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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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6,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,506
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 294
Gots: 827 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Photo of hreb
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. 75cL corked/caged champagne-style bottle served in Chimay's own wide mouth chalice. Beer pours deep brown with a massive, delicious lighter brown foam. Aroma is way sweet, candi sugar, with a little bit of fruit, like dates.

First sip is explosive with flavor. Sweet up front, tangy on the sides, and rich through the middle. Super fine carbonation tickles the front of my tongue and dances all over my mouth. This compliments the malt flavors and contrasts nicely with the super heavy richness that the ale otherwise conveys. Oh, and it 9% ABV it's a great drink, not at all too heady.

hreb, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nkeckhar, Jan 29, 2013
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 jeremiahoden
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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 Stillyman11
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Stillyman11, May 02, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev -7%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

MattGrimley, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL bottle, chilled to just below cellar temperature, poured into a silver-rimmed Chimay chalice. A careful pour yields a deep ruddy brown with a skimming of grey-yellow foam. Yeasty sour clove aromas mingle with scents of vanilla tobacco and green lettuce. Sweet caramel-dipped cherry flavors begin the sip with a cinnamon-roll doughiness at the middle. Allspice and white pepper shore up the back end right before an alcohol-bitter finish. Slick and actively carbonated peppery mouthfeel, medium-to-thin body. As it warms, the mouthfeel becomes fluffier, but not enough to make this outstanding for me. Certainly a good beer, but as far as Trappist beers are concerned, I think I'd choose any of Rochefort's offerings first.

orfeu, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of gfreed
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How do they do it? Along with everything that is good about Belgian ale, Chimay has managed to stuff all the ambience of a Belgian bar into a bottle, and all at export prices. Nothing is out of balance here: the aroma is bready and heady but not overly yeasty, and the taste is so smooth and fruity and doesn't suffer from hard-edged hoppiness or overheated alcohol. This is something to enjoy at any time of the year, but especially on a colder-than-it-should-be May evening in New England. You cannot lose with any bottle from Chimay.

gfreed, Jun 05, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Grande Reserve Blue, 9/14, small bottle poured into tulip glass
Belgian Strong Dark Ale, ABV = 9.0%, cals unknown

A-4.0, dark malty cloudy color, okay head, but went away quicker than "usual" could be the small bottle?
S-4.0, malty smell, subtle sweetness in the background like caramelized sugars
T-4.5 - Malty, hints of sweetness, caramelized candy and apple notes in background
MF-4.0, soft, smooth balanced on palate, some noticeable carbonation on finish, slightly bitter on finish
4.5 - I really dig all Chimay products, their history and the pay it forward feel-goody-ness that your consumption goes to a good cause!

unclejimbay, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of ludachris
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great find from the NSLC. Lets see if the $10.75 price tag was worth it.

Pours a deep opaque hazy burnt amber with a little over a finger of a cloud like cream coloured head that quickly died down leaving zero lace.

Sweet smell of bready malt, dark fruits, phenols, light cherry and a touch alcohol.

Biscuit, sweet malt, dark fruits followed by a kiss of cherry, some more pheonol and a dry alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. Very well balanced. The alcoholic finish goes suprisingly well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, an excellent beer. With such a high price tag I would probably reserve it solely for special occasions, but I'd love to have another sometime soon.

ludachris, Sep 01, 2009
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,506 ratings.