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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4164   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 (Prev. 5/04, 6-4-6-3-14) Dark red-brown colored, little light brown head. Rich sweet and spiced aroma with caramel, hops and yeast, some vinous note and toffee also here in complex aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with this added sugar note, still vinous tone dominates here with mild chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste has rather obvious alcohol with still vinous touch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1594) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
A great strong ale, but forgive me for not shamelessly fawning over it. It’s a treat to drink this once in a while but thank Baccus there are lighter beers. This is another beer that can have it’s young character changed slightly by cellaring for a year or more but it would never get to be that old in my cellar ;-) Poured a dark slightly clouded amber with a smallish off white cap. Aromas of dates or figs or dried apricots. Started with a surprising big mouthful of sweet bready malts before the expected complex/layered banana-fig-hop undertones took over. As the beer sits on the palate the hop accent builds until the finish is surprisingly dry for a so called trappist ale. A very delightful strong ale but this is the 3rd time I’ve tasted it and it has appeared slightly different each time. This may be a matter of ingredient linearity or it could be the brewers equivilent to a "vintage" where there is some batch to batch character differences. All in all, a wonderful drink but may be over rated by some.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 best of the Chimays. And surprisingly my mates liked it better than I did. Great accompanyment to meat. Tasted better after eating. Well balanced, with some sweetness and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Pours a dark brown. Nice off-white head with very good retention. Aroma is of cloves and some sweetness. Taste is very sweet with very slight bitterness. A little coffee and some alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel. Virtually no aftertaste. It’s very good, but an average rating in the 4’s seems a little high. (6-3-6-4-13)

Bottle (33cL): Re-rate...Big fruity aroma with lots of grapes and plums along with some faint chocolate. It pours a dark hazy reddish-orange with lots of sediment and a moderate off-white head with decent retention. The flavor starts moderately fruity with grapes. There is some faint chocolate in the background. The finish has moderate notes of plums. There is no sign of the 9% in the flavor. Medium bodied with lively carbonation...a tad too lively at times for my liking. I still prefer the White, but this was much better than my original rating. (8-4-8-4-15)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Now this is something. Pleasently sweet (not too sweet), goes down well, but maybe a little watery (I never thought I would say that about a 9.0% beer). Don’t get me wrong, this is a good beer but it’s not up there with the Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10’s of this word. I prefered the Chimay Blanche.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
pours with a beautiful beige head, and a deep brown/copper color. Sweet and a little syrupy but not unpleasantly so. Mild yeasty and spicy aroma. Goes wonderfully with cheeses (especially chimay cheese)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 Pours with a thick, off white head. Deep brown in color. Tastes of toffee and roasted malt. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Very subtle hopping at the finish.

11.2oz bottle. Deep brown colored, slight haze. Nice and compact khaki/tan head forms. Pleasant aroma, sweetish, some cola qualities slight bits of darker pit fruits. Well carbonated, quite active on the palate. Sweetish taste, light hop balance on finish. Again dark pit fruit flavors. Quite decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2004
Very dark brown beer with light brown colar. Taste bit of coffee, toffe and chocolat.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Pours russet, nearly opaque. The average head, composed of large bubbles, collapses into a lovely, creamy film. Aroma is strangely lacking...some yeast, cinnamon-rasin bread, and sugar. Subtle vanilla, madiera, and chutney notes emerge with time. Flavors of Dr Pepper (without the sweetness), sawdust, paper, and alkaline concrete dust. Very faint cinnamon and menthol elements surface as the beer warms. Some back-of-throat alcohol burn. Palate is light and gassy to the last sip. Unusual aftertaste of copper, nylon tent, and leathery boiled beef. I swear this beer was tons better last time I had it; today, it tastes very oxidized.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
Reddy brown with an aroma of cardboard and sugar. Dryish brew, thin bodied, hints of cardboard, artificial hop and a dull sweetness. Strange dry chemically malt finish with cardboard and alcohol. This used to be a decent beer, what happened? (Wine World, St Albans)


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