Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4499   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
A nice beer, but I expected something a bit more complex. Seems like a more flavorful version of the Chimay Red to me. Nice dark brown color, sweet malts and yeastiness. Has some dry fruitiness to it and some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours medium to dark brown with wispy film for head. Lots of dark fruit and and some sweet malt in the aroma. Bunch of different flavors, dark fruit, caramel, faint sugar, alcohol and spice. Overall very chewy, yeasty character to it. I do remember this being better, but that was before my beer geek days. Could be access to more stuff nowadays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
MMMMMMM now this is nice. Pours a deep amber color with a small head. Flavor is wonderful with hints of malt and yeast. Aroma is yeasty and very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Bottle (330ml) (my last one!) in a Chimay goblet. Poured cloudy (some dark sediment at bottom), a lively dark reddiish-brown - full off-white creamy head, initially fizzy, settled to an acceptable cover. Sweet-sharp malty to my nose, quite yeasty and noticeable alcohol - clove, spices, coriander, sour apple and fresh-cut pine resin come in after. Mouthfeel very even - oily, a bit carbonated. Flavour very delicate - spices, mild malt, touch of bitterness, quite a bit of forest-after-the-rain there (’shrooms, mulch, leaves) - very easy on the go-down, alcohol very restrained for 9%. Hope the LCBO brings this one back in fall ’05 - I will buy a case! *update: they did bring it back, I bought 2 cases!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zawacki (2) - Carol Stream, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005 does not count
light brown smooth head and a woodsy, malty, bourbon, slight cherry/rose taste, with all the earthiness of a strong beer but very easy to the palate. Exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4917) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Nice and smooth, just like the other two Chimays. Brown in appearance. Not the least bit challenging, but if you want something unparalled in smoothness and the ability to mess you up, this is your beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark coppery color with a fading creamy colored head. Smells of spices and pepper with a hint of dark fruit. Taste can be described as a blend of complex fruit and spices. Can detect hints of banana,cinnamon,apricot,ginger,and dark fruit. Overall a very nice belgium beer and the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2005 Dated 2004-From the bottle: Poured Deep semi-opaque auburn brown with a thick creamy off-white head that sticks around. Subdued aroma of spice and alcohol and black currant. Taste starts smooth then fills out the cheeks and spikes the back of the tongue with something sharp! This sensations mellows as you progress. Persistent carbonation but not too much. Never overpoweringly alcoholic taste like some Belgian Strongs. Taste is well balanced with a slightly spicy and a mellow yeasty taste to it that blends well with the malty tones. Checked some of the other ratings, and contrary to someones experience, I found there to be a dense lacing that doesn’t coat the glass but is readily apparent should you tip the glass sideways. Foam is too dense and heavy to leave higher lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5331) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
A top notch Belgian strong ale. There is the expected malt and light sweetness as well as the alcohol, but the alcohol level is low enough; as opposed to the common 11.5% beers, that it does not dominate the flavor or aroma. Heavy, with a fairly fruity, and floral-yeast aroma. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pours a nice bown color with a very long lasting foamy head. Didn’t leave as much lacing as I would have thought so much head should have left. Aromas were very vinous with currant and other dark fruits. Flavors were hot alcohol, followed by dark fruits and corriander/clove. Pretty good stuff.

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