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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Cola colored, with small but dense head: earthy nose meaning, say, a compost pile on a fairly cool day that someone just threw some dead flowers on.Thin but viscous, with plenty of carbonation, with a flavor combining fresh bread, milk, grapefruit and dried herbs. a semi-harsh bitterness, sorta like dandelion or arugula, rides up top of the flavors, intensifying as you drink further. One does get a sort of glowing sense of well being from this beer still,which is nice since the flavor isn't as malty and smooth as it used to be. Still a very nice beer though that does for you what most can't, and I'll leave it at that...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Reddish/brown hue with a non-stop off-white head and okay lacing. Floral sweet and woody aroma. Hints of roasted malts, nuts, vanilla, spices, and moderate alcohol. Raisin and spice initial taste, some hoppy crispness and woody dryness in finish, smooth and hides alcohol very well. Oily yet lively mouthfeel. As easy to drink Belgian Strong as you will ever find. I liked it 15 years ago and still do today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Huge frickin' head on this. Light yeasty and flowery aroma. Very complex somewhat malty/fuity flavor. good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Dark brown if not black in color,small tan head that had some staying power.malty sweet aroma with a spicy citrus note to it.malty taste with a definate spiciness and fruit tone.the after taste is fruity and hoppy with a nice spice to it as well.The feel is some what thick maybe even a slight syrupy texture.I don't know,i've always had a problem drinking the brews from these guys without having to force myself to swallow.Theres just something about this brewery's beer that is hard for me to take.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Good Beer if expensive. A little strong for me I prefer the premium but this is great in its own right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
11oz. bottle. Big offwhite head, rocky, a buch of sticky lacing. Fairly clear, pretty chestnut color. Medium body. Malty, somewhat roasty and fruity. Carbonation is a little much. Dry, ho hum finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pete123 (10) - waipukurau, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2003
first impressions rather smokey aroma with smooth tannins and slightly watery finish but with nutty after taste completmenting the product. Please import more to new zealand, love the stuff GREAT!!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
The aroma released while poring this beer is remarkable. In the glass, I smell berries, nuts and alcohol. The color is dark brown, with a reddish tint. The taste is not as complex as I expect from a Beglian Strong. There is definately a raisin flavor to this beer. The alcohol is quite evident, but pleasantly warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lipskin (38) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Nice reddish-brown color. Nice head which diminishes but doesn't disappear. The high alcohol is well hidden. One of my favorite Strongs so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 2004 Vintage Rated Jan 2006. Dark brown body, with a big fluffy beige head. Sweet sugary alcohol in the aroma, brown sugar, sweet malt. Flavour has lots of sweet dark malt with a dry alcoholic brown sugar. Medium palate. Boozier than I remember but not unpleasantly so. Not as complex as others but enjoyable. Alcohol leaves pleasant lingering tingle in the mouth. 7/4/7/4/15<P> Jan 2001 Nice, well balanced. A little more assertive than I remember the Red Cap being. 7/4/8/4/17

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