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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Opened this one on Super Bowl sunday, thinking try a great beer for a great day. Well opening the bottle and pouring into my glass, and low and behold super head!!!! Couldn't get the head not to establish itself. Left me really dissapointed because the little fluid I did have was tasty. The cork was labeled 09/01 so maybe that was the problem. I will have to buy another bottle some time and re-rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a bubbly off white head that left trace lace. It had an aroma of malt, currents/plums and citrus. The flavor was of malt, caramel and cirtrus. The body has a nice slightly creamy aspect to it and the finish just hints at the alcohol and a slight carbonation feel to it. This by far the best of the Chimays and worthy of it's title Grand Reserve. Thanks again to the state to letting us Ohioians finally try this Belgium find.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 (Bottle) Pours a thin white head and a beautiful dark red body. Floral aroma with spice, raisins and heightened alcohol. Flavours of roasted coffee and spice. Very dry finish with slight alcohol burn. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2003
ark in color with a mid sized, but long lasting cream colored head. the taste is slightly sweet but evidences spices. The palate is very full.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8462) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Magnificant sweet smell of yeast and spice. Very full and smooth in my mouth. Tastes of roasted coffee and slight hops. Taste is almost too sweet and mouth is left syrupy, two bad things, but the smoothness makes this a very nice beer. Rich enough that I can’t drink more than one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
deep rich brown body. Fairly cloudy. Dark spices with hints of ripe fruits. great roasted nuttiness. Hints of yeast in there as well. Holy moly man! this is something of everything that is beer. great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Aventinus? High quality brew but not quite my style. Tastes like Aventinus but a tiny less sweet. Spicy. Needs just a bit more fruitiness. Nice head retention

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark amber/brown, fine head and lacing. Dark fruits in the malt along with some subtle spice. Palate was a bit overcarbonated and thinner than it looked. It thickend a bit as it warmed, but not enough. The most complex of the Chimays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Complex and tasty. The alcohol content doesn’t overwhelm the beer. Sublime. edit: Just cracked open a 4 year old bottle...and it’s a great beer with some age on it. Give it a few years, and it deserves the rating I gave it originally. (I’m pretty sure it was one of my first 10 ratings.)

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