Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4545   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Grande Réserve Magnum courtesy of Dumdum, 1998. Red amber in colour, ruby hues, with a nice moka head. Fruity raisins in aroma with aplles and light yeasty notes. Sweet confectionners sugar with woody notes and old hops. This beer is past its prime, notes by high oxidation. Still interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dimitri99 (63) - USA - AUG 2, 2005
Simply... amazing. Had a small bottle in NYC last weekend, and... it was amazing complex, with a great aroma of mixed fruits and sugars. Amazingly smooth, easy on the palate. An excellent dark amber color... simply put, the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Honestly, I don’t understand what all the hype is about. This kind of disappointed me. It had a nice appearance, very perfect brown color with impressive sandy colored head. Aroma was yeasty, peachy, some purple grapes, some weird lemon pepper scent too. Flavor was carbonated, brown sugar, green apple, wheat bread, yeast, and some malt. meh... it really was kind of plain and i was stretching for some of these flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. malty medium finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours very dark brown, with a decent head and a fairly carbonated body that settled down after a little while, and with it the head. Aroma contained some caramel, pear(?) and yeast, with some malt character coming out with tasting. Slightly bitter and a bit soapy on the palate. I was expecting a lot more from this beer, but I’ll definitely be tasting it again, though, so we’ll see what happens then.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
I didn’t think that this was anything particularly special. The flavors were somewhat indecipherable to me other than carmelized sugar, intense carbonation and high levels of acidity. It did have excellent color and I love it when I can see little remnants of ingrediants circling the glass. Very creamy as it warms up. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it was bad, but nothing that I’d see out to drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2005
A nice beer, but I expected something a bit more complex. Seems like a more flavorful version of the Chimay Red to me. Nice dark brown color, sweet malts and yeastiness. Has some dry fruitiness to it and some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Pours medium to dark brown with wispy film for head. Lots of dark fruit and and some sweet malt in the aroma. Bunch of different flavors, dark fruit, caramel, faint sugar, alcohol and spice. Overall very chewy, yeasty character to it. I do remember this being better, but that was before my beer geek days. Could be access to more stuff nowadays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
MMMMMMM now this is nice. Pours a deep amber color with a small head. Flavor is wonderful with hints of malt and yeast. Aroma is yeasty and very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Bottle (330ml) (my last one!) in a Chimay goblet. Poured cloudy (some dark sediment at bottom), a lively dark reddiish-brown - full off-white creamy head, initially fizzy, settled to an acceptable cover. Sweet-sharp malty to my nose, quite yeasty and noticeable alcohol - clove, spices, coriander, sour apple and fresh-cut pine resin come in after. Mouthfeel very even - oily, a bit carbonated. Flavour very delicate - spices, mild malt, touch of bitterness, quite a bit of forest-after-the-rain there (’shrooms, mulch, leaves) - very easy on the go-down, alcohol very restrained for 9%. Hope the LCBO brings this one back in fall ’05 - I will buy a case! *update: they did bring it back, I bought 2 cases!

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