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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4399   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2005
I like this beer. Well balanced, bitter without a lingering bitter aftertaste. Feels like a beer that will put hair on your chest. Creamy head, like meringue. Smells yeasty. Palate is full bodied, smooth, slightly astringent.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Corked Bottle: Poured a nice occluded dark caramel color, lively bubbles, little head. Yeasty aroma, very enticing. Strong Belgian taste with flowery hints, nice kick down the throat. With a velvety finish. An absolute pleasure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
I had heard so many great things about this beer I was really excited to try it. To tell you the honest truth I was disappointed. There was definately a fruity taste to it, but it loses the smoothness that is apparent in the red label. Doesn’t have the sweetness and great flavor of most quality beers this dark. Don’t get me wrong this beer is still fantastic, but not as good of a drink as the red label which I love.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Very light aroma, but fruity without the citrus. Apples, with a bit of flowers as well. Taste is difficult to put a finger on. Sweet, like cinnamon apples but wonderfully malty as well. Finishes pretty dry, but with a little bit of alcohol, hop, and malt. Mouth feel is nice and thick. Carbonation was perhaps a bit more active than I prefer in a beer that is this rich. Very subtitle and wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
This beer makes me weep! Perfectly blanced and easily drinkable even with the higher ABV. Sweet and slightly hoppy, totally refreshing...what a good beer should be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
When I popped this one open it was light, sweet and fruity. It poured hazy brown with a thick head. It was hoppy and very carbonated, but was nice and sweet and refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose, some brown sugar. Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Smooth mouthfeel. The best of the style that is widely available, IMHO.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edaquino (1) - sao paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 15, 2005 does not count
Still brings awe as the best >4 do but the dearth of a stronger body and persistence is evident in the 2004 vintage. This used to be the best beer I’d ever tasted and although I still drink it, I do hope future samples to improve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
75 cl Brown/black Beige/withe head Spicy and fruity Very good beer, with lots of taste. My no.1 CHIMAY

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
very nice beer in this trilogy. nice dark color and fruity smells. leaves a nice taste of spice and alcahol in your mouth. not my fave chimay, but still pleasent. don’t shoot the cat with the cork!


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