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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4036   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Big thanks to Doug Shoemaker for hooking me up with this! Appearance is dark brown with a light brown head. Aromas are spicy, floral, and fruity. Very complex. Taste is bitter with some fruit and sour notes. Aftertaste is sour with a nice bitterness on the palate. An amazing trappist. Thanks Doug!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Dark brown with a small layer of head. No lacing while consuming this beverage. The smell of alcohol tugged on the nose hairs followed by a hefty malt presence. This is exactly what the beer tasted like also... alcohol with lots of malt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Just a superb Trappist rendition. I love the yeasty fullish bodied content, the red-copper color, the Belgian lace and overtones of malted caramel among other enticing flavors. The best of the Chimay line.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Pours redish brown with an evergrowing tan head that eventually settles to a very creamy looking head. There is an aroma of sweet malt and a faint hint of alcohol. It’s a bit spicy or herbed and has a full sweet taste. Full bodied feel rounds out a very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
A good and beautiful trappist beer, but a little too bitter and sparkly for my taste. You can taste the alc in the afterburn, but the taste itself is great with malt, caramel and sweet herbes. Overall a good Belgian ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
While its difficult to rate low one of the beers that introduced me to the true beer community, I have to say it does not hold up to other similar in style. I used to enjoy this immensely years ago, but the last several I tasted were not near the quality experienced in the past. One bad one I can blame on poor handling by the liquor store, 3 in a row means I dont buy it again.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beersnob73 (14) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Quite possibly one of the finest ales ever produced. No aftertaste, very smooth with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1399) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
Floral aroma with dark brown colour and good head. Bitter flavour with fizzy smooth palate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
All we can really do is thank the monks that brew this one. Great, lasting head, wonderful, fruity aroma. Warm, slightly banana-like and alcoholic aftertaste. Enjoy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MamaTux (1) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
It’s a really good beer - my favorite! It’s a joy to taste the fruity beer that still taste like a beer should!


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