Bleue (Blue)
Bières de Chimay

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From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #4
ABV:
9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,262
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 10.47%
Ratings:
8,267
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 04:07 AM
Added:
Oct 22, 2001
Wants:
  581
Gots:
  2,171
SCORE
95
World-Class
Bleue (Blue)Bleue (Blue)
Notes: Known as Grande Réserve in 0.75l bottles.

The Chimay Blue is a dark ale with a powerful aroma. Its complex flavor improves with passing time.
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4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by maltmaggot from California

look. mahogany black tea walnut wood stain garnet moss
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feel. full bodied and bright
overall. absolutely brilliant, a work of art. unfortunately, it was served at lager temperature. as it warms up though, there's a delicious blood dough candy flavor that emerges from it's cacoon.

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4.34 by clm9 from North Carolina on Apr 20, 2022
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Fedorable

First beer that got my attention. A bomb of spice and fruity sweetness. Doesn't get much better than this

Apr 19, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Ismaelmyself

Its quite pricey and you wouldn't want to have a habit of drinking these daily but when you can it sure is a nice beer. Heavy on the IBU and the Belgium flavors two of my favorite things.

Apr 05, 2022
 
4 by not2quick from Missouri on Apr 04, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

L: Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a 16 ounce glass. Beep brown with a thick 4 finger head. Lots of soapy lacing on the glass as it's emptied.

S: Aroma of alcohol, yeast and fresh bread.

T: Candied fruit, toffee, dark stone fruit.

F: Smooth, like velvet, with a slight alcohol burn. Full bodied, and strong.

O: A marvelous, and timeless classic. I need to get more and age it. It rank it with Trappiste Rochfort 10 and Samichlaus Classic. Top tier.

Apr 02, 2022
 
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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Perioddicals from Texas

L - Shared a 12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Half finger tan head. Dark cola color. Minor lacing. Some alcohol legs.

S - Malty and boozy. Some dark fruits like an after dinner wine. Sweetness in there as well.

T - Sweet with some spices in there. The spices were unexpected, but a great extra taste. Bready / Biscuity Malt. No bitterness. Some booziness, but not over-alcohol tasting at 9% ABV. Each taste changes a bit. Keeps you coming back for more.

F - Good carbonation. Medium thickness on mouthfeel. Almost creamy with agitation to bring back the head.

O - I really like this. Drank it at the beginning of Spring, but would be a great Winter / Fall beer. I loved the surprising sweet and spicy taste. Will definitely add this to the annual rotation.

Mar 25, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by eluvah from New York

On draft at Iron Abby, Horsham PA. What a wonderful beer. Dark color with nice white head. I taste plums, raisins and caramel. Finishes so smooth.

Mar 23, 2022
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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Sam88

This beer is a beautiful thing - a beautiful large head sitting atop a rich dark ale . With such a strong alcohol content it will certainly knock you out a bit but you wouldn't know it from the taste. Great fruity and caramel flavours - you can taste the history here. Not an every day drink but certainly good for a colder day of the week - especially if you have one of the wide Chimay glasses at home..

Mar 17, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a slightly off white head that slowly grows to be over five inches thick. Over the course of a few minutes it slowly recedes to a creamy looking millimetre cap on top. Lovely looking beer.

I honestly thought I smelled aromas before I unbottled it. Lots of the typical notes are here, doughy and yeasty malt flavours, backed by a general sweetness and mild booziness, rum raisin cake, a deliciously deep and sweet savoury note, maybe dark chocolate covered dried dark fruits? Spices abound, hard to pick them apart, but you can always expect cloves and just a hint of liquorice. It’s really something else

The taste? It absolutely follows the nose, but the way it does it is what makes this such an experience to drink. Aside from what you get on the aromas, I’ll point out the most notable flavours. Bubbly, creamy, and boozy up front. You get hints of rum soaked, moist raisin cake. Spices hit you soon after and meld seamlessly, cloves nutmeg and liquorice are notable here. Deliciously yeasty and toasty caramel malts can be tasted throughout the sip and become quite notable at the end, augmented by the spices and sweetness, sort of tastes like you just had toasted bread with butter and cinnamon. Some dark cherry notes here and caramelized banana. Likely due to the high abv% mixing with the fruity esters and the caramel malt flavour, but it makes for some unique and tasty flavours. Perhaps just the slightest hint of general hop bitterness throughout.

Long and complex finish, which is mostly dry and fairly sweet. I didn’t pick up much bitterness myself. More lively carbonation than you might expect, but the carbonation is quite fine. Creates a creamy sip on the way down and prickles at your tongue. ABV% is slightly more noticeable than some other high alcohol beers, but it’s still masked well and the way you feel it with the flavours/it adds to your taste perception is a plus, honestly.

Phenomenal beer, honestly. Mine was a few months old, would love to try an aged one. I think it helped bring the effervescence down slightly judging by how carbonated some other reviewers said theirs were. I only have one more in my cellar, and this is a beer I would love to try at all life stages. Super fresh, a few months old, year or two old, and a super old cellared grandpa! Or maybe it’s just indicative that I want to drink a lot of this. Highly recommend this for anyone who loves any Belgian, or European beers. Or honestly, anyone who likes beers at all. It’s a must try!

Mar 10, 2022
 
4.55 by TABAK on Feb 21, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Received this cellared version in a trade with @Providence - Date code is L11-545 So bottled in 2011? No idea, but he said it was old.
Poured rather darker than expected for an Ale; almost cola brown. The manila colored head lasted a very brief time before retreating just to the circumference of the glass.
The aroma was potent! Lots of dark fruit (Think figs and/or prunes) and a surprising amount of spice - almost akin to a Christmas ale - curious as I wasn't expecting that at all.
The flavor follows, the malts lead the party but the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg?) want to play too. It may be my imagination but it seems they didn't want to get along. Didn't matter to me, I enjoyed it anyway.
The feel was better than expected if this is indeed an 11 year old bottle. I would not have guessed that at all; but now I kick myself for not grabbing a fresher one for a side by side.
Really good beer, but then, that seems to be the consensus.

Feb 13, 2022
 
4.09 by lsudduth from Ohio on Jan 30, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

This one is prototypical of the style for me, a classic for good reason. I've had it many times, but not recently, and never reviewed til now.
Bottled 2021, date/batch code L21-561.
Strong aromas and flavors of deep caramel, spiced figs, cherries and roast malts. Lively carbonation and bright yeast esters, good sweetness at the front with a dry finish.
Outstanding beer.

Jan 29, 2022
 
4.39 by o29 from Texas on Jan 29, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JRGargis113

This is a little too much flavor for me. I can’t drink ad much as I can Chimay Red.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Pour is a light cola colored, but once in the glass it's a much deeper, darker brown. While the pour was fairly aggressive, there was more head than I anticipated, although it only last a couple minutes before receding to a thin spotty cap. Aroma is loads of rich malts, caramel & figs. Taste more or less follows the nose, with some bready notes joining the party. Well balanced, deceptively complex, and super easy drinking in a way that belies its ABV. Very good.

Jan 22, 2022
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3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look...blackish with a dark brown overtone. off whitish beige head with ample carbonation
Smell...light hint of citrus and hops. Soft smell of malt
Taste...Sweet malt with dark fruit , taste of sugar. banana and yeast.
Feel...Definitely a lightness not expected and light lacing presence on the beer.
Overall...a decent beer just not my cup of tea. Don't get the excitement of this style so my score definitely reflects that. i am glad it was a gift because the price on these suckers are exorbitant.

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4.16 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Jan 16, 2022
 
4.33 by Private_Biscuit from Alabama on Jan 08, 2022
 
4.66 by Sphagnicola from Belgium on Jan 06, 2022
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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into snifter. Beige that dissipates, less retention than many fizzy Belgians. Mid brown color.

Malty chocolate fig nose.

Taste follows with more dark fruits, toffee, the classics.

Feel is where the carb is, on the slightly finish.

Delicious.

Jan 06, 2022
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

L: Dark brown, cloudy; reddish when held up to light. Light head.
S: Bready and malty, with tons of raisin and prune.
T: Big malt backbone, touched with stonefruit and raisins, with a little bit of spice.
F: Carbonation zip pairs with the spice in the beer. The malt and a little bitterness settles on the tongue.
O: A must-have.

Jan 01, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a deep, dark brown coloration with a large, creamy head. Smells of bready, caramel, slightly roasted malt dark fruit, with rich notes of raisin, plum and fig, as well as some chocolate, spice and hints of licorice. Taste is an excellent balance of bready, caramel, slightly roasted malt, chocolate and rich dark fruit, with notes of raisin, plum and fig, as well as distinct spice, with notes of clove, nutmeg, anise, licorice and just a hint of candi sugar and earthy, bitter hops. Finishes bittersweet, with a medium sweetness and some dark fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation.

This makes for a superb, rich and complex Belgian Strong Ale with an excellent balance of sweet and just slightly roasted and bitter notes, as well as a great body and mouthfeel. The focus is clearly on the malts and esters here, with a rich bready and caramel presence and distinct notes of dark fruit and spice, while subtle hops add just a touch of earthy, bitter notes to this that balances it out very nicely. Overall this makes for an incredibly enjoyable example of the style that's quite rich without feeling cloying or overly boozy at all, hiding its ABV very well,

Dec 31, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by UnoBeero

Chimay Bleue is my favorite of the Chimay range. This is one of those beers you simply cannot turn down if offered to you.

Nose: Chocolate, cocoa, Christmas spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, minor citrus notes. Strong yet semi sweet malt aroma.

In the Glass: Like Red, this is a very dark full bodied ale, the color shows this strong character and it is a beautiful sight. Slight oily legs on the glass much like other full bodied ales.

On the Palate: You are met with a sweet malt flavor accompanied by cocoa, Christmas spices. Toffee and candied malted barley make up the body of this ale. This is easily the most complex and well balanced Dark Ale I have ever had.

Finish: Sweetness fades into a rounded malt with minor bitterness.

While this is most certainly a winter beer due to the spice character, I would enjoy this ale any chance I have. I highly recommend Chimay Blue to anyone who likes beer, no matter how experienced they are.

Dec 31, 2021
 
4.35 by foundersasap from Michigan on Dec 30, 2021
 
3.77 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Dec 24, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a mostly opaque muddy brown with an off white super creamy head which lasts a while. Hints of cinnamon,ethyl,stone fruit,cocoa. Taste is very chocolate forward with caramel,and cherries. Feel is luxurious and smooth,creamy,enveloping is a better word than full bodied. Feels like drinking a thin chocolate covered cherry. Overall this is an outstanding ale. Those Trappist monks really know how to brew-

Dec 23, 2021
 
4.88 by jslywiak from California on Dec 22, 2021
 
 
4.33 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky on Dec 07, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Giampiero

Close to perfection, Chimary Blueue was one of the first "world class" beers I've ever tried, and it was worth the hype. It offers a dark, deep brown colour, depth is key here as smells of sugary fruit, caramel and cinnamon give away the wonderful, complex and sweet taste with a good amount of carbonation. The alcohol content is nigh impercetible, leaving only a great warm sensation in your stomach.

Dec 06, 2021
 
5 by Shan-man from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Smooth-drinking combination of sweet malt, lightly bitter Belgian yeast, and toffee. Finishes a bit estery, but a true classic that is still drinking great. Can’t believe I’ve never logged this into BA.

Nov 25, 2021
 
4.21 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Nov 22, 2021
 
4.27 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Nov 21, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

L: Nice crisp label, very dark on the pour, White and black head with the body. Looks classy
S: not so predominant on this batch, Figs with a meady earthy undertone
T: Bright and less sweet than I thought. Bit of a rough edged bitter aftertaste
F: lots of tiny bubbles, I expected a more syrupy mouth feel but it is nice as it is.
O: I'll be honest , it has a lot of what I like, but the effervescence of bubbliness isn't something I was expecting.
Would certainly go back for more taste tests.

Nov 13, 2021
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