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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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5,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 5540
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 BeerManDan


5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very dark amber in color with tight cream color foam. Nice pleasant complex smell and taste of fruits and roasted nuts. Slightly on the sweet side with a tangy but not bitter finish. Just a little sourness on the after taste also. Best Belgium brew so far!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2002 12:53:54 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of StevieW


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

750ml bottle date stamped 10/01 on the cork. Pours a deep rich copper color. Tight thin tan head, rather foamy and flavorful. Lots of complex smells, rum roasted plums, and other fruits along with big belgium yeasty smells. Nothing dominates, just complicates. Nice subtle tastes however. Rich rum soaked fruits hit your taste buds, first, then some yeast middle. Lots of subtle tastes present. Alcohol is noticable, and makes for a thin feel. I would make this an after dinner night cap beer, not one to guzzle down with dinner. I expected something more spectacular, but still a very good belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2002 14:57:43 | More by StevieW
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, almost like a port. Big creamy tan head with little bubbles stayed throughout most of the time. Smells of port, with hints of nutmeg and figs, maybe. Althought the taste is rich and powerful, it is far from overwhelming. It is so smooth and wonderful, I seem to forget how good this beer really is. This is a sweet beer, full of flavor, with such character, it is unique and stands alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 18:42:08 | More by AaronRed
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.73/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ehhhhh I expected more out of this. Pours nearly black with a thin lace on top. This will kick you square in the balls at 9% and that alcohol taste is prevalent. I found the taste very similar to Duvel, but much more bitter. Duvel is good...this stuff was not.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 14:57:12 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of ADR


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and evident but restrained aroma of berries, maybe strawberries. Darker, opaque brown color, mound-holding 1/2 inch head. Deep woodsy flavor, touch of caramelized oak barrel and a back-taste of brown sugary notes. Quite light-bodied and spritzy, the final impression is fuller and very pleasant. Very distinct flavor, nice. Alcohol has more of an effect on the brain than in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2002 09:49:12 | More by ADR
Photo of mickeymac


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice dark red to brown with a healthy beige head. Spice and hops are noticeable in the smell. It has a slightly yeasty flavor with a fruity flavor close to raisin and a nice spicy kick. It's well-balanced and the smell and flavor of alcohol are barely detectable. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2002 23:21:42 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Bighuge


3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a great head that melds into "rolling hills" as the head ever so gradually dissipates. There's a pungent yeast aroma. Slight amount of fruity esters on the nose too. Fair amount of carbonation. Goes down the hatch fairly smooth for a 9% a/v. Either this beer is fairly bland or I just have a hard time identifying taste qualities in Belgian beers. I get a little sour tartness and a deeply hidden candied apple taste. I don't get much more. It is a very drinkable high alcohol beer without a lot of appealing flavors in my opinion. Blasphemy I know being such a highly regarded Trappist brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 22:29:46 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Sigmund


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding beer, very close to "perfect". I agree with all the positive things said by other reviewers, and has little more to add. The spicy, oaky complexity of the aroma and flavour is "out of this world". Wonderful, lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Simply exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 08:17:20 | More by Sigmund
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

A great beer, dry palate with decently bitter finish, hints of chocolates, cloves, caramel (quite malty). Not my favoured Chimay, but damn good non the less.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2002 16:27:01 | More by rastaman
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, small fine head. Mild, sweet nose. Malty flavors, along with dark fruit thrown in. Ends on the dry-side. Enjoyed the flavor and the body, but a little rough on the tongue.

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 13:19:58 | More by Bierman9
Photo of packetknife


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer was great except I couldn't drink the whole bottle. Nice pour, bits of spice but mostly fruit on the nose. The Red and Blue were available in MN. I heard the Red was better but never got to it, now I can't find it. One thing though, make sure the bottle wasn't either overly cold or sitting warm. Everybody I know ended up with an inconsistent bottle or a bad tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 13:21:19 | More by packetknife
Photo of mophie


4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beer-nirvana experiences. You can tell by the look (ruby-brown, rich tan head), and the aroma (dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, pepper), that this is special. The taste is so complex, yet so balanced, that God must be playing a part in there somewhere (and I am not necessarily a religious man!). Sweet, dry finish. This is a world-class beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 22:00:12 | More by mophie
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This from a batch/or bottled in Jan. '01, purchased on the day of my Daughter's birth, aged with a LOT of patience for exactly 1 year in my cellar. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy ruby-ish hue, with the usual lively& effervescent Chimay head, nose is oh so slightly corky, with the "horse blanket" bouquet present. Taste - smooth maltiness followed by a nice complexity of (in order of domination)malt yeast & hops...the aftertaste just seems to evolve everytime I smack my lips, with just enough hop bitterness to make themselves known. Beautiful, a great bottle enjoyed on a great occasion! Beers of this magnitude are meant to be savored for special times.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 18:59:08 | More by beerluvr
Photo of marc77


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Muddy brown hue, w/ hazy deep ruby when held to light. Dense, thick, creamy and smooth light tan head is well retained. Suspended aggregates of yeast from the bottle conditioning. Yeast esters are surprisingly mild, consisting of mild clove and peppermint are perceptible along with pleasantly mellow tart fruit. Nutty, dark caramel malt surface in aroma as the beer warms. The taste is initially quite sweet with raisin like contributions from the dark crystal malt (special B?) Caramelized dark candi sugar notes are also present, but aren't assertive. Mid palate dryish chocolate malt coupled w/ the light hop bitterness lend a bittersweet note and tart fruity esters akin to unripe plums emerge. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, dextrinous and agreeable mouthfeel that helps facilitate the superb drinkability. Finishes w/ notes of maple sugar and woodiness lingering briefly on the palate. This 750 ml is quite young, being bottled 9/01. Certainly worthy of cellaring. Although not the most complex Dark Strong, Grande Reserve is refined in overall character, being both very flavorful, yet restrained enough to prevent any cloying qualities. Delicious. I'm re-reviewing this. The 750 ml bottle is much more balanced and tasty all around. A true classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2002 18:49:21 | More by marc77
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went to a excellent German restaurant / pub called Ludwigs with the wife here in Philly. I must say as far as the beer list goes, the place is heaven sent. The food was excellent too...back to the beer--> Presentation: 33cl (11.2oz.) capped bottle. Exceptional brew, it has a copper / hazy / foggy appearance to it. A excellent malty sweetness that is well balanced with the peppery yeast spiciness that gives a nice alcohol warming sensation. Overall a excellent brew!

9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2002 17:45:49 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of pbrian


4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle, not dated. An excellent beer, no doubt. Another one of the world class beers that are so drinkable at 9% but it just didn't have the depth I was anticapating. Maybe I drank it too young but I'd much rather have a 75 cl bottle of Trios Pistoles for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2002 11:18:17 | More by pbrian
Photo of John

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl (11.2oz.) capped bottle. Exceptional brew all the way around. Gorgeous dark and hazy appearance. Big malty sweetness blends with peppery yeast spiciness and pleasant alcohol warming sensation. A brew to savor on a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2002 13:17:39 | More by John
Photo of bk3nj

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one beer that will make you silly quicker than you would ever expect.. It's STRONG, but it tastes so good (very complex fruit notes), you'd never realize what it's doing to you.. This is made by monks?!? They must have a wicked sense of humor..

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2001 01:44:46 | More by bk3nj
Photo of mmthompson33


5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer demands respect. To fully appreciate it, it should be drank at the proper temperature, and hope that you have a good bottle, because the quality can vary. But if you get one of the good bottles....it's heaven. Incredible head and aroma, with a surprisingly light, fruity complex taste for its dark color. And some serious 9% kick. Drinking this beer at a campground near the brewery in Chimay, Belgium (where a 750ml bottle is $2.50) was a religious experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2001 21:12:11 | More by mmthompson33
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