21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really dark, nearing blackness, not much for head. Has a very apparent dark fruit smell to it. Apricots, raisins, plums. Really bites the tongue, follows with a casual smoothness and then fades with nice wandering fruit. Kind of has a dried fruit trail mix thing happening. Very nice.
rickgordon (3830) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Bottled. 2004. Dark brown color with a thick head. Yeasty nose, along with vague notes of banana and clove. Light spicy flavour but a bit too alcoholic. Roasted malt is obvious. Needs ageing, yes? 6/3/6/3/13.
After three years of ageing this has turned wonderful. Still quite thick mouthfeel, with notes of wood and chocolate. And no flavour from the cork. Rich remaining head.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chimay (bleu) grand reserve smells of fruit ( plums, black cherries and raspberries) and spices ( clove and cinnamon). The head is tan and fades without leaving much lacing. The taste is rich, plummy, and wine-like. I detected no obvious presence of either hops or malt. This beer is less sweet than Chimay red. The 9% alcohol content is not readily detectable in the flavor, but is nonetheless felt as one slowly drains the bottle. This is definitely one to nurture and savor. I enjoyed it with aged cheese.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 This beer stimulates my limbic system with one of my all-time favorite aromas and is nice for special occasions. Has a beautiful ruby-bronze body and fat notes of spice, mustiness, earth, and roasted candy sugar. The flavor is complex and builds with each sip bringing a nice blend of sweet, sour, bitter, earth, and chocolate. Makes a great compliment for bread and Chimay cheese. A classic.
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11 ounce bottled version has outstanding flavor and aroma. "The one beer to have when you're having only one."
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. A lot of flavors happening at once. Dried fruit mixed with a malty, sweetness, and a slight alcoholic kick to finish. A superb ale. I enjoyed this very much
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a thick head. Dark brown in color. Yeasty, malty nose. Very complex flavor. Lightly malty, somewhat creamy, with a warm alcoholic finish. Maybe a little too alcoholic.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Displays dark brown or deep ruby in the glass. Scents of spice, malt and alcohol. The flavour has a bitter finish, slightly sweet malt taste with a hint of spice and plum.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2003 Dark brown, almost ruby in color with a large white head. Light yeasty aroma. Flavors of butter and dried fruits came through, with a slight alcohol warming touch.
biff (3) - colorado springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best. I have been a life long American beer guzzler, until I discovered tasty beer. the local newspaper says American forces in Iraq discovered a warehouse, owned by one of Saddam's boys, full of Chimay, Why, I thought, better try it. Its great I found out. Since then My quest for great beer has begun. Nothing surpasses the taste of Chimay Bleu. Pure nectar.