Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4545   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.

WisconsinBeer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2003
The alcohol taste is very prominent. The taste does have a certain lightness to it though. Has spicy notes to it. Dark red with some sediment and medium lacing. Had something in the flavor that just didnt taste right to me. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (374) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2016
A thoroughly luxurious Belgian abbey ale, Chimay Blue pours a flawless ruby-brown color with a small but steady white head. Aroma of rich slightly roasty brown sugar- caramel maltiness, along with yeasty candy apple notes. Some cocoa-coffee notes also, this is the first abbey ale I've sampled with a coffee malt accent to it. Taste is caramel malt, candy yeast, some dark chocolate, vanilla, and red fruit. Slight boozy tinge but minor. Mouthfeel however strikes me as an unusually thin and weaker texture, the low point for this brew in my opinion. Overall still a rich and flavorful rendition of the style, less delicate in its flavor profile than others. Not my personal favorite but well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (1024) - örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2016
Flaska 2015. Djupt brun, smuts brunt skum. Doft: Belgo, örter, parfym, godis, blommig honung, kryddigt knäckebröd. Smak: Som doft i stort + kola, alkohol. Ska lägga undan nĺgra för lagring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xuqi (14) - Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Coffee, barnyard, clove, earthy, leaves, banana, clove, basement aromas, barnyard, leather, dough

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Antonio369 (50) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
33 cl bottle, Vintage 2015. Served in Trappist chalice. Poured a very dark brown with a small frothy one finger ivory head. Aromas of sweet caramel, flowers, vanilla, cherries, banana, dark fruit, candy. Taste: Caramel, vanilla, candy sugar, dark fruits, banana, coriander. This is one fantastic tasting brew! Medium to full body. A very spicy, sweet frothy mouthfeel with a dry bittersweet finish. The best of all the Chimay!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielemolino (77) - torino, ITALY - FEB 4, 2016
Bevuta in bottiglia da 33 cl al petrarca. A torino. Ottima birra belga in stile. Una delle migliori trappiste. Forte. Finale stigrato

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (159) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2016
Chimay Blue. Dark Brown Color. Dark Fruits and hints of coffee in the Aroma. Sweet Caramel, flowery beginning. Hints of Port or sherry in middle. Spicy and Sweet Finishing. Rather Medium bodied, Medium carbonated, very well Balanced, well drinkable Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boxereddy (359) - BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met mooie ruime beige schuimkraag. Aroma: Mout en karamel. Smaak: Zoetig, licht bitterig. Mondgevoel: Ruim met mooi koolzuur. Bitterige afdronk.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (80) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Dark brown with a creamy head. Aromas of toffee, banana and malts. Taste follows nose with some sweetness, full body rounds out the light fruity and malty flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vertiqo (2) - - FEB 1, 2016 does not count
strong and tastefull beer. reveals freshness. caramel with fruity aroma interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (1928) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle at SBWF 2015. Short head. Clear brown color. Roasted and light caramell aroma. Light roasted malt in the taste and light belgian phenols. Aged bottle from 1997 in the same sampling. Aged aromas that is a litele too old. Big madrefication in the taste.

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