Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4544   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 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
Poured into a Duvel glass. A dark ruby and brown beer with a big cream colored head. Lots of lace. Low levels of the typicla rumminess, and some yeasty esters. The flavor is much more appealing. Chocolate, rum raisin, caramelized sugars. Very nice. The high alcohol of Chimay Blue do not cause this beer to come off as thing. Matter of fact, it has a quite silky mouthfeel. I shoul get a couple for the cellar. Gotta love the monks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Rich chocolate brown, hazy, with a thin tan head. Aromas of raisin bread, clay, cocoa, and something vaguely banana. Richly complex palate incorporating all of these elements, sweet, with a moderately heavy alcohol presence. Worthwhile as a treat, but I’m not a diehard fan of the belgian strong ales as a regular beverage-of-choice. It would be like having a huge piece of chocolate ganache for desert every single night-- waaayyy too rich and heavy, and as such, in danger of losing its appeal. Still, I admire the craftsmanship, and do enjoy them as a change of pace.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
My bottle said 11% abv. This one is dark brown and would be clear except for all the yeasties. There was no head or lacing to speak of. Nice aroma of alcohol. Crisp carbonation and alcohol flavor with warmth in the aftertaste. Medium body. Some flavor of raisins, figs, plums. Based on my scores, I guess you could say I was disappointed by this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 This and the Abbaye des Rocs Gran Cru are my favorite in this style. Pours dark brown, almost black. Aroma of cherries and dark fruit. Also lots of roasted malt. It just smells rich. Taste is incredibly well balanced. I look forward to every taste as I enjoy this baby. Chimay is not as sexy as other, harder to find Belgians, but it’s hard to do better than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, and hops. Flavor is alcohol, sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IndiaDaleAle (35) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
Mmmm. Chimay Blue has such a nice floral taste with the perfect combo of strong yeast. One of the best in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours cloudy dark brown with light tan head that lasts. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast and malt. Flavor is bold with strong yeast and sugar tones. Slightly bitter alcohol finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
missmorenita (4) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2006 does not count
I love the stregnth of the beer but the fresh yeasty taste and light floral finish are the best. Very pleasant to drink

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
Drank as a celebration to the completion of a first homebrew it poured to a tanish brown with a slight head. Had a pleasant aroma of flowers and a dash of alcohol. my newest chapter in great beers produced from belgium. First taste was alcohol but soon followed by smooth and tinglely bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. great color and aroma. Tasted a little similiar to other belgians with the spices but i prefer the rochefort and bernardus. Also, had a slightly strong alcohol taste towards the end. This is still a great beer though.

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