Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4711   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
macbar (30) - ITALY - MAY 17, 2006
Dark amber beer with a nice thick head. Yeasty and fruity aroma and taste of yeast, malt and alcohol. Very complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2006
small,nice, slightly creamy colored head that lefts a nice layer on the beer by disparishing beautiful dark brown,with redish gloom,when putting it to the light, some magical foggy gloom (chestnut colored) smells yeasty,fruity(figs and citrus?),malty but hoppy too,spicy,some caramel carbonation is smoothly fizzying in the mouth,tasts hoppy,spicy,a bit of citrus,viny, some slightly warm alcohol aftertaste caramel,glased edible chestnuts,even a bit like(white)chocolat,some alcohol is there,but not offending,it’s fitting to the smells,tasts a beer to drink with friends late in the evening,for discussing about it and about the sense of life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murawski (160) - USA - MAY 16, 2006
Poured a dark brown color with a moderate yet evanescent head. Mild aroma of yeast and some sweet malt scents. Excellent flavor with some nice roastiness and a well-balanced finish. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel. The alcohol content is pleasantly cloaked by the slightly sweet roasted malt flavor. Went great with my superb meal at the Old Tabard Inn, where we went the night before I graduated with my doctorate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2006
bottle ..deep brown pour small wispy head that leaves quickly. aroma of sweet dark fruit . sweet malt flavor but also some roasted notes and alcohol . very smooth and decent carbonation . dry finish . good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
750ml - cork says 11/04 - Pungent aroma of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, raisin, cocoa, and some tasty smelling spices. Pours a deep mahagony with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with the alcohol showing up, but not in "hot" way. Palate is sticky and sweet. Carbonated mouthfeel helps keep each drink fresh. A wonderfully drinkable Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Really nice - complex fruit flavor - very smooth and thick, like a ale-milkshake. Cloudy - very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
circa (5) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006 does not count
It started to bottled up like a great wine then when it mellowed and you were able to enjoy the chocolate and coffee notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
A deep brown color, cloudy, and a small white head. Cant see through this one at all! There are grapes and raisins in the aroma, and sweet malt. Flavour is also fruity but a bit of caramel and peanuts as well and alcohol is apparent. Its smooth but not necessarily creamy but approaching that point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2006 Pours a murky golden brown. I definitely let some of the yeast on the bottom sneak in, but it still formed a decent thin head and looks like it has some serious substance. The aroma is very winey. Reminds me in particular of rieslings and other fruity whites. I also pick up a bit of apple cider. In the mouth there’s some serious viscosI ity but rather than being sticky, this beer is slippery. Strange, but not unpleasant at all, with good CO2 levels. The flavors are a little harder for me to appreciate. Admitedly, Belgians are not my favorite in general, so many strong sour flavors overload my tongue, but I’m trying my best to be descriptive and positive rather than critical. Definitely very strong grape flavors, incredibly winey. Though it is dry in general, I’d say there’s a good deal of malt, with some roasty and smokey flavors shining through in an interesting way. The alcohol definitely also makes itself known in the flavor. Also, again, a bit of that apple cidery taste. Perhaps I’ve yet to have a good bottle of a Belgian, or maybe they are just too sour for me. Overall, this was my favorite Belgian tried so far, but it has also been the least sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Re-rated (8/24/06) Pours a burgundy/brownish with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is full of soft fruityness, toffeish rasiny aspect & belgain yeasts. It’s a very lively beer, creamy & smooth. There’s an early fruity zing, a bit peppery, wood-chip like and a spicy complexity of clove, nutmeg and a more dry yet clean& smooth finish. Balanced.

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