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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4126   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2002
Dark amber appearance, with a thick, but airy, head. The aroma is mildly apricot/caramel, but only mildly. Every sip is like champagne -- lots of tiny bubbles conspire to tickle your nose. Its flavor is light and, surprisingly, slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. It’s got some mild fruity flavor and a finish that sort of ’renews’ the flavor. In other words, just as the flavor is fading, the finish kicks in to keep it going, but slightly more bitterly than the original flavor. A great beer that’s worth the trouble.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2002
Fruit & caramel malt aroma. The flavor includes both of those, but also an alcohol presence. There’s more in the taste, but I’m not sure how to identify it. The mouthfeel is champagne-like, all light and bubbly. Cloudy, dark brown body, with a nice head of foam. I like this beer quite a bit, but I can’t say I love it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2002
Big toffee smell. Very dark brown, big caramel head. Caramel, dried fruit, and alcohol shines through. Excellent, tingles on the tongue, warming complex. Fantastic

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 21, 2002
This is the most interesting of the Chimay beers, very smooth. pleasing bittersweet aftertaste. the most complex of the chimay beers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
I was suprised by this one. Something fruit, something sweet and bitter. Better than Chimay Triple i think.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2002
Magnificant!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - APR 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2002
Really subtle, classy, well-made stuff. Compex aroma, yeast, but not overpowering. Spicy, tart fruit flavor. Wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2002
As with most belgiums, yeast is the thing. Very aromatic. Semi sweet with a spice of nutmeg, pepper and herbs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
Malty & complex. Fruit & alcohol on the nose, but I didn’t find it overpowering. Cloudy, deep amber appearance. I only had a sample so I didn’t check the bottle for yeast, but it had a chewy/yeasty kind of feel. Excellent flavor though - sweet, fruity, all kinds of flavor here. I see why people love this!


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