Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2006
pours dark with a decent head. aroma is complex combo of riasins and prunes and things like that. taste is similar, nice and balanced, some citrus notes. body was a little lighter than i thought. but this was a great beer anyhow

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 The best beer I have ever tasted. No beer in the world gets a perfect score, but this one is as close as it gets. A perfect Trappist Ale is this Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Too expensive at $13 for a 750 ml, but I still drink a bottle every couple of weeks if I can !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2006
As I poured the beer my first thought is oh my! The beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan color for the head. The smell is of figs,prune, and raisins. At 9% abv you can faintly smell the alcohol but it is not overpowering. The taste is delicious, if you hold the beer on your palate...the sweet carmel flavors, and spices are really present. This is a very well crafted beer one you can sip all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2006
"beer poured a dark amber color with a nice head which lasted about half the beer. Nice lacing, had a spicy aroma. Felt very smooth with a citrus taste. Would get this again and again."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 Thick off-white head on a dark reddish-brown body. Light spiced aroma with hints of flowers. Light malty flavor. From a 2003 bottle: The flavor has greatly mellowed, but may be a bit beyond its prime. The slight alcohol kick has certainly faded away, leaving a smooth malty base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pours with a frothy off-white head on a light brown body. Strong sweet aroma with floral tones. Sweet malty taste with alcohol evident. Body is medium thick with an alcohol warming effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Outstanding dark Belgian ale. Flower aroma with a hint of alcohol in taste. Drink often and easy to find in the wine-style bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This is a pleasant Belgian that I will continue to drink, but that I think is slightly overrated. Delicate aroma that is yeasty and floral. Pours out a dark brown color with a large tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Taste is quite malty and sweet with a bitter finish. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Overall, this is a good beer, but one that I thought would be more flavorful and complex. It kind of seems mediocre now that I’ve tried so many other great Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2511) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Has the look of a homemade beer. Dark orange-brown with a thick thick tan head. Yeast, caramel, dark fruit i.e. plums or raisins in nose. Very creamy somewhat sour palate with a bit of malt in there. I can see why this one is a highly rated beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3100) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
This is a wonderful beer! Pours a thick dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, malts, apples and other fruits and spices. Tastes of caramel, malts, apples and other fruits and spices. Exceptionally smooth for a beer with an alcohol content this high.

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