Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4612   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (802) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Huge head and good lacing on this pour. Nice bubbles through the Cola color. Smooth malty flavor without the alcohol bite one expects from a high alcohol brew. Very pleasant and worth the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
after my first bottle of chimay, i’m still quite unsure whether i like it or not. maybe my tastes have not matriculated into that of a true connoisseur. the aroma and flavor was very complex, with a decent amount of alcohol. a little bitter seems almost bitter when it hits the tongue, and then into the mouth and down the flavor changes too much for me to really track. i’ll have to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Bottle2005 @ Blues Bar, Globen, Stockholm
Somewhat hard to comment on this, as it has been down my throat so many time over the years. Must be close to 20 years since I had my first one. It’s a great beer, no doubt, but to me it taste just... Chimay Blue... Well, I give it a try. Slightly sweet and cheesy aroma with some sourness thrown in together with a dash of malt and the ever present yeast. All this is reflected in taste as well, with a small addition of bitterness at the very end.

Earlier Rating: 8/10/2004 Total Score: 3.6
Grande Reserve Bottles @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Vintage 1997 & 2001. 1997 has a lot of cork taste. A bit plastic notes are present. 2001 has some herbal qualities. Much fresher, much better. Rating is for 2001.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 10, 2006
Ecellent combination of bouquet and complex taste invites the drinker to pair the ale with a variety of foods especially spicy sausages and other hearty foods of Germanic origin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
From a 33cl bottle. Hmm, my first trappist and I’m a bit underwhelmed. Maybe my palate isn’t as experienced or sophisticated, seeing as how I’m 22, but this beer is a bit overrated in my opinion. Very yeasty smell, but a good one, and probably the best feature of this beer. Fizzy as all get out, like a champagne, the mouthfeel is medium with a warm, numbing alcohol sensation. The flavor is caramelly sweet with a spicy background which becomes stronger as you swallow it. A spicy, almost peppery aftertaste follows. Not bad, but not something I would try again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CDBrDisappear (6) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2006 does not count
At $11 a bottle this is not an everyday beer but as a special occasion beer I had none better. This beer always gives me a good feeling and its not just because it’s 750 ml of 9% alcohol. I have consumed far more alcohol than that without the general warm happy feeling that comes from Chimay Grand Reserve. Cannot be improved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2006
Dégustation parallèle de 1984 et 1994.


Couleur brune aux reflets rougeâtres.
Apparence semi translucide, semblant partiellement filtré.
Peu de mousse se résumant rapidement.
Arômes renferment des notes de sherry, de raisins secs, d’oxydation et d’alcool.
Saveurs dominées par le caramel et de puissantes notes d’alcool. Une touche d’herbe mouillée, moisi est aussi présente.
Longue finale alternant alcool et notes d’oxydation.
Corps moyen, supérieurement atténué comparativement à 1994.
Douce carbonatation, très fines bulles.


Couleur brune foncée.
Apparence trouble, rempli de fins dépôts.
Énorme mousse tachetée de nature persistante.
Arômes de caramel, de toffee, de grains et de levure.
Saveurs axées sur le grains, pratiquement dépourvus de la richesse du caramel présenté en arôme.
Beaucoup moins alcoolique que 1984.
Carbonatation active et prononcé.

Bouteilles, 33 cl, Kulminator, Janvier 2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2006
pours dark with a decent head. aroma is complex combo of riasins and prunes and things like that. taste is similar, nice and balanced, some citrus notes. body was a little lighter than i thought. but this was a great beer anyhow

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 The best beer I have ever tasted. No beer in the world gets a perfect score, but this one is as close as it gets. A perfect Trappist Ale is this Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Too expensive at $13 for a 750 ml, but I still drink a bottle every couple of weeks if I can !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2006
As I poured the beer my first thought is oh my! The beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan color for the head. The smell is of figs,prune, and raisins. At 9% abv you can faintly smell the alcohol but it is not overpowering. The taste is delicious, if you hold the beer on your palate...the sweet carmel flavors, and spices are really present. This is a very well crafted beer one you can sip all night.

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