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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: 2,252
Hads: 7,250
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,466 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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 CBFanWish
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good Belgain beer. A darker amber color than what I was expecting with a decent head. There was a lot of taste. Fruity. A little cherry, figs, yet there was a presence of hops. All along it went down smoothly with moderate carbonation. I haven't had much experience with Belgians, but I know what I like. Chimay Grand Reserve is alright.

Second time around.
It almost put me to sleep. Boring. All of above is the same, it just didn't impress me as much.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, is the best word to describe this beer.
Poured a darkish amber with a two fingered head which shortly left behind a frothy tan ring and light center lace.
The body is just above a medium.
Carbonation is very active.
The nose first is to a light yeast scent followed by a fruity mash, but short lived.
The balance is exceptional, starting lightly to the malts (licorice & fruit mash) and ending shortly after with a burnt nuttiness.
Also a slight alcohol warmth to finish.

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the big 750ml bottle for $5.99. I enjoy many Belgian Brews, especially abbey ales so I gave this one a shot. Not disappointed in the least.

Poured a very dark, cloudy, brown with a fizzy white head. Not much lacing.

Smells like a good Belgian beer. You know it's Belgian as soon as it hits your nose. Spices are present.

Strong malts. Very nice fruit flavor with spices.

I like this brew alot and will surely try more. At 9% it's pretty strong but that never really holds me back from having a few. I urge you to try a bottle if you like Belgian ales.

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Photo of maybrick
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big Chimay fan per se. However, this Grand Reserve is the stuff. The pour is noteable as it has an extremely creamy haed and dark, rich looking color. The nose is in my opinion quite crisp and sweetly spicy. After my fisrt few sips I had a msile on my face. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and the taste is complex. I picked up a mild choclate and citrus back end with a touch of hop. I'm certain the yeat is giving me the citrus.

Good Brew, definietly woth the price, and I intend to get some more of this.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An absolutely exceptional beer.

Brought to me by my Belgian roomate, blue corked bottle. Dated 09/2003. Good till 2005.

Pours dark and murkey brown. Color is an unimpressive muddy brown. Head is big, poofey, brown and gorgeous. It lasted the whole glass leaving a this tihck lace.

A most aromatic brew, the smells of Belgian yeast, with a touch of sweet. Theres more complexity there, but my snorter is a bit dysfunctional.

A beer that makes my mouth feel like a regal king. Smooth, spicy, flavorful, full bodied, never heavy. Just magnificent. More details; as the beer passes the lips a flavor of bittersweet chocolate, followed by that slight wheatiness of Belgian yeast. Both of the flavors are preseant when the spicy hops hit the tounge and wrap the etire package together. Overall some hints of banana and just a perfect amount of bitter make this beer astounding.

The beer feels a touch watery in the mouth, but the amazing flavor seems go deeper than the taste buds, adding a kick throughout the whole mouth. Theres a warming effect from the alchohal as it goes down that is quite pleasant.

Wow, I don't think I would be a complete beer drinker without trying this stuff. I really hope I can find a few bottles in the states to cellar.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Interesting amalgamation of brown, bronze, and amber colors... cloudy like a dark apple cider with suspended particulates. Thick, khaki meringue head fades to a persistent 1/4" capper with minimal, but creamy lace.
Smell: Semi-sweet toasted malt, peppery, earthy, dark/ripe fruits, astringent alcohol and yeast blast.
Taste: Light sweet toasted malts with raisin, plum, fig/date dissolve to a pleasant yeast sourness in the middle, then apparently concluding with a crisp dry citrus finish.. but, then a warm alcohol flourish. Combined with the ethereal mouthfeel, one hell of a ride.
Mouthfeel: Champagne bubbly carbonation, full yet surprisingly light.. like a mousse, full bodied but vanishes leaving a pleasant ghostly memory. Delightful.
Drinkability: Deceptively drinkable high ABV brew. Crack this open as an alternate to champagne for your next celebration. The fuss over this beer is well founded.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep dark brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is heavenly, with the raisin, plum...dark fruit armoas. I also get a bready/biscuity aroma. The flavor has the bready malt in the beginning, it then flows to the dark fruits i.e. raisins & dates, it then finishes with a bready/biscuity, slightly drying alcohol taste. It is a full-bodied brew the a complexity of aromas and flavors. A top notch brew.

Sampled 11/20/03

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Photo of erica
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had Chimay 'blue' in a while, and I kind of forgot how it was until last night. I had a 750ml bottle and it made me smile. It's a dark brown colour with a nice kind of big head that only slowly disappears. It smells strong like a strong Belgian should, sweet and fruity almost. It has that sour-ish fruity flavor, mixed with some sugary sweetness and it doesn't taste too boozy and isn't thick, so the drinkability is very good. You can forget yourself. It's not my favourite Belgian but it's definitely a good one. :)

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a moderate, yet tenacious, off-white head. The smell is of apple, yeast, and bread. Smells sweet.

The taste is fairly amazing. You are greeted with the malty sweetness up front which is strong but not sappy sweet. you then get in to the fruity/spicy flavors of raisin, apple, fig, and clove. Finally it finishes with a very warming alcohol glaze that stays with you. Mouthfeel is quite dense.

A little over-the-top to be a regular brew, but very nice to sip on in the colder months.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/03 Appearance: Deep murky brown Mohogany with a silky creamy tan head nice and thick lacing just as thick on the sides very nice. Aroma: Vinous grapes, raisin, bread dough, and dark roasts create mild chocolate tones. Effervescent fruit is the backbone of the aroma. Taste: Once again flavor has a wine like air about it with doughy mild sweet bread, raisiny sweet tones, and decadent grape profile nice. Mouthfeel: Fluffy medium body spritzy but smooth carbonation. Drinkability: Is excellent a masterpiece can't tell it's 9% abv.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pourred a very dark brew with a huge withe fluffy head and small bubble coming on top. This one has less of the sweeter taste then the red and more roastiness. This beer also has a firm body and the alcohol taste is not too distinct. The spice are very complex. This one is also a classic and never can get enough of.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked/caged bottle. Pours a dark chestnut with a soapy off white head. A lot of sweetness in the aroma, along with some roasty malts. A certain brandy-like quality. Next comes a nice smoothness, tastes of rich malts and candy, and more fruitiness. Noticible hop presence in the finish, along with some alcohol warmth. Slight sugar lingers.

Overall an enjoyable ale, if not a little unbalanced. A little too much sugary sweetness at times. Otherwise very good. Just feels like it needs a little more time. Will try aging the next one.

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Photo of Lafe
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour of this beer started with a gentle chugging from the 750ML bottle. This resulted in a high, solid-looking head taking up the top third of my pint glass. I would love to sample this beer in the proper glassware, but I do not have any available at the moment...

The aroma is strongly of yeast and fruit, with a bit of an alcohol undertone. The appearance is dark reddish-brown that just barely allows a bit of light to sneak through it. As I drink this beer, it forms a persistent lace down the side of the glass.

The flavor is excellent. An initial sweetness assaults the tongue, with a strong carbonation sending the flavors fizzing all over the palate. It settles to a rich fruity and spicy taste, and leaves a sweet, malty coating on the tongue. There's an understated bitterness that keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. The 9% alcohol isn't readily apparent, except as a bit of warmth in the mouth and stomach.

Finishing off the first 16 or so ounces, I am grinning happily, because I've only made it less than half-way through the bottle!

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Photo of Popsinc
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2003 i was lucky enough to sample a bottle of 1991 and a bottle of 1981 Chimay Blue from, where else, the Kulminator. My score represents the 1981 version.

The 1991 bottle poured just like a current bottle would minus the head of course. Alot of woody notes in the nose as well as the fruitiness of cherries and raisin with a pinch of spice. While there were many of Chimay's "beer" qualities in this bottle, you knew you were drinking something aged for 12 yrs. The beer as a whole was much more mellow and smooth...refined might be a good word. Still an excellent beer.

The 1981 version on the other hand was much different then a current bottle of Chimay. And what can expect after being cellared for 22 yrs? Much like the 1991 version there was plenty of grape, cherry and raisin in the nose, except this time there weren't "hints". This time everything was much more pronounced. The aromas and flavours jumped out at you. Grape & cherry sweetness. An oaky woddiness. A toned down spiciness. Exceptional smoothness. You could really tell the difference and make no mistake between the 1991 & the 1981.

The finsh lingered nicely but almost faded a little too quick. It left me always wanting more. While this beer taste less and less like a "beer" the more it was aged, it was still exciting to see how a beer can change in complexity and become a more refined drink. By refined i mean, smooth, complex & unique.

A fabulous drinking experience. Worth every penny.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a rainy, dark November evening in Chicago, this beer is just the right drink for this moment. Settling in with Chimay is such a blessing, and a wonderful drinking experience.

After pouring my 11.2 oz. glass into my Orval goblet (forgive me Father Theodore), I was immediately struck by the lovely creamy head that poured out. As I took several looks at this lovely brew before tasting, I noticed the deep mahagony color (just barely translucent), and begin to sip.

Yep, never a letdown with Chimay Blue. The mouthfeel was just right, with enough body up front, but particularly in the finish. I did get some citrus-y notes, too, but the taste of raisons also came through in this sample.

After a few minutes of residuals lingering in the palette, I knew why this beer is so revered: it simpy an outstanding abbey beer, from one of the world's finest, with an abundance of beautiful flavors through and through.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.18/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a deep dark opaquely russet ruby color with a very tall off-white fluffy head, almost laughable and too big, took three separate times to pour it from the 11.2 oz. bottle into my Delirium Tremens goblet glass as the head just kept getting in the way, ridiculous head, let me get at it already.

Nose is dull and kinda light, not much going on besides some light lemon peel citrus and yeast, a touch smokey and meaty upon bigger wiffs.

Taste is short lived and a bit boring, complexity is not very forthcoming from this offering. Very dull citrus of melon husk and majorly dulled lemon and peels, lightly sweet malts and subdued spicy yeast with some strange uneven texture that I didn't care for all that much.

Feel is medium bodied with a weird texture I just couldn't get past. Where's the smooth? Where's the creamy? Blah, boring, yuk. Not impressed. The Chimay Red was much better. I'm not sure if I have a bad bottle or what, but I've been saving this bottle, plus a few others for nearly 4 months hoping a bit of aging would make for an interesting session, but nope. I guess I'll be letting those sit alot longer. I'm bored, can I have my Unibroue Trois Pistoles now?

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay is sweet and fruity with a deep amber color with red highlights. Hints of exotic spices and some fruits, perhaps raisins, permeate the taste. When poured into a glass Chimay forms a full tan head that dissipates slightly but never vanishes. Truly an excellent beer which grows more and more complex as it reaches room temperature.

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Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Dark chestnut color with ruby highlights coming out where the light gets through. Topped with a big, fat, chunky, foamy beige head that just hangs there and settles down, but never really goes away. Aroma is strong fruit and yeast. Flavor is rich and velvety. The flavor almost has texture. It's sweet and fruity and spicy and warm. There's lots here - honey and pear, plus some apple and butterscotch and caramel and plum. You notice more every time you sip. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. A pleasant hop bitter lingers, as does just a hint of alcohol. A pleasure.

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Photo of goz
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy ruby brown, with a large tan head that mostly lasts and laces in sheets. Aroma is fruity (raisin, plum), some yeastiness, sweetness, and a bit of caramel and/or toffee. Flavor is sweet, fruity, vinous, some honey, and some spiciness in the finish. Full bodied, slight hints of alcohol towards the end.

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Photo of jlervine
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brownish-black with a light tan head. There were brown and ruby highlights when held to strong light. I could make out orange and citrus notes, rum and dark fruits, and bready notes in the aroma. The smell was deceiving, as the tastes was very smooth, almost creamy. Everything blended very well together, and all I could make out were notes of alcohol and biscuity malts. A bit overwhelming. This was part 3 of a 3 part vertical Chimay tasting. All in all, I found all three were truly good beers, but overhyped by others. Because of that, I don't think I enjoyed any of them as much as I had hoped, and none lived up to their expectations

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Photo of Scoats
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I thought the Blue Label was a triple. It ain't. It is a very dark brown beer.

Chimay has been getting rapped pretty badly these days for taking short cuts in the brewing process. If this bottle is typical of what Chimay is putting out these days, then that rapping is not fully deserved.

With the dark brown reddish color and the controlled but strong head, this beer was beautiful. Taste was full and interesting. I didn't get some of the nuances one can sometimes get from these sorts of beers. Instead it was a very tasty balanced interesting beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was surpised to realize that I had not yet rated this third member of the Chimay trio. This is a well crafted, quality beer - no doubt. I have to wonder, though, it its wide availabiltiy and name recognition don't sometimes earn it a bit more acclaim than it deserves. Pours a nice cola-colored amber. Very lively carbonation. Not a great deal of aroma. The flavor is very clean and well balanced, but without the depth Belgian darks are capable of. Rum-soaked dark bread flavors - alcohol is proudly displayed but well integrated in the flavor. Finish is nicely clean and dry.

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Photo of BenConnery
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first had this in a bar in Brussells. Can't be more specific, there where a few...
A deep brown in colour, the head was fairly shortlived. This is a very full bodied beer, with many flavours coming through, as with most of the trappiste beers.
Hints of fruit with a woody flavour also coming through. Some spicy overtones as are often present in Belgian beers.
This is a beer with strong ABV that is not too strong tasting, the Belgians certainly have that skill down pat...
I love trappist beers but their expense, especially here in Oz makes them a rare treat indeed...

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Photo of budgood1
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork dated 09/01.

pours out a dark brown, slightly cloudy colour. short lived head and no lace. light musty, berry aroma...very inviting. tastes extremely awesome...vine ripened fruits...yeasty notes adding complexity...berry complexities are amazing. mouthfeel slightly lively...carbonation adding zest...an explosion of malt and yeast adding flavours beyond my comprehension. smooth and silky mouthfeel...regardless of my ability to soak up the 9% ABV...a great beer. highly regarded and highly recommended.

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

This is an impressive and somewhat intimidating looking ale. Big creamy/chunky beige head that recedes to a ring. A deep woody brown hue, cherry oak highlights around the edges of the glass where one can catch an unexpected flurry of carbonation and dark specks of suspended yeast. Like if you poured a bottle of Newkie Brown into your Sea Monkeys tank and then gave it a good shake.

The nose is definitely there but a breakdown becomes elusive, it is all so subtle. Cherries and citrus orange, a bit woody and spicy, yeasty booze resonance. It's quite inviting.

The flavour is bold and heavy, yet not overpowering, sort of like Baby Bear's porridge: it's just right. The taste of spice and wood chips is the first to make an appearance, a bit smoky in the middle with a boozy citrus finish.

I can see this being an ideal ale to sip at on a chilly winter's night in front of a fire, or an equally appealing distraction. It warms the bones from the inside and gives you a feeling of contentment. But that just might be the 9% abv talking.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.