Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Strong flavour and aroma of chocolate, raisons, figs, caramel, spices, and fruits. At 9%, the alcohol taste is somewhat present. Overall an excellent beer that I wish was not just seasonally offered where I live. If you can find it, try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (414) - Waterville, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Jan. 12, 2007; 11.2 oz. bottle purchased for $3.95 at Marcy (NY) Discount Beverage. Murky pour with ample, rapidly dissipating head; complex flavor of raisins, dark fruit & red wine with some tingly carbonation. Alcohol is quite evident in both aroma and taste. Very good overall, if a bit pricy. May get some to store/age for awhile, as seems desirable to release this brew’s full potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a dark chocolate brown color, topped by an inch or so of very soft light tan foam. Nice lacing. Some sweet smelling chocolate malt in the aroma. Bready malt flavor with some bitter chocolate, raisin, and a little coffee. A little bit of burnt raisin in the aftertaste. The medium to full body is softly carbonated, and kept going strong due to an authentic etched-bottom Chimay glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ha1ag (889) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2007
bottled, dark brown with quickly dissappearing thick head leaving nice lacing behind. Raisin, smoke and fruit in taste. It give a very complex sense of aroma. Perfect!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
I had several incarnations of this beer. I have had it aged 13 years, fresh, and aged a couple of years. I must say that the latter is the most enjoyable. The flavor is yeasty and somewhat vinous, with a roasted malty candy flavor. Consistently good.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (4468) - 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.

   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.

   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

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