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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rocfort (7) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 7, 2005 does not count
Dark brown with a tan foam. Fruity, yeasty with a dark caramel and vanilla finish. Maybe not the best Trappiste but very accessible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3052) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
33 cl. Bottle. Yeasty, sugary smell upon opening, almost like an adjunct, though I know it’s a finishing sugar. Deep brown color. Hmm, yeah, complex, all right. Dry at first, then a bit of currant. Very heady alcohol after awhile, and always with that extra zest of finishing yeast.
And now I join the dozens, if not hundreds of RBians who had red, white and blue for 75% of all of Chimay’s brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markkao (2) - TAIWAN - SEP 6, 2005 does not count
Thick and heavy pour out of the bottle, dark brown, with a good lasting head of foam. Complex taste from start to finish, fruity with alcohol presence and a little bitter at the end. An inviting beer to be savored

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2005
A Mes Rate: Good chunky head that eventually settles to a thin film and lasts very well. It has some of the heaviest lace you will see. As you tip the glass to sip it leaves behind a solid covering of tan foam with no breaks in it at all. Lovely! Sweet alcoholic nose with some rice pudding. Metailc (but in a good way), vanilla and strong caramel and cream is the order of the day flavour wise. Then it is all rounded off with and very long and amazing caramel and marzipan finish with some gradual alcohol warming. Glorious stuff. Make sure it is not over chilled, it will totally kill it and be careful with the sediment if it’s not your thing then I would suggest a gentle pour and pay attention. Grande Reserve variant is even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
chimay is great!!!!!!!� smooth, complex, high alcohol content -- perfect. I can’t wait to try everything they have to offer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle: Outstanding. I’ve had the red on several occasions and always enjoyed it, but the blue is far superior. Complex with nutty, roasted malt up front followed by hints of raisin, currant and spices. Everry sip from this ale brings you a little something new as it warms in your galss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
muddy brown with moderate-high carbonation. off white-light tan slowly diminishing head. good lacing. brandy, red wine, some earthy, yeasty, malty, and fruity smells as well. good balance and a nice sort of earthy flavor. taste was not as good as the smell belied. I can’t find much in here. There’s some sweet malt and alchohol presence, but not a very significant flavor. body is just a tad thin, but the carbonation is done well. Drinkability was easy. 9% keeps you from drinking too many though. Now I know why a lot of people say Chimay is overrated. I must say I agree. It lacked the complexity and flavor that I was expecting. Not a bad beer by any means, but certainly not as good as advertised.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
This is probably the finest Belgian beer in the world out of many beautiful examples. Phenolic/malty/alcohol aroma, simultaneously formidable, delicious, and frighteningly drinkable. Truly amazing ale even compared to other Trappist offerings. For Nel(69) to prefer a flabby, overdone "Arrogant Bastard" is sad and should be grounds for revocation of his undeserved login privileges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
This is the best Chimay Ale. It’s a darker brown color than both Rouge and Blanche. Excellent spice aroma. And perhaps the nicest alcohol finish I’ve had in a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 wonderful ale, a so subtile taste and flavor. Sweet and srong, it’s definitely a must.

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