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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Pours an opaque brown colour with a thick fizzy head that quickly turns into a really nice froth. Sweet and spicy malt aroma with a yeasy presence. Spicy malt and raisin flavour with some woody notes. Nice mouthfeel. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
Cloudy dark orange-brown under a beige snow covered mountain range. Fruity sweet aroma with some gentle sourness: grapes, spicy black pepper, alcohol. Flavour was like a woody red wine with some sourness that was not vinegary. Raisin, grape, currant, cognac. Creamy medium body. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Cloudy dark brown pour. Small head. Good spicy and yeast nose. Rich malts, sweet, yeast, little alcohol, some fruity undertones. Dry finish. Overall, impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2004
Certainly the best of the Chimay beers, with it being the richest and strongest (assuming one follows my personal tastes). Having tasted this after the Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, my palate has been somewhat spoilt by the richness of the WWS, although it must be noted the the Bleu is a beer I have had, loved, and continued to return to. A bit malty, but excellently balanced between sweetness and bitter hoppy flavour, with a hint of indistinct fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobaidan (512) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Very good Belgian ale. A little on the malty/sweet side, but the alcohol flavor does a good job of balancing the flavor. Hop flavors are nearly non-existant in this ale. The signature Chimay yeast strain makes for a distinctive fruity flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2004
Red-braun in color.A fruty and sweet aroma. Has a spicy flavor. Classic Belgian beer! Not the last time I will have this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Awesome beer. Good for a lazy afternoon in any weather. Just don’t let the high alcohol creep up on you... Pours a tea-brown with a nose of spice. Flavor is fruity with a hints of winter spice and wood. The flavors flow nicely on the tongue, like a smoothly running stream. Finish is slightly congnac-esque. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sdechert (13) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2004
One of my top five favorite beers. Dark amber color, off-white head which lasts a good while. Flavor is slightly sweet with a hint of nut/spice. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Redbrown colour with beige head. Disappointing aroma dominated by yeast and spices. Sweet but watery flavour with notes of fruit and spices. I must admit, I prefer the trappist beers from Westvleteren, Rochefort and Achel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALyseen (42) - DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Bottled. Hazy dark brown body middel head. A bit smoked and a good toffefee flavor. God belgian strong ale.

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