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100
style
Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4796   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours a dark brown, smells fruity and strong. Interesting complex flavour, the real treat being the aftertaste. Alco content is very well disguised.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (6061) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2006
A fruity aroma with a light yeast kicker. The first half poured a pretty amber almost like a brandy. The second half had a yeasty haze, flavor and aroma. Tasted fruity with a bit of a bitter-sweet palate. The finish doesn’t last a really long time. A beer I enjoyed but for the money there are a number of other bigger beers in bigger bottles that I would choose over it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 The aroma is wonderfully balanced between supple and light. The appearance is a warm dark brown color with much lacing and a great honeycombed head. The beer provides a good contrast of heavy malt, chocolate, and sweetness, with light woody characters. The carbonation provides a wonderful dance on the palate with warm full bubbles exploding on your taste buds. This beer is always a treat to drink and even more enjoyable when drank from larger bottles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
Poured into a Duvel glass. A dark ruby and brown beer with a big cream colored head. Lots of lace. Low levels of the typicla rumminess, and some yeasty esters. The flavor is much more appealing. Chocolate, rum raisin, caramelized sugars. Very nice. The high alcohol of Chimay Blue do not cause this beer to come off as thing. Matter of fact, it has a quite silky mouthfeel. I shoul get a couple for the cellar. Gotta love the monks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2006
bottle ..deep brown pour small wispy head that leaves quickly. aroma of sweet dark fruit . sweet malt flavor but also some roasted notes and alcohol . very smooth and decent carbonation . dry finish . good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
loseratheart (110) - USA - MAY 22, 2006
Distinct yeasty taste with floral palate. Ended up pouring it the wrong way the first time, second time way better. Great, but not the best Trappist I’ve had (Rochefort 10), distinct taste. Nice off-white head. Hints of roasted malts. Very well rounded.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head. Initial aroma of raisin, sweet malt, and toffee. Not nearly as fruity as I remembered. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with foamy carbonation that stings a bit more than a typical Belgian, perhaps it’s just the fresh alcohol. Enjoyable, but not terribly impressed considering my impression of previous bottles. It has been at least a year since my last bottle of Blue, and while I remember it being considerably more tasty, I think it is more likely that my perception of taste has evolved.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 pours dark brown. big tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma Flavor is somewha fruity, with clove hints. Mdeium bitterness. Finish is long, but very nice, an excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle to an orangey brown color, with one finger tan head which quickly faded to a thin tan cap. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was malty and dark fruit, mostly grapes and alcohol. As the glass warmed, the alcohol became much more evident in the smell. Ditto for the taste. At first, the flavor was slight malty sweetness, and pleasant clove spices. At mid-glass, the alcohol became the dominant taste. The finish, whiile pleasant, was warming and again, dominated by alcohol. In conclusion, I enjoyed this beer, and it is definitely a classic rappist Ale. I might drink another on a cold winter’s night (instead of today’s 90+ dgree weather). But at only 9% abv, the alcohol was a little too noticeable in taste and smell, as I felt more like I was drinking shots of whiskey.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours with a frothy off-white head with a light brown body. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruits, yeast and malt. Tasted a little similiar to other belgians with the spices but i prefer the Rochefort 8 however it is a smooth for a beer with an alcohol content this high.


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