Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4596   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. The pour is deep slightly hazy brown color with a big, light brown head. The nose is yeasty, nutty fruits, port wine. Decadent fruitcake. This reminds me of christmas morning. The taste follows the nose’s lead. I get dark grapes, cherries, dark fruits and spirits. Spicy bread malts. Full body. The finish is slightly hot. Full bodied. Active carbonation. Overall, really nice, dependable. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2012
Bottle, pours dark ruby with big head. Aroma is dark fruits, figs, caramel, coke, spicies. Medium carbon, medium mouthfeel, long sugary aftertaste, medium-high sweetness, low bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarryKonrad (109) - NORWAY - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours deep ruby, hazy looking and with a nice foamy head. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity, with the announced flowery touch. Pleasant!. Mouthfeel is medium. Taste is sweet dark fruits, and the relatively strong abv is not apparent at all. Very pleasant drink this indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickel (910) - - NOV 5, 2013
Dark amber color. High long lasting sticky head. Aroma of fruits and malt. Lovely bitterness of malty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Hazy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is bready, floral and caramel. Taste follows suit and is also nutty with some dark fruit. Light vanilla notes show up as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Procent (468) - POLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Aromat silnie słodowy oraz drożdzowy, w tle winny i brzoskwiniowy. Kolor ciemnobursztynowy, piwo zmętnione, piana beżowa, obfita, ale z dość dużymi pecherzykami. W smaku także słodowo (ciemne słody), a ponadto brzoskwinia, nieco karmelu, lekka nuta suszonych śliwek. Wszystko bardzo zbalansowane, bez ostrej, kwaśnej nuty, która sie zdarza w tego rodzaju piwach. Alkohol wyczuwalny, ale także dobrze zbalansowany. Warka L14-354.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (1117) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2015
330ml bottle. Hazy burgundy with a foamy beige head. Flavors are bread, dark fruits, brown sugar, roasted malts, toffee and spices with herbal and floral notes. Medium body, lively carbonation, sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rammer (396) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle. 0.33. Very strong. Nice sweet flavor and taste. Alcohol much, but nice to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (619) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours a hazy dark amber (mahogany). Massive head volume, exceptional retention and normal lacing. Nice, but somewhat light, nose of dark fruit (mostly raisin and date), grape and hints of cherry over caramel. Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is intense, slightly complex but not well balanced due to the lack of alcohol coverage. The aroma flavors are present, but get overwhelmed by alcohol. It begins with dark fruit, then light caramel, over an underlying tobacco element. In the middle alcohol takes over and never relinquishes it’s hold through the finish. Caramel and dark fruit notes are underneath, but are simply overwhelmed. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since it has no bottle date...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Handypaul (388) - - MAR 2, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2016 Bottle 750ml. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a frothy brown head that dissipates immediately leaving no lacing. Weak watery thin body, faint flavors of banana and raisins, little or no aroma and a thin finish. Purchased in a store where it was not refrigerated. Poured the rest down the drain. Bottle 750ml. Same physical physical deScriptors as before. Light to medium body, complex flavors with banana, raisins, leather, yeasty basement aromas and excellent malt/hop balance, a bit too fizzy, drank a little too cold, bottle could have aged longer. An excellent brew but not my preference.

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