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Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve

Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alohabeernut (4) - Aloha, Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2015 does not count
What can I say that hasn't already been said; a great Belgian, a classic. Beautiful mahogany color with a very light brown head, nice lacing. Caramel and raisin favors with a slightly warm finish. I probably drank this too cold right out of the cooler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
madrid4341 (3) - SPAIN - MAR 20, 2015 does not count
Excellente bière belge. Fidèle à la tradition. Maintient sa personnalité au fil des années.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (186) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 19, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno miedziana, zamglone. Piana drobna, niska, krótka.
AROMAT: Kwiaty, zioła, owoce (wiśnia, czerwona porzeczka), karmel, charakterystyczny zapach belgijskich drożdży.
SMAK: Słodowość, skontrowana owocowością i kwiatowością, poza tym karmel i zioła. Na finiszu wyraźny alkohol.
OGÓLNIE: Kolejna belgijska klasyka. Degustowałem piwo relatywnie "młode" (4 lata przed terminem), wiec nie może dziwić wyraźny w smaku, choć nie co mniej w zapachu - alkohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (470) - - MAR 19, 2015
Appearance: dark brown Caramel, nice flavor. Spicy and sweet and everything neat. Chewy texture. Awesome beer. Better than i remembered which wad stilll Damn Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bodega95 (43) - - MAR 19, 2015
Big fan of belgians stron ales. This Chimay blue, has a big head. Deep brown in color with a flowery aroma that hints of earthy fruits and honey. Flavor is very mellow to start with the same earthy fruits and some rasin. Towards the end of the bottle there was a hint of spice. Would recommend this to anyone. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (176) - SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2015
Vintage 2007 Grande Réserve (750 ml bottle) at around 8 years of age. Pours a murky mahogany brown with small off-white head and lots of lacing. Lots of chocolate and some coffee on the nose. Very porter-like aroma initially. Much less sherry-like than the 2006 from a 330 ml bottle I drank in 2014. Still some wineous notes but more like a fine port than bad sherry. The palate is slightly less impressive than the nose. Medium bodied with some winey and malty notes. Medium-short finish. Lacks some acidity, bitterness or something to keep it interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (305) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2015
Heads up on 18th February 2015: Bottle vintage 2014 Pours quite hazy caramel with big frothy off-white head that’s settles nicely. Aroma is loads of belgian yeast, esteres, banana, ripe fruits, dried fruits, slight toasty malts. Taste sweet, caramel, burnt and candied sugar, yeast. Yeast and dark fruits. slight dryness in finish and full well carbonated body. Very well hidden ABV. Bottle vintage 2012 Pours very hazy caramel with pretty creamy one finger off-white head. Aroma is more port. Aroma is dried fruits, toasty malts, belgian yeast, port and slight booze. Not as fruity as 2014. Taste is sweet, but more complex, candied sugar. Dried fruits, yeast, more tasted. Finish is more intense and port like with some pleasing booze to cut the sweetness, like burnt figs. Full smooth body and rather dry finish from the toaste malts. Well incorporated ABV. Still a well balanced classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mihau86 (10) - - MAR 18, 2015
Trüb dunkel, kräftig malziger Geschmack, kakaoaroma?, gut zu deftigen speisen wie dunkles Fleisch und starke Gewürze. Sehr gut

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (388) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2015
330ml bottle from Masuyo’s. Poured into a snifter. Dark amber brown color with a big soapy head. Plum, cacao, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cherry all present on the nose. Bit of barnyard in there as well. Sweet with a mild bitterness on the palate. Medium body with nice carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. As it comes to room temperature the fruit notes become more pronounced. Boozy with a little bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMJL (169) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Zapach z butelki dosyć wyraźnie fenolowy, belgijski. W barwie piwo jest brunatne, mętne, pod światło rubinowe. Piana wysoka, beżowa. Szybko się rozluźnia ale nie traci na wysokości. Oblepia ścianki. Aromat ze szkła owocowy, przyprawowy, nieco ciasteczkowy, pojawia się też lekka guma do żucia i alkohol. W smaku jest nieco wytrawne, owocowość jest na granicy wyczuwalności. Fenole wyraźne – głównie guma do żucia i korzenie. Goryczka bardzo niska, ale w tym przypadku to nie przeszkadza. Głównie alkoholowa, chmiel w ogóle się nie odznacza. Wysycenie jest średnie. Całość sprawia lekkie wrażenie pomimo wysokiego ekstraktu. Alkohol w sumie ukryty naprawdę nieźle.

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