Bleue (Blue)
Bières de Chimay

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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #2
ABV:
9%
Score:
96
Ranked #608
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 10.39%
Reviews:
2,461
Ratings:
8,160
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Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
96
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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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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanksgiving dinner beer.
Pours slightly reddish tinged brown with finger and a half of tight foamy tan coloured head.
Love the aroma - toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, malty and doughy.
Tastes of dark fruit, fruit cake, dates, raisin - caramel, brown sugar, malty, just a touch of tart cherry note at the back with subdued boozy note.
Smooth clean medium full mouthfeel with plummy brown sugar sweetness fading to a crisp finish.

Oct 13, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very dark. Another reviewer described it as burnt umber and that is pretty spot on. Huge 2 1/2 finger tawny head on an aggressive pour. Five minutes after pour the head is still a finger or more of dense bubbles.
Smell: Very subtle. Slight hint of esters, and a vague medicinal smell.
Taste: Brown sugar, plums and raisins.
Feel: Rich and full bodied, with a smooth dry finish.
This beer begs to be sipped by a fire on a cold winters night. The lack of smell is a significant weak point IMHO considering the beers worldwide reputation. My least favorite of the Belgian Quads on offer at the LCBO. For me it earns a B+

Oct 06, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fantastic appearance. This beer pours burnt umber in color with very high carbonation, a beautiful 2" parchment head, and moderate lacing. It appears cloudy.

S - Heavy malt and bread on the nose. Clean and earthy.

T - Caramel, malt, barley, bread, yeast, coffee, and raisin notes come through quite profoundly; malt and barley being at the forefront specifically. This is a very complex beer. In the front of the palette this ale seems slightly sour and bitter. Though, in the back of the palette, this ale seems sweet. This offering is interesting and mysterious.

M - Pleasantly full yet non-lingering. This brew is dry but refreshing.

D - I wouldn't consider this a session beer due to its higher alcohol content. However, this is a very easy drinking ale considering its high ABV. I am by no stretch of the imagination a Trappist aficionado but I will say I highly recommend Grande Réserve. This is my favorite Chimay offering.

Oct 02, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoy this one. Not too expensive, excellent Trappist, lacks the creamy texture you might find in the more expensive and celebrated. Trul a belgian beer worth enjoying

Sep 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian dark ale! The look isn't super-appetizing, but it's a got a nice lingering off-white head on top of a brown body. The smell for me was the weak point - there just wasn't much there. But the flavor was great, deliciously rich. The feel, for a 9% beer, was dangerously smooth and easy-drinking. In fact, I just finished a large-format bottle of this bad boy. At the price point, not an everyday beer, but definitely worth trying on a special occasion. I recently reviewed Bernardus' "12", and I preferred that one slightly to this, but they were both excellent.

Sep 29, 2020
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ELS from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’ll admit that this isn’t my favorite style but still I have to say I wasn’t impressed with this beer. It looks good with a nice dark brown color and some tan foam. I had it on tap in a Chimay Glass. Smell was nutty, malty. Taste was light and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Maybe this is a simple beer and I was expecting a little more complexity. I was looking for more malt and it was leaving me wanting. To be fair, I’ll try it again out of the bottle. Maybe on tap isn’t the best way to serve this beer although I almost always prefer draft beer.

Sep 17, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky, mahogany brown body; excellent head, thick and foamy. A little nutty, a little brown sugar, a little fig and date in the aroma. Dark, dry pitted fruit flavors reminiscent of figs and dates; candi sugar; minor presence of alcohol; rye-like malts. Heavy body; soft and velvety; outstanding residual sugar body; semi-sweet mouthfeel offset with a touch of boozy warmth.

Opening the chilled bottle produced a minor gusher, but not too much beer was lost. The smell wasn't very strong but yielded some soft and varied elements. The beer really shines through with the taste. It's well-balanced, not too sweet, definitely not very boozy, nicely malty. I like this beer and plan to revisit it more often.

Aug 24, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chimays are just fantastic and this is what I will tell you after each one I have. They are made with craft, still so very simple yet they are magnificent.
This one has everything right too, what I appreciated the most is its flavor, how the hops interplayed with the malty body, quite intensive hoppiness with not too sweet caramel malts, backed by that boozy punch just like when you’re having cognac cherry.
These beers are an experience, they give you something special when you’re drinking them, you don’t just chug one down. They surely gave me an introduction to the Trappist family of Belgian beers and boy am I grateful for that!
I will seek Chimay out and be glad every time I have them again!

Aug 21, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best trappist man can drink. Smooth yet delicate, complex and mature. Lovely hints of raisins, chocolate and a subtle hoppiness. Perhaps the best beer in the world.

Aug 13, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark plum
Smell: plum and Belgium sugar
Taste: sweet dark plum, prune, brown sugar, Carmel malt
Feel: medium full, more full than medium. Pleasantly carbonated.
Overall: an amazing Trappist beer. THE amazing Trappist beer? Perhaps

Jul 26, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-dark red-brown tap pour with a thin, fine foam cap and an aroma of candi sugar. The flavor is carmelized candi sugar with fig and a bit of cherry. It is rich and decadent. The finish is drying. This is superb.

Jul 20, 2020
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marcablanc96 from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is obviously an amazing beer. The only question is if it's better than Bernardus 12. While Bernardus seems to get more attention, Chimary Grande Reserve is, for me, the Archbishop of trappist beers. Simply the best. It is the beer I have on the most special occasions.

Jun 14, 2020
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bwriley4 from Arkansas

4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers, of any variety. Although I would often choose an IPA for an everyday beer, the Chimay Blue is so delicious (tastes of caramel and chocolate and alcohol), with a smell that is a bit like an apple banana from Hawaii (a bit of banana and a bit of sour apple), and a mouth feel that is outrageously smooth and easy to drink. I think this would be a great beer for non-beer drinkers to try during the Christmas holidays, to begin to open the door to the world of beer. I hope to visit the brewery one day.

Jun 11, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep amber with a large cream head. I poured mine about a half hour ago and it's still at a centimeter head which is a retention unheard of.
Smells sweet like a banana with a tinge of sour.
Man this stuff is delicious. It's like liquified candy in a bottle. Only downside is that it's one of the higher costly brews out there.
I don't know if the whole Belgian Trappist's Ale being brewed and baptized in monasteries by monks is credible but it's quite a story.
Anyways, Chimay Blue is hands down one of the best beers in the world in my opinion and I've tried thousands of brews. Cheers!

May 05, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy all of the Chimay beers and this is probably my favorite....maybe the White.....it is very close. The taste, look, and aroma are all top-notch. After drinking more trappist ales, I have to add to the review that this one has a great mouth feel and has a full body that is strong but not overpowering. I think it is a great example of this style!

Apr 10, 2020
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andaub

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the benchmark for Belgium Trappist beers. A great beer that gets better has it warms up. 10-12d is ideal and wow do you taste the difference. Looks nice, wonderful bouquet, caramel hazelnut smell, very malty as well, and the taste is smooth and dangerous for a strong beer. World class beer

Mar 08, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My tour of the great Belgians continues with this stop at Chimay Blue - the original Christmas brew. It is a great looking beer with a sweet malty aroma and a cloudy mahogany tint and a big beige crown and plenty of lace. Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied and I really love the taste - a delicious mix of mullling spices, caramel and booze. Not as sweet as the Trappistes, but is very warming and smooth. A truly great beer, one of the best I've had.

Mar 01, 2020
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davillanx from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my annual birthday indulgence that signals the end to my Oct - Feb alcohol abstinence. Friends and family know this as 'Chimay Day'. Happy Chimay day friends!

Feb 27, 2020
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spdemon91

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer! I am not a beer connoisseur and do not drink frequently but when I do, I like to have something that is special. Chimay is that beer for me.

Jan 17, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the 'Red' and the 'Blue', the 'Blue' is definitely better...

Great looking beer with a sweet malty smell and the hint of booze was there, just in the distance. Mouthfeel was creamy and full-bodied and I really enjoyed the taste - very much a delicious mix of malt and booze. Overall, this was better than the 'Red' but still both of them are very good.

Jan 06, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 2rd, 2015 - On the long list of Trappist ales to taste this is the last of the evening, after the grandiose luminaries like St Bernardus 12 and Westvleteren 12. The Chimay Blue has the range and availability of the Bernardus but the pedigree of the Westy, and has some of flavors that keep beer drinkers in the hobby from Age 21 to 91. This bottle has a bottle that starts with a little cheesy fink and some mushroom, but with a slight peach sweetness. And the taste is very similar, though with a bedding of grain flavors underneath like a saison, and reeking of the penurious delight of light grain. It is simple, parsimonious, elegant and nearly perfect, with a rue and swirl of molasses in just the aftertaste, but disappearing as quick as they appear.

9/11/2007 - Focus, focus, focus. All these Eastern religion crazes and astrological ombudsmen always blather on about focus, finding one’s center and maintaining spiritual energy at the nexus and vertex. Everything from urban development to cake decorating is centered around…well, the center. Proper balance has become a higher art, put into form in everything, including beer making. And that paragon of centered flavor and palate is the Chimay Blue. What a beautiful beer; beautiful in its precarious balance. The color is like a light baby bear’s fur, and the foam a casual light tan color. The whole appearance is gentle and soft, picturesque to anybody with a disposition to tactile experience. The smell is extraordinarily complex, fuming with copious yeast and some teriyaki sauce. I must say, the aroma is quite mild, not unlike the taste. The flavor is just light enough to match perfectly with the palate. The whole flavor compound lingers on the tongue for a long time, allowing the drinker to take his time and really immerse himself in the Chimay Blue experience. It lets one center themselves, finding the same coveted balance that the brewers at Chimay instill in their signature beer.

Dec 27, 2019
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Gordono from Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is subtle, sweet, spicy and sour. Same with the flavor, sweet, a touch of spice, not overly sour, complex, slight metallic finish. The more I let it breath, the better it got. At 9% surprisingly very little alcohol flavor. Pour carefully, very effervescent, nice lacy head, dances on the tongue. Would buy again.

Nov 22, 2019
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just another ring-in with a venerated institution. perhaps the most available genuine Trappist out there.

Wow, very frothy 3-finger head when poured into my Ommegang stemwear... it's unique, gray/brown-ish and frothy; dissipates into a lingering gurgle on the surface.
Smell is what one should expect from such a potable - dark fruits, a noticable phenol tang, "smelly socks(? - sorry, i know but... bring the funk!).
Taste is fruity, malty, bready; swallow not too sweet, not too bitter. It leaves a craving, but restraint and respect is key here. If one were to load this into a beer bong, they'd be a fool and miss the whole point entirely.
Afterglow, bloodstream feels quite stimulated, that is for sure.

How fortuitous that "doing God's work" can also involve the concoction of remarkable ales. Let us pray...

Oct 23, 2019
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Reef from South Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 cL bottle coded 18-764 FWIW

Amazing three fingers of variegated head, opaque brown, scant sediment
Strong prune, toffee, plum, date, light allspice aromas
Cherry,raisin, clove, plum, bread flavors
Coating mouthfeel, light fruity bitterness at the back of the mouth. Everlasting carbonation.
My favorite strong, dark Belgian.

Oct 20, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another very strong "Belgium" beer out there.. The Alcohol is little too strong to me but i can take it.. The beer itself is very strong and can fill your month very easy.. The taste is little weird and remind you caramel.. Also in the end has one sweat and great feeling..
Overall one very good beer out there. It has anything you want.. Has great taste, great aroma and balance alcohol for both people sides.. Can satisfied one strong mouth but also and the one weak..

Sep 14, 2019
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