Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4617   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Belgo (154) - Køge, - JUN 6, 2005
330 ml bottle of the 2002 version. Normally Chimay Bleue improves massively with aging, so I was looking forward to this one. It was a major disappointment! It began all right, as the beer poured a nice reddish brown with a good firm and lasting head. But the aroma was very faint, with only a bit of chocolate and some burnt flavours showing through. On the palate this brew appeared lighter than its 9% alcohol. The taste was very one-dimensional and again dominated by a burnt caracter. In short the beer appeared tired and worn out.

pj007 (8) - - JAN 17, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 In bottle, in Prague, wonderful beer, a bit heavier, higher alcohol level, sweet after caramel, light foam, silky, not a strong aftertaste

malibrat (54) - Pula, CROATIA - JAN 16, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Pivo u flaši. Lijepa kompleksna aroma. Nekakav slatkasto kiselkast miris na grožđice i alkohol. Okus je od onih koje ja nazivam pomalo 'vinski' ili 'prošekast'. Tijelo nije toliko puno i gusto tako da je jako pitko. Koliko ja pratim po kafićima , ako imaju samo tri-četiri Belgijanaca u ponudi , Chimay Plavi je sigurno među njima , a to znači da ga ljubitelji piva traže i da im se jako sviđa!

brandon1989 (712) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Has a earthy aroma with some dark fruits, cane sugar, and some malts. The flavor is more of the same.

miki74 (134) - Sabadell, SPAIN - JAN 11, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 Degustada en botella de 33cl,buen cuerpo de color rojizo oscuro,cerveza de estilo dubbel belga,sabores y aromas dulces y afrutados.

mmmeinike (373) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2018
dark brown with a white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of banana, dark fruit, spices, sugar and malt. Taste is sweet with a perfect balanced bitterness and notes of fruit, malt, sugar, bread and spices.

droef (218) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2018
0,33 liter glass from tap. Great strong Ale, but I prefer the Westvleteren 12 or Bernardus Abt 12.

BeerViking (5125) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2018
2016 labelled bottle from the Fuller's brewery shop, pours very dark brown with a huge foam, nose is malt, a little treacle, a touch of yeasty banana, a touch of toast. Dry-sweet with a dry alcohol bite, touches of treacle toffee and Hefeweizen, of spiced and toasted malt, and of brandy-soaked sultanas!

rafael52 (1747) - Łódź, POLAND - JAN 2, 2018
Kolor: bardzo ciemny niedziany, zamglony. Piana: obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, dość trwała. Zapach: sporo aromatów ciemnych owoców, wiśni, trochę śliwek, może lekkie estry, obecne również aromaty drożdżowe, estrowe, lekkie fenole. Smak: dość lekka pełnia, słodycz, sporo ciemnych owoców jak w zapachu, wyraźne nuty drożdżowe, fenolowe, korzenne, lekkie nuty karmelowe, melanoidynowe, opiekane, goryczka średnia, lekko alkoholowa. Wysycenie: średnie.

kalunapz (203) - CROATIA - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Boca 0,75L - kupljena u Svijetu piva - odlično pivo, malo vise gazirano ali i dalje odlicno

Benters (137) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2017
Pours a clear mahogany colour with average carbonation and a good level of head retention. Aromas of Belgian yeast, alcohols, caramel, molasses, roasted malts and dark berries. Taste is a blend of all of these, a deliciously complex blend of stewed dark fruits, caramel, mollasses, dates and just enough hop presence to prevent the beer from becoming cloying. Has a long, dry finish leaving behind nice warming alcohols. Fantastic Trappist beer, one of my all time favourites.

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