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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Well, the cork exploded out of the bottle, ricocheted off the ceiling and landed right in the trash can. St. Bernardus ABT 12 has totally warped my impressions of many dark Belgians, but this one is still impressive none the less. Loads of carbonation. Spice on the tongue is what hits me the most. Mild hop caress on the dry finish. It has all of those typical Belgian characterisitcs of dried fruits, flowers, spice, candy sugar or caramel. The anise spice and flowers really come alive on the finish. I could still drink it anytime, anywhere.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2003
absolutely fantasic - hard to believe the extra bonus of 9% - but after having 2 of them (champagne size) I sure beleive it :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 i didn't drink this in the proper glass, so shoot me in the ass. not as good as i expected. faint yeasty, flowery aroma. very carbonated. the flavors are subtle. initially bitter, followed by a faint sweet maltiness. i expected more. maybe my taste buds are tainted by all the damn cigarettes i smoke. not worth the 10 bucks i paid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Not coming up with anything outstanding here. To me, this is just another run-of-the-mill Belgian. Pours dark red-brown, with overflowing carbonation (at first) that luckily subsided in short time to a slight tan head. Vinous notes on the aroma, as well as apple cider. Flavor was very similar, with yeast esters evident in the delicate banana flavors, which were complimented by strong vinous flavors and apple cider. Some dark fruit in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is too highly carbonated. I'm not especially fond of this beer.

   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 (1884) - 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 (3281) - 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.

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