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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown, moderate white head. Nose is bananas, yeast, maybe some malts, and an overall sourness. Flavor is much of the same, with a carbonated mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deldoddadinho (4) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
A trappist beer. Dark nice taste of dark choclate. It dossen’t fell like it’s 9%, one hellluva nice beer from Belgium. It’s easy to get but its nice

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
This is an excellent experience but I felt the alcohol overtones to great to place it in the top choices. I admit to a preference to the dubbel, I think this is a great beer to educate the pallet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2006
Deep brown coloured with a foamy off white head. Nice dark fruity caramel malty aroma with clear alcoholic-yeasty touches. Full body, little sweeter. Finish is sweet caramel like with an alcoholic touch. This is a top beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2006
What can I say that hasn’t been said 1273 times before me? Oh well. Pours a dark brown with a thick white head. The line separating the liquid from the head is indistinct due to the continual release of carbonation. First time I’ve seen that in a beer. Kind of cool. Aroma is of slightly sour bread. In the mouth it starts off sweet with hints of fruit and malt. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and a punch of alcohol. Better than I was expecting given that I’m usually not a fan of Belgian Ales.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fightfire4beer (132) - Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Slight fruit and alcohol aroma. Hint of alcohol up front that gives way to caramel, malt and a mild fruit flavor. Easy to drink. Nice beer. A

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2006
A rich flowery scent undertones of malts and yeast Pours a Dark opaque amber brown. Flavor starts of sour yeasty deep and rich undertones of fruit moves into a malty flavor with a light coffee bitterness Finishes yeasty and lingers nicely. No lacing a little watery and tingly/bubbly.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Very hazy dark brownish/reddish/amber color. Initially a coarse foamy tan-colored head, settled after awhile and turned to a light layer of fine bubbles on the surface. Fairly light malty, spicy, fruity, floral aroma. Nice strong array of flavors: malt, caramel, molasses, raisins, dates... completely overwhelming and completely delicious. Pretty easy to drink, despite the heaviness, richness, and depth of flavors...smooth sweet mouthfeel, slightly sticky... One of my favorites.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Big lasting head. Golden amber.Very floral fragrance. Strong brew with a deep warming sensation and a smooth finish. I really enjoyed this one. Had it at Immys tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Poured into a wide glass from a 2/06 bottle. My best efforts could not thwart the large foamy head. Color was an opaque muddy brown with hints of red and yellow. Very pleasing complex aroma. Hints of sweet floral bouqet mixed with a malty undertone. Flavor bears a light/medium sweetness with a floral overtone and a malty aftertaste. This beer is mildly hopped with a slight bitter flavor throughout. At 9%, there is a subtle initial impression of alchohol flavor, which becomes less apparent in the aftertaste. This is an above average beer with possibly the best aroma I have enjoyed. I’m looking forward to buying more to age!


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