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

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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5,552 Ratings

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Ratings: 5552
Reviews: 2119
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.96%

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- smells of alcohol, raisins, malts

T- pretty good, but not world beater good. Is middle of the road for the booziness, fairly complex, dark fruits, malt, yeast, raisins stand out. Good overall beer, have had it a million times in bottles and draft and it's always the same, good, but not great.

O- a really good Trappist ale that is probably the par for the course, but nothing special IMHO. La Trappe Koningshoeven Quad is better than this. I buy this beer often as it is available often and is a really good beer for the style, but there are much better Trappist ales IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 22:08:58 | More by FoundersFanatic
Photo of cjgator3


4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Chimay glass. Pours a dark brown color with a huge light tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a lot of dark fruits (plum and raisin), spices, dark cherries and yeast. Very nice aroma. 

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with dark fruits and spices with some yeast in the finish and some warmth in the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Chimay Blue is my favorite of the 3 beers from Chimay without question. Great beer, highly recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 02:57:27 | More by cjgator3
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Dark reddish brown, hazy. Thick white head and nice lacing.

S: Dark sugars, spice, dried fruits.

T: Strong taste of dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Intermittent bites of hops and alcohol.

M: Medium body, some carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, rich and complex.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 17:00:53 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap an opaque rich chocolaty brown with a thick, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is strong and malty, and has an undertone of caramel. Flavor is thick and mouth-filling, malty with strong smoky and nutty hints and a touch of caramel and sweetness. Finish is smooth and very satisfying. Better on-tap!

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2008 22:00:49 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recently took a trip to Brussels and had the opportunity to savor this brew and a significant number of other other Belgians at the Delerium Pub near the Grande Place downtown. I also had ample occasion during my visit to sample Chamay from other taps and often from the bottle. This is an excellent brew with a deep color, spicy/hoppy flavors, a nice full-bodied texture, excellent head (some may say excessive - required a knife to crop it off, but I loved it) and a full 9% alcoholic delivery.

I've noticed some difference in freshness and/or quality between the Chamay I've sampled from the US bottled vs. that at the Delerium (but I am a new convert to the Belgians and whatever I can get in the US is still FINE). These Belgian beers are unlike any other, and require an open mind to appreciate the taste but they are of excellent quality and produce a thoughtful, present-tense, pleasant sensation.

I write this from the US under the influence of three Chamays - Enjoy people! One of the best!

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 05:15:54 | More by hoppyserpent
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the draft into a Chimay wide mouthed goblet.
A light grape like amber color with a perfect head that stays throughout the entire beer. A very pleasant looking beer on a rainy North Carolina autumn day.
Excellent fruitiness and hoppines in the aroma. Smells a bit like berries, maybe raspberries and blueberries. Terrific spiciness to the hops with citrus aroma and a touch of peppermint and molasses. Raisins rear a head as well.
Quite a hoppy beer. Great balance between the fruitiness of the hops and the power with the fairly strong alcohol. The alcohol doesnt really become an issue until the end of the beer. But at that time it is welcome as it has changed flavors once again; melding and changing and evolving more and more after each sip. Hops are not as strong at the end where the alcohol is, but the malts and the fruit flavors are enhanced quite dramatically. This beer is best at the end or served slightly cooler than room temp.
Wonderful nouthfeel with the hop bite and the alcohol to soothe. Very pleasant. I would drink this beer all day if I could.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2005 20:05:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, a really nice dark brown with a touch of red to it, not much head.

S - Very full bodied, yeasty with a slight scent of fruits and flowers caught in the background.

T - An amazing taste to this beer. The scents that were in the background really come out as well as the grain/bready taste that really come together make this beer what it is.

M - For being a strong, dark beer the feel is very light and refreshing with a little bit of carbonation.

D - A pleasure to drink. I will be getting a few bottles very soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 16:38:45 | More by harpus
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks great! A fantastic dark mahogany color with a full thick head.
The aromas of espresso bean, bitter cocoa and walnut hit you first, with dessicated fig, drunken cherries, pumpernickel bread and tobacco leaf. The flavors are layered and complex, with the coffee and mocha on the first impression. Dried dark fruits, Christmas cake, chocolate covered cherry, hickory smoke, pumpernickel, allspice and walnut are all mixed together in an intense blend of flavor components. Even as I type this, I am going back and slightly inching up my ratings due to its long finish and complexity.
Chimay is just awesome, and this is a jewel in the crown of a fantastic dynasty of beer production. I will always have a Chimay on every beer list I write.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 07:16:48 | More by vegassommelier
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

“You only live once...” was the mantra I uttered as I walked out of the store feeling guilty. Perhaps the high cost reflex of paying for an unknown beer was too much for this old man. Since I was feeling intimidated by the beer purchase, I put it aside for a few weeks until the moment was right. Sure enough the stars aligned and everything was going my way. I sat down to watch a good movie with my better-half, minus the nagging. Then made the perfect sandwich with Smoked turkey breast, applewood-smoked bacon, smoked Gouda, lettuce, tomatoes and Chipotle Sauce on freshly baked Tomato Basil Sourdough Bread with sweet crumb topping, but you didn't come here for all of that.

So I slightly chuckled at the thought of pulling out a beer from the wine rack. I easily untwisted the metal cap and popped the cork. Out pours a smooth creamy tan head that filled my whole glass with extreme carbonation. After the beer settles down I’m left with a dark brown beer with garnet hues. There are familiar aromas to that of other dark ales such as the English Porter that come to mind with scents of dark fruits and yeasty fresh breads. The taste is smooth with a sweet creamy body and hints of Green Apples, Figs, Prunes, Molasses, Roasted Malts and other complex baking spice flavors.

Overall the best points are the mellow flavors, smooth body and strong 9% ABV. The only downsides would be the cost, and maybe the sediments at the very bottom. Considering the high price over other similar beers, it certainly makes my Samuel Smith Porter and Oatmeal stout buys look like a bargain. However with that said, I certainly look forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:15:22 | More by smokinyodas
Photo of Lothore


3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep ruddy brown color with a massive, creamy head.

S- Yeasty, plum, cherry

T- Plum, raisin, yeast, candy sugar, slight hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, medium/full bodied.

D- Fairly drinkable. Not my favorite quad but I can see how people would love this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 06:23:29 | More by Lothore
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: gorgeous deep amber, like maple syrup; clear; sand coloured head - fine, thick, leaving loads of lace, great retention

Aroma: mellow caramel, marshmallow, fruit mash - strawberry, grape; light touch of chocolate, alcohol; comes in huge wafts from the glass, addicting

Taste & Mouthfeel: different than expected after the aroma, lighter in flavour and body; biscotti, having the touch of sweetness; there's a bitter kick in the back of the mouth, lightly astringent and coupled with alcohol burn, makes for a dry, clean finish - if short; burnt caramel flavours, but not the rich kind, again more bitter; some banana, brandy notes; gains a candy sweetness over time

Overall: a let-down after beautiful appearance and tantalizing aroma, as the flavour, while not bad, lacks real depth

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:47:05 | More by BGDrock
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4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

As I get older, I have learned to appreciate the different subtleties of beer types. Chimay Grande Reserve was the ale that especially got me to to start learning about beers and now I even brew my own occasionally. The first time I tasted Chimay, which I received as a gift, I knew the Budweisers, Millers, and Coors type beers would never be the same. I search out the microbrews and craft beers like never before.

As you have determined, I think Chimay Grande Reserve is a world-class brew that I only drink on special occasions due to its exceptional taste. I have found that if I drink only one type of brew for a while, I tend to get "tired" of it and I never want to get tired of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:06:56 | More by dbean3
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in Chimay chalice glass
Notes taken on 02/28/14

A: Thick sponge-like topping of khaki suds covers over a murky looking reddish brown body. Very compact head with impressive hang time and only some minor streaks of lace left scattered across the glass. Looks quite appetizing.

S: Smells of warm bread and kitchen spices with some rum soaked raisins. There is a light mineral quality to it with some mild alcohol and yeast esters to finish out the nose. Really nice malt and yeast complexities in the aroma.

T: Tastes of bready malts with loads of dried fruit notes like raisin, plum, and figs. Has that Belgian candi sugar sweetness to it but it stays more on the dry side without cloying. Spicy but not particularly clove like phenols which is nice. More of a peppery spice with some loamy earth and banana peel there. Low to moderate bitterness with some perceptible alcohol noted. Really nice and balanced overall.

M: Very creamy and soft with a moderate filling quality. Well carbed with a high amount of spritz on the palate. Finishes lightly dry and a touch thin however this is very clean overall. Some ABV warmth noted.

D: My favorite of the Chimay trinity. A really well done BSD and world class for a reason. Worth multiple visits.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 21:07:32 | More by Nugganooch
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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, reddish colour with off white frothy head that diminishes sligtly but holds well

S - Bready, slightly sweet malts with hints of dark cherries, some spice a hint of banana and cloves

T - Similiar to nose, bready, yeasty, dark fruits including plums, cherries and raisins. Some caramel and spice with a slightly bitter finish

M - Medium bodied howver a little over carbonated

O - A nice beer with quality complex flavours that goes down well, however I prefer the Tripel any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 11:19:03 | More by PolarBear3
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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep chestnut color with garnet highlights. A foamy beige head wells up in the glass as soon as you start to pour. Some spotty tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Spiced apples, hearty bread, chalky Belgian yeast notes, spice cake, clove and some dates.

T: Rich dark malt and dark fruit notes mingle with baking spice, Belgian yeast, cloves, some dark bread, and just a touch of booze on a drying finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still smooth and complements the flavors well. To me, this doesn't come close to being as complex as a Westy 12 or Rochefort. Still, it's a great beer that deserves its accolades.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:11:24 | More by notchucknorris
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4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bomber due to high ratings and figured worth a try. Not an outstanding looking beer, head is a little thin, dissipates quickly. Smell is outstanding, absolutely has me salivating. Amazing flavor, perfect in my book, nothing to complain about. Smooth, tasty, amazingly easy to drink for 9%, wonderful beer that I will revisit as a treat due to cost.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:08:36 | More by JamieDuncan
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3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 750ml bottle

Nice rich color... reddish dark amber... cloudy... fine bubbles

Plain on the nose... some spice... cloves and raison

Not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting... yeasty/hoppy... crispy... a bit bitter... dry... cloves and sliced green apples

Feels light to medium body in the mouth

Overall... I was a little disappointed... I think it tastes better from a tap

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:48:34 | More by JimiO
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Ruby red on the pour with some burnt orange hues. Creamy, fine-bubbled off white head retains well at a quarter of an inch. Lacing leaves a thin mesh-like coating on the glass.

S: Bread pudding. Candy Apple coating. Hints of sweet ripe cherries. A bevy of spices coming from the yeast; cinnamon, brown sugar, and subtle clove. Nutty yeast, brown cocoa, thin drizzle of light caramel.

T: Candy shell. Sweet cherries and plums. Bread crust, brown cocoa, and runny light caramel. Nutty yeast. Complex yeast-derived spice flavors. Clove, brown sugar, hint of cinnamon and pepper. Fleeting tropical passion fruit esters. Pear and sliced apple. More cocoa and crust. Hollow hop bitterness balances and adds perhaps just a slight grassy note. Finish dries a bit but leaves a lingering bready and brown cocoa flavor.

M: There is some substance and a slight sense of weight in the feel, but it is heavily downplayed by a high attenuation and ample carbonation that gently lifts and scrubs. All of this leaves an airy, rounded and slightly firm feel. Mild warmth too.

O: One of the more widely known and easily attainable Trappist ales. Highly complex and easily drinkable for its size. I think the Rouge is still my favorite in the Chimay line, but this is a hell of a beer too. A must-try for any beer aficionado.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 19:31:41 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not going to add anything new to a massively popular beer. Im a fan of chimay red and white, and its been a long time since i've had the blue. now its time to pull up the sleeves, not make any plans to drive, and get stuck in to a nice pint sized bottle (served in tulip glass)

A - dark brown (colour of golden syrup), pours a nice head (5mm) that stays and stays and stays. clear, but with a brown so dark it is only semi transparent.

S - despite its strength, there is not much of an alcohol smell. Cloves, coffee, raisin odours coming through, not overpowering

t - sweet, caramel tastes with a slight alcohol warming at the end. Reminds me of brandy.

m - smooth, almost creamy texture, lively carbonation, nicely balanced.

The only >8% beer that i can drink anytime, anyplace. Also the beer I recommend for those asking me about belgian beer. Always welcome.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 11:06:17 | More by chogm54
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4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great full flavored beer. Love the citrus undertones. Great balance of sweet and bitters. Only criticism is the carbonation is a bit high almost like a soda. And it's a bit pricey this would be good celebration beer instead of champagne cuz it cork pops the same. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 09:50:34 | More by j2beer
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United Kingdom (England)

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bomber served in Chimay goblet. Dark Brown with a White slightly tanned two-finger head nice carbonation with heavy lacing. Aromas of Raisins, Fig, Prunes, Molasses, Spicy Pepper, Apple, Punchy Belgian yeast! Taste Fig, Prunes, Molasses, Roasted malt & spicy yeast Nice & warm at the back from the ABV! Mouthfeel Medium-full bodied well-balanced with High carbonation very crisp!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 12:48:00 | More by BeerDrinker01
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first review I'm going to write and it was this beer that inspired me. To me, this was the perfect beer. Mellow, smooth, and strong. I've been trying different porters, stouts, barley wines, and old ales but this one was the most approachable and balanced. It wasn't the best 'everyday' beer but that's not what I was looking for... Perfect sipper, great taste!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:19:27 | More by BarleyBeatsGrapes
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4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark purple/red with a slightly off white head.

S: Not much of a nose, somewhat citric, a few traces of distinctively Belgian yeast esters.

T: Taste has some notes of citrus, banana, grape and other fruits, more fruity Belgian esters.

M: Fuller side of medium bodied, average, if harsh, level of carbonation.

O: Slightly edges out the other two common, year-round Chimays, but it's grossly overrated. It is a really good beer, but it is not one of the best Belgian ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 05:42:04 | More by BierJager89
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3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. I poured slowly, and about a finger's worth of light, bubbly head spring up. A little fizzy looking. The head receded pretty quickly and maintains a film. The head clings to the glass, but does not form any lacing. The beer is quite dark. Very dark brown with some nice highlights when the light strikes it right.

S - Honestly, I detect almost nothing here. Some faint semi-sweet malty tones.

T - Here is where the beer starts to pick up. Something of a dark fruit sweetness with a convincing bitter presence at mid-palate. The finish evolves significantly with a dry, almost tart flavor. Nice complexity. Just a bit of alcohol detectable on the finish.

M - Excellent. Medium-full bodied with some carbonation detectable. The dry finish is great, and leaves me wanting more. Not as a means for clearing some bizarre aftertaste, but because it really is that good.

O - Slow start, but I'm warming up to it. It doesn't knock my socks off in any significant way, but I appreciate the range of feel and flavors that you get from this beer. Nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:44:55 | More by Andrew041180
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smell of grapes and beer.

Opaque (slightly-hazy) golden-brown.

1/2" head fades relatively fast with no lacing.

The stereotypical Trappist ale taste is a bit hidden by the slight grapiness. You can feel the alcohol's warmth, but the taste of alcohol isn't overpowering. A very nice warmer!

The tragedy is that we have so much to say about mediocre and bad beers, but not much to say about the great ones.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:28:43 | More by Bernoulli
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 5,552 ratings.