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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
33cl bottle in brussels. Pours a medium dark borwn with lots of tan heady. Nutty roasted aroma mixed with a slightly sweet fruity flavor. So smooth you can’t bleive is 9%. An all-around great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Color dark brown, decided, strongly. It seems want to say of being a noble beer, and it is. Drink always in the glass of abbey, if you want exalt the fantastic qualities.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pretty much smells like a belgian when you open it up. Most of it’s points comes from the rich smoky vapor that pours out of the bottle when you pop the cap. I really love that. The beer itself isn’t as good as people rate it. There is some complexity. I taste the malt, I detect the "flowery aroma", but you know....it really isn’t in the same ballpark as the westy 8 or any rochefort stuff. It is FAR from a bad beer, but it doesn’t deserve to be in the 99 percentile. Keep in mind that such beers as aventinus,stone IPA, and many other excellent beers are in the 99 percentile or less category. Perhaps I just don’t "get" why this beer is so great.The only reason to get this beer instead of an arrogant bastard is....well....honestly....I wouldn’t know why you would...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle: Poured medium dark brown with substancial head that stuck around for a while. Flowery nose with roasted accents. Somewhat hoppy, the alch. is well hidden on the finish. Superb brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
In the bar in the Renaissance Hotel, Brussels. Dark brown colour and thick, long-lasting beige head. That typical yeasty Belgian aroma always seems to precede a delicious taste, and this is no exception. It was pure luxury: strong, sweet and alcoholic. There was a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but it wasn’t a particularly large element in the experience of this beer. Superb.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Great beer. Good aroma. Complex taste. A good beer for a special occasion. Must take the time to enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Surprisingly excellent! Gorgeous in the glass, rich, spicy, smooth. Alcohol is hidden and this beer is very drinkable. One of the better Belgians I’ve had-it seems to have less distinctly Belgian character (the super sugary, yeasty flavors), which is nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 My favorite beer until recently - my experience is that Chimay quality is very inconsistent. Which is a real shame, because when you get a good bottle it’s great - too bad my last two bottles had a really unpleasant alchohol taste - stick with something with better quality control. Or e-mail the monks and tell them to make the beer before they get f’ed up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlePete (1) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
Beautiful head, tantalizing aroma, deep amber color. Taste is somewhat strong at first, mellows out considerably 1/3 of the way through the glass. Excellent beer...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
onelststnd (19) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
My favorite beer(although there are many out there still to try!). Taste is oh, so smooth. Has an almost sweet taste to it but can be heavy at first. I love to sip it after some BBQ and college football games.

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