Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4711   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Dark brown and murky in color. Aroma of fruit, malt and yeast. Flavor was more of the same -- raisins, figs, malts and caramel. Slight warming alcohol at the finish. Gets so much better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2006
bottle. very dark brown color. roasty malty dark fruit aroma. very carpy. quite bitter and dark fruits. very complex. strong pallete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
Had for the first time at Smokeless Joes. very nice!!! bottle small brown lotsa malts and sweetness on the nose with a fruit caremel malt flavour, enjoyed this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14181) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, spices, caramel. Flavour is alchohol, roasted, fruit, apple, cellar notes, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Fruit and grain in a very well balanced combo. The high ABV is not obtrusive at all. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5457) - 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.

   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.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1876) - 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.

   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.

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