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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fallesen (8) - DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004 does not count
You cannot go wrong here. Truly the king of beers. From the fruity aroma and taste to the remarkable colour, this is always a pleasure. No matter if it is draught or bottle, I always enjoy this one. The only drawback is that it leaves you wanting more, but seeing that it is rather strong it is not always possible to consume more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3191) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
Dark brown muddy body with amber/ruby glints. Average off-white bubbly/frothy head. Complex yeasty nose with fruity (mainly raisin and dark cherries) and flowery hints. Texture is relatively smooth, and taste is perfectly balanced. It is mainly sweet/fruity, but has also nice yeasty and hoppy notes, especially in the finish. Altough alcohol remains well hidden for a 9% alc. beer, each mouthful leaves a pleasant warming effect. That beer has a very good reputation, and it deserves it entirely. That’s why I selected it as my 300th rated beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle. The pour tells of the alcohol in this vixen. A slow, smooth, heady one reveals a veritable rainbow from robust brown at the top, ruby red mid-glass, and almost orange at the very bottom. Thick, sweet, lingering consistency which warms the back of the mouth a while after each sip. Again, new to this style, but a very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fidemaster (282) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
I love it strong wonderful flavor with a pale ale llook. the taste is a mallty beer, with a sweet plum taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 Excellent beer. The aftertaste is magnificent. The only thing is the small bottle is not even close to as good as the big bottle. The cork must make the difference. If that weren’t the case I would give it a 19 or 20. The pour and aroma are great. Malt and banana are very present in the taste and the aroma. The aftertaste tastes like rum raisin. Very impressive beer that will give you a nice buzz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Nose is yeasty, lemony, dark fruits and some alcohol. Flavor is plum, tart lemon, oak, peach, dry fruityness, alcohol. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arsouille (1) - LUXEMBOURG - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
best beer I have ever tasted, high alcoholic, best drink with chimay cheese

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Nice Belgian dark strong ale. Not too sweet or cloying like some other belgian dark ales or QUads. Dark brown with amber highlights and a great lasting head. Very spicy and yeasty aroma, with some caramel and sweet malts showing through. Flavor is malty but dominated by a strong yeast profile which is high in phenolics much like Unibroue type beers. Smooth sweet and complex wine-like finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours dark and brown. Perfect creamy head. Very tiny bubbles. Aroma is slightly roasted. Somewhat malty. Taste it and you know it’s a bit heavier a beer than you might have thought. After a few more tastes and you start noticing not just the roasted bitter tastes, but some flowery and tangy characteristics. It’s very pleasant. There is noticeable alcohol taste but not overbearing. These flavors balance well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
I dark amber brew that you have to pour in the proper glass for a beige 1" head that is long-lasting. This deep, complex brew has a great roasted malt and slightly bittering hops balance. There are some slight spices in there, but it mostly tastes like a heavy ale with a great yeast blend that you can’t find here. Great brew but I can brew something similar at about 1/10 of the cost.

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