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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4650   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (1016) - Santiago, CHILE - JUN 9, 2006
Bottle - June 06 Pours a beatifull mahoganny color with some red hues and a nice bubblybeige head that leaves some lacings. Aroma is fruity, plums, raisins, dried fruits maybe some green apple and a hint of alcohol. Taste is rather sweet, medium to full mouthfeel, swift carbonatation. Tastes of caramel, port, vanillas, leaves a winey aftertaste. Not so complex and maybe even a little unidimnetional, taste doesn´t stands up to the aroma. Drinkability is amazing for a 9% brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunknick (11) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2006
I keep buyin other Belgian beers trying to find this or something similar, but it doesn’t seem to exist so I’ll just give up. Had a great glass of this the other night after a long ride while sitting on the pavement outside a friends house. It was a small slice of alcoholic heaven. How does a 9% beer come off not tasting like rubbing alcohol? I don’t know how they do it, but others need to figure it out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head. Initial aroma of raisin, sweet malt, and toffee. Not nearly as fruity as I remembered. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with foamy carbonation that stings a bit more than a typical Belgian, perhaps it’s just the fresh alcohol. Enjoyable, but not terribly impressed considering my impression of previous bottles. It has been at least a year since my last bottle of Blue, and while I remember it being considerably more tasty, I think it is more likely that my perception of taste has evolved.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours a murky red-brown with a fizzy off-white head. Smells of honey and fresh air, with a little peasant bread for good measure. Nice palate with enough weight off-set by the slightest effervescense. It pleases the tongue with nites of rosebuds, raisins, port, and honesty. Not a strong bite, but warms in the end. Love this stuff. Say a prayer for the monks when you drink it and may god bless their charitable works.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Dense chocolate brown with a finger’s worth of smooth bone head. Barely laced. Yeast; raisins and currants wafting in. Begins with Madeira alcohol; other flavors develop later. Medium, creamy with some carb tingle that melts away leaving molasses, tobacco and mocha.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 An amazing Belgian beer considered how mass produced it is. With it’s wide availability I often have one of these with me no matter where i’m at. Not quite as deep as some other belgians but very tasty! Yeasty and musky flavors come through in a nice way. Good dark fruity flavors are present. To me it also has a little bit of a chocolate milk, or maybe a cocoa flavor in there, too. Massive rocky head that you would expect from a belgian. Lacing is beautiful - like a well woven spider-web down my entire glass. I always buy this one thinking that I only need one because of it’s ABV, but always wish I would have bought two. Drink it warm-ish like you would most Belgians of this style, but don’t let it get too warm, the alcohol becomes more present in both the nose and the flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreg2003 (7) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2006 does not count
Simplly put, this is one of the best beers I have ever sipped. Right from the start the aroma of the beer was nearly a breath of freash air, infused with citrus and hops. Its finsish was very smooth yet had a subtle punch. I defintly suggest this beer to anybody who can find it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7079) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
330ml bottle. Strong, quite strong. It was fantastic, but deffinately has a strong alcoholic taste. Even with that I enjoyed it a great deal.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
golemjk (5) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2006 does not count
This is a great looking beer. If you are looking for a beer that you can just sit down and throw back than leave this beer alone. It is a beer to savour and enjoy. I loved it. The only thing I don’t like is the strong alcohol taste it leaves on your palate. This is easily forgotten though because the beer is a masterpiece that will never let you down.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Fantastic brown color with a modest head that dissipated while drinking. Lacing lasted throughout and the sediments were visible with each tilt of the glass. Slight citrus and plum flavoring and yeasty odor with a decent amount of sugar. A nice beer. (Re-rated in Aug’05 and Oct ’05, with an upward bump on the latter. Steady rating and experience in 8/07, nice spice and dark fruit interplay, rich, enjoyable.) Re-rate in 7/08: Lots of nice flavors still going on, dark plumby fruits the feature, but there was a corn aspect that was noticeable and distracting. I will not knock the rating yet, but if I get that flavor again, this thing is getting knocked down.


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