Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4500   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. Nice sweet aroma with hints of apple. Copious head with good retention. A strong flavor with malty tastes, cloves, banana, yeasty, but not overwhelming alcohol tastes, full bodied and flavored. Quite warming and relaxing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lusitania (10) - Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Excellent beer, the thing I love the most is that non-beer drinkers enjoy it thoroughly. For a beer with such a high alcohol content it has a very subdued alcohol taste. Somewhat of a clove taste in the palate. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 pours an opaque, dark brown with a creme colored head. Aroma is heavy with malt and yeast. Flavor is loaded with sweet malt and beer is well hopped. The 9% alcohol is hidden in the sweetness. Finishes with a taste of ripe bananas, especially after the beer warms a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 Poured brown with a little tan head that lasted. I got the sense it is highly carbonated, but well balanced. Taste is nice and complex with a lasting fruity after taste. It wasn’t like anything I’ve tasted before and I loved it. Fruity, vanilla. Chimay Blue is very drinkable and very smooth. I like!!!

RE-RATED: Due to sampling more of the style/Re-tasting the beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rocfort (7) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 7, 2005 does not count
Dark brown with a tan foam. Fruity, yeasty with a dark caramel and vanilla finish. Maybe not the best Trappiste but very accessible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
33 cl. Bottle. Yeasty, sugary smell upon opening, almost like an adjunct, though I know it’s a finishing sugar. Deep brown color. Hmm, yeah, complex, all right. Dry at first, then a bit of currant. Very heady alcohol after awhile, and always with that extra zest of finishing yeast.
And now I join the dozens, if not hundreds of RBians who had red, white and blue for 75% of all of Chimay’s brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markkao (2) - TAIWAN - SEP 6, 2005 does not count
Thick and heavy pour out of the bottle, dark brown, with a good lasting head of foam. Complex taste from start to finish, fruity with alcohol presence and a little bitter at the end. An inviting beer to be savored

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
A Mes Rate: Good chunky head that eventually settles to a thin film and lasts very well. It has some of the heaviest lace you will see. As you tip the glass to sip it leaves behind a solid covering of tan foam with no breaks in it at all. Lovely! Sweet alcoholic nose with some rice pudding. Metailc (but in a good way), vanilla and strong caramel and cream is the order of the day flavour wise. Then it is all rounded off with and very long and amazing caramel and marzipan finish with some gradual alcohol warming. Glorious stuff. Make sure it is not over chilled, it will totally kill it and be careful with the sediment if it’s not your thing then I would suggest a gentle pour and pay attention. Grande Reserve variant is even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
chimay is great!!!!!!!� smooth, complex, high alcohol content -- perfect. I can’t wait to try everything they have to offer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Outstanding. I’ve had the red on several occasions and always enjoyed it, but the blue is far superior. Complex with nutty, roasted malt up front followed by hints of raisin, currant and spices. Everry sip from this ale brings you a little something new as it warms in your galss.

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