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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4667   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2006
1 Pint 9.4 oz. bottle Aroma: Fruity with apples, pears, and banana with caramel malts. Very sweet. Some alcohol in the nose. Appearance: Very pretty deep mahagony color with a fantastic, sustaining head of large and medium bubbles that laced nicely. Flavor: Starts sweet and malty. Full bodied. Ending slightly bitter and spicy but balanced so very pleasant. Palate: Slightly bitter and dry makes the mouth tingle pleasantly. Overall: I very much enjoyed this beer. I was afraid I would be in for a much larger alcohol wallop given it is a 9% brew but it was well balanced. Bravo

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benpickens (481) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Beautiful mahogany color with a rich long lasting head like whipped cream. Pronounced fruity (bananas) and malty aroma. Very soft creamy mouth feel and malty aftertaste. Sweet malty taste. Superb.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
After trying more belgians over the few months, they are definitely evolving into my favorite style. The Chimay is an excellent representative and hits all the typical trappist notes, which a the flowery nose, sweet flavoring, complex character, and pleasant finish. Good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Another great Belgian beer. Aroma was sweet and fruity, and appearance was a rich cloudy brown. The flavor was of yeast, malt, spice, sweet fruit and barely noticeable alcohol. Medium-bodied, the palate complemented the flavor well. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3527) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 The first Belgian beer I ever had. First had in summer of 2004. Dark brown color, with a nice head. Overall color was appealing. Fruit smell was strongest, but also aromas of malt and hops. Despite the high alcohol, the flavor was drinkable and well balanced. Flavor was sweet, malty fruity, and spicy. Great blend of flavors. One of my favorites..

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GJerre (7) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2006 does not count
Great trappist ! Dark colour. Aroma is moderatly malty, slightly hoppy and lightly doughy. Flavor is a almost perfect balance of sweet and bitter with a short finish. Medium bodied creamy, livley with a slightly chalky finish. +++

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 Deep brown with ruby highlights in the pour, with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a clouding on top of the beer - overall really nice looking in a glass suited to its appearance. Dark stone fruits in both the nose and the taste, with that prototypical Belgian spiciness and sweet malt making appearances. Only a flash of alcohol that is hidden very well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2006
Pours a really nice ruby and mohagany with a large, sticky and solid head. Lotso of carbonation to it. Scents and flavors of baker’s chocolate, raisins, kurants, and of course a high amount of alcohol. This beer is a sipper and is meant to be drunk slowly. The best dark trappist !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Dark and bubbly. Sweet aroma. Extremely drinkable, as the alcohol content is masked by fine flavor. Malty and sweet. Drink slowly and enjoy! You’d better drink slowly at the price per ounce!!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle (2006 BB 2011). Sweet malts and lots of alcohol. The slight spicy yeast and toastiness to nothing to relieve the cloying nature. Not so great for me.


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