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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Muddy brown color. Luxurious head of large and small creamy bubbles. Tenacious webby lace work. Yeasty floral aroma with roasted malt accents. Complex fruit and malt flavors. Alcohol is hidden well. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Of course it is a good Belgian Strong Ale, but for the price you pay you can find the same quality for cheaper in some other beers. I for one don’t think Chimay is worth all the praise it gets. It’s not the best thing to come out of belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2002
It’s good, but not worth the price/hype IMO. High in carbination and had a somewhat airy taste, which worked to mask the fruitiness. It did get a more malty taste as it warmed, but not even comparable to the bread/yeast finishes of some other Belgians I’ve tried.

   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.

   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???

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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+

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