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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4439   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Pours a hazy darker brown with a large size bubbly head. Aroma of dark fruits, belgian yeast, candy sugars. Flavors of the same with some roasted malts and some light citrus that I didn’t really pick up in the aroma. Lively on the tongue. A lot going on in the aroma and flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2006
Deep brown beer with creamy beige foam. Aroma is rich, slight burned, spicey and very malty. Taste is very deep and overpowering. It has an exotic caracter and a great afthertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
750ml. bottle. Exits the bottle a muddy dark brown color producing a tight, thick, durable off-white head. Rich, satisfying aromas of ripe fruits, raisin, fig, caramel malts and yeast emminate from the chalice. The mouthfeel and palate is incredibly silky smooth, creamy and full. An insanely rich and complex flavor profile of dark dried fruits, caramel candy, yeast rolls and a bit of spiciness reinforces the classiness of this respected ale. Finishes with a nice little blast of alcoholic warmth to tame any residual sweetness. A classic!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 [11.2 oz bottle] Pours a beautiful cloudy, dark brown color. Head is a rocky white that seems to evolve as it travels down the glass. Aroma is excellent- yeast, and a little bit of fruit sweetness. Flavors are huge- nice roasted malts and a bit of alcohol warmth. This beer is excellent.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2006
One year old bottle. The beer gods don’t seem to love this one as much as I do. Perhaps this is due to inexperience on my part, having tried only a few Belgian strongs. Smooth malty flavor, very complex. Amazing champagne like mouthfeel. Very good.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Quite possibly one of the greatest beers ever. I could go into all the aspects with this beer, but I won’t. Because they could all just be summed up by the word divine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours a dark murky amber with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of raisons, strong warming alcohol, spices, caramel, ever so slightly metallic hops. The mouthful is smooth, and is the big strength of the beer, it shows warmth but complexity. Flavours of dried fruit, sweet caramel, apricot, nuts, amongst others. The finish is fruity, sweet and warming. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (790) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Huge head and good lacing on this pour. Nice bubbles through the Cola color. Smooth malty flavor without the alcohol bite one expects from a high alcohol brew. Very pleasant and worth the price!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
after my first bottle of chimay, i’m still quite unsure whether i like it or not. maybe my tastes have not matriculated into that of a true connoisseur. the aroma and flavor was very complex, with a decent amount of alcohol. a little bitter seems almost bitter when it hits the tongue, and then into the mouth and down the flavor changes too much for me to really track. i’ll have to try this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Bottle2005 @ Blues Bar, Globen, Stockholm
Somewhat hard to comment on this, as it has been down my throat so many time over the years. Must be close to 20 years since I had my first one. It’s a great beer, no doubt, but to me it taste just... Chimay Blue... Well, I give it a try. Slightly sweet and cheesy aroma with some sourness thrown in together with a dash of malt and the ever present yeast. All this is reflected in taste as well, with a small addition of bitterness at the very end.

Earlier Rating: 8/10/2004 Total Score: 3.6
Grande Reserve Bottles @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Vintage 1997 & 2001. 1997 has a lot of cork taste. A bit plastic notes are present. 2001 has some herbal qualities. Much fresher, much better. Rating is for 2001.


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