Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4712   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2006
pours a medium dark brown with a big head intially, good lacing, medium carbonation. Aroma is dark fruit, some carmamel, sweet malt, some roast. Taste is about the same with a tart palate, like slightly sour fruit, and some phenolics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2006
750 bottle of 02/2005 vintage, 15 months old. Pours thick and cloudy. I may have agitated the bottle getting it out of the fridge. Thick, long lasting head of large bubbles bring the yeasty, apricot tinged vapors to the nose. The first hints of sourness are here, like fruit ripening on the tree. The palate is even, not overly strong in any one characteristic. The malty characteristics are balanced by the sourness and both conspire to hide the heavy alcohol content. No hint of the 9+% alcohol until you realize that it is rocking your face off. The sourness of the after-palate is a bit offsetting at first, but blends quickly until it is the taste you anticipate with your next sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
bottle sample at Darklord Day - Pours a hazy dark brown with a nice head. There’s a fairly assertive aroma of dark fruit and yeast. The flavor is mostly of malts and dark fruits, finely balanced in a full bodied ale with a little alcohol apparent, but not in an unpleasant way. The finish is quite nice with some mild hops and it lingers on the palate for a bit. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trankon (4) - Zaragoza, SPAIN - MAY 5, 2006 does not count
Buena cerveza, al principio sabe algo fuerte pero en cuanto vamos bebiendo más, se captan mejor los sabores acentuados por un aroma fuerte a malta tostada, se bebe demasiado bien para tener 9º en general es una gran cerveza

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 MY 100th RATING! CHEERS! Bottle. I love corked beers! Pours a think quick head. Strong pleasant aroma. First taste almost sends you inot Nirvana. Very smooth taste, goes down super easy with a little kick too it (9%). Seems to get better with every sip, very enjoyable and keeps you tirsting for more. A great ale to share with friends. Double Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown to black with a beige pebbly head that disapates over 5 minutes. Cloudy with particles. Hints of coffee and caramel. Solid beer, not my favorite Belgian though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Had a nice head,which lasted a good time.Aroma was of malt and hops.color brown.tasted like milk chocolate and hops.Finished a bit sour and bitter.Good beer,but I think there is better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
Poured into a Duvel glass. A dark ruby and brown beer with a big cream colored head. Lots of lace. Low levels of the typicla rumminess, and some yeasty esters. The flavor is much more appealing. Chocolate, rum raisin, caramelized sugars. Very nice. The high alcohol of Chimay Blue do not cause this beer to come off as thing. Matter of fact, it has a quite silky mouthfeel. I shoul get a couple for the cellar. Gotta love the monks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9601) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
Rich chocolate brown, hazy, with a thin tan head. Aromas of raisin bread, clay, cocoa, and something vaguely banana. Richly complex palate incorporating all of these elements, sweet, with a moderately heavy alcohol presence. Worthwhile as a treat, but I’m not a diehard fan of the belgian strong ales as a regular beverage-of-choice. It would be like having a huge piece of chocolate ganache for desert every single night-- waaayyy too rich and heavy, and as such, in danger of losing its appeal. Still, I admire the craftsmanship, and do enjoy them as a change of pace.

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