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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4127   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle. 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
RB #1000 in 2007 and one of my first belgians finally to be put on as a rating. 33 cL bottle. Pours deep slight muddy brown with a light brown and creamy head. Malty, raisin, caramel and toffee sweet aroma. Malty sweet flavour with dried fruit notes. Warming alcohol feel without any alcohol flavour as such, well hidden. Complex beer yet accessible palate. Malty to slight bitter finish with warming alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2002
A dark brown beer with a good head. It has an aroma of fruit and yeast. The flavor is sweet and that of fruits. It tickles the tongue with the high alcohol content - but doesn’t taste of alcohol. It has almost no bitterness. Definately one of the greatest beers in the world.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 75 & 33 cl) Vintage 1992. Reddish dark, hazy and impure with a tall head. Very full-bodied with a warming but never cloying alcohol - actually, it doesn’t really appear that strong. Chocolatey and spicy - perhaps even a bit peppery? I cannot really taste the difference between the "Bleu" in small bottles and the "Grande Reserve" in the big, but try sampling different vintages at "Kulminator" in Antwerp - it’s a great experience. 201193

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Redbrown colour with beige head. Disappointing aroma dominated by yeast and spices. Sweet but watery flavour with notes of fruit and spices. I must admit, I prefer the trappist beers from Westvleteren, Rochefort and Achel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orangeish colour eith beige bubbly head. Sweet toffeeish plummy aroma with hints of licorace. Sweet sugary and caramelly flavour with hints of licorace. Alcohol grows a bit in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2002
Darkish brown. Pours thick. Fruity nose. Very malty, velvetty mouthfeel, some butterscotch and toffee. Late bittterness. Complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle 2006. Pours a dark hazy amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malty spicy, yeasty aroma. Some hints of drak fruits. Smooth malty yeasty spicy flavor. With dark fruits. Long fruity and spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
2nd May 2010
Hazy dark red-brown beer. Frothy off white head. Light airy palate, soft and frothy. Rich malt with a little chocolate in the undertone and a splash of coca cola. Finishes soft and dry with a whisper of brandy and spice. A classic brew for good reasons.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 1988 (bb 1991), 22 years old, 7-3-7-3-14=34
The cap is in good conditions, a bit rusty, but the rubber is still functional; it pours a brown color, initially with a small head, but that vanishes quickly in a whiff. Medium strength caramel aroma, with unmistakable oxidization vein, but not annoying; very light impression of dust and pond water too. It has a good body structure, stronger than most 20yearsold beers tasted so far, yet quite flat; caramel flavor, sweetish; the ageing created an extra flavor of mellow liquorice; almost no trace of bitterness, instead the sweetness is balanced by the alcohol, that is easily perceived through a pervasive warmth in the mouth. Interesting, but not outstanding.

2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 1998 (bb 2003), 12 years old, 7-4-6-3-13=33
The cap is in good conditions; it pours a dark brown color, darker than the 1988; the head is initially large, but even after some time it’s still half a centimeter thick. Medium to light aroma, with some caramel and soap; also very light vanilla, wood, cake, nuts and Madeira; pleasant. Being more carbonated than the 1988, the mouthfeel seems lighter; it’s undoubtly less sweet, even if there is a residual sweetness; there is some caramel flavor, less oxidization, and equally lack of bitterness, as well as there is almost no alcohol warmth. The two beers are similar, but in 10 years the 1998 won’t become like the 1988: not enough malty.

2010-02-18, parallel tasting, vintage 2008 (bb 2013), 2 years old, 6-4-7-3-13=33
It pours a dark brown color, darker than the 1988; very large head, frothy more than creamy, but quite persistent. Medium to light aroma, with some caramel, soap, refined sugar, yeast. Average body structure, definitively slimmer than the 1988, possibly drier than the 1998; there is some caramel flavor, quite boring indeed; some more bitterness than in the other vintages, more balanced therefore; the final is also a bit nutty, and the alcohol warmth is just what is expected from a 9% beer. Unimpressive.

2008-02-03, vintage 2000, 7 years old, Grande Reserve corked 75cl bottle, 6-5-7-3-14=35
It pours a beautyful dark mahogany color with red shades, and a creamy head. It smells too much the cork, with some caramel too, and a touch of cellar. Medium body (maybe less than the fresh one), with a good dark caramel flavor. The bitterness is almost gone. At the end the alcohol nicely warms the tongue. In the end there is some complexity, wood flavors and traces of oxidization. More an experience than a great beer.

2003-01-16, vintage 2001, 1 year old, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Dark amber color, generous head, reducing to a thin creamy collar.
Interesting aroma: malt, light liquorice, whisky; 1 extra point for the harmony, more than for the specific characteristics.
Good body structure and perfect balance of malt and hop; pretty dry taste (considering the alcohol content and style); smooth, warming, some alcohol sensation; some caramel and liquorice. Improves while warming and oxydizing.
Bitter sweet final, harmonious but not particularly strong nor aromatic.
I used to love this, but possibly it has changed in the last years; I would prefer other Trappistes…


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