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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orangeish colour eith beige bubbly head. Sweet toffeeish plummy aroma with hints of licorace. Sweet sugary and caramelly flavour with hints of licorace. Alcohol grows a bit in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
From bottle, consumed in my beautiful Chimay goblet. The smell is strong of yeast, great yeast, and nuttyness with a slight bit of malt in there to boot. Taste is first strong of sweet malt, caramel, butter (not in a bad diacetyl way), and floral bursts giving way to a great smooth malty goodness. The alcohol helps this monumental beer ease down the palate, while not distracting from the smooth taste. All I can say is, wow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1309) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2005
strong taste. Goes down smooth though and has a rich bitterish aftertaste. also expensive. drank two of the 750ml downtown one night and got blasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Dark brown with a thick white head. Hoppy smell with a subtle nut malt undertone to it. Sweet nutty taste but very fruity tastes to it and a yeasty taste to it. Belly warming fruity aftertaste, real good but not my preferred style of beer fruit tastes general don’t appeal to me, making me not a big Belgium beer drinker.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Brown gold against light, with a full inch of lively off-white head. Lacing follows as the head diminishes. This beer is all about smell. Elegant aromas of caramel and buttered bread approach the senses from the moment of pour. The yeast is rich on the nose and the tongue. Taste is enhanced by crisp alcohol and includes buttery toast malts, and some plum. Palate is broken up by the tiny bubbles of this highly carbonated strong ale. Overall, this is a lush beer that embodies the fundamentals of Belgian brewing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2005
From a 750 ml. Pours a deep brownish red color with a thick and lasting white head. The nose is distinctly yeasty. The flavor is also dominated by the yeast with some hints of raisin. Although I find this beer enjoyable, this is not a spectacular trappist beer. I think this is slightly overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (910) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Delicious. My favorite of the Chimay line although the white is a close close 2nd. Creamy smooth velvety palate is my favorite trait of this one. Dark fruit flavor with a slight alcohol bite. Somewhat yeasty too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Pours a deep amber/burgundy color with a nice amount of froathy whitish head. Sweet raisiny and brown sugar flavor, but smooth and not as pronounced as others I’ve had. Aroma is sweet and flowery with a yeast/raisin undertone. Overall, I felt this was a very enjoyable beer, but I think I liked the red a wee bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timdom (19) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2005
1994!!! Grande Reserve 750ml This beer has been kicking around my folks place for ages, I finally conned them into opening it. I knew that it would be past it’s best but it’s still an impressive drop. No head and totally flat it poured like a glass of port (not dissimmilar in aroma too). The complexity of the nose is amazing. Herbal almost medicinal in character, raisins soaked in brandy. The hue is from watery to caramel. Flavour is malt and alcohol driven. Alcohol bitterness is balanced on the finish by malt sweetness no hop bitterness at all. A nice clean dry finish. I prefer a younger example but none the less imperssive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Pours amber with suspended bits of yeast and a nice creamy layer of off-white head. Clean soapy aroma with some peppery spice and a hint of dates. Mmmm. What a wonderful palate. Those crafty monks have done it again. Light, clean, very delicate. My mouth is blissfully unaware of the ABV. Toasty carmel, toffee and plum flavors with a dry clean finish.

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