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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4104   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pretty good Belgian dark, hides the alcohol okay. Flavor is very malty with some fruit and malt, not too complex. Slightly overpriced compared to other Belgians in its class.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheReptilian (13) - Burley, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 I drank this shit while I was on mushrooms, so that I could fully appreciate the aroma and flavor. The goblet glass was in full effect. Damn. I think that the gods spoke to me through this one. My whole face was filled with hops and spices. I love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Rich aroma of malt and dark fruit with some sourness and yeast. Organic ruddy dark brown look with a dense pillowey tan head that never quits. Flavors of plum, malt, alcohol and a bit of coffee and some muskiness. I also get a bit of rum flavor. Relatively bitter for the style. Somewhat lacking in body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAO (102) - Nćstved, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2004
Brown reddich color middle creamy head. Strong alcohol and malt smel. Taste is malthy smokey with a nut finish. A very strong but gentle beer. Very good!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlurFan (8) - USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
This beer has strong fizz and light peach flavor off the top, but its overall strength leaves no doubt that this special beverage is indeed a beer with a hearty soul. A soul that makes me want to chant in an incense filled room.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Brown ale, off white lasting head. Malty aroma. Yeast. Some sourness. Schwarzbroot. Complex flavour with peaches. Sweet and roasted malts. Pepper. Notes of brown sugar. Yeast. A touch of hops in the finish. The complex aroma is very well balanced by a discrete underlying sourness (fruit). Hides the ABV very well. All time classic abbey ale

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004
Thick brown creamy head, dark amber body, aroma with strong fruity, a little metallic. Strong, smooth filling taste. One can feel the alcohol, but it is not obvious in the taste, which is very pleasant. It goes down well, making you want more!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2004
11.2oz bottle.Aromas of fresh hop extract(some metallic notes pleasantly integrated,yeast(banana),malt,refined funk,pretty nice, all things considered. Appearance is very nice,hazy super amber,with a very nice head snd some very fine lacing

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fallesen (8) - DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
You cannot go wrong here. Truly the king of beers. From the fruity aroma and taste to the remarkable colour, this is always a pleasure. No matter if it is draught or bottle, I always enjoy this one. The only drawback is that it leaves you wanting more, but seeing that it is rather strong it is not always possible to consume more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3032) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
Dark brown muddy body with amber/ruby glints. Average off-white bubbly/frothy head. Complex yeasty nose with fruity (mainly raisin and dark cherries) and flowery hints. Texture is relatively smooth, and taste is perfectly balanced. It is mainly sweet/fruity, but has also nice yeasty and hoppy notes, especially in the finish. Altough alcohol remains well hidden for a 9% alc. beer, each mouthful leaves a pleasant warming effect. That beer has a very good reputation, and it deserves it entirely. That’s why I selected it as my 300th rated beer!


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