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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4842   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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4.4
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Poured into a Chimay Glass. Amber Brown in color. Taste & aroma difficult to describe for a nubian like myself. Delicious

4.3
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2007
33cl bottle from 1985 - The most beautiful deep amber body, crystal clear, scaling from deep red brown to light amber, initially a big head staying at the edge all the way through; Big deep incredible balanced elegant nose, lots of different caramelized aromas, caramelized Danish brown bread, overripe caramelized tomatoes, caramelized sage, caramelized dry sherry, great with oxidization at all; The texture of the body is soft and smooth but a little thin, it has a quite big and perfect carbonation, it is slightly salty, a little sweet ans bitter and with a superb elegance and balance; The a bit thin texture continues into a long finish, at first it seems to finish very fast but it is because of the thin texture, the alcohol shows itself but only briefly, the aromas shows again caramelized, here more as plain soft English light brown caramels. This is a very special beer, of cause because of its age, but also because of its immense qualities. I am wondering if a Chimay of today will age as elegant.

3.8
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
330 mL bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temp. in a tulip glass. FE 21/07

App.: deep reddish-brown, foamy light mocha head. Aroma: toffee, rye bread, malt, some dark dried fruits, like root beer somehow, yeasty, roasted grains, maple syrup and molasses. Lovely! Palate: Fairly full carbonation and body. Flav.: Much like the nose, toffee, nutty, rye bread, cardboard?!, a little sweet with an alcoholic and lightly bitter finish that coats the mouth.

Could this be oxidized?? It isn’t old and even if it was...I still would expect it to be ok. Oh well, guess I’ll have to buy more!

3.7
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 Cork Date: 11/2005 Rich, nutty brown color with a very yeasty aroma right out of the bottle, below average head. Smells just like homemade dough. Yeast aromas turns fruity (mostly banana and apple) with hints of caramel and malt. This beer is highly carbonated, more so than just about any beer I have ever tasted. This helps in offsetting the 9% ABV but almost stings the palate on the first pour. Each following glass was more palatable than the previous.

4
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
mike_77 (6668) - 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
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
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
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
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.


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