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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4066   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   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. =(

3.3
   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

4.5
   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.

4.4
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
The first time I had this brew, I was in love. That was before I had other Belgian ales. A very dark color with an almost mettalic taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Rating based on bottled version: Very dark color with small head. Overall this is a fine Trappist.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1451) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Had this with a friend in Knoxville. Dark color, looks as if it would knock you off your chair. Lovely head, bubbly. Lasting head on the glass. Citrus/floral aroma and very smooth taste. Much better than the Red.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2003
This dark brown ale has amber highlights and pours with a beautiful head that appears to have two distinct layers. The lower 2/3 of the head has a medium density bubble, while the upper 1/3 has a very fine bubble density and looks very creamy. The head retention on this beer is fantastic, and it leaves an enticing lace. The aroma has a maltiness to it, but also exhibits many earthy tones, as well as a hint of orange peel. The flavor is simply an explosion of taste. Definite citus notes, very heavy on the orange peel, but followed by caramel sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable. There also seems ot be a spiciness to the beer, with pepper and maybe a hint of coriander in the finish. There is so much going on it is hard to isolate the flavors, which blend together into a beautiful kaleidoscope of taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JacobJohansen (6) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2003 does not count
The best beer there is. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Smells sweet, yeasty, and full of alcohol. Dark brown Trappist Ale with quarter inch white foam head. Very smooth beer. Great roasted malt flavor. Best of all the Chimays. Awesome beer.


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