Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4713   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark red, with a tan head, can see sediments floating throughout. Great balance throught. A world of flavors. Complex and tastey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lordhumungus (14) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2006
Complex brew with masteful balance between the hops, malt and yeast. Initial intensity melows into a long rich rewarding finish. As with any ale; if you drink it too cold you will wonder where all the flavour and aroma have gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a dark redish-brown; big head. Not much of an aroma, but it’s eventful, with a complex flavor cycle of alcohol notes, malt sweetness and smooths out quite nicely with some hints of chocolate (?). Not my favorite, but it’s definetly a beer of quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2006
Oh man was I looking forward to this. I’ve been stuck in Japan, the beer black hole, and this is the first good beer I’ve been able to drink in too long of a time. Poured an opaque brown with oat-colored rocky head. Taste was deeply malty, surprisingly not very sweet, with good warming alcohol. Not quite as full boadied as I expected for a Belgian, with lots of carbonation, and almost resembled a bock. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly better than what I have easy access to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
(07.25.06) One pint 9.4 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 11/05. 9% ABV. Sweet malt aroma. Poured hazy brown with medium off-white head. Soft carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied ale that starts dry with light malt/fruit (raisin)/caramel/spicy flavors. Finished dry with light bitterness. A pretty good Belgium ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....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..

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (5046) - 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.

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