Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4500   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
From the 750ml bottle Pours an opaque nut brown with a thin creamy tan head. Sheets of lace. Smells of caramel, molasses. Fruity plum aromas. Earthy, bready, grainy. Tastes has lots of oakiness. Hints of vanilla. Molasses. Rich malt. Bready. Bitter finish. Rich in the mouth. A decent sipper but somehow it doesn’t all come together. Aroma is magnificent but taste can’t live up to it. I have to say I like the White and the Red better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2005
My first trappist ale, it has excellent aroma and flavor. I was a bit surprise by the yeast particles floating in the beer but not disturbed in the least. Nice strong flavor reminiscent of german beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Bottle: If all Belgian Strong Ale’s tasted like this one, I would probably like them more. This is beautifully dark brown (almost black) with an off-white (almost Guiness color like) head. It shows off sweet, yeasty aromas and has rich flavors of organic root beer, peat moss and alcohol. It seemed to have extra carbonation accompanied by a full and creamy feel. Scrumcilicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Mmm, now I remember why I have Chimay glasses. Smells of malt, figs, plums, chocolate, yeast, fruity. Flavour is perfectly sour and perfectly bitter, moderate sweetness and almost burnt to the touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 33cl bottle. Reddish brown beer with thin beige head. Yeasty malt nose. Good choc malt in mouth with acidic dry hop finish. Good length with choc flavours. Thought the White was the best of the 3 Chimays. Re-rate. Well not really. I had a 1990 33cl bottle in The Kulminator 24/2/06. Musty, sherry aroma. Sour in middle and on end. Sherry, raisiny and a bit thin in the mouth. Very musty and a bit disappointing. Sourness was a bit of a surprise. Some toffee but the mustiness overrides the subtle flavours. Glad I had it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2005
2001 vintage bottle. Deep ruby red, big but shortlived off white head and good condition. Fruity and oxidized in the nose with hefty sweet breadiness noticable.Soft and oxidized in the mouth, some fruity woodiness and low sweet malt notes but overall quite thin and unimpressive. Fleeting woody and oxidized finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnurda (1214) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
Not sure what cloying mans, but I know that this beer was too strong for me. It had quite a "bite" to iy and overwhlemed me. I almost didn’t finish it, but then managed to appreciated the strength. I am sure it is a great beer but not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MammothMan (8) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
This ale has as much flavor as any I have tried. The only problem is the taste is one that is not particularly interesting to me. The body is also quite viscous for an ale and can be cloying. This is such an interesting beer that I don’t hesitate recommending it; it’s simply not within my personal taste perameters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
breichow (17) - USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottle. Nice deep color with good head. Highly carbonated at first, but lessened as beer sat (and warmed). Very smooth for such a strong brew. Tastes of malt, clove, and a hint of bananas on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Snorky (5) - Paris, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Another trappist beer....but one of the best I have ever tried ! I actually prefer the one from rochefort, but this one is really just behind...Some strong aroma. The appearance looks really atractive... If you have the possibilty to try this one or the "grande reserve one", which is a "millésime", you’re a lucky man !

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