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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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6,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,517
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 294
Gots: 836 | FT: 12
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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

Pours a dark purply brown. Foamy head, light carbonation. Not much in the nose. Smells like a sugary Belgian. Taste is citrusy, plum and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, I expect more fullness from a strong dark. Despite the alcohol bite, this is a smooth beer. I prefer the red over this, but I wouldn't pass one up if offered.

pentathlete, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked brown bottle with blue label. Best before 2014. Very nice cork comes out with a satisfying pop and let's out some nice ''beer smoke'' and kind of tootsie roll like smell. Poured into Jacobsen snifter. Was going to use my Brassin D'Hiver tulip but the back label shows a chalice and so I thought my snifter is a closer match.

L-Very active light-beige head with bubbles of different sizes settles into a 2mm creamy foam. The brew is a very dark brown similar to filter coffee. Almost opaque. When poured looked syrupy but it really isn't that viscous.

S-Dried fruit maybe figs, Yeast, A little tootsie roll, A little salt. Miniscule bit of vinegar but don't let that put you off. Strangely I smell a bit of a fresh vegetable. Tiny bit of alcohol.

T- Starts sweet, Taste follows the smell except for the vegetable part. Cloves. Finishes a little metallic. As it warms, you taste more and more alcohol.

M-Great from the very first sip. Full mouth feel. Foams up a bit as you are about to swallow it. Warming feeling though alcohol taste isn't that strong. Although I wouldn't mind there being more, I think this beer might have a perfect level of carbonation.

D-Great drinkablity... once you taste take the first sip. I don't always feel like drinking one of these but once I start... terrific. I remember the first time I had one. I went to sleep still thinking about it, licking my lips (kind of) trying to remember the tastes and mouth feel.

A great experience. This may very well change, but this is one of my favorite beers, and I am more of a IPA/hops kind of guy.
Taste this beer. Just make sure you don't need to be sober after. For some reason after having one of these I feel tipsier than when I drink some higher ABV's .

Yoonisaykul, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nkeckhar, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Theogre83
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Stillyman11
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Stillyman11, May 02, 2014
Photo of BeerAngel
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork Date: August 2001. Pours a very dark tea color that is slightly hazy. Produced a three finger head that is slightly off-white with staying power. The smell was very faint with the only detectable aroma being a slightly sweet yeasty smell. The taste was definitely remnant of old as it had a musty book smell type taste with raisins and yeast. Very well balanced and the higher alcohol was not even noticeable by taste. Bless the monks! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of theghost3
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an iced tea-colored cloudy brown with a hint of copper. Head is 1-finger tan; moderate lacing.

The smell is strong of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel malts & slightly of alcohol. The taste is slightly bitter from the dark, chocolate/caramel malts. Theres also some molasses, dates & bitter/burnt spices. Mouthfeel is rather carbonated; full-bodied.

This is a very drinkable strong dark ale. Wonderful flavors, but watch out for the abv.

theghost3, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of AKuehn47
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

AKuehn47, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of zbodnar1
4/5  rDev -7%

zbodnar1, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured the beer my first thought is oh my! The beer pours a dark brown, with a light tan color for the head. The smell is of figs,prune, and raisins. At 9% abv you can faintly smell the alcohol but it is not overpowering. The taste is delicious, if you hold the beer on your palate...the sweet carmel flavors, and spices are really present. This is a very well crafted beer one you can sip all night.

Franchise, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of jeremiahoden
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Bustersuess
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
Photo of beertaster13
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer totally changed the way I think of perfect. The apperance throws one off, a deep dark mohagany and brown with tan head. The smell however is light, fruity and floral. Hints of citrus zest and banana and apples with a slight earthy tone, thick bread smell. The taste is light and fruity, bananas and apples on the forefront and a nice herbal spice lingers, the rear is a nice complimentary light malt that brings you to want to drink again, as you continue to taste you will pick up on bread and earthy tones, very complex. Medium bodied and perfect to celebrate any occasion, or just perfect for a twilight evening.

beertaster13, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of malty
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 11.2 oz. brown bottle.

Dark chestnut brown with ruby hilights. Cream colored head that dwindles to 1/4". Visible carbonation, though most of it is derived from the etching in the center of the bottom of its namesake's chalice.

The scents are figgy and a bit of boozy alcohol. A few swirls evoke deep & sweet malts with a hint of nougat. Vanilla and a little sourness creep up as well.

Bold yet soft flavors of pruins and mollases with a slighty acrid with a mineraly, flinty, stoney thing going on. The alcohol is somewhat well-hidden, but it's there a little bit. Some yeasty esters give it a micro amount of tartness too. Some chocolate & lots of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is superb. Fine and just the right amount of playful carbonation with a medium body. Spicy and semi-dry flavorful finish.

Drinkability is good. I'm content with my one small bottle though. God help the person who drinks seeral of these in one sitting (emphasis on 'sitting').

I've had this ale many times, but this is the first time in at least 4-5 years (and my first time formally reviewing it). It could be my pallet, but I'm willing to wager this ale has been dumbed-down as of late. I remember this ale bursting with flavor with lots of layers and complex as all get-out. The spiciness is still there, but the richness seems to have waned. This bottle is fairly fresh (I'm guess less than 6 months old) so maybe the ale I remember thoroughly enjoying might have had some age on it? Still, a very solid Quad from an excellent and 'heavenly' brewery. I'd never turn a Chimay down. Ever.

malty, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet and from a 750ml bottle.

The head is weak and lacing is thin, but the color is dark to ruby.

The smell is very aromatic and I haven't even stuck it up to my nose. Spicy and slightly peppery with dark fruit undertones like plum are prevalent and has nutmeg and a slight clove flavor.

The taste is very watered down except for the strong flavor of alcohol. Letting it warm up gives more flavors like that of the smell.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and a little hard and dry.

Overall it's something I will try more and more as it comes in fresh to get the full affect of this beer. I like it when it gets to 50 degrees or a little higher.

Erdinger2003, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Had Chimay White 2 nights ago, Chimay Red last night, and now the Blue. Although I've had Chimay Blue on many occasions...it's time to review it. Pours a toffee brown out of the bottle, filling the glass a deep and darker brown with a TON of setiment! Wow...the floaties are beautiful! About a finger and a half of creamy tan colored head rises quickly, but dissipates relatively fast. A great looking beer...although lacing is not like the others. Fast sliding and non-sticky lacing.

Aroma is very nice...lots of Belgian yeast and malts. Loads of raisins and figs, and other dark fruits. Booze is slightly noticable.

Flavor is outstanding! Great Belgian style presence. Trappistes beers are so clean and crisp! Well balanced and just stinkin' tasty! More sweet dark over-ripe fruits including figs and raisins, medium body and slightly malty, great Belgian yeast notes...booze is mild. High carbonation. Definitely my favorite in the line-up from Chimay, even though I love them all!

ShadesOfGray, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -7%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of MattGrimley
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

MattGrimley, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Hootie159, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of 1fastz28
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours like liquid heaven a deep caramel nut brown color with a big maroon head, it looks like jesus himself crafted this brew. smell is fantastic, just full of malty yumminess, a yeasty aroma is also prevalent. taste is amazing. just a concoction of yeast, malt, and sugar wonderfulness. a world class beer.

1fastz28, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of thecarster1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- 11.2oz bottle pouring into my chimay chalice, half finger of head fades quickly to a ring around the glass and spotty lacing - i should have poured harder, but was afraid of a head overflow, deep murky ruby/burgandy coloring, loads of floaties in a variety of sizes - i wonder if - snowflake style - no two floaties are the same?

s- my first sniff immediately brings to mind that pink 'bubblegum' medicine i so loathed as a kid. once i get past that i get deep complex malts, belgian yeast, some alcohol like sweetness that reminds me of whisky, i also get some dryness like doughy, yeasty stale bread. wow, that description sounds awful haha! ohh, the world of belgians..

t- some creamy banana, loads of deep dark fruits - fig, prunes, cooked down mascerated apples, some faint sweet alcoholic esters kick in on the end - alcohol gets much more pronounced as it warms.

m- medium to full in body, very creamy with lots of coating as it goes down. this is more carbonated than i thought it would be.

d- this is my first chimay blue, i wanted to drink this one fresh to compare later with a corked bottle i have in the cellar - if anyone reads this and has an opinion on how long to age this, please feel free to bm me. this wasn't what i expected it to be, but i've found that most belgians aren't, i'm enjoying it very much none the less. i definately prefer drinking it cooler before it warms. this isn't an everyday drinking beer, once in awhile is fine for me.

thecarster1, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of GallowsThief
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A - Deep caramel brown pour with about a 3 inch creamy brown head. Head recded quickly and left almost no lacing whatsoever.

S - Sweet, malty smell. Had a very flowery aroma. Smells of dark fruits.

T - Very nice bready malt taste if the first thing. You get a nice fruit taste immediately after which reminds me of a green apple. Just a touch of tartness. You get just a bit of that boozy alcohol feel at the end that is very warming.

M - Lively mouthfeel with good carbonation. Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

D - This is a fine sipping ale to be enjoyed slowly. I can see drinking this bad boy while sitting in a smoky club relaxing.

GallowsThief, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of gcamparone
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a La Trappe goblet. Allowed to warm as I drank it. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a muddy brown, cloudy opaque body with a perfectly carbonated 2" off white head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Candi sugar, citrus zest, orange juice, cloves, bananas. A deeper whiff reveals cocoa powder, coffee beans, apples, toffee, molasses, figs, tart cherry. One of the most complex beers I've ever smelled.

T- Starts off with spices, bananas, candi sugar, brown sugar and molasses, and develops into a more citrusy, tart fruit, cherry and apple flavor. The finish is slightly roasty. The long aftertaste is tart fruit, white grapes, and lemons. The flavors come through more as it warms, and it also gets smoother and more creamy.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body but drinks like a lighter bodied belgian.

This was one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. It took characteristics from every belgian styles and incorporated them intricately to create a masterpiece. An excellent representation of the style, others can only try to match it.

gcamparone, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of halo3one
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A -dark copper, off white froth, minimal to moderate lacing

S - malty orange, rye

T - nothing jumps out, unripe orange, a bit metallic and harsh

M - touch heavy on the carbonation, heavy, moderate after taste

O - not bad per se, but La Fin Du Monde is better, smoother

halo3one, Jun 18, 2014
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,517 ratings.