Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4650   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Nope, sorry. Still favor the white.This is overly sugary and detracts from the aromaic hights in the red and white. Make no mistake, a great beer. Just less outstanding than the golden ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Dark brown pour, with a thin white head that vanished quickly. Rich aroma of spices and few fruits, with quite a bit of hops. I could taste the alcohol over anything else, and didn’t really care for this beer at all. I love the Red though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2006
Dark brown with a stable, off-white head. Spicy yeast and sweet caramel aroma.Flavours are sweet with chocolate,raisins, spicy yeastiness. Full body. It is a great beer, though I would not worship it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Tasty, a bit on the bitter hops side. Direct to your tounge buds. But not overly amazing. A bit of apple... mahogany flavor, if mahogany was a flavor. It’s alright.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NewSkeptic (5) - New Hartford, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2006 does not count
Pours dark brown, cloudy with effervescent carbonating that produces a short lived light tan head of medium bubbles. No lace pattern is produced on the glass. While the head is present there is an intense aroma of yeast, roasted malts and a hint of earthy chocolate. A slight bread like aroma survives after the head is gone. The flavor is an light earthy sweetness, hints of malt and dark fruit with slight tongue tingle finishing with a hint of hop bitterness. Almost no aroma essence in the throat or nose. Very drinkable, pleasant, shy flavor profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Smallish, offwhite head; block, not entirely opaque body. Thick, sweetish aroma with complex chocolate, licorice, and spice notes. Deep, sweet, spicy taste with lingering sweetjess with licorice notes. Complex and interesting. A world classic. (Should probably rerate this.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 22, 2006
Served properly in a Trappist Glass in Aikman’s, St Andrews, UK. Really nice appearance, dark body, perfectly proportioned head, lasted. Roasted hops in the aroma. Good drinker, little too sweet for my liking, probably to disguise the alcohol. Like a dark ale you’d expect from a great English brewer. Caramel and sweet malts. I tried to drink this slow, but it was still even too sweet. Good beer if you don’t mind sweeter beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Even better than the rouge. Strong, sweet and good aroma. Not to be drinked fast, but to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Pours a darker ruddy brown with cream tan head. Smells slightly yeasty but with molasses and some honey. The taste is really sweet and easy to drink. It is not cloyingly sweet, but to the point it is quite enjoyable. Thicker mouthfeel and not so fizzy I was confused like I had been with the white. I kinda wish it had a little roasty note or some coffee to bring it closer to a stout because this tastes damn good and I want it to fit in my category of favorites. Very much enjoyed and will have the Blue again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. Once again, I fail to be blown away by a high rated Trappist. I’ve had this several times, and finally succumbed to the pressure of buying a bottle to rate it, even though I knew ahead of time I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Sure its got decent raisin and molasses notes, but there’s an excessive amount of clove and an excessive amount of carbonation as well. I think its a great intro for people moving into craft beer, and I’m glad its widely available in that sense.

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