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

Not Rated.
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,934 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,934
Reviews: 2,135
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 546 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010

I really want to like this. No, actually, I really want to love this. But I can't. It sure pours an easy head with an appetising hazy brown chestnut colour but it struggles to retain that head for the duration of the drink.

Seems quite advanced for a 2010. Fairly thin and dilute and pretty carbonated. The taste is pretty one dimensional. Gives a sharpness which is not entirely developed. But structually this is just too soft and sweet for what it is supposed to be. And this beer doesn't have the stuffing to be for the long haul. Far too simple.

It's been well over twenty years now but please, please bring back the Brew House Copper and the open squares.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 23:33:34 | More by Zimbo
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Use a Chimay glass if possible and let it breathe for a few minutes. Perfect with a steak or a strong cheese and good company.
One of the great beers of the world.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,934 ratings.