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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: 4810   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bradmccarroll (57) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Has a very fruity aroma. A VERY dark cloudy brown color. Thick head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving little to no lacing. Medium sweetness in flavor with hints of fruitiness. medium body, creamy, with average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisok (77) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle. Hazy brown color, Sweet and spice fruity aroma and taste. Maybe it’s because I get a lot of 3.2 beer here in OK, but I could really taste the alcohol in this. This is a good beer, but it is pretty expensive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
very nice trappist. nice and sweet, i would offer this a desert beer, hide the 9% very well. overall an excellent beer, lots of sweetness.......perfect for aging, will only get better with age.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rvrndmaynard (47) - Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Just when i thought Chimay couldn’t get any better, i found some vintage Chimay Bleue. If you think it is good at first, the complex flavors of the beer come out when properly stored. I would reccommend anyone get this beer, and get a lot of it so you won’t mind sitting on some to age it appropriately.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Best beer from Chimay that i have tried. Very tasty beligan beer with amber/brown cloudy color. Well balanced. Very strong but cannot taste alcohol. Man those monks know what they are doing. One of my favorites. Good anytime of year

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ridgeman (37) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Enjoyed this one in Brussels but available locally in US. Reddish Brown in color, big head whic vanishes quickly. Strong flavor and aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (770) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2007
Brown cloudy beer, with a very foamy head that doesn’t take long to disappear. Aroma: Yeast, port wine, chocolate, some pepper and vanilla and slightly lactic. Strong body, it weights in your tongue.Taste: sweet, but with the usual harshness, floral, liquor, chocolate, plums or raisins. Another great beer from Chimay, better if you keep it stored for some years before drinking it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swarzbeer (43) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottled, brown, good barley taste and aroma, very good balanced, very very good

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markveerman (14) - Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Aroma: caramel, yeast, slight floral at first sniff, but couldn’t get that one again. Appearance: Dark reddish brown, hazy, with a bubbly head (initially 3 fingers). Medium body, slightly sweet and smooth with a lasting finish. It has all the sharper elements of a strong ale, but remains smooth and almost creamy. Agitate the beer and the yeast flavors really come out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aharbick (4) - USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
You can tell that it’s bottle conditioned from the head (very bubbly and disapates quickly). Bouquet has the characteristic Belgian beer smell; very gentle flowery/fruity smell, with a punch of a smell that is acrid. One writer calls out "caramels" and at the suggestion it’s hard not to notice. Color is a nice a warm brown nutty color, but the beer being unpasteurized/unfiltered and bottle conditioned is pretty cloudy. It is very drinkable and smooth, flavor is understated and not all that memorable. The high alcohol content goes right to your head ;) Definitely a top-notch beer, but not my favorite


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