Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4713   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pours red-caramel with off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, and caramel. Flavor is fruit, caramel, and malt. Very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 17, 2006
Cloudy brown colour with a soft tan film head. Soft but very nice yeast aroma. Many flavours and nice lasting palate. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer pours a dark honey brown in the middle, a lighter candy apple red towards the edges and a light gold and cherry around the very edges of my glass. The head is a soft tan film that is instantly revitalized with a swirl. Smells of honey and pastry dough with a slight walnut and a light carbon dioxide sour sting. There’s also a little bit of alcohol that drifts through, especially when it warms. Tastes of gooey pastry dough, honey and again, the light CO2 like sting. In the finish a dry mossy oak makes its self known. After a few seconds, a dry and nutty honey flavor is left lingering on my tongue. The mouth feel is extremely light and it tends to sting just a little. Very tasty. I wouldn’t mind having a case of this lying around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3766) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle, 750 ml; eye: brown with reddish reflections, beige head, light effervescence; nose : malt, basement, plum, date, caramel; mouth : caramel enveloppe embed the mouth, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa, quite carboanted, creamy texture, full body, lightly sweet, mildly bitter FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 750 ml; oeil : brune avec reflets rougeâtres, petite mousse beige, légère effervescence; nez : malt, « cave », prune, datte, caramel; bouche : enveloppe de caramel enrobe la bouche, alcool, chocolat, cacao, très carbonatée, texture crémeuse, corsé, légèrement sucré, moyennement amère

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frost26 (3) - USA - SEP 15, 2006 does not count
This is one of my favorites. Sweet and fruity. Banana, pear tangy, smooth, thick. Floral nose. Not boozy despite the high alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
This is a wonderful "session beer" as I call them. This is the sort of beer that requires preparation before enjoying. The proper glassware, a food accompaniment, place all must be ready. It also takes about an hour to work through this 750ml gem properly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2006
1 Pint 9.4 oz. bottle Aroma: Fruity with apples, pears, and banana with caramel malts. Very sweet. Some alcohol in the nose. Appearance: Very pretty deep mahagony color with a fantastic, sustaining head of large and medium bubbles that laced nicely. Flavor: Starts sweet and malty. Full bodied. Ending slightly bitter and spicy but balanced so very pleasant. Palate: Slightly bitter and dry makes the mouth tingle pleasantly. Overall: I very much enjoyed this beer. I was afraid I would be in for a much larger alcohol wallop given it is a 9% brew but it was well balanced. Bravo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benpickens (487) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Beautiful mahogany color with a rich long lasting head like whipped cream. Pronounced fruity (bananas) and malty aroma. Very soft creamy mouth feel and malty aftertaste. Sweet malty taste. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
After trying more belgians over the few months, they are definitely evolving into my favorite style. The Chimay is an excellent representative and hits all the typical trappist notes, which a the flowery nose, sweet flavoring, complex character, and pleasant finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Another great Belgian beer. Aroma was sweet and fruity, and appearance was a rich cloudy brown. The flavor was of yeast, malt, spice, sweet fruit and barely noticeable alcohol. Medium-bodied, the palate complemented the flavor well. Very enjoyable.

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