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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 I must have had a bad bottle the first time i sampled this brew. Bottle resampled a the Belgian beer tasting at State Line. Pours dark with a large beige head. Aroma of yeast and alcohol (just ok). Flavor is smooth, sweet, citrus, fruit, and chocolate. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Outstanding dark Belgian ale. Flower aroma with a hint of alcohol in taste. Drink often and easy to find in the wine-style bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Color is dark mahogany caramel...chocolate hop nose...."herbaceous chocolate soda"-Banks....almost metallic mid-palate with a superb balance...leaves me wanting another sip...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Beer 16 and the final brew of the night at O’brien’s Trappist Tasting 2/3/07. From a 2005 dated magnum. Pours dark brown with almost no light penetrating. No head, and a very light aroma, sweet strong taste. Its a good beer but really not very memorable in comparison to other trappists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Dark golden brown. Pours a thick head. Very pleasant nose of fruits and yeast: Plums, somewhat bubblegummy, earthy, kind of peaty, fairly yeasty. Very nice mouthfeel, slightly champagne-like. The high alcohol presence isn’t overwhelming at all. Well balanced trappist. I really enjoy the chimay blonde much more than this one though... Rerate: Dominating roasted malt, thyme, candy and alcohol. Not overly complex. Additional comment: Weak nose. Medicinal with notes of plums and aniseed. Not all that good. There are way better Belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Overall I was disappointed in Chimay based on its rating. I had a bottle on July 10th, 2007. The flavor starts off with a smooth, caramel sweetness but about mid-swallow the flavor fell off and left a bitter taste. St. Bernardus was much better and followed through on the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2143) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Relatively fresh 330 ml bottle.

Pours a murky brown with a fairly light tan-colored head. The aroma is cut apples and brown sugar, a bit leafy, mildly sweet, Belgian yeast of course. Peppery flavor (think Dr. Pepper), again a bit of cut apples, banana, and pear, again gently sweet.

Refined and well-crafted, but it isn’t knocking me out on this sampling. On the other hand, it’s been a long day and perhaps it’s me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2217) - USA - MAR 23, 2009
On tap. A good Belgian, not too sweet. Sour, fruity aroma and nutty flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosskie (566) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 33cl bottle from 2010. Very dark beer with hints of red when held up to the light. Greyish fomay head. The smell is bready-yeasty with hints of fruit and spices: coriander, cumin. Apple butter, pears and cherries. Honey. Some subtle chocolate/coffee there too mixed with woodiness. Alcoholic warmth. Sweet sour taste. Heavy bready yeasty with an orange / orange peel background. Light alcoholic tinge. Raisins quite dominant. Dry finish with some coffee bitterness. Well-balanced beer.

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