Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4693   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber color with a thick off-white foam. Complex notes of spice, fruit and yeast. Full bodied with a sweet finish. Very little bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle. Dark amber color with a nice head, very complex flavors. Hints of different spices and fruits. One of my favorite beers. Great beer. Vintage 2001. Dark amber color with a nice head, very complex flavors. Hints of different spices, alcohol and fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
enjoytheride85 (9) - USA - OCT 5, 2006 does not count
very dark poor with a big frothy off-white head, dissipates slowly, but does dissipate leaving pretty good lacing. The color is murky, a dark ruby, almost black in low light. First aroma spike is alcohol, then followed by a faint wine smell. A cherry, flowery smell comes through after, very nice aroma. The palate is suprisingly light, with a creamy texture and a soft, but noticable carbonation. The taste is sweet, with little to no bitterness. Extremely smooth brew, very very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2006
333 ml bottle. Poured a big frothy tan head that did not last till the end - high alcohols probably killed it. Beer was deep brown with just a hint of ruby highlights. Nose of rich sweet malts, sweet cloves combined with esters and alcohol - very low phenols. Very inviting and totally in style. Very sweet, rich malt, but not cloying due to high carbonation. Light chocolate notes, but mostly plumy dark fruit. Pleasant alcohol warmth in mid mouth that stays till the end. Hop bitterness is low, but light body more than compensates. Overall lighter than expected, but still pretty darn rich. Loaded with complexity but wonderfully balanced. A beautiful sipping beer to be enjoyed on a cold winter’s night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2006
11.2 oz Bottle. Pours a murky brown color with whipped cream fluffy tan head. The aroma is really difficult to pick up. I get just a sense of sweetness and spice. The aroma could be a bit more assertive. The taste is smooth malts, brown sugar and spice (maybe cinnamon and a bit of pepper). Really smooth. So much so that I can’t pick out distinct flavors. Can a beer be too smooth? Nay!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAVINMAD99 (3) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2006 does not count
Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, floral, and some caramel. Flavor is sweet to start off then finishes with the caramel and a small hint of floral. A slight alcohol warming is the perfect ending to this brew, All the flavors and aromas blend well to make this trappist a true treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Stefano (1965) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2014 Dark-brown coloured beer with a huge creamy head. Aroma has toasty malt and some caramel notes. Flavor is roasty, nuts and some resin. Heavy palate and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeoN (26) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 2, 2006
Great Aroma coming alongside with this dark brown colour! Rich body with a bittersweet ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fin (9571) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
Dark brown beer with big frothy head good fruity and yeasty aroma, but I was a bit underwhelmed by the taste. I drank this shortly after dessert and a handful of maltesers and feel that they may have played a part in my being none too impressed, I will try again but for now it gets a lower than expected mark.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Nice caramel color with tan head and great lacing. Great aroma of yeast and fruit, taste the same. The alcohol becomes more pronounced by the end of the glass. Great beer.

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