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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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6,071 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,071
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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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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
Photo of Zorro


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

750ml poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber brown with two finger off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: belgian spices, toffee, caramel and malty.

Flavor: chocolate, spices, and dark fruits with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: smooth, classic Belgian style dark strong ale. would consider a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:58:38 | More by mexikrainian
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My Chimay glass was greeted by a dark caramel colored brew topped off by a two finger tight tan head which surprisingly left almost no lacing.

Aroma of caramel, roasted malts, perhaps a hint of cinnamon and dark fruits.

Taste was a slight disappointment from the smell. Not that it was bad at all, just not as complex as I was expecting. About the best way I can describe it was to say it was almost "flat" tasting if that's the right term. Nothing really tasted especially impressive about it. Again there was roasted malts along with spices and a bit of sweetness. Very nice but still not quite up there with most other Trappists in my opinion.

Excellent mouthfeel here however. Smooth, with just enough carbonation to balance everything out nicely.

This is a fine beer and one I'll probably revisit at some point down the road. Not something you'd want to drink on a daily basis, but nice for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:14:22 | More by JBogan
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Bealgian!

Gorgeous dark color with a nice thick head. Nice soft aromas with hints of fruit and hops. Plenty of fruitiness with tones of chocolate and coffee....went down ohh soo smooth. My 750ml bottle went dry way too quickly. I will definitely be purchasing another...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 22:58:12 | More by sockeye101
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1987 Vintage: Tasted in March 2001

This was a bottle from 1987 that I had in 2001 at the Kulminator in Antwerp. My first impression was that this beer was still quite good. Had a bit of sherry in the nose, which I attribute to its age, as well as some dark caramel overtones. The taste was still quite chimay like (imagine that). The body was a bit thinner than younger version, and it was much more mellow with much of the esters, fruitiness, and bitterness having aged out. Overall if I had to guess I would say that a well cared for 8 year old must be fabulous.

33cl Bottle, Sampled December 2004
Pours a fairly clear, deep ruby-amber-brown color. It is topped by a tan head and is pretty well carbonated. The aroma is fruity and musty, with notes of prunes, alcohol, and raisins. The taste is sweet up front, with a rich malty center that moves to a fizzy rich finish. This is actually quite a bit better than I was expecting it to be. It is fairly light on the palate, especially given its strength, but it does have a slightly lingering rich malt note to it. It is pretty fruity with concentrated notes of raisin and fig, as well as some spicy yeast notes that hint at ginger, cardamom, and clove. The finish of this one reminds me some of sweet apple cider, it has a certain sharp, almost acidic fruity finish to it that is pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:06:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. L08-367 on the back label. Purchased as part of a Chimay gift pack.

A: Mahogany brown with short mocha shaded head with spots of lace.

S: Dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and candied dates predominate with some vanilla, cocoa, and light spicing. Hops are light and earthy. Alcohol is not overpowering but lends some berry qualities. An excellent compilation of malty aromas.

T: Dense dark fruit flavors mimic the aroma with less spice but delicious prune, raisin, and grape flavors, brown sugar and molasses, and much lighter spice component. Hops are lightly drying and herbal. Alcohol comes through pretty strong in this 1-2 year old capped bottle.

M: The body could be a bit beefier although it is easily medium and little more. The carbonation is subdued and the aftertaste is very long and malty.

D: I am intrigued by this brew -- I am going to purchased a few corked 750s and see what transpires over the time. In the meantime, this is a tasty treat for malt lovers, and I can only imagine 5 years of cellaring will deepen the maltiness and tone down the alcohol. I still enjoy Rochefort 10 a lot more -- better feel, more complex flavor. Still, Chimay Blue is no slouch.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:25:05 | More by argock
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a dark, rosewood brown that has orange highlights when backlit with a lamp. The gorgeous, fluffy, whipped head is an off-white color and is supplemented by a ridiculous amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the depths of the glass. The head lasts for an absolute eternity, and a thick layer of foam remains on top of the beer throughout the entire drinking experience, but it leaves no lace behind.

Smell: The nose of this beer has an exceptionally strong clove smell, and it's no secret that both this yeast strain and this beer comes Belgium. There is also an abundance of sweet malt in the nose, and it brings with it hints of caramel and toasted bread. Despite the appearance of pale hops in the taste, they don't show up in the nose.

Taste: Chimay Blue starts out with a rich infusion of pale, spicy hops mingling with the same clove yeast that was so pushy in the aroma. Following this, the toasted malt comes into play, and it is moderately sweet and very rich. There are also notes of raisins or prunes, and perhaps a bit of molasses, and this leads to a strong taste that is very reminiscent of the crust of fresh toasted bread, eventually culminating in a slight alcohol taste and a spicy, clovey finish that is slightly drying on the palate.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an absolutely fabulous mouthfeel, and it is heavenly soft and creamy on the tongue. There is moderate carbonation, but no carbonic acid "bite"; one of the reasons for the excellent mouthfeel. Medium body, perhaps not as full as it could be, along with a good dose of alcohol warmth, this beer is like a nice, warm bed for the tongue.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, and these 11.2 oz disappeared much faster than expected. The pleasant, spicy taste and the wonderfully soft mouthfeel make for one easy drinking beer, and when you combine that with the 9% ABV this little guy boasts, Chimay Blue becomes one deliciously dangerous beer.

Notes: This is definitely the best of the Chimay offerings, and it's a damn fine beer. Further tastings of other Belgian Strong Dark Ales must follow this one in order for me to make a claim on if it is overrated like most other BA's seem to think, but right now, on a cool spring night, I can't see how this beer could be called anything but excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 00:24:43 | More by johnmichael712
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on multiple occasions, but since it became part of the BA Top 100, I feel obligated to review it! Poured into my Ommegang chalice...

A: Pours a dark mahogany/burgundy with nice chill haze and a whopping two finger tan head. Very nice yeast floaties (the small kind, not the colossal chunks of yeast) floating around the glass.

S: Smell is nice and abundant with dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs) accompanied by a touch of cinnamon, clove, over-ripe banana and mucho yeast spices. Overall, a pretty dry scent and not too sweet.

T: Nice and dry with the aforementioned qualities. Nice dry fruit, prunes (the kind of your grandfather eats), raisins, and abundant spices. Again, pretty dry and not as sweet as I would think.

Overall, a great representation of the style. As far as Trappist breweries go, I would put this towards the bottom of the list, but that isn't saying much considering the qualities of those beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 12:52:31 | More by treyrab
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i just had the chimay white, but i am eating some crackers and cheese and looking forward to the blue.

dark clear mahagony, big beige head with some large bubbles and not much lacing. smell is obvious from a distance. complex, strong, a definite scent of alcohol but an overall raisin apple juice - maybe even some banana? - pleasantness with a hint of smokiness.

tastes so smooth and clean. wow. i would normally - for example see my unibroue reviews - prefer the lighter trippel, but in this case i like the dark better. this seems better balanced, no big surprises, very drinkable for how strong and dark it is !

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 16:21:12 | More by davidchollar
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay Blue

A- pours a very dark and cloudy brown that resembles murky water (in a good way). Less than a fingers worth of off white head that dissipates quick.

The nose brings an array of dark fruits. Plum, fig, and raisin. Some sweet bready malt scents flower through as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

The taste offers mass for my palate. Where to begin? The dark fruits noticed in the nose blast my senses and are much more definable at this point. Apples and bananas throughout. Some earthy notes are noticed alongside some bready flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp and delightful, yet full bodied and beastly. Well rounded to say the least.

Overall, great flavors mixed with balance and mass enjoyability. Thank you Mr. Monk

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:15:11 | More by ChugginOil
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown to a copper color beer. Very cloudy with somewhat big particles floating in it. Great, thick, off-white head.

S: Reminds me of barely wine maybe?

T: Plums, raisins, little booze, some malts, and hops. All the flavors are very well balance creating a great beer with an even better finish. Very good representative of this style.

M: Crisp & smooth with a medium bodied and good carbonation.

D: One of my favorite beers so yes, I can drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:35:43 | More by BrewCrew2010
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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