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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: 4836   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Small bottle. Pours a deep brown with a nice tan head. Dark fruit flavors and aromas are present from first sniff/sip. I need to revisit this without interrupting with food, but I was pleasantly surprised.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Very enjoyable, particularly as it warms up, subtle spices and well hidden alcohol. Easily available which is great for such a special beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Poured a deep hazy brown. The aroma was sweet with hints of ripe fruit (grapes/raisins), alcohol, and maybe caramel. The head was medium thick and brown. The flavor was sweet and tasted of ripe fruit with alcohol showing through. The palate was very full and well carbonated. The finish was warm from alcohol. Overall not as impressed with this as I thought I would be. Then again I have yet to be blown away by a Trappist.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
Very malty flavour with a strong finish. Hangs around on the palate with a hint of fruitiness and a huge amount of dark ale flavour. Besy to have just one or two though as the nine percent makes it interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Haven’t had a bottle of this since I joined RateBeer, so I thought I would revisit it. 750 ml bottle. Deep ruby tinged amber presents a fizzy, loosely structured off white head that settles quickly leaving little lace. LIght fruity aroma with some notes of yeast and spice. Medium body with lively carbonation and a soft creamy texture. Moderately sweet, with balnce provided by some peppery hop bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Pours dark amber with a thin white creamy head. Aroma is yeast and fruits. Very good texture. Flavor is malty and fruity. Complex. Peppery yeastness in the end.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
witkoskijp (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
If I could have only one beer (banish the thought !!) this would be it. For me this is all what is right about beer, great flavor and color. Their other beers are also great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Pours an attractive dark brown. Pleasant aroma and well balanced. Overall I would say this is a generally average belgian ale, not remarkable - but tasty.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Revan (5) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 15, 2006 does not count
This beer is absolutely beautiful. I love Abbey-style ales most of all and this is easily among my favorites. It is quite beautiful to behold when poured in the glass, the bouqet is magnificent, it goes down smoothly and easily, and the taste is that of a complex dark ale with wonderful hints of fruitiness. I am not a beer snob - I have been known to enjoy an Olde English 800 and a Pabst Blue Ribbon on occasion. There are certainly beers that top even this, but if you are looking for a reason why beer should be taken as seriously as wine, this is it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Not bad. it is a dark belgian. has the typical belgian phenol nose. has some dark fruit in there to. totally decent.


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