Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4632   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 2003 Vintage (consumed Sept 2012)
Still showing very very good intensity and flavour depth for a 9 year old. Lots of cola and some sweet chocolate, really pointing more to a dubbel, but regardless the power is impressive. Good length too. Outside of gueze from the likes of Cantillon easily the best cellar worth beer I have tried. (3.9)

1999 Vintage (e5.0 @ Kulminator Oct 2006)
Ok, 7yr old trappiest for A$9, er WTF is going on? (translation - bloody bargain!!). Creamy coffee coloured head shows truckloads of dense lacing. Excellent. Very dark brown in colour. Soft nose of old malts and cooked rhubarb (a nice trait!). Palate is all about balance and subtlety. Soft chocolate and malts; oh so approachable with nil apparent alcohol heat. Tails off a touch on the finish but how can you fault given the age? (3.9pts)

2005 Vintage (consumed 2005)
Can’t believe its taken me this long to rate this grand daddy. Decent head on pouring but thins out quickly. Nice reddish-brown in colour. Well balanced nose of sweet, earthy malts and a hint of stewed fruits. Quite elegant. Palate continues the elegant theme but to my mind to a fault. Controlled malts early in the piece with nice liquored chocolate notes but the flavour profile really takes a hit with some noticeable fizz drying the palate out. Finishes a touch hot, a surprise given the fizz. To be honest quite disappointing given the reputation…..I’ve had 50 better beers in the past 12 months. (3.3pts)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beanwiggin (22) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2006
a good beer but somewhat difficult to palate. most beer drinkers would appreciate it but a little to awkward in taste for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 16, 2006
I holded off on rating this for a long time...but I just shared two bottles last night at a French Bistro. Pours a kinds of swamp bog brown and gives relatively little head for a belgian (ha!). Aroma is fairly malty and has some solid notes of dried fruit. Taste isn’t too malty but maintains a lot of the dried fruit character. In addition, there is some alcohol and chalky yeast tastes. The mouthfeel is incredibly light and fizzy...kind of sticky too. I know it’s not the best belgian and certainly not the best trappsist out there, but I think it is still worth the bucks...at least it made the meal better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsou (20) - Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Pours a beautiful dark brown with a creamy, tan long-lasting head. Very appealing aroma and complex taste. Very smooooooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Pours a dark brown color with a lasting white head. Aroma is malty with some floral notes. Tastes of roasted malts with nice dark fruit undertones. The finish is rather mellow and smooth. A good trappist, but not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (6116) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle - 0,33l. Dark brown colour. An off-white lasting head. Malty aroma. A rounded, oily impression. Complex taste with hints of roasted malt, fruits and yeast. A lasting finish with some bitterness. Some sediments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 8, 2006
The aroma is slighly earthy with floral hints. Chimay Blue pours a deep dark brown with a rich creamy tan head. The flavor is complex consisting of dark fruit, roasted malt, and bit of yeast. The finish is mild and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
everard (1) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
This beer has a complex combination of flavors. One of the best I have tasted>

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Xaivier (2) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
Last night was the first time I tried Chimay’s Grande Réserve, what can be said about such an elegant beer, the first thing you notice is the wonderful aroma, then the Dark redish/brown to almost black colour, I was really impressed with this beer, the flavor is just wonderful so bold and sweet, no after taste, and we got the chance to use are trappist glasses. All in all this truly is Chimay’s Grande Réserve

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Dark, opaque, mahagony brown color with a creamy beige head. Fresh yeasty fragrance of banana, pear, caramel, raisin, and lightly roasted malts. Very powerful flavors initially grab the tongue with an almost sticky texture. First, an oaky raisin and plumb grab the tongue. After the carbonation splashes over the tongue and disperses, some sweet coffee flavors are noticed, almost like a Saturday morning mocha cappucino. Finally, a bit of spiciness and black currant images come to mind as the finish is remniscent of a nice Cote Chailonnaise wine. Overall, a very tasty and best yet, wonderfully available beer.

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