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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4068   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
750ml Corked bottle with 01/03 on cork Poured a reddish brown with a creamy tan head that settled down to a thin film. Aroma is spicy and with lots of yeast present. Peppery and slightly floral. Body is smooth and creamy and with an even carbonation. The flavor is a fruity malty one with yeast and sugar notes. Overall a fine Belgian that is the most available one I can think of.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Dark, thick, brown beer under a smallish but foamy head. This is not my first bottle, but my first in a long while (a 750). I poured it into a Chimay chalice. The aroma is fruity, dried dark fruits and apricots, somewhat milky (skim milk smell). The first taste is a shock of carbonation, too much for me. Reminds me more of a Salvator than a fine Belgian, not that I don't like Salvator. The flavor is so lightly roasted as to be quite subtle, almost like a good brown ale. Fruits dominate, along with floral yeasties and mild but bitter-sweet molasses. Palate is most pleasing once I get used to the fizzy carbonation, but it seems somehow out of place for a strong-style beer. I wish the aroma and flavor were as complex as the mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2004
An elegant brew. Poured a robust brilliant whitish head. I could taste subtle hints of fruit along with a definite malt flavor. I drank the big bottle and had a warm, rosy feeling in my cheeks almost like I had been drinking wine or champagne. Break this stuff out if you want to impress the ladies.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown, with a slightly reddish hue that sports a big beige head. The aroma is of raisins, toasted malts, caramel, with a bit of plum. Bubbly, complex flavors that give that nice Belgian tang - caramel flavors mixed with fruit, roasted malts, and a slight banana. This is a very good beer - delicious.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Bottled. Poured a deep brown color with a big fluffy brown head. This beer was VERY malty with a very subtle hop tinge in the end of it. Even my friend who drinks BMC swill enjoyed this one a lot. Definitely one of my three favorites of all-time.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cubfanbudman (4) - USA - MAR 6, 2004 does not count
If there is a beeter beer out there I have not had it. The beer poors a dark brown so you expect it to be heavy. I still can't believe how smooth and perfect this beer was.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 A wonderful beer, very fine selection. Very smooth flavor that gets better throughout. Very remarkable flavor and balance. Near perfect!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2004
AWESOME STRONG BEER WITH A GREAT COLOR AND A NICE HEAD. NOT TO OVERPOWERING JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BITTERNESS

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2004
Tight brown head over a dark red/rich brown beer. Carbonation fine and consistent. musty/fruity/sour aroma. Taste of malt with a back of the throat bitterness and notable alcohol. Some light lacing as the beer recedes....

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
Bit of overkill here to me. Its not as good as everyone raves about. Its far too overpowering and chemical/steel vat smells are over the top. Its flavour however were quite intense and interesting, don't know what to make of the flower bouquets...made me wanna sing "ring a ringa up ya ringa roses"


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