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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4693   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 The first Belgian beer I ever had. First had in summer of 2004. Dark brown color, with a nice head. Overall color was appealing. Fruit smell was strongest, but also aromas of malt and hops. Despite the high alcohol, the flavor was drinkable and well balanced. Flavor was sweet, malty fruity, and spicy. Great blend of flavors. One of my favorites..

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GJerre (7) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2006 does not count
Great trappist ! Dark colour. Aroma is moderatly malty, 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. +++

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 Deep brown with ruby highlights in the pour, with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a clouding on top of the beer - overall really nice looking in a glass suited to its appearance. Dark stone fruits in both the nose and the taste, with that prototypical Belgian spiciness and sweet malt making appearances. Only a flash of alcohol that is hidden very well.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2006
Pours a really nice ruby and mohagany with a large, sticky and solid head. Lotso of carbonation to it. Scents and flavors of baker’s chocolate, raisins, kurants, and of course a high amount of alcohol. This beer is a sipper and is meant to be drunk slowly. The best dark trappist !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Dark and bubbly. Sweet aroma. Extremely drinkable, as the alcohol content is masked by fine flavor. Malty and sweet. Drink slowly and enjoy! You’d better drink slowly at the price per ounce!!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle (2006 BB 2011). Sweet malts and lots of alcohol. The slight spicy yeast and toastiness to nothing to relieve the cloying nature. Not so great for me.

4.7
   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.

5
   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.

4.7
   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.

3.7
   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!


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