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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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6,957 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,957
Reviews: 2,222
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 371
Gots: 1,219 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Ratings: 6,957 | Reviews: 2,222
Photo of Kyseber
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: plum, prune and raisin hues. Inviting bubbles.
S: Sweet currant aroma.
T: figs, dates. Quite smooth. Alcohol is well masked.
M: very bubbly but not effervescent.

Photo of Jason1221
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Too much carbonation for me. Prefer flatter beers.

Photo of Wilshade
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Actually brewed under the close supervision of monks at Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey.

Glassware used: oversize wine glass

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head.

Smell: Flowery with inviting caramel notes. Sort of like when you are approaching a caramel popcorn stand on the boradwalk at the beach.

Taste: Dry with the caramel hinted at by the aroma.

Mouth feel: Very smooth but pleasantly crisp.

Overall: Very enjoyable and relaxing. The 9% ABV is well hidden. This is a finesse beer. It doesn't hit you over the head with a sledge hammer that a lot of beers with this ABV do.

It's brewed to age well. So, I put one back with a note to open it in 3 years.

Definitely adding this beer on my in home rotation.

Photo of Briancaldel
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Easy wind)
Dark brown look with a Nice creamy white head, complex flavor Carmel malt and floral with a smooth finish. Style Hides the high alcohol level well.

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought two of these and had them over the course of two nights. Nice dark color with a thick tan head that goes down very slowly. It's a very nice beer that would go well with steak and potatoes. However, Beer Advocate has the ABV wrong, it's actually 10.0.

Photo of lonestarnate
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have seen comments that it's to much for the money. But you get what you pay for if you want the best you pay for it ,while some of the other labels within chimay are great this one is outstanding. This is the best of its kind I have tried dozens of Belgium style beers and this is the best from the floral smell to the sweet taste it is so complex yet so perfectly balanced you will not be displeased with this one. if you are a true beer drinker stop being so cheap and treat your self to pure bliss on earth if God truly made a beer this is it!

Photo of pinchas
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Belgium otta be one if the best Bbeers in the world

Photo of fulcrumbs
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little too yeasty for me. A very solid belgian ale... but if you are looking to spend $$$ on a belgian that is readily- available... would rather go with Unibroue or support my local micro- brews testing out new belgian brews.

Photo of dhfreak
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can't get much better in this category. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for. While some of the other Chimay styles are not the best in their respective categories, this one definitely is.

Photo of demon
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been eying the Chimay Blue on the store shelf for ages.

I knew holding the bottle that which was awaiting me would be an experience to be remembered.

Love at first sip. An amazing complexity. Very yeast and caramel malt forward, with the perfect balance of dried dark fruit--raisins, plums, cherries.

This is why I drink beer.

Instant favorite.

Photo of DarthVorador
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an authentic Chimay chalice...
A: Dark murky brown, with a small off white head.
S: Dark fruit, especially plum & raisin. A slight yeast nose as well.
T: Follows the nose with a almost red wine quality, & a slight sourness.
M: Rich & sweet with a alcohol warmth in the finish.
O: An exceptional beer & MUCH better then the red IMHO. Great job Chimay, THIS is what a trappist beer should taste like!

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, apparently I've never done a review for any of the Chimays... this was my staple go-to expensive beer when I really got into craft beer. I used to drink these all the time, so surprised I don't have any reviews. A great way to kick it off with a nice big grande reserve 2012 vintage.

Pours a decent looking fizzy bubbly, lots of bubbles, hits a finger surprisingly, but fades back fairly quickly, foamy lacing, murky darker mahogany ruby color, some sediment as well.

NOse is very rich, loaded with dark dried fruits, fig, date, raisin, plum, etc, nice fruity aromas, with some mild booze warmth, and attached are the nice phenols expected from the style. Surprisingly not sweet and sugary, perhaps the age helped, a little candi sugar and touch of molasses brown sugar but not much, mild toasted nuts and touch of a coffee syrupy kinda note, actually more like dark caramel . Then a mild apple note, with touch of booze and sweet candy, a bit apple brandy like aroma.

Taste brings lots of sweet candy, tons of it but not super sweet, but syrupy nonetheless, lots of candi sugar and molasses, brown sugar and caramelized sugars as expected. Then fruits, again tons of the dark fruits, fig and date right out front, candied raisins with brown sugar, plum juice, etc, again followed closely with the nice phenols and mild warming booze. The dark caramel and brown sugar add nicely to the fruits. Nice soft aged malts, brown malts with plenty of caramel and a mild biscuit toffee, actually decent toffee with a mild nutty flavor, toasted etc. Again a mild apple brandy flavor as well but mostly in the backend. Finish is a bit drier, mild candy lingering, lots more brown sugar and dark caramel, mild booze and phenols, lingering dark fruits as well and a touch of booze.

Mouth is med o heavier bod but syrupy, mild warming tingly booze, dry non-sticky finish somehow, nice carbonation too.

Overall a big time winner, the staple for a great quad or Belgian strong dark style, esp good with some nice age on it. Great dark fruits, sweet flavors without being too sweet, mild syrupy but dry finish somehow, mild booze, nice level of phenols, nice malty character, just well done all around. When I have that itch for this style of beer, this hits the spot quite nicely.

Photo of bendythumb
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful hazelnut coloured brew. In the light, a nice bright hue is present. A muted smell of smoky coffee. Tastes alcoholic yet pleasant, malty yet refined. A truly polished creation. The monks really thought this one through. Prost!

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-great beer lacing looks great in a goblet with a light brown head
-smell of dark fruits and bread yeast not sweet but balanced smell
- taste is amazing a overly smooth palate bouncing flavor of dark pitted fruit light tart and the classic Belgium yeast beer taste
-silk like smoothness , with a nice pleasant under bite with it has a predominate bread feel
- stands up to its name, understand why this is a famous Belgium beer!

Photo of braiden
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: bright amber
smell: dark fruit, yeast
taste: like an apricot beer with a complex taste. Sweet
feel. Crisp smooth medium body

Photo of Haman94
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Really a great beer, tasty!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 23, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, dark, mahogany brown, almost opaque. Over an inch of thick, foam head, light khaki in color, with fairly long retention. Thin layer of suds remains, along with some lacing.

S – Dark, raisins, black cherries, currant, rich caramel. Some mild earthy hops. Alcohol warmth very obvious on the nose, some fruity notes from that.

T – Plums and dark pitted fruit, candi sugar, cane syrup-like sweetness. A moderate hop-bitter bite, some herbal earthiness as well. Alcohol is warm but in balance.

M – Very high carbonation but still a thick, full, almost creamy body. Suds balance the hop bite and sweetness. Outstanding in this regard.

O – A fantastic, complex, tasty and still accessible quad. Had this with an aged cheddar, creamy gouda, and pungent blue cheese, and it was a great match with all three, and incredible on its own. Would drink this any time, anywhere.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is brown with yeast suspended in the active carbonation that builds to a two inch head before collapsing to a cap. Little lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is clove, dried fruit, pepper, caramel malt, sugar, and alcohol. Taste is sweet bready malt, sugar-topped raisins, clove, and booze. Medium-full body, active carbonation, creamy texture, and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of Tilly
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay challis a dark walnut haze.
Aromas of dark malts, pit fruits, and mild dates.
Tastes of cherry right of the hop. Vanilla, and some other fruits with mild alcohol at the finish.
Mouth feel is clean and creamy with a great carbonation that isn't over bearing.
I feel in love with Belgium beers through Chimayt Red. This is a wonderful strong dark. Worth a try to be sure!

Photo of Lovleystuff
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a my Chalice glass with a dark amber look to it and some haze. The head is very large and sticks around.

S: A light smell of dark fruits, nuts and cherries. Sadly the nose wasn't as appealing as I thought it would be.

T: After the disappointing nose I was pleasantly surprised by the taste as the rich darkness came to life with the dark fruits and nuts . Although it was rich and dark it did not overpower the beer into something of a required taste. Nice and smooth without any real taste of the %.

F: It had a really smooth feel and went down easily.

O: This is a good Belgian ale overall and helping out the monks has to be a plus :p

Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark amber (mahogany). Massive head volume, exceptional retention and normal lacing.

Nice, but somewhat light, nose of dark fruit (mostly raisin and date), grape and hints of cherry over caramel.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, slightly complex but not well balanced due to the lack of alcohol coverage. The aroma flavors are present, but get overwhelmed by alcohol. It begins with dark fruit, then light caramel, over an underlying tobacco element. In the middle alcohol takes over and never relinquishes it's hold through the finish. Caramel and dark fruit notes are underneath, but are simply overwhelmed. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since it has no bottle date...

Photo of gotweid
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge, off-white head thick as foam. Brown, amber in color and clear. Clingy lacing all down the glass on this one. Aroma of malt, grains and farm. Is slippery smooth, malty, a tad spicy, somewhat sweet & well carbonated and warming. There is a lot going on in this beer. Finishes semi dry. A perfect brew for anytime & season. Give this to your wine snobs.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy brown with a finger of dense, creamy head. Yeasty esters, bread, and lightly caramelized sugar take the nose.Tastes of bread, some alcohol, and a slight sweetness make this a great example of the style - a favourite of mine.

Photo of BethanyB
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A fluffy gold crown rests atop a churning haze of dark honey. You can practically see the viscosity of this famously "big" beer, which in true Belgian style, leaves the glass covered in lace.

Smell: Brings to mind the song "Elegantly Wasted." The strong scent is very much like a strong champagne cocktail. It is boozy yet bright, with a balanced cornucopia of both dark and light orchard fruit--dates, apricots, cherries, pears. Some oaky notes add to the alcoholic richness, and as the beer warms, it reveals some luxurious accessories in the form of rosemary, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: The initial taste is of tart golden apple cider topped off with a splash of bitters, but sweet and tangy apricot marmalade quickly takes over, and sticks around through the finish like honey. Caramel and brown sugar are curbed by a slightly harsh cherry cordial flavor. There are many strong competitors here, including a bell pepper taste associated with young red wine, but the malty flavor of freshly baked bread soaks them up in such a way that they are kept at a reasonable volume.

Mouthfeel: A satiny mouthfeel is clipped by an impactful dryness and sharp carbonation. The alcohol is so apparent in the taste, that it is less apparent on the throat and tongue.

Overall: This beer is all about juxtaposition, with clashing characteristics rising to such an intensity that they are on the verge of not quite blending. And yet, blend they do, when all is said and done. Chimay Grand Reserve is like a couture gown. It makes you cock your head and go, "huh?" for a second, but then all you can hope to do is marvel in its extravagant beauty.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,957 ratings.