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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4099   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rugamu (105) - - MAR 29, 2013
Espectacular aroma, y una presencia plena. Sabor suave pero permanente, una gran trapista, qué repetiré sin dudar.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopsinator123 (7) - - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
Dark malty beer with chocolate and Carmel flavor. Leaves great taste, but heavy in nature.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loco_gallego (63) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Chimay 2013 - Ambrée marron-orangée très foncée. Grosse mousse yvoire assez persistante. Carbonation agréable. Arômes épicés et fruité, avec une torrefaction un peu caramel-café. Nez très complexe et balancé. Bouche très longue, complexe et balancée. Epicée-fruitée, avec une suite en bouche plus amère. La torrefaction, café et le goût caramel donne du corps également. L’alcool est très bien intégré à la balance de la bière. Exceptionnelle bière, longue et complexe.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digopossobon (285) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 21, 2014
A garrafa sofreu um acidente na hora de abrir... mas consegui salvar a maior parte da cerveja. Apesar da abertura explosiva da garrafa (e talvez por causa disso), o aroma do doce e intenso de malte caramelizado se espalhou pelo ar. Um pouco frutado e um pouco floral também. Formou um creme acastanhado bonito, que permaneceu como uma fina capa até o fim da degustação. O líquido tem uma cor castanha ferruginosa bastante bonita que vale a pena apreciar. Lembra uma bebida licorosa e antiga. Muito saborosa. Doce, intensa, álcool bastante presente, mas bem posicionado. Tem algo de nozes e outras castanhas no sabor. O retrogosto é muito agradável e tem uma persistência considerável. Neste quesito é a melhor cerveja que já provei. Vale para degustar mais vezes.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PalCabral (122) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Comparison between 2014 and 2006 bottles from Systembolaget (numeric rating based on current 2014 beer). Pours dirty dark brown in the glass - the 2014 with a beige head that stays throughout the session - the 2006 totally without head. Appearance: 5/3. Aroma of 2014 is very discrete, some roasted notes, that’s all. The 2006 has a more powerful aroma, mainly of yeast - not too attractive. Aroma: 5/5. The taste of the 2014 is fresh, full of roasted notes, some spices like licorice, and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The 2006 has obviously lost its’ freshness but the licorice and fennel spices are there, also the yeast comes through, but hardly any bitterness. Taste: 7/4. On the palate the 2014 wins easily, being fresh and lively. The 2006 is smooth but dull. Palate: 5/2. Overall: 14/9. The 2006 is sold as a special case at Systembolaget, probably some boxes that were misplaced and found 8 years later and now sold at premium price: 5.2 euros a bottle. It’s a beer well over its’ prime and not worth the price. The normal fresh Chimay displayes the qualities that made this the most popular trappist beer in the world, with it’s herbal fruity freshness. But there’s a timelimit in this beer and 8 years is beyond that limit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntoineGRD (36) - - SEP 21, 2014
Ambrée Arômes fruités et épicés Amertume prononcée La Chimay Bleue est la plus forte et la plus complexe des bières trappistes de l'abbaye de Notre Dame de Scourmont Elle offre un bouquet d'épices et un nez fruité, très caractéristique de la Chimay. En bouche, elle procure une longue amertume et traduit une torréfaction prononcée. A l'origine, uniquement conçue pour Noël, elle est désormais brassée régulièrement depuis 1958. En grande bouteille, elle est appelée Chimay Grande Réserve.Cette bière est millésimée, elle demande donc à être vieillie quelques années.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Pours a murky brown-amber color with a quickly attenuating khaki head. Bubble gum, mincemeat, spicy nose. Pretty lively mouthfeel. Brown sugar, earthy notes, spicy Belgiany flavors. Poor for the price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (10) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2014
Hardly no head. Smell is lots of apricot and some banana. Nice smell! Taste is complex! Nice and quite much! Apricot is still in there, some banana as well. Hint of coffee and some crackers. Not very much carbon in. This was a 2006. Nice beer!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bisseparoni (8) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2014 does not count
beautiful coffee cream head, and quite a lot of it, reddish (maybe a bit towards orange) colour, clear (if you dont mix the yeast from the bottle to the glass), fullbodied nicely caramel and a slight taste of roasted malts, a great trappist beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidBe (26) - BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
Fantastisch bier, dat eigenlijk alleen maar echt tot zijn recht kan komen als het lang genoeg gerijpt heeft. Er zijn wel betere trappisten te krijgen als deze, maar dit heb je als Belgisch lierhebber standaard in huis. Mag hoe dan ook niet bewaard worden in een koelkast.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoaquimLuiz (19) - - SEP 13, 2014
Coloração marrom escura. Espuma bege fina e de média persistência. Aroma licoroso e maltado. Álcool bem evidente e agradável, bom corpo e alta carbonatação. Evidente malte torrado, com notas decidiras maduras (principalmente ameixa) e caramelo. Dulçor sem exagero. Não se percebe lúpulo. Retrogosto leve, persistente é agradável. Bela cerveja.


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