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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steinar (54) - rvk, - JAN 16, 2011
Pours dark and cloudy with visible floating yeast and a very decent head. Medium, malty aroma. Taste is of roasted malt, sweet and spicy, bit yeasty. Very little bitterness. Some coffee notes. Palate is medium bodied, high carbonation which makes it fizzy. A very decent Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
NallePalle (254) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl. With character, not that complex aroma, but powerful taste (high ABV).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bolian (40) - - JUN 27, 2015
70 cl corked bottle. Nose - caramel, malt and liquorice taste similar but spicy notes. Strong alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (70) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Aroma: Caramel, malty, spicy. Appearance: Dark brown with a off-white head. Taste/Palate: Caramel, fruity, really complex, slightly bitter. Overall: A really good Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlassBrass440 (271) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a white head that quickly receds. Aromas bring pears, plums, raisins, white grape juice, nutmeg, clove, molasses, and apple juice. Flavours bring caramely malt sweetness, burnt sugar, and a generic spice note (clove maybe?). Leads into a semi-sweet, somewhat bitter, long finish. Effervescent carbonation lifts the sticky mouthfeel a bit. Fairly full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mithe (1076) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 25, 2015
(Bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Malty, spicy, sweet.
Appearance: Dark brown color. All time, beige head.
Taste: Medium sweet, spicy, light yeasts, fruits.
Palate: Medium body. Light warming finish.
Overall: Pleasant belgian. Not so extra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2015
This is for the 2015 Chimay Peres Trappistes that I received from someone who just returned from Belgium. The aroma is yeasty, malty, and I pick up a hint of apricot and molasses. Quite nice. Looks a bit like a raspberry ice tea under the light. Head is fluffy and almond in color. The taste is that of Belgian yeast and malt with a bit of fruit. There’s a bit of carbonation burn to the palate, but it fades quickly, leaving a medium oil slick on the tongue that’s not unpleasant. I really enjoyed this beast and will be on the lookout for it the next time I head to the liquor store. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikestevenson (1) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015 does not count
Appearance: Deep mahogany and opaque with thing but persistent foam. Aroma: Brown sugar and raisin malt sweetness with moderate clove-phenol (medicinal like) and a low mineral quality. Flavor: Chewy cereal and caramel malt with med-low european hop spiciness. Clove comes through in the mid with the finish being mostly raisin and stone fruit. MF: High carbonation mixed with a warming alcohol and a stern hop bitterness. Finishes warm and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mauroruellas (215) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 23, 2015
Famosa trapista verteu na taça um liquido licoroso,acobreado,espuma formou um creme bege volumoso inicialmente,porem com baixa duração,carbonatação média para alta;aroma bem maltado,com notas cítricas,amadeiradas,leve tostado e caramelo; no sabor embora o malte ainda predomine é notado um aumento do amargor,contrabalanceando bem com o dulçor e o álcool,bom corpo,retrogosto adocicado,equilibradíssima,ótima crveja.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Achel (119) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
Dark amber color with a nice head, very complex flavors. Hints of different spices and fruits. One of my favorite beers. Great beer. Vintage 2001. Dark amber color with a nice head, very complex flavors. Hints of different spices, alcohol and fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13789) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared during Paul’s 30th. Many thanks to Daniek. Vintage 2011z pours unclear amber with some sediment and a creamy tan head. The aroma has some toffee, butterscotch, bread, slight candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Medium sweet flavor with lots of ripe, semi-dark fruits, bread, brown sugar, yeast, toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with more ripe fruits, berries, toffee. Well rounded, nicely complex but still very drinkable. Deserving of its status as a classic.

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