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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge tannish-white head. Yeast and malt dominate the nose. The body and mouthfeel are both excellent, with malt, yeast, caramel, and fruit following through on the pallate. Finishes crisply, with a hint of spice on the lips and palate. Very, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Best of the red, white, and blue...this beer is slightly high on carbonation, which helps balance the plethora of fllavors that emerge..some cloves..a bit floral,,slight caramel...some alcohol..this beer has alot,,but still is easy drinking to me. Classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Big pop of the cork coming off. Yeast smell hit right away. Poured as careful as I could to keep the floaties out, but several still made it into my glass. Brownish red color, little head, probably because I poured it so slowly. Spicy with a terrific malt. Alcohol burn on my lips, not in the taste. I liked the Red better, and I look forward to the White.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Bottle pours brown with reddish hues, large off-white fluffy head, small yeasties floating about, with fairly sticking lacing but no carbonation.   Aroma is of spices and apple/pear, maybe a light plum and raisin tinge as it warms.   Flavor is earthy, slightly nutty, maybe some of that light plum or raisin flavor.   Good body and mouthfeel, and that 9% ABV isn’t even noticable.   Finishes with the typical belgian yeasty flavor, along with the spices.   This is one easy drinking, readily available, knock your socks off Belgian Strong Ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
How are so many new raters getting their hands on this one? This is my favorite of the Red, white, and blue trio of Chimay’s. Nice fruit, spice, clove aroma, with a taste of fruit, yeast, malt, and a slightly dry, fruity, champagny finish. Well hidden alcohol, and a great beer, but at 80 bucks a case (or 12 bucks a bottle for us unlucky Pennsylvanians) I’ll stick to the higher rated, cheaper brews in my portfolio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Bottle. Hazy brown color, Sweet spicy fruity aroma and taste, Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
Nice intens brownish beer with with a smooth a fluffy head.Fine aroma’s of malts and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and ahorn sirop.Round and caracteristic taste with hints of soft spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
0.75 L bottle. Hazy brown with a stiff foam that dissipated too fast. Aroma reminded me of that of yoghurt with hints of cloves and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Very full, well-balanced flavour: malt, raisins, cloved and a long bittter aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 8, 2004
A 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle for $15. Pours murky brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Has a yeasty floral smell. Tastes include a hint of orange with a smokey molasas, brown sugar, figs, roasted malt and raisin. Very bubbly on the tongue which I don’t too much care for because it kind of robs the taste. Not worth the money I spent on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 This is the beer that got me started drinking beer. And now, after all the other kinds of beer I’ve had, this is still one of my favorites. A delicious ale that is always appropriate and never disappointing. This beer is sexy.

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