Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4596   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Pours opaque brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Very light aroma, but fruity without the citrus. Apples, with a bit of flowers as well. Taste is difficult to put a finger on. Sweet, like cinnamon apples but wonderfully malty as well. Finishes pretty dry, but with a little bit of alcohol, hop, and malt. Mouth feel is nice and thick. Carbonation was perhaps a bit more active than I prefer in a beer that is this rich. Very subtitle and wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
This beer makes me weep! Perfectly blanced and easily drinkable even with the higher ABV. Sweet and slightly hoppy, totally refreshing...what a good beer should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2005
When I popped this one open it was light, sweet and fruity. It poured hazy brown with a thick head. It was hoppy and very carbonated, but was nice and sweet and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose, some brown sugar. Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Smooth mouthfeel. The best of the style that is widely available, IMHO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edaquino (1) - sao paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 15, 2005 does not count
Still brings awe as the best >4 do but the dearth of a stronger body and persistence is evident in the 2004 vintage. This used to be the best beer I’d ever tasted and although I still drink it, I do hope future samples to improve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2005
75 cl Brown/black Beige/withe head Spicy and fruity Very good beer, with lots of taste. My no.1 CHIMAY

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artfink (28) - I’m everywhere Fokker!, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2005
very nice beer in this trilogy. nice dark color and fruity smells. leaves a nice taste of spice and alcahol in your mouth. not my fave chimay, but still pleasent. don’t shoot the cat with the cork!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Well balanced, crisp tight flavors, and a decent medium body. This is good, but I nothing experimental or daring. It hits all the nails on the head, but this is just a better-executed version of a typical belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pours cloudy brown with healthy tan half inch head that lasts. Aroma is sweet with an alcohol bite. Taste is full with hints of cinnamon, malt, and heavy yeast. Creamy head makes the swallow smooth, but there is definitely an alcoholic taste underneath it all. This is not bad, but is not my favorite Chimay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2005
My hundredth beer. Dark reddish brown beer, nice brown head, nearly no lacing. Malty aroma, dark fruits, alcohol, a slight hint of coriander, sugar, yeast. Bitter initial taste, more malty finish. Spicy tones. By far the best of the 3 commercial Chimay beers.

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