating). Potter about tending carrots. Drink Chimay and taste / meet God.. .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elosop (161) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Mörk mahogany med brunfärgat rejält skum. Doften något "brett torr" kastanj med jäst. Smaken oerhört bred med bränd maltig karamell. Eftersmaken lång med jäst & champinjon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hank37 (76) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Floral and banana aromas. Raisins and toffee coming through with some pepper and zing from the 9%. Warming, quite high on the carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kingi (488) - - OCT 19, 2014
2010 bottle. Very balanced. Lots of tastes and aromas playing around and none ofthem coming out too strongly. Still not my favourite style even though its good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wihlan (287) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2014
Flaska från systembolaget - doftar jäst med en liten hint av malt. Mörk med vitt skum. Komplex maltsmak, en sötma och lite värme från alkohol, kanske något spritig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"my favorite of the chimay line...not by a whole lot, but the mouthfeel is great, and the flavor inviting and quite complex...and at 9%, it’s an enticing ale."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (218) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle 750ml. A bit cloudy brownish-red with quickly diminishing low beige head. Sweetish aroma, dried plum, cherry, yeasty, some spiciness, bready. Sweet cherry flavor, fruity, malty, quite spicy, light sourness, a bit alcoholic. Lively carbonation. Medium to full body. Sweet-sour aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (49) - Bruxelles, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
Good "bière trappiste", bottle of 33cl and 75cl. Okay, we’re in front of a good trappist beer, but not the best. The aroma is weaker than in other beers, the same for the palate. Nice taste of special yeast. Cheers !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle served in its own chalice. A: Beautiful bottle art and label, first of all. Pours a nice dark amber to brown color. Cloudy and dirty with some particles floating around. Forms a big beige head. Good retention. A thin layer remains for long on the top. Lots of lacing are formed and left S: Great nose. Sweet, bready and very fruity (raisins, mainly). Notes of wood, toffee, vanilla roasted malts and brown bread. Classic Belgium yeasts. Flowery hops. A bit of alcohol in the end T: Sweet upfront. Very bready and fruity. Dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel malts. Notes of vanilla and wood. Nice hops profile. Moderate bitterness M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Trappist specimen. Absolutely recommended [ BA Review @ 1/12/2010 ]


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