Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4667   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 It pours slightly hazy with a mostly lasting light brown creamy head. Aroma is moderatly malty like toasted bread, slightly hoppy and lightly doughy. Flavor is a almost perfect balance of sweet and bitter with a short finish. Medium bodied creamy, livley with a slightly chalky finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2006
First Belgian Strong I ever tried. God bless the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth for opening my eyes to Chimay. I like comparing Chimay to champagne because of the crispness of a freshly poured glass.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Bottle. This is probably the highest rating I’ve given for a beer, and it was the first Trappist beer I had some four years ago. It’s a total standby. Over the years I’ve had other examples of quadrupels but I seem to always fall back on this one. Pours a really nice ruby and mahogany with a large, sticky and solid head. Lots of carbonation to it. Scents and flavors of baker’s chocolate, raisins, currants, some candied orange peel, and of course a high amount of alcohol. This beer is a sipper and is meant to be drunk slowly. An excellent introduction to Trappist or quadrupel beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Out of the Blue, Red, and White, this one is least impressive. Even though, it still features complex and smooth palate. Amber unfiltered color with mild fruity aroma succumbs to well disguised alcohol bliss. Well Played!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flemmingwillum (1184) - Nysted, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 Re-rating 27.08.10, as my old rating was far from the RB Average, (3.0) but apparently I just don’t like this beer as much as you other do, since it ended on low 2.9 points this time

It is an opaque red-brown beer with a dense head. The aroma is wood, alcohol, sourish hops and anonymous hops. Flavor is wood, menthol, much alcohol and a medium bitter finish. A bit thin palate, especially for the ABV. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SavannahBrewer (7) - Tybee Island, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2006 does not count
Malty, slight alcohol nose. Dark copper body with big off white head that dissapears fast and slightly cloudy. Malty almost whiskey taste. Strong alcohol taste that finishes sweet. Rather balanced flavors

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - AUG 23, 2006
My favorite beer in the whole world so far. I first tried this in Bellingham, WA in a sampler with the red, white, and blue. I saved the blue for last and it was definately the premium. Must have a trappist glass so the head doesn’t overwhelm you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2006
750ml bottle: pours brown with a small beige head that quickly diminishes. The nose is full of carmel and spice. The flavor was good. very malty, with great spice from the yeast. The palate was exquisite. small bubbles coat the mouth. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours brownish with a lit of fizz and a lot of head. Sweet fruitiness all over. Sweet fruits, honey, herbs, etc in the flavor. Didn’t like it as much as I thought I would...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3166) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Bottle, 33 cl. (also tasted from 75 cl and magnumbottle 1,5 l.) This must be heaven ! Color, aroma, taste, were excellent. An incredible beer I would highly recommend. But personally i take the Chimay White before the blue.

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