Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4655   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
faintheart (2) - USA - DEC 13, 2005 does not count
Definately one of the best beers I have tasted. Its deep aroma and flavor gives it an edge over other beers of its kind. The blue is also the best Chimay that you can buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 bottle. This stuff is a dark, cloudy mahogany with varying shades and a firm, bubbly white head. There’s a nice sweet vinous nose with cloves and a dab of alcohol. The dry flavor is assertive of raisins, smoked leaves, cloves, and a sharp bitterness which is immediately balanced by a honey sweetness. This is rich and complex in an impeccable harmony. [Nov 30, 2007]-------� The nose reveals a rewarding complexity after the Chimay white fiasco. Adequate spiced notes and fruity aromas come out. The flavor is a bit sugary, but estery, complex, fruity hints are known. This is a good beer: solid and distinguished. However, it is not a legendary beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
There is only one word that describes this beer. TASTY! I have just started enjoying Belgium Ales and this is one of the Best. A nice deep auburn color with a deep tan head. No one else in my beer club enjoyed it, so I had the entire bottle (750ml) all to my self. It has a complex flavor with a little sweetness and some deep earth flavors. This beer s to be enjoyed not drank.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
[Bottle 750ml, fresh, chilled, classic SAQ selection] The last time I took notes on this beer was few weeks ago with Daniel Bilodeau but I just found my notes.

This is probably the best imported beer we find here, in Quebec, but unfortunately, it’s the most expensive too.. 8.50USD / 750ml ...it does worth every cent of its price. Cloudy brown/yellowish color. Thick tan head that eventually diminish to a thin film. Ginger/brown sugar, roasted to the nose. Full bodied, complex. Medium to strong flavors. Round texture. Some bitterness from roasted malt as a finish. Try this with a pepper steak or stroganoff beef. Get a rich flavored stout with a crème-brulée for desert ...you will touch paradise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2005
Dark Mahogony coloured beer with a deep complex array of flavours including raisins,roast malts, spices and a distinctive yeast flavour. Such an easy drinking beer for a 9%er. It shouldnt be hazey, its bottle conditioned, the yeast is supposed to be left behind in the bottle. Its all in the pooring technique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Hazy brown with off white head. Particles floating towards the bottom. Spicy aroma with wheaty qualities. Interesting. Flavor is banana, clove cocoa, very good. Has some Hefeweizen qualities to it. Not quite to the level of Rochefort Trappistes 10 but one of my more favorite in the belgian style. Also got the White, so we’ll see how that one stacks up next.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
cybersen (3) - DENMARK - DEC 7, 2005 does not count
simply my favorite beer. Dark, big taste but at the same time not strong. Goes great with more or less everything - and also just to drink. Just don’t take to many...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours darky murky brown with a little orange coming through in the light. Thick, rocky, beige head that shrinks to a thin layer. Good lacing. Really mild aroma. Sweet and a little spicy. Dark fruits, banana. Taste is surprisingly mild as well. Gets sweeter and the roasted malts are more prevalent as it warms. A pleasant beer to drink, a little dry. I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Dark and opaque brown with a thin small layering of head. Aroma is pleasant with malt and spice from a true Belgian yeast. Flavor is both sweet and bitter with flavors ranging from lightly toasted malt, sugar cane, brown sugar, figs, and a slight hint of vanilla. In the finish a perfect display of spices and hearty yeast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Translucent and cherry lacquered brown in color with a creamy, cohesive tan layer as the head, and brilliant, blanketing lacing. Nutmeg, prunes and plums begin the wafts up the nose, complimented by cinnamon, brown sugared raisins, cloves, pepper and subtle cocoa powder. Commanding palate spanning presence at the onset. Cocoa beans, nutmeg and chocolate donut powder form a sweetly spiced array. Tobacco, cinnamon and prunes formulate the most pervasive flavoring traits. Dried, fallen autumn leaves give an earthen dimension while plum pudding interjects one final dark skinned fruity-sugary suggestion. Sweet and encapsulating mouth feel. Glowing resonance at the throat’s tip at the outset, followed by chocolate covered figs in the finish. Tasty stuff.

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