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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 I had one years ago and hated it. Oh how my palate has changed. I found myself sucking the dregs out of the bottle to get that one last drop. Really a well balanced beer with loads of complex fruity flavor mixed with some dark malt. Yum.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown, near black with some dark red that light can penetrate with a medium amount of off-white head that dissipates, but develops a smooth top of head about 1/4 inch thick. Aroma is of grape, plum, raisin, and fresh, sweet fruit. Flavor is of grape, plum, raisin, malt, and fresh, sweet fruit with a lightly sweet chocolate ending. Very smooth. Outstanding. Bottle is 25.4 oz, cork is dated 12/02. No alcohol aroma or flavor detected. None. This beer could benefit (IMHO) from being opaque, and not so bubbly on the tongue. Those are this beer’s only faults. However, the head more than makes up for the not-so-opaque appearance and this brew being smooth going down more than makes up for the initial tingling on the tongue. No beer is perfect, including this one, and I don't like giving out perfect scores, but this is as good as it gets. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Dry roasted malt aroma with hints of smoke. Dry champagne like flavor; heavily carbonated. Initial mouthfeel is one-dimensional (dry roasted malt), but some complexity prevails by mid-bottle. And, the finish is the best as all of the yeast and sediment that was sitting at the bottom of the bottle reaches the glass at final pour, providing some of the sweetness missing from the initial taste. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Make sure to pour the entire contents into the glass at once, or you will miss a substantial part of the beer's flavor. Chimay Bleu can serve as an after-dinner beer. Well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Dark brown pour with red tinges on the edges. Creamy, soapy head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol and mustiness. Flavor was complex with a definite apricot and malt flavor. Sharp carbonation as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Fantastic. Poured a dark caramel color, with a malty yeasty aroma and a light fruit scent. Nice bite after the fact. Smooth. Highly drinkable. Excellent. Although, unlike most posters, I believe the Chimay Rouge edges it out a bit. Perhaps it's the lower alcohol content, but the rouge was more enjoyable to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1133) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
Port-like aroma, slight vinegar notes, yeast and fruit, chocolate notes. Seems more robust as it warms up. Pours a very opaque brown, cloudy, head is thin. Pleasantly sweet, chocolate comes in again, alcohol. Maybe some roast/smoked flavours. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Delicious beer. I experienced it for the first time a few weeks ago as a birthday present. Shared it with my parents. Boy oh boy. Delicious flavor, infinitely drinkable. Hints of fruitiness. A joy to drink. Perhaps I will re-rate with more specifics once I pick myself up an official Chimay bottle for the adventure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 dark brown pour, some red. Aroma of sweet fruit. Again fruits in the flavor with some malt, with a slight alcohol finish. Very nice belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Definitely an awesome beer. I had high expectations and this beer actually met them (unlike other beers).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 One of my favorites, which probably doesn’t mean anything to you. When I have another I will promise to leave good notes. This beer is expensive where I am from, but it’s more than worth it. UPDATE 7/15/04: ... again, i’ll be back... UPDATE 12/25/06: ... again, i’ll be back...

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