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100
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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: 4842   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
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
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
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
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.

3.9
beedman (60) - Wonju, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 29, 2006
Small bottle, pours a dark reddish colour wth very creamy foam. Aroma is caramel and yeast. Tastes of caramel, dried fruits and something port wine like. Pleasant carbonation and high alcohol content is only noticable as beerwarms.

3.6
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
From a bottle with the cork. One of the fruitiest beers (somewhat black-cherry-like) I’ve ever had without fruit actually being an ingredient. This is definitely very smooth for its alcohol content--the alcohol is masked so much that you’d think it had half the alcohol. This is quite a good ale, but given its price, I expected a bit more. I’d rate it higher if it had a sharper taste.

4.1
Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottled. I had to wait for the beer to warm-up somewhat before pouring (it was too cold out of the fridge). Poured dark reddish-brown,hazy, with an ample tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and trappist yeast. Deeply malty flavour with fruity (raisins, prunes) and caramel notes. A touch of sweetness balanced with light bitterness. Complex aroma and flavour unfolded as the beer warmed. Alcohol was detectable but did not detract from the flavour. This brew had a long dry finish with light hop bitterness. An outstanding trappist ale.

4.4
mucom (35) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Poors a dark reddish coloured beer with a big lasting head. Nice lacing, and in the nose, sweet aroma’s of malts with raisins and hints of caramel.The taste is sweet with raisins, some alcohol, well hidden, and hints of pepper. Medium bodied, extremely well balanced. In the final we have cloves, pepper and hints of caramel. What a fantastic beer.

3.9
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark red, with a tan head, can see sediments floating throughout. Great balance throught. A world of flavors. Complex and tastey.

3.6
lordhumungus (14) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2006
Complex brew with masteful balance between the hops, malt and yeast. Initial intensity melows into a long rich rewarding finish. As with any ale; if you drink it too cold you will wonder where all the flavour and aroma have gone.


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