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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4650   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


stison42's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Reddish brown. Nice white airy head. Slight fruity aroma. Refreshing. Crisp and clean. Sits on the tongue just right. Bubbly on the tongue


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
I_LUV_BEER (140) - - JUL 23, 2016
Served in a Chimay goblet from a 330ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is banana, molasses, clover, dark fruits, spice, bread and a hint of yeast. Taste is extremely smooth with banana, bread, clover, molasses and a hint of spicy notes. Medium body with medium carbonation, the 9% alcohol is virtually undetectable. Fantastic, warming and extremely enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (1276) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2016
75 cl bottle pouring a dark ruby-brown and a glassful of head. Sweet and dizzying aroma the pungency slaps me in the face. Heavy malt and earthy accents with berries. A beer to knock you out after a hard days work. A

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
franpalma (1) - SPAIN - JUL 19, 2016 does not count
Very nice beer. I’ve tasted it for the first time in a Belgian Bar in Stockholm. It was ideal for a dinner with a great hamburger.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luneylane (17) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - JUL 18, 2016
A bottle from Jason’s, near NCC Uni., drunk at home. Aroma: strong presence of alcohol. Appearance: head is of small bubbles, certainly not fluffy or foamy, minimal. Hazy, dark brown, almost purplish colour. Taste: raisins, wood, alcohol. Palate; warm, lasting, well-balanced. This has got to be one of my favourites - complex flavour with a real kick. Widely available in Taipei.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JamesFrancis96 (6) - Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 16, 2016 does not count
This beer was very interesting. Has a strong sweet and sour aroma and a large head. Taste of cinnamon and ginger also which was nice and different. Very great overall beer. It pairs well with Lays Lightly Salted potato chips.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2194) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Stubby little 33cl bottle to Chimay goblet. L11 date code, which makes this 2011 vintage, I think. Can’t believe that I haven’t entered a rate for this yet! Pours medium brown with a lingering beige head. Aroma is banana, molasses, clove. Flavor is super smooth... Banana, brown bread, clove. Really impossible to detect the 9% hiding in here. World class.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jashiu (77) - Gdañsk, POLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle. 2014 tasted yesterday (14/Jul/2016) Aroma: Caramel, raisins, dried fruit. Very delicate aromas, nothing strong. Being used to the strong new-wave scents I miss them here. Alcohol pretty much covered but you can feel it is there. Appearance: Hazy dark brown with redish reflexes. Minimal off-white head that does not last more than a couple of seconds. Taste: Traces of caramel in a malty sweetness and a bitterness that comes from the alcohol that is not hidden but rather ballanced. For my taste the alcohol is a bit too much prominent. Palate: Medium carbonation gives that sticky feeling. Overall: Seeing the score and how everybody goes crazy for this beer I am not that impressed. Judging by this bottle I’d say it is overhyped, and the brand makes a lot of the score. Although it is a very good beer and I did enjoy it very much. I will get back to this beer a couple more times to compare my rating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuPadania (6) - Cologno Monzese, ITALY - JUL 12, 2016 does not count
Wooow, aroma davvero complesso, odore di malto tostato, pane, orzo e cioccolato. Gusto amaro con retrogusto di caramello. Fantastica!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oermens (49) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
caramel, cereal, bubblegum,,medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, slick feel, lively, nice brown strong belgian beer, well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1304) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2016
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy, deep coppery reddish with a massive frothy off-white head. Nose is mildly funky Belgian yeast, dates, raisins, prunes, candy sugar, touch of Band-Aid phenolic. Mouth is medium-full, relatively sharp carbonation, creamy, dried fruity, caramel, hint of vanilla. mildly sweet. Haven’t had this one in years. Still solid.


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