Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4817   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 corked 10/03. Stupid huge head pilled high with billions of (nitro?) bubbles. It hung around for awhile too. The nose was malty, alcoholic, and caramel like. It tastes very good but I was let down by the HUGE alcohol taste. It was excessive, especially for 9%. I got malts, candy apples, and ,oh yeah, alcohol. I’m sure this beer mellows well with time, and maybe that would change my opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onesimus (62) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2017
I carefully pour this gloppy dark brown beverage and a two finger cappuccino coloured head rises up; interestingly the head around the perimeter is foamy but in the centre it's a fluffy fine fizz. The head size slowly shrinks but the fizz continues. Bouquet is slightly muted but boozy (9% ABV) some yeastiness and fruity promise - dark fruits hints of raisins, plums and distant cloves. The mouthfeel is syrupy smooth almost chewy; but the sapor is somewhat surprisingly subdued - the mellow ripe fruity flavours give just enough sweetness but this is finely balanced by the yeast and cloves. Whilst it's flavour is not overwhelming it has such a warming charm, winsome character and a wholehearted constitution that you just want to sink back into a comfortable leather chair, listen to a Chopin nocturne and savour its gentle delights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mister_Li (1254) - GERMANY - APR 29, 2017
Leicht trübes rotbraun mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Malzig, Röstaromen, etwas Vanille, leicht fruchtig, etwas Rumtopf, spritzig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2928) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - APR 29, 2017
Sampled from 0.33 l bottle, best before end of 2013, about nine years old. Clear, dark reddish brown with a frothy, beige head. Sweetish, very oxidized, fruity and slightly yeasty aroma of port, raisins, prunes and caramel. Rather sweet, malty, slightly fruity, a bit yeasty and quite oxidized taste of raisins, prunes, caramel and some port, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly yeasty-spicy and quite dry finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Definitely past its prime, will revisit from a fresher bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dannylee (71) - Kożuchów, POLAND - APR 29, 2017
Barwa ciemniejsza miedź, piwo lekko zmętnione. Piana bardzo wysoka, sztywna, głównie drobno-pęcherzykowa, ładnie oblepia szkło i jest bardzo trwała. Aromat: Typowy dla belgijskiego ale, szybko wyczuwalne fenole, oraz estry. Ładne aromaty pomarańczy, goździków, przyprawy, lekki pieprz, minimalnie wyczuwalny alkohol, pojawia się również lekka słodycz. Smak: Z początku nuty estrowe, pomarańcz, jabłko, gruszka, mocne nuty fenolowe, przyprawowe, goździki. Naprawdę bardzo złożony aromat jak i smak. Na finiszu nuta szlachetnego alkoholu, lekko piecze w przełyk ale jest to bardzo przyjemne uczucie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zilverenmaan (132) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2017
Head light moka, thick, long lasting, good lacing. Aroma and taste somewhat alcoholic but rich: caramel, lots of dark fruits with a slightly roasted finish. Mouthfeel creamy, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AaronIPAAPA (95) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 28, 2017
Butelka, barwa ciemnobrązowa. Piana dość wysoka, długo się utrzymuje. Przyprawy, fenole, słodycz. Alkohol wyczuwalny, ale w przyjemny sposób.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Primekick (29) - POLAND - APR 27, 2017
Barwa ciemnobrązowa, wysoka piana. W aromacie słody, drożdże, nieco alkoholu, przyprawy. W smaku dość wytrawny, lekko alkoholowy, trochę karmelu, jakieś suszone ciemne owoce. Fajna niska goryczka.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Majormark1974 (1) - Bridlington, East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017 does not count
A very good beer, simples, a very good beer, simples, very good beer, simples, very good beer, simples 😀😀😀😀😀€

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Simoonthph (75) - Czechowice-Dziedzice, POLAND - APR 22, 2017
Piwo barwy ciemno brązowej, nieprzejrzyste. Piana, jasno-beżowa, dość wysoka zbudowana z różnej wielkości oczek, ładnie zdobi szkło. Aromat drożdżowy, alkoholowy w kierunku brandy, ciemne owoce(rodzynki, śliwki) nieco przypiekany, przyprawy.. Smak dość wytrawny, nieco alkoholowy, drożdże, fenolowy, ciemna czekolada, praliny, ciemne owoce + jakaś nuta marcepanowo-przyprawowa. Jest w sumie dość wodniste, ale jednocześnie dość ciężkie. Goryczka niewielka, wysycenie niskie. Szczerze to spodziewałem się nieco więcej po ikonie stylu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KamDarkAle1 (1) - Smethwick, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2017 does not count
Wow! What can i say about this beauty. Dark, Rich and smooth hints of dark chocolate, figs and caramel make it so yummy. This ia a quality Ale the best in my opinion.

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