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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,731 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,731
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 325
Gots: 970 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dhd1491
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. Honestly, there are other reviewers on this site that do a much better job describing the specific attributes of this beer, so I won't try to get too fancy.

My chance meeting with Chimay Grande Reserve is why I signed up for BA membership a few days ago. I was on a Cub Scout trip with my 8-year-old to Raccoon Mountain, just outside Chattanooga. The place has some of the greatest caves in the US.

Anyway, we're out of the cave after 2 hours of crawling on our hands and knees and we're muddy and wet and hungry and thirsty. We find this place nearby called Dave's Cafe. The food is unbelievable. I don't know Dave's story, but somewhere the guy learned to cook big time.

I get the half rack of St. Louis style ribs. They are killer, but I need something to drink with them, so I ask Dave. He says this Chimay here was voted Best in the World. I say, Best in the World? Okay, I'll try it.

Holy Crap! That beer with those ribs...it was like a light shone down from above illuminating my plate and glass. The rest of the world went away. God spoke to me. He said: Find out where you can get more of this beer and others that taste like it.

So that's what led me to this site and man am I excited to try some new beers. I will use Chimay Blue as the yardstick by which to measure all others.

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Got a 750ml bottle to reaffirm that this beer is as good as it was when I first tried it.

Brown-red color with thick beige head. Sweet with some bitter backbone. Great balance; profound flavor. This is indeed a brew for others to measure up to.

750ml bottle (25.4 oz) $12. 47 cents per oz.

Photo of bbeerman
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can be said about Chimay Grande Reserve other than exceptional.

Enjoyed a 11.5oz bottle with a snack recently. Quite possibly the best tasting, most deliciously aromatic beer I have had to date (I prefer the larger, corked bottle, but this smaller capped version is more than acceptable).

Those who profess to love beer, but have not yet had Chimay, should find and enjoy this brew as soon as possible. Tastes wonderful with good cheese, fruit and bread.

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

This is my first review. My old man bought me the Chimay variety pack that comes with an 11.2 fluid ounce bottle of Premiere, Tripel and Grande Reserve for my twenty-first birthday. Damn good gift.

A - Poured into a Snifter glass provided by the pack. Appears a burnt red that turns slightly orange towards the bottom.

S - The fruits are most prevalent - plum being the primary. Also a brief sense of clove.

T - May be the most complex experience my taste buds have ever taken on. A multitude of sweet fruits and spices - once again the clove and dark fruits being most prevalent. The alcohol doesn't make an appearance until a little after.

M - Extremely creamy and heavy that is assisted by a modest amount of carbonation. Very pleasing and not overbearing at all.

D - Definitely fills up fast - for me at least. I would have another in an instant if I could.

The Grande Reserve is simply incredible. I'm still working on the beer as this is being written, and I am not looking forward to the last sip.

Photo of bamojr
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour with speckled appearance.
This has a very sweet fruity taste with some super complex notes. I am never disappointed with any Chimay, as they always have excellent taste in their well crafted brews. It has a bit of a IPA taste to it with its hop notes.

Photo of Skwalk47
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of reagbr8
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of WilstonOreo
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jacobus79
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of thsSAMO
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Caddant
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Nick_Bousquet
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Dark ruby/amber with a thin 1/8" head. Smells of fruit and malts. Upon holding up to light, you can see the tiny yeast is completely suspended. It has an alcohol taste that isn't huge or overwhelming but one that mixes quiet well with the malts and dried fruit flavors. has a lighter version of a soda pop fizz one might find in store brand sodas. Still quiet smooth! Been awhile since I've had this beer. Always a great choice! My mouth says "drink all day" but my brain knows how fast that 9% catches up with you. Be careful but enjoy this one to the last drop!

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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Westmalle chalice, moderately chilled.

A: Pours a somewhat murky dark mahogany, nearly opaque, with some ruby highlights when held to light. Head is compact and dissipates, but leaves a one centimeter cap. Little lacing.

S: Fig, ripe fruit, some spiciness. Also a bit of a jammy character.

T: A wonderful combination of fig and dark, ripe jam, with a slight aloholic spiciness. As it finishes, there is a quick hop bitterness followed by a lingering taste of dark honey or caramel.

M: Medium bodied, perhaps a little too gassy, but very easy on the tongue.

D: Pretty easy to drink the entire 750 ml bottle, notwithstanding the potency.

Overall: This is a very good Belgain dark ale, although it is not as good as Rochefort 8 in my opinion. As good as it is, it seems to lack depth and intensity.

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

Poured from a small bottle; has a deep red-brown color and a thin head. Smells of bread and malts with a hint of fruit. Taste definitely has some alcohol in it as well as some dark fruit, giving it a nice semi-sweet taste with a slight kick, definitely something to keep in the mouth to savor.

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

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a very murky dark brown/amber, with a foamy, tan one-finger head. Head recedes fairly quickly, but a thin film remains on the surface, pummeled by the active carbonation below. There is very little carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Aroma is everything I hoped it would be. Wonderful bready yeast, refreshing citrus, and deep dark fruit smells make this one complex and inviting. There is a spicy funk happening as well, and I'm picking up something in the background that smells like cookies.

Taste: Flavor has elements of plumb, yeast, brandy, molasses, raisins, and some spiciness. The bite from the carbonation is a nice contrast from the sweeter side of the beer and helps hide the higher ABV really well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. There is some coating warmth from the alcohol, but much less than beers of a similar ABV.

Drinkability: Drinkability is very good for a beer with such a high alcohol content. The finish is is fairly dry and refreshing. A very well crafted rendition of the style!

Photo of mjyoung
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is a year old, split with bbb099.

A: Pours a dark amber with little to no head and lacing. It has a bit of an alcohol footprint, but only because I was looking.

S: Smells strongly of yeast and spices, with a hint of musty fruit lingering in the background. The overwhelming smell is that of an almost tangy, sweet clove.

T: Still get the yeast, but the fruit (currants?) comes much more to the forefront. This is without a doubt a great tasting Belgian. The spices, particularly the clove and a bit of a rum taste, follow closely after. It finishes quite smoothly. Glad I aged this bottle because you can't taste the alcohol at all.

M: Medium bodied with a slight viscosity that is at odds with an almost airy feel brought about by the strong carbonation.

D: Fantastic. It's got a great feel that goes down scarily smoothly.

Photo of Voja
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature, in a Chimay chalice. The cork had a date of 07/03. It poured a dark brown, with a light tan head. Aromas of clove, ginger, malt, and sugar. The tastes were maybe not as complex as, say something from Ommegang or Unibroue, but still a good representation. Ginger, clove, malt, leather, lemon, and caramel all swirled around on my happy tongue. The mouthfeel was light, with small, fizzy carbonation. It finished up with clove, caramel, and leather. Very tasty, indeed!

Photo of jabocu
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into oversized glass.

A - Very dark black coffee color. Thick light tan head that dissipated surprisingly fast, but left thin Belgian lace along sides of glass. Scattered lacings along surface.

S - Fruity sweetness, grainy and yeasty. Can smell raisin and dates touched with alcohol. Vinous like a deep burgendy. Very rich aroma with medium bouquet. No hops are apparent in aroma.

T- Wonderful raisiny sweetness with a hint of citrus. Lots of apples and brown sugar. Floral hops in middle that have a dry almost slightly more coarse finish. Flavor just lasts and lasts. Alcohol is apparent at first, but after two or three sips, the ABV disappears to very mellow, sweet, and smooth.

M – Full bodied from all the flavor. The carbonation fizzes and creates a deep warm feeling. Starts off feeling a lot of alcohol, but becomes smoother as you get to the bottom. Finishes with a medium level of dryness but the flavor just lingers and warms you up.

D – Very drinkable beer that warms you up fast. Lots of flavor and alcohol level to relax after one or two glasses. A must for trying the Belgian Trappist styles.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,731 ratings.