Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4499   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Dark brown with offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and yeast. Full bodied with flavors of raisins, plums, brown sugar, burnt toast, and yeast. Dry finish, and slight alcohol warmth; excellent. Shared with Quintana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3376) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Re-rate. 6/2006.
2006 vintage 33cl bottle brought direct from Belgium
Oh my goodness. This was an absolutely superb beer. Poured deep dark drown with the classic ample Chimay head. Aroma was flowery with lots of yeast. The flavor was pure heaven. Didn’t seem to have as much sediment in the bottle as the Red does. My new favorite Chimay. Update 12/2007.
Just had the 2007 vintage. This is what beer is supposed be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Just about everything has been said about this beer. But for someone like me who is fairly new to craft beer and learning I must say that this is a wonderful discovery. I like just about everything about this beer: the aroma, the appearance, the taste and the finish. Simply gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
faintheart (2) - USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
Definately one of the best beers I have tasted. Its deep aroma and flavor gives it an edge over other beers of its kind. The blue is also the best Chimay that you can buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. This stuff is a dark, cloudy mahogany with varying shades and a firm, bubbly white head. There’s a nice sweet vinous nose with cloves and a dab of alcohol. The dry flavor is assertive of raisins, smoked leaves, cloves, and a sharp bitterness which is immediately balanced by a honey sweetness. This is rich and complex in an impeccable harmony. [Nov 30, 2007]-------� The nose reveals a rewarding complexity after the Chimay white fiasco. Adequate spiced notes and fruity aromas come out. The flavor is a bit sugary, but estery, complex, fruity hints are known. This is a good beer: solid and distinguished. However, it is not a legendary beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
There is only one word that describes this beer. TASTY! I have just started enjoying Belgium Ales and this is one of the Best. A nice deep auburn color with a deep tan head. No one else in my beer club enjoyed it, so I had the entire bottle (750ml) all to my self. It has a complex flavor with a little sweetness and some deep earth flavors. This beer s to be enjoyed not drank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
[Bottle 750ml, fresh, chilled, classic SAQ selection] The last time I took notes on this beer was few weeks ago with Daniel Bilodeau but I just found my notes.

This is probably the best imported beer we find here, in Quebec, but unfortunately, it’s the most expensive too.. 8.50USD / 750ml ...it does worth every cent of its price. Cloudy brown/yellowish color. Thick tan head that eventually diminish to a thin film. Ginger/brown sugar, roasted to the nose. Full bodied, complex. Medium to strong flavors. Round texture. Some bitterness from roasted malt as a finish. Try this with a pepper steak or stroganoff beef. Get a rich flavored stout with a crème-brulée for desert ...you will touch paradise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2005
Dark Mahogony coloured beer with a deep complex array of flavours including raisins,roast malts, spices and a distinctive yeast flavour. Such an easy drinking beer for a 9%er. It shouldnt be hazey, its bottle conditioned, the yeast is supposed to be left behind in the bottle. Its all in the pooring technique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Hazy brown with off white head. Particles floating towards the bottom. Spicy aroma with wheaty qualities. Interesting. Flavor is banana, clove cocoa, very good. Has some Hefeweizen qualities to it. Not quite to the level of Rochefort Trappistes 10 but one of my more favorite in the belgian style. Also got the White, so we’ll see how that one stacks up next.

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