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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Pours russet, nearly opaque. The average head, composed of large bubbles, collapses into a lovely, creamy film. Aroma is strangely lacking...some yeast, cinnamon-rasin bread, and sugar. Subtle vanilla, madiera, and chutney notes emerge with time. Flavors of Dr Pepper (without the sweetness), sawdust, paper, and alkaline concrete dust. Very faint cinnamon and menthol elements surface as the beer warms. Some back-of-throat alcohol burn. Palate is light and gassy to the last sip. Unusual aftertaste of copper, nylon tent, and leathery boiled beef. I swear this beer was tons better last time I had it; today, it tastes very oxidized.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
Reddy brown with an aroma of cardboard and sugar. Dryish brew, thin bodied, hints of cardboard, artificial hop and a dull sweetness. Strange dry chemically malt finish with cardboard and alcohol. This used to be a decent beer, what happened? (Wine World, St Albans)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
Color is medium to dark brown. Overall smooth with a bite of hops and alochol especially at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 26, 2004
Es una cerveza fuerte (9%) Es una buena cerveza de abadia. Bastante carbonacion

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 25, 2004
Dark body, with lots of bubbles. Big head of grayish white bubbles. Smells of sweet malt, peach, and a little cocoa. Very nice, refined triple taste. Big malt, sugar, maple. Delicious. Still, I liked the red better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Head is light tan, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Liquid is dark blood red under high intensity light, lots of carbonation, this is a Belgium brew. Nose on the pour is spicy warm cinnamon, yeast, carbonation and alcohol. Flavor is spicy, carbonation, well balanced. After taste is alcohol warm and slightly bitter. Good, but not my idea of a good beer, not a big Belgium beer fan, too much yeast and carbonation spoils the palate, IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2004
Off white head atop of tawny port coloured body. Found the aroma was of raisins and figs. Flavour has some slight chocolate, a little fruit(banana) and noticeable alcohol but not offensive. Medium body and an almost syrupy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
Some fruity aroma. The color is a nice deep orange/rust color. The flavor is subtle, but there is some fruitiness to it. It has good carbonation and a nice creamy head. Overall, a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - APR 20, 2004
Believe it or not, I prefer the white label. The flavor of this beer is subtle compared to the aggregate sweetness of that beer. What is excellent about this beer, aside from the general superiority of a Chimay taste, is the beautiful dark color. Coming from the relatively blonde color of white label to this, a dark reddish brown... I suppose the pale color of the white is one of its less appealing qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 The Brew Pours a very interesting Colour and Head. The Colour is dark and Murky like the Red. The Aroma is strong and unyeilding with the presence of Raisins and Plums and Caramel and Toffee. The head is pronounced and creamy. The Flavour is that of Roasted Malts, Toffee, Coffee, Raisin, Alcohol, Eggnogg, and Hopps. An extraordinary combination of flavours that is quite appealing to the Palate. This is a very good brew. One that I will have again and again.

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