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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,927 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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
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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Duvel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-09-2013 15:17:06 | More by Duvel
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straightlambic

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-08-2013 16:44:18 | More by straightlambic
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shroompod

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although I've had this many times , my first review. This is also my first "aged" beers with a date of 3/3 on the cork.

Poured into pint glass with no floaties , good head , not much lacing sticking around.

Smell is faintly hoppy , some alcohol coming through.

Taste has a butterscotch tone (more scotch than butter); although somewhat muted , possibly from age.

Mouthfeel is crisp , I wouldn't say dry , but balanced. Good carbonation for 3 years in the bottle.

Drinkabitly is great , a very smooth beer for 9%. I may need to age more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 01:44:20 | More by shroompod
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-02-2014 23:59:53 | More by KingBiscuit
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atr2605

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours dark amber/brown with a large tan head with great retention
S-Toasted malt and caramel, slight plum aroma as well
T-More of the sweet and toasted malt, caramel flavor lingers on the palate. Hops bitterness rounds out the flavor but there is no floral or spiciness to speak of. The hops keep the malt from being too sweet.
M-medium to full bodied
O- Very rich and complex. Sometimes hard to describe all the flavors. One of my favorite beers and perfect representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:50:18 | More by atr2605
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Jules11788

California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-29-2013 21:29:25 | More by Jules11788
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NeverSettle

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

07-03-2012 01:49:44 | More by NeverSettle
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Brinks

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2013 20:26:55 | More by Brinks
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a half-inch head that subsided rapidly but stuck around with a minimal but lovely lace for the entire glass. Dark colour with lots of unfiltered goodness. Malty, pleasant aroma. Taste of dark fruits and slight alcohol, to be expected from a 9% beer. Complex, but not too much so. Tangy mouthfeel, very drinkable despite high alcohol, but the price is what would keep me from drinking more than one in a session. Lovely beer, I look forward to trying others from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 06:01:15 | More by trevorwideman
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Pours the color of then coffee with a half inch of light brown head that melts down to a thin, soft looking coating with plenty of lace.

Nose: somewhat fruity like cherries and plum. I was kind of dissapointed that it wasn't stronger though.

Mouth: Excellently strong carbonation with warm, alcoholic exhale that was strong enough to make my ears tingle. Tastes of toffee, coffee, and malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 22:52:13 | More by clickpush
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I2uss

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-18-2011 20:36:52 | More by I2uss
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ACB

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2014 19:22:32 | More by ACB
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BrewerB

Florida

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper in color with a thick off-white head. Slightly hazy. Well retained head.

S - Dark cherry like fruits blend with a slightly bready aroma. Chocolate, spice, caramel, nutty. (At this point in the review, my buddy's German Shepherd ripped one hell of a fart. This made it difficult to distinguish other aromas). Alcohol. Hops aren't playing much of a role.

T - Caramel and plum-like fruit notes. Chocolate character is more milky than dark. Heavily malty with a medium-dry finish. Toasty.

M - Creamy texture, medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Missing out on some carbonation.

D - Good. Though I'd probably stop at 2 pints. Not as drinkable as some other versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 06:29:40 | More by BrewerB
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pmlondrigan

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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JoeLacy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-16-2013 23:09:09 | More by JoeLacy
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-21-2014 00:32:00 | More by Oidmoe
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cwd

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-10-2012 22:57:16 | More by cwd
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Wayne17

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

04-07-2014 21:02:08 | More by Wayne17
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

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

Pours a murky brown with reddish hues and lots of sediment. There is about a finger of fizzy white head, that doesnt have great retention and doesnt leave much lace. Aroma is of caramel, raisins, soft spice, and fruit.

Taste is a blend of fairly sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses, a touch of clove, and a dry cocoa powder finish. Finish is slightly tart. The 9% is pretty well hidden, though slightly noticeable in the finish. A pretty good Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:34:14 | More by hckyfn9999
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SkunkWorks

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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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7%

04-23-2013 19:08:55 | More by huskermike12
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nyrblue2

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-09-2012 14:44:23 | More by nyrblue2
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cmwilliq

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-24-2014 03:22:10 | More by cmwilliq
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a 2007 750mL bottle bought from Julius Meinl in Vienna.

Appearance is mahogany dark brown with fat thick carbonation bubbles forming a thick luscious off white head. Smell is pungent of Belgian sugars, molasses, and dried cherry. Taste is much the same with a lingering of the sugar and cherry qualities. A little bit of carmel in there. This baby needs to finish puberty, but I couldn't wait. Months of mediocre Maerzens and Pilsners have left me dying for something different. Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 13:32:57 | More by allboutbierge
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine looking beer, with a deep brown body and a frothy tan head. The head settled down to a skim in short order and didn't leave much lacing. Truthfully, this doesn't look any better than the Chimay Red.
The smell is quite deep. Dark fruits like dates and raisins are evident. Sweet malt. Not much bittering hops evident in the nose, and very little alcohol.
The taste -- ohh, the taste. This is where it rises up. VEry rarely do I give a beer a 5 in any category, but this gets it done. It's really everything you expect. Heaps of sweet maltyness with overtones of fruits. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Balanced really well, with none of the medicinal aftertaste that sits on the back of your palate after swallowing Chimay white. It's just a damn fine taste with no flaws. Mouthfeel is good, but not fantastic. I actually prefer te smoothy creamyness of the Red to the Blue. Drinkability is well above average. The taste keeps your tongue happy.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 02:10:05 | More by DaveFL1976
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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