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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4303   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Since this is widely available in Chattanooga, I’ve spent the money to try it several times and I still think it’s overrated -- especially compared to other great beers in the style. Nice fruity aroma and flavor with warming alcohol, but way too sweet and not very comlex.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 This beer has become almost generic with the wide availability of other Belgians (at least in the Dallas area)...how wonderful...pours deep amberwith a nice tan active head...smells earthy, prunes, raisins, dark fruit...dry palate, but still quite complex...subtle alcohol in the finish...so delightful...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
750 ml bottle, cork dated 10/03, best before 2007. Mahogony colour with a frothy and rocky tan coloured head. Pungent, spicy, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, plum, and persimmon aroma. Flavours of yeast, toffee, raisin, plum, cider, and a light alcohol bitterness. Full bodied and very dry, with a touch of alcohol burn. Probably could have used some age.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Bottle. Fruity, malty aroma. Toffee to begin with. When this beer warms a synthetic, plastic aroma and taste develop. This was a little unpleasant, almost stopped me from finishing my glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1043) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2004
Yes, Yes, Yes this is it. no alcohol smell. A bottle from 2001 I drunk it on 20 december 2003. You could keep the beer until 2007. You have to write it with CAPITALS.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2004
This beer is rated very very highly, but i’ll tell you I don’t like it as much as the rest. Don’t get me wrong if you gave this to me as a gift i’d be happy but it’s just too expensive and not what I would call a 99th percentile beer. The high alcohol content gives it a huge kick, which was too much for my liking.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Lovely rich smell, wonderful colour dark brown with sedimentation. Flavor was strong, distinct and had a rich perfume or fruityness about it. Had a nice bitter aftertaste. Had a good head, light frothy and tasty, the head was much darker in appearance than most beers, including stouts. All in all an excellent beer, if you like weisen beers then this one is a must buy and try

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Much darker than the other two chimays I’ve had. Even the head seems browner. Great aroma. Sweet blend of malts and yeast bring out some very sweet-fruit-like scents. Definately the best tasting chimay so far. Lots of apples and spice flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaveZee (6) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2004 does not count
The standard against other trappistes are measured, for good or ill. Chimay will always hold a special place for me as the first ’good’ beer I ever tried. Fantastic flavor, beautiful color, slightly strong alcohol flavor. Do not make the mistake of drinking this ale in a narrow glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/27/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 7/27/04. Pours a muddy dark brown with dark red-brown outline. Very fluffy head that comes out the top of the bottle within a minute. Tan-gray head lingers, pretty dense but uneven. Outstanding lacing. Aroma ain’t no thang. Good but not amazing. Flavor has bright yeast, candi sugar with some faint plum, overripe fruit, strong alcohol, dusty cupboards (?!), and some cake. Medium body, feels like it’s breaking apart under the carbonation. Nice activity, but there’s also a weird divide. Finish is smooth and growing with an impressive boost at first, darkly fruity, bready, and sugary with candi and brown sugar. A slight hint of dark roast malt. Good beer, but the aging potential on this is where it’s at. I’d much prefer it with a few years under its belt.


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