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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4546   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Aromas of spice (nutmeg, clove, anise) carmelized brown sugar fruits (raisin, orange, plum, banana) and a blue cheese like yeastyness. The nose is deep and alluring, strong and inviting. Some carmelly malt is present as well, but the floral spicy yeast dominates. Flavor is like the best apple cider you ever had. A woody malt start flows slowly into a rich fruity mid with carmelly finish. A delicate and incredilbe transition of flavors, like really good scotch. The spices noted in the nose intermingle with rich dark fruit malts and elegant belgian yeast in a most pleasant balancing act. You taste alchohol but its only one character in a complex mingle. Palate is equally complex and marked by smooth and definite transitions. Mild tang and tingle build to sour character while the mouth becomes increasingly silkly. After goin thro a dry phase there is a sweet whisper of a finish, slightly sticky mouth, like you just ate a nectarine. I don’t use perfect as a deScription very often because I want to leave the perfect beer out there as an unattainable ideal, but this beer is damn near perfect. Its because of beer like this that so many american belgian style ales fail miserably.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
M_Sack (553) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle. Dark, murky brown with frothy cream head. Aromas of bread yeast, caramel malt and spice. Huge, rich caramel malt along with banknotes of spice. Quite sweet and deliciously smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   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.

3.8
   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.

4.2
   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

4.2
   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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielemolino (80) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (163) - 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.

3.2
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (82) - 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.

4.5
   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.


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