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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3934   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauropd (37) - ITALY - JUN 17, 2002
Definitely a classic for Belgian beers ... and of course if you go for drinking tons of bottle you get bored immediately. Better not in hottest summer ...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Tastes a little like Westvleteren 12 only not quite as complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2002
Smooth + spicy with dark toffee flavours coming through, alcohol comes through faintly on the nose, though you don’t feel that expected kick that 9%AV should give you.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2002
Dark amber in colour. nice thick head, yeasty tatse.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Fruity aroma, wonderful foamy head. Sweet, malty and spice flavors are overwhelming. Finish is equally enjoyable. I say the brewmaster at Chimay has few peers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedTickBeer (39) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2002
First Belgian experience. Had to see what all the beer geeks talk so much about. Very pleasant taste. Sweet and fruity. Achohol very noticable. Maybe the ultimate late night beer in a goblet experience.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
luc99 (4) - 9100 sint-niklaas, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2002 does not count
great beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
Large, dirty white colored head w/ an amber body. Nice smooth taste, it’s alcohol level sneaks up on you.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Carbonated head - red brown body. Virtually no hops. Nice and complex malt and fruit flavors. Delicious - my fav of the Chimays!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2526) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2005 Rating #1 (6/5/02): Bottle from 11/2000 (10 5 8 5 18). A dark brown amberish color with a foamy off-white head. A sweet fruity and floral aroma with a strong malty presence. The flavor is moderately sweet and more smooth and poised (almost understated) than I expected, almost a regal compelxity. A strong body that burps and lasts a pleasantly long time. Rating #2 (7/26/05): Bottle from 02/2005 (8 4 8 4 17). A dark brown color with ruby highlights in direct light and a creamy tan head. A ginger, cinnamon and clove spiced aroma with some banana bread, plums and sweet malts. Intense pulls on the aroma bring forth a nice burning spiced alcohol element. A strongly spiced flavor with a lively fizzy feeling in the mouth that stands on top of a base of raisins and sweet malts.


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