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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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6,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,801
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,045 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle opened in November 2013
Poured a deep brown, with a two-finger fluffy off-white head that grew for a few minutes, then began to recede to a thick ring of off-white leaving modest lacing. Excellent, true to form for a good Trappist ale. Scents of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruit, molasses, raisins, prunes, a slight metallic twinge, peppery, spicy scents, grape, slight apple, banana comes forward as it warms, melding with the other aromas to make a nice, sweet scent. Very faint hints of alcohol in the background. A rich, sweet, deep aroma with an amazing complexity, as expected of a Trappist ale. Flavor follows the nose. It is quite sweet up front notes of apple, raisin, dark fruit, and slight pear. As it warms in the mouth sweet caramel malt, honey, and spicy flavors begin to emerge, melding with the fruit. As you swish spicy clove and alcohol notes emerge in the back of the mouth. Candi sugar and Belgian yeast spiciness and hints of faint herbal qualities and wood in the background are present throughout. Finish is spicy and burns the nose slightly, with alcohol, clove, yeasty spice, and some non-descript sweet spices. All the flavors meld wonderfully throughout the sip and lead to a rich, complex, satisfying flavor, warming and perfect for cold weather. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, slightly sticky, moderately carbonated and with a semi-drying finish in the mouth. Quite nice. A very good sipping beer. Quite pleasant, with maybe just a touch too much carbonation for me. Overall this an excellent Trappist ale. It is a fine Belgian Strong Dark, with all the depth, complexity and nuance of the style. It is a fine beer to sip on a cold night, strong, with a great depth of scent and flavor. Truly excellent.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

Dark brown like a cola . One finger foam quickly settles into some loose bubbles as a cap. No lacings on the glass.

Aroma of figs, molasses, raisins and alcohol.

Taste of sweet malt, raisins, molasses and plum. Smooth, no bitterness, taste of alcohol on the back of the tongue. No aftertaste . Medium mouthfeel , chewy.

Big, smooth flavorful beer. Rich in taste , delicious and worth stocking in the fridge. A great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy very dark ruby brown with a frothy two finger tan head. The head sticks around for a very long time leaving huge globs of lacing once it finally does fade.

Aroma is chock full of grapes and plums along with licorice. A whiff of alcohol along with some spicy yeast notes. Some woody notes in there as well. The aroma doesn't smack me in the face like i was hoping but it is very nice and complex.

The flavor is really heavy on sweet molassas, toffee, dark grapes and plums. Some wood and a fairly hefty dose of alcohol. Thankfully the sweetness tends to fade and does not dominate the taste and mouthfeel. More alcohol is detectable while cold but as the beer warms, more complexities begin to emerge with the wood and dark fruits. Silky smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel but the sweetness is restrained.

Overall, a very good and accessable quad. While it may not have quite the complexity of some others, it stacks up well and is a favorite of mine that is nice to revisit every now and then.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,801 ratings.