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

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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5,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 5547
Reviews: 2119
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl bottle smuggled back from Belgium into a goblet

A: Dark brown with a hazy hue, resembled a nice deep caramel. It was well foamy at first but quickly dissipated leaving a small halo at the top of the beer.

S: Fruity alcohol with a touch of the Belgian hops coming through. The fruitiness is quite prominent.

T: I tasted spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a fair bit of alcohol (more than I was expecting).

F: Strong carbonation, a nice medium feel.

O: This was not really what I expected. That being said, it was a great beer and well worth the year of waiting while it sat patiently in my beer cave. I found the alcohol taste a little more forward than I expected but it was overcome by the other qualities of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:58:07 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of RaphaelSC


4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm tasting a Chimay blue, batch 2012.

A: Dark brown caramel with a cloudy texture, just one finger head that dissipates in a couple seconds left just a ring of foamy.

S: A mix of alcohol sweetness with hops. Thin caramel notes can be found.

T:A delicate banana flavor, with woody notes like other trappists, a little alcoholic feel emerge in the end, but the predominant flavors came from the hops. Chimay blue feels to me less dry than its red sister.

M: Starts with toffe then become bitter with some alcoholic warmth, carbonation is ok, a very drinkable beer, but not differs itself too much of the Red version which dissapointed me.

O: A great beer, a little more complex than Chimay Red but for the same price, however for the same price of other trappists like Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort 10, Chimay cannot endure, at least to me, but it worth the try!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 04:46:38 | More by RaphaelSC
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter. Best Before 2018.

A - Deep amber with a slight copper glow around the bottom; otherwise opaque. One finger of tan coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast esters, clove and spice are dominant with dark fruit, brown sugar and raisins.

T - Yeast, spice and clove notes with brown sugar, toffee and raisin.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:54:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of CrazyIrishman34

Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a nice mahogany brown with a off white head. The head ends of at about 2 fingers and is persistent. The flavor is malty with dried fruit in the finish. Over all a great beer that you can come back to year after year. I recommend this beer to anyone that like Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:05:42 | More by CrazyIrishman34
Photo of Jacurdy60


4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a brownish garnet color with a towering beige, off white head that retains well throughout and cascades down the glass slowly as I sip and leaves faint lacing.

S-Warming spice, slightly phenolic, rich fruits (bananas, dates, figs), a bit boozy

T-Faint cinnamon, toasted bread, rich fruits come in again, as do the phenols. Finishes with a warming spicy feel

MF-Medium bodied with a crisp feel and clean finish. Very refreshing.

O-Exceptional brew. Complex, but all notes in the nose and on the palate make a strong presence. Well-balanced, alcohol is hidden well. My only complaint would be that it feels too carbonated and needs to finish with a creamier feel

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:09:24 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first craft beers I had. It's about time I reviewed it.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a little orange when held to the light. Topped with over a finger of light khaki head.

Smell. Brown sugar and spicy belgian yeast, bruised apples, some cloves and sweet malts, even a little orange.

Taste. Brown sugar, spicy belgian yeast, light spices, apples and some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Meidum+ body, medium-strong (but soft) carbonation.

Overall. Pretty hard to say anything negative about a beer like this. A standard for the style and never a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:02:22 | More by Rutager
Photo of TWHartman


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide, trappist style glass.

A- Pours a dark amber with a clean white head that reduces down to thin lace. Carbonation steadily diffuses up from center of glass. Mine has little black flecks in it visible when holding it to light, I'm not sure if they are supposed to be there, there look like finely ground black pepper

S- Dark dried fruit, like raisin, plum or dates. Sweet, honey or treacle smell.

T- again, dark dried fruit like raisin, plum or date, but also with a sharp tart finish, like green apple. It has an almost Dr. Pepper flavor with a crisp, tart finish.

M- This is actually my favorite part of the beer, there is a lot of carbonation diffused in the body of the beer that pleasantly fizzes up in the mouth, almost soda like. From the smell I was expecting a syrupy, cloying mouthfeel but the carbonation makes it finish light and crisp despite the sweetness.

I generally dont like to drink trappist beers, but this was a nice experience, gained a new appreciation for the style and maybe I will have to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:09:15 | More by TWHartman
Photo of schwemjw


4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: murky brown, a one finger head that seems to be sticking around. poured like champagne

s: Nice caramel malt, a biscuit quality that morphs into dark fruit. figs and an overly rip grape.

t: wonderful! sweet figs, raisins, brown sugar up front with a citrus undertone. a yeasty, oatmeal raisin cookie middle and a finish reminiscent of cherries and molasses. wonderfully complex

M: medium bodied. there is a bit of alcohol in the finish with just enough carbonation. this bad boy definitely lingers.

O: complex, yet easy drinking. There is alot going on here to think about. but it drinks fairly easy. this is exactly what i think about when i think of a belgian beer; tart, sweet, bready, yeasty, malty and oh so good. if you are looking to get into belgian beers, this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 06:03:27 | More by schwemjw
Photo of olilitewu


4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful.
only issue to it is probably its smell, which is nothing too special, but with lots of fruity notes.
Beer has malty bitterness, caramel, plum-dark red fruity notes with plenty of sweetness
Lots of complexity and layers of flavors in the beer, but without clashing with one another.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 08:24:24 | More by olilitewu
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet

A- Pours a murky, viscous copper brown color. Very dark and hazy. A half finger of an off tan colored head.

S- Big dark fruit, A bit of a rum spice in this beer. A sweet candy sugar and caramel malt.

T- A big feel at first. A 50/50 split right up front of caramel, breaddy malts and a dark fruit assauly. There is a ton of fig and plum in this beer. The malt is so silky smooth and creamy sweet it should be a crime. A sweet dark fruit bouquet in this beer. A nice spice profile reminicent of a spiced rum.

M- Thick and chewy and very high carbonation. Works extremely well.

O- A masterful beer. Very delicious and well made. Cant believe it took me so long to pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 23:13:42 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of mjc3151


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a Solemn Oath snifter glass.

A - dark brown

S - smells like raisins, can smell the Belgian yeast.

T - tastes like it smells. tastes like raisins, with a fruity background and Belgian yeast element.

M - smooth, goes down easy with a slight carbonation feel to it.

O - An unbelievably tasty beer. Then again it is a Belgian and I LOVE Belgians, so i am a bit biased. Try Brooklyn's Local 2. It is very similar and much cheaper, so try that one and compare the two.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:41:14 | More by mjc3151
Photo of dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The color is caramel and brown, like dark brown iced tea.

The aroma has boozy, dark fruit, malt, with a decent head.

With the taste, there is a smooth and booze taste. There is malt, Belgian yeast, and bread. It really is a light beer for the style. There’s the obvious quad fruits of plums and stone fruits. Easy drinking.

There is a light body for a quad.

In the end, I had this with St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort and it fell in the last place. Fine beer. Not my favorite, but probably the most drinkable of the three.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 07:33:27 | More by dar482
Photo of KYGunner


4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured ever so slowly this highly carbonated ale create a bubbly, champagne like head. Beautiful bright ruby hue there was a touch of sediment that twirled through the murkiness.

Fruity sweetness hits the nose with cherry, date, prune and grape must. Wine alcohol aromas are hidden amongst candied, sugary sweetness. Slightly soft the aroma is weak but varied.

Very smooth on the tongue this is as diverse as any. Candied fruits like date fig and prune start but then a bready maltiness takes over. Alcohol warmth fills the chest as raisin and even licorice finish it out. Small amount of alcohol stays on the tongue but other than that this is a real triumph.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:07:35 | More by KYGunner
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Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This cooper/ruby-toned beer has a creamy, lightly-tanned neck. The aroma only pronounces at the right serving temperature (higher than usual), showing a toasty/caramelly tone, with strong fruity esters (apples, pears, bananas, dark fruits). A little perfume and spice are also present. The taste displays the malt profile appropriately, which is harmonized with the alcohol here. The body is medium and well-carbonated, and the hops are very discreet. The end is dry, and the aftertaste appears as a crescendo, with sharp bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:06:12 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of Roman5150


4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip. Paired with gouda and manchego cheese.

Appearance: very dark beer, 1 finger fluffy off white head.

Aroma: very sweet dark fruits, grape, sweet mango and apple

Taste: a lot sweeter than other trappist beers. Raisins and bread notes in the aftertaste, with a sweet wine like finish. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised by the sweetness. As it warms im almost getting notes of apple and coriander. Very subtle citrus taste in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, gets a lot smoother as it warms.

Overall: Honestly, i like Chimay Red more. Everyone seems to like the Blue the most, and i've yet to try the Yellow, but this one was just too sweet for me. It is still a very good beer that i will be buying again and again as i'm a huge fan of trappist beer, but i really thought the red was more balanced. Which is weird because I usually like the higher abv beers more. If you've had other trappist beers, this one is probably the most unique out of the 6 trappidt breweries i've tried. Not the best, but a great beer worthy of trying, if they are sold out of Chimay Red...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:17:01 | More by Roman5150
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into goblet.

Never ever not a great beer. So smooth. Bready, balanced, loads of figs. Love the heat. Velvety. Medium full body. I love all the Chimays, but I now prefer this to the others. The Belgians do big beers that are balanced better than anyone. Consistently a great beer. How could anyone not love this?

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 18:29:02 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Groomsy


4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a a bomber into an Orval chalice. Bottled on 08/12, so this is still fairly young.

Chimay Blue pours a murky brown and has highlights of ruby red when held to the light. Streams of carbonation come from the bottom of the glass and support a quickly-fading head of a white soapy head that leave stringy lacing down the glass. A great-looking beer, though it doesn't leave the lacing for which it's usually renowned – this probably has to do with the relatively young age of the bottle, maybe.

Sweet mother of pearl, the nose on this beer. I can only think to list the descriptors: caramel, toffee, fig, raisins, rum-soaked cherries, slight citrus (orange peel?), fresh-cracked pepper, bread, and rum. It's incredibly gorgeous and complex. A swirl of the glass revive some faint earthy/musty notes as well as signature Belgian yeast aromas, calling to mind clove and fresh-baked wheat bread.

Chimay Blue is incredibly layered and complex, and only grows more so as it warms. Starting off with a peppery bite, the beer smooths over with flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit (think figs, raisins, etc.), bread, and tart cherries soaked in alcohol. The dark fruit seems to dominate on the middle of the palate, and it finishes with a dry, alcoholic sweetness with notes of clove and other spices. I would be very interested to see how this beer changes with age, but unfortunately, I have no other bottle by which to judge.

While quite carbonated and zesty, Chimay Blue has a body that matches its flavor and appearance. Its medium body is dry with some lingering fusel alcohols, but these alcohols provide a fairly “normal” finish to the complexity of the rest of this beer.

Trying Chimay Blue is a moment which every beer drinker should look forward to. This is a beer which I savored over the course of about two hours or so, and I am grateful to have tried it in a time span which I knew would be uninterrupted. Beautifully layered and complex – I am eager to try this with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 02:17:54 | More by Groomsy
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Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:08:18 | More by gcamparone
Photo of hermit990


4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet. Bottled in 2012.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, red-brown color, with about 1 finger of tan head. The head quickly recedes to a lasting foam on top of the beer. Lacing sticks to the glass well as the beer is moved around.

Smell: There's a fruity, vinous character upfront to this one. Sweet, dark fruits (red grapes, raisins, plums). Also some hints of breadiness, mixed with baking spice (clove, cinnamon) near the finish. The aromas blend together very well. Picking up some more subtle elements of candied sugar and toffee notes as it warms.

Taste: Leads with a dark fruit sweetness, (plums, raisins). This gradually fades into a chewy, breadiness, retaining a bit of the sweetness, while combining with some baking spice elements (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). Finish becomes slightly bittering and earthy, finishes with a crackling, black pepper spiciness. Some caramel notes, and a bit of the alcohol taste, come out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Good body to this one. Starts with a medium feel on the tongue as carbonation scrubs over it. As this builds, the feel becomes thicker and creamier, almost chewy about the time the bready flavors hit the tongue. Tingling spiciness and some warming feel from the alcohol as it finishes.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer. While other Trappist ales are more to my liking, this is still very good in its own right. Very easy to drink considering the alcohol content, and also readily available just about anywhere. A bit on the expensive side ($14 per bottle in my area), but this isn't out of the norm for Trappist ales. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:32:13 | More by hermit990
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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black with a three finger head which disappears fairly quickly. Little lacing.

The smell is sugary, nutty, yeasty, dank like wet hay. There is also a trace of apple and pear.

The taste is very sweet, lots of sugar, probably brown sugar and maybe molasses. Apple and pear come in after the after the sugar and there is a cracker like taste on the back end. The alcohol seeps through just a little bit.

The mouthfeel is thin, creamy and cracker like. There is a lot of tingling after swallowing probably due to the high carbonation.

Overall this brew is good but I expected better after all of the raving about how good Chimay is. Perhaps some people like this much sugar in a beer but this is just a little too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:56:05 | More by microbrewlover
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice bomber bottle shared at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA (thanks OWEN !)

*A: Nice bottle, nice pour, very good white, tight bubbled head on each pour, consistent. Lacing as you swirled it in a small snifter glass.
*S: Classic triple, fruity, a bit of malt, but mostly orange, lemon, pineapple, grass
*T: More complex than the Allagash Tripel from earlier in the tasting. 2 levels of flavors from the initial tip of the tongue to the finish. Sweetness and tartness. Carbonation keeps it buzzing on your tongue. Alcohol is hidden, just a bit in a champagne sort of way (carbonation).
*M: Nice and creamy. Easy to sip.
*O: It is a Chimay--classic, have to try it at least once, experience where beer began and sip the 100's of years of tradition in a bottle. BLUE...you're my boy!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 13:41:12 | More by SHerninko
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New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged, 9/12 dated cork. Pour into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Came out of the bottle a red mahogany color, a bit cloudy. Thick full head, tan in color, with good lacing.
Smell: Crisp, sweet smell. You can definitely smell the booze, but as a whisky drinker I found that a big plus. Malty with a bit of herbs and tobacco.
Taste: Sweet, malty Belgian style. A bit boozy (see above), definite dark fruits with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with a long finish.
Overall: Good drink, pairs well with cheese. I will certainly be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:39:06 | More by oldfart
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3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to LOOOVE this beer. Instead, I just liked it. Quite a bit, actually.

Look: When poured into a Sam Adams glass, it glowed with an auburn reddish brown and a tan head (surprising robust).

Smell: Average. Sweet.

Taste: Like a lot of Belgium beers, this has a rich, full tasting beer. I found that the slightly sour aftertaste was a nice compliment to the 9% alcohol taste. There is also a fruity taste mixed in (apricot??).

Mouthful: Very good

Overall: This is certainly a beer I would have again (and again).

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 22:56:56 | More by Ilafan
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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a deep mahogany, ruby color after a very clear pop, from the cork. Hard to beat a bottle conditioned Belgian. Head dissipates quickly but lacing lasts all the way.

initial smell is typical for he style, heavy on the dark fruits. Taste is very well balanced, hardly any alcohol heat, with nice density in the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated, sips very well through the full glass. A steal from Costco for $9 before the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:28:17 | More by DAllspaw
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml champagne corked bottle into wine glass.

A: a thick cloud of large tawny bubbles that fell to a decent sized head. The beer is a cloudy dark delicious ruby tinted coffee color.

S: the yeasty slightly astringent smell I expect from a belgian especially the strong dark. Slightly sweet with a slight roasted notes.

T: the estery notes I expect from a belgian brew, a little fruit like apple. The yeast is really strong in this. A little alcohol burn on the end. Finishes quite sweet.

M: solid medium body with a little bit of bite back.

O: fantastic BSDA but those crazy catholics in Belgium know their beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 06:59:42 | More by N3rdM3t4l
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,547 ratings.