Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4542   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 15/20
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours murky, unfiltered brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of caramel, pear, grassiness and a little vanilla. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, caramel, apple, a little chocolate, white grapes, yeast and plum/raisin. Pleasantly sweet with an earthy hop character in the finish. I can’t believe this is a 9% alcohol beer - so smooth and drinkable. Medium body with an airy, light texture and lively fine-beaded carbonation. Great head retention. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Handle (10) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
I actually like this better than the 10. The flavor is outstanding- burnt caramel, rasins, wine, and something smokey. The nose is slightly sweet with touches of grape and rasin. This beer makes me want to be a monk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1618) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2012 Another Christmas beer of 2005. I need to learn more about Belgium Ales. The froth from the head filled the glass. The head then withdrew to a normal head. The aroma was stonger with the yeast than the German Helles. The color was a deep dark brown. The flavors were of roasted malt. The first sip was overpowering but as I drank more the beer was more satisfying. I like the IPA and Stout better but I want to try more these Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Dark brown with offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and yeast. Full bodied with flavors of raisins, plums, brown sugar, burnt toast, and yeast. Dry finish, and slight alcohol warmth; excellent. Shared with Quintana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 Re-rate. 6/2006.
2006 vintage 33cl bottle brought direct from Belgium
Oh my goodness. This was an absolutely superb beer. Poured deep dark drown with the classic ample Chimay head. Aroma was flowery with lots of yeast. The flavor was pure heaven. Didn’t seem to have as much sediment in the bottle as the Red does. My new favorite Chimay. Update 12/2007.
Just had the 2007 vintage. This is what beer is supposed be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
Just about everything has been said about this beer. But for someone like me who is fairly new to craft beer and learning I must say that this is a wonderful discovery. I like just about everything about this beer: the aroma, the appearance, the taste and the finish. Simply gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
faintheart (2) - USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
Definately one of the best beers I have tasted. Its deep aroma and flavor gives it an edge over other beers of its kind. The blue is also the best Chimay that you can buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3105) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. This stuff is a dark, cloudy mahogany with varying shades and a firm, bubbly white head. There’s a nice sweet vinous nose with cloves and a dab of alcohol. The dry flavor is assertive of raisins, smoked leaves, cloves, and a sharp bitterness which is immediately balanced by a honey sweetness. This is rich and complex in an impeccable harmony. [Nov 30, 2007]-------� The nose reveals a rewarding complexity after the Chimay white fiasco. Adequate spiced notes and fruity aromas come out. The flavor is a bit sugary, but estery, complex, fruity hints are known. This is a good beer: solid and distinguished. However, it is not a legendary beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
There is only one word that describes this beer. TASTY! I have just started enjoying Belgium Ales and this is one of the Best. A nice deep auburn color with a deep tan head. No one else in my beer club enjoyed it, so I had the entire bottle (750ml) all to my self. It has a complex flavor with a little sweetness and some deep earth flavors. This beer s to be enjoyed not drank.

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