Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 10, 2006
Ecellent combination of bouquet and complex taste invites the drinker to pair the ale with a variety of foods especially spicy sausages and other hearty foods of Germanic origin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
From a 33cl bottle. Hmm, my first trappist and I’m a bit underwhelmed. Maybe my palate isn’t as experienced or sophisticated, seeing as how I’m 22, but this beer is a bit overrated in my opinion. Very yeasty smell, but a good one, and probably the best feature of this beer. Fizzy as all get out, like a champagne, the mouthfeel is medium with a warm, numbing alcohol sensation. The flavor is caramelly sweet with a spicy background which becomes stronger as you swallow it. A spicy, almost peppery aftertaste follows. Not bad, but not something I would try again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2006 does not count
At $11 a bottle this is not an everyday beer but as a special occasion beer I had none better. This beer always gives me a good feeling and its not just because it’s 750 ml of 9% alcohol. I have consumed far more alcohol than that without the general warm happy feeling that comes from Chimay Grand Reserve. Cannot be improved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2006
Dégustation parallèle de 1984 et 1994.


Couleur brune aux reflets rougeâtres.
Apparence semi translucide, semblant partiellement filtré.
Peu de mousse se résumant rapidement.
Arômes renferment des notes de sherry, de raisins secs, d’oxydation et d’alcool.
Saveurs dominées par le caramel et de puissantes notes d’alcool. Une touche d’herbe mouillée, moisi est aussi présente.
Longue finale alternant alcool et notes d’oxydation.
Corps moyen, supérieurement atténué comparativement à 1994.
Douce carbonatation, très fines bulles.


Couleur brune foncée.
Apparence trouble, rempli de fins dépôts.
Énorme mousse tachetée de nature persistante.
Arômes de caramel, de toffee, de grains et de levure.
Saveurs axées sur le grains, pratiquement dépourvus de la richesse du caramel présenté en arôme.
Beaucoup moins alcoolique que 1984.
Carbonatation active et prononcé.

Bouteilles, 33 cl, Kulminator, Janvier 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2006
pours dark with a decent head. aroma is complex combo of riasins and prunes and things like that. taste is similar, nice and balanced, some citrus notes. body was a little lighter than i thought. but this was a great beer anyhow

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 The best beer I have ever tasted. No beer in the world gets a perfect score, but this one is as close as it gets. A perfect Trappist Ale is this Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Too expensive at $13 for a 750 ml, but I still drink a bottle every couple of weeks if I can !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2006
As I poured the beer my first thought is oh my! The beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan color for the head. The smell is of figs,prune, and raisins. At 9% abv you can faintly smell the alcohol but it is not overpowering. The taste is delicious, if you hold the beer on your palate...the sweet carmel flavors, and spices are really present. This is a very well crafted beer one you can sip all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2006
"beer poured a dark amber color with a nice head which lasted about half the beer. Nice lacing, had a spicy aroma. Felt very smooth with a citrus taste. Would get this again and again."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 Thick off-white head on a dark reddish-brown body. Light spiced aroma with hints of flowers. Light malty flavor. From a 2003 bottle: The flavor has greatly mellowed, but may be a bit beyond its prime. The slight alcohol kick has certainly faded away, leaving a smooth malty base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Pours with a frothy off-white head on a light brown body. Strong sweet aroma with floral tones. Sweet malty taste with alcohol evident. Body is medium thick with an alcohol warming effect.

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