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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 I had one years ago and hated it. Oh how my palate has changed. I found myself sucking the dregs out of the bottle to get that one last drop. Really a well balanced beer with loads of complex fruity flavor mixed with some dark malt. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Definitely an awesome beer. I had high expectations and this beer actually met them (unlike other beers).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Dry roasted malt aroma with hints of smoke. Dry champagne like flavor; heavily carbonated. Initial mouthfeel is one-dimensional (dry roasted malt), but some complexity prevails by mid-bottle. And, the finish is the best as all of the yeast and sediment that was sitting at the bottom of the bottle reaches the glass at final pour, providing some of the sweetness missing from the initial taste. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Make sure to pour the entire contents into the glass at once, or you will miss a substantial part of the beer's flavor. Chimay Bleu can serve as an after-dinner beer. Well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Dark brown pour with red tinges on the edges. Creamy, soapy head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol and mustiness. Flavor was complex with a definite apricot and malt flavor. Sharp carbonation as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2003
Port-like aroma, slight vinegar notes, yeast and fruit, chocolate notes. Seems more robust as it warms up. Pours a very opaque brown, cloudy, head is thin. Pleasantly sweet, chocolate comes in again, alcohol. Maybe some roast/smoked flavours. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Fantastic. Poured a dark caramel color, with a malty yeasty aroma and a light fruit scent. Nice bite after the fact. Smooth. Highly drinkable. Excellent. Although, unlike most posters, I believe the Chimay Rouge edges it out a bit. Perhaps it's the lower alcohol content, but the rouge was more enjoyable to me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Delicious beer. I experienced it for the first time a few weeks ago as a birthday present. Shared it with my parents. Boy oh boy. Delicious flavor, infinitely drinkable. Hints of fruitiness. A joy to drink. Perhaps I will re-rate with more specifics once I pick myself up an official Chimay bottle for the adventure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Big head, good darkish brown in coulour. Woody nose, kind of alcoholish and slightly bitter. Overall, very good and drinkable. I am typically not a fan of "dark" beers, but this was plesant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Poured a reddish amber color with a HUGE off white head. Fruity, malty, slightly sweet aroma. Smooth spicy taste with slight alcohol presence as the brew warms up. I drank a 2000 vintage magnum the other night and just wanted to note how awesome it tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 humungus frothy head that keeps growing for about 3 minutes after it is poured. cloudy brown to black. fruity, malt, smokey and wine like aroma. a tiny bit of chocolate taste, alcohol flavour, quite fruity and a little bit smoked. a bit sour, a little bit bitter. it gets better towards the end. i'm not to fond of these high alcohol ales.

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