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.

Sluskin's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sluskin (12) - Skokie, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a burst of carbonation released while pouring. Remarkably smooth fig taste that offers complexity not always seen in a 9abv. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and light with high carbonation. Finishes a light malt and caramel. Will not go wrong getting this Belgian ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
One of my favourite beers, smooth ritch aroma and very enjoyable, prefere the 75 cl bottle

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
puren (70) - POLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Piana: ładna średnie pęcherze, opada do kożucha, prawie wcale nie koronkuje;
Aromat: słaby, dzikie nuty, alkohol, po zabełtaniu dojrzałe owoce;
Smak: dzikość, stajnia, alkohol;
Odczucie: pełne, lekko chlebowy posmak, alkoholowe;
Ogólnie: nie najgorsze, ale nie mój klimat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vjohans (93) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
caramel, toast, roasty, herbs, butterscotch, brown, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, full body, sticky, lively, long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ForlornHope (98) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a white head. This rapidly disappears leaving a thin film. Slight aroma of malt with some leafy hop just detectable. Pleasant taste of sweet malt with some bitterness: well balanced. Palate is on the thin side, there is a floury edge to the finish. Ending dry, but the sweetness is still there. Overall: OK, better than I remember.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SinH4 (251) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Dark brown-amber color with big head. Spicy yeasts, chocolate and a bit of fruitiness. Taste is the same. Just a bit boring for a Trappist beer... Not my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SNL (303) - - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Dark Brown pour, frothy White head. Sweet Nose, sweet malty taste, with a hint of prune. Heavy body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (259) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Pour is loud and and the colour of homemade iced tea. The cap is an inch and a half of tan foam, even with the gentlest of pours, but it settles to a film pretty quickly, leaving a bit of lace. The nose on this stuff is a treasure trove. I get something new with every sniff: pungent Belgian yeast, prunes/raisins, banana, lots of spice, hazelnuts, dark caramel/toffee, a hint of something floral. Taste is a slightly sweet malt with caramel and hazelnuts, ripe banana. The booze is virtually invisible until the finish, where it starts to give off this pleasant, lingering warmth. This is remarkably drinkable for 9%, and while it’s not dry per se it’s remarkably well-balanced. And I just downed it in ten minutes, on an empty stomach, so there goes my night. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (30) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2014
33 Bottle. Home from El Corte Ingles ...........................(05/12/2014)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Coolmac (57) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jaco. Pours a beautiful dark brown with large cream head that eventually recedes to a thin layer that persists. Not much aroma, slightly fruity. Taste of coffee and dark fruit, very drinkable for a 9% beer, a very smooth alcohol flavour. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (30) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2014
0,75l bottle from Erzbierschof. Pours brownish with a lively foam that quickly dies. I enjoyed this beer and there’s clearly nothing wrong with it, but I find it a bit boring.

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