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

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7,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,091
Reviews: 2,253
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
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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 Epicedion
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Brown to dark amber. A little like a very dark maple syrup. An aggressive pour got a little bit of a head which faded rapidly down to just a little tiny bit of foam around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S: Lightly sweet. There's some evidence of spice in the nose, and maybe some fig.

T: This is a fairly sweet beer, with just enough bitterness to keep the sweet from being overwhelming. The raisin/plum comparison is okay, but it's very blended and smooth as opposed to having any standout tastes. It's good. It's very good. It's just not as complex as some of the other beers out of the Chimay lineup.

M: It really fills and coats the palate. Medium body and just enough carbonation to give it volume. A fairly long, bittersweet finish that doesn't quite dry the mouth, but does leave the impression of alcohol.

D: Far too drinkable. Nothing about this beer is overwhelming, and it's just as easy to sip it slowly as it is to swig.

Photo of Irie
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very dark foggy body with a short light head. A yeasty and malty aromatic smell to it with a hint of... citrus?
Delicious, smooth, malty flavor with amazing balance. Perfect hint of hops that sneaks past the full dark body. Good carbonated bite. Aftertaste is a bit more grainy than I would like, but the sweet malt wins it over.

Will drink again.

Photo of Chronofied
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank slightly chilled, about 50 degrees, from a goblet.

Appearance - Rather murky, with a distinctly darker center, mahogany in color. The edges are a dusty amber. Very royal thick, frothy head.

Smell - Quite malty, but peppery rather than sweet. A rough, rich, toasty aroma of yeast.

Taste - A snappy, unexpected dark fruit taste right away, sweeter than the smell. The after taste is much less sweet and has a bit of alcohol heat. The heat leaves warmth in its wake rather than reducing the drinkability. Flavor only improved in richness and complexity as the beer opened up and got a bit warmer.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thicker, syrupy, decent carbonation. Sticks to the inside of you mouth.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, pretty recognizable. The thickness makes it quite filling, so drinking a lot might get uncomfortable. It is definitely very easy going down, and quite
gratifying when it does. A 750ml bottle might be the perfect serving amount.

Photo of shwhat
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy iced tea, light tan head

smell - slight alcohol, vinous characteristics, big raisin notes, other dark fruits like plum, HUGE juicy concord grape, toasted sweetness, light caramel maltiness

taste - smooth sweetness, raisin, caramel. a bit of spice in the middle of the tongue. quite a big yeast presence. light bitterness on the finish, faint alcohol warming up from the chest slowly to the back of the tongue.

mouthfeel - prickly effervescence, creamy mouthfeel with a lighter medium body, but nice richness.

delicious beer, crazy how much it smells like a red wine or grape juice. dangerously drinkable. i wouldn't necessarily say it's a top 5, but it's for sure a world class brew.

Photo of AZbelgian
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a big tan head. Lots of dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Tiny tan colored bubbles dissipate to a nice cap of head with fantastic retention. Small amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Subtle syrupy smell

T - Taste is very smooth and subtly sweet, flavors of dark fruit (plums?), caramel with some alcohol and floral notes, a smooth pleasant, slightly peppery finish. Well carbonated.

M - Medium mouthfeel which seems lighter due to the bubbly carbonation feel in the mouth.

O - An incredibly smooth, rich and flavorful beer. The best by far of what Chimay has to offer. What I can buy in stores here in the US tastes just as good as the one I had outside the abbey in Belgium. This is one of my top choices as a recommendation to friends who want to try a dark Belgian.

Photo of RCane1
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, if I'm drinking a strong dark ale, I expect it to be strong and to meet all my needs in one glass. This is a very drinkable and pleasant beer but it lacks depth of character and leaves me vaguely unsatisfied.

Disturbingly frothy white head over a highly seductive and darkly impenetrable body. Not much aroma to my nose. The taste seems very one-dimensional in comparison to other strong dark ales and is not particularly strong to my taste. The froth persists in the mouth and feels more substantial than it is.

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Very light on the tongue. Very fruity and lots of tasty flavors and no perception of alcohol.

Photo of LordofthePings
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a westmalle goblet. Dark brown with decent carbonation. Smell is belgian. Tastes like a strong dark belgian ale but I'm not a huge fan of the slightly bitter hop flavor which comes through especially in the aftertaste. Esters and sweet dried fruit are less prominent. A good dark belgian ale but for the price there are others I will buy first.

Photo of samshaw
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Translucent, dark brown-amber hue with medium tan head. Steady stream of suds rising.

S: Moderate caramel and fruit with light hints of something akin to brandy.

T: Caramel and brandy-like flavors both coming through stronger, while the fruitiness is somewhat more hidden.

M: Smooth with medium viscosity and seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Complex taste with a pleasant finish despite its high alcohol content.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this beer is an opaque black/brown. Topped by a healthy tan head.

Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruit, slight spices, and a shot of yeast.

Taste: Substantial fruity malt beginning that easily melds into hop spiciness, with a toasty dry finish. This beer easily makes my Top Ten on taste alone.

Full, smooth, velvet mouthfeel. Clean finish and adequate carbonation bolster the drinkability despite the high alcohol content.

My favorite among the Chimay offerings. There’s always room for a Grand Reserve or two in the beer fridge.

Photo of sterstar1
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. It's so well balanced and simply tastes wonderful. It pours as a lovely color and an excellent head and has a wonderful, fruity nose. The taste is superb. I don't care for the red or the white but this is a trappist that I will always enjoy.

Photo of Darien
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent appearance in the glass, nice thick head. Very light brown color and very cloudy looking. Smells pretty mild, flowery smelling and I'm not sure if this is right but it smells sort of metallic. Tastes better than it smells though. Tastes of orange with a bit of nuttiness, very balanced and easy to drink, no one flavor stands out more than the other. Medium bodied and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation. This beer goes down oh so smoothly, the alcohol is hidden incredibly well, a wonderful representation of style.

Photo of aletales
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely marvelous. This beer is a miracle. It has a 9 percent ABV but drinks like it is 5 percent, which could get you into trouble if it was less expensive. The flavor is perfectly balanced with just enough fruity sweetness and just enough hoppiness. I have had Chimay from the 750 and the little 11 oz bottle. I actually prefer the little bottle because I like the tighter carbonation in the mouthfeel better.

Photo of Hanger
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A - Opaque red-brown with 10-15 mm of creamy head that dropped to 1-2 mm in a short time

S - Complex - dark fruits & spices along malts, some alcohol

T - similar to smell - spicy dark fruits and sweet malts. overall sweet with noticeable alcohol

M - creamy and full bodied, alcoholic aftertaste, became smoother

D - amazing - really complex and enjoyable aromas and tastes. could easily have one more, will definately drink again. quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted

Photo of Fatheranderson
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good solid entry into the Belgian Strong Ale style. It's spicy and smooth and slightly sweet but overall just amazingly complex and well done.

Appearance: Dark, rich, succulent. It looks like a mahogany wood finish when poured into a glass.

Smell: Complicated... layered... apple maybe? No not really. Stewed prunes mixed with a hint of apple and pear is the best I can describe it and even that doesn't really strike to the heart of the smell. It really just smells smooth.

Taste: Smooth, complex, deep, rich. There's just a tiny hint of alcohol, but overall it tastes almost exactly like it smells... and it's very hard to explain. There's definitely some plum in there now that I taste it again. Maybe plum, pear, and a hint of hickory wood would be a better description of what it tastes like. Add a hint of cocoa and just a little caramelized sugar and you've got a decent approximation of what it's like. There's a whole lot going on with this beer's taste at the same time, and it's really something you have to experience to completely understand. Also, the taste apparently evolves as the beer warms up, unlocking more levels of flavor like gentle hints of vanilla, maybe a little Irish creme?

Mouthfeel: just enough bite from the carbonation to keep it from feeling flat without being overbearing.

Drinkability: it's a very complicated beer which, like any good brandy requires multiple tastings to truly experience all of it.

Overall: this beer is a rich, complex, delightful ale that evolves as it warms. It isn't boozy, but it isn't completely beer either. It's a very unique, well balance ale that requires an experienced beer connoisseur to completely appreciate.

Photo of jds1469
2.34/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to find an aged bottle at a local store (only thing is they had it in the back of the cooler not at the temp of the other crafts. Got it home, popped the top, poured into my New Belgium globe...

Apperance - PERFECT, dark, rich and cloudy amber color, for an ALE this is perfect. The head was about one inch tall and went away quickly.

Smell - This reminded me of a cheap, woody cognac to start with. I actually sat this down and came back to it after a few minutes, afterwords I could still smell the woodiness but the fruit and florals started to become more prominent.

Taste - All I can say is watered down whiskey. Just NOT IMPRESSED.

Mouthfeel - TOO thin, no feel at all. It has the feel of water.

Drinkability - I would get something else. Very poor overall.

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

The bottle is about two years old.
Pours a dark rusty brown with about an inch of pillowy off white head that later mellows out providing a nice bit of lacing.
Smell is of belgian yeast, dark sugar, fruit, and almost a rye or bourbon type aroma.
Tastes like it smells; the dark fruit and sugar is ever present and brought out more by the high alcohol content. the little hops there are have a presence at the end of the beer, providing a nice tart closing bite to a great beer.
The mouthfeel of this beer is great: velvety smooth on the roof of my mouth.

I really like Chimay Bleu regardless of the slaggy the Chimay products get. miles above most.

Photo of sewald
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on a trappist Rochefort glass.
Medium-bodied. Mild bitterness. Perfumed, dried sweet herbal hop aromas. Full carbonated mouthfeel with toasty caramel malt flavors and prominent dried herbal hop character taking hold through the finish. Carbonation is rather high and vigorous.
Really great beer, but I still prefer the dubbel Chimay Premiere.

Photo of rattech
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a rich brown tone, the head quickly dissipates: I wish the head was a bit bigger, but it looks delicious 4/5

Smell: Sweet, I can smell a ester quality (a hint of banana is in there) . While it smells quite good I’m not sure how much I like the banana quality.

Taste: There is an alcoholic character in this beer, and a touch of spiciness and esters. It is good, but I think it is a bit sharp.

Mouthfeel: Thinner then I would have expected with a nice touch of carbonation.

Drinkability: the 9% alcohol is going to make it hard to drink a ton of this. The alcoholic character of this beer is there, finishing the 750 mL bottle will be doable, but I’m not sure where it will put me. I would probably buy it again to try with food.

Photo of yeastpuppet
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a murky brown with a tan , fine bubbled , 1.5 finger head that diminished to a thin layer of bubbles that coated the beer surface and 1/2 way up the tulip glass .

Unable to smell any hops , but a fine smell of raisins/plums and malt is most evident . Pleasent . Salivation commences rapidly .

Finely balanced . bitterness and malt sweetness blend together seamlessly . damn this is good ...Mouthfeel is light with carbonation that is just right . This beer is Honed ..

Drinkability wise . this beer sucks . 9 % !!! . I want about 4 more ..
Much too drinkable ..I 'll buy more .and spend a lot of time trying to homebrew a reasonable substitute ....

Photo of Maracuja
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a great head that melds into "rolling hills" as the head ever so gradually dissipates. There's a pungent yeast aroma. Slight amount of fruity esters on the nose too. Fair amount of carbonation. Goes down the hatch fairly smooth for a 9% a/v. Either this beer is fairly bland or I just have a hard time identifying taste qualities in Belgian beers. I get a little sour tartness and a deeply hidden candied apple taste. I don't get much more. It is a very drinkable high alcohol beer without a lot of appealing flavors in my opinion. Blasphemy I know being such a highly regarded Trappist brew.

Photo of pseudo
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked bottle poured into wine glass, about a year aged (1/08 on the cork)
pours a nice dark brown/dark amber with an offwhite head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing (in my likely unbeerclean glass) probably my fault on the appearance.. but it still looks great
smells verrry complex. i get a sweet brown sugary smell up front with possibly plums and cherries. Alcohol is also prevalent in the smell.
Taste is godly. Starts out with the sweet brownsugar, into dark fruits like plums and raisins (and ive tasted some apple in some sips as well) into a spicyness with a (pleasant) alcohol taste in the back end. Lingering aftertaste of sweet cherries and plums + spices. hell yeah thats good. Gets better and better as the bottle goes on too (probably because of warmth and more yeast). There is also a slight malty bready backbone. However, there is literally zero floral hoppiness readily found.
Mouthfeel is sublime. creamy and smooth. starts thick, ends with a tingle from the spiciness. Heaven in your mouth.
Drinkability is extremely high for the abv. Probably smoother than any wine in this range, and likely as good or better than most beers in the range. One to sip in the light of your fireplace, good company welcome.

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

This is my third review from last night. Going through a Chimay sampler. The "Blue", poured into a Chimay chalice, very dark and cloudy with a 1 1/2 finger head that's thick, tan and stands well throughout the entire experience. Great smell that tells of yeast and sweet fruit. I love the taste of this beer, has it all, malty, sweet, with a hint of bitterness toward the end. It sits well in the mouth, very smooth and enjoyable. Would love to sit down one evening and sip on nothing but this brew. Most definitely not one for the quantity of consumption.
Would pair lovely with a Filet Mignon. I believe.
Most quality and enjoyable of the "Chimay's". However all are excellent in their own right.

Photo of BenSelf
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very punchy ale, stronger than the other Chimay offerings I have tried. Heavy malt and cream characteristics, well-balanced by the bitterness that cleans up afterward. Coffee and a little bit of bitter chocolate plays around about halfway through the draught. I taste a little bit of dry, red wine sweetness. The aroma is toasted malt and coffee, with a little warm sugar on top. I am really enjoying this beer. But as a newcomer to the world of gourmet beer, it might be a little wasted on me. I will definitely buy more the next chance I get. I recommend this beer be enjoyed in the evening as the sun and temperature are dropping.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark malaise color

Soft smell of licorice and fruit

Deep fig and plum resin come through with a sweet malty fresh finish

This beer compliments the complexatiy of the other Chimay's, providing the alcholhol of the white and the flavor balance of the red. It is indeed the top shelf beer that it is intended to be.

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 7,091 ratings.