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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (390) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 19, 2007
This beer pours a dark brown that is very dense. The head sticks around forever and consists of large bubbles. It smells very yeasty with a little bit of fruit. I was actually underwhelmed by the aroma. This beer has good flavor. It tastes a lot like the rouge, but with more flavor a little less sweet. It is also lighter in the mouth than the rouge and is less carbinated. A pretty good beer, but I don’t think I would put it in the 99th percentile as it is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
This is the Budweiser of Belgian Beers, ony because it is sold EVERYWHERE. Bananas, Caramel & roasted malts. I dont thinks monks make this stuff anymore, just oversee the chimay brewmaster

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2007
750mL bottle dated 11/06. Brown pour with a tall fizzy off-white head that fades quickly to a loose ring. Smell is dominated by banana esters with some nuttiness, roast, and a touch of alcohol and flowery perfume. Flavor is a lot of roasty, sweet malt and dark fruit finishing with some banana and a fair amount of alcohol. Medium body with a little too much carbonation and an oily finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 la migliore delle Chimay, è anche la più corposa e la più godibile, probabilmente l’unica veramente in grado di competere con le illustri rivali dell’universo trappista belga. comprata da Squillari, pagata 2.50, ma l’avevo già assaggiata (dal bicchiere altrui) al pub. Mi sono accorto solo dopo che si trova spesso (ce l’hanno pure a Gavi). Meglio berla d’inverno comunque

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
milewide (1490) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Brownish color. Thin body. Good fruit aroma and taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Less intense than many Belgian Strong Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (786) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2007
This is one of the beers that I started to drink when I got back into micro/craft beers. That I now barely ever drink it says a lot to what I look for when buying beers. This is still a nice option when there isn’t a lot of other selection at a store/bar. Pours a dark redish-brown, aroma is sweet, taste is somewhat sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. I still like this one but I am glad I am rating it now rather then when I first started with Belgian Strongs - I’d have given this too high of a rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1535) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750 ml bottle shared with my son. Pours a murky medium brown with gold and red highlights. Large off white head. Minimal lace. I enjoyed this Belgian more than some I’ve had because it was not so heavily carbonated. Taste was of dark fruits, brown sugar, and a slight alcohol presence. Finish was mild and dry. I will admit I do not own a Tulip or Trappist style glass, so I may have missed some flavors that others may taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2007
On the pour, thick 3/4 inch head, hazy deep cloudy brown, some sediment mixed through out. Smells very fruity and robust. Taste was ok, very sweet and almost a little rough. I prefer its younger cousin though(the white). Alcohol very aparent, and leaves the palate slightly dry. Over all, ok, but not my favorite Chimay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of dark fruits. Figs, toffee, raisins, tart cherries. Some yeast and a hint of alcohol. Pours deep brown with rich ruby highlights. Spicy yeast, creamy doughy malt on the tongue. Slightly tart and sour. Medium bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Finishes with a lingering tartness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cazort (516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
(Bottle). The head foams up and overflows! Open this one in the sink, or at least be careful. A rich, warm aroma, not very beer-like, more wine-like. Caramelly and malty, the high alcohol content is definitely noticeable. A lot of complex fruity aromas emerge...like different kinds of dried fruit. Somewhat sweet, and not much bitterness. Although the beer foamed up initially, the beer feels flat as you drink it. Enjoyable, but I’m not quite as impressed as the other reviewers.

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