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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Nice brown/auburn coloration, malt, alcohol, rasberries. Very nice body, smooth, balanced. Was in the Top 50 forever for a reason.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Nice hard color and small finger width light head. Smells slightly sweet. Goes down smooth and leaves an incredible aftertaste and almost forces you to take another sip. Too bad it goes away quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
750 mL bottle, cellar aged 2 years. At this age, the beer is coming into its own. Aroma of slightly sweet malt, with cinnamon and other spices evident. There is a flicker of carbonation on the tongue, although it is far less than when you drink it young. Figs, cocoa, and coriander predominate. There is also a little cinnamon and clove present. The aftertaste is of lingering cocoa and alcohol, leaving a warmth to hang around in the back of your throat. Pour in the yeast slurry, and it brings out some of the lighter aspects - like citrus notes and red berries. Actually very good, for such an overrated beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
vinnybigs (3) - Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2004 does not count
got it from the 207th street beer distributor. this might be the hardest beer for me to drink, but i’m forced to cause i paid 7 bucks for it and i’m not gonna throw it down the drain even though i’d like to. it has a light head that dissapears in a minute a watered down dark brown color. i’d rather take it back to when i was 15 and drink olde english.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2004
330 ml bottle about 6 mos old. Medium brown and not hazy like the red cap I had. Aroma was af mild malt,mild chocolate and watered down dark fruit. Flavor was pretty much the same with a fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty good but I’ve had much better. Needs to age. Buy this and wait til you have grand kids to pop it open.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Its been awhile since I had this. Drank a full bottle to the head during the superbowl. Finished right before the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that no one in the room cared about within 10 seconds. Especiallly not me. I was too enamored with the Bleu.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cheubi (15) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2004
This beer is THE definition of the style! I first enjoyed it in a Belgian bar in Helsinki, Finland. It has a relatively light mouthfeel that tricks the palate into feeling that the alcohol punch is smaller than it really is (9% abv). Balanced, smooth and wonderful! If you can find it in the U.S., try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vanvenlo (1323) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2004
8 May 2004 - Light malt aroma. Clear dark brown. Flavour has a slight bitterness with smooth rounded stone fruit and mocha roast malt notes. Fizzy medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Pours dark brown with a large head. Yeast-dominated aroma and a sweet, dry flavor. Little evidence of alcohol. Very good, but I was a little disappointed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1076) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Dark brown pour, with an initially fizzy head. Minimal lacing. Sweet aroma with some clove and yeast. Taste is sweet with some brown sugar, dried fruit, yeast and a nice maltiness. Alcohol warms the throat. Overall, I’m not really sure why it’s rated so high. It’s a great brew, but not as good as trois pistoles or maudite, which are rated lower.

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