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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Dark reddish-black with a full head. Slightyly sugary aroma, maybe some malt. Flavour is warming with a cognac feel and pleasant bubbles. Full bodied, more so than Red and more warming. Brings in some ascending bitterness, coffee, chocolate, vodka and bitterroot as the sips accumulate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
The aroma is on the light side, everything else is right on the mark. Never can say I had bad Chimay, especially the blue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Corked bottle is cool (could they get $7 abottle if it had a twist off?) Pours like a promise. All sorts of storied aromas call out to the nose like feast fit for a king. Smokey notes, apricots, and chocolates. The sediment rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled(750ml). –corked 2005, complex and full bodied brew, hoppy and alcohol nose, malty acidic flavor, smooth palate, malty and yeasty aroma with slightly alcohol hints. Maybe I’m wrong or something else, I don’t know, but something is missing for this to be the best Chimay

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
newtrip (54) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Beer poured with a creamy, mostly lasting off white head. Good lacing. Nose of toasted raisin/plum and grain. Inital flavor was lighly sweet and lightly acidic. Finish had more intense sweetness and lightly bitter with long duration. Also had moderate alcoholic bite, but it wasn’t overly pronounced. Overall this is a very balanced beer. I would have another one any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
A favorite. Provind that strong beer doesn’t have to taste like ...strong beer. Incredibly smooth, beautiful dark brown, pours with a modest, lasting head. Smooth malt caramel flavor, the hearth, the beer equivalent of a precious metal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Not a huge fan of this beer. Trappists to me, almost always seem to have the nose and finish which suggests cloves to me, which is a good way to turn me off to a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Corked and caged bottle. Cork marked 11/04. Mostly lasting large sized ivory head with many different sized bubbles, decent lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, and alcohol nose. Flavor was absolutely delectable - sweet, malty, caramel, light roastiness, and vinuous. My kind of brew!! Mostly smooth palate. Medium body. A very drinkable BSA and definitely worthy of a try especially if one enjoys a good BSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Rock solid belgian, one of three from Chimay. Pours a cloudy light brown, with a well retained creamy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, slight alcohol, malt and yeast. Flavor is similiar, but the alcohol seems to stand out more on the tongue than it did in the aroma, and the malt also becomes more apparent. Well made Belgian brew, too common to get excited about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
33cL bottle. Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a well-retained creamy beige head. Nose picked up boatloads of deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins), musty Belgian yeast, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor was able to take all that is great with the aroma, and really make it dance... dark fruit provided a sweet and salivating base, yeast gave the brew some spicy and musty character, and the alcohol was nicely warming at the top of the throat. Balance was superb. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Finish was peppery, warm, and long-lasting. This brew was excellent on all fronts!

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