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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
This is a elegant beer if that is possible. Good body, smooth, sweet taste. A great celebration beer. Champagne-like.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2003
The Chimay Ales always give you a nice amber body with a thick tan head. And the smell is like honey-malt. The taste is sweet, but not overly sweet. A nice Strong Belgian ale that is still smooth and easy to get down. You don't even notice the high alcohol content until you stand up. Drank this while listening to new Radiohead CD (interesting combination)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Beautiful dark brown with a voluminous head that lasted fairly well, reducing to frothy medium sized bubbles. Not nearly as aromatic as it seems it should be. But the aroma is spicy and a little yeasty. Very complex flavor aspects. Spicy... just on the swwet side. THere is a pleasent bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is almost champagne like and the mouthfeel silky. It is certainly not a beer that I would refuse often. Of course the high alchohol makes it a beer that I can't drink lots of. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Red/brown color, nice head that dissipates leaving an attractive film of bubbles on the surface and the side of the glass. Molasses, honey and soy aroma-Chinese BBQ. Moderately sweet malty flavor and lively on the tongue. Dryish finish with some malt sweetness, and light aroma of alcohol from the empty glass. Pretty good, but I'm not really wowed by it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Dark Brown with a diminishing beige head. Aromas of plum, raisin, and some clove. Spicy and sweet flavor. No alcohol flavor or smell, but slight warming on the way down. Clean finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skřrping, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Light brown diminishing head. Dark borwn colour. Sweet/malt aroma with notes of chocolate, spice(coffee-ish)... age lends cookie, rum and raisins to the aroma. Sweet taste, slightly bitter. The new version is a little too sharp - it's stabbing my tongue!. When aged it gets more balanced and "round" with notes of raisins and rum also appearing in the taste. Cork aroma and taste can get pronounced. (when aged for approx. 5yrs: 4,2).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2005 Don’t taste the 9% ABV in here but bottom of the bottle will make you feel good :) Very nice full body, lots of subtle fruit and spice flavors here. Clean finish with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Really dark, nearing blackness, not much for head. Has a very apparent dark fruit smell to it. Apricots, raisins, plums. Really bites the tongue, follows with a casual smoothness and then fades with nice wandering fruit. Kind of has a dried fruit trail mix thing happening. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Bottled. 2004. Dark brown color with a thick head. Yeasty nose, along with vague notes of banana and clove. Light spicy flavour but a bit too alcoholic. Roasted malt is obvious. Needs ageing, yes? 6/3/6/3/13. After three years of ageing this has turned wonderful. Still quite thick mouthfeel, with notes of wood and chocolate. And no flavour from the cork. Rich remaining head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Chimay (bleu) grand reserve smells of fruit ( plums, black cherries and raspberries) and spices ( clove and cinnamon). The head is tan and fades without leaving much lacing. The taste is rich, plummy, and wine-like. I detected no obvious presence of either hops or malt. This beer is less sweet than Chimay red. The 9% alcohol content is not readily detectable in the flavor, but is nonetheless felt as one slowly drains the bottle. This is definitely one to nurture and savor. I enjoyed it with aged cheese.

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