Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4776   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2006
Unimpressed. Not what I expected at all from a beer that I heard a lot about. The palate was confusing. Wasn’t sure what it was all on about to be honest. Aftertaste was gunky. Too much $ for not enough reward.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This was my last Chimay to try, and I have to say that I have been completely unimpressed with them all. For this price range, I expected much more. This is nowhere near the Rochefort or the St. Bernardus. It pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of alcohol present in the aroma as well as some fruitiness. The taste to me was the real let down, just like an average belgian--only with a higher price tag. I wouldn’t buy this one again--period."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4156) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
33cl bottle Nose of malt and plums, hazy, dark copper with a medium, but short-lived beige head. Flavor has caramel malts, plums, and spice. The 9% is very well covered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (11788) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet in Norway. Hazy, copper brown in colour. Beige and dense head slowly diminishing. Sweet spicy aroma. Assorted flavours of sweet and tart fruit, blackcurrants, spices and hops towards a yeasty backbone. Medium to full bodied. Medium dry finish. Enjoyable, but the peppery yeastiness is a bit over the top.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Mmmmmmmm. Bottle from Majestic gift pack. Beautiful pour. Amazing chocolate colour with soft creamy head. Complex aroma with a taste to match. Caramel, spice, raisins, plums... Strongish alcohol finish. What can be said really? Standard great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
getMADDcom (1) - , USA - JUL 6, 2006 does not count
has to be one of the best beers ever and worth the extra bucks over the cost of chimay red. it’s hard not to drink the whole 25oz. bottle, but probably better to share it with a friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 This is not a style that I have tried much or like much. Thankfully not as sweet as typical fruity BA and manages some dryness. The soapy banana and acidic fruit peal taste is off putting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. Poured a nice dark orange-brown color. With a quick fading tan head however it did last enough to be a thin cover. Grape aroma. Tastes are of grapes, malt, slight yeast. Incredibly smooth for alcohol content of 9%. The thin tan head is making beautiful lacing around the outside of the glass while consuming. Very enjoyable, an excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle to an orangey brown color, with one finger tan head which quickly faded to a thin tan cap. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was malty and dark fruit, mostly grapes and alcohol. As the glass warmed, the alcohol became much more evident in the smell. Ditto for the taste. At first, the flavor was slight malty sweetness, and pleasant clove spices. At mid-glass, the alcohol became the dominant taste. The finish, whiile pleasant, was warming and again, dominated by alcohol. In conclusion, I enjoyed this beer, and it is definitely a classic rappist Ale. I might drink another on a cold winter’s night (instead of today’s 90+ dgree weather). But at only 9% abv, the alcohol was a little too noticeable in taste and smell, as I felt more like I was drinking shots of whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 pours dark brown. big tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma Flavor is somewha fruity, with clove hints. Mdeium bitterness. Finish is long, but very nice, an excellent brew.

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