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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4193   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2005
33 cl bottle, 2004. Dark, murky and beautiful. Great head and better lacing. Aroma full of dark fruit and spices. Flavor a bit of the same, with some maltiness and a lot of alcohol. In fact, the alcohol knocks it out of balance. I prefer the red, but this one is good, too.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Rerate 5/7/05: didn’t give this its due on first rate when my tastes were still developing. Been meaning to rerate for ages and am delighted I did because it’s much better than I recalled. Poured a deep brown with a monstrous frothy head which showed reasonable length. The complex nose had lots of spiced fruit, bubblegum, brown sugar and yeast. Full-bodied and creamy in the mouth. Bold, sweetish flavours upfront - licorice, raisins and fresh fruit. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish, but it carries it well.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Poured a deep, cloudy, amber brown with a tall white head which lasted to coat the glass. The nose had a dark fruit and yeasty spiciness. The flavor was full of raisins and plum with a complex molasses flavor. There was a spiciness from the belgian yeast that balanced a slight carmel/biscuit flavor. A definite alcohol warming was present. The finish was dry and vinious with alcohol lingering in the aftertaste. A nicely done, complex and interesting beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Out of the stubby little 33 cl. brown bottle, and into a tulip, the beer looked dark red, with a two inch thick foamy head fed by lively carbonation beneath. The fruity, spicy, chocolaty aroma accentuated the malty nature of the brew. The taste was warming and mellow with the very sweet fruity malt chasing the dusty yeast and powered cocoa into the background. It was not as complex as other Trappist ales, but was quite satisfying in its own way. Full bodied and sticky, with a lingering spicy dry aftertaste, and just a touch of grassy hops. Alcohol warmth is felt long after the glass is drained, making this a wonderful beer to cap one of those cold winter nights.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 The aroma is a fairly standard Belgian spice smell. Beige head that dissipated fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit bubbly, but not too thick or thin. The flavor is sweet, with a bit of yeast, but mainly dominated by the spice flavors. Full flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glip (21) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
Beige head, long lasting. Deep, orangish-brown colour, not particularly translucent. Aroma is flowery, with a bit of bready-yeasty touch in there. Flavour is sweet, reminiscent of dried fruits, prunes perhaps, along with a bit of nutiness. Very enjoyable brew, the high alochol is well balanced by the flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
Dark, nearly opaque, brown with a light head. Aroma is of hops and yeast, flowery soap?. Alcohol doesn’t really come through in the fairly well balanced flavor, could be mistaken for 5-6% easily, but starts to kick-in afterwards. Decent, but nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 (on bottle, grand reserve 2004 edit.) At last got my..stuff.. togehter and rated this classic. It´s a cheastnut-brown brew, with a lasting, beige head. Mouth is creamy; with toffee, prunes, rotten fruits and alcohol. The yeast is there, but in the back. Tickling, perfect carbonation. Relativly hard alcoholtaste in the finish, along withthe easters, nothing more in the end actually. Had my mother-in-law doing doing the santa shuffle a x-mas eve, a few years back, after a botlle of this stuff. (on bottle at RBESG 2005 1990 edit.) has gone over the top at this stage. Sent of cardboard and raisins.Finish is flat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Poured an amber color with a frothy small head. Aroma is strong yeast with a little hops. this one is a smooth drink!! has the yeast flavor with a malty taste to begin with but has a nice bitter hops and alcohol finish. I would have to say this is my favorite of the chimay drinks. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a great taste. Once again.. Those monks know how to make a great brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8559) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
330 ml bottle, best before 2009, so I gather this one is very fresh (bottled in 2004). Dark reddish brown beer with a very thick, sticky, and lasting tan-coloured head. Sweet and spicy aroma with loads of plummy fruit, dark molasses, and faint cherry fruitiness in the nose. The flavour is quite spicy, reminding me of a subdued version of the Unibroue yeast. Yeasty notes mingle nicely with brown sugar, toast, molasses and dried plums and cherries. Full-bodied beer as well. There is quite a bit more bitterness in this bottle than I expected, although I suspect that as it ages this will diminish. I’d like to try it when it’s been aged out for 3-4 years.


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