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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4035   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2002
Full bodied. Port-like. One of the best.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 This one pours a very dark, cloudy brown color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is strongly sweet, with hints of malts, yeast, and spices. Full bodied and very fruity, the flavor is rich with tones of yeast and spices. The finish is long and sweet. Yummy, quite a nice Belgian ale. Dear God, when I die, can I wake up in a vat of fine Belgian ale. I'm not picky, at long as it is in a vat of Westveleteren 12, Westmalle Tripel, or Chimay. I promise I'll share my beer with all the starving kids in Africa. God?? Please?? Are you listening???

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2002
This is my first trappist brew, and whoa what a alcohol kick, great color, bubbly head, and the complex malty taste came through better after it warmed. A must have!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Brown, with active carbonation leading to a creamy head. In each catagory, I like to find a beer that exemplifies the style, and for Belgians, it is Chimay Bleu. Pleasant aroma, nice malty flavor, with hints of the fruity yeast flavors.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Anything with a cork in it from Belgium just has to be exceptional, and i was not disappointed with my Chimay Grande Reserve. The aroma was unbelievable (i still have the cork), the color is just a beautiful amber. The taste is great, with a sweet pleasantness as you swish a little around in your mouth. After the beer goes down only happiness remains as this is one of Belgiums greatest creations thus far.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Great beer and my first trappist brew. The head is bubbly at first and then slowly proceeds to a nice creamy taste and look. It is quite alcoholic in flavor. It has a slight hint of sweetness especially at first. A very floral aroma. Not really hoppy or malty. A well balanced B.S.A.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Damn, this is the best beer Ive had. Great color, awsome head and the flavor is so good. When you drink you get warm, damn this beer went very well with my Rickenbacker bass. I give this world class act brew an: A+

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Phenominal from start to finish. Nice body, not too heavy with a light alcohol nose. Port like flavors develop as the beer warms. A great nite cap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1606) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2002
very dark beer, remarkable and strong palate, but no particular taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Got a bottle of this for my friend Jeff’s B-day. Strong beer but hides the ABV very well. Almost a champagne hint to this brew. Overall Outstanding!


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