Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4499   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my new Chimay glass this poured up one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen, a dark ruby red. The head was about ¼ inch and did not go away. The aroma was of caramel and spice and most pleasant. The taste matched the aroma and the creamy mouth feel just added to it all. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xjaja (14) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Ehdottomasti tämän hetkisistä oluista paras. Tilaan tätä lähes aina kun käyn Birgerissä.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CardsFanBudMan (3) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2006 does not count
Undoubtable the finest beer brewed in the world. Eric Kirchhoefer St. Louis, MO

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5021) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours a deep brown into a chimay glass. Nice, steady 1/8 inch micro head. Alcohol, date, fig and earth notes. Creamy then full and fizzy. Figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Poured a cloudy, dark, light milk chocolate brown with a slight red tinge. A frothy tan head dissipates quickly into a translucent tan film. Aroma is spicy with hints of fruit and chocolate. Palate is light cream with a mild, soft carbonation. Taste is incredibly complex, dark chocolate, dark cherry and other dark fruits such as raisin. The sweetness is pervasive – maybe a hint of caramel. Alcohol is present, but comes across as red wine. There is a nuttiness, but it only emerges for a second out of the fruit. Spiciness includes cloves. I could contemplate this one for a hell of a long time. An incredible beer. As complex as I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzerfaust (682) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Rating Nº 100 Edition 2005 - drunk March, 2006:
Pours a slightly hazy brown color with orange and copper undertones. Shows a huge creamy and rocky head that lasts for long and leaves a precious lacing. Aroma is wonderfully rich, malty and yeasty in character. It has strong notes of nuts, dark chocolate, caramel and fruits like plums, prunes and a little of clove and Lapsang Souchong dark tea. I found also some touches of alcohol and toffee. Flavor is very powerful with a blur of sweetness but bittersweet coffee-ish in character. There are hints of almonds, walnuts, caramel and red wine with some spicy layers. Complex yet incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. It feels winy or maybe liquorish with an oily texture. Marvelous finish, eternal and full of boldness. In addition, the alcohol is masterfully disguised. Let it warm a bit and it will become a real gem. Awesome.

Edition 2006 - drunk November 20 same year: Pretty much the same as above but a little less complex. I noticed the yeast was still working pretty hard in the bottle. I’m sure this one must be aged a couple of years to truly shine. However it was still a wonderful beer. 8/4/8/4/16 Score: 4.0

Edition 2005 - drunk August 2008: Now I know the hype was right. A properly aged, 3 years Chimay Bleue is an Elixir of the Gods. Loads of chestnuts, walnuts and caramel are the new impressions in the nose. Some rum or brandy-like alcoholic notes too, and everything gets rounded with a strong sherry character. In the flavor, more nutty hints, figs and brown sugar with the touch of sherry again. This beer was a jewel. Fantastic. 10/4/9/5/17: Score 4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 12, 2006
Poured from the bottle, ruby red with a frothy head that subsided quickly. An alcoholic cherry aroma. Alcohol and fruit again in the flavour, combined with a carbonated mouth feel and a strong tangy and sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a cloudy, very dark brown.
Fruity alcoholic aroma and flavor.
Quite gassy.
Frankly, I’ve always found chimay somewhat lacking compared to its reputation. A good belgian strong ale certainly, but I’ve definitely had better. Although I understand that the flavor can vary quite a bit (what with the bottle fermentation and so on), so perhaps I’ve simply been out of luck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a brief offwhite head. Pleasant aroma - spicy and fruity, with plum, raisin, and floral. Flavor is even better, with spices, fruit, including plum, raisin, caramel, and roasty malt. I had the pleasure of having this in Belgium first, during my stay in Iper. In a small restaurant, I had ordered what became a wonderful meal of steak and a bucket of Belgian fries. The Chimay was recommended by my friend. Served with the Chimay chalice glass, it was really good. So good, I ordered another, before I realized it was 9% ABV! Luckily, I was only a short walk away from the hotel...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sten (713) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2006
Very dark brown colour with a slightly brownish head. The taste is sweet and fruity with some hints of chocolate. It has a sweet and a bit fruity aroma. (Bottle 33cl, Bottle 75cl)

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