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

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Reviews: 2,251
Hads: 7,243
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
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Gots: 1,456 | FT: 16
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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 Shaler_Tate
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good and has a touch of sweetness on the finish like many other traditional trappist Belgian ales. I didn't love this, but the flavor is very complex and palatable. I wouldn't drink this very often, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finished off a bottle that was aged for 5 years. Age likely impacted my experience but this was a great beer. The flavors are integrated very well, little heat, and the brandy comes through nicely in the finish.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service: Bottle
Best before: Dec-2020

Pours a rich, impenetrable ruby brown with a big beige head that airily drops to a decent film. Good retention; speckled lacing. (4)

Dark bread and spices. Berries, leather, rubbery phenols, cloves/cinnamon. (4)

Dark fruits and dough. Slightly sweet with a woody/hard water taste underlying it all, lots of dark dough, light pepper, dark fruits. (4.25)

Rich, medium-full bodied, with soft carbonation and a smooth finish, well-hidden alcohol, pretty drinkable. (4.5)

Great beer, a classic strong dark ale.
Very lively yeast flavors with layered fruitiness and breadiness. Rich and creamy feel with a smooth, clean finish. Roses, cherries, brandy and cream. The booze is there and there is the slightest garden hose quality to it, but it is a very good beer on the whole. Absolutely will have again. As I already said, it's a classic. (4.5)

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Photo of Arthuros
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Less sweet, and drier and nuttier than its red sister.

You'll find all you'd expect from a dark Belgian ale here, and then some.

Off white foam that dissipates quickly, medium carbonation.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - dark brown, no head

Aroma - fruity, nutty, hint of chocolate

Taste - nutty with chocolate after taste

Feel - smooth, full of flavor

Overall - really good Belgium nutty chocolatie ale. Will defiantly have another

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Photo of JNPIII127
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was an exceptional beer. the high alcohol by volume had me a little skeptical at first, but don't let that fool you. this beer is not overly boozy and has a wonderful taste.

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Photo of IzzoYourNizzo
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nutty tastes, reminds me of a stronger New Castle. It is like the Scottish Ale of the Belgian Strong ales if that makes sense. I definitely apriciate the taste of this beer but would prefer a La Fin Du Monde

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Photo of jonesry09
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite "everyday" beer right now.
Don't let the high abv fool you, this beer is not "boozy" at all.

The head has great retention and lasts as long as you want it too.

Sorry for the short review but I am not the greatest at picking out the smallest of flavors.

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Photo of Sabre311
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappistes beers are really in a class of their own. This 9%er doesn't taste it at all. Its sweet but not too sweet. Just enough bubbles perfect color.Fruity but not overally just a perfect drink.

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Photo of meecrob
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoying my first Chimay ever right now and Im happy to try the Blue version. This amazing trappist beer has a dark brown color, looking like ice tea to me and has a medium head with good carbonation. It says on the 330 ml bottle that the best serving temperature is between 10°C - 12°C, means that a fridge would be way too cold for this brew!
I smelled dark fruits, raisins and chocolate. Amazing mouthfeel. The 9% ABV is perfectly hidden. Im sure I could drink a lot of these without any problem :) Really, an amazing beer, little pricey but probably the best on this planet!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a big snifter. L14-044 is printed on the label -- not sure if that's a date or what.

Pours murky brown/gray with a medium head and lots of carbonation. Head stands up, supported by the effervescence. Smell is classic Belgian Strong Dark -- musty, dark overripe fruits, dates. And yeast.

Taste is strong in the date department, moderately sweet (but not as sweet as I was afraid), some kind of sour flavor I can't readily identify.

Mouthfeel is nice -- thick, chewy, not sticky, not heavy (yeah I know, thick and chewy but not heavy -- not sure how to describe the sensation). Overall, solid beer. Love that it's readily available. Surprised I've gone this long without reviewing it.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle purchased at Brussels grocery store.
BB: 12/2020
Served chilled in a Delirium tulip.

Pours very dark brown with tan head. Smells mainly of roasted dark malts and like a solven...sort of like varnish (?!).

Taste is full, hefty, malty. Alcohol is well masked. At 9%, big kudos on that!
There is some sweetness on the tongue, but not as much as others here that reach this ABV.
I like this one much more than the Chimay Red.

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Photo of akdo
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: As perfect as the Trappistes Rochefort 8, which is also a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. While this body doesn't make a transition from ruby to amber, it still has a dark amber body with a reddish brown lower-end and a light brown head. Moreover, thanks to the carbonation, the head retention is perfect.

Smell: I could smell some hints of roasted, but not smoked, hops. You can sense the smooth bitterness.

Taste: Despite its high ABV, I didn't taste the alcohol, which is a good sign. The beer has a bouquet flavours which encompasses black currants, honey, caramel and roasted hops. There were also some hints of coffee at the back end.

Feel: The beer is not as creamy as Trappistes Rochefort 8 is on our palate. However, it is an easy drinking beer with a sublime taste.

Overall: This is the best beer from Chimay. It is the total package given its nice body and palate. The flavours manifested themselves individually when you know how to drink it slowly.

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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 rxmk
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark murky brown with a two finger creamy head. Like most belgians moderate carbonation with lots of yeast and hops on the nose. IMO this beer is way overrated as i have had better tasting belgians than this. Smell- yeast, soil, dried raisins, leather, sugar, malt.
Taste- bitter alcohol, malt, yeast. Not crazy about it. Dry and yeasty.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy chestnut brown with excellent brulee head, hell retention. Smell - candy sugar, yeasty ethers, dates, figs. Taste - dark fruits, raisins, yeasts. Rich, delightful and warming.

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Photo of stompilator
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown, billowy white head.

S - Plums, elderberries, caramel, soil.

T - Fruity esters explode from the front of the palate, with notes of banana and stone fruit. A rich, caramelly malt sweetness catches up quickly, along with a robust floral flavor from the hops. The esters evolve into whirlwind of dry fruit and spice until it ultimately dominates with a dry residual spiciness.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

O - Incredibly complex and robust. Definitely drier and more bitter than other beers I've had in the style, but nonetheless a great brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks dark brown with the edges revealing a bit of amber. Smells of plums and raisins with some sweetness like honey. Tastes like honey and plums with flowery notes and maybe some spiciness like cloves. The carbonation stings the tongue slightly but is not too much. It has a medium body and a nice slightly sweet slightly bitter finish that lingers until the next sip. Hard to tell this beer is 9% with the excellent balance of maltiness and bitterness.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with some light amber hues along the sides of the glass. The head was white with about two fingers thick of level foaminess. Lacing runs down in thick foamy strings.
The smell had some light Belgian spices, brown sugar, figs, raisins and some remnants of light cooked apple.
The taste combined the sweet with the spice through the previously mentioned flavors. A lingering fruity sweet to lightly spiced aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel has a medium body with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed good - becoming slightly smooth.
Overall, this is a classic for a reason. Its a standard for the style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky dark brown under an off-white head which leaves nice lace. Dark fruits on the nose and taste with some spice. Complex and understated. Well done.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian classic. Nose reveals brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, plums, madeira wine, honey, almonds, dried dark fruits, blackberries and caramel malts. Sweet, malty, featuring beautiful spice and yeast attenuation. I get a waft of gingerbread, anise and clove. Gorgeous beer, served as an introduction to Belgian beer and its storied tradition, almost 5 years ago. Smoothness and richness cannot be understated. Complexity reveals itself further upon warming. Stone cold classic.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
2.52/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


one of the most fantastically over rated beers of all time

the main point I want to stress here is that this beer is overwhelmed by its astringency
it's just not that good, sorry. it tastes like what I would imagine a store brand trappist would taste like. It is not that interesting, and if it is complex, it is not enjoyable enough to justify savoring or investigation. I have given this beer chance after chance after chance, IMO the only thing it is good for is cooking. I love belgian beer and I hate this ale sooooooo very much 2 thumbs down and downright unpleasant

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours two fingers of mocha foam. Dark opaque brown colour, have to hold it up to the light to see the dark ruby Amber colours. Looks handsome.

First scent is grape juice and figs and hints of burnt brown sugar. Fruit scents are really bursting here. Smells like it's going to be sweet.

Taste is richer than the scent, bright fruit juices turn to dried fruits like prunes and dates and Thompson raisins. Baking spices for a rum cake roll over the tongue. Reminds me of traditional German Christmas desserts Kompot and Stollen. Finish is booze burnt caramel, and I may detect a little bitterness for half a second.

Quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue with a fairly thick juicy feel to it.

Overall it's incredibly rich and full bodied, more so than the red, with smother and more well rounded fruit flavours that are expected in this type of Trappist ale but oft not as well executed. Simply great and the sweet ness which I can often find overbearing is nicely checked throughout.

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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 twage04
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes very similar to the chimay dubbed but with extra depth of flavor and body with some more booze to back everything up. Lots of carbonation and the yeast profile is prominent but blends in with everything else better than the dubbel. Pretty enjoyable but I won't be in a rush to have another for a little while.

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