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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7809) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
1998 vintage. I was trying to save it for 10 years, but I ran ran out of fresh bottles. What’s a man to do? I subsequently realized that I have never rated Chimay, even though it has been one of my favorites for many years. It poured with a short (probably due to aging) tan head, eliciting a pleasant yeasty aroma. The alcohol was even less noticeable than usual from its mellowing over time. The flavor was still complex but more balanced than a fresh bottle, with a slightly chalky finish. The aging definitely altered the flavor but neither improved nor diminished it. It’s back to the beer store for more Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 2004 0,75cl bottle. Nice aroma and color. Fruity taste. Those 9% are well hidden. Left me with a great aftertaste. Best of three chimays that I tried. Propably my favourite beer so far. 4.6 2011:Rerated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GKlein709 (4) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005 does not count
The aroma is fruity but not over whleming, slight hint of strength, appearence very nice with some yeast in the bottem, flavor complex with tastes of fruit and of barley mixed very well, palate, crisp bite but very smooth, no bad after taste... overall wonderful beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2005
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this one yet. Poured a medium to darker brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of plums and other dark fruits. Lightly spicy with light yeast in the tastes as well. Medium sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
monster (3) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005 does not count
This is really a great beer. The taste is so smooth, and with a right meal it can be out of this world.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 I must have had a bad bottle the first time i sampled this brew. Bottle resampled a the Belgian beer tasting at State Line. Pours dark with a large beige head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol (just ok). Flavor is smooth, sweet, citrus, fruit, and chocolate. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bam, Monks rule! Out of the smaller 11.2oz bottle, the delicate aire of plums light yeast and raisin eminates. A hazy prunish color to with a lively foamy dirty white head. One sip begged for more, lively, light roast tones of raisin and plum.Palate just said to have some more. Thank the lord this one’s easy to get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2417) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 While I still enjoy this, I used to like it more. Brownish body with a moderate head. Aroma is yeasty with bananas, other various fruits, and some sugar. Still a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomGibson (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005 does not count
Nice brown color, the best Chimay i have tasted. Smooth, but a nice amount of strength. Ends with a warmth fit for a solid winter brew. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2005
It poured out brown and had wonderful fruit tones, a high level of carbonation and a great balance between malts and hops. I didn’t really notice the alcohol in the flavor. Its there alright!

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