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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (391) - Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: Large bottle. Appearance: Pours a rich, impenetrable brown with a big beige head. Aroma: Dark bread, spices, berries, and cinnamon. Taste: Dark fruits, dough, woody and sort of peppery. Palate: Richand medium bodied. Overall: Very good and classic for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerGantzel (56) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
A bottle from 2014. Great fruity, herbal, caramel, sweet malt aroma. Dark liquid, white head. Powerful well balanced high sweetness, that last for a long time. Light bitterness, too. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. A very good Belgian strong Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Malin_aiisa (363) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle. Birthday gift from finol. Dark brown, redish, off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel. Taste, sweet, nice bitterness, round texture! Fizzy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
borre_m (783) - NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
Pours nut brown, with tan head. Aroma has some alcohol, toffee, caramel. Taste is complex, balanced, toffee, malty sweet, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rubin77 (250) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2015
F: huge lasting beige to pale brown. C: dark brown to dark, non-transparent. A: roasted malt, floral, yeast, earthy tones, hint of raisins, dark fruit. T: complex malty taste, roasted malt, raisins, dry plums, earthy/dusty tones, liquorice, hint of milk chocolate, espresso, caramel, candy sugar, banana, and so on, full body, average carbonation, masterpiece of this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bornyensis (132) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2015
Een typische Belgische trappist. Een donkere kleur en een goede neus. Ook een goede schuimkraag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nijstrom (228) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle. Malts, dark fruits (plums), spices, caramel, toffee and yeast. Moderate to high sweetness and mild bitterness. Complex. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2015
Maker: Chimay, Baileux, Belgium *** Beer: Chimay Trappist Grande Réserve Limited Edition 2014 (bottled, unfiltered, 750ml) *** Style: Belgian Strong Ale *** ALC.VOL.: 9.0% *** This is not the regular "Grande Reserve" Blue or Red beer from Chimay, but a special limited edition for 2014 (Best before: 2019!) *** Colour: Hazy dark copper, with a medium-sized, creamy light beige head. *** Nose: Preserved plums, cane sugar, a whiff of orange peel, toffee. *** Texture: Medium body, still a bit watery(!). Medium carbonation. *** Taste: Prunes, cane sugar, yeast, mild spices (licorice) and oranges at the start, but not cloyingly sweet. More licorice to come towards the middle, but with a hint of lemon and yeast to liven things up. Finish, too, has licorice, and toffee, cane sugar. Very mild, yeasty aftertaste. *** Impressions: Medium-heavy Belgian strong ale with a nice mix of flavours, but not too much body considering he 9% ABV. Will stick with you after a while - before it REALLY sticks with you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimbo2 (67) - DENMARK - OCT 1, 2015
A stepping stone into the great, Belgian trappist brewing world, esters and complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pitch992 (4) - SLOVENIA - SEP 30, 2015 does not count
aroma: banana, raisin, vanilla, alcohol, creamy,caramel, roasty. appearance: dark brown, hazy, brown foam, head forms relatively quickly, good retention. flavor: strong alcohol taste, raisins, caramel, slight fruity taste, slight astringency, long finish, no bitterness from hops. light sweetness. palate:medium body, slick feel, lively, slightly astringent. overall: a good beer, although alcoholic taste is a little too far forward. greatly enjoyed the raisins and banana which were not overbearing. much better than the brun version

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