Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4712   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Very hazy dark brownish/reddish/amber color. Initially a coarse foamy tan-colored head, settled after awhile and turned to a light layer of fine bubbles on the surface. Fairly light malty, spicy, fruity, floral aroma. Nice strong array of flavors: malt, caramel, molasses, raisins, dates... completely overwhelming and completely delicious. Pretty easy to drink, despite the heaviness, richness, and depth of flavors...smooth sweet mouthfeel, slightly sticky... One of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Big lasting head. Golden amber.Very floral fragrance. Strong brew with a deep warming sensation and a smooth finish. I really enjoyed this one. Had it at Immys tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Poured into a wide glass from a 2/06 bottle. My best efforts could not thwart the large foamy head. Color was an opaque muddy brown with hints of red and yellow. Very pleasing complex aroma. Hints of sweet floral bouqet mixed with a malty undertone. Flavor bears a light/medium sweetness with a floral overtone and a malty aftertaste. This beer is mildly hopped with a slight bitter flavor throughout. At 9%, there is a subtle initial impression of alchohol flavor, which becomes less apparent in the aftertaste. This is an above average beer with possibly the best aroma I have enjoyed. I’m looking forward to buying more to age!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2006
pours a big foamy to rocky tan head with cloudy brown color. Aroma is medium malt, dark fruit, sweet, bread. Taste is upfront effervescence, then taste follows the aroma. 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours with a frothy off-white head with a light brown body. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast and malt. Tasted a little similiar to other belgians with the spices but i prefer the Rochefort 8 however it is a smooth for a beer with an alcohol content this high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
A good belgain beer but don’t think it as good as made out to be. Flavors are not that exciting, missing that complexity.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2006
Unimpressed. Not what I expected at all from a beer that I heard a lot about. The palate was confusing. Wasn’t sure what it was all on about to be honest. Aftertaste was gunky. Too much $ for not enough reward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This was my last Chimay to try, and I have to say that I have been completely unimpressed with them all. For this price range, I expected much more. This is nowhere near the Rochefort or the St. Bernardus. It pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of alcohol present in the aroma as well as some fruitiness. The taste to me was the real let down, just like an average belgian--only with a higher price tag. I wouldn’t buy this one again--period."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
33cl bottle Nose of malt and plums, hazy, dark copper with a medium, but short-lived beige head. Flavor has caramel malts, plums, and spice. The 9% is very well covered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11352) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet in Norway. Hazy, copper brown in colour. Beige and dense head slowly diminishing. Sweet spicy aroma. Assorted flavours of sweet and tart fruit, blackcurrants, spices and hops towards a yeasty backbone. Medium to full bodied. Medium dry finish. Enjoyable, but the peppery yeastiness is a bit over the top.

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