Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4813   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flashgordon79 (2) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
This so far in my young life is the best beer i have ever had. Great flavor, easy going down and no bitterness. i loved it!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle 750ml. Poured a dark kinda murky color. Aroma of malty. Taste has a sour start with a sweet finsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian1985 (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Appearance: Pours a reddish/brown with a creamy beige two finger head that dissipates into a very thin head. Smell: Mainly fruit (cherries/raisins/plums) and yeast, with some hints of sweetnees (maybe from the aforementioned). Taste: Fruit presence is strong, alcohol is masked nicely, however, is certainly present, just not in an overpowering way. Hints of sugar add a certain sweetness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy, very smooth, with a great after taste and a medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Overall, I could drink this one all night, however, at 9% ABV, I am not sure how smart of an idea that would be, which is why I am only going to give it a 3.5 for drinkability. This was my first, and certainly not last, offering from Chimay. I look forward to buying this again, except in the 750ML bottle next time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Dark red/brown with red highlights and a big head. Smells like raisins. Tastes like raisins as well with other fruity and malty characteristics. Slightly bitter finish with a hint of red wine. I need to drink this more but I actually think I prefer the other two Chimays if you can believe that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2007
This beer pours a VERY deep amber with a large tan head. On the nose I smell plums raisins and possibly nuts. The flavors emulate this too and I also get some good maltiness. This is a semi sweet beer with some floralness to it. Very well crafted beer from a great trappist monastary! Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 25, 2007 does not count
I have long heard about Chimay, I guess there was so much momentum put into this ale and so much positive talk that I expected this mind blowing, earth Shattering, divine and sarced momentous experience the likes no man has ever experienced before...I was sorely disapointed. I would say that this was alright but nothing great. Smooth, bitter, rich it is nice, just not that nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackBeauty (2) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2007 does not count
malty and high alcoholic content. good for sharing with others. available in both size bottles from the belgium beer cafe on st.kilda road in melbourne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle.2006 (2003) at the Culminator, must be the best beer in the world when you lay it away for a good 2-3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Pours a dark,deep red with a tan head. Thick head with good laceing in a tulip glass. Taste of roasted malts,citrus and yeast. Nice smooth, full mouth. Well worth the every penny. One of my favorite trappist ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 (Bottle) Pours beaytiful deep red. Aroma of fruits, flowers, spices and herbs with pears, apples, plums, brown sugar, toffee, butter, nougat, candy and some raisins. Small hints of orange, roasted malt, bubble gum, yeast, glue, nuts, liqueur, alcohol, pineapple sweetness and some wet stone. Medium sweet, extremely complex aroma. Light rosted toffee-ish flavour with some fruts, spices, ginger, eartyness and brown sugar. Maybe some tobacco. Pretty full mouthfeel with a touch of alcohol. Some herbs and sugar in the aftertaste. Belgian beers often lacks in freshness, this one included, but it is ohhh so complex, and some times thats enough. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a noticeable carbonation. High five for a three point eight.

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