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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4037   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Re-rate. Vintage 1999. Bottle at Plan B, Copenhagen. I picked this bottle out myself, in Plan B's astonishing beer cellar. This dusty bottle screamed at me, Pour me! Drink me! Enjoy me! Feel me! And then i bought it. The beer was so happy to be let out, that it gushed out in the goblet. This hazy dark brown fluid is so beautiful with its creamy beige head. The aroma hit my nose as i poured it, lots of unmalted barley, malt, some sourness and a quite phenomenal touch of hops. The flavor is just as good, tastes like a old port, dry, alcoholic, dark fruits, raisins plums. Very good. Only complaint is that i found it a bit watery, but it ok i think. Very nice and very expensive beer, 16$ for 33cl!!!! But it was worth it!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Timmy (15) - San Pedro, California, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Nice subtle sweet aroma, dark brown color and thick dense head. Nice rich dark taste, smooth light malt taste with a nice sweet finish. Absolutely delicious!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Roasted malts, fruity raisen soaked alchohol smell. Head is off white and lasts. Very full bodied. A great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2004 does not count
Wow! This has to be the greatest find I've had this year. For an ale with such a high alcohol content, it was surprisingly smooth and subtle. I'm not experienced enough to identify all of the vaious flavors but it was excellent.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
I love the beer! It's aroma and taste both remind me fruit and spice. I could make a night of drinking just this one!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
Cobwebby and musty smell with lots of caramelly malt notes, some nuts. Alcohol extremely well-masked, but it has a helluva kick. I was expecting something incredible, instead it's just a very drinkable and perfected version of the Belgian strong style; none of that nauseating aftertaste I've come to expect.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Pours dark brown with a slow dissipating off-white foamy head. Nice smells of raisin, fruit, spice. Lots of flavor here, nut, citrus, spice. This ale is always a treat.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Baroque1977 (25) - Southeastern, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 The main problem with this beer is its excessive sweetness. A bit too costly, and given the 4+ ratings on this site, a bit disappointing... one is much better off with the smaller Trappist breweries. Chimay is perhaps a victim of its success.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Exceptional flavor with a very robust palate. Smooth and carbonated and very fruity. Alcohol was a little more evident than I expected, but not overly apparant.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Smells like roasted nuts, prunes, bananas, some leather, and chocolate. Taste was complex and chewy. Sweet ripe fruit and alcohol are all over the tongue in the finish. This is my "go to" Belgian because it's so easy to find.


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