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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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6,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,803
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,046 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of mickeymac
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice dark red to brown with a healthy beige head. Spice and hops are noticeable in the smell. It has a slightly yeasty flavor with a fruity flavor close to raisin and a nice spicy kick. It's well-balanced and the smell and flavor of alcohol are barely detectable. A very nice beer.

Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Already reviewed a bottle of this (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/215/2512/?ba=ColoradoBobs), but this review is of a somewhat different sort of bottle. Had one at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, that they had cellared since (!!!!) 1995!

Man oh man, you talk about complex and smoooth!!

Everything that the newer stuff has, this has more, better, deeper, richer and cleaner. Only two problems with beer like this: pretty pricey, and 9% alcohol render it a bit less drinkable, but still . . .


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

Shared a big bottle of this at Zeno's. This beer is a nice dark, cloudy, and maybe a bit dark red. Nice big tan head which leaves some excellent lacing. Aroma is very sweet malt with lots of fruit complexities- apples, cherries, and strawberries can all be detected along with a bit of nice yeastiness in the background. Taste is malt again with tons of fruit complexities and some spicyness and yeastiness . This stuff has some nice bitterness to balance it all out as well along with a hint of alcohol- there's really a lot of stuff going on here and I like it. Has a nice full-bodied, not overly carbonated mouthfeel. Very warming and pretty drinkable for such a huge beer. Awesome stuff overall.

Photo of Jtrigonis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lpayette
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Citadel82
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this with Lunch at Cassis on Stone Street in lower Manhattan. Our hostess was very into this beer but served it in a frosted glass and poured it for us. I graciously accepted and suggested that for future reference she consider a room temperature glass and allowing the customer to pour due to the sediment preferences. She was grateful for the advice and the next round arrived in this manner.

Pours a dark chestnut with a thick and creamy tan head that left lots of lacing. Aroma was fruity, yeasty and sweet. Taste was rich dark malts, caramel and slight hop tang. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and was a perfect compliment to the "Steak Frites." Lunch was nirvana. Staying awake til five is going to be a challenge. Cheers.

Photo of Anthony1
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Christens my Chimay goblet with a huge frothy tan head, about 2" after an aggresive pour. Head fades rockilly and unevenly. Body is hazy and dark maroon, with lots of carbonation rising from the shield emblem etched into the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sweet toffee and dark fruit, belgian yeast funk. Bubblegum and strawberries. Smells good.

Taste: Sharp and tangy, orange and grapefruit are immediately present, somewhat sour and funky. Alcohol provides a sharpness. Slightly drier, vinous flavors finish. Somewhat raw, could be laid down to mellow for, oh, a decade.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is strong and provides a warming sensation. Full and goes down slick.

Drinkability: Lots of interesting stuff going on here, I would like to try this in a caouple years.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.21oz brown bottle

Chimay Grand Reserve was a hazy dark orange-brown color with an off-white head. The head was large to start with but soon only a thin layer remained. The aroma was malt with some dried fruit and a hint of alcohol. The taste was malty, fruity, a little peppery, and somewhat alcoholic with a dry, warming finish. The body was about medium with fairly high carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it is a good beer that I will purchace again. This beer definately improves as it warms.

Photo of danielharper
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Woody's Smokes and Brews, Franklin, TN.

This one pours a nice dark brown color with purple and dark reddish overtones. It has a thick off-white (almost brown) head that dissipates over time into a fine white foamy lacing on the top of the glass.

The scent reminds me more of a dopplebock than a Belgian -- kind of malty, roasty, mildly-hopped aroma with just a hint of alcohol. I find myself drawn into the beer because the aroma is so unexpected.

So strange is the disconnect between aroma and flavor here -- it seems like the beer alternates between tasting like a dark Belgian and some sort of heavy bock beer. At first it has a bitter flavor with the malty elements mentioned earlier, then it moves on into a sweetier, much fruitier and balanced flavor, and upon swallowing it moves back the other way, leaving a bitter aftertaste. Very strange and intruiging behavior for a beer, and the complexity leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is good, moderately thick with low carbonation. Swishes around the mouth nicely but doesn't coat like some other beers. Quite enjoyable.

Overall drinkability is fairly high -- for a beer that's this high in alcohol, it goes down smooth and does not give me anything of an unpleasant aftertaste. At $5.00 a bottle, this beer isn't something I can afford every day, but it's almost one that I _wish_ I could afford every day.

Photo of AWB3
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ssgunbond
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of stomioka
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of M_chav
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SeaAle
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jordanimal
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of diablo14
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.02 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a medium chocolate with a rocky, pillowy head. Bubbles rush from the base of the chalice to the head. Looks good.

Nose is malt with chocolate and sweet bread. Lovely notes of caramel and toffee backed with sourdough undertones. The aroma is making my mouth water.

Taste is beautiful delicious malt in abundance. Sweet and bready, giving way to a complex grain profile thats hard to place. Yeast is almost sour, small notes of fruit. Chewy dates, raisins and a hint of plum. Warming alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick and full. The carbonation is soft and gives a nice fluffy feel on the tongue which blasts the sweet malt profile to the edges of the tongue and rounds out the flavor.

Drinkability is good as the taste is wonderful, however at 9% it may get ahead of you fast.

Photo of shbobdb
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, it is supposed to be the quintessential Belgian Strong Dark. Well, I've liked others of the style, but this particular offering leaves me wanting.
It pours nice and dark. The colour reminds me of a well-made cigar, actually.
It smells heavenly, wow, prunes, prunes, and more prunes with a light alcohol lacing. What more could you want?
The taste and mouthfeel is where this particular offering falls flat on its face. I mean, the taste isn't bad, just one dimensional. The mouthfeel is thin, very thin. I've noticed this with Belgians in general. Carbonation does not equal body!!! But, alas, I am of the germanic drinking tradition, where a nice thick mouthfeel is essential for a pleasant taste. Heavily carbonated and bubbly, it isn't a bad mouthfeel . . . just thin. No love here. The taste is OK. It makes me long for a Gulden Draak, or any of Unibroue's products.
Actually, it makes me want a Korbinian. Man, why do all dark belgians make me want that beer? They are close, but oh-so-far.
A good brew, don't get me wrong, but certainly not worth the pricetag!

Photo of rootbeerman
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of djbreezy
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/carmel color, shallow but velvety head with light lacing up the glass

Smell - Fruity, raisins, grape, plum, sweet

Taste - Carbonation balances the flavors, tastes very close to how it smells, raisins, plum, sugar, and fig flavors, slight alcohol is present

Mouthfeel - Bubbly on the tongue with a medium-light thickness

Drinkability - A very balanced example of the style, very drinkable and consistent

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,803 ratings.