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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Nice Belgian dark strong ale. Not too sweet or cloying like some other belgian dark ales or QUads. Dark brown with amber highlights and a great lasting head. Very spicy and yeasty aroma, with some caramel and sweet malts showing through. Flavor is malty but dominated by a strong yeast profile which is high in phenolics much like Unibroue type beers. Smooth sweet and complex wine-like finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours dark and brown. Perfect creamy head. Very tiny bubbles. Aroma is slightly roasted. Somewhat malty. Taste it and you know it’s a bit heavier a beer than you might have thought. After a few more tastes and you start noticing not just the roasted bitter tastes, but some flowery and tangy characteristics. It’s very pleasant. There is noticeable alcohol taste but not overbearing. These flavors balance well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2004
I dark amber brew that you have to pour in the proper glass for a beige 1" head that is long-lasting. This deep, complex brew has a great roasted malt and slightly bittering hops balance. There are some slight spices in there, but it mostly tastes like a heavy ale with a great yeast blend that you can’t find here. Great brew but I can brew something similar at about 1/10 of the cost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2004
This poured a deep reddish-brown with an enormous sudsy light brown head. The aroma is yeasty and malty with some hot spices. This has a rich roasted malt flavor with a heaping of nutmeg and some heavy peppering. Strong alcohol presence... quite the warming drink. Pleasant, warm & spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Nut brown with a tan head. Fair lacing. Yeast and malt aroma with a raisin nose. Warm malt and caramel flavor. Warm and full-bodied palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 I figure I would go ahead and re-rate this. The first bottle(750) I had must have been defunked. I had this a few nights ago, in the smaller bottles, at a club. Man, I went through 3 of em in a new york minute!! Deep brown pour with a conventional coca’d head that layed around in a creamy manor throughout the drink. Taste was soft and sweet with a chewy feel. Nice overall sweet and spicey aroma and taste. Plums, a little clover, brown sugar, some cherry and mollasses. Second time around, ding ding!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2004
33cl bottle. Murky orange brown with a small tan head. Not much aroma, a little malt, a little hop, and little else. There is no mistaking the alcohol in this one. Quite yeasty, though there was almost no sediment, and very little suspended in the brew. The alcohol and yeast overpowered the subtle flavors buried deep within. Tastes a bit green, maybe a little age would develop this into a brew worthy of its high rating. I am a fan of Belgian Strong Ales, but this one didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - OCT 30, 2004
2003 33 cl. bottle. pours dark brown almost black with a sustained creamy tan head. aromas of malt, cookie, rasons, plum and slight hop. flavors of sweet malt, chocolate, rason , plum, juniper, pepper with a dry hop finish. the 75 cl bottle seems better developed and drier. I think the flavor is a little more dull than previous examples I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Beautiful muddy/brown appearance, with a frothy white head on top. Yeasty, fruity, malt aroma. Spices, and hard fruit. Rich, full flavors. Roasted malts, yeast, figs, and apples. Alcohol warmth felt by the end of the bottle. This is a very good belgian strong , but what else would you expect from Chimay?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Big Bottle. Sediment rich, dark brown color - opaque even when held to the light. Nice, frothy beige head that dissapates moderatly fast, Aroma of bananas. Nice mouthfeel - full, rich and bubbly, leaves a nice alcohol warmness in the back of the throat. There’s almost an astringent quality, my tongue sizzles from the carbonation, similar to drinking mineral water. I really like that. The flavor is pleasing. Malty, a bit fruity but not dominated by citrus, as many other brews are. Good stuff!

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