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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
It have a great fruity taste and a great appearance but this beer leave me with the mouth completly dry:)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 [magnum bottle from peckhams 04] big fruity Nose, complex, plums, backcurrants, strawberrys, yeast and a background hint of liquorice. body is excellent, finish is refreshing despite the 9% alcohol, very well disguised. brilliant stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
But a shadow of its former self. After the recipe was changed in 2001 to use wheat starch and hop extract this beer has lost the wonderful complexity it has been known for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a deep, dark red body with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is dark fruits (plums and the like), malts, and alcohol. Flavors include fruit, bread, and syrup. The taste doesn’t exhibit the same alcohol characteristics as the aroma, although it is very warm and round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Sampled from a rather attractive 11.2 oz brown bottle this brew pours a murky dark brown color that turns to red when held to the light. There is a large light tan head. The aroma is sour, tart and fruity with notes of cherry, berry and caramel. The flavor is strongly sweet and sugary with sour malts, ripe black cherries, berries, notable caramel and faint hints of must and nutmeg. The finish was long, fruity and tart. Fairly thick body. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
pours red with thin khaki head, lots of carbonation. aroma is sweet dark fruit. flavor is the same, warm, very carbonated, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Pours the usual belgium red, hazt fairly active carbonation. Head is initially ver full, but diminishes very rapidlt, much like soda. Flavor is very dry, woody. Bananas, cloves, and apple core, as well as slight bubblegum are here, as is grass and tobacco. Ending is bitter and dry. Palate is slightly thin for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Aroma:plums and grape... Appearance:hazy brown,small head... Flavor:alcohol,wood and grape pie...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FakeTHulce (1) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
Great beer. The cream of the crop. Still waiting out on a better one. Its waht all beers are comapred against for me right now. The price is the one thing that gets me on it. I end up usually buing the red instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3934) - - FEB 25, 2005
wow! hazy brown with tons of chunks floating in it. smells of dark fruit. taste is amazing for the high alcohol content. good sharp carbonation. flavor of grapes, pears, plums, malt. may have a hint of ginger or some other undetectable spice.

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