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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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Reviews: 2,253
Hads: 7,252
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,470 | FT: 16
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +16.8%

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+

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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)

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Photo of reop013
4.75/5  rDev +11%

One of the best beers I have had. Definitely a good dark Belgian Ale; not bitter, not too malty. Perfect balance.

If you can get your hands on one of these, you would be doing yourself a favor!

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Photo of Carolvs
5/5  rDev +16.8%

The only disappointing thing here is that 'The Bros' don't rate this Divinely inspired beer a perfect "100." This is perfection in taste, appearance, mouthfeel, and everything else. As close to heaven as you'll get in this world brother.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.28/5  rDev 0%

750 ml bottle, vintage 01/2012 according to the cork . My first encounter with a bottle of Chimay, and I think also my first encounter with a genuine Trappist ale. Expectations are high based on this beer's good ratings.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet.

A - It pours a beautiful reddish caramel colored body, very dark, with lots of particulate yeast sediment floating in the glass. About two fingers of bubbly foamy tan head that fizzles it's way out of existence. No lacing on my goblet. Looks very nice, either way. 4

S - I hate goblets for their lack of aroma, but I'm picking up notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, and a hint of alcohol. 3.5

T - The taste is very delicious. Sweetened dark fruits - plums, raisins, figs, Belgian candi sugar, toffee / caramel, & a distinctive yeast character. A slight metallic / well water note is discernable, but neither distracting or off-putting. Very delicious. 4.5

M - The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, & creamy. I am absolutely in love with the feel of this beer; smooth enough that I could drink it all day. Perfect carbonation. Goes down ridiculously easy for a 9.00% abv beer.

Overall, an extraordinary example of the style, and I can't wait to try more of these. This has definitely changed my outlook on what a great Belgian style beer can be. I would love to see what some serious age would do to a bottle of this stuff. Highly recommended; I can't wait to try more.

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) -----4.5/5

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Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33cl - batch L14-273. AROMA: malt sweet aroma and esters reminiscent of vanilla. no hop aroma. faint metallic aroma in the background. APPEARANCE: coppery-brown color with a large ivory head with good retention. clear. TASTE: sweet malty flavour with vanilla notes. no hop flavours. some solventy-like flavour present. low bitterness and dry finish. PALATE: high carbonation with no carbonic acid. smooth alcohol warmth. medium to medium-light body. OVERALL: a slight above-average bulk belgian strong ale.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance: Deep amber with an active, cream coloured head. Looks very rich.

Smell: Some bready notes over an undercurrent of slightly sweet autumn fruits – apples, raisins, and the like.

Taste: A sweetish wave of fruit and malt comes up front, followed by more bready notes with Belgian yeasts – a bit of sourness. The beer finishes out sweet, with more dark fruit notes, some caramelly elements, and a mild alcohol flavour that provides a nice warming and emphasizes some peppery, licorice-y flavours in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth, moderately heavy on the palate, very good.

Overall: A pretty exceptional beer – complex, interesting, well balanced and delicious. It goes very well alongside a nice chunk of Chimay à la Bière.

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Photo of jaerendal
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Quality in a bottle. It has everything you need from a premium beer. The high alcoholic strength means it has more depth and the ability to carry all the flavours without being sickly. An antidote to the majority of english beers which often have impressive flavours but lack the depth the alcohol brings. Well done Monks and Brewers at Chimay

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 5.59/11.2 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Bottle marked L13-248 at cellar temp into snifter
Aroma of figs and dates
Head light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown, nearly opaque
Flavor primarily of dates and figs, somewhat sweet, hint of alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is a decent Belgium dark, with a nice aroma and subdued taste. The fizziness and lack of head and lacing detract from the appearance for me.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 25 oz. bomber into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: None

t: Mellow ripe dark fruit. Dry finish. High ABV (9%) is incredibly well covered.

m: Medium, good body, almost silky smooth. Lots of carbonation tingle from the bottle conditioning.

o; An elegant-tasting treat, a wonderful sipper but would seem to go well with just about any meal. Well-deserving of its high rating.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a very overcast, deep red, almost brown with huge, foamy beige head that recedes rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - stone and dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - a tempered sweetness resembling the stone and dark fruit in the nose. Slight spice and tang that elevate the flavor! Easy drinker at 9% that keeps calling for another sip!
Feel - very carbonated, medium body with the alcohol making subtle appearances with each sip. A spicy and tangy bitterness, but a creaminess that adds an interesting layer to this dynamic brew!
Overall - obviously outstanding, but with so many great beers available, I'm not likely to chose this considering the price.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is full of rum, raisin, fig and other sweet dark fruit flavours. A bit of booziness balances well within the overall flavour. I detected some cola taste too. Chimay Blue definitely lives up to its excellent reputation. The appearance is murky brown. The smell is boozy and syrupy. There's depth and complexity here and a fresh experience every time I try it. It seems to work well at room temperature. I think this beer is a total classic.

My mark out of a hundred is 94.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just like a Fine wine this beer is rich and complex. Its smooth and rich with a round finish and feels wonderfully balanced. The color when poured is a deep amber / burgundy with a thick tan head fizzing on top. Tasting this beer makes me feel like I am by a fireplace on a cold winter night. Its warming and has bold notes of spice and oak chips, figs and vanilla, all wrapped up with a slight dark chocolate finish. All with smooth medium body. All I can say is I love it.

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Photo of joncarruthers
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A true Trappiste ale, dark, malty, spicy, it needs the higher abv to carry the heavy but complex flavours.
Use a Chimay glass if possible and let it breathe for a few minutes. Perfect with a steak or a strong cheese and good company.
One of the great beers of the world.

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Photo of TheBeerLord
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Words do not do this beer justice, as this is quite easily the tastiest beer ever created. The label looks somewhat nondescript, much like other Trappist beers, but it hides the one of the most complex tastes of any beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink. It's, sweet, fruity, and also slightly peppery, with the faintest hint of bitterness; it's heavily spiced and smells strongly of cloves. I had one of the larger 750 ml bottles, and with its 9% ABV, it certainly hit the spot. This pairs superbly with a juicy, medium-rare steak.

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Photo of Md23329
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice with a 5 minute breathing period.

What can I say, this beer speaks for itself. The taste of spices and the dark color leave you satisfied and thinking of perfection that is beyond any review or breakdown of a true Belgium Style Trappist beer.

The Blue is my favorite and I definitely enjoy the red as well.

This will not disappoint!

A minimalist review for folks looking for the bottom line!

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Photo of avwrite
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark color. slightly foamy and bubbly. Comes out thick and cloudy.

S - malty and spicy smell. slight bitterness

T - Great. Dark and slightly strong, but also taste hints of spices and fruit.

M - Very smooth going down. alcohol taste sneaks in

O - Definitely would drink again. Great for special occasions.

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Photo of beers2danno
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable with pre dinner appetizres. Was in itself an appetizre. The intense flavor set the mood for the garlic based food that we paired with it and we were pleasantly surprised by how well they worked together. I would recomend with any specialty flatbread pizza.

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Photo of slackattack
4.41/5  rDev +3%

Chimay grande reserve

I have enjoyed this wonderful beer perhaps 100 times, but it is so familiar I kept putting off an actual review, but here it goes.

Poured into goblet from 0.75L bottle. Appears very dark brown with a tinge of auburn when held up to a light. No real head to speak of, but little carbonation bubbles are pretty consistent. Nose is sweet. Raisin, red wine, and preserved plum are scents that I am reminded of. Bready yeast is also in there. Taste is not as sweet as the nose in my opinion. Malt even comes through with some roasty, coffee like bitterness in the midst of the toffee sweetness and bready and yeasty flavors. Mouthfeel is perfect with a nice amount of carbonation and a long lasting almost syrupy finish. I love this beer. This beer really helped to get me into the craft thing years ago and I know I can always go to it for a great drink and some memories.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: June 15, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: saluting the Spurs for knocking off LeBron--and celebrating father's Day as well...APPEARANCE: ark chocolate purple body; one finger pale off-white head--creamy... AROMA: immediate floral yeasts pitch thee malts favorably; a wine/red grape insinuation--promising... PALATE: smooth, velvety dry as a pinot noir; soft aftertaste; warming but not overt--a body that is more than sippable, and one that demands immediate revisiting... TASTE: big yet palatable flavor, reminiscent of grape and dry wine tannins; malts are subdued, slightly toasted; well balanced... OVERALLL: a great nightcap to a great Father's Day; 9% ABV never felt so good....

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Photo of JulioH
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer with worldwide distribution.

Pours a dark beer. Has a nice bit of foam forming at the top. Aroma is of chocolate. Taste is very smooth, like chocolate, coffee, not bitter, very well balanced. No trace of alcohol is present. Body is medium.

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Photo of halo3one
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A -dark copper, off white froth, minimal to moderate lacing

S - malty orange, rye

T - nothing jumps out, unripe orange, a bit metallic and harsh

M - touch heavy on the carbonation, heavy, moderate after taste

O - not bad per se, but La Fin Du Monde is better, smoother

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very thick head, roughly 3 fingers; foamy and light tan in color. Head holds well. Dark brown opaque color. Very bubbly.

S - Dark Fruits, sour, and malts. Hints of the alcohol.

T - Malty with almost no bitterness. Sweet at the front, then maltiness hits and holds. A little bit of fruitiness in the taste. Alcohol is there, but not extremely strong.

M - Very thick. Some burn from the alochol.

O - A very tasty beer. A slight sweetness and almost no bitterness. I really like the maltiness and thickness. One of my favorites.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I expected stronger flavors from this beer (not sure why), but was instead impressed by how tasty the beer was without being powerful. I guess this is some definition of balance.

The beer was a dark amber, with decent carbonation and a fair to good head retention. The smell wasn't too strong, but a bit of raisin bread, maybe some fig.

The taste was very smooth and light, actually. There was a light sweetness, date-like taste over a typical abbey ale yeast flavor. There is also a nice carbonation to this pour which plays on the tongue with a light, neutral bitterness to end the taste.

Overall, I might say this is slightly on the sweet side, but it's distinction to me is in the balance and ability to produce a little depth in a balanced beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a two-finger head. The head disapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and dark fruit.

T - Flavor is dominated by lots of sweet dark fruits - dates, raisins, and plums. The sweetness fades into a bready yeastiness. Finish has a lingering pepper bite.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - A very nice Belgian Dark with a good alcohol punch. Nothing special, but still very good.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.