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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4696   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5338) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Chimay blue holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first strong Belgian Ale that I have ever tried. When I first tried it, I did not know what to think, but understood immediately that this was a quality beer. The taste was a little too strong and the alcohol was overwhelming. However, when returning to America I picked up the 75cl bottle and drank it at a punk show. Not only did I feel more dignified, but in contrast to all the malt liquor in the room, I finally grasped the full goodness of this beer. The taste was rich, sweet and creamy. Every sip of the beer was excellent and when the bottle was finished, I regretted that I had to begin drinking a lower quality beer and lamented nostalgically on the excellent beer consumed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Slightly sour aroma, deep amber color with decent head at first. Sweet and slightly fruity flavor with decent complexity and finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kipdynamite (11) - CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
(2006 33 cl bottling) Beautiful colour, nicely spiced Belgian strong ale. Looking forward to enjoying the 2004 75 cl bottle I have in my cellar in a few years...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Room temperature, 0,33l bottle. Big foamy white head, brown and cherry tones in the colour. Aroma of lemon, raisins, prunes. Body soft, wonderfully long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Sampled at the Fall Crawl 2006 (our camping trip). Pours a deep amber with a huge lasting head. Good carbonation and sticky lacing. Flavor and aroma were of spicy malts and yeast with a well hidden alcohol punch. Another Belgian winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2006
750ml Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a fluffy off-white head. Nuts, oxidized apples, figs and spice in the nose. Full creamy body with fine carbonation. The taste is sweet with yeasty spice, fruit with an overall impression of oxidized apples. Just a bit of bitterness and spice in the finish. Good, but not bowl-me-over good.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a thick, soft tan head. The aroma has some malts, hints of citrus, some yeast, and some hop aroma.The beer starts with a lot of malts and some fruit. More fruit and some hops in the middle, and then finishes with a little toast and chocolate. The aroma hides the alcohol well, and so does the taste - but there is some alcohol in the after-taste and it warms as it goes down. The finish is sweet (mostly malts, a little fruit). The mouthfeel is wonderful - very delicate for a beer of this strength.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 Very dark brown with an inch of tan head and chunky whitish sediment on the bottom. The aroma is sweet, spicy and hoppy at once. Mouthfeel is thinner and more astringent that I was expecting, and the finish is bready. The taste in between is unremarkable, so I am not sure what everyone’s raving about. $3.50/11.2 ozs

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerguyB (7) - st. augustine, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2006 does not count
bottle-pours a cloudy dark brown with a frothy tan head...aroma is slitly bready and sweet...tast is cabonated and sweet with fruity overtones and a nice alcohol kick....leaves that palat with a good aftertast...this is a really good beer i recomend it to anyone who likes high alcohol and full flavor....

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2006
750ml Bottled in May 2003. This was aged over 3 years in my beer cellar. Fantastic looking beer... small yeast deposits at the bottom of bottle. Caramel, Nutty, Wildberries, cassis, Dates completes the aroma. Light red wine taste to it... i almost feel like if this beer would of aged maybe 5 years it taste closed to a porto. Fantastic finish, this beer ages amazingly well!


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