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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 6, 2004
Fantastic nice tripple fermented beer, really nice full bodied dark hoppy flavour. Really complex beer, that I could drinks heaps of, especially because the ABV is masked very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SEAMASTER (3) - ELKHORN, Nebraska, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
This is my favorate beer so far. It takes a lot to beat Guinness for me. The red label is mor readily available in this area but the Grande Reserve is by far the best of the Belgiums.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
smkngun (1) - Brnadon, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2004 does not count
Great beer, I love it! What else can I say this is a beer you either love, or can get used too. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 You know, this is a fine ale, but the hype raised my expectations too high. A dark brown brew with a nice floral scent. Maltiness and some fruitiness and a nice buzz from drinking it... but certainly not a 20/20.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Pretty good Belgian dark, hides the alcohol okay. Flavor is very malty with some fruit and malt, not too complex. Slightly overpriced compared to other Belgians in its class.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheReptilian (13) - Burley, Idaho, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 I drank this shit while I was on mushrooms, so that I could fully appreciate the aroma and flavor. The goblet glass was in full effect. Damn. I think that the gods spoke to me through this one. My whole face was filled with hops and spices. I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Rich aroma of malt and dark fruit with some sourness and yeast. Organic ruddy dark brown look with a dense pillowey tan head that never quits. Flavors of plum, malt, alcohol and a bit of coffee and some muskiness. I also get a bit of rum flavor. Relatively bitter for the style. Somewhat lacking in body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AAO (102) - Nćstved, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2004
Brown reddich color middle creamy head. Strong alcohol and malt smel. Taste is malthy smokey with a nut finish. A very strong but gentle beer. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlurFan (8) - USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
This beer has strong fizz and light peach flavor off the top, but its overall strength leaves no doubt that this special beverage is indeed a beer with a hearty soul. A soul that makes me want to chant in an incense filled room.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2004
Brown ale, off white lasting head. Malty aroma. Yeast. Some sourness. Schwarzbroot. Complex flavour with peaches. Sweet and roasted malts. Pepper. Notes of brown sugar. Yeast. A touch of hops in the finish. The complex aroma is very well balanced by a discrete underlying sourness (fruit). Hides the ABV very well. All time classic abbey ale

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