Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Small bottle; yeasty and one, okay mabey two dimensional but it doesen't live up to the hype the way Rochefort 10 does. Not bad, just not earth-shatering

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
I had really high expectations for this being my first tasting of the Bleu. I would say that it underachieved. The aroma was fairly uninspiring. The appearance was a lovely ruby brown. The flavor was a pleasant chocolatey strong ale. Still searching for that killer belgian that I can use at home tastings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2004
dark brown color. smell of raisins and brown sugar and spices. not much to the taste. it does have an alcohol burn but you can't taste it in the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2386) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Thin head which lasts the length of the drink. Nice hotspot of carbonation that keeps a thin film of bubbles circulating on the surface. Murky dark brown in color. Aroma is typical of a lot of belgian strong ales with copious amount of malt, dark fruits and a littles bit of spices. Flavor is the same. Hides its alcohol well. Finish is slightly sweet but smooth and a little warming. A good quality belgian strong ale but nothing that really sets it apart from others in its group.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1338) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The Chimay Blue poured a murky, cloudy, caramel brown color. It had a big off-white head that had great retention. It had a rather subtle aroma...yeasty and winey with some oak and a faint fig smell. It had a complex taste that is pretty difficult to describe. A kind of tart, figgy taste up front with some oak and winey tones and a slighty spiced finish. It was a nicely balanced, smooth beer. A great beer for special occasions.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2003
750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy burgundy. Nice head dissipates quickly; leaves little lace. Funky aroma (spice? yeast?), reminiscent of trois pistoles. Bitter for a belgian - can't tell if it is hops or spice. My favorite chimay - but Trois Pistoles is a a better value

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I had the 2001 and 2003 versions. I liked the 2001 version much better. It was a little oxidized, tasted like cardboard, but it was very good. Can't really tell. Some vanilla notes to it. Brown and red in color. Excellent beer. Gentle aroma. Fruity. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 2 versions: 2003 and 1998: Deep orange brown red with tan head and floaties. Gentle fruity aroma, earth, like a nice summer day. 1998 version had some oxidized notes with a nice vanilla aroma mixed in. The palate was full bodied, gentle and fruity. Earthy with a slight carmel. The 1998 adds some hints of vanilla. Overall an excellent brew and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2004 My aim was to hit rating #70 before the end of the year. Accomplishing it with a Chimay Bleu with the christmas diner was not a bad way to do it. Two bottles of Grande Reserva 2003 were used. Not as good looking as the Rouge, being an almost black, murky brown. Aroma is of candy sugar, some alcohol and a hint of dark chocolates, along with perhaps some cellarlike smell. The cellary feeling carries over to the flavour, which is fairly heavy, again with some dark chocolate, along with noticable alcohol and perhaps a tiny bit of cappucino. Gives a very big feeling in the mouth, but not particularly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Choos (643) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2003 Tried both the 1998 & 2002 330ml bottles side by side. Aroma malt, alcohol, lightly yeasty and a tiny hint of metal. 2002 bottle has also has some floral in the aroma whereas the 1998 bottle had more malt aroma and less apparent alcohol. Both murky red/brown not seethrough thanks to the great amount of yeast that comes in the bottle. Both bottles had heads that slowly began slowly creeping out of the bottles although they were treated very gently. Both have great malty flavours with a hint of roastiness, mocha, plums and a strong alcohol flavour which improves the feel of the beer. 1998 beer was smoother. Both are higher carbonated that I would have thought (and at the same level) but it doesn't detract. They drink with heaps of mouthfeel!

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