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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
My first trip to belgium, and this is one of the beers I sampled. It was excellent. For its alcohol content it tasted quite weak, but still good. Excellent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
prunes, dates, dark stone fruit [plum, cherry] on the nose. dark brown/cola like a dark fortified wine colouration with lovely cream coloured head. dates, chocolate and dark stonefruit flavours dominant with hints of prune and raisiny character aswell as some spice [cinnamon, nutmeg]. kinda dry and sumptuous with mild bitterness. I definetly want more of this, this is a beer for quiet contemplation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Aroma of prunes, raisins and dates with a fresh pine hint. Nice frothy head. the flavor begins with grapefruit, lemon and light plum which turns into a deep thick pudding of raisins. Very clean and refreshing finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pellertpale (9) - The Fort, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2004 does not count
What else can be said. Overpriced for my blood. Gimme' three Ommegangs for the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Wonderfully rich and well balanced. Nice fruity nose, sweet candy flavor. Slightly cloying though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
Sorry if I'm being sacrilegious, but I just can't see what all the fuss is about with this one. Sure, its quite a nice beer, but seriously over-hyped in my view. There's not much I can say in the way of description that hasn't been said a hundred times before. Definite prune/raisin and dark chocolate character. However, what comes through more than anything else is the caramelly candy sugar that gives it an oddly synthetic feel and a slightly cloying finish. All this may give the impression that I didn't like it. That is certainly not so, but, in my opinion, there are plenty of better Belgian strongs out there. Bottled (330ml).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2004
This is one of those beers that can carry the high alcohol percentage. Quite a vinous and fruity taste. Unfortunetly I did not have a special glass for this beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Dark brown in color. Fresh aroma of plums, raisins a little yeasty on the nose. Alcohol is mild, doesnt interfere with the balance of malts and dried fruit. Still not as creamy and bold as I excpected. The aftertaste leaves me warm but unispiring. Overall still enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
Smells like those raisins you get in rum and raisin chocolate. Deep colour. Creamy head. I love this beer. The only beers that I can think of that stand in its way for top rating is Tripel Karmeliet and Rocheforte, and this is quite a bit cheaper. (St Ives Vintage Cellars $6.5/330ml) It's thick, rich and smooth, you can understand why monks may go without food for a while if this is the alternative.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 14, 2004
Only my second "perfect" beer. 750 ml. brown, corked and caged bottle. Bottled in August 2001. I've been aging it since then. Purchased fresh in September 2001 from Total Beverage for $10.99 each. Poured out a deep dark clear brown color. The cork shot out of the bottle when opened. Very effervescent carbonation, champagne like in every way. Subdued cream colored head that left more than a decent lacing in my Chimay chalice. Aromas are of fresh grape wine, slight malts, and rum soaked dried fruits. Figs, plums, and dates come to mind. Very aromatic, and very delicious. Tastes are of dried, dark, rum soaked fruits, vinous, and oaky as well. Hops make a brief appearance in the middle, only to be overtaken by the rich, creamy malts. Very rich mouthfeel, thick, but not chewy. Rich, flavorful, and complex flavors and aromas describe this beer best. Finishes rich, creamy, and very filling. The good monks certainly did their homework on this beer. Absolutely fantastic. The best Belgian beer I've ever had, hands down. Aging only improves this nectar. I'm glad I waited to try this one. I'll be laying down more of this soon.

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