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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
johninmelb (1123) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2002
This was my favourite beer until my recent trip to Belgium touring the trappist monasteries (Trappist ales are notoriously difficult to find in Australia). Although it has now been supplanted by Westvleteren and Rochefort in my book, still a fantastic beer. Never bad, always interesting. Funky little bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mancer99 (13) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
Don’t know if it’s because Chimay’s famed variability or what but the bottle I had wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered. The fizz overwhelmed everything else after a few seconds in the mouth, which is really tragic. Taste was good but didn’t get anything special out of it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2002
Light tan head (not as compact as other trapiste beers), dark dark brow color, careful with the sediment. Very fresh, sweet and spirited taste, not at all like the almost violent Rochefort Trappistes 10! I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2002
Rerate 8/31/02: Had this with some Chimay cheese. The superb synergy of the pairing drove me to bump my rating a bit for this marvelous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2002
Rerate On tap. This one still doesn’t do it for me quite like the other trappistes but I still can’t quite put my finger on it. Sure it looks nice and has a lasting beige head. The aroma is delicate but it’s still a bit faint, and this time I made sure I let it warm up. The typical spices, hop, fruit and yeast aromas and flavours of the typical Belgian Strong Ale style are also all there. There’s just no WOW! factor like you get when you take that first mouthfull of the top Belgians. Maybe because this beer is so well known or maybe its just my mouth and nose are different.
First rated 6 April 2002 : 3.7</BR>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2002
Big dark, fruity belgian ale. Darker then Première and more complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Have had several years and agings and have enjoyed all. Very malty and great flavor. I am still aging a ’97 and a ’99.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2002
Dark brown in color. Tan head with good carbonation. Wonderful aroma with a fruity nose. Complex with a good balance of malt and hopps. One to buy for special occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 8/25/2002 : Dark brown like strong tea. Champagne like fizz. Complex spicy flavor (cinnamon, clove?). Alcohol warms the belly. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
This beer and a cigar will put you on cloud nine and make you want to listen to Pink Floyd. This is probably the first "rare premium beer" that I tasted, maybe5 years ago. Yeast is overwhelming from the aroma to the finish. Alcohol comes through quite nicely. This is a highly carbonated beer that sort of foams when you sip it. Malty, little hops. I will re-rate in a few months as there is more going here than my primitive taste buds can discern. There is no question, this is a quality beer.

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