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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,410 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,410
Reviews: 2,154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 285
Gots: 788 | FT: 12
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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Photo of Popsinc
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2003 i was lucky enough to sample a bottle of 1991 and a bottle of 1981 Chimay Blue from, where else, the Kulminator. My score represents the 1981 version.

The 1991 bottle poured just like a current bottle would minus the head of course. Alot of woody notes in the nose as well as the fruitiness of cherries and raisin with a pinch of spice. While there were many of Chimay's "beer" qualities in this bottle, you knew you were drinking something aged for 12 yrs. The beer as a whole was much more mellow and smooth...refined might be a good word. Still an excellent beer.

The 1981 version on the other hand was much different then a current bottle of Chimay. And what can expect after being cellared for 22 yrs? Much like the 1991 version there was plenty of grape, cherry and raisin in the nose, except this time there weren't "hints". This time everything was much more pronounced. The aromas and flavours jumped out at you. Grape & cherry sweetness. An oaky woddiness. A toned down spiciness. Exceptional smoothness. You could really tell the difference and make no mistake between the 1991 & the 1981.

The finsh lingered nicely but almost faded a little too quick. It left me always wanting more. While this beer taste less and less like a "beer" the more it was aged, it was still exciting to see how a beer can change in complexity and become a more refined drink. By refined i mean, smooth, complex & unique.

A fabulous drinking experience. Worth every penny.

Popsinc, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this right after the Premier for comparison purposes.

Appearance – Dark, rich brown color with a full, lacing head. The cloudy hue that comes out of this bottle makes your mouth water.

Smell – Opened up to a nice, fruity malt aroma and a brief ABV warning.

Taste – To my tastes, this is exactly what a Belgium Strong Dark Ale should be. The classic tobacco flavor compliments the huge malt and yeast. It all plays exceptionally well over the tongue. Of all the flavors to be found here, I enjoyed most the current, caramel, and dark toffee blend that seemed to kick in at the end, especially as the beer sat.

Mouthfeel – The conservative carbonation was suitable for the style. However, the foamy up front feeling was not to my liking.

Drinkability – This has to be one of the smoothest, easily-drinkable 9.0 ABV on the market. Again, the fizzy front end slowed things down a bit, but once I picked up the body is was quite drinkable.

Comments – I hate to go overboard on a brand available in half of America’s grocery stores (at least here in Seattle it is), but this beer is terrific. If I had the money, I would sip this every time I tasted another Belgium. IMHO, this is the standard by which all others must be judged.

Update: The 2004 vintage is more of the same. I haven’t been able to get a consistant “5” head over time so I’m dropping this rating to a 4.5.

RoyalT, Aug 05, 2003
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4/5  rDev -7%

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 03.31.14.

A: 4 finger head. Almost nearly opaque dark red/brown.

S: Dark berry, earthy, bready, wheat. Very complex. Some sweetness.

T: Dark berry, wheat bread dominate. Ripe banana, plum, malt, sweet yeast are there too. There is some alcohol burn on the back end.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This was an impressive and very complex beer.

Rating: A+

WAbeerfiend, Yesterday at 12:13 AM
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Hazy brown color, highly carbonated, with thin well-retained head (3/3)
S: Strong raisin and banana with a lingering alcoholic and apple tinge (9/12)
T: Very strong fruity flavor profile, with the sweeter of the fruits’ sides above playing a starring role, a little bit of tannic coffee at the very end, but that may be an effect of the dryness (17/20)
M: Very bubbly up front and dry finish (4/5)
O: A very solid beer. It does a very good job of hiding its ABV behind the fruity flavor and aroma profiles. This beer begins and probably ends a night if you buy the large bottle. Drink with caution, but definitely drink it.(8/10)
41/50

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,410 ratings.