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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4698   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Served in the new goblet..dark murky mahogany big brown colour, better than average lacing, good puddle of constent head foam....bananna’s -fruit -roastiness -bitter off fruit -leather =aromas.... alchol is masked completely...delicously nice+mellow yet fiercly magical brew..

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jarredon (14) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Pours brown with a nice frothy head. Slightly sweet aroma. Smooth and very flavorful with a great creamy texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2006
75 cl bottle. Grand Reserve 2001, sampled 2006. Dark mahogny. Licorice in aroma. Flavor of chocolate and licorice. Carbonated palate

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 0.33l bottle at home. Guys you described it well. I will just add that there is quite a difference if you drink it cold or around 12°C. Do not rush, wait few minutes so beer can worm up a bit and you will enjoy every sip of it. Such a nice creamy mouthful! One of my favorites. Very good trappist.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 4, 2006
0.33 l bottle, 2006. Mahagony color with creamy head. Malt, banana, nuts, raisins, almonds, rum and alcohol in the aroma. Very pleasant aroma. The flavor is sweetish with raisins, alcohol, clove and pepper. Clove, pepper and caramel in the finish. A great beer with cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle 2006. Pours a dark hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Some hints of drak fruits. Smooth malty yeasty spicy flavor. With dark fruits. Long fruity and spicy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BBE 2011) Yeasty, slightly caramel malty and slightly alcohol aroma. Red brown colour, hazy and large, light brown, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Yeasty, fruity, anise, caramel, bitter and slightly acidic flavour. Fizzy carbonated, full-bodied and slightly alcoholic palate. Excellent brew! 04/11/06 (original rating was 8/4/7/5/16)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Color is dark mahogany caramel...chocolate hop nose...."herbaceous chocolate soda"-Banks....almost metallic mid-palate with a superb balance...leaves me wanting another sip...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle 330 ml 2005. Deep brown almost opaque body with a tinge of red. Frothy tan head. Very aromatic, dominated by fruit, caramel and yeast. A variety of malt flavors along with dark fruits like raisins and prunes, spices like black pepper and clove… makes this a powerful and complex beer. Full body. Alcohol is present, but not offensive at all. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice dry and delicate hoppy finish. Some will claim that this beer is overrated and past its prime. Well, I’ve enjoyed it for two decades now and I still love it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
2006 bottle from LCBO in a sampler pack. This is a truly wonderful beer. A similar taste to the Chimay Rouge, but much stronger, and more of an alcohol finish. The light floral quality from the Rouge is much more obvious with the Bleue. I’d agree with others that this beer could benefit from a few years of aging. As it gets warmer, it gets a little bit too sharp. It’s certainly not an everyday drinker like the Rouge could be, but it’s much more complex, and much more of a treat, like a dark chocolate would compare to a chocolate bar. Either way, I strongly suggest this as a must try!


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