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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3939   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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Hey Hey its Chimay.I have had this before and seems to be better everytime I drink it.Fruit, Spices some nuts and alcohol is what i get from this.This is a wonderful brew that finishes clean.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Thin head with with little lacing. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma typical of belgian strong ales with a good amount of malt, fruit and a little bit of spice. Good amount of alcohol taste. Slightly sweet but smooth little warming finish. A nice strong ale, but as nice as many others.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Etruscan (490) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 7, 2004
Large beige long lasting thin head. Dark brown color. Aroma is fruity with dried fruits, spicy and vinous notes. Flavor is initially balanced, turning in the middle into a sweet and fruity (raisins), slightly caramelly taste. Finish is long and fruity. Full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Small bottle; yeasty and one, okay mabey two dimensional but it doesen't live up to the hype the way Rochefort 10 does. Not bad, just not earth-shatering

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I had really high expectations for this being my first tasting of the Bleu. I would say that it underachieved. The aroma was fairly uninspiring. The appearance was a lovely ruby brown. The flavor was a pleasant chocolatey strong ale. Still searching for that killer belgian that I can use at home tastings.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
dark brown color. smell of raisins and brown sugar and spices. not much to the taste. it does have an alcohol burn but you can't taste it in the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Thin head which lasts the length of the drink. Nice hotspot of carbonation that keeps a thin film of bubbles circulating on the surface. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma is typical of a lot of belgian strong ales with copious amount of malt, dark fruits and a littles bit of spices. Flavor is the same. Hides its alcohol well. Finish is slightly sweet but smooth and a little warming. A good quality belgian strong ale but nothing that really sets it apart from others in its group.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The Chimay Blue poured a murky, cloudy, caramel brown color. It had a big off-white head that had great retention. It had a rather subtle aroma...yeasty and winey with some oak and a faint fig smell. It had a complex taste that is pretty difficult to describe. A kind of tart, figgy taste up front with some oak and winey tones and a slighty spiced finish. It was a nicely balanced, smooth beer. A great beer for special occasions.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy burgundy. Nice head dissipates quickly; leaves little lace. Funky aroma (spice? yeast?), reminiscent of trois pistoles. Bitter for a belgian - can't tell if it is hops or spice. My favorite chimay - but Trois Pistoles is a a better value

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I had the 2001 and 2003 versions. I liked the 2001 version much better. It was a little oxidized, tasted like cardboard, but it was very good. Can't really tell. Some vanilla notes to it. Brown and red in color. Excellent beer. Gentle aroma. Fruity. Excellent brew.


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