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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

6,627 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,627
Reviews: 2,165
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 309
Gots: 895 | 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%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bmaggot, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

MWolverines66, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CrispyFL, Oct 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

shmerka_ber, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Cejohantges
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Cejohantges, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark, brownish copper with a moderate tan head. Aroma is lots of rich malts, Belgian yeast, dark bread, plums, and raisins. Very complex and rich. Taste, which mirrors the nose, is as intense and complex as the aroma. Great all-around beer.

jbaker67, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Yeti1979, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Gasc0igne
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewed October 2nd 2014.

750mL bottle.
2012 on label. 01/13 on cork.

After a satisfying pop from the cork, the pour yields a gorgeous cloudy mahogany liquid, complete with yeasty sediment goodness. A large-bubbled, off-white, and soapy head quickly forms but soon retreats, leaving a distinct layer atop the beer. Carbonation is quite visible and the lacing is above average.

Heavy, tart cherries is what seems to dominate my nasal experience. No alcohol until the very end of a sniff. There's certainly a good background bread/yeast presence that does well to balance this tart and sweet dark fruit monster.

Belgian, in a big way. Strong and chewy Belgian yeast along with the malty-breadiness is right there from the beginning and stays there. The fruit has dropped away more than I'd expected; it's still present towards the end in a more bitter form, but the alcohol tries to cut it out. There's a dull sweetness the pokes its head out every now-and-then but it isn't much.

The Belgians really know how to make me salivate...

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) was the beer that got me started drinking craft, isn't that all the recommendation you need?

Gasc0igne, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of a0lbudman
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass
A-brown color with a good head
S-maltly,with some spice and a little alcohol smell
T-a sweet malt taste, and a a warming feeling in the aftertaste you can taste the spices in the end of the glass
O-this was an outstanding beer

a0lbudman, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Nicole_deB, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

EHackbeer, Oct 05, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +14.2%

My favorite example from this classic style, and usually available for only $10 a bottle (the large bottles) in Costco. It ages really well, so consider leaving it in a cellar for a few years.

Wobbly, Oct 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

b0ng, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

thejoshgray, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

vnanjun1, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

gelasin, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bigbeers84, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN.

Appearance- dark red /roan / brown colour spills into the glass. A generous 2 fingers of head is poured, receding fairly quickly and leaving no lacing. A creamy, soapy tan remnants remain on top of the beer for the duration.

Smell - Dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, other fine malts.

Taste - Again dark fruits and burnt brown sugars, but cherries and plums specifically are noticeable from the dark fruit conglomerate.

Mouthfeel - Smooth an delicious, despite its richness, the beer is also sufficiently wet and thirst-quenching. Nice moderate carbonation lends itself well to the mouthfeel. Booze is barely noticeable.

Overall - Fantastically delicious, better the second time I had it than the first. One beer that hides its ABV remarkably well alongside Duvel and others. Must repurchase this one.

DenisKolkin, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Wsherry1, Oct 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HollywoodNate, Oct 02, 2013
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,627 ratings.