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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Chimay (bleu) grand reserve smells of fruit ( plums, black cherries and raspberries) and spices ( clove and cinnamon). The head is tan and fades without leaving much lacing. The taste is rich, plummy, and wine-like. I detected no obvious presence of either hops or malt. This beer is less sweet than Chimay red. The 9% alcohol content is not readily detectable in the flavor, but is nonetheless felt as one slowly drains the bottle. This is definitely one to nurture and savor. I enjoyed it with aged cheese.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 This beer stimulates my limbic system with one of my all-time favorite aromas and is nice for special occasions. Has a beautiful ruby-bronze body and fat notes of spice, mustiness, earth, and roasted candy sugar. The flavor is complex and builds with each sip bringing a nice blend of sweet, sour, bitter, earth, and chocolate. Makes a great compliment for bread and Chimay cheese. A classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFGrind (1837) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2003
11 ounce bottled version has outstanding flavor and aroma. "The one beer to have when you're having only one."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Dark brown color. A lot of flavors happening at once. Dried fruit mixed with a malty, sweetness, and a slight alcoholic kick to finish. A superb ale. I enjoyed this very much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Pours with a thick head. Dark brown in color. Yeasty, malty nose. Very complex flavor. Lightly malty, somewhat creamy, with a warm alcoholic finish. Maybe a little too alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2004 Displays dark brown or deep ruby in the glass. Scents of spice, malt and alcohol. The flavour has a bitter finish, slightly sweet malt taste with a hint of spice and plum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2003 Dark brown, almost ruby in color with a large white head. Light yeasty aroma. Flavors of butter and dried fruits came through, with a slight alcohol warming touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biff (3) - colorado springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
The best. I have been a life long American beer guzzler, until I discovered tasty beer. the local newspaper says American forces in Iraq discovered a warehouse, owned by one of Saddam's boys, full of Chimay, Why, I thought, better try it. Its great I found out. Since then My quest for great beer has begun. Nothing surpasses the taste of Chimay Bleu. Pure nectar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Oh boy. What a complement to blue cheese. A rich caramel aroma with toffee richness in mouthfeel. Great creamy texture with a lively carbonation at first that settles down to imitate a vintage port or tokay. Roll on winter! RE-RATE: Only to increase this rating as it really is a sensational beer after tasting a number of different vintages. I tried a ’00 and decided that some of the different and potentially competing flavours now blend and give a smooth rich and very rewarding beer. Bless you fathers. RE-RATE again: I know this is like a yo-yo but the quality and character of this beer has really dropped away. Slight down grade as a result.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (529) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2003
They just kept getting better and better. First red, then white, and now blue. Dark brown color and a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma was complex, as was the taste. Spices, carmel, just a bit of alchol as it warmed. Simply outstanding.

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