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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARMed (622) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Exceptional flavor with a very robust palate. Smooth and carbonated and very fruity. Alcohol was a little more evident than I expected, but not overly apparant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Smells like roasted nuts, prunes, bananas, some leather, and chocolate. Taste was complex and chewy. Sweet ripe fruit and alcohol are all over the tongue in the finish. This is my "go to" Belgian because it's so easy to find.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasg (12) - Rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
A strong scent of fruit - prune/raisin, apple, banana etc. - Very pleasant roasted nose with a hint of malty sweet. Brun and cloudy with a beige long sustained froth. A nice taste of fruit, sweet liquorice and caramel. Taste strong but with sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
I missed Janet's "costume malfunction" while pouring this because Justin made me walk away from the TV. turns out it was worth pouring over any part of the game! nice and darker than the red, light candy sugar flavors like a true trappist at 9%. good fruity notes and happy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Oh my god, this is a wonderful beer. One sip and I immediately developed a deep appreciation for the monastic ways. The foamy tan head is rich and bubbly and while it dissipates quickly some excellent lacing is left behind. The gorgeous head sits on a deep brown body that is alive with effervescence. Has a sensational aroma of roasted malt, living yeast, alcohol, and blessed earth. Flavors of malt and yeast rush over the palate and ensnare the senses with heavenly delight while the sly 9% alcohol presence dances over the taste buds causing orgasmic convulsions at the back of the tongue. This beer made me positively giddy. With its fresh, robust aroma and peppery flavor plus its delightful eye appeal Chimay Bleu is certainly a gift from god. Oh Trappist Monks of Belgium, at long last, thank you blessed gentlemen, yours is truly the king of beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark cloudy brown with a medium tan head. Very pleasant roasted nose with a hint of malty sweet. Sweet taste with a nice warm finish. Very smooth mouthfeel with a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours dirty brown, big off white head that dissapears quickly. Aroma of spices, alcohol, cherry and roastiness. Trois Pistoles with cayanne and way more chocolate and fig/plums. Raisins, red wine. Malty, sour, and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
My first trip to belgium, and this is one of the beers I sampled. It was excellent. For its alcohol content it tasted quite weak, but still good. Excellent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
prunes, dates, dark stone fruit [plum, cherry] on the nose. dark brown/cola like a dark fortified wine colouration with lovely cream coloured head. dates, chocolate and dark stonefruit flavours dominant with hints of prune and raisiny character aswell as some spice [cinnamon, nutmeg]. kinda dry and sumptuous with mild bitterness. I definetly want more of this, this is a beer for quiet contemplation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Aroma of prunes, raisins and dates with a fresh pine hint. Nice frothy head. the flavor begins with grapefruit, lemon and light plum which turns into a deep thick pudding of raisins. Very clean and refreshing finish.

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