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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Finally, I got my hands on the venerable Chimay Bleu and I wondered why I waited so long. This did not disappoint. Rich brown color with a thick, frothy off-white head. Initially spicy and nutty with underlying sweet maltiness. A world class brew. Unfortunately, I chilled it a little much although I took nearly 45 minutes to finish it off. It warmed considerably and the true flavor and aroma came through. Darn, now I have to try it again to get it right from start to finish!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 16, 2001
Subtle hop flavor and aroma with sweet, full mouthfeel. Very complex with many interesting flavors (it seems to have some stout and even wine like flavors).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 11, 2001
Subtly more wine-like than the Rouge; only negative is that it is far more difficult to pair with a meal. I have enjoyed this rich beer with Stilton Farmhouse. Give it a shot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tapIluv99 (41) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2001
Now this was very fun drinking...I enjoyed holding my chimay glass; looking at it, taking a big sniff, then enjoying the smooth flavors. One of my definite go to Belgian Strong Ales when I want to lift my spirits & relieve stress. Thankyou Chimay!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 obviously a good beer but does seem to have declined in quality. i expected it to be pretty good in belgium but the 2002 was surpringly bland. buttery for a trappist and with pleasant yeast bite but not a hell of a lot else

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2001
The Belgians are our friends. Still earthy/sweet as Belgian ales must be, very full and complex, and outstanding with a strong Honduran cigar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2003 The darkest chimay, up to the light, its a very cloudy, dark brown/ruby. Beautiful everlasting head. Understated aroma is of sugary malt, plummy fruit, some yeast, spicyness, port, chocolate (as it warms) and alcohol. Medium bodied, lots of carb bite. Nice complex flavors of plums, cotton candy, yeast, some kind of spice, port, light chocolate and others. Late bitterness to round this out. Tasty and warming. Could use a bit more body and a more assertive nose but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2001
Intriguing subtext. It’s easy to be lost in this potent masterpiece. The color is a deep brown. The aroma tantilates with spice, fruit, and yeast. The ale is a complexly interwoven set of tastes ranging from spicey to malty. Sweet and sexy. Easy to drink. Easy to love.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2001
Soft foamy head veils the delicate aroma of nutmeg and fruit salad. Texture of satin and spicy deep finish.Too easy to drink at $7 Aus a stubby. Scrumdiddlyumptious!Scrumdiddly... diddly

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2001
Actually, I enjoyed Kasteelbier a little more than the celebrated Bleu (blasphemy...!?), but the qualities of the two beers are similar. The beginning is spicy and full, while the finish is nice and malty smooth. If it is too warm, the palate can be very alcohol filled, but otherwise fine. Recommended.

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