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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Big pop of the cork coming off. Yeast smell hit right away. Poured as careful as I could to keep the floaties out, but several still made it into my glass. Brownish red color, little head, probably because I poured it so slowly. Spicy with a terrific malt. Alcohol burn on my lips, not in the taste. I liked the Red better, and I look forward to the White.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Bottle pours brown with reddish hues, large off-white fluffy head, small yeasties floating about, with fairly sticking lacing but no carbonation.   Aroma is of spices and apple/pear, maybe a light plum and raisin tinge as it warms.   Flavor is earthy, slightly nutty, maybe some of that light plum or raisin flavor.   Good body and mouthfeel, and that 9% ABV isn’t even noticable.   Finishes with the typical belgian yeasty flavor, along with the spices.   This is one easy drinking, readily available, knock your socks off Belgian Strong Ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2004
How are so many new raters getting their hands on this one? This is my favorite of the Red, white, and blue trio of Chimay’s. Nice fruit, spice, clove aroma, with a taste of fruit, yeast, malt, and a slightly dry, fruity, champagny finish. Well hidden alcohol, and a great beer, but at 80 bucks a case (or 12 bucks a bottle for us unlucky Pennsylvanians) I’ll stick to the higher rated, cheaper brews in my portfolio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Bottle. Hazy brown color, Sweet spicy fruity aroma and taste, Medium body and a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2004
Nice intens brownish beer with with a smooth a fluffy head.Fine aroma’s of malts and roasted malts with a touch of caramel and ahorn sirop.Round and caracteristic taste with hints of soft spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
0.75 L bottle. Hazy brown with a stiff foam that dissipated too fast. Aroma reminded me of that of yoghurt with hints of cloves and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Very full, well-balanced flavour: malt, raisins, cloved and a long bittter aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 8, 2004
A 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle for $15. Pours murky brown with a tan head that fades quickly. Has a yeasty floral smell. Tastes include a hint of orange with a smokey molasas, brown sugar, figs, roasted malt and raisin. Very bubbly on the tongue which I don’t too much care for because it kind of robs the taste. Not worth the money I spent on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biznizness (1071) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 This is the beer that got me started drinking beer. And now, after all the other kinds of beer I’ve had, this is still one of my favorites. A delicious ale that is always appropriate and never disappointing. This beer is sexy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 7/3/04 Rating: 3.1. Big bottle into Chimay Trappist glass. Disappointment. Tasted like the bastard stepchild of De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva after a severe punishment and no supper. Comes from a good family, mind you, and the foster parents mean well, but they can only do so much with what they’ve been given. Considering the high ratings this got a few years ago, I’m guessing it’s going downhill. Shame. Poured brown-orange and darkish, beige head large to fully diminishing, fizzy. Not much lacing at all. Smelled citrusy and yeasty, maybe a bit of honeydew melon in there. Tasted vaguely like an orange peel, somewhat smoky, alcohol, malt. Not much of a finish. Fizzy, medium bodied mouthfeel was kind of unpleasant. 6/3/05 Re-Rate: 3.7. (2003 Bottle, 750 ml into tulip glass). Uncorked quickly, lots of pressure. Yeast, bread, banana, lemon, some skunk and black pepper on the nose. Huge fizzy fluffy grayish-beige head, rocky, with a latice of sticky lace. Clear ruby brown in the light, darkly transluscent in the glass. Medium body, prickly carbonation, low to medium acidity gets stronger through the finish. Caramel and chocolate malts with a tad bit of roast, slight malted milk ball flavor and lots of musty white bread toast in the middle. Some nuttiness in the beginning of the finish. Some tangy mealiness in the beginning of the finish detracts, but the banana flavors in the finish are awesome. Overall, despite all the complexity, I found the flavor profile to be kind of weak in intensity and the feel to be watery for how big the beer is, especially since I could notice the alcohol in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle from 5-99. floral doughy aroma. appearance is a purplish tinted brown. tan head. flavor is complex.malt and yeast are the first taste to hit my tiongue has an alcohol bite that is not overdone. an earthy quality to this. i have been trying to place one of the other flavors and it just came to me, molasses and brown sugar without being overly sweet. and interesting beer. thanks for the bottle, Lumpy.

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