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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
This one is THE beer. Light, sweet, full body, full head that lasted right through to the end of the drink in abundance. Aromatic, high alcohol content... this beer is a subtle alpha beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Bottled 330cl. Lovely aroma of fruit and alcohol. Deep brown colour with long lasting thick gloopy off-white head. The taste is typically Belgian - candy sugar, fruitiness vinuous, but there is a certain unbalancedness to it. Not sure if this is a complexity thing or a fault in the beer. I know people reckon this has changed dramatically over the years, and its perhaps not as good as my first impressions of 12 or so years ago but it’s still a fine beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7 and 4.1. Score unaltered

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2004
I know that this beer has been sampled more times than James Brown, so I will keep it short............................... IT WAS GOOD =)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 13, 2004
330ml bottle from 2002. Pours a deep mahogany colour with a thick tan head. Aromas of raisins, chocolate, malts, belgian yeast. The flavour is just awesome dark fruits ie; rasins, prunes, big maltiness, breadlike yeastiness nice finish. I’ve had this beer fresh before ( within 6 months anyway) and the 2yrs of ageing have definatly helped. Definately a classic once aged properly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8103) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Bottle - Sweet malt and acetone aroma. Dark brown and cloudy with light tan head. A very complex flavor - dark, dark chocolate/coffee malt - slightly sweet with a mild acetone/alcohol finish. This beer had a much more chalky/atringent flavor when I first bought it but after aging this beer for 6 months it mellowed out considerably.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2004
THis could use some time in the cellar. Pretty brown with a white head. Nose is lovingly chalky, malty and yeat like. Like a good sweet hawaiian bread in the glass. However exceedingly chalky. Like a bad belgian on tap. Far far far too carbonated. This would mellow out after a ferw years and be retarded but for now a new bottle is not all that great G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Cellared for two years. Brown color with a ruby shine. Thick tan head. Very complex aroma of dark fruits, toffee and vanilla. Wonderfull flavor of dark fruits and toffee, maybe vanilla. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation was lively at first but after a while it became softer. Great beer, a "must have" in a cellar !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Very sweet and floral. Smooth, despite its strength. Pretty well balanced, but it doesn’t stand out against some other Belgians I’ve had, even if they aren’t my favorite style.

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