Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4667   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - APR 25, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Sweet aroma with a slightly alcoholic tone. Spicy flavor, malty, with a bitter aftertaste. Very fine carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (15253) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2011 Bottle. Malty, brown sugar, yeasty aroma. Dark brown colour, slightly cloudy. Big semi-stable head. Peppery and brown sugar flavour. Alcoholic, very dry aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, as if there is rye in there and with pleasant carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy (as far as I could tell) dark chocolate amber with a good creamy head and plenty of lacing. Aroma was much more subtle than expected, with very little hint of the high alcohol content. Subtle sweet caramel malty notes. This extends through to the taste which starts sweet and malty and finishes with a slightly dry alcoholic bite. Mouth is quite creamy, I think the carbonation is about right. This is a very smooth, subtle strong dark which seems to improve with each sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2005
Hazy dark brown with a nice, thick rocky white head, not very long lasting though but still pretty good. Nutty and slight fruity nose. Yeasty, spicy flavour. Nice bitter palate. A trappist beer that doesn´t amaze you, but it will not disappoint you either. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
profane (40) - ITALY - APR 18, 2005
Malted taste, a little persistent alcoholic. Nice persistant foam. Cloudy aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ddenomme (37) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
I was a little worried about disappointment given the rating going in -- but no worries. This is an amazing beer by any measure. The aroma is a bit subdued for an in-bottle fermentation, but the taste and mouthfeel are so rounded and silky that they’re hard to surpass. The 9% content is scarcely noticeable but necessary to add a bit of pleasant astringency to what would otherwise be a very heavy ale. Very floral notes to both the aroma and the flavour. All in all well worth the money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2005
An extremely well balanced beer. I’ve had the bleu a long time ago and tasting it again. I do like the banana and hint of clove. Nothing stands out too much. What I do like about this beer is that it’s complex flavor that leaves you guessing it’s ingredients. The alcohol is hidden well. I wouldn’t consider bringing a 6-pack of this too a football game but it would pair well with beer and chicken.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brkc (11) - USA - APR 16, 2005
A good strong ale but I feel that it is definitely overrated and over priced. There are many that I like as well or better for less money.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Another excellent trappist ale, though maybe not as complex as others, has excellent alround body and flavour aroma. A strong flavour of wheat off of this, which is refreshing, as well as the spicey lightly fruity taste. One to try again defo. Rating for a second time: Got a magnium and cellered for 3 months. OMG this takes things to a whole new level probabl;y the best beer iv ever ever tasted. 100% goodness alround. so fruity and juicey and refreshing and just amazing. I regularly get chimay as its one of the best beers we can get is scotland, however while at the kulminator, i got a 1985 bottle, as that was the year i was born on. This again reinforces my high rating as this beer is just alround goodness, its always going to be a safe bet and u can drink about 10 of them which cant be said for other belgiun strong fellows. RERATE: Had one last night as a finisher offer, 2007 bottle thats been settlign in my room for a good few months, served at perfect cellar temp. Bottle opens and as iv found with recent bottle gushes everywhere, thankfully glass at hand, however all of the sediment is now stirred up and pours an ugly brown with many floating particals. Aroma is fruity, inky character, sweet with alc present. Taste isnt very plesnt at all, fruity, yeasty, ink again, grainy, aghh not for the first time in 6 months iv decided this beer is no longer hot in any way, older aged vertions, yea unbeatable on thier day but this chap has offically lost it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kyuss (21) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2005
Not my cup of tea. A great dark beer but pitty I don’t like dark beers that much. I do like the aroma thoug, a bit fruity.

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