Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4499   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
newtrip (54) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
Beer poured with a creamy, mostly lasting off white head. Good lacing. Nose of toasted raisin/plum and grain. Inital flavor was lighly sweet and lightly acidic. Finish had more intense sweetness and lightly bitter with long duration. Also had moderate alcoholic bite, but it wasn’t overly pronounced. Overall this is a very balanced beer. I would have another one any day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
A favorite. Provind that strong beer doesn’t have to taste like ...strong beer. Incredibly smooth, beautiful dark brown, pours with a modest, lasting head. Smooth malt caramel flavor, the hearth, the beer equivalent of a precious metal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Not a huge fan of this beer. Trappists to me, almost always seem to have the nose and finish which suggests cloves to me, which is a good way to turn me off to a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4531) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Corked and caged bottle. Cork marked 11/04. Mostly lasting large sized ivory head with many different sized bubbles, decent lacing, transparent, carbonated, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, hoppy, and alcohol nose. Flavor was absolutely delectable - sweet, malty, caramel, light roastiness, and vinuous. My kind of brew!! Mostly smooth palate. Medium body. A very drinkable BSA and definitely worthy of a try especially if one enjoys a good BSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Rock solid belgian, one of three from Chimay. Pours a cloudy light brown, with a well retained creamy tan head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, slight alcohol, malt and yeast. Flavor is similiar, but the alcohol seems to stand out more on the tongue than it did in the aroma, and the malt also becomes more apparent. Well made Belgian brew, too common to get excited about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7429) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
33cL bottle. Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a well-retained creamy beige head. Nose picked up boatloads of deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins), musty Belgian yeast, and a little bit of alcohol. Flavor was able to take all that is great with the aroma, and really make it dance... dark fruit provided a sweet and salivating base, yeast gave the brew some spicy and musty character, and the alcohol was nicely warming at the top of the throat. Balance was superb. Smooth and velvety on the palate. Finish was peppery, warm, and long-lasting. This brew was excellent on all fronts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Focus, focus, focus. All these Eastern religion crazes and astrological ombudsmen always blather on about focus, finding one’s center and maintaining spiritual energy at the nexus and vertex. Everything from urban development to cake decorating is centered around…well, the center. Proper balance has become a higher art, put into form in everything, including beer making. And that paragon of centered flavor and palate is the Chimay Blue. What a beautiful beer; beautiful in its precarious balance. The color is like a light baby bear’s fur, and the foam a casual light tan color. The whole appearance is gentle and soft, picturesque to anybody with a disposition to tactile experience. The smell is extraordinarily complex, fuming with copious yeast and some teriyaki sauce. I must say, the aroma is quite mild, not unlike the taste. The flavor is just light enough to match perfectly with the palate. The whole flavor compound lingers on the tongue for a long time, allowing the drinker to take his time and really immerse himself in the Chimay Blue experience. It lets one center themselves, finding the same coveted balance that the brewers at Chimay instill in their signature beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2005 does not count
This exceptional beer poured an enticing almost opaque burnt amber in colour, with a small foamy head that was retained thoughout. The aroma is yeasty and slightly floral. Quite fizzy in the mouth. Flavours of sweet caramel and burnt malt. Definate alcohol and spicy ginger in the finish. One of my favorite beers to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1542) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle: Cloudy brown orange, pours a heavy head that quickly fades. Burnt coffee in the taste, smoky creamy; finish is sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Poured dark brown with a two finger tan head that disipated quickly, but had good lacing. There was a sustained complex taste to this beer with the taste of fruit present. The alcohol content is well masked.

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