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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rette (6) - BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2002 does not count
of all trappists, this is the one that lets me down the most great looks (what colour) and aroma, but somewhat disappointingly weak taste, especially when you consider the thin aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Re-Rate 11/22/02: Ah that lovely site of a “Chimay Bleu”, breathing away in my “Chimay Chalice”, deep opalescent garnet to brown in color, the head majestic in its presence, the lace perfectly clinging to glass. What a nose, would make Jimmy Durante proud, large in malt, sweet, hints of caramel and yes, maybe yeast, down right sniffable. Begins malt sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish beautifully hopped, majestically carbonated and the aftertaste as dry as the Arizona Desert. I know many think this beer overrated, well “Bucko”, I like it, and it is my “Most favorite Chimay”! Ranks #66 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 8/8/02: Superb brownish color with a big ass off-white head, aroma was a mix of alcohol, wood, and grapes...super carbinated, grapey/malty flavor with a sweet but alcoholish finish...Re-Rate 11/17/02: some added powdery cocoa in the aroma..strong alcohol presence..chalky mouthfeel with yeasty flavors and dryness in the end..with lingering grapeness..I'm gonna try to age one of these to see what happens because right now, Im not too impressed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Of the three Chimays (rouge, blanche, bleu), this ale has the most malt. It pours a dark brown with a fair amount of head that quickly dissipates (actually, a lot of the head moved to the center of the glass giving it an appearance of a giant nipple). Light flavors of spice and fruit (raison flavors in all the Chimay ales) that are mostly masked by the roasted malt. But for a high 9% ABV, this is a very drinkable ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Nice deep mahoghany color. Decent head with plenty of lace. Malty aroma. Excellent tastes. Im glad I tried the Bleu version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Very sweet and yeasty. Dark brown in color. Not my favorite Belguim, but an excellent beer never the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Rerate of 33cl bottle after aging for about 3 years sampled on 7/26/07: Pours a murky copper bronze with a lot of yeast sediment and a frothy, light tan head. Aroma boasts lots of sweet biscuity caramel and dark plummy fruits. Body has nice complexity and balance of sweet dark caramel and raisins with some drying out and warmth toward the finish. A very nice Belgian Trappist beer.

Sweet appetizing caramel malty aroma with hints of berries and Belgian yeast. Nice dark brown color and smooth off-white head. Very sweet initial flavor that finishes a touch alcoholic. Pretty complex with noticable oak and toffee flavors. Slightly smoother and more balanced than Trois Pistoles, but both are great beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2002
Again, like so may trappist beers this one expands in the mouth. Smooth, with chocolate and biscuit notes. I drink this quite often.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brewmeistersgb (10) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
about as good as it gets. Beautiful color, wonderful scent and rich flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2002
MUUUCH better than the white or the red, imho. i’m glad i didn’t let my somewhat less-than-stellar notions toward those other two keep me from trying the bleu. a flowery/yeasty flavor and aroma that was enhanced by the alcohol content. not too vinous which is good. lovely deep rich brown color, slight head. mine was slightly warm from the bottle, so i think maybe i should stop refrigerating my stronger belgian and belgian style beers or something as it certainly tastes better that way.

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