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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2779) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
33 cl. Bottle. Yeasty, sugary smell upon opening, almost like an adjunct, though I know it’s a finishing sugar. Deep brown color. Hmm, yeah, complex, all right. Dry at first, then a bit of currant. Very heady alcohol after awhile, and always with that extra zest of finishing yeast.
And now I join the dozens, if not hundreds of RBians who had red, white and blue for 75% of all of Chimay’s brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcHS (10) - - JUL 22, 2014
Cloudy dark brown ale with large head. Malty caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit aroma. Full body. Complex taste that is similar to the aromas. Aftertaste is long lasting and full

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (3370) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from Cedric’s tavern. Pours dark, dark brown with a khaki head. Doesn’t leave a lot of lacing in the glass. Has a big molasses and Belgian yeast thing on the nose. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruits on the tongue. Hides it’s alcohol well. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mecafilo (69) - Perugia, ITALY - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours with a dark red, almost brown colour, big long lasting white frothy head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with notes of fruit and chocolate, softly hoppy, medium yeasty. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, softly bitter, softly sour, very softly salty. Medium to heavy body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (952) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle to a Chimay glass. Aroma is sweet, light, yeasty. Pours a slighty hazy reddish-brown with minimal head. Taste is moderate deep fruit. Slight malt. Yeast in moderate doses. Medium thin mouthfeel. I believe I have liked this beer a lot more in the past. Pretty uninspiring here. Looking forward to trying it in Belgium in two months and may re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matis (81) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Brown colour with ruby reflects. Dried plums, yeast, cherries, caramel in aroma. Taste: malty sweetness, caramel, chocolate, raisins. Some floral hints also. Pleasant warming after every sip. Brilliant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
a_sully (94) - - JUL 18, 2014
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is fresh and slightly sweet. Taste is slightly sweet, strong grain flavour, notes of toffee and caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RhetoricalAns (191) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
330 ml body, pours brown with red tinges, medium tan head without much retention. Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel. Similar taste with some spice and warming alcohol coming through. Great mouth feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (443) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle [best before end 2015]. Cloudy, copper brown with dissipating fizzy beige head, a bit of sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark red fruit, raisin, caramel and toffee. Flavour comes through, but a little muted, minor alcohol taste, a little flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wiosna (42) - - JUL 15, 2014
0,33 pullo ms Starilla. Pisuaarin lievä haju?! Hiivaa. Pistävämpi kuin Red. Alkoholi puskee läpi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MonsterMagnet (155) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, bb 2019. Pours ruby/brown with a tan head. Brown sugar, raisins, wood, spices, caramel. Taste strangely reminds me if vanilla coke ( but in a good way i suppose). Sweet, fizzy carbonation, body feels thin after the full nose. Nice begian ale, but not that special really.

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