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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4201   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
Dark brown with a tan foamy head. Malty nose similar to Aventinus wiezenbock. Spice & fruit flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 This is the best belgian beer I have had. Lot of head, the taste grows in your mouth. A winner! Added 120802: Remember to go for an old one, just compared a '2000' with a '2002', the oldest is the best, the '2002' seemed a bit sharp/alcoholic. Rerate 191004: This had definately changed. Still a good beer, but it has lost some "personality"

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewsoc99 (29) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2002
Truly one of the world’s greatest beers. Spicy with deep rich flavours this beer is simply magnificent

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2002
This beer has the characteristic wheaty aftertaste of Chimay, which I typically do not like. However, in this one, that is countered by a strong sweetness and heavyness, not of alcohol, but flavor. Indeed, so sweet I had a hard time finishing the bottle. However, very interesting and very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2002
This beer has a lot going for it, but one thing that really sets it back in my book. It’s too carbonated... I actually shook a bit of the carbonation ouit and it did tastew better. I recently had Ommegang and actually liked it better. I am saddened because I was quite excited to try this beer. It was fine, but had a strong alcohol nose and flavor that seemed to overwhelm the complex flavor at times. This is certainly good, but I couldn’t rate it the best in it’s class.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
A wonderful ale. It seems to lack a little of the warmth of the red Chimay, but it nearly makes up for it with a stronger, darker flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Very nice. The color is a hazy dark brown with a massive sponge-like beige head. The aroma was very sweet...like bubblegum actually...lots of clove, banana, and some peppery spice. The flavor was sugary sweet, lots of clove, bubblegum and banana with a peppery finish. The high alcohol content did not disturb the taste at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2002
Nice dark brown colour, huge head. Very fruity aroma. The flavour is very pleasant, but seems less complex than other excellent Belgian trappist ales. I love the mouthfeel! The finish is medium bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2392) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2002
This was one for me that was hard to track down. Everyplace that I went to that had this on the menu where out of it. I happened to find it at a SAQ in Hull. I am glad that I did because this is one hell of a beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 (1998 version, 1.5 liters) Dark brown, creamy head which left nice laces on the glass. There was so much in this port-like beer, I couldn't name it all. Toffe, alcohol, flambéed bing cherries, macerated fruits (berries, plums), a bit piny. The ageing really did it some good! (Tasted on august 2nd 2002)


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