Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4713   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 16/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle 2006. Pours a dark hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Some hints of drak fruits. Smooth malty yeasty spicy flavor. With dark fruits. Long fruity and spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BBE 2011) Yeasty, slightly caramel malty and slightly alcohol aroma. Red brown colour, hazy and large, light brown, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Yeasty, fruity, anise, caramel, bitter and slightly acidic flavour. Fizzy carbonated, full-bodied and slightly alcoholic palate. Excellent brew! 04/11/06 (original rating was 8/4/7/5/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funknmilla (738) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Color is dark mahogany caramel...chocolate hop nose...."herbaceous chocolate soda"-Banks....almost metallic mid-palate with a superb balance...leaves me wanting another sip...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle 330 ml 2005. Deep brown almost opaque body with a tinge of red. Frothy tan head. Very aromatic, dominated by fruit, caramel and yeast. A variety of malt flavors along with dark fruits like raisins and prunes, spices like black pepper and clove… makes this a powerful and complex beer. Full body. Alcohol is present, but not offensive at all. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice dry and delicate hoppy finish. Some will claim that this beer is overrated and past its prime. Well, I’ve enjoyed it for two decades now and I still love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
2006 bottle from LCBO in a sampler pack. This is a truly wonderful beer. A similar taste to the Chimay Rouge, but much stronger, and more of an alcohol finish. The light floral quality from the Rouge is much more obvious with the Bleue. I’d agree with others that this beer could benefit from a few years of aging. As it gets warmer, it gets a little bit too sharp. It’s certainly not an everyday drinker like the Rouge could be, but it’s much more complex, and much more of a treat, like a dark chocolate would compare to a chocolate bar. Either way, I strongly suggest this as a must try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2006
A beautiful pour: dark, with a white head that lingers in the glass while drinking. A very nice smooth beer with a BOOMING big finish. I drank mine icey cold which I believe excentuated the contrast between the taste and finish. Those who like the after-taste, would adore this beer. But those like me, who were somewhat indifferent to the finish, think this beer is over-rated. Definately worth drinking, but don’t drive to Belgium for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Dark mahogany with abit of a vicious head. Took me a few pours to NOT fill up my whole glass with head. The head was white with a faint tan undertones. Somewhat woody smell. Of course allergies keep me from properly smelling it, but it still smells good. Very robust taste with a bit of a bitter streak. Makes me think I should find a bottle to age. I love it seriously. It feels like good beer and you can feel it hit your stomach too. Odd that the head is so thick but it doesnt seem so carbonated. Wonderfull beer. It feels more like it’s a shame to let it go without food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Opaque dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma fruity, with floral yeasty and clove notes. Palate smooth and the carbonation is balanced. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with a bitter/sour finish that seems aggressive at first, but once the beer warms, it complements the other tastes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
This is the most commercial and therefore the well-known belgian trappist-beer. Good as a standalone drink, but very good with beef. If youre are able to, try to to let the beer be stored for a few years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Pours dark, like a black tea; very thick beige head. Aroma of dark malt and definetley detect the floral notes; very little hop bouquet. Very warm, malt heavy flavor, with a mild alcohol bite; no detectable hop bittenerss or flavor. Very full body which lasts well into the finish.

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