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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2000
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 When I first had this beer, it was one of the first strong Belgians for me. It blew me away. Over the years, I’ve felt that while it is a complex, tasty beverage, it has been eclipsed. Whether it is me or the beer is debatable - and indeed the topic of the perceived decline of Chimay beers over the past decade is one of the most heated in the world of beer geeks. Well, I finally decided to sit down and give this a proper re-rate. I’ve got a small bottle of 2004 from my local liquor store.

The colour is kind of unusual in that there is a big disparity between the colour - under the light it’s a golden brown but in the glass it’s dark chestnut. The head is very light mocha. The aroma is plummy, slightly bubblegummy with notes of honey, pears, sweet dark malts and a little bit of yeast. Nice. It has a sweet palate with pear, orange, and sultana notes. A strong alcohol presence cuts through dusty yeastiness. Flavour notes are well-fused, save for the obtrusive alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2002
hmm. this used to be way up in the high 4s in my ratings for a very long time but now it has to be banged down a bit. hadda ’99 magnum for xmas day by myself and it wasnt nearly as good as the ’99 750 i had last xmas - maybe a bit corked? not much head, or only one that lasts 60 seconds, mahogany with heaps of floaties. woody vanilla + salt choc & tang flavours. very mellow deep malt flavours but thin and unexpectedly light otherwise, and strongly alcoholic (probbly way over 9%). finish had heaps of spearmint and peanut butter and wasabi plus strong alcohol. just not as velvety or mouthfilling as i remember. still a goodun though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 I just had to rerate it. Lately it has become a beer that’s above average but certainly not one of the best anymore. Just try drinking 2 good beers (4.0 and above) and a Chimay Blue in 1 row. I did and Chimay Blue sudenly doesn’t seem that great anymore. Butterscotch and apple aroma. More like a Doppelbock than a BSA. Light hazy, ruby color, beige head, fair lace. Sweet, hints of vanilla, some licorice, laurel, soft bitterness. Sparkling but a waming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2002
Reminded me more of a champagne then a beer upon opening. Served at room temperture, and it had terrific flavor. But there was a noticable alcohol aftertaste. Nice long lasting head, with a nice appearance. Great initial sip, but that alcohol aftertaste bothered me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2002
Rerate On tap. This one still doesn’t do it for me quite like the other trappistes but I still can’t quite put my finger on it. Sure it looks nice and has a lasting beige head. The aroma is delicate but it’s still a bit faint, and this time I made sure I let it warm up. The typical spices, hop, fruit and yeast aromas and flavours of the typical Belgian Strong Ale style are also all there. There’s just no WOW! factor like you get when you take that first mouthfull of the top Belgians. Maybe because this beer is so well known or maybe its just my mouth and nose are different.
First rated 6 April 2002 : 3.7</BR>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kĺstĺ (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2002
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 A dark beer with a lot of liquorice smell and taste. If there is something negative with this beer it is that the liquorice can be too dominating. Re-rating: August 2002 App=-1; F=-1; O=-2;P=-1. This was the on tap beer. This had the same bitter feeling as fresh Westy. For the bottled version add the ratings I've subtracted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Found this in a chain restaurant near San Diego. Totally unexpected, but it sure made me happy. Slightly dissapointed by the beer though. Lots of head on the pour. Very fruity, more so as it warmed. Good, but nothing special. If I lived in Belgium, I’d probably drink it regularly, but I can get beers just as good for a fraction of the cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Rich opaque maroon with a cream head, this beer had an effervescent, zesffully yeast aroma, not unsimilar to Paulaner Hefeweizen (it shares some qualities in mouthfeel and taste as well). This is a well balanced strong ale with a yeasty piny flavor that falls short of the expectations engendered by the aroma. Alcohol is well masked, yet its presence is felt. The finish is somewhat light, but this is a very nice brew, and one I will shortly try again and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11277) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 2008 re-rate. The dark brown colour and firm white head makes it look very attractive. Aroma of dried fruit, some banana and a hint of metal. Dry with a fruity sweetness, a touch of licorice and spicy complexity. Big and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Chimay (bleu) grand reserve smells of fruit ( plums, black cherries and raspberries) and spices ( clove and cinnamon). The head is tan and fades without leaving much lacing. The taste is rich, plummy, and wine-like. I detected no obvious presence of either hops or malt. This beer is less sweet than Chimay red. The 9% alcohol content is not readily detectable in the flavor, but is nonetheless felt as one slowly drains the bottle. This is definitely one to nurture and savor. I enjoyed it with aged cheese.

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