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 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Deep ruby with hints of orange. Big frothy lively tan head. Apple tart aroma. Some earthy malt aromas with definite alcohol notes. Shockingly smooth flavors. Tart and fruity with very balanced flavors. Body is medium. Alcohol is noticeable and the finish is very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Its just so smooth. That is what I feel stands out about this beer. If flows over the tongue like cream. I could detect no alcohol which suprised me considering the ABV. Flavors blend so well that it is hard to break apart. I would have to say slight musty leather with fruit. Nothing about the flavor jumped out at me. It was just a pleasant example of the core taste from most belgians I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayc (28) - USA - OCT 11, 2003
Near perfect ... will impress even the most German of beerdrinkers and hellraisers. Get some and make anything to go with it --- it's that good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2003
Dark brown colour, lasting off-white head. Nutty, malty nose. Very complex body. Taste of nuts and malt dominates. Slightly bitter and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2003
Deep, dark, musky fruitiness in the nose. Dark brown almost opaque colour with reddish tones. Generous and lasting tan head. Earthy, musty, yet sweet flavour. Strong alcohol in the finish that is entirely appropriate and never overwhelming. Excellent full body. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2003
Dark amber beer with a nice thick head. Yeasty and fruity aroma and taste of yeast, malt and alcohol. Very complex and interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Dark fruit, smokey swallow, very smooth. Very good. Saved for a celebration--our rugby team made playoffs. Markup is so outrageous I doubt I'll be having another one soon. =(

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Small head, not much aroma, taste was smooth, not harsh, but not long lasting. just a hint of sweeetness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown, with a large tan head that mostly lasts and laces in sheets. Aroma is fruity (raisin, plum), some yeastiness, sweetness, and a bit of caramel and/or toffee. Flavor is sweet, fruity, vinous, some honey, and some spiciness in the finish. Full bodied, slight hints of alcohol towards the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FatherMoss (21) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
My first Trappist/Belgian Strong Ale, in 1 pint 9 oz bottle. Deep brown color, opaque reddish-brown when held up to the light. Massive, slowly-dissapating light tan head with excellent lacing. Soft aroma of citrus and florals. A veritable cornucopia of flavors - some nuttiness, very sweet and citrusy, a little bit of spiciness. Alcohol is noticable, along with a slightly metallic taste. Very carbonated. Pretty easy on the palate. This beer could easily compete with fine wines. One of the best...ever.

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