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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, - DEC 29, 2008
Once, an older relative produced a bottle of Chimay blue he had smuggled back from France - it was a mighty 9%!!! Of course we tried and hated it. Now of course its like a nectar of the gods - A murky chocolaty body, swirling with fine bubbles, a fine tan head. Flavours of port wine, sweet Arabian spices, autumn fruit and rich dark cocoa. The alcohol works well with these robust flavours, warming the palate gently. Its always reassuring that a beer as readily available as this still lives up to its reputation as a world classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AAEA (82) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
750ml ($16.99) very good beer. Definitely worth trying this out. Price is high but its a very decent beer but at the price it can still be beat. but if this is being served then drink up...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (210) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Aroma is sweet, of brown sugar, dates, and oak. Appears a hazy orangish-reddish-brown, with caramelish-white foam, but not much lace. Tastes of mildly bitter oak, sweet dates, and nearly hidden brown sugar, a little alcohol burn on the end. Palate is fizzy and light. Overall, a great bear, delicate yet interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt4054 (34) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Excellent Belgian ale. Brown with sweet flavor and heavy carbonation. Caramel and chocolate taste. Fantastic beer. Will get again, but pricey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (308) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Magnum datant de 2012 bu après un déménagement pendant une journée exceptionnellement collante et humide. Rafraîchissante? Pas vraiment, mais c’est une excellente récompense après une dure labeur. Robe cuivrée aux reflets rougeâtres subtiles, une mousse beige domine la bière. Des notes de fruits rouges confits et de caramel explosent, c’est clair qu’il y aura une certaine madérisation en bouche. C’est effectivement le cas, mais ce n’est pas du tout négatif. Fruits rouges, toffee et chocolat s’amalgament pour donner un résultat cochon et goûteux, mais jamais lourd. Un classique toujours agréable à revisiter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (682) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 29, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL Look: dark ruby cloudy, light beige medium head. Aroma: rich dried fruit (plums, raisins), light toasty notes, winy. Taste: dried fruit, red wine barrel, spicy alcohol, a tad peppery, the body is not as big as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moolesen (149) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Dark reddish brown with a light beige head. Dried fruit, jam and a bit of yest in the nose. The taste compliments the nose with some banana flavour. Medium length. One of my favorite trappist beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bolthead101 (4) - Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014 does not count
The aroma is faint and slightly floral. There are other smells lingering beneath that I can’t identify. The appearance is dark brown and clear with a slight, consistent head. The taste is complex; there are so many different things going on. The palate is full bodied with a creamy texture and an almost perfect finish. Overall, this is one the greatest ales that I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (734) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUN 27, 2014
Dark brown color...limited foam. Sweet dark fruit aromas and flavors. Caramel,cinnamon, plums...very sweet and long aftertaste. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neur0 (848) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2014
(Flasche) Es hat eine braune bis rubinrote Farbe, ist leicht trüb mit einer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist karamellig, mit etwas Pflaume, Blaubeere, Harz und eine kleine Note von Aceton. Der Geschmack ist mittel schwer, leicht alkoholisch, sonst wie das Aroma. Bittere gibt es nicht

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