1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

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

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,099 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,099
Reviews: 2,138
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 252
Gots: 626 | FT: 11
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)
View: Beers (5) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 6,099 | Reviews: 2,138 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
doktorhops

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100. Something special = Chimay Blue.

I've been wanting to polish off this bottle since trying (and loving) Duvel, but I wanted to make it a special occasion, and what could be more special than a century of reviews? Well many things, but let's not think long and hard about that whilst waiting for our Chimay to get up to temperature. Let's think about the last 99 brews; the triumphs, the surprises, the mediocre, the God awful *cough*VB*cough* and all the other tastes in the rich global tapestry that is beer culture, viva beer!

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle (got to have it corked people) into a large brandy glass.

A: This has got to be the brownest brown I've ever seen in a beer; my colour wheel states the body is a deep chocolate and the head is a firm 1.5cm fawn.

S: In a word; nice. You know you're in for a 9% ale here - the aromas are rich candied fruits, toffee, toasted biscuit and morello cherries. A very sweet and full fragrance, fantastic but not quite as good as Duvel which is more crisp and pear/apple based, however this is my personal preference.

T: Bold, very bold flavours here. They begin with a heavy biscuit base followed by the sour cherries the sweet candied fruits (think again cherries but also with added figs and plums), slight hop bitterness and a long dry finish. Super effort here. Duvel's evil twin if I had to pick it; Duvel is all crisp and light whereas this is dark and heavy. There is an alcohol note towards the end, but of course it is a 9% beer! [duh]

M: Very even bodied brew for the ABV - mid to heavy with medium carbonation and the dryness of Blue means that it doesn't cloy the palate like the other heavy beers out there.

D: The more Belgian Tripels I drink the more I'm beginning to believe that it isn't all about hops - it's yeast that makes an outstanding brew. Think about it: every Belgian brewer talks about the "mystical yeast" strain that they've isolated and keep in a large concrete vault 500 meters underneath their abbey which is guarded by cyborg gorillas that feed off the remains of beer aficionados and international spies that attempt to steal the formula. It's all about the yeast people! Anyhow I digress, how is Chimay Blue overall? It's a very close second place to Duvel in my opinion. However going off taste alone is difficult because everyone has their own taste and another mans Duvel may be another mans Victoria Bitter, ergo: beer is in the taste of the beer-taster.

Food match: Chimay Blue is so dry that it's a palate cleansing beer, i.e. game on when it comes to food. However I would recommend a meal befitting the quality (and cost) of this brew; caviar, lobster, truffles, foie gras, rare mushrooms that can only be purchased in Japan, baby panda's, etc.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 08:08:46 | More by doktorhops
More User Reviews:
Photo of BMos
BMos

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

08-02-2014 00:29:16 | More by BMos
Photo of AndyCowles75
AndyCowles75

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2014 23:56:05 | More by AndyCowles75
Photo of Emostuka
Emostuka

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

08-01-2014 23:26:03 | More by Emostuka
Photo of Zutote
Zutote


5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-01-2014 23:15:14 | More by Zutote
Photo of MrBIP
MrBIP

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

08-01-2014 22:52:14 | More by MrBIP
Photo of shook138
shook138

Alabama

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-01-2014 13:50:47 | More by shook138
Photo of Fargrow
Fargrow

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

08-01-2014 12:48:09 | More by Fargrow
Photo of JPJAM
JPJAM

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-01-2014 04:26:55 | More by JPJAM
Photo of DenverHopHead
DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a very overcast, deep red, almost brown with huge, foamy beige head that recedes rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - stone and dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - a tempered sweetness resembling the stone and dark fruit in the nose. Slight spice and tang that elevate the flavor! Easy drinker at 9% that keeps calling for another sip!
Feel - very carbonated, medium body with the alcohol making subtle appearances with each sip. A spicy and tangy bitterness, but a creaminess that adds an interesting layer to this dynamic brew!
Overall - obviously outstanding, but with so many great beers available, I'm not likely to chose this considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of Sweffin
Sweffin

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-01-2014 01:57:47 | More by Sweffin
Photo of Arch578
Arch578

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

08-01-2014 01:38:45 | More by Arch578
Photo of KirkFrancis
KirkFrancis

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 19:37:03 | More by KirkFrancis
Photo of Westyn
Westyn

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

07-31-2014 18:08:50 | More by Westyn
Photo of tastesogood
tastesogood

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

07-31-2014 08:15:34 | More by tastesogood
Photo of Jerrynmidge
Jerrynmidge

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 01:07:55 | More by Jerrynmidge
Photo of bejaranobio
bejaranobio

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-31-2014 00:49:52 | More by bejaranobio
Photo of Jtnoel
Jtnoel


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2014 00:14:55 | More by Jtnoel
Photo of BigRedDog
BigRedDog

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2014 21:13:40 | More by BigRedDog
Photo of BookBen
BookBen

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2014 21:11:33 | More by BookBen
Photo of 6string
6string

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

07-30-2014 21:05:43 | More by 6string
Photo of BradleySig
BradleySig

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-30-2014 19:00:42 | More by BradleySig
Photo of tkdchampxi
tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2014 13:17:19 | More by tkdchampxi
Photo of chriskohlen
chriskohlen

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-30-2014 06:20:53 | More by chriskohlen
Photo of KrysB
KrysB


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-30-2014 03:57:20 | More by KrysB
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,099 ratings.