Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4762   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buu (10) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Had La Caracole’s Ambree the previous night. Found the two modestly similar. I found Chimay Bleue more moderate, yet more well-balanced. Blue poured a beautiful golden amber with a brownish, soapy head; in time, incredible lacing. Fresh yeasty nose. Sweet hazelnut malt flavor; and a mild coffee note. Surprisingly, 9% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1545) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Pours a dark amber with a thick off-white head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, floral, and caramel. Flavor is sweet with dark fruits to start off then finishes with the caramel and a small hint of floral. A slight alcohol warming is the perfect ending to this brew, All the flavors and aromas blend well to make this trappist very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mddawso (89) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Quite interesting beer. Poured a dark amber with fluffy white head into a trappist glass. Produces very interesting aromas. Cherry comes through the strongest though. The carbintation is strong but not overbearing. Flavor is light on hops, with a little roasted malt coming through. Overall not a spectacular beer for $10. Wouldn’t buy again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robklg (13) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle from 2005. Rocky, amber colored head. Oily, cloudy body. Smell is very nice with chocolate and dark fruit. Aroma’s of chocolate and nuts. Taste is rather sweet and slightly bitter. Palate to me is a bit disappointing, aftertaste is a bit watery and too short to my liking..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
The first time I had thi, I thought I was drinking Champagne. the second time I had this beer, I knew I was drinking the best beer ever made. Chimay is by far the CHAMPAGNE of beers. There will never be any better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (455) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Cloudy dark raisin like color. Roasted malt, dark rock candy, plums and raisins. A huge abundence of malty sweetness. Not much in the way of bitterness. Honestly was a little let down, but it is very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This beer poors a dark mahogany with a suttle crimson edge. The head was nice and thisk with good lacing that lasted the duration of the tasting, and being that this was a 750, thats pretty damn good. The smell is heavy with cherry/chocalate, coffee, hazelnut, and alcohol. On tasting, the sweetness of this nectar honed in with sharp esters of chocalate, plums, coriander, orange zest and butter. The body cleans up with the subdued alcohol taste. The mouthfeel is a dream with subtle carbonation that stays in line with the creaminess. All in all this is a superb drink that I would never think twice about enjoying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy and dark brown with a great off white head. Very sweet but also kinda lemony read fruity - maybe). Pruns and caramel - very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown, nice white head. Don’t know why this is rated so high, rather land. Dominant flavors are alcohol and slight sweet dark fruits, really watered down and just not that impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (5668) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Surprisingly smooth for a rather strong alcohol by volume (9%). I really enjoyed this one. Next time I go to Belgium, I shall personally thank Father Theodore himself. Update: 75 cl bottle corked and caged. Pours deep reddish brown and hazy with a nice head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor is fresh yeast, dark malts, dark fruits, floral hops and toasted grains. Medium to full body, very smooth and creamy feel. Complex flavor, a classic Trappist beer.

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