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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugh (153) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2004
Stil looks like the Chimay Blue I used to love, but all the complexity of old is missing. Is it no longer being matured for long enough by the brewery or is malt extract being used? Something is missing that I can’t put my finger on, but to me, this is now a very simple beer. Tried it next to a Rochefort 10, which might be why I’m so jaded, but it used to and should still stand this comparison. It doesn’t.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2004
Creamy head and a cloudy body. Smells ignitingly sweet and soft. Creamy texture and lasting full, rich taste with hints of brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
In my mind Chimay is theepitomy of Trappists. Deep copper in color with a porous, white head. Somewhat spicy on the nose with hints of fruit. Tangy/spicy on the palate, yet extremely elegant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2490) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Pours with a very strong head. the 12 oz bottle almost didnt fit in the pounder I had it in. The galss is half gone and there is still a layer of foam. Lacing is strong also Dk copper color. Aroma and flavor is quite unusual. Took me a few minutes to put my finger on it but I think it is a hint of cloves, or similar spice. Feel and drinkability is very good though. Smooth and silky. A highly rated brew that is not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
330mL 2003 bottle. Wow! This stuff blows me away. The aroma is fantastic, it’s hard to pull away from my nose. Floral, yeasty, malty...it’s just so wonderful. Flavour seems to be quite malty, but then it pretty much balances itself out. It’s quite thick and yeasty, super-smooth, and complex. 9% alcohol is completely masked as opposed to some other belgian strong ales. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 10, 2004
I know I have to put a certain amount to words down, but I can sum up this beer in two words....MIND BLOWER! If you love Belgian strong ale, BUY IT and savour it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2004
This Belgian has a bit of roastiness to it along with the fruits and spices to it. Though it seems a bit flat, I still like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (537) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Bomber: Pours a dark brown with a good sized tan head that disapates to a thin cap. Aroma is mostly smokey, a little fruity, a little spicy. Flavor is slightly sweet, dark dried fruit (somewhere between a raisin and a prune) a little spicy (clove) with just a slight touch of bitterness on the back end.
Additional commentary... I drank a bottle of this with a Cohiba Siglo IV tonight.
The cigar was spicy leathery earthy by itself, but with the beer the spicynes was reduced, the earthyness was more pronounced, and leathery, new saddle flavor became more of a used baseball glove.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Dark brown with a 1 finger head that dissapates in 5 minutes to a light glaze. Zig zagged lace along the entire glass. Raisin, smoked wood, fruity smell that has so much going on in this beer. Just like the description; it tastes like it smells. Raisins, smoked wood, herbs and spices. It is very complex and smooth. Feels just right as it hits the tongue and all the way to the finish. This beer is a perfect example of why I love Trappists. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a drak brown with a large off white head that diminished to thin but staying. Very strong raisin and clove aroma with some alcohol. Strong flavour of cloves and dark fruits with some herbal notes. Lost a coupkle of points due to often overpowering alcohol. Big, beautiful beer.

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