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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

6,710 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,710
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 319
Gots: 952 | FT: 14
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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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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?

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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

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,710 ratings.