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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Big Bottle. Sediment rich, dark brown color - opaque even when held to the light. Nice, frothy beige head that dissapates moderatly fast, Aroma of bananas. Nice mouthfeel - full, rich and bubbly, leaves a nice alcohol warmness in the back of the throat. There’s almost an astringent quality, my tongue sizzles from the carbonation, similar to drinking mineral water. I really like that. The flavor is pleasing. Malty, a bit fruity but not dominated by citrus, as many other brews are. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Large bottle. A nice cloudy dark brown ale, I enjoy the mouthfeel of this very much. The flavor changes considerably from the top of the bottle to the bottom. Flavor is largely in the malt realm, not nearly complex enough to be one of the best. A highly drinkable brew, but still leaves a lot to be desired.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Poured a frothy, whitish head that dissipated, and left a thin rind. Beautiful deep ebony, but lots of suspended sediment, that detracted greatly. Lack of yeasty nose, in fact little nose at all. Sharp bite up front that stings, but softens on the palate and lingers wonderfully. Biscuits and figs with a bit of caramel. I think this wasn’t the greatest bottle, may have been poorly handled, or old. Still a classic. I believe previous bottles have had more yeastiness. I’d love to have this on tap.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 16, 2004
Very light and sweet aroma, with a nice pour. Taste is subtle for such a strong ale. Very good and enjoyable with each sip. Unlike many beers, I can resist the urge to want to slam this down real quick. I am enjoying every minute, it’s definitely a worthwhile pick. I would imagine this is better then the other two offerings that can be easily found here in the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Pours a dark red/brown color with a towering head. Spiced nose. The taste was a good mix of rich malt and spice with a little bread. I didn’t think this was as bad as this site has sometimes made it out to be, but nor is it the world’s greatest.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lbishop (8) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 15, 2004 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Absolutely one of the very best beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. A very strong, but not at all overpowering. 8% beer usually has too stout of a taste for me. This is the most incredibly tasty and smooth beer around. The higher than average alcohol content is just an added bonus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
2003.Dark reddish brown.Big creamy head with some mohagany tones.Floral fruity spicey nose.Flavors were a little surprising here as I was expecting the same blast from this as I got from some other Belgians but the taste was much more subdued.Nothing that I would buy this again

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Pours murky brown with a white head that left a thin lacing on the glass and a film on the beer. Aroma is very pleasant and smells of sweet fruit. Intial taste is sweet and fruity with a moderate alcohol character. Leaves a clean taste in the mouth. Not as layered as Westvleteren 12, but a damn fine drink nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2004
An amazingly complex brew that took a little getting used to for me. A solid whack of plum or raisins in the aroma. It poured to give a nice off-white head that lasted fairly long despite the high alcohol content. Unfortunately in Australia beers tend to be served extremely chilled, after letting it warm up a little the alcohol was still powerful and a bit harsh. Once the beer warmed up further the flavors seemed to come to more of a balance and the fruity/malty flavors cut a bit of the alcohol bite. Very long lasting finish with not much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madquacker (1055) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2004
Yes ... this is good. Rose flavours and a smoothness belying its alcohol content. My favourite Belgian beer to date. Much better than the Red.

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