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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zawacki (2) - Carol Stream, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005 does not count
light brown smooth head and a woodsy, malty, bourbon, slight cherry/rose taste, with all the earthiness of a strong beer but very easy to the palate. Exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Nice and smooth, just like the other two Chimays. Brown in appearance. Not the least bit challenging, but if you want something unparalled in smoothness and the ability to mess you up, this is your beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark coppery color with a fading creamy colored head. Smells of spices and pepper with a hint of dark fruit. Taste can be described as a blend of complex fruit and spices. Can detect hints of banana,cinnamon,apricot,ginger,and dark fruit. Overall a very nice belgium beer and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Dated 2004-From the bottle: Poured Deep semi-opaque auburn brown with a thick creamy off-white head that sticks around. Subdued aroma of spice and alcohol and black currant. Taste starts smooth then fills out the cheeks and spikes the back of the tongue with something sharp! This sensations mellows as you progress. Persistent carbonation but not too much. Never overpoweringly alcoholic taste like some Belgian Strongs. Taste is well balanced with a slightly spicy and a mellow yeasty taste to it that blends well with the malty tones. Checked some of the other ratings, and contrary to someones experience, I found there to be a dense lacing that doesn’t coat the glass but is readily apparent should you tip the glass sideways. Foam is too dense and heavy to leave higher lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
A top notch Belgian strong ale. There is the expected malt and light sweetness as well as the alcohol, but the alcohol level is low enough; as opposed to the common 11.5% beers, that it does not dominate the flavor or aroma. Heavy, with a fairly fruity, and floral-yeast aroma. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pours a nice bown color with a very long lasting foamy head. Didn’t leave as much lacing as I would have thought so much head should have left. Aromas were very vinous with currant and other dark fruits. Flavors were hot alcohol, followed by dark fruits and corriander/clove. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
The cork is labeled 07/04. Pours to a deep red brown color with a medium fizzy beige head. The head all but disapates but doesn’t because of a constant and rapid stream of bubbles. The lacing is so-so. The aroma is huge. Yeasty, roses, flowers, buttered dark fruits, cloves. The flavor is quite nice. Dark fruits, minerals, pepper, spices, cloves. The palate is too carbonated. Very burning on the tongue. Medium bodied. Not the best BSA I’ve had, but still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
Pleasant leathery brown color, little head. Foamy palate. Tastes a bit stale and metallic. Yeasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Sam and I tried this one blind amongst other strong Belgian ales. Could drink just the one. Aroma of cherries that leads into the taste as well. There’s also pepper - odd. Spice makes it feel stronger. Sam: "Dark like my soul"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Sorta smells like a spiced baking ham. Kinda an amalgamation of sweet brown sugar and cloves. Looks beautiful. If this beer was a woman Donald Trump would want to have a 4 million dollar wedding with it. Dark brown with a huge frothy mocha head that fades too soon. Tastes like bread pudding soaked in spiced rum with a little brown sugar and dried fruits thrown in. Very lip smacking malt base. Improves vastly as it warms. I really need to get a fridge that stays at 55 F.

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