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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 My favorite beer until recently - my experience is that Chimay quality is very inconsistent. Which is a real shame, because when you get a good bottle it’s great - too bad my last two bottles had a really unpleasant alchohol taste - stick with something with better quality control. Or e-mail the monks and tell them to make the beer before they get f’ed up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlePete (1) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
Beautiful head, tantalizing aroma, deep amber color. Taste is somewhat strong at first, mellows out considerably 1/3 of the way through the glass. Excellent beer...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
My favorite beer(although there are many out there still to try!). Taste is oh, so smooth. Has an almost sweet taste to it but can be heavy at first. I love to sip it after some BBQ and college football games.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Nice belgian quality brew. Taste gets better along the way. Little spicy and a bit sour like in the beginning, but gets sweeter and more malty. Very enjoyable.
4 sept. 2005: had the Chimay 1999. Very enjoyable and complex taste. Let it stand a little time for good taste.
16 febr. 2006: had the Chimay 1999 again. This time at the start the taste is very dry and port-like. After a while the brew calms down and the flavor becomes very smooth. Very enjoyable!
jan. 2010: had a Chimay Bleue 1994 (thnx to Peter @ the Beertemple!!). Red, amber colored brew. Alcoholic aroma, port like. Flavor is very flat, low carbonation, port like. Still enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bkurtz (1006) - PERU - AUG 14, 2005
Poured a ruby brown with a big head and wonderful lacing. A truly full bodied beer enjoyed best sipped after a fine meal. Everything comes together in this well balanced, flavorful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
a rich, dark color the taste was sweet and rich. the beer was a little bitter with a nice head.this is a very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whkingery (8) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
A sweet initial flavor that transitions to long lasting, medium bitter, malty finish. It has an amber appearance and creamy head with nice lacing. The taste grows on you and I find myself looking for another bottle. Those Trappist Monks to a great job!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
henrik (41) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
Dark with a thick brown head. Very presentable. Fruity aroma, but also unpleasantly metalic. The alcohol is very present in the taste. Not the beer it’s cracked up to be. (However, after 2 years in the cellar it jumps to a rating of a little over 4 -- suddenly there’s port and plums everywhere, and the metalic aroma is gone).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Small bottle. This is a really good beer. Dark brown/orange color. Nutty sweet smell and similar taste. Finishes malty and crisp. I enjoyed it, but probably best in the smaller quantity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
Intens brown beer with great creamy beige head. Aroma is nutty, spicy, malty, has a touche of star-anice and a good dosis of hops. Taste is very full and complex, has a smooth caramly sweetness and a fine bitterish touch in the end.

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