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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4668   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
The first time I had thi, I thought I was drinking Champagne. the second time I had this beer, I knew I was drinking the best beer ever made. Chimay is by far the CHAMPAGNE of beers. There will never be any better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Cloudy dark raisin like color. Roasted malt, dark rock candy, plums and raisins. A huge abundence of malty sweetness. Not much in the way of bitterness. Honestly was a little let down, but it is very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This beer poors a dark mahogany with a suttle crimson edge. The head was nice and thisk with good lacing that lasted the duration of the tasting, and being that this was a 750, thats pretty damn good. The smell is heavy with cherry/chocalate, coffee, hazelnut, and alcohol. On tasting, the sweetness of this nectar honed in with sharp esters of chocalate, plums, coriander, orange zest and butter. The body cleans up with the subdued alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is a dream with subtle carbonation that stays in line with the creaminess. All in all this is a superb drink that I would never think twice about enjoying again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy and dark brown with a great off white head. Very sweet but also kinda lemony read fruity - maybe). Pruns and caramel - very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown, nice white head. Don’t know why this is rated so high, rather land. Dominant flavors are alcohol and slight sweet dark fruits, really watered down and just not that impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Surprisingly smooth for a rather strong alcohol by volume (9%). I really enjoyed this one. Next time I go to Belgium, I shall personally thank Father Theodore himself. Update: 75 cl bottle corked and caged. Pours deep reddish brown and hazy with a nice head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor is fresh yeast, dark malts, dark fruits, floral hops and toasted grains. Medium to full body, very smooth and creamy feel. Complex flavor, a classic Trappist beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2006
Very good brew here. Pours dark brick and cloudy into the glass, with carbonation working to replenish the quarter-inch head all the way down. Aromas of plum and honey, and the flavor really accentuates the bouquet. I note plum, figs, malt and a very pleasant powdered sugar contingency. Very smooth, with a mellow warm round feeling to the palate. There may be a slight note of alcohol to conclude the finish, but only as a nice accent. Everything blends nicely, and it’s definitely one to enjoy! Surely one of the best all-around brews out there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2006
1.5L Magnum. Vintage 1993. Ruby haze. Lemony and sour and tart. Malty sweet, with notes of sugar and plums and caramel. Rather heady.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 I really like this one. Nice deep amber color with a tan head. Hints of spice and fruit in the aroma. There is a good bit of carbonation. There are nice hints of fruit in the flavor and no alcohol taste. Very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into my new Chimay glass this poured up one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen, a dark ruby red. The head was about ¼ inch and did not go away. The aroma was of caramel and spice and most pleasant. The taste matched the aroma and the creamy mouth feel just added to it all. Very good brew.


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