Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4666   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 8, 2006
The aroma is slighly earthy with floral hints. Chimay Blue pours a deep dark brown with a rich creamy tan head. The flavor is complex consisting of dark fruit, roasted malt, and bit of yeast. The finish is mild and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
everard (1) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
This beer has a complex combination of flavors. One of the best I have tasted>

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Xaivier (2) - Dunedin, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2006 does not count
Last night was the first time I tried Chimay’s Grande Réserve, what can be said about such an elegant beer, the first thing you notice is the wonderful aroma, then the Dark redish/brown to almost black colour, I was really impressed with this beer, the flavor is just wonderful so bold and sweet, no after taste, and we got the chance to use are trappist glasses. All in all this truly is Chimay’s Grande Réserve

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Dark, opaque, mahagony brown color with a creamy beige head. Fresh yeasty fragrance of banana, pear, caramel, raisin, and lightly roasted malts. Very powerful flavors initially grab the tongue with an almost sticky texture. First, an oaky raisin and plumb grab the tongue. After the carbonation splashes over the tongue and disperses, some sweet coffee flavors are noticed, almost like a Saturday morning mocha cappucino. Finally, a bit of spiciness and black currant images come to mind as the finish is remniscent of a nice Cote Chailonnaise wine. Overall, a very tasty and best yet, wonderfully available beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16478) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2006
Bottled, 0.33ltr. (vintage 2003) Dark brown beer with lots of yeast floating around, and a small, dense beige head. Looks delicious. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, with caramel, dried fruit and a little spicyness. When tasted, you’re first stuck by a fizzy mouthfeel, then the flavors of caramel, roasted malt and a little alcohol. There is some spicyness too. The finish leaves you with a balanced bitterness, and a light stickyness in the mouth, due to the sweetness of the beer. This is absolutely a beer to enjoy in the evening, much better than a night cap or a cognac, as it leaves you relaxex, comforted and pleased. I was enjoying it so much that I almost forgot to rate it before I hit the "Add Rating"-button. The colour, ABV and all the other aspects of this beer would make it an appopriate beer for the Christmas dinner, maybe I should try that this year. It has to be a 0.75ltr bottle then. (060202)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 This is, of course, a classic beer, and it is not famous, like, say, Bud or Heineken, because of some advertising campagne. I will go so far as to say that it is the best beer in Belgium or Northern France, and this says something very good about the business in general: when the best beers are the most popular, there is something that is right in the world. Now to the rewiew: This pours a dark, almost black tint, that is accented by a plumb rouge and a bit of a purple tinge around the edges of the glass. The carbonation rolls to the top of the glass like German tanks crashing over the Maginot line. The mouthfeel is silky smoothe, but this fills out in the process of the sip to form a generous, fluffy texture. The taste is lightly of chocolate and strongly of plumbs. This balance is crucial --the malts are providing the flavor in this beer and that can sometimes be bad news, leaving only yeast or bread to the executive judgement of the palate. However, the light fruitiness, here, cleans up the sometimes sticky malts and transforms the breadiness at the base of the flavor into a strong, lightly acidic, moderately sweet, strongly textured alcoholic delight that can only be aluded to. The only catch is that you’d better not be expecting any genuine hops when you pick up the glass. All of this is a definitely good thing: Chimay is uniquely at the top of the enormous pile of Belgian beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2006
33 cl bottle, brewed 2004. Dark mahogany brown with a dark copper tone and a good transparency. A small lacy head. Rich malty nose with raisins, toffee, ripe pears, aromatic tea, a touch of coffee. A refined, yet potent, malty and slightly spicy taste with some nuts and wood and a touch of cardboard. Hops float in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel / finish is very drying and a bit burning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4499) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Dark brown, with very little head. Pleasant fruit aroma with a bitter/chocolate taste and malt. Definitely a stocker in my fridge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2006
2005 Bottle, 33cl. Dark brown pour with medium head. Clean fruity aroma. A malty hops flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2873) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2006
Who could honestly go past a bottle of Grande Réserve Chimay and say no thankyou! This is an ale that has been tasted by near everyone with any interest in beer whether they have any inklings towards its roots or not. A background favourite of mine I waited until I had cracked a 2001 before rating this.
2004- Poured into its own chalice at around cellar temperature. Extremely muddy with the yeast dispersing into a pulped fruit mess inside the cola brown body with an enormous, creamy beige crown raising up and persisting for the length to trail fine lacing down the glass. Heady aroma, quite woody almost oak-aged with fresh pulped zesty plums, red wine dryness, spicy yeast and an underlying earthy mustiness like old hops. Lovely smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel; vinous notes set it off and develop into an earthy woody mix of malt and hops. Plums and blueberries, driftwood, peppery alcohol and yeast phenols and a hint of pecan pie develop to linger long in the mouth hiding that 9% ABV. Warming and homely, this example seemed more woody than most that I have tried with a long finish that was like a well aged plum wine. Seemed to have more age than the 2001. Quite nice. (75cL, Nookenburra)
2001- Poured into its own chalice at cellar temperature. Quite clear, deep ruby red with a tinge of brown. Head formed off the pour; extremely dense and creamy beige, held in place by streams of very, very fine bubbles to leave a mist over the glass as I drank. Pungent and tart, port-like nose with an immense spicy waft of alcohol and the famous house yeast. Other dried fruits were there with a lick of bitter/sweet chocolate and a touch of polished Jarrah (?). Extremely wine-like in the mouth; mellowing, smooth and yet prickly across the tongue with a good dose of medicinal alcohol that didn’t hinder it at all. Blackcurrant’s, raisins and those distinctive plum notes abound, this was like an after dinner elixir to stir up the rawest of emotion, by the fire with a loved one perhaps. Finish is as smooth as silk letting the alcohol warm to its full extent along with a deeply vinous roundness and depth. I love a good strong ale, and Chimay delivers with fervour. (75cL, Vintage Cellars, Adelaide)
As I said ’who could go past a Chimay’!

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