Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4497   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a lightly fizzy brown color with a small white head. Nose is nuts and caramel, light belgian funk and a yeasty doughy scent. Taste is more of the funky and dough notes, some light sweet malt and caramel. palate is lightly playful and fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 A 2005 bottle in Reims. My first strong Belgian. Vinous and fruity, ruby brown with a tan head. Malty, warming, and complex with a creamy mouthfeel. Wouldn’t mind a taller bottle. [3.8]

Long-overdue re-rate in late May 2009, this one from a fresh bottle. Sweet malty nose, clearly Belgian yeast. Floral with some mineral water. Dark amber-mahogany pour with a highly-carbonated sudsy (and noisy!) tan head. Taste is very firmly bitter in addition to the sweet malt. Mineral water and lightly metallic rocky notes are too strong. Medium-fullish body, slippery malt profile, feel is strongly carbonated, dries out. Plums and figs/raisins, a great little synergistic effort from the little guys. Lightly warming but well-integrated and structured, and I’d have had no idea this was a niner. I’d to this again expecting to knock it down a peg or two, but darn, she’s still a winner! [3.7]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2006
pours dark brown with a slight chocolate head. The ale smelled of raisins, earth, dates and dark fruits. The beer tasted of well blended dark fruits and yeast. It finished with a dry spanish ceder and nutmeg feel. It felt full but rounded with a sense of smoothness. Overall the beer was complete and reminded me of something timeless

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (683) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Pours dark brown, mildly cloudy with a large brown head. Nose is plum, dates, caramel. The flavor is more of the same, sweet at front trending toward a dry finish, lots of malt character. Alcohol character is very important to this beer, and speeds everything along. Vinous notes creep in toward the end. Quite good, not my absolute favorite Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear brown with a large fizzy tan head. Head is lasting even though its very fizzy. Has a sweet fruity alcohol aroma. I get grapes, raisins, some apples a real fruit mix. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma is excellent on this one. Taste is on the dry side with a good mouthfeel. The 9% is hidden very well. Has a light feel. Verysmooth and extremely drinkable. The finish is subtle with a good duration. Leaves a very pleasent taste without a real aftertaste. This is a great beer. Drinks like water, goes down with total ease. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life this one deserves consideration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1821) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 2003 Vintage (consumed Sept 2012)
Still showing very very good intensity and flavour depth for a 9 year old. Lots of cola and some sweet chocolate, really pointing more to a dubbel, but regardless the power is impressive. Good length too. Outside of gueze from the likes of Cantillon easily the best cellar worth beer I have tried. (3.9)

1999 Vintage (e5.0 @ Kulminator Oct 2006)
Ok, 7yr old trappiest for A$9, er WTF is going on? (translation - bloody bargain!!). Creamy coffee coloured head shows truckloads of dense lacing. Excellent. Very dark brown in colour. Soft nose of old malts and cooked rhubarb (a nice trait!). Palate is all about balance and subtlety. Soft chocolate and malts; oh so approachable with nil apparent alcohol heat. Tails off a touch on the finish but how can you fault given the age? (3.9pts)

2005 Vintage (consumed 2005)
Can’t believe its taken me this long to rate this grand daddy. Decent head on pouring but thins out quickly. Nice reddish-brown in colour. Well balanced nose of sweet, earthy malts and a hint of stewed fruits. Quite elegant. Palate continues the elegant theme but to my mind to a fault. Controlled malts early in the piece with nice liquored chocolate notes but the flavour profile really takes a hit with some noticeable fizz drying the palate out. Finishes a touch hot, a surprise given the fizz. To be honest quite disappointing given the reputation…..I’ve had 50 better beers in the past 12 months. (3.3pts)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
a good beer but somewhat difficult to palate. most beer drinkers would appreciate it but a little to awkward in taste for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 16, 2006
I holded off on rating this for a long time...but I just shared two bottles last night at a French Bistro. Pours a kinds of swamp bog brown and gives relatively little head for a belgian (ha!). Aroma is fairly malty and has some solid notes of dried fruit. Taste isn’t too malty but maintains a lot of the dried fruit character. In addition, there is some alcohol and chalky yeast tastes. The mouthfeel is incredibly light and fizzy...kind of sticky too. I know it’s not the best belgian and certainly not the best trappsist out there, but I think it is still worth the bucks...at least it made the meal better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsou (20) - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Pours a beautiful dark brown with a creamy, tan long-lasting head. Very appealing aroma and complex taste. Very smooooooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2416) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Pours a dark brown color with a lasting white head. Aroma is malty with some floral notes. Tastes of roasted malts with nice dark fruit undertones. The finish is rather mellow and smooth. A good trappist, but not the best.

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