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 16/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
A good and beautiful trappist beer, but a little too bitter and sparkly for my taste. You can taste the alc in the afterburn, but the taste itself is great with malt, caramel and sweet herbes. Overall a good Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
While its difficult to rate low one of the beers that introduced me to the true beer community, I have to say it does not hold up to other similar in style. I used to enjoy this immensely years ago, but the last several I tasted were not near the quality experienced in the past. One bad one I can blame on poor handling by the liquor store, 3 in a row means I dont buy it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beersnob73 (14) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Quite possibly one of the finest ales ever produced. No aftertaste, very smooth with a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1460) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2004
Floral aroma with dark brown colour and good head. Bitter flavour with fizzy smooth palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
All we can really do is thank the monks that brew this one. Great, lasting head, wonderful, fruity aroma. Warm, slightly banana-like and alcoholic aftertaste. Enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MamaTux (1) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2004 does not count
It’s a really good beer - my favorite! It’s a joy to taste the fruity beer that still taste like a beer should!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1526) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Attractive reddish brown appearance with a subdued aroma of yeast and a hint of vanilla. Soft carbonation with a malty, full-bodied mouthfeel and a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
I remember this to be a far better beer a few years ago. Although still a good beer this should be an excellent one. I was also dissapointed to note that they do not use proper cork in the larger bottles. Shame

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 (Prev. 5/04, 6-4-6-3-14) Dark red-brown colored, little light brown head. Rich sweet and spiced aroma with caramel, hops and yeast, some vinous note and toffee also here in complex aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is surprisingly sweet with this added sugar note, still vinous tone dominates here with mild chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste has rather obvious alcohol with still vinous touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
A great strong ale, but forgive me for not shamelessly fawning over it. It’s a treat to drink this once in a while but thank Baccus there are lighter beers. This is another beer that can have it’s young character changed slightly by cellaring for a year or more but it would never get to be that old in my cellar ;-) Poured a dark slightly clouded amber with a smallish off white cap. Aromas of dates or figs or dried apricots. Started with a surprising big mouthful of sweet bready malts before the expected complex/layered banana-fig-hop undertones took over. As the beer sits on the palate the hop accent builds until the finish is surprisingly dry for a so called trappist ale. A very delightful strong ale but this is the 3rd time I’ve tasted it and it has appeared slightly different each time. This may be a matter of ingredient linearity or it could be the brewers equivilent to a "vintage" where there is some batch to batch character differences. All in all, a wonderful drink but may be over rated by some.

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