Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4667   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gigantor (4) - USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
Large head, deep brown body. Smells of yeast and raisins. Tastes of yeast, roasted malt, and alcohol. The bleue is good for a more balanced and complex taste, but try the blanche for its dry simplicity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swiseman (475) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
For some reason, I was a bit disappointed by this one. I love Chimay Red, but I found the roasted flavours and alcohol taste a bit too overpowering in the Blue. However, I have never seen a beer with such a thick, rich head which is evidence of its quality. Nevertheless, I think I will stick to the more mellow Belgians.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2006
From my notes, August ’05. My first beer over 6%. Nice brown color, ridiculously big head. Fruity aroma with hints of yeast. Nice smooth taste, alcohol slightly palpable. Malt flavors as well as florals and esters. Too complex for words, an amazing beer. Should be even better with cellaring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAY 22, 2006
Distinct yeasty taste with floral palate. Ended up pouring it the wrong way the first time, second time way better. Great, but not the best Trappist I’ve had (Rochefort 10), distinct taste. Nice off-white head. Hints of roasted malts. Very well rounded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5590) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
A nice brown colour with a hint of red. Aroma fruity with a heavy yeast. Tastes a little yeasty as well with a good maltiness. Heavy carbonation as well. I did enjoy this beer, but it is not one of the best Trappist Ales I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2006
A bit disappointed with this one, taste is dominated by malty sweetness and yeast. Dry finish though, quite drinkable. I’d like to try a bigger (and older) bottle of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - MAY 17, 2006
Dark amber beer with a nice thick head. Yeasty and fruity aroma and taste of yeast, malt and alcohol. Very complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2006
small,nice, slightly creamy colored head that lefts a nice layer on the beer by disparishing beautiful dark brown,with redish gloom,when putting it to the light, some magical foggy gloom (chestnut colored) smells yeasty,fruity(figs and citrus?),malty but hoppy too,spicy,some caramel carbonation is smoothly fizzying in the mouth,tasts hoppy,spicy,a bit of citrus,viny, some slightly warm alcohol aftertaste caramel,glased edible chestnuts,even a bit like(white)chocolat,some alcohol is there,but not offending,it’s fitting to the smells,tasts a beer to drink with friends late in the evening,for discussing about it and about the sense of life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murawski (160) - USA - MAY 16, 2006
Poured a dark brown color with a moderate yet evanescent head. Mild aroma of yeast and some sweet malt scents. Excellent flavor with some nice roastiness and a well-balanced finish. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel. The alcohol content is pleasantly cloaked by the slightly sweet roasted malt flavor. Went great with my superb meal at the Old Tabard Inn, where we went the night before I graduated with my doctorate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2006
bottle ..deep brown pour small wispy head that leaves quickly. aroma of sweet dark fruit . sweet malt flavor but also some roasted notes and alcohol . very smooth and decent carbonation . dry finish . good stuff

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