Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4668   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This is a pleasant Belgian that I will continue to drink, but that I think is slightly overrated. Delicate aroma that is yeasty and floral. Pours out a dark brown color with a large tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Taste is quite malty and sweet with a bitter finish. Lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Overall, this is a good beer, but one that I thought would be more flavorful and complex. It kind of seems mediocre now that I’ve tried so many other great Belgian ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jb (2899) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Has the look of a homemade beer. Dark orange-brown with a thick thick tan head. Yeast, caramel, dark fruit i.e. plums or raisins in nose. Very creamy somewhat sour palate with a bit of malt in there. I can see why this one is a highly rated beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3501) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
This is a wonderful beer! Pours a thick dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, malts, apples and other fruits and spices. Tastes of caramel, malts, apples and other fruits and spices. Exceptionally smooth for a beer with an alcohol content this high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8645) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2006
Bollte. White head. Dark red brown body. Fruity malt aroma. Spicy complex flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Barrabass (31) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2005
Dark hazy colour. Melting head. Strong fruity nose with a hint of grape. Sour and dry and taste of grapes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Belgian strong ales are not my favorite style and this beer was no exception. Pours a murky brownish red with a large head. Aroma is sickly sweet. Flavor is heavy on the sweetish raisinish cloying and fruity side. Not a beer I would buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours murky, unfiltered brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of caramel, pear, grassiness and a little vanilla. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, caramel, apple, a little chocolate, white grapes, yeast and plum/raisin. Pleasantly sweet with an earthy hop character in the finish. I can’t believe this is a 9% alcohol beer - so smooth and drinkable. Medium body with an airy, light texture and lively fine-beaded carbonation. Great head retention. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Handle (10) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
I actually like this better than the 10. The flavor is outstanding- burnt caramel, rasins, wine, and something smokey. The nose is slightly sweet with touches of grape and rasin. This beer makes me want to be a monk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1771) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2012 Another Christmas beer of 2005. I need to learn more about Belgium Ales. The froth from the head filled the glass. The head then withdrew to a normal head. The aroma was stonger with the yeast than the German Helles. The color was a deep dark brown. The flavors were of roasted malt. The first sip was overpowering but as I drank more the beer was more satisfying. I like the IPA and Stout better but I want to try more these Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2005
750ml corked bottle. Dark brown with offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and yeast. Full bodied with flavors of raisins, plums, brown sugar, burnt toast, and yeast. Dry finish, and slight alcohol warmth; excellent. Shared with Quintana.

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