Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4497   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Delicious. My favorite of the Chimay line although the white is a close close 2nd. Creamy smooth velvety palate is my favorite trait of this one. Dark fruit flavor with a slight alcohol bite. Somewhat yeasty too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Pours a deep amber/burgundy color with a nice amount of froathy whitish head. Sweet raisiny and brown sugar flavor, but smooth and not as pronounced as others I’ve had. Aroma is sweet and flowery with a yeast/raisin undertone. Overall, I felt this was a very enjoyable beer, but I think I liked the red a wee bit better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timdom (19) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2005
1994!!! Grande Reserve 750ml This beer has been kicking around my folks place for ages, I finally conned them into opening it. I knew that it would be past it’s best but it’s still an impressive drop. No head and totally flat it poured like a glass of port (not dissimmilar in aroma too). The complexity of the nose is amazing. Herbal almost medicinal in character, raisins soaked in brandy. The hue is from watery to caramel. Flavour is malt and alcohol driven. Alcohol bitterness is balanced on the finish by malt sweetness no hop bitterness at all. A nice clean dry finish. I prefer a younger example but none the less imperssive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Pours amber with suspended bits of yeast and a nice creamy layer of off-white head. Clean soapy aroma with some peppery spice and a hint of dates. Mmmm. What a wonderful palate. Those crafty monks have done it again. Light, clean, very delicate. My mouth is blissfully unaware of the ABV. Toasty carmel, toffee and plum flavors with a dry clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 75 & 33 cl) Vintage 1992. Reddish dark, hazy and impure with a tall head. Very full-bodied with a warming but never cloying alcohol - actually, it doesn’t really appear that strong. Chocolatey and spicy - perhaps even a bit peppery? I cannot really taste the difference between the "Bleu" in small bottles and the "Grande Reserve" in the big, but try sampling different vintages at "Kulminator" in Antwerp - it’s a great experience. 201193

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 18, 2005
Deep red colour with a thick frothy off-white head. Alcohol, Prunes and spicy aroma with a hint of citrus fruit (The Alcohol is kinda masking the other flavours) . Mouthfeel is quite creamy. Fairly clean finish with a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ConfusedDave (2) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2005 does not count
Dark appearnace but lighter than expected flavour, high alcohol content, goes down a treat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (228) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Brown beer with small tan head. Strong presence of alcohol. Complex aroma, some malts and fruits, notably plums. Lively and pretty well carbonated. Roasty, dry finish that lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Yummy! Full, rounded flavor. Alcohol i s well hidden. And it lingers on the palate. And to top it off: I’m getting fond of beers served in goblets! Beautiful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
What took me so long to try this one?..Poured dark brown with red high lights. Spice and fruit in the nose and taste. This is an excellent trappist.

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