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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2003
A great Belgian strong ale.Alcohol is very evident. The nose will smell many complex flavors going on in this bottle. A nice malty but smooth taste on the finish but by far one of the best belgian ales on the market. A great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 2, 2003 does not count
Not a huge fan of this trappist. Don't care for the long finish. Very good intial flavor full of fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2003
I finally managed to get this beer. It had great colour and a deep fruity aroma. It's taste however seemed very bland. It certainly had a good malty presance, but its hoppy taste was light and the beer lacked that fruity taste i find common in the style. Maybe i got a bad bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 29, 2003
This was a very robust beer that should not be taken on an empty stomach as the 9% AC is something to be respected. The essence of coffee was portrayed by the roasting of the hops. Like the Chimay Rouge, this was a very enjoyable beer and I would recommend it to anyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
Smells strong of yeast, and some sourness from the malts. Very dark red color, almost completely opaque. The flavor doesnt quite do it for me, the sourness from the malt is not my favorite. Otherwise, it is pretty sweet with hints of spice and fruit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 19, 2003
I think that this is great from start to finish. Wonderful aroma, great color, amazing smooth taste. Each sip you take seems to get better then the first. This is one incredible beer!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 This is a really great, smooth Belgian ale. The flavor isn't as complex as the Rouge, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2003
Hoppy, spicy, slight alcohol aroma.Soft dry yeasty nutty toffee flavors followed by dark fruits.mild hop finish.A fine easy to find Trappist ale but a bit too refined compared to other examples.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2003
Hazy chocolate brown w/ lovely, lasting tan head. Very complex nose: bubble gun, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, & dark fruit evident. Full bodied. Flavour is also complex (though perhaps not as complex as the nose would suggest): fruity, malty (caramel, brown sugar), chocolate, light bubble gum, toffee, & vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2003
Pours medium head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Sweet, fruity, malty and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, malty flavor and the alcohol can be very aparent. Outstanding!

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