Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4612   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (2139) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Very good brew here. Pours dark brick and cloudy into the glass, with carbonation working to replenish the quarter-inch head all the way down. Aromas of plum and honey, and the flavor really accentuates the bouquet. I note plum, figs, malt and a very pleasant powdered sugar contingency. Very smooth, with a mellow warm round feeling to the palate. There may be a slight note of alcohol to conclude the finish, but only as a nice accent. Everything blends nicely, and it’s definitely one to enjoy! Surely one of the best all-around brews out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2006
1.5L Magnum. Vintage 1993. Ruby haze. Lemony and sour and tart. Malty sweet, with notes of sugar and plums and caramel. Rather heady.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 I really like this one. Nice deep amber color with a tan head. Hints of spice and fruit in the aroma. There is a good bit of carbonation. There are nice hints of fruit in the flavor and no alcohol taste. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my new Chimay glass this poured up one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen, a dark ruby red. The head was about ¼ inch and did not go away. The aroma was of caramel and spice and most pleasant. The taste matched the aroma and the creamy mouth feel just added to it all. Very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xjaja (14) - FINLAND - MAR 19, 2006
Ehdottomasti tämän hetkisistä oluista paras. Tilaan tätä lähes aina kun käyn Birgerissä.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CardsFanBudMan (3) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2006 does not count
Undoubtable the finest beer brewed in the world. Eric Kirchhoefer St. Louis, MO

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5318) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Pours a deep brown into a chimay glass. Nice, steady 1/8 inch micro head. Alcohol, date, fig and earth notes. Creamy then full and fizzy. Figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gallaghermurph (49) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Poured a cloudy, dark, light milk chocolate brown with a slight red tinge. A frothy tan head dissipates quickly into a translucent tan film. Aroma is spicy with hints of fruit and chocolate. Palate is light cream with a mild, soft carbonation. Taste is incredibly complex, dark chocolate, dark cherry and other dark fruits such as raisin. The sweetness is pervasive – maybe a hint of caramel. Alcohol is present, but comes across as red wine. There is a nuttiness, but it only emerges for a second out of the fruit. Spiciness includes cloves. I could contemplate this one for a hell of a long time. An incredible beer. As complex as I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Panzerfaust (780) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - MAR 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2008 Rating Nº 100 Edition 2005 - drunk March, 2006:
Pours a slightly hazy brown color with orange and copper undertones. Shows a huge creamy and rocky head that lasts for long and leaves a precious lacing. Aroma is wonderfully rich, malty and yeasty in character. It has strong notes of nuts, dark chocolate, caramel and fruits like plums, prunes and a little of clove and Lapsang Souchong dark tea. I found also some touches of alcohol and toffee. Flavor is very powerful with a blur of sweetness but bittersweet coffee-ish in character. There are hints of almonds, walnuts, caramel and red wine with some spicy layers. Complex yet incredibly smooth. The mouthfeel is thick and pleasant. It feels winy or maybe liquorish with an oily texture. Marvelous finish, eternal and full of boldness. In addition, the alcohol is masterfully disguised. Let it warm a bit and it will become a real gem. Awesome.

Edition 2006 - drunk November 20 same year: Pretty much the same as above but a little less complex. I noticed the yeast was still working pretty hard in the bottle. I’m sure this one must be aged a couple of years to truly shine. However it was still a wonderful beer. 8/4/8/4/16 Score: 4.0

Edition 2005 - drunk August 2008: Now I know the hype was right. A properly aged, 3 years Chimay Bleue is an Elixir of the Gods. Loads of chestnuts, walnuts and caramel are the new impressions in the nose. Some rum or brandy-like alcoholic notes too, and everything gets rounded with a strong sherry character. In the flavor, more nutty hints, figs and brown sugar with the touch of sherry again. This beer was a jewel. Fantastic. 10/4/9/5/17: Score 4.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 12, 2006
Poured from the bottle, ruby red with a frothy head that subsided quickly. An alcoholic cherry aroma. Alcohol and fruit again in the flavour, combined with a carbonated mouth feel and a strong tangy and sour finish.

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