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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Cellared for two years. Brown color with a ruby shine. Thick tan head. Very complex aroma of dark fruits, toffee and vanilla. Wonderfull flavor of dark fruits and toffee, maybe vanilla. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation was lively at first but after a while it became softer. Great beer, a "must have" in a cellar !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Very sweet and floral. Smooth, despite its strength. Pretty well balanced, but it doesn’t stand out against some other Belgians I’ve had, even if they aren’t my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Since this is widely available in Chattanooga, I’ve spent the money to try it several times and I still think it’s overrated -- especially compared to other great beers in the style. Nice fruity aroma and flavor with warming alcohol, but way too sweet and not very comlex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 This beer has become almost generic with the wide availability of other Belgians (at least in the Dallas area)...how wonderful...pours deep amberwith a nice tan active head...smells earthy, prunes, raisins, dark fruit...dry palate, but still quite complex...subtle alcohol in the finish...so delightful...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2004
750 ml bottle, cork dated 10/03, best before 2007. Mahogony colour with a frothy and rocky tan coloured head. Pungent, spicy, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, plum, and persimmon aroma. Flavours of yeast, toffee, raisin, plum, cider, and a light alcohol bitterness. Full bodied and very dry, with a touch of alcohol burn. Probably could have used some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Bottle. Fruity, malty aroma. Toffee to begin with. When this beer warms a synthetic, plastic aroma and taste develop. This was a little unpleasant, almost stopped me from finishing my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1043) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2004
Yes, Yes, Yes this is it. no alcohol smell. A bottle from 2001 I drunk it on 20 december 2003. You could keep the beer until 2007. You have to write it with CAPITALS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - AUG 1, 2004
This beer is rated very very highly, but i’ll tell you I don’t like it as much as the rest. Don’t get me wrong if you gave this to me as a gift i’d be happy but it’s just too expensive and not what I would call a 99th percentile beer. The high alcohol content gives it a huge kick, which was too much for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrKevvie (29) - Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Lovely rich smell, wonderful colour dark brown with sedimentation. Flavor was strong, distinct and had a rich perfume or fruityness about it. Had a nice bitter aftertaste. Had a good head, light frothy and tasty, the head was much darker in appearance than most beers, including stouts. All in all an excellent beer, if you like weisen beers then this one is a must buy and try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Much darker than the other two chimays I’ve had. Even the head seems browner. Great aroma. Sweet blend of malts and yeast bring out some very sweet-fruit-like scents. Definately the best tasting chimay so far. Lots of apples and spice flavors.

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