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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Well balanced, crisp tight flavors, and a decent medium body. This is good, but I nothing experimental or daring. It hits all the nails on the head, but this is just a better-executed version of a typical belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pours cloudy brown with healthy tan half inch head that lasts. Aroma is sweet with an alcohol bite. Taste is full with hints of cinnamon, malt, and heavy yeast. Creamy head makes the swallow smooth, but there is definitely an alcoholic taste underneath it all. This is not bad, but is not my favorite Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
My hundredth beer. Dark reddish brown beer, nice brown head, nearly no lacing. Malty aroma, dark fruits, alcohol, a slight hint of coriander, sugar, yeast. Bitter initial taste, more malty finish. Spicy tones. By far the best of the 3 commercial Chimay beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2005
300 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fizzy white head. Flavor is malty with a bit of alcohol (just a tad). Very smooth on the palate for such a high alcohol content. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 750ml bottle. Tasted like caramel. Strong taste. Foamy head. Nice touch, reminded me the trois-pistoles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shakespiers (11) - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 Anyone rating this beer highly must be drinking a very old vintage as the malt extract and hop oil used nowadays give it a very different, almost unrecognisable taste compared to an 87 or 88. Maybe they still brew it with proper ingredients for export to the US as that country appears to be where most of the rave reviews come from.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
Dark reddish-black with a full head. Slightyly sugary aroma, maybe some malt. Flavour is warming with a cognac feel and pleasant bubbles. Full bodied, more so than Red and more warming. Brings in some ascending bitterness, coffee, chocolate, vodka and bitterroot as the sips accumulate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 2, 2005
The aroma is on the light side, everything else is right on the mark. Never can say I had bad Chimay, especially the blue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Corked bottle is cool (could they get $7 abottle if it had a twist off?) Pours like a promise. All sorts of storied aromas call out to the nose like feast fit for a king. Smokey notes, apricots, and chocolates. The sediment rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6341) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 2, 2005
Bottled(750ml). –corked 2005, complex and full bodied brew, hoppy and alcohol nose, malty acidic flavor, smooth palate, malty and yeasty aroma with slightly alcohol hints. Maybe I’m wrong or something else, I don’t know, but something is missing for this to be the best Chimay

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