Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4810   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Poured into a wide glass from a 2/06 bottle. My best efforts could not thwart the large foamy head. Color was an opaque muddy brown with hints of red and yellow. Very pleasing complex aroma. Hints of sweet floral bouqet mixed with a malty undertone. Flavor bears a light/medium sweetness with a floral overtone and a malty aftertaste. This beer is mildly hopped with a slight bitter flavor throughout. At 9%, there is a subtle initial impression of alchohol flavor, which becomes less apparent in the aftertaste. This is an above average beer with possibly the best aroma I have enjoyed. I’m looking forward to buying more to age!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2006
pours a big foamy to rocky tan head with cloudy brown color. Aroma is medium malt, dark fruit, sweet, bread. Taste is upfront effervescence, then taste follows the aroma. 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours with a frothy off-white head with a light brown body. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast and malt. Tasted a little similiar to other belgians with the spices but i prefer the Rochefort 8 however it is a smooth for a beer with an alcohol content this high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
A good belgain beer but don’t think it as good as made out to be. Flavors are not that exciting, missing that complexity.

   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 (4176) - 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 (12063) - 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.

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