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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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6,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,882
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,128 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Monochrome
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of sevineyes
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle with a blue label.

A: Poured with a 1-inch head that's off-white and very dense. Leaves good lacing.

S: Not a big smell. Yeasty. Gives way to blueberry or gooseberry.

T: Huge. Cherries, plums, bananna that gives way to an alcohol evaporation and dryness. Mid-tones are more along the line of watery berries.

M: Very carbonated but with a dry finish.

Overall: The smell doesn't set you up propery for how the taste hits you in the mouth. I really love this beer. The complexity of the taste is worth trying again and again. The alcohol is very subdued and can sneak up on you.

Photo of b2611
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of juanbon
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of bmaggot
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Aiptasia
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried my first Chimay Blue with a hummus and tahini wrap at European Street Cafe in Jacksonville, FL. 12 oz. bottle in a glass beer tumbler.

A: Pours a nice deep red/brown with very little head and a slight halo of lacing. Murky brown in the glass with micro-carbonated fizz.

S: Subtle, there are notes of pine hops with cinnamon caramel hops.

T: Not sweet. Again, subtle and restrained. Perhaps a little too balanced. Alcohol is masked with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, goes down nicely with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and paired nicely with my dinner. There just wasn't enough flavor as the meal completely overwhelmed this beer.

Photo of JacobMutberg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of julian89
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 3/11/2012 @ 10:30 PM

Appearance: No head or lacing. An opaque amber brown color, much like rich brown sugar.

Smell: A traditional trappist belgian, fruit (plum, raisin) notes and a sugary maple base.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a good bit of frothiness.

Taste: The best of the three main Chimay beers I've tried. Excellent raisin and grape fruit notes. The carbonation is well balanced. It goes smooth and the transition across the palate doesn't create any bitterness.

Overall: Great beer, will definitely return to.

Photo of MagicJeff
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into my Bruery tulip.

A: Beautiful light to medium brown--almost cola like. Nice tan head which holds on for a while, and nice lacing on glass.

S: Intense raisin and fig. Slight candy sugars. Some bready yeast too.

T: Raisins, dates, and even some tart fruit mid tasting (green apple?). Sweet caramelized sugars. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: It is definitely full bodied, but it is pretty light drinking-wise. Very drinkable.

Overall: This is a great beer, simply put. A lot going on. Would love to age one and see how it progresses--this vintage is 1-13, and I suspect that this beer would change a lot given some time. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of fiveiron
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kaneel
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Book
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Drumtgot
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -6%

Photo of sauron681
2.19/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a very long time. What a dissapointment.
750ml. bottle corked and caged. Vintage: 10/05
Poured very nicely, dark burgundy/ruby color, excellent thick head. A very inviting smell, and mouthfeel. Perhaps a hint of raisins, and a bit spicy. The taste however was almost like drinking Methyl Ethyl Keytone. Very harsh, strong, chemical alcohol taste to it. I could not finish the whole bottle. I will try this beer again, but will let it age a couple years and then see.

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a clear brown with a large fizzy tan head. Head is lasting even though its very fizzy. Has a sweet fruity alcohol aroma. I get grapes, raisins, some apples a real fruit mix. Touches of cinnamon and nutmeg. The aroma is excellent on this one. Taste is on the dry side with a good mouthfeel. The 9% is hidden very well. Has a light feel. Verysmooth and extremely drinkable. The finish is subtle with a good duration. Leaves a very pleasent taste without a real aftertaste. This is a great beer. Drinks like water, goes down with total ease. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life this one deserves consideration.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this baby sitting in my fridge for a while (03/07), my buddy said he liked Belgians so I finally decided tonight's the night. Poured from Bomber to Chimay (and Duvel) glass a thick deep brown with an inch of cream colored head that slowly reduced to sketchy lacing. Smell is heavy spices cloves and cinnamon. Taste is better than I remembered. Fruit, spice and Belgiam yeast meld into a fantastic blend of flavors, with a hint of booziness. I will be replacing this one next time I hit the store. This is a treat that should be in everyones stash.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev -7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,882 ratings.