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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
330 ml bottle, best before 2009, so I gather this one is very fresh (bottled in 2004). Dark reddish brown beer with a very thick, sticky, and lasting tan-coloured head. Sweet and spicy aroma with loads of plummy fruit, dark molasses, and faint cherry fruitiness in the nose. The flavour is quite spicy, reminding me of a subdued version of the Unibroue yeast. Yeasty notes mingle nicely with brown sugar, toast, molasses and dried plums and cherries. Full-bodied beer as well. There is quite a bit more bitterness in this bottle than I expected, although I suspect that as it ages this will diminish. I’d like to try it when it’s been aged out for 3-4 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Red chestnut color, small head with lace. Smells caramelly, nutty, sweet. Taste is burnt caramel, candy sugars, yeast, hops, dried dark fruits. Feels great in the mouth -- bubbles burst on the roof of the mouth & tongue when held in the mouth. Coating. Good but I expected better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2005
Bought it in a supermarket in my hometown. They often have very nice beers! Dark brown, large off-white lasting and dense head. Nice! Fruity aroma, some spices are present. Taste: subtle sweetness, dark fruits. Maybe even a bit of dark chocolat. Alcoholburn in the aftertaste. Very respectable brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (958) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
This is what a Belgian beer tastes like. Pretty standard in all respects. What more can be said?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Bought a gift pack tonight with the red,white and blue Chimay along with the big chimay glass for $10.99. The blue poured almost black with a nice thick off white colored head. Aroma if a bit fruity, a bit of malt, crisp. Flavor is yeasty, roast nuts and has a strong bite at the finish that stays on the palate long after drinking. Not bad at all..not great, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (3017) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
Belgian yeast aroma, candied sugar, wisps of dark fruits. Bubbly, airy body. Light but loaded with dark fruits, rum like alcohol, cottony malts and sharp yeast. Hints of flaked maize or toasted malts. Light body beneath the airy nature. Flavors are sublime, but not melded well and there is no distinctive flavor that makes me swoon. Mellows a bit as it sits and warms. Yeast pour, thankfully not tremendous, adds depth of body and a light sourness. Amplifies the cottony malt quality. Fruitiness increases as well. Mid ground on the sweet-dry front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2010 From A 3yr Old Bottle.Dark brown with a hint of blood in colour,small head,lot’s of dark fruit,sweet malt ,spice and pepper,coconut and ear warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NDM84 (20) - Street, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Ruby body. Looks very rich and delicious. Huge white foamy head that stays around for awhile. Before opening, I notice a good amount of yeast residue, I guess from the bottle conditioning. Overall, this was probably a good Belgium to start with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2005
A cloudy brown, large foamy decaying head, not much lacing. Alcohol not so well hidden. Excellent malt balance and no Unibroue aftertaste. Fine palate; hints of spice, finish of orange and black liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brocker (99) - Salina, Utah, USA - JAN 10, 2005
This is the most impressive beer I have ever poured. Pours a nice amber-brown with a very thick foamy head that will not go away. Looks like a latte head. The taste is well rounded, but a little sweet for my tastes. This is what all beer should LOOK like. Still a little too nutty & malty. Hops do just enough to overcome the mentioned shortcomings and cut it to become a decent tasting beer

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