Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4667   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (797) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Bomber: Pours a dark brown with a good sized tan head that disapates to a thin cap. Aroma is mostly smokey, a little fruity, a little spicy. Flavor is slightly sweet, dark dried fruit (somewhere between a raisin and a prune) a little spicy (clove) with just a slight touch of bitterness on the back end.
Additional commentary... I drank a bottle of this with a Cohiba Siglo IV tonight.
The cigar was spicy leathery earthy by itself, but with the beer the spicynes was reduced, the earthyness was more pronounced, and leathery, new saddle flavor became more of a used baseball glove.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ilovetrappist (23) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Dark brown with a 1 finger head that dissapates in 5 minutes to a light glaze. Zig zagged lace along the entire glass. Raisin, smoked wood, fruity smell that has so much going on in this beer. Just like the description; it tastes like it smells. Raisins, smoked wood, herbs and spices. It is very complex and smooth. Feels just right as it hits the tongue and all the way to the finish. This beer is a perfect example of why I love Trappists. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2004
Bottle: Poured a drak brown with a large off white head that diminished to thin but staying. Very strong raisin and clove aroma with some alcohol. Strong flavour of cloves and dark fruits with some herbal notes. Lost a coupkle of points due to often overpowering alcohol. Big, beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Thanks to my buddy Crazy E for leavin this beer around my house. Pours a darker brown color with a nice off-white head. Strong spice smell. Excellent trappist beer, with a great spiced and fruit flavor. Nice and carbonated with a nice spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2004
pours a nice dark brown in color, good head on top as most belgians. Spicy smell, fruity with a touch of banana, rich and dark tasting, kind of heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 Pours dark brown with a good sized tan head. Flavor is spicy with hardly any alcohol taste in it. This stuff makes your tongue tingle in a good way. I love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 chimay is a classic to me.very good belgian strong for sure.this was the beer that intrduced me to the beglian style.murky ruby red in color.sweet aroma and a nice even white head.excellent taste overall.very well balanced for a belgian.for the pirce and availability,you cant really beat it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wesley (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Like I can think of anything new to say about this beer there must be a thousand ratings of this classic. Heck this is just a classic strong abbey ale and I like it a lot despite the price having gone up on me

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 In the bomber bottle. Dark brown in color. No alcohol to nose. Smells like raisins. Nice slow burn to the sip. Tastes like raisins. Big mouth flavor. A very fine big beer. I drank this with a center-cut filet mignon at Charlie’s Steakhouse in Orlando. Big beer, big meat. UPDATE 6/5/6: In the 750 mL bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. Larger bubbled head than the Red Chimay. A bit fizzier. Dark purple red brown in color. Light brown head with less retention than the Red. Not a strong aroma at all. Raisins and possibly a bit of mustard. The flavor has an esophageal burn. The body is fairly thick. Sweet finish. Serious carbonation to the mouthfeel. Not as good to me as I once thought, and thus, I’ll knock down my earlier score of a generous 4.4!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2004
this was good. nice hoppy sweet flavor that didnt have too many characteristics of a strong 9% beer. had a nice sweet smell to it. poured dark brown with a massive tan colored head. this was better than rochefort 8, however i think rochefort 8 may be an acquired taste- something that i am not up to as far as belgian strongs go yet. this is a great beer though.

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