Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4586   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Incredible; glad I finally tried it. Alot of what you'd expect in the nose; but it tastes even better. Sweet up front with a nice balanced finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

malinosky (8) - - NOV 12, 2017 does not count
Warka 12/22 . Piwo po otwarciu wystrzeliło pianą, co sugerowało że być może jest zepsute. Na szczęście wszystko w porządku. Aromat słodki, coś w stylu słodkiej chalki, może trochę drożdżówki. Barwa rubinowo-bursztynowa, bardzo ładne przebłyski. W smaku nieco się zawiodłem. Jedyne jakieś nuty winogronowe (?), Słodowe. Ogólnie nic się nie dzieje. Alkohol początkowo nie wyczuwalny, dopiero po kilku sekundach rozgrzewa przełyk. Wybrałem to piwo ze względu na wysokie oceny, lecz stwierdzam, że to nie moja bajka.

DraftAromas7 (18) - SERBIA - NOV 9, 2017
Here's one of my personal favourites. Colour is dark brown, with big tan head. Very rich taste. Well, now I have to go back to the store...

SimonBlok (758) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2017
33cl bottle at home. Appearance: hazy mahogany with big eggshell white head. Aroma: banana, dark malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, spice, hint of white pepper. Taste: high sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of red fruits, unripe banana, dark malts, brown sugar/molasses, bread. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and medium carbonation. An excellent classic ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

culchiem (4151) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2017
Bottle in Voot. Dark brown with a large head. Aroma of raisins and syrup. Flavour is bittersweet, fruit malt, a little winter beer, sweet fruit malt finish.

rodenbachvintage (168) - Roeselare, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2017
Chimay Bleue laat je nooit in de steek. Goed bier. smaken van kandijsuiker, karamel, donker fruit, heel mooi in balans.

ciocanelu (2938) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 30, 2017
Dark brown color with light tan head. Aroma has toasted malt and brown sugar with a bit of caramel and dark fruits. Taste follows with dark malts and brown sugar, really well balanced by a light toasted malt bitterness on the finish. Well hidden ABV. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a really well made Belgian ale.

coresterol (76) - Wrocław, POLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Ciemnobrązowe z rubinowymi przeblyskami, niska piana, mocne nagazowanie. W aromacie na poczatku czuc slabe wino musujace, dalej oranzade, landrynki, sporo nut slodowych. Po czasie czuc rodzynki. Nieco alkoholowe. Slodkie z poczatku, pozniej slodko-alkoholowe co razem z wysokim nagazowaniem daje, przynajmniej dla mnie, srednie wrazenie. Spodziewalbym sie wiecej.

VueltaBirrista (134) - Murcia, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2017
Vierte marrón oscuro, tanto que parece totalmente negra. Presenta una cabeza de espuma considerable color canela que va dejando en la copa un bonito encaje. Como he comentado el torrefacto está muy presente en nariz y también toques especiados como el clavo. En boca es una auténtica pasada. El caramelo y el regaliz ensamblan perfectamente con las maltas bien tostadas y las notas de café. A pesar de la alta graduación, el trago es fácil y su final sabroso y agradable. Esa es la clave de todo: una cerveza complejísima, pero fácil de beber para la inmensa mayoría. Un trabajo redondo, vaya.

jb45 (2) - - OCT 27, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2017 Quel plaisir à chaque fois ... Parfum, arômes, tout est agréable et me donne une sensation de plénitude. Je n’ai pas le nez assez développé pour dire ce que je sens ni un palais suffisamment sensible pour reconnaître tel ou tel arôme. Ce que sais, c’est que chaque dégustation est un moment de pur plaisir.

VertBaconStrips (2402) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - OCT 25, 2017
Ha! 40 billion bottles later of this shit and I finally realized I'd never reviewed it - well, an 11PM opening of a 750ml bottle on a Tuesday night marks the occasion ((as will calling in to work tomorrow morning to nurse a fantastic headache) as will some euro bukakke vids))Back in the day I would have done such a long review but now I'm a softy. I almost want to skip the aroma and just hit up the taste as it really dominates. I really thought this Rochefort glass would hold the aroma well. Raisins, plum, yeast, burnt sugar, unknown fruit, faint marshmallow, light spice and warmth on the nose. Even thought Belg strongs are up at the top of my faves I've never ever found a permanent spot in my heart (or my liver or Visa statement) for Chimay Blue. Red - yes. This is an underwhelming beer but poses no flaws. Has all that you want but in a lesser dose than required. Just dumped in the remains of the bottle into my glass - love that stuff always even if it adds a bit of an odd mouthfeel. Flaves is close the aroma but it seems I'm missing all the details! Who cares. This is the 4 zillionth review of Blue and no one will read this anyway. More spunk with the sediment yet it does kill of the finer qualities. Time for some Ichiban to help with the looming headache.

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