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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pours a dark chestnut in color with a nice creamy mocha head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. As I drink it, the carbonation is what strikes me the most. It is so light and fizzy the beer seems to disapear in my mouth before I get to swallow it. Flavor is not overly sweet but leans that way with a strong malt note. Finish is clean and light. Amazingly little alcohol flavor. Now I am sorry I got the little bottle. This is an interesting beer and maybe I need to try more of these Belgians to get some perspective.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2005
This was only the second bottle of chimay I have had - the first time I rated it my description was inadequate. However, I found that the first time there seemed to be much more aroma - I think this time the aroma seemd trapped under the generous lasting head I poured. Anyway... What a drop - such a multitude of flavours throughout the whole sipping and swallowing process. Starts off with a rich fruity, malty and typical ale fruitiness intensity - so many different flavours come out. Followed by a wallowing progression of the hops transgression. The hops blend (I assume more than one type is used) is blended excellently, and so smoothly mixed with the malts used. Then lastly, the aftertaste, which comprises of sweet maltiness, and not overly bitter hoppiness, presented in a package which itself gives off some metallicness, astringence and bitterenss. This beer is so complex in flavour, yet so well balanced. Incredible. Give me the recipe! Or, more importantly, give me another! The best beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2005
It’s been a long time since I’ve given this a try. Poured an opaque brown with an off white fluffy head. The aroma was lite with spice (clove?, cardamom?) and fruit (banana?). I also detected a bit of hops. The flavor changed, as you might guess, as the brew warmed. This brew had the flavors of slightly sweet raison with spices such as ginger and cinnamon. The body was nice with a bubbly fizz on the front and a creamy finish with a bit-o-hops. Good stuff. I bet this ages great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
bottle from 207th street warehouse. ruby brown color spicy yeasty aroma.not too great. bready cookie taste.maltyness too tastes pretty good lil fruity taste too. lill bit bubbly on the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaraf (4) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
This beer is probably the most commercial trappist in belgium. The taste is unique and the sensations during drinking also ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours the most opaque dark brown color I’ve ever seen. A weak head, dissipates quickly. Smells like malti-/yeastiness. Like if you were baking bread. The taste is malty and a little bit fruity, with a lot of bubbliness on the finish, appropriate for a beer in a champagne bottle, I suppose. There’s no overpowering bitterness or sourness, but plenty of flavor and mouthfeel to satisfy even the guys in the 100 beer raters’ club . Just a tad of spiciness on the aftertaste, this is a wonderful beer from the second you uncork the bottle until the minute you’re crying in the closet because it’s gone. Makes you understand why so many American craft brewers go out of their way to imitate Belgian abbey-made beers. Really wonderful, if slightly overcarbonated for my tastes. At $8 for a 750mL, this is a great, great beer for a special occasion, or to impress a lady friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours very dark in color. Aroma is a little sweet. A yeasty, wheat like aroma. Tastes alot like a hefeweizen to me. Just a strong one. Has slight roasty spicy flavor. A little alcohol is present. After about half of the bottle alot of rich dark fruit flavors and spice really seemed to come out. Consumed at room temp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
75 cl botlle w/ cork and wire. Served in Chimay goblet. 2004 edition. Deep, hazy brownish red. Nice, clingy, off-white head w/ good lastability and lacing. Warm, spicy aroma - malty, slightly peppery. The flavor is full and rounded w/ great warmth and nice complexity. Malt dominates along w/ spices (pepper, among other things). Nicely balanced. Pleasant yeast presence. Impressive, fluffy yet full mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; a slight alcohol presence in the finish merely adds a pleasant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Excellent appearance - ruby brown, light tan head stays creamy and tight. Great lacing. A touch of alcohol in the nose, along with some dark fruit and sweet malts. It has some noticable hop flavours, dark sweet malt, some roasted notes. Some dryness and yeast spiciness in the finish with late alcohol warming. Really glad the local LCBO finally had it in stock! Rating #200.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured dark in color with an off white head. Bought a three pack of 1pt. 9oz. bottles , two blue and one red. Had the first blue with dinner grilling steaks and thought this was a decent beer.. So this would be a second time arround for this beer and is alright. Aroma you can notice the fermantation of the malt and the flavor has a decent aftertaste on the palate.

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