Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4500   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whkingery (8) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
A sweet initial flavor that transitions to long lasting, medium bitter, malty finish. It has an amber appearance and creamy head with nice lacing. The taste grows on you and I find myself looking for another bottle. Those Trappist Monks to a great job!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
Dark with a thick brown head. Very presentable. Fruity aroma, but also unpleasantly metalic. The alcohol is very present in the taste. Not the beer it’s cracked up to be. (However, after 2 years in the cellar it jumps to a rating of a little over 4 -- suddenly there’s port and plums everywhere, and the metalic aroma is gone).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Small bottle. This is a really good beer. Dark brown/orange color. Nutty sweet smell and similar taste. Finishes malty and crisp. I enjoyed it, but probably best in the smaller quantity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andybeer (16) - gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2005
Intens brown beer with great creamy beige head. Aroma is nutty, spicy, malty, has a touche of star-anice and a good dosis of hops. Taste is very full and complex, has a smooth caramly sweetness and a fine bitterish touch in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Grande Réserve en Magnum au Pub Italia, Ottawa, ON. Merci Dumdum! Robe brune surmontée d’une mousse beige persistente en dentelle. Dépôts de levure. Arômes de raisins et de malt. Saveurs de chocolat, de raisins, de dattes, de prunes, de caramel, de malt, d’alcool et d’épices. Corps moelleux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Grande Réserve Magnum courtesy of Dumdum, 1998. Red amber in colour, ruby hues, with a nice moka head. Fruity raisins in aroma with aplles and light yeasty notes. Sweet confectionners sugar with woody notes and old hops. This beer is past its prime, notes by high oxidation. Still interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - AUG 2, 2005
Simply... amazing. Had a small bottle in NYC last weekend, and... it was amazing complex, with a great aroma of mixed fruits and sugars. Amazingly smooth, easy on the palate. An excellent dark amber color... simply put, the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Honestly, I don’t understand what all the hype is about. This kind of disappointed me. It had a nice appearance, very perfect brown color with impressive sandy colored head. Aroma was yeasty, peachy, some purple grapes, some weird lemon pepper scent too. Flavor was carbonated, brown sugar, green apple, wheat bread, yeast, and some malt. meh... it really was kind of plain and i was stretching for some of these flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. malty medium finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours very dark brown, with a decent head and a fairly carbonated body that settled down after a little while, and with it the head. Aroma contained some caramel, pear(?) and yeast, with some malt character coming out with tasting. Slightly bitter and a bit soapy on the palate. I was expecting a lot more from this beer, but I’ll definitely be tasting it again, though, so we’ll see what happens then.

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