Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4609   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours a dark brown, smells fruity and strong. Interesting complex flavour, the real treat being the aftertaste. Alco content is very well disguised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2006
Bottled 12/05 -- Huge amount of carbonation... watch out for exploding bottles when opening. Large, light tan head that quickly diminishes over a dark brown body. Nice fruity aroma, maybe some flowery accents. Good body, though somewhat astringent, roasted malts are present. Somewhat light burn in the ending.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2006
Beer pours a hazy, dark plum-brown color with a large, off-white, frothy, quickly and mostly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with light notes of toasted grain and toasted bread; yeasty with trace notes of cellar; light note of spicy alcohol and yes—a trace of rosewater and a trace note of something metallic. Pretty much an aromatic nap. The flavor is not a lot better. It’s moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, lightly bitter, moderately warm finish with trace higher-alcohol retros. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown body with a small, bubbly white head. Nose has caramel maltiness and champagne aromas. Flavor is very bready with some caramel. This is really the quintessential "liquid bread". Nice medium thick palate. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
thick foamy quickly disappearing head smooth creamy beer. not much taste. kinda bitter a little toasty. maybe im not cool enough to enjoy these beers. this beer has no real taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3819) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 2, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a tanned head. Nice lacings. Low sweetness. Aromas of dark fruits, dark sugars. Quite yeasty, (but that might be the bartenders fault as he swirled the beer and poured the sediments from the bottom into the glass. I gave up on educating him.) Full bodied. Long dry fruity finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2006
Appearance like a coke with very nice head, many fizz bubbles. Very carbonated, somewhat filling due to the carbonation. 9% ABV, and I can defiantly taste it. Great choice, I will be drinking more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buu (10) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Had La Caracole’s Ambree the previous night. Found the two modestly similar. I found Chimay Bleue more moderate, yet more well-balanced. Blue poured a beautiful golden amber with a brownish, soapy head; in time, incredible lacing. Fresh yeasty nose. Sweet hazelnut malt flavor; and a mild coffee note. Surprisingly, 9% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1473) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, floral, and caramel. Flavor is sweet with dark fruits to start off then finishes with the caramel and a small hint of floral. A slight alcohol warming is the perfect ending to this brew, All the flavors and aromas blend well to make this trappist very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Quite interesting beer. Poured a dark amber with fluffy white head into a trappist glass. Produces very interesting aromas. Cherry comes through the strongest though. The carbintation is strong but not overbearing. Flavor is light on hops, with a little roasted malt coming through. Overall not a spectacular beer for $10. Wouldn’t buy again.

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