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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4596   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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4.5
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2006
A dark and very hazy pour with a lot of visible sediment. A plethora of malty flavors, highlighted by coffee and a spicey plum taste. The changing flavors make each sip a pleasurable experience.

3.5
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Dark body with Amber tint. Tan head, good amount, with less lacing than expected. Sour, malty, bready aroma with alcohol and grapes present. Noted something else dry in the aroma. Lighter body than expected. Spicy hops at the end. Nutty (almond?), grapes in the mouth. Great balence. Not quite as remarkable as I remember it...

4
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Get alot of dark fruits and a little sourness in the aroma.Pours a murky brown with a huge tan head.Flavors of dark fruits and alcohol.Medium mouthfeel with some noticable alcohol in the finish.

4
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 19, 2007 2001 Vintage: Dark murky brown, with excellent (!) head retention, good lacing and fair carbonation. The aroma is somewhat tart with rum-soaked cherries, other dark fruit, sugars, some soy sauce, very fruity and vineous. Taste is well-rounded, strong notes of port, madeira, dark fruit, roses, brown sugar, vanilla, slight oxidation and a short, sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. Ages well, and developes into something that’s quite different from what it once was.

4.3
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle from LCBO. Poured a dark liquid with the largest head I have seen in any beer. Served at a slight chill above room temperature. The smell was immediately rosy and very pleasant. The flavour was incredible. I am amazed by how great this beer is! Palate was very defined with a very refined sweetness. I was hit by flavours of what seemed like really amazing grapes, plums and prunes. Without a single ounce of hesitation, definitely on my top beer list.

3.8
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Strong indeed. There was a lot going on with the flavors of this beer. There was a lot of sweet and the hops added depth, complimenting the sweetness and making it all three dimensional. I would not recommend having food with this beer, it may be too much.

3.7
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Hazy dark brown hue, with a frothy beige head, yeasty, toasted malt nose, with dark dried fruits accent of plums, raisins, dates, but when the beer gets warmer a passion fruity note came out, with a spicy flowery lavender accent, brown sugar and a hint od spiciness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a crisp sweet toasted, caramelized malt character, with a spicy accent, fruity notes of prunes,dates and raisins, with brown sugar, leading towards a sweet fruity, malty, and warmth alcoholic finish.

3.8
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
jonno (2980) - 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
emacgee (4708) - 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.


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