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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,070 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,070
Reviews: 2,137
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 247
Gots: 613 | FT: 11
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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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LittleCreature

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of aggressively bubbly, beige head, which rapidly reduced to a thin layer. The body is a very solid, dark brown with a little sediment moving around.

Smell - 4.5
Very smooth, alcoholic but not powerfully so. I can smell stewed dark fruits and a little burnt caramel, cloves, vanilla, some malt sweetness, and a tartness that I cannot put my finger on. This had very little aroma at first, but once it had warmed, smelt very good.

Taste - 4.0
A strong flavour, where alcohol plays the biggest part. Other flavours include currants, prunes, caramel and the bitterness of hops. The finish is slightly bitter and rather dry, and the aftertaste is smooth and full of flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Near perfect. The carbonation quite high at first, but reduces as the beer warms, although it always has tiny, champagne like bubbles that dance on the tounge. Weight in the mouth is moderate.

Overall - 4.0
Very good, I would love to have a second. Now I see why they make it in wine bottle sizes! You need to let it warm to truly shine, though.
I can't wait until I have a dinner party and crack open a big bottle of this instead of a red wine! Like many high alcohol beers, my opinion of this got better the warmer it got. Definitely better than the red (which is also very good), overall an excellent Belgian beer. Widely available and reasonably affordable for a trappiste beer, so I reckon the value is good!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 08:13:38 | More by LittleCreature
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - upon opening the bottle, foam came spilling out; dark, brownish, caramel amber with a big, off white head that fades quickly to a thin lacing

S - caramel, candy sugar, some baked apples

T - baked apples, caramel, some sugar, a bit sweet at times, some warming alcohol in the finish

M - warm, full bodied, a bit crisp but well carbonated

This is a very nice, balanced beer that is subtle but complex. This is a very malty beer that reminds me more of a quad or a trumped up dubbel. There are hints of candy sugar but the flavor is mostly dominated by rich caramel malts. There are some fantastic esters that add depth to the flavor and really make this is a solid beer. I am impressed also at its drinkability with such a high ABV. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 22:28:24 | More by tdm168
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soju6

Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, losts of fruit, spices with some sweetness and hint of alcohol.

T: Taste of fruit, some caramel sweetness and spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth, well balanced and with a well hidden but warming alcohol feeling. This beer is quite complex as it seems to evolve as it warms.

O: A good world class beer to relax with at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:15:46 | More by soju6
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**5/8/14 - Enjoying a 2009 bottle. Carbonation is smoothed out, still a bit hot on the alcohol but not a bother, great deep dark fruit/yeast/spice profile, light chocolate, and a nice aged feel to it. I always figured some age would do this beer some good, and indeed I definitely liked this much more than fresher bottles I've had in the past. Definitely reminiscent of aged Rocheforts, Abt 12, etc.

Original review: (scores - 4/4/3.5/3/3.5)
08/09 on the cork, 750ml split amongst some people.

Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan-flecked white head. Turns to a swirly cap and leaves some lacing.

Smell is nice typical Belgian, lots of yeast, caramel, nuts and dark fruit.

Flavors are good but this is way too boozy for my liking. Way too much for 9% anyway, especially since it's aged. Strong flavors of plum, figs/raisin, brown sugar, alcohol, spice and clove. Tasty yeast notes are more present towards the end.

Has a nice creamy texture but booze and carbonation are a bother. At the price it's at too there are many other Belgian classics I'd enjoy more for equal or lesser costs.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:24:50 | More by Chico1985
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oldfart

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged, 9/12 dated cork. Pour into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Came out of the bottle a red mahogany color, a bit cloudy. Thick full head, tan in color, with good lacing.
Smell: Crisp, sweet smell. You can definitely smell the booze, but as a whisky drinker I found that a big plus. Malty with a bit of herbs and tobacco.
Taste: Sweet, malty Belgian style. A bit boozy (see above), definite dark fruits with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with a long finish.
Overall: Good drink, pairs well with cheese. I will certainly be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:39:06 | More by oldfart
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin tan head over a medium mahogany body. The head breaks to a ring that regroups around the edge of the glass. Aromas of berries mingle with light caramel—fairly subdued per style. Crisp carbonation inaugurates the first sip. Behind it is a toasty biscuit character, a touch of caramel and some mild earthy and citric hop notes. Earthy Belgian yeast notes throughout, a tad spicy at times. Medium body. Fairly smooth once the carbonation dissipates…

A bit abrasive at first due to the zealous carbonation, however as it calms down it reaches a fine state of balance and the full flavor complexity comes through—rather than just carbonation. I did not perceive much sweetness in here, with the biscuit taking the lead much to my approval. A great beer—a bit pricey, but knowing that the proceeds go to charity and other monkish activities helps lessen the blow, along with the great ale of course!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 22:35:27 | More by Shovelbum
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CloudStrife

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with foam that slowly rises above the lip of the bottle as it warms up. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy dark amber ruby with a 2 finger fairly white head. Some chunks visible floating in the glass. Head dwindles to a thin cover over a minute or so.

S: A little raisiny dark fruit, certainly some yeast and malt. A little booze. Sweetens up as it warms.

T: Great flavor of fruits, malts, yeast and alcohol. Very well balanced for being so strong.

M: Full bodied creamy mouthfeel with a good kick of carbonation. Ends pretty crisp. Very drinkable.

Overall an amazing Belgian that is strong but still almost sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:22:55 | More by CloudStrife
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mbunje

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small (11.2oz) bottle, poured in to Tulip glass. Probaby 50+ degrees so maybe a bit warm.

A - Dark walnut in color. Very little head. Cloudy with sediment floating around and medium carbonation. Sediment settles down a bit later.

S - Sweet cherry-plum smell, a bit of pepper in the background and other "spicy-ness" I cannot put a word to. Very interesting.

T - Malty sweet cherry and plum, nutmeg, lingering sweet finish

MF - Fairly light bodied for this style. Carbonation is evident and there is a warming alcohol tingle on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable for a 9%...dangerously drinkable.

This is a bit on the sweet side for my liking, but I am a IIPA and IRS fan, so I am used to the dry bitter stuff. Surprisingly good for such a widely distributed beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 07:43:06 | More by mbunje
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weasbri

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big substantial head. Nice reddish-brown color. The head gives the illusion of murkiness underneath.
Mostly malty aroma. Full-flavored with raisins and maybe even a tinge of dark chocolate in the back of the mouth.
Thin layer of alcohol coats the tongue and there is a nice bite from the carbonation as well.
Tremendous beer, the only disappointment was the aroma, but it doesn't distract too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 21:17:28 | More by weasbri
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likestoswallow

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle from Vons. Pours a dark cloudy unfiltered brown with a tan head that disappears somewhat too quickly. Aroma is complex with caramel, cinnamon, root-beer, oranges and yeast. Flavor is nutty with almonds and walnuts in the forefront; anise, oranges, yeast in the middle; and mild hops bringing up the rear. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth. Finish is long and satisfying. An Ale for the Ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 16:55:37 | More by likestoswallow
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that kind of let me down a bit. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing brew, but with all the buildup I guess my expectations were a little high.

Pours out thick and brown, with a fair amount of head. Really quite amazing to look at. The smell hinted at some fruit, and a nice mellow flavour. The taste followed up, as everyone says, with fruit, berries, etc. Smooth and tasty, yes, but where's the bite? It was great, but lacked something distinguishing, something to hook me. What I got was a smooth, good beer with no edge.

Me, I like a bit of edge.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 10:21:54 | More by the42ndtourist
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Zorro

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with lots of carbonation, in fact it blew the cork out like a bottle of Champagne!

Smells good, malt and perfume, spicy and a bit sweet.

Tastes very mildly sweet and malty with a bitter bite to back it up. There are some citrus flavors here too and a subtle flowery taste.
Tastes like Chimay red, refined.

Mouthfeel is great.

Very drinkable.

I think I like to wilder taste of the Chimay red a bit more but this is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 04:01:10 | More by Zorro
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leeenglewood

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 750ml, cork said 3/03 on it, bottle and pours a dark chestnut with white head that sticks around for a few minutes but fizzles out to a slight lace, being a high alcohol brew was quite amazing, albeit I wasn’t drinking out of the proper glassware though. The smell was of dark malt and was not astringent in any way compared to the beers overall darkness. Tasted exceptional with a thorough maltiness and subdued hops that kept it in a somewhat balance but the malt is the predominant flavor with alcohol not being apparent at all within this elixir. All together a very drinkable beer that I find to be rewarding experience each every time I drink. Only problem I find with this beer is that it is much to drinkable given its high abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 21:23:07 | More by leeenglewood
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hiku7

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I split a 750 ml with my wife. This was a nice big strong ale that went well with chocolate.

Poured opaque brown with hints of orange. It had a light tan thick head that retained foam and lacing well.

Smelled doughy, a bit yeasty with some funk and spice. Some raisiny esters. Not as much nose on it as I expected. Taste was molasses, toffee, and caramel, with some nuttiness. Low bitterness, mild tartness and a bit of spice.

Full bodied and viscous, almost a bit syrupy with some residual sweetness. Smooth moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 02:59:27 | More by hiku7
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a dark, hazed, almost opaque, amber-brown coloring with a tall, dense, yellowish head that starts around an inch and settles into a thick film. Aromas of richly sweet date and grapes, giving it a wine-like characteristic. Some subtle spicing of nutmeg and all-spice, with a tone of alcohol throughout, as well. Smells balanced and rich. Flavors are very rich, with heavy old-world fruit sweetness giving a rich and robust blast to the palate. Nutmeg and clove clean up the tail end of the palate, and there is a tangy toffee sweetness that carries through into the aftertaste. The carbonation keeps the beer light and crisp despite full flavors and a full body. Clean, smooth finish, with a tangy sweet and slightly boozy linger. Very solid, very balanced, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 01:09:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark copper that is very chocolately and has a nice persistent tan head. Smell is chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, sour mash, sweet yeast, bread, crust, sugar, molasses, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. Taste is nice and grounded in some nice roasted malts, with some slight sour yeasty malty in the aftersmell. Mouthfeel is nice and thick and good. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 03:13:23 | More by merryjoulton
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark amber color, and a great head that is at least an inch thick.
Smells of a lighter version of a Belgian Brown.
Tastes like a bit of dark fruits. Also has the roasted malts taste that is not as extreme as some of the 8's.
An interesting beer, and better than I remember. Time to try the other two!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 05:22:11 | More by Spineypanda
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revieuwing one I drink so often is always hard.. what to say about a beer youre in love with! Great appearance with the darkbrown colour, good head that last during the whole drink. Nose is nicely balanced batle between (roasted)malts, hops an yeastfruits, great again. Full cara,roast and otherbarleymalts and candysugar( is it, anyway thats what I taste...) Together with a clean sweetbitter aftertaste makes this beer into an enjoyable sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:11:43 | More by paterlodie
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guess98224

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue) with my husband for our first Saturday on Our New Deck party.
We drank this out of Grand Cru tulip glasses. Served at 50F.
Appearance: Poured a good reddish amber with a thick cream head. Slightly cloudy.
Smell: Nice fruit and malt mix.
Taste: Tastes Similar to Rochefort 10. Almost a farmhouse ale overtone. I taste a little celery. Very slight alcohol taste on tongue and palate.
Mouthfeel: Slightly thin mouth feel.
Drinkability: This is a 10% abv beer. There are obviously more drinkable beers, but we drink this quite a bit.
If you're looking for a very good Belgian ale with a 10%abv, this is a good choice. Serving type: 25.4 oz bottle (we drank the whole thing.)

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 19:37:16 | More by guess98224
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Kensai

Greece

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Blue Grande Réserve is the pinnacle of the Chimay Trappist brewhouse. It has a good alcohol punch (9%) so you better accompany lunch or dinner with it.

Dark and sweet, a great ale for meditation in the evening. The only neutral remark I can make is that it doesn't smell as strong as I would expect it.

Nevertheless, a beer to experience!

PS. I tasted a 2008-born one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 21:45:35 | More by Kensai
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 Vintage. Pours a cloudy brown, pretty opaque, big off soapy white head forms, with plenty of chunkies floating around, lots of lace. Smell is molasses/brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, floral, iron, some yeast. Taste is chocolate, caramel, floral hops, and a clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, and some alcohol warmth. Not as complex as the other Trappists but a damn fine belgian.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 16:39:42 | More by Viggo
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Amar

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend and I split a tall bottle (750 ml) at a wonderful Belgian Beer Garden called Vol de Nuit in the West Village of Manhattan. (We paid $21)

Since the place was very dimly lit, I couldn't quite identify the colors but it appeared cloudy, dark and had a good head.

The aroma was distinctly yeasty with subtle hints of berries and other fruits that I couldn't fully recognize.

We were very excited to try this for the first time but once we sipped on this (very expensive) ale, it just fell short of all the hoopla. I am not saying it is not a good beer, it is actually quite refined in texture (crisp, medium body) and balancing of the high alcohol level but just lacked a full or deep flavor. Or, perhpas I should just say that it was a little too subtle for a Friday night at the bar. I suspect the mild sweetness and spiciness will pair well with rich and/or spicy food. I will give this ale another shot with some food this time and see if can identify any hidden flavors that just didn't come out last night.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 18:41:01 | More by Amar
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choyhosoi

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A Caramel brown look with a bownish white head that looks very inviting.
The smells I got where mostly sweet and sugary with a raisin or plum scent.Very nice lacing on the glass and not too much carbonation.
It has a nice taste that you hardly even notice and a soft mouthfeel.

I tried this ale awhile back when I first got out of BMC and I didn't think much of it. I think it's good but I prefer other ale's that are similiar.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:45:30 | More by choyhosoi
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany with a few cloudy orange hues. 1/2 inch head leaves good thick suds. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Bready malts, with a muted background of licorice wisps, blood plums, cherry skins and hints of booze.

Taste: Bread, plums, and hints of apricots - great balance in this one. Hints of licorice and fennel, with caramel and cocoa developments.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a great bitter finish. Good malty aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid Belgian ale - very smooth, very mellow, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 18:50:47 | More by expatsteve
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sjclay00

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color with a nice head. Two finger
S- Not much of a smell here. Basic malt and bread
T- Great taste malt blended nicely hiding the alcohol content well. Wheat is also present
M- Smooth, semi thick with the carbonation tingling your taste buds
D- Could easily drink a bottle of this and maybe another depending on the mood. Two would put a glow on my face

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:10:25 | More by sjclay00
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,070 ratings.