Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4498   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JacobJohansen (6) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2003 does not count
The best beer there is. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Smells sweet, yeasty, and full of alcohol. Dark brown Trappist Ale with quarter inch white foam head. Very smooth beer. Great roasted malt flavor. Best of all the Chimays. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
The best beer there is. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. None finer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
i couldn't find my "genuine" chimay glass and so i just used an old half empty catfish bait styrofoam container i found in the dumpster out behind the rendering plant. but truly, this brew is one of the rare ones that's really close in color to true "bottle brown"-- that is, a solid grizzly bear brown with burnt-orange and ochre edges. some excitement in the way of a head just at first, but overall it's a minimalist and about as lacy as a combat boot. aroma is likewise restrained, at least to my tired old honker--perhaps i should have gotten the big bottle, which might have contained more yeast. (still, this little 12 ounce bottle cost me five fat american buckeroos-- so, at that price i oughta get huge aroma, free HBO for a month and a couple discount coupons toward my next purchase). i sniffed up some golden raisin, light alcohol, cocoa, toffee, and cork-like woody shades. a stronger and better impact occurs upon the tongue: a marverlous beer with micro-bubbled spritz that rolls out a red carpet for caramel apple sweetness, dark malts and fruity bakery-fresh yeast, apple butter on brown bread. bitterness bites deeply and will not quickly yield, but echos deliciously like a sweet song in a deep canyon-- with an accent that leans to orange zest. alcohol component certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, and walks with power and dignity among the more popular malt-hop textural aspects. in terms of entertainment, i'd put it on a level nearly with aventinus. it's price is it's most conspicuous defect-- hopefully the benevolent monks are feeding children in africa with the two dollars that they've overcharged for this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light-tan head, appears cloudy and coppery when held to bright light. Fruity, complex aroma - raisins, grapes, yeast and caramel malts. Flavor is sweet and rich with that distinctive Belgian yeastiness. Very noticible alcohol as well. Mouth feel is medium-full bodied, but a little too much carbonated foaminess, rather than a really enjoyable creaminess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
I like this "grand reserve" belgian libation. A fine belgian ale, yet my least favorite trappist. And that's not just because it's easy to find. I simply feel that the alcohol overpowers this ale and covers up the fruity complexities. The thin head and unlively carbonation didn't impress me either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2003
2003. Sweet & malty in aroma. Some hoppy sourness and floral tones. Dark cloudy root beer brown with off-white foamy lacing head. Body is medium watery with vibrant carbonation. Deep, rich malty taste. Carbonic bite. Alcohol, plum, chalky yeast with dry finish and light bitter nutty after. A slight weizenbock character to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 dark brown pour, some red. Aroma of sweet fruit. Again fruits in the flavor with some malt, with a slight alcohol finish. Very nice belgian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown, near black with some dark red that light can penetrate with a medium amount of off-white head that dissipates, but develops a smooth top of head about 1/4 inch thick. Aroma is of grape, plum, raisin, and fresh, sweet fruit. Flavor is of grape, plum, raisin, malt, and fresh, sweet fruit with a lightly sweet chocolate ending. Very smooth. Outstanding. Bottle is 25.4 oz, cork is dated 12/02. No alcohol aroma or flavor detected. None. This beer could benefit (IMHO) from being opaque, and not so bubbly on the tongue. Those are this beer’s only faults. However, the head more than makes up for the not-so-opaque appearance and this brew being smooth going down more than makes up for the initial tingling on the tongue. No beer is perfect, including this one, and I don't like giving out perfect scores, but this is as good as it gets. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 One of my favorites, which probably doesn’t mean anything to you. When I have another I will promise to leave good notes. This beer is expensive where I am from, but it’s more than worth it. UPDATE 7/15/04: ... again, i’ll be back... UPDATE 12/25/06: ... again, i’ll be back...

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