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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
You just can’t go wrong with anything from Chimay -- unique, full-bodied, historic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Very opaque color, like roasted walnut. A great taste, first starts with a sweet, full flavor, and ends with a little spice. Understated and a good blend. The alcohol only enhanced the overall taste. Simply a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 (Worst case scenario, a fresh 33cl bottle)...Minty basil perfumes mingle with a subtle creamy effluvium...Thin tinny yeast and vagabond sugar splash the palate and remain, dead leaves with overripe berries on the lifeless autumn floor...An appallingly average rendition which does not live up to the megahype it is still getting...Don't get me wrong, it is still a good beer...Just a far cry from others in its field...(Best case scenario : A properly aged 1998 magnum drunk in 2002)...Juniper berries in a chalice...Crushed, their juice reveals fresh clover leaves and port wine...Luscious dark chocolate undertow...Dreamy dark chocolate undertow...Pepper and tobacco float around you as angels raise a glass to soulful pleasure...9/4/9/4 18/20...4.4/5...The points of the worst case prevail, since this is the bottle everybody buys at the local store...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
This set the standard for me for a long time. Now it’s an old standby that never lets me down. Even gave one to a neighbor who’s a Pacifico drinker and he loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
edork99 (3) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2002 does not count
Great Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hophead4499 (7) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2002 does not count
Damn good stuff, here here!! The small bottle is not enough ... must have the 750ml

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2002
Fine dark reddish colour, but the head is dissapointing. Spicy, malty and sweet aroma. The taste is quite complex, but the maltiness and sweetness is very (perhaps too) remarkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MuddyFox99 (16) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2002
if complexity is the measure by which beers are rated, then the chimay three colour range must be up amongst the best. The bleu in my eyes is the pick of the crop. perhaps it was just the batch I had, but the head was lacking instrength coompared to some other trappistes style beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Good but I felt that it was fighting (and winning) a battle against the alcohol. It seemed like a conscious attempt at masking. Still - spicy, piquant and full of flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Good stuff but I think I preferred the White I had. Maybe the White seemed hoppier?

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