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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
Absolute the best of Chimay, a dark brown colour, with a good foam. Big aroma of dried fruit and hints of tobacco. Taste wonderfull, and have a good balance with malt and bitterness, and the alcohol are good hidden. Also try to store some bottle for 5 years, then this beer taste amazing......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2005
04 Bottle. Pours brownish with red hints, and a solid head. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, and some darker fruits like plums. Nice full-flavored, but a bit thin when compared to quads. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for 9%. Nice enough ’trappist swill’ heh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Poured an opaque and dark reddish brown with an average sized, lasting creamy off-white head. The aroma was delightful and balanced with undertones of caramel and fruits. The mouth feel is extremely smooth with a perfect level of carbonation tingling the tip of your tongue. It seems full-bodied, almost hearty but remains very drinkable. As with the nose, no flavors stand out distinctively, but the blend itself is unique indeed. A perfect lacing covers all sides of the glass, fine and almost mathematically symmetrical. The alcohol content (9%) is noticeable but never overbearing. A pleasant yet complex malty aftertaste is left after each sip with no bitterness. Overall this is a powerful and exquisite beer but definitely not for everyday drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Awesome.............................. Wood fruit nose. Dark in color. Nice standing head. Big wood sugar taste with warm alc feeling at the end. Awesome...

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
330 ml bottle of the 2002 version. Normally Chimay Bleue improves massively with aging, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a major disappointment! It began all right, as the beer poured a nice reddish brown with a good firm and lasting head. But the aroma was very faint, with only a bit of chocolate and some burnt flavours showing through. On the palate this brew appeared lighter than its 9% alcohol. The taste was very one-dimensional and again dominated by a burnt caracter. In short the beer appeared tired and worn out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Smooooooooth plus everything else jefcon said in his May 31,2005 review. Really good, and the 9% certainly sneaks up and kicks you from behind!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orangeish colour eith beige bubbly head. Sweet toffeeish plummy aroma with hints of licorace. Sweet sugary and caramelly flavour with hints of licorace. Alcohol grows a bit in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
From bottle, consumed in my beautiful Chimay goblet. The smell is strong of yeast, great yeast, and nuttyness with a slight bit of malt in there to boot. Taste is first strong of sweet malt, caramel, butter (not in a bad diacetyl way), and floral bursts giving way to a great smooth malty goodness. The alcohol helps this monumental beer ease down the palate, while not distracting from the smooth taste. All I can say is, wow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1330) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2005
strong taste. Goes down smooth though and has a rich bitterish aftertaste. also expensive. drank two of the 750ml downtown one night and got blasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Dark brown with a thick white head. Hoppy smell with a subtle nut malt undertone to it. Sweet nutty taste but very fruity tastes to it and a yeasty taste to it. Belly warming fruity aftertaste, real good but not my preferred style of beer fruit tastes general don’t appeal to me, making me not a big Belgium beer drinker.

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