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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Delicious! Yeasty, fruity aroma. I sense plums and raisins. Feels wonderful in the mouth, nice carbonation which washes over the tongue. This is the beer to give to someone who argues that beer can't be as complex as wine. Beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Although, not my favorite, still enjoyable. Fruity nose, with a spicy licorice, and fruity flavor. Not sure if it's worth the 4.99 I paid for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2003
Dark almost black hue. Large but not massive brown head. Yeasty nose with alcoholic over tones. Wonderful rich and complex flavours, quite sweet with yeasty tones and hints of orange, brown sugar and raisins. This is fantastic, what a beer! The best Chimay I've had to date (white and red).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2003 ReRate 10/14/03 Big bold flavor, spicy, peppery, yeasty, leathery aroma and flavor, more dark and fruity notes of plums, figs, raisins.
What a fantastic creamy / oily smooth mouth feel, can you go wrong with this beer, No, I think Not!!

I very much enjoyed drinking this Chimay Grand Reserve. It is a dark amber ale with a thick large head, complex flavor, and a High 9% ABV content. I am no true beer guru but I am definitely an enthusiast, This is a great Belgian ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Bubbly head. Looks like it would be a nutty brown. Smells like sweet baby puke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Deep brown with hints of red. Yeast aroma. Very yeasty flavor with some malt/spice undertones. A bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 750mL bottle (2003). Ive had this beer from the bottle a few times. I maintain that it is somewhat overrated, as there are better belgians Ive had. Red, brown gold tones in the color with a range of peachy citrus to nutty/alcohol in the aroma. VERY full bodied, meaty beer though. Its almost like drinking a beer off the filter. Certainly complex, and provides a variety of flavors when drunk at different temperatures. Too much head for my liking, but was to be expected off such a yeasty beer.

1983 bottle sampled in August 2005. Has aged magnificently.

11/05 vintage dated 750mL bottle drunk on 7/7/07
Raisins, pears, figs, apples and other mostly clean Belgian yeast esters, with caramel sweetness in the background. It’s a pleasant aroma, though even after only 3 months, my memory recalls little to distinguish this beer. Or perhaps, more accurately, my memory recalls that there really is little to distinguish in this beer.
Similar flavor profile, your typical well-made Quad, with soft malty sweetness (caramels, raisins, prunes, figs) and lighter, minimally tart apple/cherry esters towards the end. Yeast seems more clean and less "rustic" or "charming" or what have you, than in past samples. Musty, corky, earthy and woody are flavors I associated with this beer, for the better, but now it’s just a rather plain Belgian Dark Strong. Nothing wrong with it, but hardly anything I’ll go out of my way to drink again. Alcohol well concealed, no flaws. Score is for this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 21, 2003
had one of the big corked bottles ... i loved it ... might swith my preferred style to belgian strong ... wasnt as sweet as some of the other's ive had which was too my liking ... felt and tasted as dark as it poured

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
yeasty and fruity aroma, very dark red in colour, massive head, malty, fruity and syrupy, alcohol notes, pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
Legendary. Dark brown body with the usual head and lacing of the Belgian beers. Aroma is complex and includes grapes, prunes, toffee, licorice and even chocolate. Taste is hard to explain. There is so much flavour but nothing dominates. A mouthgasim of flavour that must be experienced to be appreciated. Finish is dry and leaves me craving more.

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