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

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5,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,927
Reviews: 2,134
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 538 | FT: 10
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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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours with tons of nice tan-colored head that dissipates within half a minute. Color was deep, dark brown with debris floating around.

S: The sweet cherry scent was pleasant. It's followed by the smell of yeast which takes a backseat.

T: The flavor was dominated by the sweet caramel-like malt and yeast. I tasted no alcohol, which is very surprising considering the abv for this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied. Quite highly carbonated, but does not interfere with the taste at all.

D: The appetizing smell and absence of alcohol flavor makes this beer incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 09:02:02 | More by bbb099
Photo of harrymel


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 05/27/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

So, yum.

A: Foaming upon decapping, this beer always foams over. It's a deep, muddy mahogany color with little/no transluscency. Light brown, 1-2 finger whipped creamy cap on this one.

S: Sweet, light molasses, hin of sour apple and pear from yeast. Dates, figs.

T: Sweetened Ruby port flavor up front is accented by tones of maple, walnut, fresh pecan, brown sugar. Imagine these traits to develop with time in bottle.

M: Medium-full body with light carbonation allows you to really chew on this sticky monster. Every flavor is revealed as the carbonation is subtle enough to help move along flavor, not overbear it.

D: Drinkability: my ability to drink this is high. This is a goddam delicious brew and I plan to purchase a 750ml as they have the bottle date on cork and then lay it down for a couple years. Of the other Chimay's, this stands out for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 08:01:12 | More by harrymel
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is a year old, split with bbb099.

A: Pours a dark amber with little to no head and lacing. It has a bit of an alcohol footprint, but only because I was looking.

S: Smells strongly of yeast and spices, with a hint of musty fruit lingering in the background. The overwhelming smell is that of an almost tangy, sweet clove.

T: Still get the yeast, but the fruit (currants?) comes much more to the forefront. This is without a doubt a great tasting Belgian. The spices, particularly the clove and a bit of a rum taste, follow closely after. It finishes quite smoothly. Glad I aged this bottle because you can't taste the alcohol at all.

M: Medium bodied with a slight viscosity that is at odds with an almost airy feel brought about by the strong carbonation.

D: Fantastic. It's got a great feel that goes down scarily smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:58:01 | More by mjyoung
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork date of 05/09. Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy almost murky dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight hop, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is quite excellent. I have had this one NUMEROUS times in the past and have just now gotten around to reviewing it. The flavor on this one is very nicely balanced and pleasant. It has a good aroma going on, but it is pretty weak in intensity unfortunately. Glad that this one is readily available in my area as this is a great go-to brew. A must try for anyone who has never had it before without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 13:54:12 | More by thagr81us
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Dark formidable with a beautiful brownish-white head.

S- Dark caramel malt aroma engulfs notes of biscuit, with things like raisin popping in and out.

T- Sweet and dry with a decent amount of hops accompanying, Chocolate and leathery notes under which a faint yeasty/grassy flavor can be detected. Complex and good.

M- Nice carbonation, full bodied but not overbearing.

D- Very nice. Any true beer lover must experience this.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 06:41:15 | More by DPFRD
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice thick viscous type of body with raisin, overtones, the ABV is well hidden considering it
is 9%.

Thick body as mentioned above, with floaties that you can chew on, as well as drink.

Maybe all brewers should take a vow of silence, it seems to have worked for the monks.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 23:53:01 | More by AllFineThings
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into pint glass - multiple times!

A - Nice dark mahogany pour with a decent sized tan head.

S - Dark fruits like plums and figs comes to mind. Perhaps a touch of grains and a slight presence of alchohol. The smell seems lighter than the appearance.

T - Starts out fruity with oats and wheat in the middle and finishes with a nice warm alchohol taste. Seems sweet from beginning to end.

M - Very smooth and good carbonation.

D - Excellent and amazing beer. A class unto itself. Higher ABV and cost might limit your volume but you won't complain. This is one beer that I don't like to mix with others....

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:27:35 | More by mpcrump
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured my 11oz bottle into my sniffer.
It poured a hazy mahogany with a thin, short lived, off white head.
Fruity aroma, reminds me of raisons, also a bit of alcohol
Taste is of malty, caramel, spicy, slight alcohol warmth
medium body medium carbonation

This is a wonderful ale. Easy to drink, not so easy to pay for.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:28:09 | More by jmperez
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into a Chimay signature glass.

Look: hazy brown with yeast and sediment floating around. I remember describing Chimay Red as "Yeah, this looks like a beer that monks would make" and the same statement applies here. There are some red highlights as well. The head is one finger thick, so kinda thin and it doesn't leave a whole lot of lace but that's to be expected given the alcohol content and nature of this beast.

Smell: rich with dark fruit like currants and fig. Belgian, yeasty spiciness stands out proudly. There's some sugary aromas and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: dark, rum soaked fruit stands out along with some dark sugars, a bit of Belgian spice and yeast flavors, and a bit of fruitiness. There's no real alcohol flavor in this one for me.

Feel: sweet, medium bodied, not much alcohol warmth, nicely carbonated.

Drink: could drink quite a few of these and I find myself wishing I had a 750ml bottle instead of this undersized one!

Overall, I'm glad I finally got around to this beer. Its a very nice Belgian Dark Strong Ale and it does enough without trying to do too much. After having Chimay's three main offerings I can say that this is probably my favorite. I would certainly strive to give this one a try as soon as you can! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 14:15:33 | More by SkunkWorks
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

year old bottle. was hoping to hold onto this for a bit longer, but the cellar cleanse beckons.
sexy mahogany, dark and impenetrable. strong maltiness, smells thick and caramelized.
delish, caramel, sweet malt, slight bit of strong alcohol, some spice.
thick and enjoyable, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:47:45 | More by dragonWhale
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml poured into leffe chalice.
Appearance is mohogany with thick off white head.
Smell is dark fruits and such maybe a little spice?
Flavour is same as smell very nice :)
Mouthfeel is close to correct. thickness is fine but could be a tad more carbonated.
Drinkability is very high until the price is taken into account.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 03:11:20 | More by philphilphil
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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GOOD STUFF! Poured into mug. The color was like dark caramel, and had a dense 1-1/2 finger beige head. The smell was very nice, but not overpowering, with a raisin, and spice hint. It had a champagne like carbonation, tiny bubble tickling the tongue. The taste was that of a hearty ale with hints of fruit, and spice. The higher alcohol content was barely evident in the taste. It was delicious. Way too drinkable for a beer that I paid $5.50, for a 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 18:13:40 | More by TCMike
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick foamy head. Some cloudiness from all the 'yeasties'. Deep brown with some shade of red.

Smell: Bread, some fruitiness like prune and/or banana

T: Bready, fruit, tart/sour, some alcohol on the nose and spice felt in the nose as well, like some mustard spice. There was a nice finish of bitterness at the finish. There is a very complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, but not overwhelmingly so. A very nice, clean finish.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a few glasses of these in a night. Not too sweet or bitter or yeasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 05:13:46 | More by amandebates
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer in my week of Trappist beers. A beer a day, one from each of the Trappist monasteries that bottle their beer. I poured this into a Chimay goblet.

A - cloudy, and very dark, brown with some orange-red notes. (Or is that red-orange?) White and tan in some parts of its sticky head. That head? Retained pretty well, by the way.

S - Anyway, this beer has a super yeasty aroma, you can smell the malt, but also some wine notes. It smells like a german white wine and lychee in a way that totally contrasts what I think of as a typical dark beer, even belgian dark beer. There's plum in the smell too. And maybe some raison.

T - The first thing I got here this time was some yeast and bread crust from darker malts. And some caramel flavors, that lead into sweetness and ... ahhh. Plum, fig, and date, seeds and nuts. It warmed a bit in the glass, and I tasted spicy notes, like grains of paradise. The alcohol is present and warm, but with a strong dark ale this is perfect winter drinking. I'd go on, but, for how could I? It might need a treatise.

M - Sharp on the tongue with its foamy effervescence, a touch of bitterness, and spice. High gravity, but not too high. which lends to its...

D - ...drinkability. Which is nice for a beer of its strength and complexity. But, uhhh, I couldn't drink tons of this, or probably have it every day, either. What can you really expect from this, though?

What a wonderful way to start a wonderful week,

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:55:34 | More by philosobeer
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top 100 I've never actually reviewed. Yet one of the first craft beers I ever drank. Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: Muddy brown crimson hue. Huge four fingers of light sand colored head. Retention is spectacular. The head looks like a root beer float. Soapy lace clings to the glass. Half inch cap remains.

S: Sweet toffee drizzled figs and sugared dates. Cloves, leather, tobacco and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Flavors are a bit more subdued than the nose. Mild sweetness of dark fruits without the sugar drizzle. Tobacco, clove, leather, dark malt and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: A true standard in the beer world. Super drinkable yet rich and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 00:52:37 | More by beerwolf77
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark mahagony / brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness with some dark fruits and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: nice malt profile with prunes, raisins, a hint of molasses, a bit of milk chocolate, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer. Nice and malty, a nice change from the hop heavy beers dominating today.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:39:12 | More by Gavage
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown colour. Opaque with a reasonable amount of floating yeast. Foamy brown head, medium to low in size. Good retention with some lacings.
Aroma: vinous alcohol, molasses, sweet malts, spices and citrus.
Taste: sweet malts, dark chocolates notes, spices and molasses.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, medium carbonation, high but well disguised alcoholic strength and full body.
Finish: very long finish of warming vinous alcohol.

Overall: great beer. Very seasoned and spiced. Quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 15:26:01 | More by AlexLMS
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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark cloudy brown. Decent tan head that last a good amount of time. No lacing at all on this one.

S - Smells of plums, figs and other dark fruits with a bit of brown sugar. Im picking up grains as well, maybe even a slight alcohol presence with a little sourness towards the end.

T - White grapes up front with a bit of alcohol. Then there are grains in the middle that sort of counter the alcohol and mellow out the sweetness with a nice earthy touch. Im picking up mainly wheat, maybe oats as well. It Then finishes off even sweeter but with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Very smooth, with medium carbonation. Coats the palate evenly and gently. Exceptional.

D - Excellent. This is an amazing beer. Very well put together. I loved it from start to finish. Even with the high ABV the drinkability is still good.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:34:29 | More by depechemode1983
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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz/330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Aged between 1 and 2 years (lacked the foresight to mark...).

A: Dark and hazy brown appearance. ~1 1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a few sparse bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Raisins and plums... dark fruits...a bit of a port aroma. Fairly sweet. Altogether, fairly subdued.

T: Dark fruits...raisins and brown sugar....cherry, and an touch of sweet chocolate...smooth peppery spiciness. A touch of well integrated alcohol presence. Just flat out outstanding.

M: Moderately high carbonation. Crisp, medium feel.

D: Excellent. Given it's 9% ABV....insanely drinkable.

Future outlook: I need to put more of this (and some other choice Belgian strong darks) down for some cellaring ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 04:25:44 | More by DoctorDog
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a bunch of times but just getting around to reviewing it. Kind of a chuncky pour, but great garnet color. A little less carb then usual. Amazing rich dry fruit aroma, raisins, plums, bread and grape skins. Tastes like a thick jam, again lots of dry fruits, yeast forward with a thick malt body. Deep flavor without being roasty. Despite all of this Chimay blue is rather dry and finishes a bit clean. Little alcohol is present, but a tad is detectable. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:02:47 | More by pmlondrigan
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Murky brown in color. Creamy head. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S-Roasty and toasty. Yeastiness, and a hair of hop bitterness.

T-Very sweet. Deep dark roastiness. Like the nose. Alcohol is masked well.

M-On the heavy side with good carbonation.

D-I found it to be more drinkable than the two St. Bernardus I tasted alongside it but was not as flavorful.

Can easily see why this beer is one of the first belgians people try. Great for someone just learning the style (like me).

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:26:04 | More by VelvetExtract
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from caged and corked bottle -no best by date visible.

Popped the cork and it went sailing across the room as if it were a bottle of champagne, poured a nice deep brown with four finger head that descended into a nice lacing that stayed all the way down ,moderate carbonation.

Taste - For a 9%abv brew I was expecting a hot brew that would be difficult to drink,That wasn't the case at all,This was smooth from start to finish,light malt flavors and some spices that combined makes this a extremely well blended and balanced brew.

Drinkabilty -Even though this is a high abv% brew ,It's drinkability is world class,some say it's a sipper but I couldn't drink it fast enough.

I would recommend this to anybody who is search of a great Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 14:16:17 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - What a tremendous pouring beer! The beer pours with a solid 9/10 glass full of head then slowly, real slow, disappears down to about 2 fingers. The head is a gorgeous off-white creme colour that has some decent "volume" to it. Beer is a solid amber colour and hard to tell the amount of carbonation.

Smell - I can smell some raisins, some spices and little hop present. There isn't an overall abundance of smell.

Taste - What a great tasting beer! There is a raisin presents at the start followed by a slight bitter spice. The beer leaves a warm aftertaste in my mouth as well. There is also a taste of sweetness somewhere in there, very faint.

Mouthfeel - decent amount of carbonation added here that brings the bitterness level up big time. This is where i felt u can taste the 9% alcohol level. The raisins pick up big time as well.

Drinkability - This is a fantastic beer that offers a lot to the mouth and palette! I am very happy i tried it and will buy again if i can find.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 01:54:55 | More by Swedes21
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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