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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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Reviews: 2,250
Hads: 7,238
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 417
Gots: 1,453 | FT: 17
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 julian1117
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual Appeal: dark and cloudy, head faded too quickly, barely any streaking

Smell: fruity, heavy yeastiness

Flavour: peppery goodness, fermented fruitiness, maltiness, light hop

Mouthfeel: creamy, but not enough effervescence

Drinkability: 9% abv makes it a sipping ale

Had this for the first time today, on my birthday, June 4th! After all the hype and dropping $14 in PA, I was NOT disappointed.

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Photo of NicholasSchell
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

A- Hazy deep ruby brown, bubbles dancing up the sides of the glass, nice 1 to 1 1/2 finger creamy head dissipates into a shallow ring, carbonation bulging through the center of the beer like magma from a volcano.

S- Tangly, toffee, dark juicy plums, earthy spiciness, lightest hint of caramel or burnt sugar.

T- Beautiful tangy sweetness, grape fruitiness, no trace of alcohol until it warms for a while.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium-almost heavy carbonation, matches the taste well.

D- As far as flavor goes I could drink this all day every day, but the ABV will sneak up if not careful.

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Photo of NYManc
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA infi for purchasing this on thanksgiving, shared with ba r0nyn and other friends during thanks giving.

A: Poured half a finger head with a light brown opaque color to it.
The head stayed for a little bit, and when swirled it would come back.

S: First smell is of dark fruits all around. Raisin, Plums and many other dark fruits. Upon further smells I picked up the smell of brown sugar mixed in there. Very appealing.

T: The taste follow the nose almost exactly. Dark fruits (Plum, Raisins, and and a good mix of sugar blended well together.Also in this mix, is malt which added to it perfectly.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Nothing to detract from it.

D: Very drinkable beer, would share with others and would recommend.

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Photo of MBPChead
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had chimay blue a few times now and all in all its quite a good brew. The most recent time I had this one was in France on the night of the Fête de la Musique (Paris Street Music Festival) at a small bar in Paris. I was very excited to see it on the menu since most of the average bars in france(like the states) host the European versions of macro brewed beers. I poured this one from a 33cl/330ml/11.2oz bottle into a fairly decent sized tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark hazy brown with a thick cream colored head quite nice looking overall.

Aroma: smells of caramel brown sugar, caramel, plums, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: very full bodied in flavor and as the nose suggests tastes of, caramel, plums, prunes, slight fig tastes, accompanied by tastes of cinnamon cloves and nutmeg.

Feel: Thick in texture and slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down quite easily especially since the alcohol shows no presence in flavor at all and after you have one you REALLY want more.

Very good overall.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.56/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance was a nice dark brown with a very lacy 2 finger head

Very light smell was exepecting more....

Taste lots of things goin on here, malts yeast, hops, but just a touch too much alcohol. Still a very nice brew, and considering the 9% ABV well maybe I should not be too surprised.

Good carbination with lots of tastes and a alcohol finish.

This is a sippin beer, not a drinking beer. I could have one....but I like to enjoy a few.

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Photo of Dougal
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You have to give the Catholic Clergy their due...this is an exceptional brew...one that must have been contemplated with deep reserve...the nose is wonderfully light yet very complex soft fruit, herb, malt...the taste is wonderful, there are not many beers you will ever taste that can be said to be very similar to Chimay Grande Reserve...it is very balance with beautiful slight bite of the above smells of fruit, herb and malt...chimay is so sophiscated it is indulged like a glass of wine.

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Photo of WWWade
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Chimay. Not just because of the higher ABV, but the flavor is more complex and it is still easier to drink.

A - Beautiful thick brown, and dense. As I poured the beer I noticed that the last ounce or two was almost black. It must have settled.

S - Slightly fruity and chocolate.

T - pleasant malts, yeast, and hops. I was expecting some sweetness from the smell, but it is not sweet. It is more like savory. It goes GREAT with your favorite steak dinner.

M - perfect carbonation, and thick

D - Too easy for the high ABV. It can get you into serious trouble... fun trouble.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one a few times, along with other trappists. Finaally a chance to sit down and review.

A: Pours brown and cloudy (eveny seeing the yeast deposits floating)into a tulip glass, with a good nearly 1" whitish head.

S: fruity, raisins and spices.
T: Refelctive of the scent notes,nutty, sweet and surprising mellowed and very balanced. Not "boozy " at all

M: Smooth, and creamy, great sipper.
O: can't say there is a a trappist I don't like, and this does not disappoint, Wonderful!

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Photo of Bernoulli
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smell of grapes and beer.

Opaque (slightly-hazy) golden-brown.

1/2" head fades relatively fast with no lacing.

The stereotypical Trappist ale taste is a bit hidden by the slight grapiness. You can feel the alcohol's warmth, but the taste of alcohol isn't overpowering. A very nice warmer!

The tragedy is that we have so much to say about mediocre and bad beers, but not much to say about the great ones.

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Photo of demon
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been eying the Chimay Blue on the store shelf for ages.

I knew holding the bottle that which was awaiting me would be an experience to be remembered.

Love at first sip. An amazing complexity. Very yeast and caramel malt forward, with the perfect balance of dried dark fruit--raisins, plums, cherries.

This is why I drink beer.

Instant favorite.

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Photo of Dster
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance Poured reddish brown, lacy white head. Should have had my camera.

Smell Alcohol, sweet, tart, woody

Taste Alcohol, tart, slightly sweet, yeast

Mouthfeel Smooth with clean finish

Drinkablity Tasty but could not get after more than one of these.

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Photo of Epicedion
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Irie
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Chronofied
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of shwhat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of RCane1
3.38/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of samshaw
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of resirob
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of sterstar1
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Darien
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of aletales
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Hanger
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.