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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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5,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,928
Reviews: 2,134
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 544 | FT: 10
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

02-02-2013 19:57:12 | More by Metz
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -36%

01-01-2013 03:28:40 | More by LarryAppleton
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -36%

04-09-2013 15:27:51 | More by Robyn
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

06-20-2014 14:26:10 | More by romulus523
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

07-03-2012 23:45:45 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
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2.75/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this in a 3-pack which included one of each Chimay variety plus a glass for around $11.00. Yesterday, I tried their Tripel and didn't really like it. I like this Blue better than the Tripel, but I can definently tell Belgian ales aren't my thing. Appearance is really dark, not quite coffee colored, but close. Head is moderate height, but quite creamy. The head never quite goes away and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Smell is of spices, slight apple smell. Taste is mainly of spices, reminds me of something I'd have around Christmas. Smoother than the tripel I had yesterday, but similiar. 9% alcohol is barely tasted, but noted by a warming of my stomach. Overall, I now know this isn't a style of beer for me, so I probably won't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 21:57:50 | More by Gagnonsux
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -36%

04-03-2014 02:48:56 | More by 2ellas
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

06-11-2012 06:35:03 | More by SpencerLanham
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

09-13-2013 17:00:44 | More by rxeight
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

08-18-2012 10:24:01 | More by soroka24
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2.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My last Chimay it pours a dark reddish brown with nice light tan head. Aroma dark fruits, grape wine like with hints of alcohol. Taste of alcohol with a sudden burst of carbonation obscures most of flavor that is present. Malt hints of dark fruit, grape, and candy like about all I could find threw the alcohol. Mouthfeel is fine to much carbonation otherwise pretty good. Drinkability is bad could of had 2 12oz of Trois Pistoles for the price of this one 11.2 oz and they would have been more the twice as good.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 18:13:17 | More by mntlover
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2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, mahogany color. Great big head on top. Decent lacing. Sulfury and yeasty aroma. Reminds me of the dregs of a fermenter. Not a lot there that stands out. A lot of malt upfront flavor wise. Spicy and peppery throughout. I find it fairly one dimensional. The typical "Belgian" yeasts flavor dominates the whole thing. Theres nothing too discernable. Ok body for the style. An average beer overall. Theres some much better beers of this style out there. This just seems like the Sam Adams of Belgians to me. Nothing special and doesnt take too many chances.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 02:07:50 | More by lackenhauser
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2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chimay Grand Réserve. L08-436 consumed on September 4, 2011. 

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours clear deep ruby with two-inch head that collapses quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing. Exuberant effervesce. 

S: Treacle, dark, dried fruits such as raisins and figs, caramel. Additional aromas include cherry, port and oxidation. 

T: Taste is much more mellow than I expected, with the individual characteristics evident in the smell having been worn down. This beer is also drier than my nose lead me to believe, and that is also to the detriment to this beer. Dark bread, caramel, raisins, and spice are the main players. Mild bitterness joins in before a finish that has a strange numbing antiseptic note flashing across palate. 

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. Light and thin on palate. 

O: For a beer that shares the great smells I associate with world-class English barleywines and doppelbocks, Chimay Grand Réserve certainly disappoints me in other categories. It is not bad, per se, but definitely not impressive. 

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:02:08 | More by Wadsey
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2.88/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chimay chalice. 2010 vintage.

A: pours with a bit of head which rapidly diminishes. Some lacing but not too much. For the style the lack of head retention is pathetic. And after 10 minutes there's no lacing left either. 2.5

S: Nose is not potent at all. This follows a Bernardus Abt with a best By of 06/08/14 and the flavour in the St Bernardus was just so much more potent to the extent that the beers are not comparable in any way. There's a bit of yeast and some winey notes and alcohol but apart from that the nose is simply incredibly weak. I think partly it's that the head dies down too quick to get any lasting flavour notes. 2.5

T: Some sort of Belgian chemically solventy flavours mainly. Not unpleasant but not really impressive or enjoyable in any way. At least there is some flavour here, unlike in the nose. Also some yeast. 3

M: Relatively thick and creamy actually. 4

D: Honestly not an enjoyable or well flavoured beer. Can certainly drink it but it lacks flavour. This is the second bottle I've had of the 2010 vintage, and the first (a 750mL) ended up being a drainpour. I've previously enjoyed Chimay Blue. I also enjoyed both the Chimay Red and White which came in the same tasting pack. I just don't know what's wrong with the Chimay Blue now, it's supposed to be their flagship beer but I can quite honestly say it's just a bad beer at present. Carbonation dies down too quickly (I'm staring at the glass within 10 minutes of opening the bottle and there is 0 head left, a far cry from the Bernardus Abt where the head lasted for 50 minutes or so), flavour is muted. Maybe there's been some problems in bottling but they've occurred repeatedly and I've no problems marking down this most overrated of beers. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:15:11 | More by danieelol
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like a lot of others, I really looked forward to trying this beer. The appearance was a very nice brown with a lace head. The smell was inviting but the taste was too much like wine for me. The alcohol is very strong in the taste. For these reasons, it is not very drinkable beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 18:41:56 | More by HAB
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2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Umm goot ol chimay bluaw. I do dig this beer but 1st of I would have to say do not mix this stuff with any other types of beer in the same night of drinking.

Appearance is damn amazing , has lots of floating bubbles and does stay fresh along time after pourn into chimay cup. Somewhat cloudy and dark but overall nice.

Smell is pretty decent has a good belgian sence with a bit of a darker side due to it being "Bluaw"!

Taste is good , did remind me of a good wheat beer but a had to been a bit sour or something.

Mouthfeel is pretty good you can drink this and not mind it for awhile.

But drinkability if another factor ... goes down sour with a bunch of old chimay yeast floating in the bottle's. I do repeat do not mix this with any other beer or you'll be puking it up that night.

Stay safe and drink da bluaw with easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 06:57:20 | More by Gaben
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

06-16-2012 22:45:45 | More by kaneel
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

08-17-2013 18:21:28 | More by dankjohn
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

03-02-2014 00:49:11 | More by JeffNev
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

07-05-2013 20:36:12 | More by boesesfleisch
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

07-09-2013 20:24:09 | More by TheMrFarnham
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

02-17-2013 04:42:09 | More by Cincy_Joe
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

10-28-2012 22:13:04 | More by SakellariosVouvalis
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New York

3/5  rDev -30.2%

12-10-2011 06:53:56 | More by logicalparadox
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

07-04-2013 17:19:43 | More by 100200300
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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