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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4618   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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3.9
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.

3.6
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a dark redish-brown; big head. Not much of an aroma, but it’s eventful, with a complex flavor cycle of alcohol notes, malt sweetness and smooths out quite nicely with some hints of chocolate (?). Not my favorite, but it’s definetly a beer of quality.

3.7
jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2006
Oh man was I looking forward to this. I’ve been stuck in Japan, the beer black hole, and this is the first good beer I’ve been able to drink in too long of a time. Poured an opaque brown with oat-colored rocky head. Taste was deeply malty, surprisingly not very sweet, with good warming alcohol. Not quite as full boadied as I expected for a Belgian, with lots of carbonation, and almost resembled a bock. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly better than what I have easy access to.

3.8
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2006
(07.25.06) One pint 9.4 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Vintage 11/05. 9% ABV. Sweet malt aroma. Poured hazy brown with medium off-white head. Soft carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied ale that starts dry with light malt/fruit (raisin)/caramel/spicy flavors. Finished dry with light bitterness. A pretty good Belgium ale.

4.1
SudsMcDuff (8541) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Served in the new goblet..dark murky mahogany big brown colour, better than average lacing, good puddle of constent head foam....bananna’s -fruit -roastiness -bitter off fruit -leather =aromas.... alchol is masked completely...delicously nice+mellow yet fiercly magical brew..


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