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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2005
bottle from 207th street warehouse. ruby brown color spicy yeasty aroma.not too great. bready cookie taste.maltyness too tastes pretty good lil fruity taste too. lill bit bubbly on the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaraf (4) - BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
This beer is probably the most commercial trappist in belgium. The taste is unique and the sensations during drinking also ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours the most opaque dark brown color I’ve ever seen. A weak head, dissipates quickly. Smells like malti-/yeastiness. Like if you were baking bread. The taste is malty and a little bit fruity, with a lot of bubbliness on the finish, appropriate for a beer in a champagne bottle, I suppose. There’s no overpowering bitterness or sourness, but plenty of flavor and mouthfeel to satisfy even the guys in the 100 beer raters’ club . Just a tad of spiciness on the aftertaste, this is a wonderful beer from the second you uncork the bottle until the minute you’re crying in the closet because it’s gone. Makes you understand why so many American craft brewers go out of their way to imitate Belgian abbey-made beers. Really wonderful, if slightly overcarbonated for my tastes. At $8 for a 750mL, this is a great, great beer for a special occasion, or to impress a lady friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2733) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours very dark in color. Aroma is a little sweet. A yeasty, wheat like aroma. Tastes alot like a hefeweizen to me. Just a strong one. Has slight roasty spicy flavor. A little alcohol is present. After about half of the bottle alot of rich dark fruit flavors and spice really seemed to come out. Consumed at room temp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
75 cl botlle w/ cork and wire. Served in Chimay goblet. 2004 edition. Deep, hazy brownish red. Nice, clingy, off-white head w/ good lastability and lacing. Warm, spicy aroma - malty, slightly peppery. The flavor is full and rounded w/ great warmth and nice complexity. Malt dominates along w/ spices (pepper, among other things). Nicely balanced. Pleasant yeast presence. Impressive, fluffy yet full mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; a slight alcohol presence in the finish merely adds a pleasant warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2849) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Excellent appearance - ruby brown, light tan head stays creamy and tight. Great lacing. A touch of alcohol in the nose, along with some dark fruit and sweet malts. It has some noticable hop flavours, dark sweet malt, some roasted notes. Some dryness and yeast spiciness in the finish with late alcohol warming. Really glad the local LCBO finally had it in stock! Rating #200.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured dark in color with an off white head. Bought a three pack of 1pt. 9oz. bottles , two blue and one red. Had the first blue with dinner grilling steaks and thought this was a decent beer.. So this would be a second time arround for this beer and is alright. Aroma you can notice the fermantation of the malt and the flavor has a decent aftertaste on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Pours ruby-red to brown with a thick beige head. Yeasty, citrusy, spicy aroma. Lots of malt in the flavor with less fruit than other Belgians. Maybe some licorice. Highly carbonated. Pretty hoppy for the style, but I like it. Fair amount of alcohol warmth. Malt in the beginning finishes dry with the high level of alcohol and carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2005
Very drinkable. Flavourful, hoppy but malty, lots of taste, very filling aroma. Malts in the taste to make you go YEAH. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours with a medium sized, tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Dark, murky color, with light carbonation for some time after poured. Full-bodied malty & yeasty taste with light spce and fruit. Evident alcohol aftertaste, but it is not overpowering. A classic Belgian strong ale.

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