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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6,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,735
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 326
Gots: 980 | FT: 13
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330 mL stubby bottle picked up at the LCBO; 'best before' 2018. I was honestly shocked to see this one on the shelves of a store right down the street from me that I neglect to check regularly. I quickly scooped up a couple of bottles, because I've heard great things about this one (and it's also the only flagship Chimay product I haven't yet tried). Served at cellar temperature, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a muddy reddish-brown colour, erupting at first with nearly three fingers of head (I guess it's been a while since I've poured into this glass). It dies down gradually over a span of five to ten minutes, coating the sides with gobs of lacing, and eventually leaving behind a creamy cap and generous collar. Looks awesome, and the aroma is equally enticing - there is a good mixture of raisins, figs, banana, toasted malts, caramel and molasses. Nothing out of the ordinary for the style; quite yeasty.

Very tasty stuff, though not exactly as complex as I'd hoped after sniffing it. Dark fruits dominate at first, including the aforementioned raisin/fig duo, in addition to some dark cherry and baker's chocolate. This transitions into some caramel and molasses sweetness, with a touch of banana. The finish offers a combination of malt sweetness, yeast and light clove spice, leaving behind a mildly sweet/roasty aftertaste behind on the palate. I am astonished at how well the alcohol is hidden here; it's detectable, but it integrates perfectly with the rest of the flavours. Full-bodied and very smooth, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue. Deceptively drinkable at 9%, though it sure hits your head quick once you stand up out of your seat.

Final Grade: 4.51, an exceptional A grade. This isn't a style I drink much of on a regular basis, but Chimay Blue is easily my favourite BSDA so far. This is delicious fresh, but I think it's safe to say it would be worth holding onto a bottle or two for a few years - this stuff is made for cellaring, and I hope to review this same vintage in 2015-16 or so. The only problem: mustering up the self-control required to stop myself from opening the remaining bottles of this incredible brew until then!

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