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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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2,263 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,263
Hads: 7,311
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,526 | FT: 16
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of techtatu
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark caramel brown color with a finger width cream colored head. Floral aroma is very present and very pleasing. It goes down very smooth, and sweet tastes of caramel hit my taste buds with a hint of milk chocolate. It's not too sweet, its just right.

A very good beer to drink when found and something I would definitely drink again. It is one of the few beers that is quite pleasant to drink.

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Photo of naterock
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in chimay goblet
A: dark cloudy brown with red hues, dirty patchy lace, looks bottle conditioned.
S: boutique of toffe, bread (sourdough), and yeast
T: fantastic, sweet candy and bread, toffee with a hint of the 9% alcohol, but is covered up nicely by something that resembles plums, or a soft fruit.
M:smooth and creamy (weird) definitely the best belgian I've ever had
D: a sipper, would go well as a dessert beer, and for special occasions. I am buying another bottle to age for my wedding. long live the trappist tradition!

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Photo of kindestcut
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I thought I should probably get down to reviewing my first favorite Belgian beer since I've moved so far beyond just drinking Chimay. I may have strayed from the Chimay fold quite a bit but this beer is still one of my favorites, especially of this style.

The Chimay Blue pours a rich, dark amber-brown. The beer glows around the edges. The off-white head is tall and very active. As a classic Belgian beer should, the head left a sticky lace as it retreated. The beer just looks like it tastes good.

The aroma is quite complex, a heady mixture of sweetness (brown sugar, malt), fruit (plums, carmelized apples) and distant alcohol. The flavor is very much a continuation of the aroma, dominated by a heavy sweetness and fruit that almost completely hides the alcohol. This, this beer gets a high drinkability score from me.

I know there are more "perfect" Belgians out there and Chimay gets a bad rap from some who are not as enchanted with it as they used to be, but this beer to me is a classic. The king.

Ultimately, it tastes damn good and I can't think of a better recommendation than that.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly great beer. Look is stunning, with a solid cake of head that holds for continued period of time. Ruby, mahogany color. Smell is that of sweet fruitcake, minimal alcohol like vodka. Mouthfeel is moderate, carbonated and a bit chewy. Taste is perhaps one of the most complex of beers I have experienced. Toffee, fruitcake, cinnamon, nutmeg, mole negro, milk chocolate, cardamom, with a lasting aftertaste of piney, resiny hops and yeast esters.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- This beauty pours a dark cola color that is somewhat hazy and with a caramel colored head that starts about one finger thick and settles to a nice thick film over the beer. I cannot tell what the carbonation looks like in the murkiness but I can tell you all that the lacing of this one is subdued and the foam quickly slides back into the glass. Not bad overall!

S- Toffee, caramel, blackstrap molasses, dark maple and cooked brown sugar probably round out the initial aroma profile. Dark fruits like plum, raisin, fig are present and there are notes of dark chocolate and some muted coffee tones as well....very balanced smelling Ale for sure!

T- This is dark and delicate overall.....flavors follow suit to the aromas quite well, with the dark fruits taking over initially but the chocolate and coffee tones are quite noticeable.....the sweetness found in the aromas sharpens into a deeper darker suculent version of themselves....the toffee and molasses is much more noticed! The finish is somewhat dry and of Earthy spices....awesome!

M/O- The carbonation of this one really explodes well on the palate, allowing the full spectrum of the complex flavors to show themselves individually. The body is medium/full and the rich balanced nature of this one is something to sit back and think about! The high alcohol content is a non factor and this is quite drinkable so I would imagine this could creep up on a person rather quickly! A champagne of Trappist beers is what this is!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

how do you say "i love you" in belgian?


poured from the big bottle with the blue label. i uncrowned it and let the cork work its way out until it popped and hit me in the palm of my hand. it didn't even hurt, it felt like puppies, or a gentle summer rain.

A- loud lively buzzing foam formed 2in of off-white active head with masses of bubbles popping and colliding with one another above a psychedelic dark hazy purple-ish brew that showed translucent honey red amber copper tones when held up to the light and still managed to show row after row of sparkling iridescent bubbles rising from the botton of my imperial pilsner tulip. the rising bubbles were similar to fire from a diamond without the red side of the spectrum. their "blueness" is what i think made them sparkle the way they do. the head subsided to 1/4in of beautiful moon like wafer that left globs of lace sliding down the glass

S- baker's yeast, fortified wine, alcohol tingles the nose, honey, dark berry, plum, raisin, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a lasting peppery spice.

T- that prized well water and dark fruit initially, followed immediately by buttery diacetyl and mild raw cocoa mingled with currant, plum skin, and caramelized malt. taste goes on to stage 3 where the cocoa lingers and meets herbal almost resinous hops. the hops stay for second then move out of the way so the cocoa can be sweetened by dried fruits and powdered sugar or even pure sugar, like that molasses sugar cane stuff that comes in a cone shape. but not so sweet that you would call it "sweet". the earthy truffle dried raisin plum and black pepper taste along with the bitter cocoa make for a finish similar to shiraz, port, cream sherry, and marsala rolled into one, sherry being the dominator, with its sugary yet dry aftertaste.

MF- absolutely defuckinlightful, like drinking carbonated liquid butter. ok not quite. as refreshing as a glass of fruit punch but heavier on the palate with immaculate carbonation this ale feels oily at first, then u realize that it's not oily at all, it's crisp and dry and you should have bought 2 bottles.

D- i think this goes without saying. uh...YEAH!

note: i know i was generous with the 5's here but i love european water. this shit is quintessential. i dare...no, i double dare anyone to make a belgian ale better than chimay cuz u just can't do it son. the monks have it locked down. see ya in paradise.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of LVituri
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A Chimay é outra grande cervejaria trapista belga, e essa cerveja parece ser o carro chefe do selo. Elas são mais leves e equilibradas que as outras trapistas. Menos complexas e mais versáteis. A blue é escura e forte na medida. As versões em rolha são realmente surpreendentes.

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Photo of Dmann
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing brew that I have held of on trying for far too long! This one poured a dark brown color with a very bubbely white head that settled on top of the beer. The smell was of bananna and spice and a subtle hint of mustyness as well. The taste was so fucking good with its perfect blend of bananna, clove spices and a touch of pepper flavor in the finnish. Hops are next to nothing in here but there is much flavor to this beer regardless. My bottle was dated 07/03 so after being aged a year, I'd say it tastes pretty damn good! Try this one if you have not allready and rediscover it if you have not had it in awhile!

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Photo of poriggity
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Grande Reserve (Blue) is the second Chimay I have had the pleasure of trying. I poured it into an authentic Chimay glass, and I LOVED it. The Chimay Blue could easily be my favorite beer. Tons of sweetness, fruity flavors, and great smells coming from the glass. I highly recommend this one!

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Photo of bill93063
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the finest Belgian Trappist Ale in existence. This is a complex and delicate brew with at least 2 different yeasts in the brewing process both top and bottom fermenting. This attention to detail creats a complexity and a character that rivals any malt beverage brewed anywhere at any price. The flavor notes vary from coffee, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, toffee and lemon. This wide of a flavor palate rivals a fine Bordeax wine in complexity but at less than half the price on average provides far better value for the money. The appearance, smell taste and mouthfeel are all off the charts superb. Note, cellaring this beer for more than one year can allow for some moderate level metallic notes. They do not ruin the overall experience but they diminish it to a small degree.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, almost like a port. Big creamy tan head with little bubbles stayed throughout most of the time. Smells of port, with hints of nutmeg and figs, maybe. Althought the taste is rich and powerful, it is far from overwhelming. It is so smooth and wonderful, I seem to forget how good this beer really is. This is a sweet beer, full of flavor, with such character, it is unique and stands alone.

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Photo of scottg
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wide mouthed wine glass.
Vintage 03/08

Pours a mahogany/brown color with a 1/2 finger tan head with good retention and lacing. Carmelized malt, dark cherry and raisin aromas. Raisin, caramel, vanilla, fruity yeast flavors are well balanced. High carbonation, medium body, coats and cleanses the mouth. Different lead flavor in different tastes.
Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of Chefie
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay Chalice. I've been drinking this for sometime now, but unfortunately it's taken me until tonight to discover the ideal serving temperature. I find 55 degrees to be perfect.

Beautiful murky dark brown color. Long lived head and plenty of lacing.

Unique smell of pepper, dried fruits and pine.

Long lasting flavor profile. Slightly bitter but turns sweet quickly.

Excellent mouth feel. Lots of body, really cots the tongue.

Surprisingly very drinkable for the ABV. Can't get enough of this stuff.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage

Pours a bloodred beer with quite some carbonation, and a lot of sediment gets in to the glass. Nice head that keeps on tempting in the chimay chalice.

Smell is yeast and malt at first with an alcoholic character. Then comes a rich fruity tone with malts, some citrus and anisette. Reminds a bit of wine with the alcoholic character, very nice.

Comes on the tongue like sugared malts with dark fruits (figs, dates and raisins). Then comes alcohol together with a lovely carbonation and some bitterness. This is a filling and musty beer with yeast, dark sugartones and alcoholic fruittraces in the finish. Somewhat dry and bitter, really well balanced and tasty though.

Nice beer, even nicer when it warms up a bit. This is much richer and more potent than chimay red, certainly a store and pour also.

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Photo of wataazu
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 0.75 liter bottle into a .25 liter goblet. Seemingly dark brown with a slightly thin tan head (due to the shallow goblet) but it was very dark in the bar.

Spicy smell, malty taste with a hint of alcohol but the alcohol taste didn't linger. Usually with a beer this dark it takes me a few sips to get "used to it" but this beer was instantly in tune with my palette.

After drinking a third of it my fish and chips arrived and they went surprisingly well together. Even so I think I prefer the Red with something like fish but I'd like to try the Blue with a steak or stew sometime.

I saved the third glass for after my meal and it left me a pleasant taste in my mouth and honestly I was nicely buzzed when I left.

Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Ior
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1999 vintage

My first review! I guess this was the first beer I felt I really HAD to review.

Surprisingly lively carbonation (after all this beer is nine years old). Deep, reddish-brown colour, two finger off-white head with surprisingly good retention.

Complex vinous smell; dried fruits, port, burnt sugar, Belgian yeast, and a touch of something I can only describe as cigarette smoke.

Incredibly complex taste! I pick up port, muscovado sugar, dried fruits (plums and particularly figs), maybe a hint of toffe. There is a certain harshness that blends with notes of yeast. Warming alcohol in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

I think this is the best example of the style I've had (with Rochefort 8 a close second), and significantly better than other vintages I've tried.

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Photo of bort11
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on the occasion of my best friend accepting my request to be Godfather to my daughter.

750 ml corked bottle, dated 11/05 on the cork. Upon corking the bottle, wisps a beautiful smoke-like visual. Poured into a tulip glass. Very murky brown color, viscosity was impressive. Strong chunky head, about a finger's width, that took it's time to recede to a prominent lace.
Smell was very malty and a roasted caramel flavor.
Taste was equally malty with a hops bitterness in the undertone. Slight hint of orange peel. Very even blend.
Mouthfeel very full and kind disposition. Moderate warmth, not a real alcohol burn. Carbonation is mild and pleasant.
This is a perfect beer to share with a friend on a special occasion.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Already reviewed a bottle of this (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/215/2512/?ba=ColoradoBobs), but this review is of a somewhat different sort of bottle. Had one at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, that they had cellared since (!!!!) 1995!

Man oh man, you talk about complex and smoooth!!

Everything that the newer stuff has, this has more, better, deeper, richer and cleaner. Only two problems with beer like this: pretty pricey, and 9% alcohol render it a bit less drinkable, but still . . .


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz short bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Poured a deep thick reddish brown with thin head that hung around. Nice even carbonation bubbling from all throughout the glass.

S - Grape, apple, cranberry, fruit medley. Really strong and really sweet in a good way.

T - Fantastic. Thick and rich fruit medley of grape, cherry, apple, and plum.

M - Vibrant and alive. Good aftertaste. Very even feeling.

D - Very drinkable and delicious. Somewhat thick and filling though so I couldn't see drinking a lot of this in an evening.

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Photo of jhollick
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation - Served at cellar temperature from a 75cL bottle with a 04/05 date on the cork.

Appearance - Pours a deep ruby with a brown tint with a sizable and fluffy tan head which dissipated after a few minutes.

Smell - An alcohol warmth greets the nose immediately, followed by a treasure trove of smells, including grapes, raisins, plum, cherries...all sweet and very inviting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thick in body (about on par with other Belgian strong darks), with a tingle that numbs the tip of tongue. Whether its from the high carbonation level or the alcohol isn't for me to say.

Taste - Magnificent! All of the aforementioned flavors come forth with the candied sugars, transforming from flavor to flavor, sweet to tart, dry to slick and back again. Very complex brew. The alcohol is a tad strong at first, but the mouth quickly adjusts. As the beer warms, it becomes even sweeter and darker in flavor.

Overall - This is a spectacular beer, and well worth the hype that surrounds it. Nothing else needs to be said. This is absoultely one of the best beers I have had.

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Photo of demuzik
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Most people have already hit this one on the nose, but here's another vote to say its great. Massive malt, caramel, molasses, mysterious spiciness and most importantly - smooothe and creamy. The aroma is deep and almost reminiscent of whisky; perfect balance of malt and alcoholic warmth.
Try it already.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured dark murky brown with a two finger beige creamy that fully lasted into a wide mouth wine glass. No lace hung around on this one. Upon popping the cap, a blast of blond tobacco and sweet nuttiness hit my nose. Maple syrup, white raisin and cola follow in scent. First taste, a smooth medium oily body coated the palate with a sweet caramel malty that quickly following. Cola and toffee hid well in the middle with a nutty lemony ending. The ending is accompanied by a long lasting light fruity alcohol flavor. Overall, this brew rocks.
Chimay is smooth with robust flavor and aroma that makes this a dangerous brew to drink. After 5 of these babies, life becomes more interesting. Enjoy

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Photo of leedorham
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a dark brown with tons of off-white head. Foaming out of the bottle after opening.

S - Caramel sweetness, banana, some breadiness to it.

T - Very nice. Complex & spicy but not overpowering in any one category. Lots of caramel character behind the characteristic banana and clove.

M - Fairly thin for this big a beer. Highly carbonated. Still comes across as full-bodied.

D - Very drinkable for this abv. Sneaks up on you. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy dark brown color, looks pretty much the same as the Chimay Dubbel, lots of sediment, even when it's poured according to the instructions included in the giftpack booklet. A little bit of head, but it goes away quickly. While tilting the glass, the beer leaves a solid sheet of lacing that slowly breaks apart.

The smell is fantasic, lots of breadiness, plums, toasted caramel and toffee. It almost smells like a fruitcake, or some kind of fruity pastry.

Very bready, malty taste of exceptional smoothness. At the same time, there is candied sugar sweetness, a balancing hop presence makes itself known, along with a tartness reminiscent of a black cherry. The result is a nearly perfect equilibrium.

medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, and unabashed smoothness. It's just so velvety, there is nothing harsh about it.

Dangerously drinkable beer due to the fact that there is no trace of the 9% abv to be found in the taste whatsoever.
The Chimay Grande Reserve really stands out from the other beers in their line up.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,263 ratings.