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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4817   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Average light tan head that dissapates fairly quickly. Reddish-orangish-brownish color. Aroma is fruity with a touch of floral hops (actually much more but unable to dissern). Good carbonation. Fruit is present as well as bread in flavor. I have been waiting on this one since I joined "ratebeer" a few months back. I think this is the easiest drinking Belgian Strong Ale I have ever had. Saying that it is complex and high quality.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (6272) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Red-brown in colour with a thin head that fades quickly. Rich taste with initial sweet notes of caramel and a more floral finish. Quite easy on the palate but not very moorish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Had a few of these bombers on the drive to work today. Seriously though a nice burgundy color with a fluffy whity pillow like head that never realy settles down. Cabonation jumping like champagne which acentuates the fruity nose. Always a pleasure knowing some is in the cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 2006 Bottle -- Pours with a dense tan head with OK retention and little lacing. Deep red colour with active carbonation (visibile only with a strong light behind the glass). Aroma is malty with overripe fruit and bread -- Christmas pudding! Glorious full mouthfeel. Flavour has a real nip to it up front, receding to bananas and more bread. The strong alcohol level never intrudes too much but adds background warmth. Terrific for cold nights in front of an open fire! P.S. Love that commercial description: "Its flavour, noticed when tasting it..."!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2007
UPDATED: APR 30, 2008 2006 bottle. Pours a hazy, deep, dark ruby-brown color with a mostly fully head, beige, and fizzy, but still creamy; settles to an average constant layer leaving some tight lacing. Very intriguing nose for a dark Belgain with some floral notes, even some herbal notes, some darker malt notes, even a little vinous; other notes of dough, light banana, and raisin. Tastes more like a trappist than the nose led on with very rich malt flavors and typical yeasty notes, Belgian chocolate, rich caramel, hints of chicory, brown sugar, prune, light banana, mild hints of the floral towards the end keeping the beer from becoming cloyingly rich. Palate is just more than medium, but somewhat round, making it seem much fuller, and lively; I didn’t like the palate at first becasue of the lighter body and amount of carbonation, but it grows on you. I was trying to compare it to other trappist palates, and that would just decrease the character of the beer, this one is too different from the others to be categorized the same way. Finishes fairly long and mostly sweet with brown sugar, prune, and doughy yeast and the dryness becoming more apparent as well as a nice warming effect. A good amount of alcohol warmth from the 9% but that only accentuates the beer. Not at all what I was expecting from a trappist, but I was pleasantly surprised after having a few sips. Not overly complex for a top level trappist, but quite refreshing as compared to others. This one is much more subtle with the flavors and has many notes that I wasn’t expecting from a trappist. The more I drink the more I like it. Very well put together and the delicacy of beer makes for something incredibly memorable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Easily my favorite Chimay, though I also am a huge fan of the white. For those of us who have a hard time finding beer (you cant sell over 6% in AL) this is a godsend, of course I suppose its that way for most anyway. Lots of subtle flavors, and really most people manage to pick out different aspects. Also I love how the trappists have a nice warming effect. Makes me want to drink this in an oversized button-tucked leather sofa chair next to an open fire.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 ReRate: Year old bomber brought back from the states. Pours a dark hazy amber sorta colour with a short lived beige head that leaves behind a ring. The aroma reminds me of fresh baked bread, i’m guessing because of the yeast, when the beer becomes closer to room temperature notes of cinnamon, caramel, and marzipan emerge. The flavor has remnants of caramel at the beginning, which gives way to a bread like flavor, rather interesting flavors, I taste some bruised banana somewhere in their aswel, when the beer becomes closer to room temperature sweet flavours of bruised fruit, plums, raisins, and marzipan come through, very complex. Really friggin good. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
(1pt 9.4oz) poured into a Chimay Tulip (short) pours a dark cloudy amber with some carbonation present. has a full frothy head that slowly receded leaving the film that is to be expected. Aroma is of a belgium trappist, YEAST. some fruits present, bannana fromt the yeast. taste is smooth with some tingle on the front from the carboanation, a mild middle, with a yeasty and fruity bannana finish. has a good aftertaste of the yeast. more mild than the other trappists, but obviously still very good. I don’t know, but if you talk to long time drinkers of Chimay, they say that it has lost some of its quality over the years. probably the most "commercial" trappist. always a good drink, and you have to scrutinize the trappists because they all are very good, and are held at a different level.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iLikeGoodHead (6) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
Excellent brew. Great taste and ability to get you nice and tipsy very quickly.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Chimay Blue pours a dark cloudy amber color with a light brown vanishing head. This is the beer that got me into this site, and into quality beers.


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