Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4696   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.

Sluskin's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sluskin (13) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vinx (109) - ITALY - SEP 25, 2016
Aroma of cloves, banana, pepper, yellow fruit, prune, bread. At first the spicy compounds from the yeast are prominent and prickly, then the caramel and the sweetness from the malt show up giving a decent balance. There’s a very very far hint of sulphur but surely not a big deal. Dark amber cloudy color, white long lasting foam. Sweet, slightly tanninic, hugely carbonated, not so attenuated as I expected. Not complex as her cousin her majesty Rochefort 10 but a great classic that everyone should try sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LazyPyro (570) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2016
33cl bottle. Hazy and very dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma: yeast, dark fruits, alcohol, bit of spice. Taste: yeast, caramel, dark fruits, spice, small amount of warming alcohol, slight roast. Lively carbonation, medium body. Decent. 2016 bottle so quite fresh, will have to try and aged bottle some time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svarun (113) - - SEP 25, 2016
Hazy brown, small tan head. Really floral aroma with some toffee and caramel. Taste follows the aroma perfectly. Surprisingly no traces of alcohol. Full body, long sweet finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Pours a hazy cola color with a robust light tan head that lingers. Mild aroma of roasted malt. Taste is sweet roasted malt, rock candy, dried dark fruit, some chocolate and just a bit of bread dough. Almost no bitterness whatsoever. Some alcohol warmth after the swallow, but no alcohol in the taste. Smooth and delicious, top drawer all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Villyzzz (51) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle at pub. Pours dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is strong yeast and malts. Taste is roasted with hints of yeast. The great trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (2085) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle/draught. Dark brown with solid head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, candi sugar, toffee. In taste sweet, malty with lots of fruits, caramel and some warming booze. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, quite dry and slightly bitter in finish. Very good classic beer, even better with some time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kiezmar (296) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Aroma: phenols, caramel, toast, raisins. Taste: Slightly tea, caramel, dried fruit, spicy. Average body. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (847) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Uit de fles geschonken. Mooi roodbruin bier met flinke schuimkraag. Geur en smaak van mout, gist en gedroogd fruit. Redelijk wat carbonatie wat dit zware bier een fris karakter geeft. Mooie trappist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
danioofp (54) - POLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Butelka, najlepszy z trójki braci, niebieski król, zarazem najmocniejszy bo aż 9% alkoholu w tak małej butelce, świeży, lekko kwiatowy zapach, lekki, alkohol czuć w głowie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kittenbieer (39) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 18, 2016
Belle robe brune foncée avec une jolie mousse ivoire peu persistante. Le nez nous amène sur des odeurs de pruneaux et de banane.Le goût est très subtil et délicat malgré sa forte teneur en alcool avec une douce amertume en fin de bouche qui nous laisse sur des notes de figues et dattes..... Le Sommet des Chimay!!!( à gravir encore avec mon Appiantiqua...)

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