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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4344   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.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 I must have had a bad bottle the first time i sampled this brew. Bottle resampled a the Belgian beer tasting at State Line. Pours dark with a large beige head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol (just ok). Flavor is smooth, sweet, citrus, fruit, and chocolate. Good body, good brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bam, Monks rule! Out of the smaller 11.2oz bottle, the delicate aire of plums light yeast and raisin eminates. A hazy prunish color to with a lively foamy dirty white head. One sip begged for more, lively, light roast tones of raisin and plum.Palate just said to have some more. Thank the lord this one’s easy to get.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 While I still enjoy this, I used to like it more. Brownish body with a moderate head. Aroma is yeasty with bananas, other various fruits, and some sugar. Still a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomGibson (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
Nice brown color, the best Chimay i have tasted. Smooth, but a nice amount of strength. Ends with a warmth fit for a solid winter brew. Love it!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2005
It poured out brown and had wonderful fruit tones, a high level of carbonation and a great balance between malts and hops. I didn’t really notice the alcohol in the flavor. Its there alright!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Absolute the best of Chimay, a dark brown colour, with a good foam. Big aroma of dried fruit and hints of tobacco. Taste wonderfull, and have a good balance with malt and bitterness, and the alcohol are good hidden. Also try to store some bottle for 5 years, then this beer taste amazing......

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
04 Bottle. Pours brownish with red hints, and a solid head. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, and some darker fruits like plums. Nice full-flavored, but a bit thin when compared to quads. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for 9%. Nice enough ’trappist swill’ heh.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Poured an opaque and dark reddish brown with an average sized, lasting creamy off-white head. The aroma was delightful and balanced with undertones of caramel and fruits. The mouth feel is extremely smooth with a perfect level of carbonation tingling the tip of your tongue. It seems full-bodied, almost hearty but remains very drinkable. As with the nose, no flavors stand out distinctively, but the blend itself is unique indeed. A perfect lacing covers all sides of the glass, fine and almost mathematically symmetrical. The alcohol content (9%) is noticeable but never overbearing. A pleasant yet complex malty aftertaste is left after each sip with no bitterness. Overall this is a powerful and exquisite beer but definitely not for everyday drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Awesome.............................. Wood fruit nose. Dark in color. Nice standing head. Big wood sugar taste with warm alc feeling at the end. Awesome...

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
330 ml bottle of the 2002 version. Normally Chimay Bleue improves massively with aging, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a major disappointment! It began all right, as the beer poured a nice reddish brown with a good firm and lasting head. But the aroma was very faint, with only a bit of chocolate and some burnt flavours showing through. On the palate this brew appeared lighter than its 9% alcohol. The taste was very one-dimensional and again dominated by a burnt caracter. In short the beer appeared tired and worn out.


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