Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4498   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
This is the best Chimay Ale. It’s a darker brown color than both Rouge and Blanche. Excellent spice aroma. And perhaps the nicest alcohol finish I’ve had in a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 wonderful ale, a so subtile taste and flavor. Sweet and srong, it’s definitely a must.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
This was my first Trappiste ale. I didn’t know what to expect being unwise in the way of Belgian ales. Oh, but it didn’t take me long to grasp the concept of finely concocted brews. Deep copper color with an off-white head that foams up nicely then bubbles down to linger. Smells nutty and raisiny. Fairly acidic on the tongue with a lasting peppery finish. Maybe not the best Trappiste but very accessible. I wonder how many others began their appreciation of the monks with a goblet of Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Pours a dark brown with major frothy head. Cinnamon raisin spice aroma. Malted brown sugar and spice flavor with full mouthfeel due to ample carbonation and finishes quick and dry. A beer to be savored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2005
330cl bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with thick head that sticks around. Chunks of yeast followed as the bottle emptied. Nice aroma of malt and typical Belgian flowers. Taste was also nice, with alcoholic warming throughout. High carbonation. I’m new to Belgians so I’m learning what to expect. I think I like the Chimay White better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2005
33cl bottle in brussels. Pours a medium dark borwn with lots of tan heady. Nutty roasted aroma mixed with a slightly sweet fruity flavor. So smooth you can’t bleive is 9%. An all-around great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - AUG 26, 2005
Color dark brown, decided, strongly. It seems want to say of being a noble beer, and it is. Drink always in the glass of abbey, if you want exalt the fantastic qualities.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pretty much smells like a belgian when you open it up. Most of it’s points comes from the rich smoky vapor that pours out of the bottle when you pop the cap. I really love that. The beer itself isn’t as good as people rate it. There is some complexity. I taste the malt, I detect the "flowery aroma", but you know....it really isn’t in the same ballpark as the westy 8 or any rochefort stuff. It is FAR from a bad beer, but it doesn’t deserve to be in the 99 percentile. Keep in mind that such beers as aventinus,stone IPA, and many other excellent beers are in the 99 percentile or less category. Perhaps I just don’t "get" why this beer is so great.The only reason to get this beer instead of an arrogant bastard is....well....honestly....I wouldn’t know why you would...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle: Poured medium dark brown with substancial head that stuck around for a while. Flowery nose with roasted accents. Somewhat hoppy, the alch. is well hidden on the finish. Superb brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
In the bar in the Renaissance Hotel, Brussels. Dark brown colour and thick, long-lasting beige head. That typical yeasty Belgian aroma always seems to precede a delicious taste, and this is no exception. It was pure luxury: strong, sweet and alcoholic. There was a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but it wasn’t a particularly large element in the experience of this beer. Superb.

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