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 18/20
jehoo (1) - Dunkerque-Saint Omer, FRANCE - MAR 22, 2005 does not count
For me this beer has something incredible even if it’s not like it was ... I can’t describe it but that’s like a souvenir about my life in France. This dark bier, with a lot of different flavors, so many that is very difficult to explain all of them, the foam not really white not brown, may be cream will be the best to describe the color, arf ... I have just a word for that : tate it and you will never forget it !! nothing to compare to the most common bier in USA. So strong that three of them is enough for your night !!!(it’s a pity to drink three of them in the same night, you will taste only the first one ... ).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005 does not count
Yummy Ale. 750ml bottle. My first Chimay ever, so this is the one that made me fall for Trappist Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2005
1 pint corked bottle. fruity flavor. Has small bubbles almost like a champagne. Just a classic favorite light beer..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Aroma of fruits: cherries, pear, raisin. Starts off spiced malt, then gets very sweet, and then finishes with a high alcohol bite. Deceptively potent. Pretty good stuff, but way overpriced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 I can’t even try to describe the flavor.....complex is the best word. Its like there are so many good flavors you can’t pick out one. I LOVE this stuff. pricey though. I had the small bottle. I’ll still buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davolina (19) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
dark brown colour, with a fresh yeast and a fruity touch.. a classic for all beer lovers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish tone with medium rocky head. Aroma and flavor was complex and flavor of yeast and flowery tone. The finish was long medium biiter of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1972) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Poured a deep burgundy color with a large-bubbled head that was quite lasting. Murkiness in the appearance intensified as I reached the end. Aromas of bananas and pear with a hint of roastiness. Harsh scents of isopropyl alcohol as it warmed. Fruited flavors were overpowered by intense sweetness. A metallic feel at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Dark brown pour with a thick, foamy tan head that shrank down and left a fluffy blanket across the body for the duration. Cloves are the centerpiece surrounded by sweet malt, bananas and other alcohol macerated fruits. Flavor is sweet, spicy (mainly the cloves), malty, bananas, and apples. A tremendous depth of flavor that is not too complicated. The body has good consistency and flavors are blended well and very palatable. Finish is somewhat sweet and sour. Better than I remember the first time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours dark cherry brown with tiny bubbles, big nose of sweet fruit and yeast. Malty and very tasty, yummy...although a bit of metallic flavor on the aftertaste.

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