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100
style
Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4566   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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4.1
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2007
Pours an impenetrable black with hints of red (in the right light) with a beautiful off-white head which lasts for quite a while. Beautiful dark fruity aroma, detectable alcohol. At first, there is a roasted taste, followed by a malty, fruity taste, and then it resolves into a lingering hoppy aftertaste - metallic, grassy hops, perhaps a late addition? Not unpleasant. Slightly excessive carbonation, but sufficiently thick body. A really excellent beer - something for everyone. A truly balanced Belgian ale, and a delight to consume for my 100th review!

4.2
Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle (750 mL). Pours cloudy dark brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is slightly sweet, with dark fruits, yeast, maybe chocolate, and hint of alcohol. The flavor is dark and vinous fruits, slightly but not too sweet, with a bit of bitterness, yeast and breadiness, and finishing with a linger soft sweet finish. Very good!

3.8
jredmond (8508) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 11.2 oz bottle. Tried this brew right after sampling the chimay blanche (white). This beer was very good...poured very dark, almost black and had a good aroma. It was smooth on the palate and a solid aftertaste. The 9% abv was very well hidden as well.

3.7
JGS (1) - USA - MAR 18, 2007 does not count
A dark brown beer that has a yeasty aroma. While I enjoyed the initial flavor of the beer, there was an aftertaste that I wasn’t pleased with. There was definitely a carbonated bubbly feel on the tongue, that I found pleasant. This a good beer, but if given a choice, I would prefer to try something else.

4.1
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - MAR 17, 2007
Pours mahogany with a quickly dissapating head and little lacing (for that it loses a point for appearance). Aroma is pleasing with honey, gingerbread, and ginger candy notes. Flavor is dominated by malts, with some raisin elements and ice tea highlights, no off flavors and an INCREDIBLY smooth finish. I guess that the leadup to this beer left me wanting a bit more...is that fair? Certainly a very nice beer, but I’ll try other Belgain offerings before I return to this. 5.50 USD at the bottle shop in Anchorage....in Panama the beer sucks but it’s cheap, I guess the opposite is going to be true for this trip to Alaska. Re-rate on the finish of the bottle. Definately grew on me....the flavor stayed with the beer through the warming, with more floral and ice tea notes. Quite, quite nice. Love Belgian beer...

4.5
HighlanderOne (1364) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Poured from big bottle. Aroma of sweet malt and a bit of alcohol. A beautiful mahogany with tan head. I taste vanilla, cake, banana, caramel, and a trace of cocoa. The 9% alc was hardly noticable. This stuff is SO drinkable. Finish is just as great as the start. This one goes in my hall of fame for sure.

2.6
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
11.2 oz bottle tasted as part of "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" Blind Tasting 07. I’m not sure what happened here but this was one of the shocks of the night. Pours a clear amber brown with a light brown fizzy head and good lacing. A light yeasty dough rasin aroma, not bad but light at the point that we came to it. Brown rasins, sugar, sweet, hops, in need of a malt backbone. The heat is too much with the light medium body. Finishes lightly astringent, metallic and alcoholic. I’ll rate it again with the "blind fold" off and see if its better.

3.8
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
2006, 750 ml. bottle. Dark, reddish/brown pour. Slight chocolate, carmel and very, very faint coffee-ish flavor. Alcohol is hidden well.

4.2
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy caramel color with a one-and-a-half-finger off-white head. The aroma is of malt, yeast, cherry, plum and caramel. The flavor is bitter then sweet and bubbly with yeast and malt prevalent. Very good.

4
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2007
2001. tasted at Plan B 10/3-2007. Deep and intens brownish with slight ywllowish head. Lot’s of prune, figs, cherry and quit nutty. Almonds and hazelnut. Medium body and still very complex.


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