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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4760   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
witkoskijp (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
If I could have only one beer (banish the thought !!) this would be it. For me this is all what is right about beer, great flavor and color. Their other beers are also great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours an attractive dark brown. Pleasant aroma and well balanced. Overall I would say this is a generally average belgian ale, not remarkable - but tasty.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Revan (5) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
This beer is absolutely beautiful. I love Abbey-style ales most of all and this is easily among my favorites. It is quite beautiful to behold when poured in the glass, the bouqet is magnificent, it goes down smoothly and easily, and the taste is that of a complex dark ale with wonderful hints of fruitiness. I am not a beer snob - I have been known to enjoy an Olde English 800 and a Pabst Blue Ribbon on occasion. There are certainly beers that top even this, but if you are looking for a reason why beer should be taken as seriously as wine, this is it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Not bad. it is a dark belgian. has the typical belgian phenol nose. has some dark fruit in there to. totally decent.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottled and draft. My favorite Chimay of the 4 varieties available at the abbey. Very dark beer, very smooth and easy to drink with zero aftertaste. Above average Trappist beer well worth purchasing. Probably the easiest Trappist bier to buy. Good beer to have with dinner. Sneaky ad campaign for 150th birthday: thought it was the new beer but just blue with a different screenprint label. The new beer has green accents.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Deep rich chocolate brown with a nice airy head with outstanding lacing. Light brown sugary aroma. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink for a 9% elixir. This is easily malty, with just a teaser of fruit. Classic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlMalteserHead (21) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2006
From a bottle, this beer smells of cherries and perhaps caramel, with the cherries lasting into the taste along with some serious malt. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Pour is a rich dark amber with a nice white to off-white head. The aroma is sweet fruit, light hints of brown sugar, some roasted malt and faint alcohol. Flavor was more sweet and delicate than the red. Almost something floral or grassy to the middle of it. Finished with a nice combination of hops and alcohol. Lively carbonation, above average mouthfeel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigcat03 (291) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 1pt 9.4oz corked bottle (11/05 vintage) from Hy-Vee Liquors poured into trappist glass - Pours very deep burgundy with a 1 finger tan head; Fruit (grapes, and blackberry most notably), malt, and a little alcohol to the nose; Not the most complex, but very pleasing; Same fruits from the aroma, malt, yeast, some type of spice, and a hint of the alcohol and floral hops (only if you chew on it a little) on the initial taste; A slight floral hop presence along with a roasted malt note and raisin on the backtaste; A good medium palate; A little high on the carbonation; Felt fizzy at times, but died down after a while; Very nice effort by the monks from Chimay. Now I’m interested in how this would cellar. The initial blast of carbonation kept the palate score from being 5, but maybe it was just this bottle. I’m sure I’ll find out sometime!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is delicate with dried fruits, yeast, and malty sweetness. The flavor is similar to the nose, with the fruit flavors and a caramel sweetness being the most prominent flavors. This all wraps up with a nice dry finish that is refreshing since the body is relatively thin for such a flavorful beer. Overall, it deserves the reputation that is has as one of the best Belgians that you can find most anywhere with a decent beer selection.


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