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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

7,091 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,091
Reviews: 2,253
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 399
Gots: 1,342 | FT: 16
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 7,091 | Reviews: 2,253
Photo of ZakFaruki
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a tulip glass, pours a dark copper with a tan head, about three fingers; decent lacing around the glass as consumed

Smell: Didn't really get much of a smell except for a faint booze, malty scent

Taste: Malt on the nose, and fades into a semi-sweet booze flavor, it's a very subtle and nuanced ale compared to the sweetness that I get with other Belgian ales, but its a pleasant-tasting brew for a high ABV

Feel: Medium bodied with a generous amount of carbonation

Overall: It's very apparent that close to 400 years of brewing knowledge has been embodied in this beer, obviously there are better belgian ales, but this is the genesis of the style and it shows that quality is still supreme for the Trappist order. A must-try for every craft enthusiast.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a bottle in Shanghai. I was glad to find some quality over there. It pours a very dark reddish brown with a thick, tannish head. Very nice lacing throughout the drink. The aroma is malty with definite fruity undertones. The taste is exceptional even for a Trappist ale. It starts with a sweet maltiness that has real grapey undertones. The taste ends with an alcohol hit that is ameliorated by the fruitiness. It feels almost perfect in the mouth with some real body, nice carbonation, and a lingering taste of fruit. I rate this down a little in drinkability just because of the alcohol content. It is drinkable from first drop to last.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - The body is dark brown, with an orange cast, semi-opaque, and a orange-tan head that forms huge but fades quickly to a short foamy cap. Not much lacing, but the head has legs.

S - A strong front of pears and apples, a hint of orange, grape must, and cherry. Spices include allspice and clove.

T - The fruit opens, with baked apples and poached pears, stone fruits, and raisins the main elements. The middle turns to doughy goodness, a baked confection of spice and bread, with a hint of citrus. The close dries some, still sweet but with a steeped tea note as balance.

M - Moderate carbonation and mild drying keep this from becoming cloying, but the beer is a serious, somewhat heavy affair.

O - The various flavors and counterpoints make for an exceptional Belgian, powerful and full, but balanced and pleasurable. It is one of the best BSDAs I've had the pleasure of consuming.

Photo of Cavalcavia
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and not too sweet for a high ABV brew.

Photo of mkeith14
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, with the first few sips it's almost hard to tell you're drinking a 9% ABV beer. Very smooth mouthfeel that's really seems to coat the palate. Overall I thought this was a great beer.

Photo of Beric
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 10 June 2015

MILESTONE BEER: Number 400

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with a soft off-white, almost tan head. Beautiful 2 finger head that leaves incredible lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Soft notes of plum, sweet date, molasses, and dark corn syrup along with notes of banana, clove, and plum.

Taste: Yeast notes really shine in this one- the darker fruity notes mentioned in the smell are really quite assertive here. Dates, plum, banana, and clove seem to dominate the flavor and it's all glued together by a nice caramel/molasses touch. Magnificent balance and drinkability for an otherwise strong beer.

Mouthfeel: Silky on the tongue, but stronger carbonation than I expected.

Overall: A great beer, no doubt, but honestly, one that seems to be hyped up a bit. For a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, several Unibroue beers seem to compete strongly against this and might even edge it out, especially Trois Pistoles. Nonetheless, an awesome beer.

Photo of CMG-PSU
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Your next dinner party.... skip the bottle of wine. Bring 750 mL of this and you will be a welcomed guest.

Photo of ebrock
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of Lahoi
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm just thrilled to say I've tried this beer. My only regret: I didn't ask the server for the bottle cap. I need one for my collection.

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

고구마향이 살짝 남.
도수가 세서 많이는 못마심.
비쌈 ㅠㅠ
최고의 맥주중 하나
A b c d e

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce cork and caged bottle, there is a 2013 mark on the cork.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, sediment filled brown color with a two-finger tan head, higher than average carbonation and excellent retention, there was a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles that remained for quite a while, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: sweet caramel, dark fruit like plum or raisin, bread, I could smell the alcohol.

TASTE: very sweet up front, dark fruit, bread, then a very pleasant alcohol burn, not overpowering but it's there, I would say the 9% ABV is well disguised, the taste really lingers in a good way with an alcohol warming effect.

PALATE: creamy, very high carbonation.

OVERALL: this is one of my favorite beers, love to have it on special occasions a couple times a year, it's kinda pricey at $16.00 but it all goes to charity so it's no problem.

Photo of Scott17taylor
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look merkey brown with solid 2 finger head
Smell deep sweet malts with alcohol
Tastes starts with dark fruit sweetness than transitions into a bit of yeasty funkiness with the typical Belgian yeast characteristics and finishes a bit dry and with an alcohol flavor that lingers.
Feel medium or light medium body with heavy carbonation. Leaves you wanting another drink.
Overall I tried rochefort 10 a while back and didn't care for it. I'm glad I didn't give up on the style this beer is great.

Photo of Marraybay
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and fizzy are the two words that come immediately to mind. Some bitterness at the close. Pretty complex all and all. Will schedule a future tasting to more adequately assess / discuss. It does hide the 9.00% very well. All and all though, one I can/would/will likely drink again. Lacing of tiny bubbles absolutely amazing in this one, whenever the glass was tilted or tipped, a cascade of bubbles would slowly trickle down the side of the glass.

Photo of maputnam25
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured an amber brown color with a creamy half-inch head. Aromas contain dried fruit, maraschino cherries. Flavors of caramel, plum, red delicious apple, raisins, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a pronounced carbonation. An all around excellent beer - praise to the men of God who have bequeathed it to us.

Photo of Bone53
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown pour with a hazy orange-ish red hue when put up to the light; Huge three finger thin beige head with big bubbles

Smell: Dark fruit (plum, prunes), banana esters, bready caramel malt

Taste: Sweet malts and fruity esters from the yeast upfront, then the sweetness fades into a dry breadiness and the yeast transitions into a funky, light banana quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth initially but then my palate is assaulted by extreme carbonation

Overall: I think I'm picking up a pattern. Perhaps belgian beers just aren't for me. I think its the yeast. Too funky and strange fruity esters. The high carbonation also destracts from the flavors a bit. Overall not bad per se, but im not particularly enjoying it either. At $15 a "bomber", Its not something ill buy again

Photo of manchester0325
3.26/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer overall but nothing to get crazy about. I'm really glad to say I have tried it and it is under my tasting belt, but there are many other beers that have much fuller flavor and much better scent that I would go back to before I got this again.

Photo of Solk777
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thought it would be better

Photo of Mll777
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam quickly gone, a little too much carbonated. But damn nice beer! Love it

Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer so much I bought the specialty glasses! I've had the yellow and red, but blue is the best! The flavors of fig and dark fruit are amazing!!! When I drink this brew I truely feel I'm being thrown back in time. When I think "old world" brews, I think Chimay!

Photo of cpeeler21
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really all around great beer. If you can get past the cost, atleast at my local shop. I've tried all of the chimay flavors more than once and had this on tap also. Highly recommend on tap if you get a chance. A must try.

Photo of josanguapo
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Carrefour Camas. Playing KB Dark Side.
Great beer, one of those youll never get tired of.

Photo of samshaw
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Translucent, dark brown-amber hue with medium tan head. Steady stream of suds rising.

S: Moderate caramel and fruit with light hints of something akin to brandy.

T: Caramel and brandy-like flavors both coming through stronger, while the fruitiness is somewhat more hidden.

M: Smooth with medium viscosity and seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Complex taste with a pleasant finish despite its high alcohol content.

Photo of mkh012
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, this beer lives up to the hype.

Look: fairly dark brown with a thin tan head. pretty standard for a Belgian dark ale

Smell: Right away, I smell dark fruits like plums and prunes but also an interesting, more subtle breadiness on the back end.

Taste: Delicious. This is certainly a sipping beer at 9% ABV. The taste follows the nose nicely. I get a full-bodied burst of dark fruits and malty, fruitcake sweetness. The finish is quite smooth despite the high alcohol content which is always a sign of a good Belgian dark ale. I would love to sip on one of these with a nice hunk of medium rare lamb. It has almost wine-like complexity but is also very drinkable (though I likely wouldn't have more than one in one sitting)

Feel: creamy, medium-bodied. works nicely with the dominant dark fruit flavors at play here.

Photo of Cannybrew
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks impressive poured into tulip glass. A healthy loose frothy cappuccino head, dark brown caramel colour body. Smells sweet, medicinal, orange. Taste is extraordinary. Smooth, sweet, easy. Spice and chocolate. Overall. Wooyah!

Photo of Jacobob10
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Yeast was reserved in the bottle, then consumed in one (delicious) last gulp.

Deep ruby, almost brown color. Clear with a light haze. One-finger beige head with great retention. Rich malty aroma with a strong fruit sweetness comprised of figs and raisins. Slight spice picked up in the aroma that becomes more pronounced with each sip. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

How have I neglected this beer for so long? Given how memorable the Chimay Prèmiere (Red) was for me when I had it, I thought I would have had this a long time ago. Overall, this is wonderfully balanced and complex without being heavy or cloying. Highly recommended.

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