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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1750) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
The big blue Chimay, their most notorious product. Yellowish beige, sticky head, medium thick, decreasing and opening but leaving ’islands’ of foam and a steady rim around the glass with pretty lacing; colour deep mahogany with wine-red hue, notably darker than Chimay Rouge but still transparent, clear but hazy after adding the deposit. Rich aroma - though less strong and more restrained than in its Rochefort or Westvleteren counterparts - consisting of fondant chocolate, candied dates, pears, port wine, brown candi sugar, some faint but nice wheaty sourishness, orange peel, marzipan, gingerbread, dry spices such as coriander, cinnamon, cloves or aniseed, brown bread, banana, aromatic brown rhum especially as the beer warms up, red wine. Taste of candied fruits (figs and dates), some dried banana, smooth and rich, deep dark caramel and chocolate maltiness, medium but somewhat sourish carbonation, something wheaty, ’clean’ yeastiness with lively spicy notes dancing on the tongue, dryish, bit starch-like and powdery, finish with drying carbonation, some elegant floral and herbal hops and booze, in the form of brandy-like, warming, long and dry alcohol, managing to stay just subtle enough to avoid becoming wry. Though often considered less ’authentic’ and too ’industrial’ compared with the smaller Belgian trappist brands, this is still a very big beer, which becomes all the more clear in the Grande Réserve version on 75 cl: this is one of Belgium’s best provisional beers, with an amazing ageing capacity. I have bottles from different vintages in the cellar and am patiently waiting to open the first one reaching five years of age; earlier tastings of old Grande Reserves will stick with me forever, as they undergo a ’maderisation’ leading to an immensely complex ale, almost like old port wine. I have taken this into account while rating this - since there is no separate entry for Chimay Grande Réserve (as it is indeed simply the blue on 75 cl bottles). The true great trappist beers are a joy forever and a beacon of good taste in the Belgian beer landscape.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ottofanten (1) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
A great tast with good aroma. Easy to drink and great tast. No jast tast or so. Bring in chock tast from the cigar i have to this beer. Little sweet that is good when smoking cigar

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjoerdbosman (5) - - SEP 5, 2014 does not count
Een heerlijk biertje die ik iedereen kan aanraden lekker mondgevoel ziet er goed en smaakt lekker goed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Serapac (110) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle. Brown reddish, beige head. Aroma yeast, bananas, taste likewise, leaves pleasant bitter-sweet palate. A good Trappist. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphagalendi (3) - - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Não gosto de ficar flando sobre a cerveja, isso deveria ser desabilitado, seria mto melhor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
purpleoctogod (6) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014 does not count
Very dark but still slightly transparent. Nice floral in taste and smell with just the right roasty malt flavor at the end. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chromeotaphor (33) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2014
Donker fruitig fris aroma, mooie wolk-achtige schuimkraag. Prachtig smaak palet dat zich in de afdronk mooi langzaam maar fel ontwikkeld. Donker fruitig karakter met hinten van chocolade en port. Pracht bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xavalias (154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle, year 2014. Pours hazy dark amber to reddish brown with a big brown head that recedes into a thin layer of bubbles. Not much lacing here. Nose of yeasty fruits, taste likewise, ripe, dried fruits, banana, watermelon, candy sugar, malts, some alcohol but it is rather well hidden. Taste is not as sweet as the red version, well balanced with a light to medium hoppy bitterness. Smooth, vinous, oily palate. Long bittersweet finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hrc_Cro (60) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark brown to black color with big browny foam that disappeared faster than I expected. Aroma of chestnut, wood and cooked caramel. Some alcohol can be tasted and very little bitterness. Little overrated, but maybe it just is not my cup of tea(glass of beer).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maltman53 (330) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle in a huge tulip glass. Pours dark copper with the creamiest head I have ever seen in a Belgian style ale. The creamy head coats the side of the glass like ocean foam on the beach. Very well balanced. Deep, dark chestnut flavor throughout the palate. There’s cooked caramel and spice in there. Overall, a classic.

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