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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
The cork is labeled 07/04. Pours to a deep red brown color with a medium fizzy beige head. The head all but disapates but doesn’t because of a constant and rapid stream of bubbles. The lacing is so-so. The aroma is huge. Yeasty, roses, flowers, buttered dark fruits, cloves. The flavor is quite nice. Dark fruits, minerals, pepper, spices, cloves. The palate is too carbonated. Very burning on the tongue. Medium bodied. Not the best BSA I’ve had, but still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2005
Pleasant leathery brown color, little head. Foamy palate. Tastes a bit stale and metallic. Yeasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Sam and I tried this one blind amongst other strong Belgian ales. Could drink just the one. Aroma of cherries that leads into the taste as well. There’s also pepper - odd. Spice makes it feel stronger. Sam: "Dark like my soul"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Sorta smells like a spiced baking ham. Kinda an amalgamation of sweet brown sugar and cloves. Looks beautiful. If this beer was a woman Donald Trump would want to have a 4 million dollar wedding with it. Dark brown with a huge frothy mocha head that fades too soon. Tastes like bread pudding soaked in spiced rum with a little brown sugar and dried fruits thrown in. Very lip smacking malt base. Improves vastly as it warms. I really need to get a fridge that stays at 55 F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Bottle. from a sixer of trappist beer. Not among the best in the pack, but very good overall in its own right, Minimal head, nice dark body. Taste is of yeast and spice with a bit of oak barrel hint. Excellent atertaste with a tint of alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
pours a dark mahogony color w/ a tall frothy well laced off white head and some carb bubbles flowing up the glass. Smells of butter, yeast wheat and some dark fruits as well as a light malt. Palate is highly carbonated ok body decent coating mildly creamy. Taste is belgian yeast sweet malts dark fruits & carmalized sugar a touch bitter and hints of alcohol. Overall it’s not the best stuff i’ve had but it’s well above avg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Enjoyed this one during my visit to Oklahoma. Aromas of dark fruits and what I call "buttery brown sugar" with some caramel. Dark amber in color with a nice off-white head. More of the darker fruits and a some of roasted caramel. Sweet, with some warming bitterness in the finish. The flavor didn’t live up to the aroma in my opinion. Creamy, full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethbc (14) - USA - JUL 3, 2005
This is an excellent example of a trappist ale that’s available almost uniformly throughout the united states. Definitely a strong beer, the flavor is excellent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Nutty, yeast strong Ale. As stated by others very easy to find for a trappist. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2005
75oml. A great Belgian strong ale. it’s amazingly easy to find, and considering it’s a trappist product, that’s very impressive. Pours a dark amber with a moderate tan head that dimishes somewhat quickly. Smells malty, flowery yeasts, and effervescent, with nuts, yeast, and a bit of dark fruit/plum sourness. Taste is similar, sweet, a bit bitter in the finish. the mouthfeel if pretty good, though not terribly active or creamy when swished around. Minimal lacing with a moderate release of gasses. cheers!

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