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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,735 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,735
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 325
Gots: 975 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of hillind
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of slee196
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Blue has a smooth Belgian body with soft carbonation and rich fruity taste.
Aroma is very pleasant. It smells like dates and caramel and some other dark fruits.
I like the aftertaste, not too bitter, not too thick; it's slightly heavy but pleasant.
Overall, it's a well-balanced beer, but I just don't think it's THAT special.
I think it's a bit expensive for the quality (a bit too much hype maybe? I personally prefer 3philosophers than Chimay)
Also keep in mind of its abv; it's 9% and pretty boozy.

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheWellVaper
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krl2112
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fenshefenshe
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikebcpa
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docjmachado
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weezarc
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BSUNyikos31
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philthe
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of interzen
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens flute

Look: Dark brown - not quite as murky as the Première (red label) but still damn near opaque even when you hold it up to the light. Big, frothy head with considerable staying power.

Smell: Big malt up front, and quite sweet with it. Some toffee/caramel and burnt sugar notes too, with some vinegar as it warms up a bit. Overall, it smells as dark as it looks.

Taste:Very yeasty and malty up front with a certain booziness about it too, although at 9% ABV that's probably a given anyway. Others have noted a fruity finish but I can't honestly say that I got much of that, although there was a bit of vinegariness there. The malts run all the way through, although they're not as apparent in the finish. Not a massively complex taste profile.

Feel: Eminently drinkable, almost dangerously so. You've got to hand it to those monks, they've got the brewing thing down pretty much solid. Must be those years of practice and contemplation.

Overall: It's Chimay, so I was always going to like it. It's slightly heavier going than the Première but none the worse for it - definitely a beer for sipping whilst cogitating and a fine example of a Trappist dubbel. Widely available too, which is nice.

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Chimay. A little bit of after taste is probably the only thing bad I noticed....but that wouldn't discourage me to get it again.

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bambinichole
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into chimay glassware small head smell vinaigrette and yeasty malt and.moss Tastes big sweet malt up front. Middle grape juice and strawberry vinaigrette and light grain. I love this beer it's so good. Please get this beer. But mine is 2 years old lol aged right

Photo of Kips
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CC-Hung
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Srqb
4.04/5  rDev -6%

Photo of meangreenc
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jaisell
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,735 ratings.