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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 Rating #100 750ml caged bottle (Grande Reserve). Poured with a sweet and spicy full aroma of figs. Appearance is as expected with a deep brown, with minimal head and suspended bubbles. There are elements of a Trippel in the flavor, as the weak esthers in the nose come through more. The dominant flavor though is a sweet malt, with some dry spices (cloves and nutmeg). The finish is short and smooth, with a little linger of the spice. Almost on par with Chimay Red, exceeding the white.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
pours a root beer brown mixed with red an orange overtones, large foaming off-white head, highly carbonated, sweet (sugary) spicy aroma, fruity, also slightly musty and yeasty; flavor is initially alcohol, but is also sweet and fruity, a definite musty-yeasty taste as well, bitter aftertaste, alcohol is not hidden as well as in other Trappist ales, good texture

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 8, 2004
very deep mahogony color, medium head with huge bubbles, full bodied and spicey, a nice hop bitterness and astringincy is present in the finish which follows the full yeasty, fruity main course

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mathar (5) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2004 does not count
the queen of the trappist beers ! one of my personal favourites, also. but beware, Chimay bleu has 9% alcohol ! don't drink more than 2 or 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 3, 2004
bottle...pours a mahogany color (which actually surprised me) with a grandiose tan head. Banana and clove nose. Wonderful palate, banana flavors abound. A little hop presence in the middle, great finish. It is hard to top the last 3 beers I have drinken (Chimay Bleu, Kulmbacher Eisbock and De Dolle Stille Nacht). A superior ending to a great day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2004
WOOHOO, #50!..... It's been a while since I've had one of these, unfortunately. This pours with a large, rocky head, with really not much of an aroma, maybe slightly yeasty with plum/date hints; very nice oaky, slightly fruity carmel flavor with notes of raisins and dates and subdued alcoholic-ness for such a strong beer; slighty dry aftertaste, great balance in general. This is sooo much better than the red, IMHO, but a different brew, no doubt; very nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmmstout22 (24) - USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Poured a very dark brown color. Thin head. Complex flavor with malt yeast fruit and oak. It's coplexity has probably earned it the high rating, but I believe it is a bit over rated. The Red is more drinkable, and I also really like the white when it is hot out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 28, 2004
Delicate fruity aroma. Taste is crip, fruity and mellow yeasts and malt. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3220) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a fizzy head. Aroma is floral with yeast. Very nice and tasty. Nice carbonation and the malt is just right. For starter or pro this is a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (1968) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
A delicate and complex brew. Smells of mint, a just-opened box of wooden matches, and yeast. Dark brown and well carbonated, this beer tastes of yeast, subtle berry fruits, and toasted oak. WOW!

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