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 15/20
Davolina (19) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
dark brown colour, with a fresh yeast and a fruity touch.. a classic for all beer lovers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish tone with medium rocky head. Aroma and flavor was complex and flavor of yeast and flowery tone. The finish was long medium biiter of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Poured a deep burgundy color with a large-bubbled head that was quite lasting. Murkiness in the appearance intensified as I reached the end. Aromas of bananas and pear with a hint of roastiness. Harsh scents of isopropyl alcohol as it warmed. Fruited flavors were overpowered by intense sweetness. A metallic feel at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Dark brown pour with a thick, foamy tan head that shrank down and left a fluffy blanket across the body for the duration. Cloves are the centerpiece surrounded by sweet malt, bananas and other alcohol macerated fruits. Flavor is sweet, spicy (mainly the cloves), malty, bananas, and apples. A tremendous depth of flavor that is not too complicated. The body has good consistency and flavors are blended well and very palatable. Finish is somewhat sweet and sour. Better than I remember the first time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours dark cherry brown with tiny bubbles, big nose of sweet fruit and yeast. Malty and very tasty, yummy...although a bit of metallic flavor on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
It have a great fruity taste and a great appearance but this beer leave me with the mouth completly dry:)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 [magnum bottle from peckhams 04] big fruity Nose, complex, plums, backcurrants, strawberrys, yeast and a background hint of liquorice. body is excellent, finish is refreshing despite the 9% alcohol, very well disguised. brilliant stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
But a shadow of its former self. After the recipe was changed in 2001 to use wheat starch and hop extract this beer has lost the wonderful complexity it has been known for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a deep, dark red body with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is dark fruits (plums and the like), malts, and alcohol. Flavors include fruit, bread, and syrup. The taste doesn’t exhibit the same alcohol characteristics as the aroma, although it is very warm and round.

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