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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: 4757   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours a chestnut brown with a thick beige head. Wonderful aroma of fruit, caramel, yeast, raisins. Mouthfeel is nice, although I’d prefer a bit less carbonation. A very nice beer, but I have to rate it a bit below the average.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1202) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with a huge white head. Aroma is raisins, yeast, alcohol, roasted malts and candy. Tasteis is sweet and roasted malts, raisins, yeast and wood. A very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidYoung (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2006
[bottle frompeckhams] redy oak colour, medium head,smells of liquorice and raisins. Medium body with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nijuro (63) - USA - DEC 3, 2006
candied nuts, raisins and malt on the nose. long clean palate with a nice bitter hoppiness to the end. A lot more here than the red, but the alcohol is well concealed. Very nice, especially as it’s pretty easy to come by.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Intens dark brown beer with a creamy off white to beige head. Aroma is rich, generous and has hints of roasted malts, nuts, sweet bread, cookies, some spices and candy sugar. Taste is malty, sweet (candy sugar and dry fruits), nutty and it ends with a complex bitterness of hops. A great Belgian Trappist.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006
330ml Bottle: Pours dark brown with hints of red, absolutely no head to speak of this time around. The aroma is so complex compared to the first two! Lighter in plum, sweet malting, some woodiness, and lots of yeast. The promises of sweet malt and fruit come through in the taste, some very well hidden floral hopping that’s definitely there but taking a back seat to the front palate. Tremendous caramel aftertaste, and so silky smooth going down. Wow, praise the Lord, what a beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2006
Wonderful brownish-red color. Not too pungent aroma, but the taste is powerful. Burnt candy, dark fruit and earthy, yesty tones. A classic beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jshifletNC (3) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2006 does not count
I like this beer a lot. I think, based on it’s availability and taste, it should be in everyone’s frig.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Flowery nose. dark brown color; not much head. Thick body, slightly hot taste. Spicey and earthy with hints of nuts and caramel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 33cl bottle - pours a very dark brown almost, with a thick off-white head on top. Fizzy too, the beer is almost loud! Aroma is a lot of dark fruit, and some notes of banana. Taste is very smooth, and the mouthfeel is rich and full. Some roasted malt comes through in the flavour, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Some vinous character to the aftertaste. Quite flowery also. Reminds me of a more subdued Trois Pistoles (which I still prefer). My favourite of the three Chimay brews.


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