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 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2004
WOOHOO, #50!..... It's been a while since I've had one of these, unfortunately. This pours with a large, rocky head, with really not much of an aroma, maybe slightly yeasty with plum/date hints; very nice oaky, slightly fruity carmel flavor with notes of raisins and dates and subdued alcoholic-ness for such a strong beer; slighty dry aftertaste, great balance in general. This is sooo much better than the red, IMHO, but a different brew, no doubt; very nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmmstout22 (24) - USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 Poured a very dark brown color. Thin head. Complex flavor with malt yeast fruit and oak. It's coplexity has probably earned it the high rating, but I believe it is a bit over rated. The Red is more drinkable, and I also really like the white when it is hot out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 28, 2004
Delicate fruity aroma. Taste is crip, fruity and mellow yeasts and malt. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3505) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a fizzy head. Aroma is floral with yeast. Very nice and tasty. Nice carbonation and the malt is just right. For starter or pro this is a good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2117) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
A delicate and complex brew. Smells of mint, a just-opened box of wooden matches, and yeast. Dark brown and well carbonated, this beer tastes of yeast, subtle berry fruits, and toasted oak. WOW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2004 Just cracked a bottle with "3/99" on cork. I beleive that Chimay is good, but Trappist Ales are not my bag. The nose was great, but the overall feel was a little too fruity, "chewy", if you know what I mean. Even though it is not my favorite kind of beer, this is my favorite of all the Trappist ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Angelic brew, There is a lot to love with the Chimay Blue and 2001 packs it all. Gorgeous pour, thin lace, minimal head. Nice smell, with hints of oak and other earthy tones. Nice perky mouthfeel, nice bubbly snap, perfect medium body ending with a heavenly hop bitterness. This is a brew that just speaks to me, I can tear most beers apart, this is one that leaves me breathless. It's always a new experience, I get something new everytime. Kind of like a Blade Runner viewing, sure I've seen it 50 times, but it keeps me coming back like a crack-whore. Dark, woody, tinge of fruit, and a malt-hop blend like no other. It's not just a brew, but a beverage majestic, solemn and wonderous in its' existence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13850) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2004
Dark brown raisin color. Brown creamy head. Aroma is parfume, yeast and apple. Mouthfeel is champagne-like: carbonated. Tasting raisins and prunes. Aftertaste is alcoholic bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
The Beer Dean (5) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2004 does not count
Tiny bubbles! The hoppy nose is softened with age and has a cider like dryness. Say aged cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 corked 10/03. Stupid huge head pilled high with billions of (nitro?) bubbles. It hung around for awhile too. The nose was malty, alcoholic, and caramel like. It tastes very good but I was let down by the HUGE alcohol taste. It was excessive, especially for 9%. I got malts, candy apples, and ,oh yeah, alcohol. I’m sure this beer mellows well with time, and maybe that would change my opinion.

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