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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Alcohol evident. Essence at first is of a red wine. Very bready and yeasty. Estery aftertaste with a dry mouthfeel to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Mahogoney in color. Diminishing head. Molasses-brown sugar aroma. Delicate on the tongue. A dough-y kind of taste. The yeast comes through in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Not quite as impressed as I"d hoped to be. Dark brown color, decent but thin head, aroma not strong either. Nice spicy flavor, but a little on the bitter side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2002
Deep brown,lightly spiced fruit yeasty nose. Malt and fruity with a faint sour tinge. Yeasty.A very good beer, just not my style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
They’re saying this is similiar to this Westvleren12 beer that seems to be so popular around here. I haven’t been able to obtain any of that to rate but I have had ChimayBleu many times and I respect and admire it . Initially I observe dark amber/red color and thickish consistency/mouthfeel. Nutty ethanol effervescence come second . IT’s expensive stuff but it should be required drinking to learn about the Belgians. I haven’t had any in awhile, as this is a re-rate, I need to go get some !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2002
A nice burgundy amber color interspersed with floating yeast. Effervescent khaki head. Rosy and smoky at the same time. Buttery, fruity, and malty. Caramel and cherry flavors blend effortlessly. Bought cold at the liquor store; this only gets better as it warms. The tangy carbonation spreads the smooth flavors across your tongue. There is certainly a lot going on here; I’ll be sure to try this again when I can afford it. Where do I apply to be a monk?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 11.2 oz bottle, approx 3 years old: Modest, but quickly diminishing light brown head with very small bubbles. Lightly cloudy dark mahogany body with transparent edges. Almond butter aroma with malted raisins, hints of fruity alcohol, dusty caramel and cherry wood effervescence. Sharp pepper is quickly carried across the well developed and vigorous palate and it takes a little time for the flavours to overcome this sharpness, but with a little time anise, bitter caramel, raspberries, and toasted honeycomb. I like the creaminess of the fresh sample better, but the flavours here are deeper and more interesting. 7/4/8/4/15
11.2 oz bottle, fairly fresh: Deep ruby brown. Creamy taupe head constant till the bottom of the Chimay glass. Full aroma of berries, nuts (almonds) and vanilla. Light creamy mouth feel, more nuts, something sugary mixing with subtle malt. Finish is creamy and leaves the mouth watering for a bit more. . .8/5/7/4/16

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 One of the greatest disappointments in my beer drinking career. Cloudy brown color. Head is initially very thick and attractive but mostly diminishing leaving little lace. Yeasty aroma with overly-sweet malty flavor. Hints of smoke maybe a little fruit. Alcohol is apparent in both flavor and aroma. Slight alcohol burn in the throat but nicely carbonated. Don't get me wrong, this beer is good but aside from champagne corks and a 4.2+ score on ratebeer it really didn't impress me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2002
I am not sure if I can add any more superlatives that haven’t already been said other than to say this beer may be the definition of "world class".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Like the rouge, only stronger. More alcohol. Similar flavor. Berries, nuts, mild yeast and cocoa. Dry and doughy with hints of rum. Not as strong as Rochefort Trappistes 10, but has some unique and nice flavor.

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