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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Silky is the only word I can use to describe how it feels in your mouth. I taste raisins, some spices, a little bit of pine, plums, and barely any alchohol. One of my favorites still.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Pours a dark,loamy ,Earth-tone brown..with a slight rubyish accent with a nice sized light tan head..beautiful. A fantastic aroma..rich and plummy almost figlike some blackcurrant shines through too..great. Great tasteing brew very deep and complex with the plum and fig to the fore..nice alcohol warmth from this baby. Despite the strong alcohol its easy to drink..this could gget a guy in trouble! excellent beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Aroma is robust yet light. Has a nice, off-white foamy head that lasts for quite a while. Taste is a lot like the aroma...light yet full of flavor. Goes down extremely smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste. Definitely a good beer to try, even at $10 a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Pours brown with a full light brown head. Rich aroma most strongly characterized by raisins and yeast. A smooth beer with pleasing flavor of raisins, yeast, an underlying tartness, and a mild bit of alcohol. Leaves a light lingering taste of roasted malt and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2003
A lovely meeting with an old friend. 1/03 bottling, still quite young. Deep brown with a hint of red, head like a pillow that simply refuses to fade away. Lovely aroma of raisins, yeast, and port. Mouthfull of flavor, more raisins, more port, more yeast, combining with violets, a bit of roastiness, and something ephemeral I can only find in a chalice of Chimay. I do think it has lost just a touch of the malty depth it used to have, but it is still worthy of homage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Mainly ruby hue with orange hints. Very nice head off-white head. Aroma is malty with some sour hints. Very smooth, almost creamy. Taste is roasted and slightly nutty. Very good belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Deep ruby with hints of orange. Big frothy lively tan head. Apple tart aroma. Some earthy malt aromas with definite alcohol notes. Shockingly smooth flavors. Tart and fruity with very balanced flavors. Body is medium. Alcohol is noticeable and the finish is very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Its just so smooth. That is what I feel stands out about this beer. If flows over the tongue like cream. I could detect no alcohol which suprised me considering the ABV. Flavors blend so well that it is hard to break apart. I would have to say slight musty leather with fruit. Nothing about the flavor jumped out at me. It was just a pleasant example of the core taste from most belgians I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayc (28) - USA - OCT 11, 2003
Near perfect ... will impress even the most German of beerdrinkers and hellraisers. Get some and make anything to go with it --- it's that good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2003
Dark brown colour, lasting off-white head. Nutty, malty nose. Very complex body. Taste of nuts and malt dominates. Slightly bitter and long finish.

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