Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4500   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onystrom (1324) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, - MAR 2, 2007
Beautiful amber color with fine head. Very funny yeasty and spicy arom and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1647) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2015
One may ask, how the hell can you have had 1600+ beers and never had this 100/100 classic that’s in every grocery store for 300 miles in any direction? And my answer would probably be "I can get that any time, but I can only get this [ipa, DIPA, BA imperial stout] that tastes like every other [ipa, DIPA, BA imperial stout] for a limited time." Which is stupid after a few years in the game, and there’s a good chance it’d last even longer had I not found it on draft in an adorable 4oz pour that I could tick. When I write this all out, actually, it sounds more sad than amusing, like if you were sitting next to a dude at a bar who had this tiny beers out in front of him furiously typing a novel into his phone, you’d want to say "wtf dude, just sit back and drink a fucking beer and enjoy it man." But you wouldn’t, because it’s 2015 and half of the sorry sots sitting at the bar are looking at their phone. But, I digress. Dark ruby pour, creamy head, great thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is awesome - dark fruit, plums, candi, clove. Pretty much a classic Belgian strong dark nose, executed to perfection. Taste follows - sweetness is there, but never overpowering as so many lesser examples are. Beautiful malt driven balance. Articulating how I feel pretty much all that comes to mind is "sexy awesome." Full body, velvet texture. Overall: fantastic. I’m an idiot. I should drink this all the time. But I probably won’t.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ralgarve (5) - Passo Fundo, BRAZIL - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
Aroma de cerveja nova, fresca. Muito frutada, aroma de frutas vermelhas e malte levemente tostado. Cor escura, espuma de baixa formacao e persistente. Ao tomar percebe-se ceva de alta carbonatacao, corpo medio e dulcor leve inicialmcom final levemente amargo, percebe-se a alta graduacao alcoolica no palato. Gostei muito.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gubbsynth (1) - - NOV 26, 2015 does not count
20 years after the first try, this is still something that I enjoy often. A fantastic beer with an even more fantastic history.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjoeng (326) - - NOV 24, 2015
9%ABV. Belgian Ale. Poured out a dark brown. 35şSRM Nose has some faintly funky acetic aromas with wet yeast. Mouthfeel is carbonated with an alcoholic palate. The palate has some honeyed dates and stone fruit. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacchus66 (56) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2015
From 330ml. Pours medium brown with a creamy tan head. Malty nose, lots of spice and dark fruit flavors. Medium-bodied with a long, warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hednom (114) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle 33 cl, pours a dark Brown colour with a beige head, Sweet aroma, Light bitter taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Echon (148) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle, 33 cl. Clear dark brown body with foamy beige head. Slightly sweet, malty aroma with notes of spices, alcohol and yeast. Rich malty taste with medium caramel sweetness and light bitterness. There are spicy and yeasty flavours. Medium body with foamy and prickly carbonation. Some alcohol. Dry and spicy finish. A great example of a dark belgian ale. I do not appreciate this type of carbonation, but aside from that it is very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnase (252) - Kronoby, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Kokkola ( 2015). 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. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MisoW (2525) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours bit hazy brown color, huge beige head. Aroma of raisins, belgian candies, sugary. Taste is sweet, candies, raisins, overcarbonated, malty, caramel.

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