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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1404) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
Floral aroma with dark brown colour and good head. Bitter flavour with fizzy smooth palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
All we can really do is thank the monks that brew this one. Great, lasting head, wonderful, fruity aroma. Warm, slightly banana-like and alcoholic aftertaste. Enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MamaTux (1) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
It’s a really good beer - my favorite! It’s a joy to taste the fruity beer that still taste like a beer should!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1504) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Attractive reddish brown appearance with a subdued aroma of yeast and a hint of vanilla. Soft carbonation with a malty, full-bodied mouthfeel and a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
I remember this to be a far better beer a few years ago. Although still a good beer this should be an excellent one. I was also dissapointed to note that they do not use proper cork in the larger bottles. Shame

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 (Prev. 5/04, 6-4-6-3-14) Dark red-brown colored, little light brown head. Rich sweet and spiced aroma with caramel, hops and yeast, some vinous note and toffee also here in complex aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with this added sugar note, still vinous tone dominates here with mild chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste has rather obvious alcohol with still vinous touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
A great strong ale, but forgive me for not shamelessly fawning over it. It’s a treat to drink this once in a while but thank Baccus there are lighter beers. This is another beer that can have it’s young character changed slightly by cellaring for a year or more but it would never get to be that old in my cellar ;-) Poured a dark slightly clouded amber with a smallish off white cap. Aromas of dates or figs or dried apricots. Started with a surprising big mouthful of sweet bready malts before the expected complex/layered banana-fig-hop undertones took over. As the beer sits on the palate the hop accent builds until the finish is surprisingly dry for a so called trappist ale. A very delightful strong ale but this is the 3rd time I’ve tasted it and it has appeared slightly different each time. This may be a matter of ingredient linearity or it could be the brewers equivilent to a "vintage" where there is some batch to batch character differences. All in all, a wonderful drink but may be over rated by some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 best of the Chimays. And surprisingly my mates liked it better than I did. Great accompanyment to meat. Tasted better after eating. Well balanced, with some sweetness and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Pours a dark brown. Nice off-white head with very good retention. Aroma is of cloves and some sweetness. Taste is very sweet with very slight bitterness. A little coffee and some alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel. Virtually no aftertaste. It’s very good, but an average rating in the 4’s seems a little high. (6-3-6-4-13)

Bottle (33cL): Re-rate...Big fruity aroma with lots of grapes and plums along with some faint chocolate. It pours a dark hazy reddish-orange with lots of sediment and a moderate off-white head with decent retention. The flavor starts moderately fruity with grapes. There is some faint chocolate in the background. The finish has moderate notes of plums. There is no sign of the 9% in the flavor. Medium bodied with lively carbonation...a tad too lively at times for my liking. I still prefer the White, but this was much better than my original rating. (8-4-8-4-15)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Now this is something. Pleasently sweet (not too sweet), goes down well, but maybe a little watery (I never thought I would say that about a 9.0% beer). Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer but it’s not up there with the Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10’s of this word. I prefered the Chimay Blanche.

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