Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve

Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4688   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.

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Beese (3748) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2018
Bottle, many times at home from all over. One of my all time favourites, still. This is a superbly complex beer, and a ways above the Red.

Moretum (375) - Vienna, AUSTRIA, AUSTRIA - JUN 23, 2018
Dunkle, bräunliche Farbe mit weißer Schaumkrone. Malziger, fruchtiger, würziger Geruch. Geschmacklich malzig, fruchtig, alkoholisch. Ausgeprägt malzig mit leichter Bitterkeit, voller Körper mit spürbarer Kohlensäure.

Flag08 (103) - - JUN 23, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2018 Bottle, 330 ml. I have te same problem with all the Chimays i've tasted so far. They can't handle the high alcohol volume in a perfect balance. Great beer, great colour and head, good carbo, full body, but the aftertaste is slightly unbalanced. As the taste comes back to the nose after swallowing, it brings a bit of alcohol. Not really disturbing, but it's persisent. Aromas are full of pear and apple, soaked in melted caramel and chocolate. Really complex nose and good palate, but i miss the perfect balance, altough it has a great bitterness to cover, but it can't do completely somehow. Every time i taste Chimay, i have this strange feeling. Good one, but not the best Belgian Strong for me. Definately not...

vmario (146) - POLAND - JUN 22, 2018
Ciemnobrunatne ze średnio i drobnopęcherzykową, raczej trwałą pianą. W aromacie słód i owoce. Smak zrównoważony, alkohol ledwo wyczuwalny. Wysycenie trochę zbyt duże. Gorycz dobrze kontruje słodycz. Bardzo zrównoważone.

lukasz_f (106) - POLAND - JUN 17, 2018
Butelka (BB 12.2023) Na początku pieniło się jak wściekłe, jednak piana dosyć szybko opadła. Piwo jest nieprzejrzyste, ciemnobrunatne. W aromacie i smaku dominują drożdże, słody. Alkoholu w zasadzie nie czuć, poza przyjemnym grzaniu w przełyku. Bardzo dobre, treściwe piwo.

Ascelja (2314) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 17, 2018
Bottle. Hazy, brown to red, high beige head. Aroma of mirabelle, pears, apples. Taste is empty, strongly alcohol presence, apples and caramel. Full body, low carbonation.
Not my style. Well... I don't like it, really not.

Rotin (2320) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 16, 2018
Bottle 0.33l, vintage 2015. Cloudy, copper colored. AROMA- apple, spicy, pear, plums. FLAVOR- dry, lightly bitter, strong harsh alcohol, caramel, fruity, spicy, touch of cardboard. Fuller bodied.
Not very good Belgian commercial brew.

tribemjetblack (43) - FRANCE - JUN 14, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2018 Impressionnante. Une bière magnifique. Une belle robe brun sombre avec une jolie mousse persistante, blanc cassé. Un nez de raisins fumés et de sucre. En bouche je retrouve du caramel, de l'orange, du raisin de la réglisse, de la vanille mais légère, du tabac en fin de bouche. Une rondeur magnifique mais aussi une certaine sécheresse qui perdure. La carbonation soutient tout cela sans prendre le dessus. C'est vraiment extraordinaire. Que su bonheur.

henrik2222 (39) - - JUN 9, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2018 Luktar russin, dadlar, fikon, karamellsås, portvin. Smakar karamell, dadlar, med ett avslut av russin. Kraftigt kolsyrad och lättdrucken.

bestxiii (30) - FRANCE - JUN 6, 2018
Un classique de la bière belge trappiste qui vaut clairement le coup. Une belle robe marron. Un arôme fort de clou girofle et de café. Une expérience qui ne s'oublie pas et qui est toujours unique.

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